30 September 2009

Camera Japan

I went to Camera Japan - a film festival held in Rotterdam (last week) and Amsterdam (this week) - last week in Lantaren Venster (Rotterdam).

It is such an experience that I would not forger. It really reminded me of my childhood.

In the beginning, when we entered the venue, we were really surprised. We thought that the venue would be much bigger. Yet it was just a small, cozy theater. When we entered, we saw lots of Nintendo devices - old and new - being displayed.

Amazingly, there was thing giant nintendo controller. Wow!!



With that controller, we could play THE old Mario Bros Nintendo. Still remember that? Mushrooms, ducks, poing,.. poing,... :P

After playing the nintendo, we ran to the Sushi counter, as soon as it opened. I tell you the truth, it was the best ever!

Next to the sushi counter, there was a Sake counter, where numerous types of Sake were being displayed. We could taste the Sake: first we had to choose from the list, which Sake we would like to tast, and then we paid 2 Euro for a small glass of Sake to taste.



Before we took off, of course, we took some pictures :P
Really Indonesian culture! :P

Yet I hope our last picture looks a bit Japanese :P


Wanna come Camera Japan Amsterdam this week? Check on www.camerajapan.nl

Have fun!!!

19 September 2009

Welcoming my new addiction

1. Project Runway
2. America's Next Top Model Cycle 13
3. Benelux Next Top Model
4. So You Think You Can Dance - Benelux
5. Gossip Girl Season 3
6. One Tree Hill Season 7
7. (Coming Soon) How I Met Your Mother Season 5
8. MELROSE PLACE (welcome back to my life :P)


Wow, at least these would keep me occupied in the evening for the next few months. I guess, American Idol is also coming soon. Can't wait to see Posh Spice and Ellen DeGeneres sitting on the judging panel.

My other addictions:
1. Coffee (as always)
2. Decorating my (not-so-new-anymore) house
3. Italian bread shop in front of my office (really gooood for lunch)
4. Celestial Tea
5. Indonesian books (I have Perahu Kertas and Negeri van Oranje that are waiting to be read)
6. Twitter

I reallly enjoy my days now. Bye bye school, I see you soon, I guess? :P

Weekend

This weekend is the first weekend that I no longer think of my school stuff. Awkward!!

How's your weekend?

17 September 2009

My Master Graduation Speech

I am so blessed that I was chosen to represent the MICM class of 2008 to give a speech on the graduation ceremony, on the 15th of September 2009.

Here it is:

Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Guests, Friends, Family and members of the Faculty, Good Afternoon.

This morning when I was going through my speech, my boyfriend said that I should read my speech like Obama. I don't think I can, because it is my first time to give a speech in front on this big audience.

It was actually a couple of weeks ago that Ms Maggie O'Neill asked me to represent the MICM Students class of 2008 to say a few words about our experience of studying here at the Hague University. Without a moment's hesitation I said yes straightaway. Even though at that time I had not yet found out the result of my communication advice report; neither had I done my presentation.

Interestingly, Maggie didn't accept my answer; she wanted me to think about it for another day or two. Maybe, it was another way of telling me "are you really sure that you are going to graduate? how confident are you about your report?"

It worked, tho, Maggie! After the meeting with you, I went to recheck my report; and I then immediately prepared my presentation.
(pause)
I believe you can relate to what I have just shared with you. Reports, assignments, and presentations. These three things have become parts of our life in this one year. The pressure to get things done. The rush to meet the deadlines. Waking up early in the morning to go to school, in spite of the weather. Also the crazy atmosphere when the deadline was approaching. At least, this was what I witnessed when I was still living in that red building.

However, these are not the only things that I will remember about MICM. Here, I also witnessed happiness, fun, and joy in this year. Although class A, B and C barely spent time together, we all had fun! In class A, for instance, we were invited by our dearest friend, here, Florence to visit her house and enjoy her delicious African dishes. I heard from some friends in class B, that they also had a good time in Texel, where the Indonesians unexpectedly had to cycle for miles and miles. But I heard it was great fun!

The most remarkable moment for some people, and especially for me, was the Heineken experience. It was when all the boundaries collided. It felt like all the stress, exhaustion, and tiredness after several sleepless nights were gone and were replaced by laughter, fun, and craziness.

And finally we are here today, graduating!

If only I could describe in words what we feel and experience today. This is definitely one remarkable period in our lives that will always be remembered.

I always believe that nothing worth having comes easy. And it is true. This piece of paper does not come easy. The combination of hard work, determination, and dedication that we have invested can make us confident to stand here today and graduate together.

