Activity Progress Final CP

Cardio has been going on for a long time. My original goal still hasn’t changed and I’m proud to report I’ve successfully run 5000m in 30 minutes. Keeping a steady pace was the trick and all my year’s training came into effect. Of course I was exhausted as I’ve been training more with short intervals and less on endurance runs.¬† Keeping a level head and your heart rate steady is important during the run and sometimes it’s better to slow down to give yourself a little break before returning the pace. It was a great run and I might even start jogging during mornings when I go to university to keep my endurance up.

I achieved LOs 1 and 2.

Morning Training Final CP

Well I did it, I timed and clocked in over a minute with a standard plank with my hands flat on the floor. All those training sessions finally paid off. Keeping up physical strength and endurance is important when your’e young as my Dad would say. As when you get older, you tend to get stiff and would never do the exercises you could do when you were young.

I achieved LOs 2 and 4.

CAS Activity Morning Training CP

Morning Training with Mr. Metters was one word: exhausting. The types of training we had to go through… Cardiovascular, Static, Endurance. Heh, I could safely say I exercised every muscle in my body. It was rewarding, And the rushing feeling of satisfaction you get when you just did one more of what you couldn’t do or veing able to complete and exercise without stopping can be replicated by few in this world. The challenge I set for myself at the start of the year was being able to plank for 1 minute without stopping. While we have done planks in this training before, it was always when we were exhausted and we could barely move our hands let alone support our body weight. I believe my top plank was 30 seconds, AFTER I have done training. I really want to see what I am capable of if I just planked at peak condition…

Mr. Metters has commented on my improvement over the years. I have definitely netted LOs 4 and 2 with this.

CAS Activity – Tennis final

I was really upset that I didn’t have time to make it to the tennis tournament on the Sundays. Exam revision and practicing for musical recitals definitely got in the way. However, I have improved a lot in tennis over the years, not just in IB. IB definitely took a lot of my time out of tennis but the longest rally I ever recall going for was over 30. I did it with Coach Hendra, he teaches Tennis elite team. I am definitely proud of this accomplishment and I have felt over the course of my time, Tennis would have to be one of my primary sports I am comfortable with. The second being badminton.

My commitment to this definitely shows Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.

CAS Interview 3 and Final Reflection

My final interview with Mr. Durok went reasonably well. We discussed about my overall experience with the Sekolah Bisa Band. I agreed that it was no doubt a fulfilling experience and something that could potentially help me in the future as dealing with social problems is a skill in and of itself. I candidly made the suggestion that my experience with teaching music could be a potential way to earn money by hosting private lessons during my time in university. Continuing to do so would hone my skills as a musician as well as allow me to focus on aspects which I didn’t consider when supervising the Sekolah Bisa Band. For example, asserting my own choice of songs for a student to play to bring them out of their comfort zone.The Sekolah Bisa kids were always picking songs which seemed easy and familiar. In order to truly hone a skill, you must challenge yourself to do more.

Mr. Durok also said that choosing a hobby as a job isn’t necessarily a good choice as you can get tired of it. And eventually, you don’t even find your hobby fun anymore. I enjoy playing the piano and participating in activities that help my musical side. However, do it regularly for long enough and you will get tired of it. Which is why he agreed upon my choice of a Biology degree. It’s a subject I like, and many career opportunities can arise from it.

I believe my Creative side of CAS however has been one sided towards music. Perhaps branching out towards other forms of creativity would serve me well. A lot of opportunities to get involved with groups can arise in the future, particularly at university. My activity side has been balanced on things I’m good at and things I’ve put effort in so I am proud with what I have there.

CAS was definitely a roller-coaster ride full of ups and downs, kind of like life. And has no doubt taught me how that self-improvement in anything is a necessity. I truly have had wholesome experience!

CAS Activity: Tennis

Due to the massive renovation that the tennis court underwent, I haven’t been able to play Tennis as frequently as I wanted. However, since it’s done now I decided to try and play again over the holiday. After playing badminton for a long time it definitely took a while to get back into ‘tennis mode’. Plus the added fact that I haven’t been playing a lot made me really rusty. However, after a few minutes I got back into it and was able to return, serve and smash as smoothly as I did before the holidays.

I used to practice every Thursday morning before the renovations which in and of itself is a chore since I live far away from school. However, I really took an interest in the local tournaments the school was hosting regularly. I participated in one and managed to win one round before getting dominated in the second. The people I was up against were no joke, they are seriously skilled. Nevertheless, I hope to join in another one in the coming months and the coach said that they were planning on hosting one soon. Hopefully I will have the time to make it there.

I definitely think that my efforts made in tennis constitute meeting LO4 criteria.

