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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

2元专卖, Mengunjungi Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing
Wednesday, September 09, 20200 Comments



Dulu saya pernah bertanya-tanya. Produk made in Cina di Indonesia harganya murah-murah dan affordable, kalo di Cina harganya berapa ya?

Kaget, akhirnya suatu hari pertanyaan saya bisa saya jawab sendiri Setelah tinggal di Cina. Suatu kesenangan sendiri ketika menjadi seorang w  anderlust, bisa mengeksplore hal-hal baru.

2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Aqua City

Tempat yang saya kunjungi kali ini adalah 2元专卖 (2 Yuán zhuānmài) Yang jika diterjemahkan langsung artinya Toko Monopoly 2 Yuan. Kenapa namanya 2 yuan? Karena semua yang ada di toko ini harganya dua yuan, jika di konversikan dengan mata uang indonesia sekitar Rp. 4000 an (1 Yuan kurang lebih 1.900 rupiah)

Toko serba 2000 ini terletak di Nanjing, tepatnya daerah Xinjiekou. Tempat ini tidak begitu jauh dari Aquacity, sekitar 5 menit jalan kaki, namun memang karena tempatnya tidak begitu besar agak sedikit susah ditemukan.

2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Penampakan Toko yang Memanjang kebelakang

Toko ini tidak begitu luas, bahkan bisa dibilang super sempit dan kelihatan sumpek. Kenapa? Karena ada banyak sekali barang-barang yang dijual disini, namun ukuran tempat hanya sekitar 3x40m persegi saja. Memanjang kebelakang namun tidak begitu lebar. Tempatnya juga bisa dibilang sedikit terlihat kumuh, walaupun terletak dipinggir jalan dan memiliki banyak pengunjung. Walaupun begitu, hal ini tidak akan membuat saya mundur, karena saya memang pecinta barang murah :)) Murah, tapi tidak murahan yaa heheehe.


Lanjutttt....
Lalu apa saja yang dijual disini? Banyak! Namun karna memang harganya hanya 4ribuan, mayoritas barang yang dijual ya yang kecil-kecil. Ya, yang sesuai dengan harga 4 ribuan ya.

Ada keychain, notebook, peralatan make-up, alat makan, dan masih banyak lagi barang-barang kecil yang lucu-lucu dijual disini. Dan sesuai dengan namanya, semuanya harganya bener-bener cuma 2RMB alias 4ribuan ya guys! gada yang lebih, tapi gada yang kurang juga😂.

Daripada penasaran apa aja yang dijual, langsung lihat aja fotonya yuk cekidottt

2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Gantungan kunci yang lucu banget sumpahh🥺



2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Peralatan kecantikan❤️

2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Peralatan masak super lengkap, kapan lagi beli alat dapur cuma 4ribuannn

2元专卖, Toko Serba 4000 di Nanjing - RSJournal
Bahkan disini ada jual barang-barang pecah belah juga donggg🤧



Lalu, bagaimana soal kualitas barang?

Sebenarnya, dengan hanya membayar 4ribuan saya tidak begitu berharap banyak dengan kualitasnya. Ada harga ada barang, bener kan? Dan kita tidak bisa menuntut kualitas super jika kita sendiri pun hanya mengeluarkan duit sedikit.  So, you got the point, right?


TAPIIIIIIIIII...
tapi tapi tapi....
ada tapinya lho guys!!

Justru karena harganya cuma 4ribuan, SAYA KAGETTT, literally kaget banget karna kualitas barangnya ga semuanya jelek! Bahkan ada beberapa barang yang i'd say kalo dijual di Indo pasti bisa jadi 25ribuan keatas.

Kualitasnya sebagus itu, manteman. Misalnya gantungan kunci, barangnya bener-bener bagus dan besinya terbuat dari stainless. Bahan plastiknya pun bukan plastik abal-abal yang baunya ga enak dan cepat rusak. Pokoknya the best dehhhh. Pandai-pandainya kita milih aja, karena emang ada beberapa barang yang kualitasnya biasa aja (sesuai dengan harga).


Jadi gitu guys pengalamanku belanja di Toko serba 2kuai hehe. Sebenarnya pengen bikin haul juga sekalian untuk barang-barang yang aku beli disitu (habis 40kuai alias 80ribu 😆) cuma karena belum sempat difoto dan barangnya udah kepake duluan, akhirnya nggak jadi deh hehehee.



