11:16 PM |

Early this month, Hikari started joining Karate class at his school. Now, every Saturday morning Papap takes Hikari to his Karate practice. How did Hikari end up joining the class? It's a funny story, actually.

The Karate class was a new activity in Hikari's extracurricular activities. Last year, they didn't have it. When the school distributed the list of extracurricular activities for this year, the Karate class was in the list. Papap asked Hikari which activity he wanted to join. Hikari chose to join Science club. However, Papap and Mamam thought Hikari could use some sports. We encouraged him to join either Karate or soccer. Mamam preferred Hikari to join Karate because it would teach him to defend himself while burning his excessive energy. Papap actuallywanted Hikari to join soccer but Hikari refused because he felt lazy to run around the field... Mamam also thought Hikari would become dark if he joined soccer hahaha... Finally, Papap and Mamam asked Hikari to join Karate class. At first, he rejected the idea. Hikari said he didn't want anyone to kick him. It took awhile for him to accept the idea of joining Karate. But, one day after returning from school, he told Papap and Mamam that he would join the class because his close friends would all join the Karate class!

It has been a month since Hikari joined the class. In the first session, Hikari was often called by the instructor because he was playing around in class. The photos here were taken from the second session. What did Hikari say about the practice?
"It is tooooooooooo serious!"
Oh my!
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Nana-sai ni narimashita...

4:40 PM |

The 20 of July this year, Hikari became 7 years old. A month before his birthday, he already planned on what he wanted his birthday party to be. He even had imagined his birthday cake. It was a Pokemon theme. Weeks before his birthday, he also made a list of gifts he was supposed to be given... Isn't he something?

At first, Mama and Papap only planned to celebrate Hikari's birthday at school like his request. However, this year's 20 of July was a holiday. So, Hikari had to celebrate his birthday on the 21. Knowing this, Eyang Uti (Hikari's grandma) decided to make another party at her house.

This year's birthday was really something. First, Hikari found a birthday shop at a mall which sold a Pokemon-theme-birthday cake. Because it was very expensive, Mama asked Mama Raihan to make the same cake. Besides, Mama Raihan's cake is really yummy. We have ordered cakes to Mama Raihan before. Then, a few days before the birthday, Mama Raihan told Mama that it was difficult to find the Pokemon's accessories. Oooooh, we then hurried up to the store at the mall to order. But, you know what? The store was vanished! It was not opened at that mall anymore! So, again, Mama asked Mama Raihan for the rescue. Thank God, Mama Raihan agreed to make two cakes: the Pokemon cake and the cheesecake for Hikari's teachers. And for the party at Eyang's house, Eyang Uti ordered a Spongebob cake from a nearby store. Fiuuuuh...

The birthday party at Eyang's house was really merry. Most of our relatives came. Eyang Uyut Akung (Hikari's great grandfather) came too. Hikari had a wonderful day on that day because his friends from the nearby houses also came. We all had fun except when Hikari cleaned his hands on his white shirt! It was a big problem because his hands were full of cakes.

The next day, on July 21st, Mama, Papap, Eyang Uti went to Hikari's house with the other birthday cake (the Pokemon, remember?) and some lunch boxes for Hikari's birthday party at school. The birthday cake made by Mama Raihan served its purpose well. Hikari's classmates couldn't keep their hands off the cake!

All and all, Hikari was really really excited about both parties. Especially for the party at school, he couldn't stop smiling about it. He was showered with gifts from his friends, that's why! Pak Catur and Bu Ayu, Hikari's teachers, gave him some wise words. His friends also mentioned their wishes about Hikari. Do you want to know what their wishes are?

Hikari, may you become a good boy blessed by Allah. And, may you always
remember to tidy up your things after you are done with them.
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What does your hero wear?

12:01 AM |

Last April 2009, Hikari and his classmates had to wear a national custom from Aceh. It happened that the Kartini Day was celebrated by celebrating Heroes from all over Indonesia. Hikari chose to be Teuku Umar.

Other students from different classes wore different customs from different part of Indonesia. Theyall gathered in the Function Room to watch performances from students. It was so cute to see children wearing customs they wouldn't even want to wear on a usual day. It was far more interesting to witness that a child wanted to wear a custom because he was inspired by his hero. Just like Hikari and Teuku Umar. If children are willing to wear superheroes' custom, why can't we introduce them to our heroes through their custom?

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Going to Taman Mini (for the hundreth times)

12:55 AM |

Hikari lovesssss to go to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (amusement park). Ever since the first time we took him there, he always finds an excuse to go there. His favorite places to visit are the museums. He especially loves Musium Komodo (Komodo Dragon Museum). He loves not only to see the reptiles, but also to touch them!

