Landmarks of Surabaya, image taken from wikipedia page of Surabaya

Yes this metropolis in East Java is so remarkable for me that I decided to write about it. Surabaya has been a second hometown for me after Banyuwangi of course. Usually I go here on holiday. Other than holiday, I rarely go here.

Now during holiday time must be spent or otherwise boredom will invade our minds, and that time must be spent in such a way that worth our time. Fortunately, Surabaya has a lot of places in which we can spend our time enjoying this wonderful city by its attractions, services, or even the buildings. Coming from a small city like Banyuwangi with lesser amount of attractions, services, and beautiful buildings, I always amazed by how Surabaya is Surabaya. The people, the landmarks, the history, and the food. Hey, don’t get me started on the food.

Surabaya : The Food

My family loves food so much especially my father and my sister. Every time I go to Surabaya, it would be strange if I haven’t visited some of the culinary places in Surabaya. My father and my sister have a vast knowledge of awesome eating places, so usually during my stay in Surabaya, I go along with them. During my visit to Surabaya from time to time I have known some places you definitely needs to know if you haven’t already.

  • Depot Slamet
  • Soto Ambengan Pak Sadi
  • Sate Klopo Ondomohen Bu Asih
  • Pecel Bu Kus
  • Gado Gado Arjuno
  • Depot Mapan
  • Pempek Ny. Farina
  • Ayam Goreng Pemuda

Well I guess there’s the list, I hope you find this article useful and Thank You for visiting my page.

Warm Regards, Lucke Haryo

Polyglot and Stuff

Tim Doner, teen who speaks 20 languages. Image taken from thumbnail of video about him on YouTube.

In case you didn’t know, Polyglot comes from ancient greek words of Poli and Glotis meaning Many Tongue. Polyglot is a person with an ability to speak more than 3 languages. Because of that impressive skill, I consider polyglot as a wonderful figure. And also because of that, I want to be one.

As far as I remember, I took a keen interest on becoming polyglot when I was on my third year of Junior High School. It was an assignment from Mrs. Lilik, my PPKn teacher. And the assignment was to show our talent in front of the class. During that time, I read a lot of Russian culture including its language and writing. So I had an idea to teach my classmates a bit of Russian and the cyrillic alphabet. To accomplish this, I studied Russian a bit from the internet, with mere understanding and comprehension of course. But turns out it was a group project, and I had to scrap it.

My obsession to be a polyglot resurfaces when I was on my first year on High School. That was when I watched videos of Tim Doner on YouTube. And after I was amazed by his brilliance, I did some googling about polyglot. Upon finishing my googling, I came with one conclusion, I have to be one. But then life happened, and I didn’t really do anything to accomplish it. Until…

A lot of things happened during my second year on high school, those experiences left a very deep mark on my mind regarding my choice for the future, I want to be someone who works on international matter. And that is why on my 18th birthday, I started learning my second international language.

I choose German because, well I love the history of Germany especially during the first and second world war. And I think German and English have many similarities so it won’t be too difficult for me. And also, there is a German course on Duolingo. I have been studying German from Duolingo for 2 months now and I can say it is going pretty well. It is very fun to study from Duolingo altough Duolingo doesn’t guarantee 100% mastery.

Currently I am very comfortable and my motivation is quite high to learn German. Sometimes I try to speak German to my friends as if they understand it, and of course I provide some translations after that. It is really amusing to know their reaction. At this learning rate, I really hope I can master spoken and written German as well. Wish me luck guys.

Herzliche Grüße, Lucke Haryo.






A Little Insight on Cheating

Illustration of cheating, taken from Wikipedia page of a same subject.

Cheating in this case academically, is an act of dishonesty during exam. This act can range from writing notes on your palm, cooperating with your friends, using cellphone or other communication devices, and even stealing the exam paper. And during my life as a student, I have witnessed it all and commited some. And this semester I stop this bad habit.


The question should not be why, it should be why not? I just came to realization that cheating is bad and nothing can be used to justificate this act. And before I present you why should you stop cheating too. I will identificate the reason behind why students cheat. Basically the sole reason why they cheat is they want a good grades, but the profound reason of it are :

  • They are urged to

Cheating has been an integral part of students culture. Many of them felt something is missing when they try to not cheat. And this culture has found a deep roots inside today society. There are some cases of students urged to cheat by one of their parents. The parents argued that if they do not take part in this act, they will regret it later because everyone is doing it. And also the peer pressure is extremely high. From the day one of the exam I observed many have formed plan to cooperate because one is excel at this subject while another one is not and the other because they are best friend or even they are in a romantic relationship.

  • They find the subject is too hard

This may be the most common reason of all. Some students have the inclination to stop their effort to study on particular subjects because it is too hard. I already observed this phenomenon on myself. I found physics and chemistry was too hard for me (and it still is) so I completely didn’t study and I cheated on the exam. While the students shouldn’t be fully blamed on this matter, this reason still can’t be justified to condone this act.

  • They have chance

During my 12 years experience of being student and taking part in exam, I have known many types of teacher overseeing the exam. The one that left deep impression was this teacher on my second grade of elementary school. She said that students can open the book and ask others as long as they keep quiet. And recently during this UAS exam, from what I observed often the teacher overseeing the exam completely ignore this act while witnessing it. However there are some teacher that are strict overseer and can’t tolerate cheating act to a certain level.

And now, the reason why you should stop :

  • You lie

Yes of course if you cheat, somehow you will get a better result than when you don’t. But it is a result built on a lie. You wouldn’t like somebody to lie would you? What if it is you yourself that lying? Not also that you will also lie to many after that. Your parents, your teacher, your friends. Well maybe some of you consider those are a white lie, but nevertheless being honest is better.

  • Cheating is pointless

Based on my own experience, I found cheating is pointless. During my first and second year on highschool, I always cheat during chemistry and physics exam. But the result is always the same, my grade is not getting any better. I conclude that teacher has some sort of psychic ability to write down grades, as the grades I got resembled so much of my own achievment. Beside of that, cheating to acquire a good grades doesn’t make any sense to me. During my last year in high school here, I learned that grades is not that important, and it has been pointed out many times by some teachers.

  • It is morally wrong

By wrong I mean very very wrong. I believe honesty is a universal and also fundamental norm. By not following this norm, you are violating what makes the basis of the concept of “good” in general. By cheating you made grades dictate your mind, controlling what you do, and most importantly blurring the line of good and bad. If the habit continues, cheating will make us opportunistic, ignorant, and also it reinforce the instant mentality that disregard efforts.

And that is folks why shouldn’t cheat. I hope the reason I presented above can convince you to stop cheating. Afterall what I really hope is someday, starting from now, people will appreciate honesty more, and I think it will makes our world a better place to live in.

Warm regards, Lucke Haryo.