Sekian dulu manteman, thank you for visiting my blog yaa. Salam sehat selalu ditengah pandemi ini🙏🏻
GBU and have a nice day!





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Thursday, July 02, 2020

10 Principles of Economics - Implementation in My Life
Thursday, July 02, 20200 Comments




When we talk about a list of economic principles, this most commonly refers to Gregory Mankiw’s “Ten Principles of Economics.” The list is a set of principles about the way economics should work. The 10 principles are divided into three categories: decisions people make, the work of the economy as a whole and people interactions. 10 principles of economy is the very basic principle that can be applied in our daily life from all ages, even for student like me.

This time, I’m going to elaborate the 10 principles of economics decision making, how it improve my decision making.



Principle 1: PEOPLE FACE TRADEOFFS

With Economy, it become easier for me to decide what am I going to take to reach my goals. I believe everyone in this world has their own goals. We all have it. Something that want to achieve before some period of time. We also have our own different way to achieve it. Some people who likes to challenges themselves will choose to take harder path, while some risk-averse person would avoid that. Making decisions requires trading-off one goal against another.

For example like one of my goals, presumably, is to obtain a well-rounded liberal education. Taking Double Degree in China is one of the means I have chosen to that end. This also implies subsidiary means-ends relationships. Suppose one of my goals is “passing double degree.” Reading the textbook, listening to the teacher, individual study, doing the assignments, coming to class, and visiting the peer tutor are means to that end. But, it has to be done effectively and efficiently in order to reach my goals just in time.


Principles 2: THE COST OF SOMETHING IS WHAT YOU GIVE UP TO GET IT.

Since we all do tradeoffs, people would normally would seek cost and benefits that their action going to incur. For every action that we do, one has to sacrifice something. To get something one has to sacrifice other thing. For example, a country can spend its maximum resources for its defense but at the same time, it has to sacrifice the maximum spending for the country welfare. A society also faces tradeoffs between the Efficiency and Equity. The government generally tax rich people so that it can get the money from them and use it for the welfare of the poor people; this brings the equity but reduced the efficiency. This is called Opportunity cost.

With economy, I am able to decide which one that I should willing to give up in order to reach something. I learn how to make decision that is going to lead who will I be in the future. Taking one example that I have experienced, Now I come to China to do study and reach my double degree program. It simply means that I have to leave Indonesia and of course, spend a huge amount of money and time. My opportunity cost is money and time, which I had given up for the my double degree program.


Principle 3: RATIONAL PEOPLE THINK AT THE MARGIN

People make trade-offs. Economic analysis is incremental: when we make decisions, we will compare the costs and benefits of a little bit more or a little bit less of something. We don’t usually make sweeping categorical decisions about what is good or what is bad. I generally won’t decide that studying economics is Always Good (otherwise, I would study economics 24 hours a day) or Always Bad (otherwise, I would not study economics at all). I will compare, for example, the cost of an additional evening spent studying International Economy subject to the benefit of and additional evening studying accounting.

Generally, people will do everything for which the marginal benefit exceeds the marginal cost and nothing for which the marginal cost exceeds the marginal benefit. The decisions we should make ultimately depend on our goals and values. Economics as such cannot tell us whether we should spend the next minute, the next hour, or the next day studying economics, studying physics, updating our Facebook page, or sleeping, but it can tell us that we’re making a trade-off. One always does small changes in their plan of action to achieve maximum benefits from the process. This small change known as the marginal changes as it take place around edges.

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Nanjing Xiaozhuang University

For example, I was going to Atma Jaya University in Indonesia, and then there was an offer from my international office that Nanjing Xiaozhuang university has double degree program. I was interested at the time, but I wasn’t directly make the decision to join the double degree program instead doing my research about the university first. When I do research, here’s what I found when join the double degree program:
Benefits for taking double degree:
  • If I join double degree, I got 2 degrees.
  • Besides have two degrees, I also get more experience, not only study in China but also life in China, be able to get to know about the country, the culture, habits and many more.
  • If we are smart enough to manage money, the living cost in china could be lower than in Indonesia, especially in my province, Yogyakarta.
  • I also found out that the cost in Nanjing Xiaozhuang University is way more cheap than in my former university. Let say that in my base university, in a year I should pay the tuition fee of Rp. 30.000.000,00 or RMB. 15.000, while in Nanjing Xiaozhuang I only need to pay RMB 4000, covered up by the government scholarship.
Considering the research that found, I think I will gain the most If I take double degree program instead of just staying in my former university. The thing that I actually consider the most is the degree and also for additional, the scholarship. I think this is a good opportunity to me and it would be waste if I did not take it. Final decision: I choose what benefits me the most, that is taking double degree program in Nanjing Xiaozhuang University.