(pause)

Ladies and gentlemen, as you may have seen in this room, we are students from many races and nationalities. Most of us that are sitting here today are international students. We have come all the way to Holland to pursue this diploma that we are holding right now. And, if I can be honest with you, in this school we do not only gain knowledge and learn new skills; we have also found a new family, especially for those of us that have come from other countries. We are here like brothers and sisters.

Last week after the presentation, I overheard what Froukje was saying to Reynaldo. She was offering to help him, and said “please tell me what I can do for you. Let me know. Okay?” It’s just a short, yet powerful statement that made me think that our relationship in this school has grown, from classmates or schoolmates, to family.

(pause)

Dear fellow MICM friends class 2008, this is our moment of affirmation......
In this year we have learned so many communication theories and how they can bring benefits to our “clients”. We have written thousands of words of reports. The presentation is now a piece of cake for us. So what’s next?
Yes, this is our moment of affirmation. I believe graduation is not an end, it is a beginning. It is a beginning of our new journey. It is the beginning for us where we pursue our dream and make it come true. And if you don’t have any dreams yet, this is the time for us to dream, to dream the impossible dream.

Therefore I would like to congratulate and thank you all for a wonderful year. Thank you for all the support, friendship, and happiness that we have shared. I wish you all the best. Our parents, spouses, siblings, and all our loved ones that are either witnessing our graduation today or have merely heard the good news of our graduation must be very happy and proud of what we have achieved.

To our friends, boy- or girlfriends, families, spouses, and siblings. There is no words that could express how thankful we are that we have you in our lives. Thank you for your support, encouragement, prayer and understanding in this last year.

(pause)

On behalf of the MICM students class 2008, I would like to thank all the clients that have supported us throughout this year. Thank you very much. I personally would like to say thank you to my supervisors and colleagues from Nuffic that have guided me throughout this year, and who have given of their time to be here. Thank you very much.

And finally,
on behalf of the MICM students class 2008, I would like to thank all the teachers and staff of MICM the Hague University. Thank you for what you have done for us: for your time, energy, patience, sleepless nights – and other sacrifices that you had to make in order to make us stand proudly and graduate today. Our deepest apologies for the things we have said or done that were not very nice and that upset you. We are sorry if despite our maturity and age, we were sometime just naughty students.
Once again, thank you very much for everything.
I also wish to say thank you to all of the teachers and staff of MICM, who have made this day possible for all of us.

I would like to close this, by reading my favorite quote from Emmerson: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Thus, believe in yourself and pursue your dream.

Thank you.

15 September 2009

Graduation

I have graduated!!!

So, let me introduce the new me: Nathania Limanto BComm, MComm



Thanks God

13 September 2009

The Road to Cologne

It was my second visit to Cologne. If the first was to visit the Christmas market, this time to visit a friend.

If I should give a title to this trip, I would write this: a relaxing and adventurous trip that gave me some lessons to learn.

I remember what JD said in the Seasone Finale of Scrubs: "Things rarely go exactly the way you want them to. I always build them up so much in my head they can’t possibly live up to my expectations, and I just end up disappointed."

And that was what I learned.

I learned that everything does not always turn out the way you expected them to be. Sometimes things fail or unexpected things happen. And we have to stay positive and try to be happy with it.

We have to be flexible. If things turn out differently, we need to adjust and respond accordingly. Not get mad and all stressed out.

Despite a little unexpected thing that happened during the weekend, we had fun. We did a little bit of culinary experience, took lots of pictures, and relaxed. Herdian also broke a record of driving 177km/hour. Coolio

So, what's the next destination?

11 September 2009

My Sister's Keeper

Berkat anjuran ibu Dita, Oma malam ini akan nonton Sister's Keeper. Semoga bagus, soalnya Oma honestly kurang suka ma Cameron Diaz. Tapi, tenang, dit, I have prepared some tissues, in case I would be crying :D

After my attempt untuk 'nyindir' orang dengan posting Stalker 2.0, nampaknya orang itu belum juga minta maaf. ya udah lah, capek :P seharusnya bisa langsung face-to-face, tapi pernah ngga sih kita sebel ama orang tapi kita males banget untuk arguing ama orang itu?

Yes, I'm now in that exact position.

Speaking of which, I need to counsel a few things with you. Have you ever been in a position where you hate your good friend's girlfriend, and also you hate your boyfriend's good friend. With the first case, would you no longer acknowledge him as your good friend just because his girlfriend is so freaking annoying? or would you just befriend with him and avoiding his girlfriend (or even worse, pretending the she does not exist)? If you throw a party, would you or would you not invite this good friend - knowing that he would bring his annoying girlfriend?

