Jumat, 09 November 2007

UNAS?!?!?!?!

Kegelisahan UNAS

Rencana final pemerintah pusat untuk menambah materi ujian nasional (unas) tingkat sekolah menengah atas (SMA) dan sekolah menengah pertama (SMP) pada 2008 cukup memunculkan sorotan tajam di tengah masyarakat. Publik menganggap dan menyimpulkan bahwa pemerintah semakin hari tidak berperikemanusiaan serta tidak beradab. Karakter dan sikap politiknya tidak menunjukkan kepekaan politik yang populis.Unas dikehendaki supaya bisa menakut-nakuti para siswa. Bukan lagi memanusiakan para siswa.

Disadari maupun tidak, realitas tersebut merupakan sebuah keniscayaan yang tak terbantahkan. Sebab, selama ini ada tiga materi unas, yakni bahasa Indonesia, bahasa Inggris, dan Matematika. Pada 2008 mendatang tidak demikian. Untuk SMP, materi unas ditambah ilmu pengetahuan alam (IPA).

Di tingkat SMA, materi unas menjadi enam dengan penambahan berbeda-beda di kelas IPA dan ilmu pengetahuan sosial (IPS). Untuk IPA, akan ditambah fisika, biologi, dan kimia. IPS ditambah sosiologi, geografi, dan ekonomi. Sementara itu, sekolah menengah kejuruan (SMK) diperbolehkan menambah materi unas sesuai dengan spesialisasi yang ada di sekolah tersebut

Pertanyaannya, mampukah para siswa peserta unas tersebut mengerjakan sekian banyak penambahan materi unas pada 2008 sehingga bisa lulus dengan nilai baik serta memuaskan? Hal tersebut sangat mustahil dan sulit dicapai para siswa.

Merujuk pada pengalaman peserta unas 2007, mereka sangat kesulitan dan bahkan jarang lolos karena materi yang diujikan tidak berbanding lurus dengan materi yang didapat di sekolah.

Antara materi unas dan materi pelajaran saat di sekolah terlalu berbeda, baik dari segi isi maupun bentuk yang diujikan. Yang jelas, hal tersebut merupakan sebuah persoalan cukup pelik.

Hal itu juga dipertegas oleh kuatnya intervensi pemerintah pusat untuk menekan sekolah agar menuruti kepentingan dan kehendak pihak pusat (Jakarta). Diakui atau tidak, hal tersebut kian memperkeruh keadaan.

Bila tidak dituruti, sekolah akan mendapat sanksi tertentu dari pemerintah pusat. Ketika hal sedemikian itu sudah menimpa peserta unas 2007, jangan harap prestasi akademik siswa bisa beranjak konstruktif. Yang jelas, tiga materi unas sudah sangat membebani para siswa dengan sekian pernak-pernik pengalaman buruknya. Apalagi bila harus ada penambahan materi unas pada 2008.

Hal tersebut jelas akan memperparah kondisi dan situasi psikologis peserta unas 2008. Dengan demikian, hal itu bukannya kian memberikan ruang penyelesaian persoalan unas. Justru, permasalahan demi permasalan seputar unas akan menumpuk. Para siswa akan bertambah takut dan khawatir.

Jangan-jangan, mereka akan bernasib lebih buruk ketimbang peserta unas 2007. Yang pasti, hal itu akan muncul dan tebersit di benak pikir para siswa yang akan mengikuti unas 2008. Karena itu, tatkala pemeritah bertekad bulat dan berencana menambah materi-materi unas, masyarakat protes dan menolak keras.

Artinya, menambah materi unas pada 2008 kurang tepat. Sebab, para siswa belum dan tidak siap dengan hal tersebut. Itu bisa dicermati ketika hasil-hasil unas 2007 menelan banyak korban siswa yang tidak lolos. Mereka stres dan kemudian bunuh diri.

Win-Win Solution

Bila pemerintah pusat ingin segera memperbaiki kualitas pendidikan di tingkat SMP dan SMA sederajat, itu perlu diawali oleh pelaksanaan kurikulum pendidikan, seperti UU Sisdiknas No 20/2003 beserta anak turunannya secara tepat guna.