Principle 4: PEOPLE RESPOND TO INCENTIVES

Incentives motivate people to do action. We will do more of something as the cost falls, and we will do less of it as the cost rises, just like the law of demand. Similarly, we will try to supply more of something that gets more remunerative and less of something that gets less remunerative just like the law of supply. Prices are some of the most important incentives in economics. The price is the number of money that have to be traded for something (RMB 15 for a cup of coffee, for example). Market prices emerge from the interactions of buyers and sellers.

Behaviours of any person or firm changes according to the environmental variables like benefits or cost changes. For example: If the cost of the orange increases then the consumer will shift towards apples, as cost of orange is high. In this principle, I learn that in order to use money efficiently. Christmas in one day in the entire year, that is on December 25th. During this day, people are expected to eat pork. To add to this tradition, it is a national holiday for Christians in my country. As we can imagine, the demand for Christmas traditional meal; pork, increases drastically before Christmas.
Source: Google
Before and after Christmas (D1), people who demanded pork wanted it for a normal meal. The demand was not particularly elastic nor inelastic. On Christmas day (or a few days before), demand for pork increases (D2). People now want pork for their meal, no matter the price. In addition to the increase in demand, demand becomes inelastic. With this shift in demand to the right, the price for pork increases drastically, as well as the quantity demanded.

For some people, changes in price doesn’t really matter as long as they can get what they want. But also, for some people of course this is such a problem. With the same amount of money why can’t we get the same quantity?. Then, how to overcome this problem?. The answer is simple. Find the substitution for pork. On Christmas people eat pork, but when we think the price is out of logic, we can substitute pork with another meat, such as cow’s meat, or maybe chicken because the demand is remain stabile and the price of the cow and chicken is not increasing.


Principle 5: TRADE CAN MAKE EVERYONE BETTER OFF

Trade is a kind of voluntary cooperation, and it makes us wealthier. This happens in two ways. First, we know that since people act, they will only do things if they expect it to make them better off. If I trade RMB250 for a ticket to see the Eric Chou concert, I infer that it is because I expect to prefer the concert to anything else I could have done with the RMB250. This is not to say that people won’t make mistakes from time to time—we have all rented a terrible movie or ordered something at a restaurant that we didn’t like—but in general, trade will make us better off. The second way trade makes us better off is by increasing our productivity.

According to the law of comparative advantage, when people specialize and trade, they can produce more output with the same inputs. Similarly, they can produce the same outputs with fewer inputs. In either case, people have more resources with which to attain their goals. This has an important implication that echoes a thought originally expressed by Adam Smith: people are more likely to help you achieve your goals if you help them achieve theirs


Principle 6: MARKETS ARE USUALLY A GOOD WAY TO ORGANIZE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

Market Economy is the concept where a centralized judgment planner is substituted by judgement of millions of households and firms. The place where the households and firm can communicate with each other for services and goods is known as market and it is taken place under the influence of the price and self-interest, which helps them to take decision. For example: Taxes that impose by the government always change the goods price and decision of producer and consumers. Individuals and firms that operate in a market economy respond to prices and thereby act as if guided by an “invisible hand” which leads the market to allocate resources efficiently.

For example, if there is an oversupply of wheat on the world market then individual farmers will lower the price they charge until they can sell all of their wheat. Lower wheat prices will also likely reduce the total quantity of wheat that farmers decide to produce. Market prices are able to adjust to equate supply and demand without the need for any central planning.


Principle 7: GOVERNMENTS CAN SOMETIMES IMPROVE MARKET OUTCOMES

When a market fails to distribute the resources efficiently, it is known as market failure, which decreases efficiency. Government impose some rules to improve the market. Sometimes a market may fail to allocate resources efficiently, and government regulation can be used to improve the outcome. Market failures can occur due to the existence of public goods, monopolies and externalities. For example, an electricity supplier might have a monopoly. Government regulation may be required to ensure that the supplier does not abuse its market power. Government actually helps the market to improved better.

