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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

RMIT Admission Story



Good morning!
Alhamdulillaah 'alaa kulli haal

I know that it has been ages ago since my last post about study in Sweden and you must have thought that I am abandoning this blog wkwk. Well, nope. I love writing and this blog is my perfect place to write, and to be read, and I hope to inspire (pfft, really, Gin?)

So, after my failure (it's okay, really) to study in Sweden, I kinda feel depressed. It is just my thing that, I do plan for things in my life because I fear uncertainty, and this failure leads to an uncertainty of my future, of my life. I even feel confused of my dream, like, do I really want to go further in the field of spatial design, while I am having a business, a hijab brand Hana Aisha, and I love being a creativepreneur.

After struggling again, alhamdulillah I have been accepted in RMIT University, Australia, which has better ranking and qualification in the world, in Art & Design subject, than the university I applied before. I have been accepted in Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) program and it is a perfect, perfect match with my dream. Yes, I finally find out that my dream is becoming a creativepreneur.

This started when I read a John Maxwell's book, titled, "Put Your Dream to the Test"



The very first chapter slapped me on the face, it is about Ownership Question: "Is my dream really my dream?" because the reason why I pursue spatial design major for my master degree is to be able to become a lecturer, while, later on (after reading the chapter) I found out that it is my mother's dream, not mine. My mother is a lecturer and she was the one who against the idea of me, selling hijab, for a career and for a living. She said that it is not a settle job, that I will do everything just for the money, money, and money, and that it has nothing to do with serving and helping people. I can't blame her because this is very new in our family, that no one in the big family is an entrepreneur and she just had no idea of it. It's her nature as a mother to protect me, and as a lecturer, she does suggest me to become a lecturer as well, as she knows that I love teaching so much and I am good at it.

After reading the very first chapter of the book, I agree that this is my life and I am not going to live it doing someone else's dream. Because the definition of dream itself is, "... and inspiring picture of the future that energizes your mind, will, and emotions, empowering you to do everything you can to achieve it." If it is not my dream, it will not energize me and empower me, and if things get hard I will be losing my spirit and motivation. I will never get it. Besides, if I do achieve it later, will I be satisfied with my life? this YOLO life?

I then continue to do my business, and because it is the one that I love and enjoy to do, because it is my dream, I survived many wicked problems a long the way, alhamdulillah. Even if things get really really bad, I still get the fire because that motivation comes truly from inside myself. I still do teaching as a teaching assistant in my campus, not for my mother, but because, well, I love teaching and improving people (and omg I love when my student is having that eureka moment. It is addictive wkwkwk), it is only two full days in a week so I still have a lot of time to do my business, plus it gives me a fixed salary each months to support the ups and downs in my business. After a while, I finally get my mother's full support, started when I fully paid back her money as she lent me such big amounts of money to start the business. She sees me happy and she is amazed with what I am capable to do, how creative and independent I have become, and that I can work from home at ease.

I then searched for suitable master program to help me achieve my dream, or even part of the dream itself. At first I was confused of whether choosing Textile/Fashion Design subject or Business & Management subject, because I actually prefer to get business managerial knowledge and capability but specifically for creative industry. I am afraid if I study Business & Management subject, the knowledge will be too general and not directly applicable to my creative business.

Later I found out that usually Fashion school has Fashion Business program as well as Fashion Design, for example, ESMOD Jakarta. So, I need to find a Fashion school, not Business school. However, the availability of scholarship is also a main factor of selecting the university. At that time, Australian Awards Scholarship (AAS) is open for application so I started to search for an eligible university in Australia. In case I don't get the scholarship, I also look up to LPDP Scholarship University List. In short, I list the university that is on AAS list and also on LPDP list. Later on, it turned out that I didn't get the Australian Awards Scholarship so maybe LPDP is my only chance right now.

Next, I opened www.topuniversities.com and select Rankings > QS World University Rankings by Subject.


