To this day, I’m still amazed about what have happened a year ago.

To this day, I will still put a smile on my face whenever I remember what have happened a year ago.

To this day, I’m still showing an excitement in telling people about what have happened a year ago.

And To this day until many days after……I will still feel grateful about what have happened a year ago.


So what have happened to me a year ago?


I got Married on Oct 4th 2009,

I gave birth to my first child on Aug 5th 2010

I had my Thesis defense on Nov 2011

I gave birth to my second child on March 26th 2012


At least for these past 5 years, those are important dates to be saved here in my memory.

So please allow me to add one more important date in my life.

Yes, Its AUGUST 14TH 2012….

If you really want to know what have happened to me on August 14th 2012, go and read this:


I think you guys will really think I’m a bit crazy, insane….or whatever you may call me.

The fact is, I’m one of the luckiest person on that day, that I was finally able to witness my number one favorite band in the world lived in concert, plus…………….. I got a chance to attend the Meet and greet event.

The day when I got so nervous to see them,

The day when I felt anxious about what to say to them,

The day When I act like crazy and fool sometimes…..

The day when I can finally talked with Nina, Magnus, Bengt and Lasse

The day when finally I was able to took a picture with them

The day when Nina, Bengt, and Magnus signed my shirt.

The day when Nina and Bengt hold and kissed me.

Yes, the day that won’t be forgotten by me

I could barely say this was one of the memorable days in my life.


August 14th was such a lovely day for me….

Everything went well on that day

Went well here start with:

# A good weather on that day.

# I was on my school holiday, no need to feel guilty of not coming to work.

# My mom was able to babysit my kiddos at home…. (a few days before August 14, she planned to go to Medan for family matter, but I don’t know suddenly she cancelled it)

# My children are in a good health condition. If they got sick on that day, I am not sure if I will go to watch the concert….Or even if I should go, the whole day with a guilty feeling.

# There is no such drama thing happened on that day with my kiddos. I tried to spent time together first early in the morning before I left


Oh well, anyway Thank God that and the promoter for not inviting The Cardigans On March or April 2012……

If such thing happened, I make sure that I won’t be able to see the concert. The reason is, On March 26th, 2012 as I mentioned before, I gave birth to my second child. There is now way for a mom who just gave birth to come to the concert, especially I gave birth through SC.


I’m thinking that everything happened on that day was perfect!

Hoping that The CARDIGANS will still exist and plan some other tour and concert

There something to remember and something to forget

But that August 14 will not be forgotten.

Everyone has their own happiness,

But No one can be happier than I am

much much love for Nina, Bengt, Lasse, Peter, and Oscar














Gavin James Siregar was born on March 26th 2012 3,6 kg/51 cm

Gavin James Siregar was born on March 26th 2012 3,6 kg/51 cm

This is the first time I share the story about my kids (not my students)

So, the title “possessive” above refers to my kids? Not to my husband or my ex boyfriend?

Hahahahhaha…….yes. I’m gonna share a bit about the most possessive boy in the world.

Gavin James Siregar, was born on March 26th 2011. He is a cute baby boy ever!!!!

He has 6 teeth right now and two more teeth have peeped and more teeth to come.

As a woman, I must be proud and happy. God has given me a chance to get pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl and baby boy. I must tell you that Gavin is a boy who (almost) has no hair, dark skin (exotic) hahahhaha,,,, and his nose? Ahhh he’s just too cute…..

At the age of 7 months he can sit down by himself without any support. Another milestone that he obtained, he started to crawl on his 8 months. I remember how fast he can crawl….he is crawling with his smiling face…. He likes to eat any food. I think he’s not a picky eater…at least until now (I hope not until forever). 10 months old : start to stand for few seconds. 1 year old start to walk 2 or 3 steps. 1y2m : he started to walk….and now he is 1y3m he walk faster and likes to climb the chairs, the stairs, the motorcycle that parked in the terrace and climb everything that he can climb. Looking at how he likes climbing, now I am very sure that my boy is a REAL BOY….heehhehe

Now here is the story of how possessive my boy is.