When talking about it, we also talking about the other benefits that given from the government, that is Scholarship. I think education is very expensive. In Indonesia there are a lot of scholarship offers in order to make a well educated country. Those who are smart and handwork student, and also has full of achievement can go to university for free. This indirectly benefits two side, the market itself that is the university because they get some smart and hard work student, while the student doesn’t need to pay the tuition fee for the university.


Principle 8: A COUNTRY’S STANDARD OF LIVING DEPENDS ON ITS ABILITY TO PRODUCE GOODS AND SERVICES

The living standard in the country is depends upon the country producing capacity. In country where, more goods and service are produced in a unit time their standard of living is high as compared to the people with less productivity. Living standard of China is not really different with Indonesia, even thought we still see some price gap for the necessity product that sell internationally like shampoo, soap, food and so on.

In Indonesia, the an international brand of shampoo’s price could be like Rp.40,000.00 or RMB 19, but in China, the exact same brand, size and characteristic of shampoo could be sell at RMB 50. That’s what the price different of necessity product. But for daily meal, local product, and everything that made in China, its very cheap!. Really cheap. Since I come to China I decided to use all made in china product because the price is lower, yet the quality is not bad.


Principle 9: PRICES RISE WHEN THE GOVERNMENT PRINTS TOO MUCH MONEY

Inflation is the state in which the price level increases in the economy. Inflation occurs when the supply of the money, which is under the hood of government, increased drastically in compare to the accessibility of services and goods in the markets. When the government produce high quantity of nation’s money, than it has loose its value. the quantity of money increases and each unit of money therefore becomes less valuable. As a result, more money is required to buy goods and services. To solve this such a problem, government usually create Bonds. It basically some kind like a piece of paper than written the amount of money and the interest rate. So we buy the ownership of the paper and they got our money. What’s the benefit then? The benefit for us the buyer is the interest rate, and the benefit from the government is to reduce the amount of money that flows too much.

Decision making also occurred when inflation happen. When interest rate increase in bank, it will be better to save money on bank. People become more interested to invest the money on bank, rather than only keep it in their wallet. Then, the decision occurs whether to only keep the money on their wallet (which is resulted in no gain at all) or to deposits the money to the bank, which will benefit them interest rate.


Principle 10: SOCIETY FACES A SHORT-RUN TRADEOFF BETWEEN INFLATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT.

Reducing inflation often causes a temporary rise in unemployment. This tradeoff is the key to understanding the short-run effects of changes in taxes, government spending and monetary policy. Policy that are making, to reduce the inflation led to increase in unemployment and policy to reduce unemployment led to increase in inflation this properly describe in Philip curve. This concept ends in 1970 when inflation and unemployment co-existed at their maximum peak. The relationship between the inflation and unemployment is temporary.




References:
Heyne, Paul. 2012. Way Of Thinking.12e. Pearson.
https://www.slideshare.net/sareenaikbal/economics-and-decision-making
https://medium.com/blank-101/economics-in-everyday-life-4e8c0373e9ef
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/economy.asp




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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Review Digibank by DBS, Underatted but Worth to Try!
Wednesday, June 24, 20200 Comments

Berawal ketika suatu hari saya dan teman saya sedang jalan-jalan berdua di Mall Ambarukmo plaza. Biasa lah, kelakuan mahasiswa yang kalo lagi gabut pasti larinya ke mall. Waktu itu ceritanya kami berdua baru selesai makan di lantai 3. Saat melewati eskalator... tiba-tiba kami dicegat oleh mbak-mbak spg yang menawarkan kartu digibank.

Awalnya saya tidak begitu tertarik karena saya sudah punya kartu bank lain. Hendak ingin langsung menolak, tapi karena nggak enak dengan mbaknya akhirnya saya ikut mendengarkan penjelasannya.

Ini beberapa claim Digibank by DBS dari spg yang saya dengar waktu itu:
  • Tidak dipungut biaya apapun untuk pembuatan kartu
  • Tidak perlu melakukan deposit awal
  • Penarikan bisa sampai nol rupiah
  • Karena tidak memiliki mesin ATM sendiri maka biaya penarikannya bisa dilakukan di ATM bank manapun dan gratis
  • Tidak ada biaya administrasi bulanan
  • Tidak ada buku tabungan, semuanya sudah menggunakan sistem e-banking yang didownload saat melakukan pendaftaran.