On the Art & Humanities section, I clicked on Art & Design.


It is important to view university rankings by subject because not all top world universities is "that good" in specific subject, especially for the subject I am interested. After I clicked Art & Design subject, this page appeared.


 So, for the Art & Design subject, it is not MIT or Standford or Harvard that takes the first ranking. It is Royal College of Art, London. Since I was looking for a university in Australia, I scrolled down and searched for Australia flag, as the top 10 is dominated by England and USA flag wkwk.


... and there it is. RMIT University takes the 17th position, globally, for Art & Design subject. I then scrolled back to the top of the table and clicked "By Location", and chose "Oceania" to filter the list. Now the list only shows universities in Oceania region (Australia and New Zealand).


RMIT University is on the top of the list (17th globally), followed by The University of Melbourne (28th globally), while The Australian National University, which is on the list of World Top 50 Universities (general, not by subject), is not even in the top 5. So, I totally recommend you to see the ranking by subject, not in general.

After that, I opened RMIT University website www.rmit.edu.au, hovered to "Study with us", and selected "Art, design, and architecture".


And then, "Fashion and Textiles"


I got the list of available program: undergraduate, postgraduate, research, and vocational. RMIT offers range of program, and I SCREAMED as I saw "Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship)" program. Like, this is what I want. This is perfect.


RMIT website is very easy to navigate. I got full information about this course, which are the description and goals, program structure (subjects for each term along 2 years program, description, lecturer, contact), how to apply, entry requirement, scholarship, etc.


After I read the information, I had some questions in my mind, so I clicked "Enquire", filled the question form, and got the answer after 1 working day by email. They even called me, directly to my phone number (I filled it in the question form) but at that time I was on morning train, the number is unknown, so I didn't pick up the call.

There is no exact period of enrollment (you can apply whenever you want) and we can freely choose when to start study either on February or July each year. I applied on June 2017 and choose July 2018 to start my study. The selection process is very fast, only 10 working days maximum. In my case, I got the result in 8 working days, and it was D-3 closing of LPDP application. It was so close but in the end I can apply LPDP with Letter of Acceptance (LoA) alhamdulillah (':

I clicked "Entry Requirements" to see what I need to have for applying this program.


In this page we can see the requirements. The requirements are different for each program. What listed above is for Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) only. You can explore RMIT website and find out the requirements for your own chosen program.

As we can see, the minimum GPA is 2.5 in any discipline (we don't need to have prior fashion degree) or if you have completed minimum 5 years in fashion industry experience, you are eligible to apply. Then, we get Selection Tasks: Statement, Interview, and References. Since I didn't apply on the basis of work experience, I didn't have to provide References, so I only made the Personal Statement (I will explain later on this post). They didn't requested me to attend the Interview and I don't know why. Maybe (this is my personal opinion, though), the Interview is done if our application/document is not complete/something missing, or if we have GPA below 2.5, or if your IELTS/TOEFL score is below the requirement and they want to test your fluency, or simply if they have further question. However, in my case, they didn't interview me and I am very very grateful (': well, you know how introverted I am.

Next, I clicked "How to Apply"



I skipped Number 1 as I already did it, and continued to Number 2: Supporting Documents.


So, other than the Selection Task (Statement, Interview, References), this is the documents we need to provide. The list above is general for all program, except the "Other attachments (if applicable)" section, it depends. The documents are scanned then uploaded. The documents I submitted are:

- Scan of Passport
- Certified copies of academic transcripts in English and Bahasa
- Certified copies of ALL graduation certificate (if you are cum laude and have the certificate, submit it) in English and Bahasa
- IELTS Test Result form
- CV
I use Europass CV format, but I think any format is acceptable. I only list relevant experience with fashion entrepreneurship in the CV. My suggestion is, before you apply for any program, make sure that you already have any relevant experiences. This will make your application strong and get you bigger chance to be accepted.
- Personal Statement (selection task for Master of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) program).