Since he was born, I have to carry him, and sleep on my arm. If I tried to put him in his bed, he will cry.

This happen until he was almost 4 months old. *wowwwww……so easy to say it now, but how hard to  imagine how I survived and went through that stage*

Moreover, Gavin has “galau moment” (I mean he will cry for few hours, non-stop…phewwww)

His “galau moment happened everyday started at 4 pm until 8 pm.  Wewwwwww….

Lucky that he is my second child, I hardly imagine if that kind of habit happened to Gwin or whoever that was born first. WHY???? What’s the difference?

Of course it has big difference. With the first child, small thing seems like big thing Means,,,, worry too much!!!! Yup, I could honestly say that WE (I N HUBBY) were pretty worry much to our daughter Gwinette, our first child.

Back to “possessive” thingy. So, Gavin is very close to me. He will cry if he sees nobody. He will cry if he saw me doing my make up, as if he understands I will go somewhere. When we sat down together and I need to bring my dirty plates to the kitchen, that will make him cry too. Oh my boy. When I played with Gwin and Gwin sits on my lap, he will cry too. When he saw me went to the kitchen, he will pull my pants and following me. When he saw me went to the bathroom he will asked me to carry him.

……………………………………… huhhhhh….hahhhhhh…..huhhhhhh *inhale exhale*…………………………………..

With those kind of everyday’s habit shown by Gavin, may I call him as my “possessive boy” ?

 this is one of my fav pic

this is one of my fav pic

Ohhhh I sound like a bad mom, labeling my son. Yeah u call me whatever. But I should be honest with my feeling….that sometimes I really need to escape for a while from motherhood thingy…..looking at how possessive my boy is. Ok, but before you judge me, let me tell you one thing, that this possessive boy has a very cute face, cute smile. His head is round like a ball, his eyes is round too and look so bright…..and my favorite thing is………his two chubby cheeks (well, not so chubby actually) but he is the cutest baby boy ever for me. (ya iyalah anak sendiri yeee….. lol) and because of that, whenever I am away from him, like going to work for example….I just don’t know why…his face will always crossed on my mind….his adorable round eyes will be shown in my imagination…..


Hey, my dear son…… I just want to tell you, that being my possessive boy is not bad at all

Son, One day when you grow up, I will have so many stories to tell you about how possessive you are to me.

Son, One day when you grow up, I hope you know that we have spent a lot of times together……

Son, One day when you grow up, I hope you know how much I love you….


PS: and when you grow up, just be possessive with your mom, not with your girlfriend…..BECAUSE that’s NOT COOL AT ALL! LOL 😀




Maroon 4

Maroon 4

Gavin's 1st birthday

Gavin’s 1st birthday

Dear Sister

we used to have the same attire

we used to have the same attire

Dear Sister

May 14th, 20013

Do you know that tonight, As I’m preparing some of your “wedding thing”, I feel  so melancholic….

How should I say it to you?

The mixed feelings between happy, excited nervous and yes, I am sad….

Dear sister,  I am sad since I know that you won’t be around me few days later after your wedding day…. But yes of course I’m so happy that Finally you find your loving man.

Dear sister, now I know how’s your feeling when finally I got Married back in 2009…

Mekmok told me that you cried, you feel sad

Dear sister, but the feeling I got now is way much different from yours before. After I got married, we’ll still see each other at least once in a week on Sabbath day in church. That’s why I hate it whenever u weren’t there. (in the church)….

Dear sister, do you still remember about our childhood? I think our childhood is so memorable….many times when we talked about it, we will widely laughing.

Dear sister, I know I’m not a perfect big sister for you. We always fought just for the small things, but do you still remember, the day when you told our mekmok, that you didn’t want to live without me, that’s why you should marry me in the future…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……*VERY ABSURD*

Dear sister, do you still remember that when we fought you will call me “BUDUK” (because my feet got lots of mosquito bites) and I HATE IT!!! I REALLY HATE IT! And that’s why every time you called me “buduk”, I will call you “PITAK” (because you got small bald on part of your head) hahahhahaahhaha (but I think, now some hair have grown there….I guess so) Lol…..And You really hate me more if I called u “Pitak”…..