Karena beberapa pertimbangan di atas, akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk membuatnya. Batin saya 'ga ada salahnya juga, toh juga gratis ga ngeluarin biaya sama sekali'. Setelah itu saya mendaftar dan kata mbaknya kartu ATMnya akan dikirim sesuai dengan alamat yang saya daftarkan.



Jujur, awal-awal setelah mendapatkan kartu ini saya sama sekali tidak pernah menggunakannya. Hal tersebut dikarenakan orang tua saya mengirimkan uang saya di kartu atm saya yang pertama, sehingga di ATM Digibank saya kosong dan belum ada isinya. Hingga suatu hari saya iseng membuka-buka aplikasi Digibank ini dan melihat bagian promo. Ternyata banyak sekali promonya!~

Dari situlah saya mulai sedikit demi sedikit mengirim duit dari atm yang lain ke akun Digibank saya, hanya untuk dapetin promo. Berawal dari coba-coba, lama-lama saya benar-benar jadi ketagihan dan merasa banyak banget benefit yang saya dapat dari bank Digibank!🤯. Akhirnya setelah berbagai macam pertimbangan saya memutuskan untuk mengganti bank utama saya menjadi Digibank. 

Kenapa? Berikut ini saya akan menjelaskan alasan mengapa saya berganti menjadi Digibank by DBS, cekidot!




Praktis!!!


Hal ini menjadi yang pertama untuk saya karena memang Digibank by DBS sepraktis itu! Sebelumnya memang saya belum sempat membuat e-banking di ATM saya yang pertama, makanya saya sedikit kewalahan dengan yang namanya transfer duit, top up, beli pulsa dll. Semenjak ada Digibank saya hanya perlu berdiam diri di kasur untuk melakukan transaksi, tanpa harus pergi ke ATM terdekat dulu. Semuanya bisa dilakukan hanya dengan satu aplikasi yaitu Digibank!



Gratis Transfer dan Tarik Tunai


Hal kedua yang saya sukai adalah gratis transfer dan tarik tunai! Tidak tahu kenapa saat menjadi mahasiswa saya menjadi sering melakukan transaksi. Bayar patungan, tugas, danusan, hingga bayar utang ke teman selalu butuh transaksi. Kalau dulu disuruh bayar-bayar saya lebih suka bayar tunai karena tidak ada fee admin. Tapi hal ini sangat tidak praktis mengigat harus ketemuan dulu baru bisa bayar. Untungnya saya sudah memiliki Digibank, jadi kalo disuruh bayar-bayar udah ga mikir-mikir lagi tinggal minta nomor rekening, udah langsung beres😂.

Oh iya, saya kurang tahu ini kebijakan baru atau tidak, namun ada minimal gratis transfer dan tarik tunai ya, minimalnya saldo diatas Rp. 1,000,000 dulu baru bisa menikmati fitur ini. Jadi yang suka transfer duit, jangan lupa limitnya ya!
Ayo lihat promonya di sini



Gratis Top Up dan Biaya admin yang Kecil


Kalo yang ini, tentunya yang paling disukai temen-temen yang suka jajan. Top up ke berbagai e-wallet seperti gopay, ovo, dan link aja di Digibank gratisss jadi gaperlu mikir biaya tambahan lagi. Lumayan kan kalo sekali top up fee admin 2500, kalo 10 kali top up udah Rp.25,000 sendiri🤯 uangnya bisa disimpen buat jajan chatime🤤

Terus juga menurut saya, lewat Digibank ini biaya admin relatif kecil, seperti kalau mau isi pulsa yang biasanya dikenakan Rp. 1500-2500 sekali transfer, sedangkan lewat Digibank fee bisa dibawah angka tersebut. Pokoknya banyak deh benefitnya. 
simpan kartu debit digibank mu



Banyak Promo


Salah satu yang paling saya suka dari Digibank adalah karena banyak promo yang ditawarkan dari Bank ini. Biasanya saya sering dapat notif email yang memberitahu sedang ada promo, bisa juga lewat aplikasi Digibank sendiri. Promonya sendiri berubah-ubah tiap bulannya, jadi jangan lupa cek notifikasi email dan melalui aplikasinya sendiri ya😉

Ayo lihat promonya di sini


Sering Ada Bonus Bulanan!