About Statement/Personal Statement, it is written in Selection Tasks section,

"You must include with your application a one page personal statement outlining the reasons why you will benefit from undertaking the Masters of Fashion (Entrepreneurship) and how it is aligned to your interests, aspirations and career ambitions."

so this is how we tell them about ourselves and our intention. Why we choose the program, what we have already got, why we are eligible for the program, why we are the best candidate. I wrote in a very honest way possible. We are expected to "sell" ourselves without being too selfish or too arrogant. I studied some personal statement sample that I googled and learned the essence. There is no exact format, except if the institution gives you one. In this case, RMIT only specifies the key contents: what benefit will I get from this program, aligned to my interest, aspirations, and career ambitions. This is my personal statement:


To be noted, you can't make it perfect by only one draft. So, revise, revise, and revise. Ask opinion from other people, like, is this too cocky, have I elaborated myself clearly, are the content on track or do I need to eliminate some derailed details, is there any grammatical error, is there any more suitable and more powerful, 'elegant', vocabulary, etc. 

After you have everything you need, you can access iapply.rmit.edu.au, create an account, verify, and start filling the form. Unfortunately I cannot provide the screenshot and step by step because I didn't document it and my application is finished. However, again, you can always Enquire and get your answers. You don't have to finish the application in one single access. You can fill, save, log out, and log on back to continue from your saved progress.

As I said before, it takes 10 working days maximum to get the result, or two calendar weeks to be exact. They sent me an email saying that I am Conditionally Offered which means I got a Conditional LoA. The term "Conditional" means that I need to provide something before they unconditionally accept me. I was surprised and happy, but also anxious at the same time, worrying about the condition I need to provide.

Alhamdulillah, the Condition is only that they need me to send a certified copies of my transcript and graduation certificates to RMIT via post/courier. They need to have the documents in hard copy, since the application process only got us to upload the scan or the soft copy. They will not give the documents back, that's why it is the certified copy that they asked for, not the original documents.

I sent the documents via EMS Pos Indonesia because it is the cheapest and trusted. We can also track the status of the delivery. It took 3 or 4 working days to send from Bogor to Melbourne, Australia. A week after my documents are delivered, I got another email. This time, the LoA is not conditional anymore (:


This is called Letter of Acceptance (LoA) or offer letter. I have to accept the offer in order to really enroll in this program. However, accepting the offer needs me to pay a deposit, fees, and OSHC which I am unable to do without getting scholarship. I currently in the process of LPDP scholarship selection and hopefully this time is my time. Well, if it is not my time, yet, it is okay. Learning from my previous failure, when Allah postponed to give what I am pursuing, He then Gave me a better one (: so.... ya.

I am afraid that is all I can tell you about my RMIT Admission Story. Please let me know if you have further questions, or if I need to correct anything. Leave a comment below, or if you need fast response, contact me via ayuginarani@gmail.com

I hope this post helps you.

With love,

ayugina

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Study in Sweden: Admission Story




No, I am not going to study master degree in Sweden this year.
If you are all curious.

I have this thing with my dream, that if I want something, I fight for it. Fight so hard.
I set specific condition of milieu around me, to motivate me all the time. For instance, I change my phone wallpaper, showing Haga Nygata street, as I dream to walk down there and take a deep breath and take in the odor of  the old stones. I set the Accu Weather app to report weather in Gothenburg daily, and get fascinated on how come it is sunny with 2 degree Celcius temperature. Or, sometimes when it gets to -3 degree Celcius, I wonder, how people live there, and I wonder whether we can stay young a little bit longer if we live there, like vegetables and fruits that we put in our fridge.

What I love the most about Scandinavian countries is the interior design (Oh that mute colours and that fluffy snugly blanket on the sofa and that abundant space to breathe). When I got my S.Ars. (Bachelor of Architecture) degree, I graduated with this passion of children space. My undergraduate thesis was about shopping mall as child friendly space, and did the survey mostly by observing (stalking) how children perceive and react to interior space in the mall (how they do silly things), and study interior elements with danger potential towards children. It is remarkable how children's imagination is, as they have thousands way to act towards a simple chair, while adults would only just sit on it.