And after that, usually you will ran after me, all along the “Gang Ikhlas” (our home area) will ran and ran until we got tired. Wait!!! No….not until tired…but until our mom called us and yelled at us…….and we got punishment from mekmok, because she said…..that’s so embarrassing…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! naughty girls!!!!

Dear sister, do you still remember, that most of the times when we fought, we will hit each other, hit until someone got upset and cried…..and again mekmok will punish us. Yes we got punishment every time we fought. But I still remember that few times mekmok didn’t give us punishment. Instead, she cried and packed all her clothes in a plastic bag and she said she will walk away from home, no more MAMA….NO MORE MEKMOK….then we criedddddd, apologize and promised not to fought again. But Of course we still fought.  We then, Fought and fought,,,,,But there is one day that I won’t forgot….Mekmok didn’t know what to do anymore with us….we just couldn’t stop fighting,,,so Finally she cried and she begged us not to fight anymore,,,she asked us to kneel down and she prayed for us….Then all of us Cried….then….we never fought anymore since that day? NOPE!!!! WE STILL!!! We still fought…

May 15th, 2013

Dear sister, So do you still remember when was finally we stop fighting? It was finally mekmok and yes I myself decided to study in a boarding school in Malang –East Java (SLAPOER). I finally lived very far from you. I lived in another city. It took more than 10 hours travelling with car or bus. We started to miss each other. We sent letters using “MORNING GLORY” (letter paper, which so famous at that time)….and because you lived in Jakarta, you sent me some of your morning glory collection. I always sent you names’ decoration. How sweet…..isn’t it?  Well,,,I can barely say we never fight anymore….maybe because we’re growing up and start to learn to be mature.

Dear sister, do you still remember that we always have the same clothes, dress or whatever we wore it must have no difference…and people always find difficulties to call our names….because they thought we’re twins…..

May 18th 2013

Dear sister, do you still remember when finally I decided to be a part time lecturer in Unai and I rent a house near the campus. I asked you to live with me. I cooked for you, you did the laundry, we cleaned that small house together. (anyway, we didn’t have pictures when we lived in that house, too bad) …

Dear Sister, This writing is not about how dramatic about your wedding is. Instead, it’s just a writing about two sisters who have spent most of the times together, and we will always be. Right???? (ngareppp diseret ke amrik… LOL…..)

Well, Finally after I knew that you decided to get married with Joe…..I rejoice and feel so very happy….

The wedding preparation itself is so tiring for you. I didn’t help much as you know I was very busy with your niece and nephew. One of our friend told me about the wedding day, that I wasn’t supposed to take care of everything on your big day (well, not everything), I’d rather sit down and enjoy your wedding instead of be busy going back and forth to check everything is ok, starting with the church thing and the wedding reception. Yes it’s true, Let me enjoy the wedding itself, and let someone take care of the wedding stuff. However, I can honestly say, that I really want to get involved on your wedding day. This is the only thing that I can do for you. And I think it’s my job to make sure that my sister’s wedding went well.

May 20th 2013

Thank God, May 19 was finally over, it’s such a big relief for me and for all of us. You look so stunning on your wedding day. The time when you said your part on your wedding vow…..I cried….yes of course after seeing you cried uttering your wedding vow (ooh yes, I did it too on my wedding vow) I know how much you love Joe….he will be your forever partner… He will be your leader in your family, He will be your guide, your shelter, your comforter….and yes he will be your everything.

I need you to remember my words below:







on her wedding day

on her wedding day

Term 3 : “CLOTHING”

People at different parts of the world have unique way to dress up themselves. The clothes that they wear sometimes represent the weather and seasons in their country.  This term, our theme is about clothes. The children will learn different kinds of clothes with their functions and the right occasion for each kind of clothes. Moreover,  Head gear, footwear and jewelry will also be covered.

