Songwriting Workshop

Last year, I took part in a songwriting workshop to better my songwriting skills. As a budding pianist, I took part out of curiosity and to potentially be able to write songs in the future. The guest teachers, Tim and Rue, helped us in deciding our song format as well as to actually write a song. A cool technique for deciding lyrics is to take a random magazine, go to any random page or one that looks interesting.

Despite this new technique, I ended up making a piano piece with no lyrics as I wanted to stick to my comfort zone. My piano piece was based off the romantic composers Chopin and Debussy and titled “Flowers in the Wind”. To be honest, I didn’t put much thought into the title of the piece and just made it up when I got asked what it was. The piece is 4 pages long and consists of some themes people would normally see in romantic period music. Coming up with suitable melodies was challenging as sometimes it would just come to you and at others, you had to think what would go well or would proceed this section.

Because of my participation and the fact we had such a short time period to produce our songs, I believe this experience fits well into LO1 and LO5.

TOK Presentation Reflection

My real TOK presentation was about how we can potentially simplify knowledge about a topic, without sacrificing the main bulk of the information. I even included my own personal experience in BSJ on how topics are reintroduced with more information added to them and sometimes even negating the original information we learned. The jump from Y11 GCSE to Y12 IB Chemistry and Biology is a prime example of this happening and I included that in my presentation. With that I safely secured a 7/10 and I was given the option to redo it in February 2018. In my opinion, I don’t really think I need to redo it as a 7 secures at least 1 extra point to my final grade but a higher score would always be better.

I noticed in my presentation I didn’t mention how my topic links to personal or shared knowledge however that was briefly answered after the presentation when I was asked a question. If I choose to do so again, I’ll have to find a way to incorporate that into my presentation. I also felt my arguments were a bit lacking however there wasn’t much to go on in the first place, making this topic difficult. There was also the risk of being fixated on RLSs which was what I did in the first place. For my TOK essay, I should broaden my view and not focus so much on one aspect of my argument.

7 is an overall decent score that I’m happy with and I’m glad that it isn’t mandatory for me to redo it. I’m probably not going to because that’s just one more thing to stress about in the future. Now, the only thing involving TOK I need to tackle is the essay!

CAS Reflection 5

Recently, I attended my second CAS interview with Mr. Durok. Together we talked about my overall progress in CAS and went into much detail about how my service project, Sekolah Bisa Band, is going. We mainly talked about progress and how I am teaching the kids.

I reflected on what I was doing with the band. For example I felt that the amount of sessions that we were having was lacking. Since we do it once a week on a Monday, and we had to cancel due to various reasons, I felt that I went to 60% of weeks throughout the year. I’ve also been very lenient with the kids and Mr. Durok suggested that I try to be more assertive to prevent them from losing focus on practicing properly. He said “don’t be afraid to be the bad guy” and I agree with him. And honestly, it’s what I was afraid of when I started this.

I will also try to be more diligent in my blogging and updating my tracker.

Overall, CAS this year has been productive although I need more progress on my activity side. Can’t wait ’till next year!

Country Fair Service

Last Sunday, I took the liberty of subjecting myself to having kids throw sponges loaded with water to my face.

The country fair on Sunday was a blast! It pretty much had everything and everyone was participating. As for me, if you haven’t read the first line of this blog, I was in charge of the Sponge Game with several of my friends. Our job was simple, stand in the designated spot where we allow people to throw sponges at us. Dante ‘promoted’ it by saying some kids will get 1 extra throw for 1 token if they chose me as the target! Needless to say, they accepted the offer and I got pelted with 30 sponges. At the end of it, we would all be drenched with water, but we still had fun!

I could describe myself as a shy guy so advertising our stand and getting people to participate felt awkward to me. My friends helped of course and I feel this shows LO4: I show commitment. I persevere.

With this being my first time working for our community at an event like this, I can say that I achieved LO2: I undertake challenges. I develop new skills.

Next year will be my last country fair if I choose to attend. Considering how well the last one went, I’m sure the next one will be even better!

TOK Presentation Reflection

My partner for my TOK presentation was Lipi and together we presented “What determines what rights we should have?” We explained about human rights around the world, animal rights and even about potential robot rights as AI is becoming more and more advanced, it didn’t seem out of the ordinary to me that eventually, robots will develop personalities of their own and even demand their own “person-hood”.

The feedback I got from Mrs. Lautrette was that our presentation lacked focus and didn’t seem to argue anything, and it didn’t state any WOK or AOKs. Assumptions were made about everything with very little research presented to back our claims. It also didn’t present any counter-claims. Because of this, she awarded our presentation a 0.

I will definitely take this into account for my next presentation as there are many ways for me to develop and understand TOK concepts.

CAS Reflection 3

These past few months, I have been working with the Sekolah Bisa students along with Aisya and Seung Hun to make the Sekolah Bisa Band and I am happy to say that it has gone reasonably well. The kids have been enthusiastic and it has been a pleasure and a challenge teaching them. I have found keeping them focused has been extremely hard as they tend to lose focus very easily and can be distracted by the many instruments in the room. We try to keep the children focused on one instrument so that the band can progress, however I suppose it’s a good thing that the children want to try out as many instruments as possible so that they know what they’re comfortable with.