Juga, infrastruktur dan suprastruktur di sekolah harus dilengkapi dengan sedemikian rupa.

Saya yakin, bila kebutuhan sekolah maupun siswa sudah terpenuhi dengan sangat lengkap, para siswa pasti bisa belajar dengan kondusif dan nyaman. Itu akan menggaransi para siswa untuk menjadi siswa-siswa yang cerdas. Saat itu bisa dicapai sesuai target, jika pemerintah menambah materi unas, hal tersebut tidak menjadi permasalahan.

Sebab, antara materi yang didapat siswa selama mengikuti proses belajar mengajar dan materi ujian apa pun, baik unas maupun lainnya, sudah bisa bersenyawa. Dengan demikian, unas bukan lagi momok bagi para siswa. Unas justru disambut dengan tangan terbuka oleh para siswa.

Kamis, 08 November 2007

Who is Agnes Monica ?
An actress?
A singer?
A dancer?
Well, when the Agmonz group wanted to make a fan site for Agnes Monica , I really get excited with that idea (For you who ask why am i excited, the answer is because I’m a big fans of her. Now you can see the connection J). For sure, I really don’t know what comes through my mind that time which make my hand typed “ Let me be the one who write about her biography, please” I even typed the word “please” 3 times as I remembered. In addition that time I didn’t think that this job will become a very hard work to me. Now, don’t dare to ask me whether it is a hard work or not because I will say loudly to you “ Yep, it’s very hard ” but when you ask me am I feel sorry because I chose the biography section and not the other I will answer it “ No ” although its hard but I feel really proud because I can share my opinion about Agnes with all of you.
Hm . . enough introduction for me and get back to the question. After thinking the answer for about 2 days, I finally get the answer. The answer is short and simple. She is a phenomenon.
Why is she a phenomenon?
Ok, don’t blame me for saying that she is a phenomenon. Because I can give you a lot of reason for that. Let me take you to a little journey to her early career until she is now.

Chapter one - First touch with the entertainment world
Born in July 1st 1986. She is names Agnes Monica Muljoto. Now, she is well known as Agnes Monica. Even tough she was a child, everyone have recognized that she is different compared to other children. While other children spend their day with playing with others, she already started her hardwork. She became a singer and released 3 album called “Si Meong, Yess and Bala-bala”. And not enough with that career she became a presenter in VAN (Video Anak Anteve), Tralala-Trilili in RCTI and Diva Romeo in Trans TV. And her hard work got the prize on 1999 she got an award from Panasonic Awards. She became the most favorite children presenter for her work at tralala trilili and the award she received is not stopping but get more and more every year.

Chapter two - Being successful
When she was 15 years old, not only she played in a very big hit series called “ Pernikahan Dini ” but also she is trusted to sing the series theme song. The series itself is a big test for her. Because In the series she had to act as a teenager who got married by accident and has a child. This role is surely hard to act because she is only 15. But once again she proves that she is a real actress .As the result for her role in “Pernikahan Dini” series she got 4 awards which are :The most popular drama series by viewers choice and most favorite drama actress in 2001 from Panasonic Awards , then in 2002 she got Most popular drama and again most favorite drama actress. And of course when you become a successful actress you will get lot of gossips around you because of for playing in this series is she is said to be one of the most expensive highly paid actress. The year 2002 surely a very busy year for her, she acted in 3 series “Lupus”, “ Kejarlah Daku Kau Kutangkap” and “ Amanda”. For additional information “Kejarlah Daku kau Kutangkap” is a remake from Indonesia best seller movie.
In 2003 it’s a busier year to her. She is not only continuing her acting career but also released an album. Her first adult album called “ the Story Goes”. The album is really shows her mature skill in singing, look at her voice in the song “ Jera”, “ Ku tlah jatuh cinta “ and “ Bilang Saja “ . A lot of big singer help her to made this album, Ahmad Dhani, Abdee Slank and Titi DJ. The series she played in this year are “ Cewekku Jutek” which also included her song “ Indah” for the theme song and “ Kau yang terindah”. In this year she got 1 award from Panasonic Award for Best Actress.
Some things just get better with age, like wines or Agnes Monica. In 2004,she become more popular. She played in 2 series “ Bunga Perawan” and “ Cantik”. In addition this year she planned to go international. She started it with winning an award from Anugerah Planet Muzik Singapore for New Female Artist Awards, then get along with that she got 3 more awards from AMI Samsung 2004 for her music career Best duo for her collaboration with Ahmad Dhani, Best singer, and Best dance and techno for her song Bilang Saja plus an award from SCTV Award for her acting in Cantik. In 2005, she released her second album titled ‘ Whaddup A ‘. She said that this album is definetly showing her style. In this album, she collaborate with Us Singer Keith Martin. Altough I have to say that “ What They Called Soulmate “ is better than the one that Keith Martin write. This album is a definet success. Her 2 singles Bukan Milikkmu Lagi and Tanpa Kekasihku has became number 1 in MTV AMPUH. Also, in 2006 her 2 international series has aired. Altough it created pros and contras. Still this is a great movement from her,