I then found this program:

Child Culture Design, MFA (Master of Fine Arts), in School of Design and Crafts (HDK) University of Gothenburg through mastersportal.eu

and I was obsessed.

Actually there are A LOT of interesting and unique master programs abroad. I then found Business & Design, MA (Master of Arts), also in HDK University of Gothenburg, which I need for the future of Hana Aisha. My recommendation to browse university and programs is through topuniversities.com and mastersportal.eu

In Sweden, university enrollment is done through universityadmissions.se, so we don't apply directly to the university. We create an account here, and then we can start to apply. You can log in and log out anytime and save the progress, until the closing date. To enroll, Indonesian citizens have to pay 900 SEK, and by that amount of money, we can apply to maximum four programs. It is important to also rank the programs from one to four according to which one you wish the most. We can choose programs from the same and/or different universities in Sweden.

Most Master Degree programs are started in Autumn (late August or early September), and the enrollment begin from October (previous year) to January. For the details of this year's key dates, please visit here. Besides, only master programs started in Autumn are eligible for Swedish Institute Study Scholarship. For further information of eligibility criteria of SISS and how to apply, please study here.

Applying for university and for scholarship are different thing. For SISS, the application portal is applications.si.se and we don't have to pay at all. However, we must first make application in universityadmissions.se because we are asked to write our application number in the SISS form.

Now back to the university admission story.
Through universityadmissions.se portal, we upload the documents needed. You can study the general requirements here, including English Language Requirements test score needed. To be noted, once a document is uploaded, you can not delete or change it. Please be careful.


I applied to two programs, Child Culture Design (as I mentioned earlier), and Business & Design (for the future of Hana Aisha):

Taking care of the admission documents, preparing them, uploading them, can be really difficult.
Please start doing this as far as possible from the closing dates of enrollment.
These are the general documents I had to upload to apply to Child Culture Design and Business & Design Program.


Besides those general documents, there are also specific documents depend on the program. To see this, you have to visit the university website. They have specific requirements, documents, and selection tasks, for example: design portfolio. Plus, each programs may also have different criteria of portfolio, for example: 

taken from here and here.

According to the information in the university website, hdk.gu.se, my portfolio have to be submitted digitally to their DAP system dap.hdk.gu.se, not through universityadmissions.se. So basically, you should follow the instructions. Some other programs need Reference Letter, Personal Statement, etc that you have to upload through universityadmissions.se or through their own system. Just follow the instructions, and just embrace that different programs have different instructions. To be also noted, you should not upload documents that they do not ask for.

On the late of March, close to the first selection announcement date, I opened my account in unversityadmissions.se and Alhamdulillah I am qualified for both programs. Qualified means that I meet the entry requirements and I am eligible for the program, but this doesn't mean that I am admitted. There are further selections, especially for the portfolio. The university will then rank the applicants based on their qualifications, and admit those with highest ranks, according to the quota available for the program.

On the announcement day, sadly my status was Conditionally placed on Reserve (Waiting List), number 4 for Child Culture Design, and number 27 for Business & Design. I have to answer Yes or No, whether to keep the place or not.


There are applicants that have been Admitted, and they also have to answer to Yes or No. As I am Waiting List number 4, if four people answer No, their places will become available and I can take a place. Please note that answering this also has a deadline. You have to reply Yes to keep the place.

One month later, at the end of April, I got an email saying that I have been offered a place in Child Culture Design.  



Unfortunately, I can't accept this offer because I don't get the SISS Scholarship. There are two steps of selection and I already passed the first selection, plus submitted the documents needed for the second selection. However, SISS Scholarship is only eligible for applicants who are Admitted in the first announcement, not Placed on Reserve or Waiting List like me. I personally think, that is also how they select the best candidate for the scholarship. 

