Archive | February 2016

Chinese + Christian

Hi readers, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Is this the correct pronunciation? I don’t know! Maybe yes, maybe no! I just want to say this to you who celebrate the Lunar New Year. For me, you are the real definition of Anti-Mainstream. Why? People are using Gregorian calendar, but you are still using the ancient calendar. You are the agent of changing. Dare to be different!

Me? I am Chinese too. Well, only ¼ of me is Chinese. So I don’t really celebrate this Lunar New Year. But this year is special. This year is year of fire monkey. The year of Chimcar! I love monkey. You can tell.

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Some people say that as a Christian, we are not allowed to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Why? Because we cannot follow God and follow Chinese tradition in the same time. We cannot serve two masters in the same time. Well, Jesus did follow Jewish tradition. So let us make this clear.

First, in Christianity, there is something similar with this celebration. People wear red. Older people give presents to the kids. Sounds like Christmas to me. So if Santa is real, he must be a Chinese.

Second, we actually can use this moment to do something good. Jesus always wants us to give our belonging to others. That’s the point of angpao! Well, if you don’t have anything to share, don’t worry. In Chinese language, ang means Red, pao means pack. So if someone asks you for angpao, give him a red envelope with anything in it (bible verse, motivational word, leaf, doesn’t matter).

Anyway, let us not worry about things like this. We know God allows us to have imlek holiday. Just use it. Have fun with it. Eat the pork! What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them

#ShareTheLove #ShareTheAngPao #Shalom1Jiwa

 

That’s International School

Hi readers. If you were wondering, where was me for these last 3 weeks? I was in my second practicum! Yey! I was being a student teacher in SPH Lippo Village Tangerang. The name is village, but it is so far away from the definition of “village.”

I was teaching Math for grade 6. Is it fun? Not really. But I have a lot of story to tell you.

When I was teaching, I gave this question to my students for an assignment. “Is it possible for a triangle to have 2 obtuse angle?” This was supposed to be easy, but I found an interesting answer.

“It cannot. I’ve tried it.”

I was confused how to grade this answer, but then I realized that she is just being innocent. If she killed a man, she’ll be like, “Oops…. Sorry….. I killed a man…. again.”

That’s actually an awesome answer. The others will answer based on their hypothesis of the theory. The others usually answer with, “because it will cause the total of the angle more than 180 degree” or “It wouldn’t be able to closed.” or else. In scientific method, after we make a hypothesis, we do experiment. In other word: We TRY it. So based on scientific method, that answer is way acceptable than the others.

Beside that answer, she provided a picture of her trial. She combined two obtuse angle and tried to have a triangle from those. Obviously she can’t make a triangle.

But Thomas Alva Edison  said,

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

So what if this my little student is actually on her way to find a new invention in Math? What if actually with some proper formula, we can create a triangle with angles more than 180 degree. If it is possible, we can change the foundation of geometry and trigonometry. We change Math. We breaks the previous law and create a new law. Just like Einstein is completing what Newton have done, this invention can actually developing our knowledge and formula to conquer time-and-space continuum.

Another quote from Thomas Alva Edison:

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

The world was believing that earth is flat, but after Galileo, Christopher Colombus, and 9gag proof it, now we know that the earth is round. Why? They are not giving up. Now, I am feeling so guilty. My little heart says, “Should I ask her to try it 9,999 times more?” “Did I just kill her potential to be a new inventor?”

Sometimes, teacher thinks that this kind of answer is ridiculous and says this answer is wrong. This could stop student to think critically. Indonesia will never be better if people keep banning kid’s creativity. Indonesia need this kind of thinker. Right? But sadly, she is Korean.

Being a teacher is crucial. You hold the future of the nation in your hand. Educate the kids well! Don’t give up being a teacher, it is fun!

#ShareTheLove #Shalom1Jiwa