Chapter three - Her style, Her performances
Nowadays, Agnes Monica has became Indonesia role model. She change her style so many times. And many people are following her style. From her series Amanda she influence people to use preppy look for their style and then don’t forget about her hairstyle. Because of Amanda series her hairstyle become so famous. I have experienced it myself ,once when I was in a salon I heard one of the customer said this “ Do you know Amanda style? Well I want my hair to be like her”. Not just for the series, her casual style also influenced people. She usually wears tank top. Now, when you want to try to find a white tank top just ask the shopkeeper” Do you have Agnes Monica tank top?” and they will understand that.
Performances. That’s what make people really wait for her . Her performance always perfect. When people decide to watch an artist to perform, they always want the artist performances become perfect includes their style, their voice and as well their communication with the audience. And when you watch Agnes Monica you will get all of that. She always powerful at the stage, singing, dancing she can do both of that perfectly. And not many Indonesian artist who can dance perfectly like American artist such as Britney Spears. Once I remembered she ever sang Britney’s Song called “ Me Against the Music” and she sang it better than her.

Chapter Four - Her religious side
One thing that make people really favor Agnes is because although she is a big actress she never forget her GOD. Unlike the other actress who like to hide their religious side, Agnes is not like that. In every awards she accept she never forget to thank her savior JESUS CHRIST. She ver said once : All I got now is from GOD, so I have to return it again to GOD”

Well, I think that’s what I can write for now. But I assure you that although this biography is finish but her career is still a long way to go. And This biography will continued when she succeeded entering the international world. Way to go GIRL !!!


Agnes Monica- a Phenomenon and “ What a Funky Lady !!!”

Created by northern_st4r
2nd Biography
1.11 am in the morning
As I promised. I will continue writing about Agnes when she has entered the international world. So here I come.
Well, why am I always writing this stuff in the middle of morning ? That’s going to be a mysterious question that no one can answer. Actually, I don’t have any intention to write about Agnes Biography again as I was doing my assignment ( just so you know, Im working on my Financial Law Assigment. You don’t care about this ? Well, you have read it my friend :p ) when the inspiration came.

I have written until the 4th chapter in my first biography. Now, I will continue it. Since I have followed Agnes Monica journey longer…