The pictures below are the second time he went to the Komodo Museum. He asked Eyang Kung (grandpa) and his cousins to go with him. They were watching the crocodiles:

And then they went to the See-and-Touch area. Here, they could touch the big python.

After they were satisfied with the reptiles, they went to the Insects Museum.

Across the Insects Museum, there is the Fish Museum. Of course, Hikari wouldn't want to miss it for the world.

Satisfied with the fish, they wanted to ride the cable car.

The next time, Hikari went to TMII, he took everyone from his grandpa, grandma, Mama, Papap, and his uncles. This time, he went to the Bird Sanctuary:

Done with the birds, he headed to the... where else... Komodo Dragon Museum. This time he spent more time playing with the python. In fact, Hikari and the snake guard has became good friends.

And then, on Sunday, April 19, Hikari persuaded Papap to go to TMII again! This time, he promised he only visited 2 places: the Birds Sanctuary and the Komodo Dragon Museum (again!).

He spent more time in the Komodo Dragon Museum. Hmmm... the Komodo Dragon is still small.

And then, Hikari headed to his python. Without hesitating, he grabbed the snake and put it around his neck. Oh my God...

Was that the end of his trip to TMII?
Nope. The next day, he managed to persuade his grandma to take him to TMII again. Sigh.
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Festival Cikeas

12:33 PM |

On Saturday, 28 March 2009, Hikari's school held a big event called Festival Cikeas. It was a kind of talent-show event. The event was attended by school students in Cibubur and around. The school was really really crowded on that day.

We arrived at the school a quarter before 8. The event would start at 8. But, when we wanted to turn right to enter the school's compound, the policemen didn't allow us to. They said the school was full and no car could get in. So, Hikari and Mama had to get off the car and Papap had to park the car a bit far from the school.

Hikari joined coloring competition that day. He had prepared his color pencils and all. He was very excited when he saw his friends joining the competition too.
While Hikari did coloring, Mama and Papap walked around and enjoyed the day. We strolled down the school area and observed some works done by the students.

The two pictures below are traditional games displayed in the school's compound. Papap wanted to try playing Engklek but then he had a second thought. Probably he didn't want to compete with other children.

After doing coloring for an hour and a half, Hikari joined Pak Fian and his Environment Police group. Pak Fian called Mama a day before to confirm Hikari's participation in becoming Environment Police Officer. Hikari told Mama how much he wanted to take part in the group. He couldn't wait to do his part.

Soon after he had done with the coloring competition, he joined the group, put on his uniform, and got ready to patrol the school area. The uniform has a lot of messages. One is Stop Global Warming, another is Save Water, and others. The patrol group also brought some signs. Hikari's sign was No Smoking! His friend also brought Do Not Litter.

The jobs of the groups were to clean the area (Hikari and his friends call it Operasi Semut or Ants Operation), to inform people not to litter, to inform people not to smoke, and to inform people to put the garbages in their place. Quite some jobs, don't you think?

Eagerly, Hikari and his friends started their duty. They walked in group and cleaned the area where they passed. It turned out the jobs were not as easy as they looked. So many people were not aware that they had to put the garbages in their place. After awhile, though, Hikari began to complain. He was tired and thirsty. Haha...

Below: Papap was examining the evolution of a butterfly. This sign is put under a tree where butterflies usually put their eggs. This sign is put in the school's garden so that students can learn even though they are not in the classroom.

We also went to see the students' book project. The students' work was compiled and then displayed. Hikari's class made a book about environment.
This piece below is written by Billy, Hikari's classmate. He was describing about his and his classmates' experience in an Outbound session:

This is the sample of the book by the another first grader class. It's called A Book about Complaining.
And what is inside the book? Look for yourself:

It was a tiring day, but we all had a lot of fun.
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Tersesat di Negeri Sayuran

10:18 PM |

On Tuesday, Mama and Papap got an invitation from Hikari to watch his class performance. This performance is something that he has been telling Mama for some time. At that time, he bravely invited Mama to watch. Then, on Tuesday, he held out the invitation for Thursday's event. Unfortunately, Papap couldn't leave the office so Mama had to go alone to watch Hikari. Hikari's grandparents and uncle actually planned to watch him too but they came late and the performance had ended.

The performance was tittled 'Tersesat di Negeri Sayuran' or Lost in the country of vegetables. The story was about a boy called Tobi who got lost in the country of vegetables. He then was chased by Monster Sariawan (Monster Canker Sore). The monster chased him through the forest and Tobi kept running from the monster. Finally, Tobi remembered that Monster Sariawan was afraid of the vegetables and fruits.