Walaupun dalam jumlah kecil menurut saya ini salah satu keuntungan dari nasabah bank ini. Biasanya bonus bulanannya diberikan dalam bentuk credit interest, atau cashback. Menarik kan?


Investasi Obligasi


Enaknya lagi, bagi nasabah Digibank yang ingin berinvestasi, bisa nih coba-coba investasi di obligasi Indonesia, yaitu investasi dengan resiko yang rendah dengan keuntungan yang relatif tinggi Ga perlu lagi download aplikasi lain buat investasi ORI, wah boleh dicoba nih😁


Ayo lihat promonya di sini


Jadi itulah alasan mengapa saya berpindah ke Digibank by DBS. 

Yay or Nay? Menurut saya yay pake banget banget banget, karena menjadi nasabah bank ini kita sama sekali tidak dipungut biaya apapun dan malahan mendapat banyak sekali keuntungan. Kelemahan? Hmm, sejauh ini saya belum menemukannya. Saya harap tidak bakalan ada ya, hehe😅.

Bagi temen-temen yang punya pertanyaan, kritik maupun saran seputar post saya kali ini, bisa langsung komen dibawah..

oh iyaaa sebelum lupa; Digibank juga punya punya program member get member nih hehe jadi kalo temen-temen ingin daftar, just simply email me on monicasitompul17@gmail.com yaa❤️✨ thank you for reading and have a nice day!

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Go, Shawty! It's My 21st Birthday
Thursday, June 18, 20200 Comments
Go, Shawty! It's My 21st Birthday- Rsjournal


So today I am legally turning 21! 

Turning 21 is a huge moment in my life. Can't believe i've been able to reach this stage, thank God. This is the stage where i begin to enter the crazy whirlwind process of finishing college, taking the first few steps in the beginning on finding my self, started to thinking about my future career, and preparing to start on life as the real adult — or whatever you called it. It's somehow so terrifying yet so exciting at the same time, plus my mind battling a hundred of thoughts at once, it's easy to forget to take a moment to just stop stressing and enjoy this time period while it lasts (cuz it goes by quickly), today im like thank God im 21 years old now and then in the next day i wake up in the morning and already celebrate my 22nd bday.

Go, Shawty! It's My 21st Birthday- Rsjournal
Thank you, my sister!


Life is amazing, yet a mistery.
Its always good to see those amazing people who works as an influencer, success entrepreneur, has a good life, being so damn gorgeous at their adult life until it makes other people (especially me) wish to grow up as fast as possible and skip the part where i become 'someone' that's as useful as other successful people; too much to ask? Nah thats normal tho.



In this 21 years old version of me, i wish to become someone that has a really meaningful life, someone who can be hero to other people, someone who can be count on, and to be a daughter who will never let her parents down. 

Go, Shawty! It's My 21st Birthday- Rsjournal
Thank You, mom!

And about my college life? Honestly im tired of thinking, wishing, and hoping that as soon as possible I'll be able to come back to China and have my college life back. I just.. i hate this situation and corona thing that make me paralyzed, cannot spread my wings and fly. But at the same time, i just have to tryna be greatful with all the things that happen to me, im blessed and will always be. The only thing worst that could be happen to me is when im being so ungrateful and not be thankful for everything i have right now. 

Go, Shawty! It's My 21st Birthday- Rsjournal
Thank you, Kiren!


I hope, everything will be better soon. Maybe not today, but eventually 😇
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Monday, June 08, 2020

Aplikasi yang Wajib Dimiliki Saat Berada di China - Starterpack
Monday, June 08, 20200 Comments
Sebagai Negara yang unik, tentu saja ada banyak hal yang harus kita pelajari sebelum pergi ke China. Tidak dapat dipungkiri bahwa berkunjung ke China tidaklah segampang bertamasya ke Singapura yang hanya bermodal paspor dan kemampuan  berbahasa inggris yang standard. China sendiri memiliki beberapa hal dan peraturan yang 'lumayan' wow sehingga teman-teman harus memperhatikan hal-hal kecil seperti ini jika hendak berkunjung ke China baik untuk sekedar jalan-jalan, bersekolah ataupun kerja. 