Was I sad? Yes. I cried a river, once I was Placed on Reserve, because I already knew that I am not studying in Sweden without scholarship. Though I think that's how Allah tells me He already had better plan. 

Didn't I have backup plan? Yes, I planned to apply LPDP, first intake, but that was not happening.. I thought LPDP this year (2017) will be the same with last year (four intakes throughout the year). Then it turned out that this year, LPDP only open one single intake, and only for those who study abroad in 2018 (next year). 

If I accept the Child Culture Design offer, I have to pay the first installment of tuition fee by June 2017 and I find no way to make it. 

I learned a lot from this experience. To be not in rush, to be patient, to be persistent, to fight for the best but let Allah do the rest, and to believe that this is just a closing door while other doors are opening. 

I am ready to be obsessed to another country, another program, and another life plan. Through SISS application form, I was forced to write out clearly about my vision, my dream, why I deserved the scholarship, and that was the first time I was told to do so, like mapping myself and my life ahead. In this quarter life crisis phase (being 22 y.o, even Taylor Swift has the song for it), I am still in the process of finding myself and my dream.

"I enjoy the pursuit of my dream so much that even if I fail, I will consider my life to have been well spent." - taken from "Put Your Dream to The Test" Book by John. C. Maxwell.

Yes, ayugina, these previous months have been well spent (:


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Pottery Art - Harmony, Action, and Reaction





















First of all I would like to explain why I left this blog for a couple of weeks.

Hopefully, I am getting my bachelor of architecture degree (B.Arch or S.Ars in bahasa), SOON !

Well, yesterday I have just submitted my undergraduate thesis draft for thesis defense next week, so as you know, my previous days have been so busy........
....... to procrastinate.

Oh. My. God. It was so hard to find the mood to finish my thesis, like, I had to watch several SacconeJolys YouTube videos first, and a bit of Zoella, and so on, and on, until I was ready to write, which happened very late at night. So I did not get a chance to sleep.

All hail procrastination.

But still, writing the thesis is nothing, compared to interior architecture studio life.
So, well, I survived ! I managed to submit the draft yesterday ! Yeay !

and again, writing this blog is actually another procrastination. I should start my presentation for the defense.


It's a fun thing to do, updating this blog.
Fun thing first.

Fun thing first.


So,
this is another photo essay. A final project for my photography course.
The theme of the photo essay is Art People.

It is focused on the artist, as well as the artwork.
We can not only highlight the artwork as an object, apart from the artist. We need to know what inspires the artist, why the artist chooses to create that, what is the meaning of the artwork, what is the story, and so on.

I consider myself as an artist. I have a collection of artworks named Hana Aisha.
Being an artist is different from being an architect, though. Architect has tons of context to consider: site, clients (humans, with complex personality, which must be taken to consideration too), culture, materials, budgets, etc. There are tons of reason behind every lines, shapes, and forms of the design. There are tons of revision. There are tons of sleepless night.

One of the reason I started Hana Aisha is to free myself from those contexts.
Yes, an artist does not have limitation to their artworks. An artist can express anything, freely, independently, unreasonably.

So does this pottery artist.
Unfortunately I made this using Bahasa Indonesia, so that some of you will not understand the essay, but let me translate the essay here, especially for you (:

Pottery Art: Harmony, Action and Reaction, between The Clay and The Artist's Fingers

In this industrial and fabricated era, things are mass-produced. The forms and the shapes are look alike and typical, for the sake of functionality, efficiency, and pressed cost production. As if humans, that using them, are robots with no heart, taste, and personality. The meaning of a cup, is just a cup. Literally, the definition from dictionary (KBBI), is 'a little bowl with an ear (a vessel of coffee or tea which is meant to be drank)'. A cup is interpreted by its physical and functional aspects only. We have left and forgotten the era when those machines and factories have not taken control of our life, when things are made straight from humans' hands and humans' creativity. From human, by human, for human, and inhumane: based on humans' body and soul, mind and heart, not on programming codes and thousand control switches.