So, Tobi went to Bu Strawberi (Ms. Strawberry) and Bu Tomat (Ms. Tomato) for help. Unfortunately for Tobi, they didn't want to help because Tobi always disliked eating fruits and vegetables. Then Tobi went to Pak Bayam (Mr. Spinach) and Pak Wortel (Mr. Carrot) for help. Again, Pak Bayam and Pak Wortel refused to help. Tobi got angry. He kicked Pak Bayam and Pak Wortel hard until they both fell off the ground.
Pak Bayam and Pak Wortel called Pak Terong (Mr. Eggplant) and told him about Tobi's misbehavior. Pak Terong was angry at Tobi and Pak Terong chased Tobi to give him a lesson. The other vegetables also chased Tobi. The monster also chased Tobi.
Finally, Tobi's mother came to rescue. She gave Tobi a meal with vegetables and fruit juice. Tobi became healthy and the monster was defeated.

Interesting story, isn't it?
Hikari played Pak Terong (Mr. Eggplant). He wore Mama's shirt because he didn't have any purple clothes. Actually Mama had made him an Eggplant custom from a pink cloth, but Hikari refused to wear it because he said his friends would only wear T-shirt.

Before watching the performance, Mama had to buy a ticket cost Rp. 10,000.- Students and teachers had to pay Rp. 5,000.- The guest receptionists who were students from other classes showed Mama where to buy the ticket. After buying the ticket, the students gave Mama a glass of healthy drink with fruits cubes inside.

This performance is done by each class in Sacikeas. On Thursday, Hikari's class got the turn. The event was really fun, not only for the performers but also for the other students. While the performers get themselves ready, the other students take part in showing the guests directions, selling the ticket, and distributing the drink. The whole event teaches the students to be independent and creative. Also, it is really fun to watch!
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Hikari's Work at School

11:48 PM |

Every Friday, Hikari brings his worksheets home so Mama and Papap can see what he has learned and how he learns it.

Some of the worksheets require him to describe what he has learned that day by drawing. This is Hikari's report on Outbound session:

The title is Outboundnya Gagal karena Hujan (the Outbound session is cancelled because of the rain)

And then, Hikari explained again: Hujannya masih turun jadi tidak bisa outbound (the rain still fell down so I couldn't do the outbound activity).

On this picture, Hikari drew things in his perceptions about that day, in details. We couldn't help but laughing when we saw a small sign next to his outbound net. The sign says:

Drawing is really a great way for children to describe what they feel about one particular thing. It can also be used to check on children's understanding about one event. At home, parents can use the same method to deal with their kids when the kids are in their 'difficult' time.
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To Anyer

12:55 PM |

On 24 January, Hikari went to Anyer together with Papap and Mama. Papap's office had a family gathering there. Before the trip, Hikari was so excited about going to the beach.

When we arrived in Anyer, Hikari jumped off the car and ran to the direction of the beach. Nothing and nobody could forbid him to swim. Eventually Papap and Mama gave up and allowed him to swim in the mid of the burning sun.

After swimming, there were some games held by the committee. Everyone participated in the games, especially the children. You know what Hikari did? He didn't want to join the games. He played with bubbles instead. And when he got bored with bubbles, he went directly to the cottage and... asked for a nap.

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Science Competition

7:47 PM |

Saturday, 7 February, Hikari joined a Science Competition held by an organizer. The competition was held in another school nearby. Some other elementary schools in Cibubur also participated in the event. Hikari's previous school (when he was kindergarten student) also joined it.

At first, it was Hikari's teacher who asked him to participate. Mama was at school to collect Hikari's report book. During the consultation time, Ibu Siti, Hikari's teacher asked Mama if Hikari would like to join the competition. The teacher said it was not a matter of winning or losing. It was more like an experience. Mama agreed and asked Hikari if he wanted to join.

Hikari was okay with the idea. He was afraid at first if he would lose but Mama and Papap encouraged him to do it. Besides, Hikari loves science. He feels like a scientist whenever he deals with science project. He even chooses Science club as his extracurricular activity.

So, early Saturday morning, under the heavy rain, Hikari eagerly gathered at 7 in the morning at school. He and several other students were so enthusiastic that even the heavy rain couldn't kill their enthusiasm. An hour later, we departed to the school where the event was held. Fortunately the rain had stopped.

Mama and Papap watched Hikari's enthusiastic face while he marched to the test room, far away from us, through a very long alley. He didn't seem to be nervous at all. Perhaps, the idea that he was with his friends, playing around, was enough for him.

Two hours later, when we picked him up, Hikari emerged cheerfully from the alley. Outside, he was greeted by Pak Rizal, the driver from Hikari's kindergarten. It was a nice reunion. Apparently, Hikari's previous school also joined the event.

On the way home, we asked Hikari how he felt. And he said, "I could do 20 numbers very well!"
Papap said, "Very good! How many numbers were all together?"
Hikari answered, "FIFTY!"
Anyway, it's the experience that counts!

Hikari and Abi, his classmate.
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