Pada post an kali ini saya akan menjelaskan beberapa aplikasi yang wajib dimiliki saat berada di China, langsung simak yuk! cekidots.

Aplikasi yang Wajib Dimiliki Saat Berada di China - China Starterpack Rsjournal


1.  Baidu Translate

Aplikasi paling pertama yang saya rekomendasikan adalah Baidu Translate, jika tidak bisa bahasa mandarin seperti saya. Masyarakat China JARANG sekali ada yang bisa berbahasa Inggris. Kalaupun ada, mungkin itu adalah tuntutan professinya (sebagai operator, penerjemah, cs, dll) dan tidak banyak ditemukan, oleh sebab itu language barrier akan menjadi hal pertama yang akan terjadi. Itulah mengapa saya menyarankan untuk mendownload aplikasi ini. Kenapa Baidu Translate? Karena Baidu translate adalah aplikasi milik China sendiri yang pastinya tidak di banned di China, dan juga menurut saya terjemahannya tidak ngawur seperti google translate yang kadang suka tidak nyambung😅.

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Logo Baidu Translate
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Tampilan Baidu Translate

Di Baidu Translate, kita bisa mentranslate menggunakan kamera, suara ataupun secara manual. hal ini dapat mempermudah kita untuk menerjemahkan harga menu yang kadang cukup membingungkan bukan?


2. VPN
Aplikasi yang Wajib Dimiliki Saat Berada di China - China Starterpack Rsjournal
VPN

VPN merupakan aplikasi kedua yang sangat krusial bila berada di China. Aplikasi ini membantu kita untuk mengakses internet yang dibanned oleh China seperti google, instagram, Whatsapp, dll. Tanpa VPN tentunya kita tidak bisa mengakses hal-hal tersebut sehingga jika ingin melakukan pencarian di Internet yang biasanya menggunakan google.com harus dialihkan menjadi baidu browser (search engine lokal).

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Astrill VPN
Jika hanya sekedar jalan-jalan, silahkan download VPN gratisan, namun jika ingin menetap untuk kerja atau sekolah saya sarankan untuk berlangganan VPN berbayar karena VPN gratisan jaringannya tidak begitu stabil dan sering error, lain hal dengan VPN berbayar yang menurut saya sangat lancar. VPN yang saya sarankan adalah Asrill VPN karena VPN ini sangat kencang dan lancar, banyak server dan harganya lumayan. Untuk 1 tahun berlangganan saya hanya perlu membayar sebesar RMB 144 atau setara dengan Rp. 288,000,-.



3. WeChat


Kenapa Wechat sangat dibutuhkan di China? Karena mayoritas orang yang menetap di China menggunakan aplikasi ini, sehingga lebih mudah untuk menghubungi nya lewat aplikasi ini. Di aplikasi ini juga ada fitur e-wallet sehingga dapat melakukan transaksi secara online. 




WeChat merupakan platform chat seperti Whatsapp dan Line yang kita gunakan di Indonesia. Namun jika hanya sekedar berjalan-jalan, saya rasa tidak perlu mendownload aplikasi ini karena pembuatannya sekarang sedikit diperketat oleh China.



4. Metro Man

Logo Metro Man

Metro Man merupakan aplikasi yang dibutuhkan ketika ingin berjalan-jalan dengan metro (sejenis KRL China). Aplikasi ini mempermudah kita untuk mengetahui stasiun apa saja yang berada disekeliling kita, mengetahui rute kereta yang harus diambil, jadwal kereta dan juga jarak tempuh dan estimasi waktu. Caranya mudah, tinggal masukan lokasi kita (mis. Nanjing) lalu aplikasi ini akan menunjukan Metro map, jalur kereta, stasiun (zhan) dll. Aplikasi ini bisa diubah ke bahasa Inggris, jadi pastikan untuk mendownload versi internasionalnya.
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Metro Map, Estimasi Perjalanan, Best Route dan Area Metro

Oh iya, saya juga mengulas tentang Nanjing metro disini beserta cara menggunakan transportasi tersebut. cekidot.


5. ALIPAY



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Fitur yang ada pada Alipay

Alipay merupakan aplikasi dompet digital milik China. Aplikasi ini merupakan aplikasi pembayaran yang sangat krusial, karena di China sendiri sudah menetapkan sistem cashless. Apapun dibayar dengan Alipay (Bisa juga Wechat pay), kecuali sedang kepepet dan tidak ada saldo di alipay. Alipay ini juga memiliki banyak fitur yang bisa kita dapatkan seperti naik metro, bus kota, dan juga berlangganan hello bike.