With regards to this theme, there will be some  interesting activities done in the classroom, such as mini fashion show,  mix and match day, and the ‘tie and dye’ activity.

Here, some activities done in this term.


The students came to school with their pajamas, as addition, they can bring their favorite toys/dolls, along with their beloved pillows….I told them bed time stories, and we sang some lulluby’s songs…..then off we slept.


Pajama party

K1 pajama party

K1 pajama party


This idea has came up since last year. The last time I did this was in 2004 when I was teaching the Autism kids in Cita Buana. The first time I heard that we will have “clothing” as our theme, I was so excited to do this activity again. The preparation that I did : I wrote a letter to parents, If  they can find their child’s old-white t-shirt to school. Then after waiting for one week, finally all the students were able to submit their t-shirt. I have bought 1 new medium pot (to boil the t-shirt with textile color), I bought marbles and rubbers, and don’t forget the textile color.

1ST STEP: Prepare your old t-shirt (white and plain), get marbles and rubber, tie the marbles with the rubber. use the big rubber, its easier.

1ST STEP: Prepare your old t-shirt (white and plain), get marbles and rubber, tie the marbles with the rubber. use the big rubber, its easier.

2nd step: dip it into the boiled water (put your fav textile color)

2nd step: dip it into the boiled water (put your fav textile color)

3rd step: after 45mins, untie the marbles and rubber,wash and dry it under the sun....and this is the result!

3rd step: after 45mins, untie the marbles and rubber,wash and dry it under the sun….and this is the result!


I need to give my student’s another skill in doing their art and craft, not only cutting and pasting, but also folding. Well, this activity was not easy. We need to guide them one by one. Therefore, it is necessary to this activity in Learning Center. FYI, all my activities in the classroom, as much as possible will be done in group/learning center.

The girls made their stunning dress/gown

The girls made their stunning dress/gown, the boys: made their nice shirt with tie.


The Idea of making gloves is related with our topic about “clothes for cold weather”.  I was once in Pasar pagi Mangga Dua and I bought some colorful cloth (flannel), I Think these will be good for gloves making…..

sewing activity, a skill that I want the students to experience.

sewing activity, a skill that I want the students to experience.

Good job, Queenteen!

Good job, Queenteen!

They made it!

They made it!


Awww…don’t think too hard or seriously about my title above. I just want to have fun with the kids on the last week this term. After discussing all the topics about clothing. I would like to have a memorable week review. I sent a letter to parents, I asked the children to wear different kinds of dress code every day to school. Monday : JEANS DAY, Tuesday: PARTY DRESS/SUIT DAY, Wednesday:Fav Shoes and Hats, Thursday: MIX AND MATCH DAY, Friday: BEACH DAY….

And of course during circle time, everyday in that week we discuss the clothes/shoes/hats etc that they wore. Well, everyone seems enjoy this acctivity!

Honestly, There is one  activity that being cancelled. The mini fashion show was failed. I was too busy with the academic things….

Jeans day

Jeans day

party dress

party dress

beach day with the boys

beach day with the boys

beach day with the girls..ooopsss sorry no bikini :)

beach day with the girls..ooopsss sorry no bikini 🙂

fav shoes and hats day

fav shoes and hats day

boots belongs to Jovanca

boots belongs to Jovanca

sneakers belongs to pramitha

sneakers belongs to pramitha

Well, I forgot to take picture on mix and match day! too bad……

#another Art and Craft activity

our lovely flip-flop

our lovely flip-flop

many other art activities that I forgot to take the pictures.

Hmmmm anyway,,,my blog look so boring…I wish I know how to make it attractive….:D


See you on my next post, on term 4 :Transportation



teacher Joice

The Farmer and His Good wife #LATEPOST

the farmer exchanged his horse

the farmer exchanged his horse

The Mc : Queenteen and Darena

The Mc : Queenteen and Darena

Josshua as the gentleman who wanted to exchange the unripe apples (belongs to the farmer) with his bag of gold

Josshua as the gentleman who wanted to exchange the unripe apples (belongs to the farmer) with his bag of gold

the finale : the kids sang a song "THE FARMER IN THE DELL"

the finale : the kids sang a song “THE FARMER IN THE DELL”

Reading week

Oh what a big relief I have today….