Mr. Nanda is an artist, working in Munti Bali Keramik, where all the cups are not just mere cups; they are all artworks. In here, all the objects are made by human, without machine at all. From a lump of clay to a dining set, with a complexion of leaves and butterfly on the surfaces. Mr. Nanda uses a spinning table, controlled by his feet. The feet stamps, the table spins, the clay spins as well, the fingers dance and express the shape wanted. Harmony is created, from the action and reaction between the clay and the artist. Even the smallest details count. His artworks are expression of his mind and heart, body and soul, as a human. The table and the tools are such a silent witness of his journey, creating cups by cups, plates by plates, and sets by sets, which are not only functional but also artsy. One by one is carved, without machine, only the artist, the tools, and the spinning table. The leaves and butterflies complexion are also carved by hand, inspired form the nature of Indonesia.

They are unique and beautiful, and spoke out. Those qualities can not be achieved by mere machine and factory.

See the photos by clicking here, if the attachment below does not work.


Thank you for reading. I hope it gives nothing but good to you.

ayugina

Monday, 23 May 2016

Designing from Narrative

Hello friends,
Today I am going to share one of exercise/assignment in Interior Architectural Design 5 (Term VII / 10 Credits).
You know what, I am trying to remember now, what is the title of this exercise. I think it is something to do with "narrative", like "designing from narrative", I am not sure. Now I give up.
So.. the exercise was like this:
First, we needed to have a book titled "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino. The book is about cities, with unique names, unique souls, stories, and personalities. The cities (the cityscape, the people, the life) are told narratively and descriptively.  There is no illustration at all. The writer has such way of writing and words selection which provokes our imagination. It is a very good book and I think you must search and read one (:
We then formed a group of three. My group was me, Wiwit, and Nadiya. What to do next was, selecting one passage (telling one city) out of 100+ passages. The considerations were (1) we had to understand the story, (2) we had to be able to imagine how the city is, (3) since there is no illustration at all, what came up to our mind, like the visualization, must be different each other since we do have different mind and different interpretation. So we chose the city with the most interesting material when it comes to discussion and visualization.
This is the chosen passage: Baucis, page 68
"After a seven days’ march through woodland, the traveler directed toward Baucis cannot see the city and yet he has arrived. The slender stilts that rise from the ground at a great distance from one another and are lost above the clouds support the city. You climb them with ladders. On the ground the inhabitants rarely show themselves: having already everything they need up there, they prefer not to come down. Nothing of the city touches the earth except those long flamingo legs on which it rests and, when the days are sunny, a pierced, angular shadow that falls on the foliage. 
There are three hypotheses about the inhabitants of Baucis: that they hate the earth; that they respect it so much they avoid all contact; that they love it as it was before they existed and with spyglasses and telescopes aimed downward they never tire of examining it, leaf by leaf, stone by stone, ant by ant, contemplating with fascination their own absence."
Now the interesting part:
each of us had to make 3 sketches and 1 model (architectural models) based on the narrative.

Okay now I am sure the title of this exercise is "Designing from Narrative" hahaha

So after discussing over and over, and getting the main idea, we divided our work based on three hypotheses: hate the earth, respect so much they avoid all contact, and love the earth.

I chose the hate because I loved the idea in my mind about the interpretation, and these are my sketches and model.
PS: Sorry for the silly watermark




















and this is the full publication on issuu.com, including my friends sketches and models. If it takes too long to load, or if it doesn't appear on mobile browser, you can also click here.


I hope you like this post. Feel free to comment and share.
ayugina

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Photo Essay: "Kampong Life"

Hello again friends, here comes my second post.

On my last term in university, I decided to take Photography Class as one last elective course (3 Credits) to company my journey in writing undergraduate thesis (8 Credits).

