December 2019 - Journal of Monica

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Celebration - From Compassion To Action
Wednesday, December 25, 20190 Comments









“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson





December, 2019. Can you imagine celebrating your first Christmas in other country without your family? can you also imagine how it's like to have a Christmas without holiday? Well, welcome to China, where holiday is only for China's day. 

I thought it would be my first worst Christmas. I did not really get the Christmas vibes at the time, plus christian is minority here. But THANK GOD, that was my first thought. My Senior, who is also christian, invite me to follow the FCTA event which is Christmas celebration with children with disabilities in special school. I was so happy finally I got the chance to do something special, tbh.





There was a lot of volunteers. I was happy i got the chance to meet new friends who are also foreigner students. Some come from Philippine, some from Pakistan, India, Africa and also China itself. Gather around, cheering them up, and also give some gift to the kid is the most precious moment that I have ever experienced, even thought we still have one problem; language barrier.




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The celebration was amazing. It started with a small ceremony, singing the national song of China and gathered around. Then the game started. The game is designed for all the kids, and us as the volunteers can only support them. There are a lot of fun games and at the end of the event we give Christmas presents for them. Doll, snacks, candy, apples, etc. Then we have lunch together, eating jiaozi and boiled egg. It was all traditional, yet so fun.





All the kids looked so happy. I love this. they dream, create and imagine. They live their life without fear. I guess because they don't think too much. This is what their privilege. Having no fear, always be happy and not overthinking. But what about us? Somewhere along the line, feeling guilty, fearful, and unhappy has become the norm. It is almost expected. What happened to us to take away our feeling of excitement for what tomorrow holds and replaced it with worry?







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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Proud Indonesian🇲🇨 | Saman Nanjing Xiaozhuang University 南京晓庄学院
Saturday, December 21, 2019 2 Comments
Proud Indonesian🇲🇨 | Saman Nanjing Xiaozhuang University 南京晓庄学院🇨🇳



Hard work paid off!!
On Wednesday, December 10th 2019 after a stressful months of practicing, we finally did it!. 
It was an event from Economic Students of Nanjing Xiaozhuang University and us, as Indonesian students are asked to also give performance for this event and of course, we gladly accept it. We were practicing for like 2 times a week, starting from September.

Proud Indonesian🇲🇨 | Saman Nanjing Xiaozhuang University 南京晓庄学院🇨🇳
Saman Squad🤘🏻

To be honest this is my first time participating in such an event like this.

When I heard the word saman for the first time, I wasn't really paying attention for that because I know I cannot dance, and dance is not my cup of tea. I've never been to a traditional dance practice before and this is the most interesting, yet remarkable things ever that I learned in China. As we know, Saman is one of the complicated traditional dance, using speediness and agility in order to make a cohesive movement towards one another. When my senior asked me to join saman, I laught at first. Me, dancing? hahaha. No way. Cant relate. But then one of my friends also asked me to join the saman dance and said that saman is not that hard, so why not join? Then I decided to join, but with half a heart. Even thought I was a thrash and I still forget some of the dance when we performed, at least I do my best, right?





Proud Indonesian🇲🇨 | Saman Nanjing Xiaozhuang University 南京晓庄学院🇨🇳


There are a lot of movements, and tbh it drives me crazy. I'm not good at memorizing things and that's why every time we practiced, I always made at least one mistake. I was also didn't really into it until one day, one of my friend told me that I should proud of what I am doing. Being able to perform our own traditional culture in another country is such a blessing, and I am lucky to be part of it. Then a sense of pride arose on me😎 that's when I began to practice seriously. I learned that dance movement is not something that we memorize, it is something that we feel, something that goes along with the rhythm of the music. Harmonize. As soon as I learn how to feel the rhythm, I started to understand the movement. Saman become easier when I understand the rhythm. I make less mistake ever since that, and finally at the performing day I get the chance to show my own traditional dance, to other country. #PROUDINDONESIA🇲🇨

Proud Indonesian🇲🇨 | Saman Nanjing Xiaozhuang University 南京晓庄学院🇨🇳
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This is the short version of our (amateur) performance😂. Enjoy!!




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