Finally my class has done with our presentation

This week (October 29th-Novemebr 2nd) is Reading week

Each class gave presentation from any story book.

I choose a very nice book for my class presentation

We made a short drama taken from the book entitled:  “The Farmer and His good wife”

We practice the drama for almost 1 month…

Well, I salute to all my kids….they were awesome….

They did a good job…

They remember their lines….Especially Arula as the farmer, his lines is very long.

I would like to thank his mom,  who’ve been taken part in assisting Arula to practice at home.

The other kids also spoke with confidence….

Only few students who got nervous, because they performed in front of their friends and parents.

Here are the story at a glance:

““Once upon a time, there was a farmer who lived with his wife in an old cottage on a farm. They were very poor. All that they had was a horse. The farmer always lent the horse to his neighbors. In return, they gave him some eggs and bread. One day, the farmer decided to sell his horse or exchange it for something more useful.

As the farmer was on his way to the city, he met a man with a cow. He thought the cow can give him milk, so he called the man.

And so they exchanged their animals. It was not long before the farmer met a boy with a sheep.” And the farmer exchanged his cow with the sheep belongs to that boy. He thought the sheep is a beautiful animal that can keep in the house during the winter and it can keep her wife company. As the farmer was nearing the city, he saw a woman carrying a goose under her arm. He thought the goose can give him big eggs. So the farmer exchanged his sheep for the goose.

The farmer finally reached the city. It was getting very hot, so he went into an inn to get something to drink. A girl was leaving the inn carrying a basket.

A farmer: “Hello, what have you got there in the basket?”

A girl: “A basket of unripe apples to feed my donkeys”

A farmer: “isn’t that a waste? My wife can make lovely apple pies out of those apples. Please take this goose in exchange for your apples.”

A girl: “oh sure, Mr. Farmer”

Narrator: “Now a gentleman in the inn saw the farmer exchange his goose for the unripe apples.”

A gentleman: “Hey, Mr. Farmer…..Your wife will be angry with you. The goose is more expensive than the unripe apples”

A farmer: “No, she will not, she will hug me and say what I do is always right.”

A gentleman: “ok, if that happens, I will give you a bag of gold. You’ll going to be rich.”

A farmer: “so if that’s not happen, these unripe apples will be yours.”

Narrator: “So, they made a bet. It was getting late so the gentleman borrowed the inkeeper’s cart. Both the farmer and the gentleman climbed into the cart and soon they arrived at the farmer’s old cottage.

#At the farmer’s house

A farmer: “good evening dear wife”

A wife: “good evening, dear husband,”

A Farmer:” I have exchanged the horse with the cow, I thought she could give us milk.”

A wife: “Good husband, we can then have fresh milk every morning

A Farmer: “But when I saw a sheep, I thought it will keep you company during the winter.”

Narrator: “And so the farmer told his wife the whole story. The gentleman look at the husband and wife as they spoke. The wife was not angry at all. Whatever the farmer said, she would say “Good husband”. The farmer’s wife did not even notice the gentleman. She was too happy to see her husband.”

A gentleman: “Well, well, it seems that I have lost the bet, you have a very good wife”

Mr. Farmer: “As I told you”

A gentleman: “please take this bag of gold”

Narrator: “So the gentleman gave farmer his bag of gold. The farmer give the gentleman his basket of apples because he had lost the bet. When the farmer told his wife about the bet, she hugged him and said….”

A wife: “What you do is always right.”


