BEC: What “Blog English Club” Means to Me

This week’s English Friday theme for Blog English Club is “What is BEC to you?“. As always, previous posts under this category can be read here.

When I read the topic in their blog, I was confused. It’s not that I don’t know the answer, but I just don’t know what to elaborate into a nice blog post. Hehehe. So here’s my answer:

Blog English Club to me is a supportive group. I’m probably not as active as the other members – in fact, I am only active in the blog challenge, not the whatsapp group. I’m also not very active in leaving my traces on the members’ blogs… but I try to read as much as possible each week. However, from what I’ve seen so far, I can tell that the members are very supportive of each other in learning English. Plus, the group also have support from the mentors πŸ™‚

Image from: https://englishfriday.wordpress.com/
Image from: https://englishfriday.wordpress.com/

I hope for the club to grow, and to aspire more Indonesians to learn English. In the end, practice makes perfect, so let’s practice as often as we can!

BEC – No More Lost in Translation!

Here we go again, another post for the Blog English Club’s English Friday. My previous posts within this challenge can be read here. This week’s topic is “For only one chance, what kind of tool you will grab from Doraemon’s magic pocket?

Oh this is a crazy challenging topic! Hahaha. I would instantly answer “time machine” but unfortunately it’s written in the challenge that we can’t choose that. So, here’s my answer…

If I got the chance, I would grab Doraemon‘s Jelly Translator!

Image from: http://www.filipiknow.net/doraemon-gadgets/
Image from: http://www.filipiknow.net/doraemon-gadgets/

What is it?

A Jelly – taste unknown.

What does it do?

When eaten, Jelly Translator can make the eater able to understand any kind of language in the universe. Oh, the effect will last until unknown period of time.Β  Cool, right? Imagine the barriers that it will diminish! Be it in business, education, or simple human interaction.

Why I want it?

I wish I have a third language ability. My mother tongue is Bahasa Indonesia, (I think) I can understand and speak English pretty well, but…. I have lost my Spanish speaking ability. Yep, I used to be able to speak Spanish when I lived in Venezuela but somehow I lost it when growing up. I’ve been trying to learn it again but does not seem to improve much… 😦

Having this Jelly Translator surely will help as not only I will be able to master my Spanish back, but also other languages! Wait, all languages in the universe… Mua-ha-ha πŸ˜€

BEC: Me and My Phone

So, it’s the second week I’m participating in Blog English Club‘s English Friday. My entry for last week’s theme can be found here. This week’s theme, however, it’s a bit complicated for me. Why complicated? Because I’m no techie, yet the theme is “how gadget affects our life“.

Okay. Maybe I don’t have to be techie to write about gadgets. I mean, come on, I can assure you that when you see me in person, it will be hard not to see my handphone around me. I’m not always on the phone of course, but I have to have my handphone within my eyesight.

That being said, I immediately realised when my phone was stolen last year. It was actually the first time it ever happened to me. I was in a shopping mall with my colleagues. We just finished our lunch and decided to do a little bit of window shopping. When we left the restaurant, I remember putting the phone inside my dress pocket. It was a 1 minute walk to the boutique (which was crowded at that time), I spent approximately 5 minutes browsing and got bored so I reached to my pocket and found out…. my phone was not there, and the rest is history.

When I realised that it’s happening to me, I felt hollow. Like there’s a big part of me missing. I have, of course, heard other people’s stories, but I never thought it would happen to me.

What made me shocked was the fact that I lost almost all my data because I accidentally turned off automatic data back up. By data, I mean everything. Social Media is the most obvious one but also very minor. What stressed me out was my bank account details, personal finance tracking, travel plans, phone contacts, music, e-books, even until my period log and health tracking data. I came to realise that my handphone has been a major assistance to my daily life.

That’s how gadget, in this case – my handphone, affects my life. I rely on it to assist my daily life –Β  from finance, health, work until leisure, all on top of its initial function… a communication tool.

P.S: I have a new phone now and ALWAYS turn the automatic back up on. Hehehehe. Don’t forget to do the same, friends! πŸ™‚

BEC: My Wildest Dream!

This is my first entry for Blog English Club‘s English Friday. Blog English Club is a community initiated by Indonesian bloggers Dani, Ryan and Nita. Please read their blogs for full information on this initiative. Starting this week I’ll post an article following the weekly theme every Friday. In my blog, the posts will be tagged “Blog English Club”.

So, this week’s theme is “Your Wildest Dream!” and let me tell you a little secret…. πŸ˜‰

Hahaha not really a secret. Well, my wildest dream is to spend months traveling on the road. The longest I’ve spent traveling was 20 days in 2013 for my US Trip. Most of the time was not spent on the road though, since I spent it mostly in Orange County. I have also spent some days on the road – 10 days to be exact, during my England road trip back in 2009. But that’s about it.

There are three alternatives for this dream:

1) Mainland USA road trip with a Travel Trailer

AirstreamTrailer
Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travel_trailer

Me and the boyfriend has set a bucket list for us. Perhaps I’ll share more about it on this blog but one of the items on that list is we will visit every states in the USA. Currently we have visited 2! Still a long way to go hahaha… Anyway, what better way to do it than a road trip? πŸ˜€ This will be crazy though, as we have to spare months or even a year to travel which means we can’t have 9-5 jobs and leave our (future) house behind. We also need a lot of money! Haha. But imagine the adventure that we will have! Thinking about it as I’m writing this gives me chills already.

2) Asia – Europe road trip including a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans Siberian
Image from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/journeysbyrail/9666654/Trans-Siberian-Great-Train-Journeys.html

I can’t remember when I first found out about this railway. But then last year I met a friend’s friend who told me about his journey when he took the Trans-Siberian Railway and I was amazed! He did tell me that he does not want to do it again though, because some days on the train could be depressing (I guess that’s because he was traveling solo and can’t speak the local languages?). But, he told me that the experience was worth it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience!Β  Then there’s this amazing journey by Nathan Ashker which I found on Instagram, #AsiatoAmerica. He traveled from Asia to America without taking a plane! How interesting! Those sort of stories really inspired me to do the same.. so I came up with this wild dream: One day I will travel to Asia to Europe using Trans-Siberian Railway. Have I done something to make it a reality? Hmmm not really. Later in life, I hope.

3) Europe road trip

map_of_europe
Image from: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/europe/

Now that I’ve mentioned the first two alternatives, this last one looks like the most doable, right? Hehe. I’ve heard stories of my friends doing a Europe road trip. It does not have to be the whole Europe though, some parts of it will do. Since I haven’t been to Eastern Europe, I think I will aim to cover that part of Europe. If I ever got to do the Trans-Siberian Railway trip, this would definitely be doable! Once I reach Moscow, I would continue the trip from Eastern Europe then finish in London…. with a little bit of detour to Bournemouth, of course. (Hahaha still have to include England on the trip! :D)

So now you know. My wildest dream. What’s yours? πŸ™‚