One of the reason is that I really don't want to open my laptop, click none other than Ms Word, over and over again until I get sick of words and want to puke all of it.

As an interior architecture student, my previous seven terms were rarely using Ms Word because I did interior architectural design, and Ms Word and the other Ms Office family is definitely not for designing.

Even for creating presentation slide.

We create each slides using Adobe Photoshop and convert them to jpeg file,
like one jpeg file for one slide.

And then, we insert the jpeg files one by one to Ms Power Point.

Is that weird or cool? or just meh?

So, in my previous seven terms, I already got sick of SketchUp, Vray, Rhinoceros (sometimes, but mostly SketchUp), and Adobe Photoshop.

Don't get me wrong; I did enjoy my study, and those programs are AMAZING. Thank you to all of the team that created those amazing programs.

Especially Vray.
I love love love rendering because it is so magical I always want to cry """:

But still, having FIVE design studios (7 Credits, 7 Credits, 9 Credits, 9 Credits, and 10 Credits) with huge number of credits were taking away my life........... so I got sick. I mean "sick". Those studios were deadly "fun". (Oh so paradoxical)

And for the last term, the design studios are all over and suddenly I am required to write an undergraduate thesis.
Just write.
(It's not just writing, though, but you know, all I do is writing).

And I think I am going to miss designing... with all of the love and hate relationship with the process.

So, I took Photography Class which was available, because taking photograph with professional camera, with such knowledge, technique, and concept, is something new to me.
And I love that.
I love learning something new.

And I require to use Adobe Photoshop to layout my photographs (plus the title, captions, metadata) for task submission.

So, yea. I get balance between writing and doing art.
It is a good thing.


I think I have to end this over long introductory words now. I am sorry if it is too long.



This is one of my assignment that I really like. A photo essay, "Kampong" themed.
Kampong is village in Bahasa Indonesia.

A photo essay is an essay, with photographs as the text. The photographs are not mere illustrations for your words. The photographs are the main story teller of the essay. We also need words to explain things that support the essay, but the words are just additional element to the essay. The main element is the photographs.


Here it is.









Feel free to comments down below. I hope you enjoy this post.
ayugina


Saturday, 21 May 2016

Accepting Myself




Hello, you can call me ayugina. I am going to use this blog to share positive things because I feel like the world today, or cyber world, or world in printed and online media, is lack of positive things.

I am going to write this blog in English because I am hoping to reach more audience from all over the world without any language barrier.

First thing first, I am an INFJ.
I am introvert, idealist, perfectionist, sensitive, reactive, and full of judgement.
And it is hard to live the life being me.

It has been years since I write freely in my previous blog (I have taken it down as my private memento so unfortunately you can not visit it anymore).
The blog was the only place I can be true to myself and express everything without worrying people's judgement.

Because people do judge, (me too)
and it is really suck.

I decide to create a new one to have a fresh start.

It becomes worse in this social media era since people can hide behind their device monitors, be anonymous, and then judge, and bully, without having the responsibility of the horrible things they have said or done.

My life is full of judgement, especially in high school. my friends (Are they really my friends?) judged me a lot, without knowing what my real intention was, how my real life was, or attempting to know me better before concluding anything... and that makes high school is one of the worst moment in my life. That also makes me reluctant to go to reunion, or such events, because... it hurts. Even writing this post hurts my feeling so much.

An introvert, idealist, and perfectionist like me doesn't have a good social life.

I do not talk if I do not have anything to say, and it makes everything difficult for making a friend. I can't chit chat, or ask basic questions, or throw a joke, or pretend to laugh. Meeting a new person is a very difficult and awkward moment for me.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

A New Rosebud


As time goes on and on and on, as new skyscrapers are built, as new dawn begins, as new smartphones are invented, as new roses are blooming, as a new book opened, as a new chapter of life begins,

I am ready for a new start.

With warm hugs and roses,
ayugina