Surprisingly, The children were still excited to do that show again. During break time, snack time or even during working time, they still uttered their lines and proudly uttered their friends’ lines with the correct intonation. One thing that I Learned from this program was, The kids were so excited to learn when the teacher also felt the same way….yes, honestly  I love writing a script and direct all the casts and made it into a nice short play! Hmmmmm let me think, do I have a potential to be a script writer? Hahahaha…No, I don’t think so! But overall, This Reading week was one of my favorite event in school for this term! I love you kiddos J


Your wonderful Teacher

ImageThe farmer and his wife (casts: Arula as farmer and Jane as wife) my talented kids

ImageThe farmer brought his horse and was about to sell it (Darius as a horse)


This term was a busy term ever! (well at least in this school year)

I just don’t know how to share or tell the details, but  I hope I can tell you through the pictures below:

My classroom door decoration. ( I bught the dry plants)

My classroom door decoration. ( I bought the dry plants)


Field Trip to Taman Mini : we visited the traditional house of people in Wes Sumatra (Padang-Minagkabau)

Field Trip to Taman Mini : we visited the traditional house of people in Wes Sumatra (Padang-Minagkabau)









inside the bedroom

inside the dining room & kitchen

inside the dining room & kitchen


inside the lift

inside the lift

In the living room

In the living room



#Reading/book week ; I posted the complete story in this blog (title: The farmer and his wife)

The farmer and his horse

The farmer and his horse





with elf's costume

with elf’s costume

the show

the show

christmas party with Mr.Santa

christmas party with Mr.Santa

That’s all our program during this term….kinda busy like bees….need break, oh yeah we had christmas break for 3 week,,,,,hip hip horrayyyyy!!!! I love sekolah Mentari! Lots of Holiday! Lol…..


see you on our third term….



Teacher Joice

You need a break!

There are times i get bored with my work. Who’s with me??? (hoping that some will raise their hands,,,, LoL)…..

But there are times that you really miss your work, you miss teaching.

yes I sometimes feel so overwhelmed by the load of working….until that moment came to me…..yes that’s when i got my very long holiday…it’s 3 months holiday! you might be wondering, what school will give you that very long holiday! NO,I’m just trying to tease you….that’s is not holiday, but….my maternity leave.

With my first child, i only got 2 months maternity leave, so  i feel so sad to leave my baby that early….but with my second child, i got 3 months and PLUS  1 month. ooopsss….yes, i gave birth on March 26, I took my maternity leave on March 6, yes its too early to get the maternity leave. My reason to take that early maternity leave was, i want to spend more time with my first child before i gave birth and will be very busy with the newborn baby. ooooooo hang on! there is actually a “cruel intention” behind this!… 😀

I’m a smart employee, i’m counting the working days…hahahahhaha!

so its like this: I saw the school calendar, the last day for working before the June-July Holiday was June 10, so if  I start it on March 6, means i have to come back to school by June 6 which is on June 6 there are 4 more days left before the Long holiday. That 4 days working, are the days where children only play and have some fun activities in school. So the school start the holiday from June 10 until July 18, the students start the school days on July 25! CRAZY! that’s a very LONG HOLIDAY! isn’t it?

So, back to my topic about how i miss teaching!…. sure you can imagine how many days i spend with my kids at home. Sure, i love spending more time with my kids but i feel something is missing..

I really miss the smell of my classroom, I miss the business in the morning, when the students have to come one by one to have individual reading with me, and yes, i miss to think hard about what kinds of activities or games i should give to make the students feel excited about learning.

I sound like a good teacher? hahahahaha :D, no, I’m not….i believe everyone will feel the same way when you take a break of what you’re doing……….

So, after that very long break, i came back to school with so many things in my head! so much excitements. I came to school with this enthusiasm….ohhh what else i can say…..i just miss my classroom, i miss to see those cute smiling faces who calls me “Teacher Joice”!

*well anyway, i just noticed, i forgot to tell you, that 4 months maternity leave which i called before as a holiday, NO, that is not holiday.  Instead, it is actually a double work….i have to take care two babies 24 hours a day* phiewwww

-Whenever you feel stuck with what you’re doing, go right away for a break, you will come back with more excitements- 🙂

The day when i gave birth to my second child, my son : Gavin James Siregar

The day when i gave birth to my second child, my son : Gavin James Siregar


Teacher Joice