With the latter case, would you make your boyfriend choose between you and his female good friend? and if after 2 years your boy friend has not yet made up his mind, would you leave your boyfriend just because his female good friend is harmful and a backstabber?

Tricky, tricky, tricky.

So, any input, comments or, opinoin are very welcome :)

Anyway, happy weekend

10 September 2009

Happy Face

This picture was taken by mbak Rahma Saiyed, a journalist from ANTARA, who is also a student in the Hague university. It was taken while I was waiting for the grade.



A curious-yet-very-happy-and-relieved face

and a proud fiancee standing next to me :)

9 September 2009

Stalker 2.0

If you have ever asked me about my thesis (or other school-related report), or if you have read my other blog, you would know what Web 2.0 mean or things that are followed with "2.0" mean.

If you don't, I will tell you very quickly. It is the interactivity that is now enabled in several websites. The example of this technology is Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

In the beginning of my study, I was so excited to learn and discover things about this issue. I joined a lot of social network sites just to experiment how things work. Yet, I now feel that it is getting very annoying.

For instance on Facebook, you will see a lot of unnecessary updates that are none of your business, nor funny, nor interesting. Like shairng that you have just farted, or asking people opiníon's about which food to eat, which activity he should do first. Gosh, it is beyond my expectation.

The comments are sometimes funny. I like when I post something and people leave nice, interesting, and humourous comments. It makes me laugh.

However, what I find so irritated these days are the way people react after reading an updated status, especially on Facebook (cos not many friends have Twitter account). When I posted something, they were freaking out. They buzzed me on YM, asking how I have been, what happened with me, and some sent me texts.

Okay, maybe it's fine. It proves that they care about me, right? But, publishing a nice quote from a film on Facebook? or tweeting a melancholic lyric from a favorite song? and they freaked out and asked hundreds questions about my life? I guess it's exaggerating. Isn't it?

What I found reaaally annoying is when people read something, either on my status or on my blog, and they were curious about my life, yet too coward to bluntly ask me - too coward to leave a comment or reply my tweet. Instead, they talk behind my back, they ask my boyfriend about our love life, and gossip about it.

These people are annoying. Why don't you ask yourself? If you don't dare to do that, then why are you even bothered to "reconfirm" this with someone else?

Yes, Web 2.0 has made us become a stalker. I am a stalker, too. I follow people on Twitter. I want to know how their lives are. I want to know their holiday pictures. But, if everything is so public right now, why don't you make your comment public, too? why should you be so afraid that you talk behind one's back or ask other people about it?

And I will follow the theory of social media/Web 2.0, to initiate interactivity. Thus, when you ask something, I would love to answer that.

Morale of the story: We are living in a transparent world. Eventually, your news will soon be discovered (whether you want it or not) - when you gossip someone, it will soon be discovered - and the person you gossip about will not be very happy.

Thus, I guess someone owes me an apology :)

Freedom

In less than 1 year, I have finished my master education in the Hague university. It's not been very easy. There were tears and laughters; happiness and disappointment. Yet, I am very happy that I am now standing towards the end of the journey.

The final assignment to produce such communication advice report, I thought it would be easy. Yet, it turned out to be another challenge that I had to go through. And I have finished this challenge. Thank God!

I would not be writing this post right now if I didn't have such an amazing boyfriend, friends, housemates, and families that have stood behind me and supported me. I thank you all for that.

For the final task to present the result of my communication advice report, I was taught a very remarkable lesson that I will not forget; in fact, I will share with you all.

You have to believe in yourself. During the preparation week of my presentation, I was scared to death - so scared that I might lose my appetite (which was a good thing actually :P), couldn't sleep well. I also dreamt about my killer-yet-very-nice supervsior every now and then. Everytime I re-read my paper, especially the one that was marked, I felt anxious, nausea.

However, yesterday, before I went to school for my presentation, I thought "I have done so many presentations. I often become the Master of Ceremony in various events where I had to stand in front of hunderds, sometimes thousands of people. So, what should I be afraid of now?" Thus, I walked to school with confidence, thinking that I can do it!

And yes, I could.

Once again, thank you all.


p.s. I just realised that I could use this post as my speech for the graduation :P hehehhe what do you think?

5 September 2009

Defence

Tuesday it is
I am trying my best to produce such a good presentation that would impress the panel, especially my supervisor - the beloved Amanda Coady

Wish me luck, peepz

If anyone has tips for doing presentation, please comment on this post

thanks