Chapter 5 – Copycat ?
This is a serious issue among people who watch Agnes. Peoples always compare her with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. And sometimes in the interview there’s always this clich√© question “ how do Agnes feel to be compared with Britney Spears ? “. I get tired with this question and I’m really wondering Does Agnes feel the same about the question. I’m saying this not because I’m one of her fans. Being a fans doesn’t mean you have to stop criticizing right. STOP COMPARING HER. Peoples have to understand that Agnes Monica is Agnes Monica. What are the thing that made people think she is a copy cat ?
- clothes
This is the most ridiculous argument that I ever heard. What’s wrong with her clothes by the way ? Because of she is wearing tank top then it means she is copying Britney style ? If you say yes, then I have to say that all the people in Indonesia is Britney Spears impersonator. I believe in every mall you are going to see peoples with tank top. Do they copying Britney style ? I don’t think so. For me, the clothes that we wear can not tell others what are we actually like. If you are the one who rate someone based on her clothes. Change it, because you have became a person who rate other against their appearance. I believe everyone have their own right to choose what they wear.
- dance
This is one of the biggest issue. Agnes said to be a copycat because she also dance. Cliché..again ! Whats wrong about her dance ? I think dancing is something that expressing yourself. And everyone free to dance. If Agnes is copying Britney, then all the women in the aerobic class also copying Britney. Since from what I see some of Britney moves contain Aerobic movement.

Chapter 6 – Go International - Hopeless Dream ?
Agnes has played in 2 international series. One with Peter Ho and the other with Jerry Yan. Well, in my point of view her progress is right. When Agnes decided to go international. It means, she has to let go her superstar status in Indonesia. And she did it.
Accepting that you are nobody in the international world is a must. I’m not telling that you have to be pessimistic. Nope, that’s not what I mean. If you still holding your superstar status, you wont be success. Lets take a look at Agnes journey first.
In her first international series Romance in the White House she played in several episodes only then in The Hospital she played in more episodes than in the RITWH. If Agnes still holding her status and extremely proud of it, she wont take the chance in the 2 series. Compared to her condition in Indonesia where she always be the leading actress, her appearance in the 2 international series will look so small. But that’s the sacrifice that she has to take. Nobody wont respect her if she doesn’t start from the bottom. And that what she did.
Back to what I write. Why if you still holding the superstar status you won’t be success ? Because when you think yourself as a superstar you wont sacrifice. You will always want to be number one in every situation without realizing that it is an impossible think. Altough you are a superstar in Indonesia, you are no one in the international world.
People with narrow minded will think Agnes roles in this 2 series means nothing because she is not the leading role.
So, I don’t think go international is a hopeless dream. It is something that all the actor and actress in Indonesia should have if they want to be success in the international world. And for me, Agnes already has the packages to be successful. And it just a matter of time .

Chapter 7 – Inspiration
Agnes definitely has a lot of fans nowadays. Why ? There are a lot of actress in Indonesia. Why it has to be Agnes Monica ? Agnes is a successful teenager. And her thought, her achievement encourage others to do the same. Some of the fans ever told me, that Agnes inspire them. Take sport as an example. Agnes likes to do sport and this thing make some of her fans doing the same. The way she speak up her mind, it made the fans dare to sepak whatever they have in their mind. Her hard work, she definitely has a very busy schedule. But she still managed to do it and not forgetting her education. This thing give spirit to the fans to do all the thing that has became their duty and do it rightly.
Agnes Monica – still a phenomenon and a funky lady !
Created by : northern_st4r
Last Updated ( Monday, 19 February 2007 )
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Minggu, 28 Oktober 2007

Cokelat baik untuk nutrisi otak - 1 lg manfaat coklat :p

Kalbefarma - Satu alasan lagi untuk menyukai cokelat baru-baru ini diungkapkan oleh sekelompok ilmuan dari Britain's University of Nottingham School. Mereka mengungkapkan bahwa satu jenis formulasi kokoa tertentu dapat meningkatkan fungsi otak dan memperlambat penurunan fungsi otak pada para lanjut usia.

Berbicara di dalam pertemuan tahunan American Assosiation for The Advancement of Science di San Fransisko, para ilmuan tersebut memperesentasikan hasil dari penelitian sebelumnya yang menguji efek flavanol terhadap otak. Flavanol adalah suatu zat yang terkandung dalam kokoa.

Penelitian ini didanai oleh salah satu produsen permen cokelat terkenal yang menyediakan larutan kokoa cair berformulasi khusus untuk penelitian tersebut. Dan hasilnya menunjukkan bahwa flavanoid dapat meningkatkan aliran darah ke otak sehingga diduga dapat berperan dalam memperbaiki kerusakan pembuluh darah.