We have decided on an Indonesian reggae song we hope to perform soon. It’s called “Go Green”by Momonon. It has a catchy tune and it’s overall easy to play, the kids should be able to learn the chords easily. More than that, the lyrics tell of Indonesia’s environmental struggles such as pollution and constant traffic jams. Because of this, we hope this song is able to make people aware of the environmental problems Indonesia faces in the future. With that, I believe I have achieved LO2, as I have constantly thought of new ways to try and teach the kids, and LO6, as this song’s lyrics reflect not only on Indonesia’s environmental problems, but the whole world as well.

Activity Progress CP 2

My Cardio training is going smoothly, despite the fact that it has been raining very frequently so, training outside on PE days had to be moved to the gym. I have to say, I think I’d prefer the gym on the account of AC, and there are machines specifically designed to help you exercise, opening up a wide variety of exercises to increase cardiovascular muscle strength. I’ve been certain to use the treadmill any chance I get during those lessons. You know what they say, “Never skip leg day!”, and I have been continuously joining Mr. Metters’ morning training sessions every Wednesday. I have also taken the opportunity to try out the rowing machines as that also tests endurance, as well as the bike machines. Because I was in a gym, I couldn’t help but try the weight machines as well. Even though they focus more on lifting heavy weights rather than steady endurance, it’s still a useful skill to have.

I believe I have been making steady progress towards meeting my goal of being able to run 5km in 30 minutes or less.

CAS Reflection 2

The kids are learning a lot in Sekolah Bisa Band, and it’s a pleasure teaching them (even though some are a bit stubborn). ¬†Together, we learn more about music and create harmony between all the instruments and because of that, I believe I have achieved Learning Outcome 5.

#MakingMusic #SBBand #FutureArtists

Tedx Talks Reflection

Recently, some Year 13 students gave their opinions, concepts and ideas about existing problems that exist in Indonesia and even the world. All the talks were interesting as each of the year 13s explained to us how they dealt with the problem they presented and possible hopes for the future of solving the problem. The talk that piqued my interest was the first one by Wilson – Endless Battle on the Road. He explained about the ever-growing traffic problem in Jakarta especially. I took a liking to this because I’ve lived in Indonesia most of my life and I’ve visited a variety of countries and I can say without a doubt that Indonesia has the worst traffic problem out of every country in the world in terms of it happening on a day to day basis. And I agree with Wilson on the fact that traffic has changed drastically throughout the years, because I’ve experienced it firsthand. But how does this link to TOK? Well I did some digging and I am confident that this talk links to these AOKs and WOKs.

AOK 1: Maths

The idea that Wilson presented to help solve the traffic problem was a drone outfitted with a camera and a program that could predict when it’s safe for the cars to move. Along with his “Green Wave” which was his idea of fixing the absurd traffic light timers, in which I agree on; we need a alter the timers on the traffic lights. He represented this in the form of a graph. If the traffic lights were to switch between red and green at specific intervals then it would be possible for the cars to move between the traffic lights without ever stopping at one.

The idea of maths isn’t far-fetched as Maths provides us with exact details if the calculations are correct. In Maths, the equations are direct with one absolute answer. Wilson needed to use this if he wanted to ensure a possible solution to the problem. However, the solution couldn’t be determined from Maths alone.

AOK 2: Human Sciences

This is involved because traffic jams are ultimately caused by the people in the driver seat. Due to their behaviors can a traffic jam take place and because of the congestion of cars on a single highway, all it takes is a single person to slow down for an entire highway or intersection to be locked down. Using the drone, it could be easier to be predict how people react and make decisions in different types of situations on the road. Because of the congestion, Wilson said that Ahok, the governor has implied that the new MRT system would help solve the problem.

This AOK is essential to determine the solution because we need to know how people behave on the road. Without using this, we would have no way of knowing how to solve the problem. Perhaps by using this, new rules or laws could be made.

WOK used: Reason and Intuition

Reason and intuition is the most prominent WOKs that were used to determine the problem that Wilson presented. They used logic and factual knowledge to figure out and find a potential solution to the problem that they were facing. Logic and facts work hand in hand with Mathematics which is why I believe that these WOKs were the most prominent.

However, despite the efforts that Wilson and his team made, they couldn’t solve the traffic problem. The main reason being that the technology wasn’t advanced enough as Wilson put it, to help put Wilson’s plan in motion. From a currently developing country, that is understandable. That is the limitation of the Math that Wilson presented as well as the fact that we cannot produce, precise, concordant results when dealing with humans. Sometimes using reason and/or intuition without the right facts might draw a fallacious conclusion, which is a limitation of those WOKs.

No doubt it will be a long time before traffic in Jakarta, and all of Indonesia to improve. But this is definitely a step in the right direction.