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Sepeda Hello Bike By Alipay



6. Trip Advisor
Trip Advisor


Yang terakhir adalah aplikasi Trip Advisor, yang sangat dibutuhkan oleh sobat traveler. Aplikasi ini memberikan informasi tempat wisata yang ada disekeliling kita, review pengunjung, penginapan, restaurant dan kantin halal, serta masih banyak lagi.

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Trip Advisor



Sebenarnya masih banyak aplikasi lagi yang berguna jika berada di China namun tidak begitu penting dan hanya sekedar tambahan. Oleh sebab itu saya hanya menuliskan beberapa aplikasi dasar yang menurut saya benar-benar krusial saat berada di China.  Jika ada pertanyaan, rekomendasi, maupun kritik saran, just hit the comment button below or simply email me at monicasitompul17@gmail.com. Thank you for visiting and have a nice day✨








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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tanghulu - Manisan Buah Tradisional Khas China
Thursday, May 28, 2020 2 Comments

Suka makan yang manis-manis? Jika ya, maka manisan buah ini tidak boleh terlewatkan dalam wishlist kalian.



Tanghulu (糖葫芦) merupakan manisan tradisional dari China. Makanan ini terdapat di berbagai daerah di China seperti Shanghai, Beijing, termasuk di tempat saya Nanjing, dan juga Negara tetangga seperti Taiwan.

Tanghulu merupakan buah-buahan yang ditusuk dengan bambu panjang seperti sate, lalu dicelupkan pada sirup gula yang nantinya akan mengeras, menyebabkan buah-buahan diselimuti lapisan gula cair.


Buah yang digunakan untuk tanghulu pada umumnya adalah Hawthorne berry yang memiliki bentuk bulat dan tekstur keras. Namun sekarang, sudah banyak variasi dari buah ini, tidak hanya menggunakan Hawthorne berry namun juga strawberry, jeruk, anggur, dan masih banyak lagi. Bahkan di Longmian Dadao, ada yang menjual berbagai variasi Tanghulu seperti strawberry dengan filling red bean dan tomat buah serta diberi taburan wijen diatasnya.

Harga tanghulu bervariasi. Biasanya tergantung tempat dan variasinya, namun range harganya sekitar 10元-15元, sekitar Rp. 20.000 - 30.000.

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Aneka Tanghulu di Longmian Dadao, Nanjing


Tanghulu Go Green, bungkusnya pakai paper bag. 
Saya pribadi sangat suka dengan makanan yang manis-manis, oleh sebab itu tanghulu merupakan salah satu makanan favorit saya disini. Rasanya? Manis dan asam. Mayoritas buah-buahan yang dipakai adalah buah yang asam-asam, menurut saya hal ini dibuat agar tidak menimbulkan kemanisan dari sirup gula. Namun karena tidak semua orang menyukai rasa yang asam (terutama asam yang ditimbulkan dari buah Hawthorne), maka tidak semua rasa tanghulu manis asam. Ada juga yang manis saja, tergantung selera.
Oh iya dari segi teksture? Saat gigitan pertama, saya baru sadar lapisan gula yang menyelimuti buah rasanya seperti permen. Lumayan keras, tergantung ketebalan gulanya. Sensasinya ketika memecahkan gula dimulut? Don't ask me. Meletup-letup dimulut. Oh iya, ada juga yang unik dari tanghulu yang saya coba di Longmian Dadao, yaitu plastik yang membalut manisan ini sebelum dimasukan kedalam paper bag ternyata bisa dimakan..... Rasanya? ya tidak beda jauh dengan makan kertas, namun lebih sedikit manis dan cepat hilang dimulut.

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Salah satu Tanghulu favorit saya; filling red beans🤤

Itulah cerita saya tentang tanghulu hari ini. Jika penasaran rasanya gimana, jangan lupa untuk mencoba manisan ini jika mampir ke Negeri Tirai Bambu. Sekian tulisan saya, jika ada kritik, saran, ataupun pertanyaan, just hit the comment button below or, you can simply email me on monicasitompul17@gmail.com.
 Sayonara and have a nice day ❤️








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