Dalam penelitian yang telah dilakukan sebelumnya, uju klinis yang dilakukan terhadap flavanoid juga menunjukkan bahwa zat tersebut bermanfaat bagi kesehatan jantung.

Dalam penelitian terkini, Ian Macdonald memimpin sebuah penelitian dengan menggunakan pemindaian otak pada wanita muda yang sehat untuk mengetahui apakah kokoa yang banyak mengandung flavanoid dapat meningkatkan fungsi kognitif. Partisipan di dalam penelitian tersebut diminta menjalani beberapa tugas yang menantang mental.

Walaupun larutan khusus yang diberikan kepada para partisipan tidak tampak meningkatkan kemampuan mereka dalam menjalani tantangan tersebut, namun menurut Macdonald terjadi peningkatan aliran darah ke otak selama kurun waktu 2-3 jam.

Ia yakin bahwa peningkatan aliran darah ke otak dapat memberi banyak manfaat bagi orang yang telah memasuki usia dewasa tua dan bagi penderita gangguan fungsi kognitis, misalnya fatigue atau bahkan stroke ringan.

Sebuah penelitian Amerika Serikat yang dilakukan terhadap 50 orang dewasa sehat juga menemukan peningkatan aliran darah ke otak. Dr. Norman Hollenberg dari Harvard Medical School meneliti efek kokoa dan flavanol pada populasi Indian Kuna di Panama.

Namun Dr. Hollenberg mengatakan bahwa walaupun terlihat menjanjikan, masih diperlukan penelitian lain untuk memverifikasi manfaat kokoa terhadap otak,"Satu-satunya cara untuk membuktikan bahwa hal tersebut benar adalah melalui uji klinis yang besar."

Ia pun meminta agar masyarakat tidak terburu-buru memborong dan mengkonsumsi cokelat yang dikeluarkan oleh perusahaan tersebut. "Memang asupan kalori di dalamnya hanya sedikit, namun tetap saja merupakan penambahan kalori. Selama anda melakukan sesuatu yang dapat membakar 100 kalori, maka boleh saja anda mengkonsumsinya."

Jumat, 19 Oktober 2007

BEP, DATENG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jumat, 19 Okt 2007,
Black Eyed Peas Tiba Hari Ini


JAKARTA - Grup musik papan atas Amerika Serikat Black Eyes Peas (BEP) siap menggoyang penggemarnya di Indonesia. Grup beranggota Will.i.am (bernama asli William James Adams Jr, lahir tahun 1975), Apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo, 1974), Taboo (Jaime Luis Gomez, 1975), dan Fergie (Stacy Ann Ferguson, 1965) itu dijadwalkan mendarat di bandara Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta, hari ini. Sebelumnya, tadi malam, mereka baru menyelesaikan pertunjukan di Bangkok, Thailand.

Grup pembawa hits Where is the Love dan My Humps itu akan tampil di Istora Senayan besok malam dalam sebuah pertnjukan bertajuk Black, Blue, and You. Total dengan kru, maka jumlah awak BEP yang datang ke Indonesia sebanyak 51 orang.

Menurut Adrie Subono, dai Java Musikindo sebagai promotor yang mendatangkan BEP, sampai saat ini sudah terjual sekitar 5 ribu tiket untuk pertunjukan yang akan dibuka oleh penampilan grup The Click Five itu. Harga tiket dibagi menjadi dua. Untuk kelas festival dijual Rp 850 ribu dan kelas tribun Rp 500 ribu. "Total tiket yang kita jual 6.500," katanya.

Adrie merasa tidak terlalu direpotkan oleh BEP. Sebagai band besar, persyaratan yang diajukan termasuk kategori standar, sama seperti band-band besar yang pernah didatangkan sebelumnya.

"Mereka cuma meminta panggung yang lebih besar, biasanya hanya 9 meter dia minta 15 meter. Terus menentukan makanan selama di sini. Pesananannya masakan Eropa. Tidak ada yang minta nasi uduk," candanya.(gen)


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