Musical Recital

I have played the piano many times over the years. As a result I have participated in many concerts, recitals and events where I play the piano. Near the end of October last year, there was a musical recital where musicians were encouraged to play in front of an audience. Granted, small but an audience nonetheless. A variety of instruments were played but the piano was the main one. I played a Rachmaninoff piece titled ‘Elegie’, an obscure piece that I found when I was looking for music to play and decided that I had to try and play this.

It was one of the hardest pieces I have ever attempted due to the fact that I have never played a Rachmaninoff piece before so I don’t know his style. As well as the weird rhythm the piece has despite being a late-romantic era piece. This may seem hard to believe but my Extended Essay actually helped me understand the piece better as I was researching Rachmaninoff’s style for my essay so I learned how he intended his pieces to be played.

Despite these setbacks, I played that piece flawlessly in my recital and I’ll never forget that rush of adrenaline before playing it. The feel of accomplishment after playing it and the audience’s reaction.

Because I felt that this was such a challenge for me, I feel this experience fits into LO2 and LO4. If you want to hear the piece, there is a link down below.

Sekolah Bisa Band – An Enlightening Experience

Well, the end of the year is here and I have to say the one thing that will never forget is the liveliness and heart I experienced in teaching and guiding the Sekolah Bisa Band. I have never seen more hyperactive children in my life and I have experience with teaching English in an local orphanage before. The children there were reasonably excited but Sekolah Bisa definitely takes it up a notch. When I first started this with Aisya and Seung Hun, I was skeptical that we were going to get anything done. Now that the year is over, we taught two groups of children from Sekolah Bisa, I’m Yours by Jason Miraz and Laskar Pelangi by Nidji – an Indonesian band. We each taught them chords on the piano, ukulele and singing in tune and in time with the song. Needless to say, we were all very proud of what they had accomplished.

Truthfully, when I first started Sekolah Bisa band, I wanted to introduce the children to whole array of music and not what’s just in their home country. However, the main thing I kept in mind was that the Sekolah Bisa band offered the children choice. The choice to mould the band into their own vision and that means deciding what songs they want to learn and play. Obviously, they would always pick songs they were familiar with, i.e. Indonesian songs. While my friends and I accepted their choices, I always wished for a more diverse set of music to be played. Maybe if someone sees potential in this project in the future, they can encourage the kids to pick a more diverse set of music to play.

The reason I wanted to be a part of this project was because I know that there are people who haven’t been exposed to different types of music such as the Sekolah Bisa kids. When I performed one of my solo pieces for them, the joy and shock on their faces will always stick with me and hopefully I have enticed them to learn more.

My experiences with the Sekolah Bisa kids have clearly demonstrated Learning Outcomes: 7, 6 and 5. Teaching these children has proven to be quite the challenge but I can definitely say that it will forever be one of the highlights of my life.

Activity Progress CP3

While Cardio ended a long time ago, I have been training in a lot of other things as well that boosts my cardiovascular activity. I run with my dog over the weekend and train with Mr. Metters on Wednesday mornings. I’m pretty sure the latter being the most intense one. Prior to IB, I also trained with Mr. Moore that provided a lot of cardiovascular training. But I digress, if you fail to keep up actions or training, you will eventually become rusty or lose your touch. I have fallen victim to this multiple times but I have managed to bounce back multiple times as well.

My target for Cardio was to run 5k in 30 minutes. In the beginning, I ran 2.2k in 12 minutes which was pretty decent. I felt confident that my neighborhood provided ample room for me to run 5k in 30 minutes. I timed myself running around my neighborhood for 30 min and I ended up running 21 laps around the circle of my neighborhood. The area I ran around wasn’t measured exactly as the road was very bumpy but it was around 200m. Which averages to around 4200m. While an improvement, I didn’t reach my predicted goal. But I will use this to improve again in future runs and training.

My experience as a church organist

As a pianist, playing organs or keyboards wasn’t a foreign experience. Playing the organ in church came easy for me and the pieces I had to practice were relatively easy when compared to my piano pieces. However, they were a bit unusual. The piano and organ are very different instruments thus they require very different playing styles in order for them to be played effectively and efficiently. For example, the organ and its pieces is more suited towards accompanying a choir so organists have to hold the keys on the organ to prolong the notes in order for the song they’re playing to not sound ’empty’. Due to my experience with the piano, I had a habit of taking my hands off the organ in order to let the audience know that the piece was proceeding. This proved detrimental to my overall performance of the organ. I managed to fix it before my performance in church. Being a member of my school orchestra also helped as looking at the conductor to keep in time was also a skill that was needed.

Needless to say, I was very nervous, as every performer is before a performance. This experience taught me how to adapt to different play styles and a I learnt a lot of new pieces because of it which aided my sight reading.

I think this experience ties to LO1 and LO3.