Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.
What a beautiful badass woman.
King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.
MORE FEMALE KINGS.
Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.
I’m about to get a new phone but I kinda like being phone/network-less. It makes everything more interesting lol receiving emails and messages using my computer, going out and not busy on my phone because the only thing it capable of here is taking pictures. This also allows me to be on tumblr more often than before lol now I really have reasons to write.
I’ve been here for four days and I still couldn’t believe it.
It’s gonna be an awesome year.
Today, I went to see Sapporo Autumn Festival at Odori Park. Odori Park is about 2 km away from my dormitory. I walked all the way there, it is nice to walk because this city is so pretty and makes me feel safe (they always –ALWAYS- put pedistrians first.) Besides, I still don’t know how to use public transportation here (all instructions are in Japanese kanji or hiragana) while cabs are expensive. So yeah, I walk more than I’ve ever walked before during my first 4 days in Sapporo.
Odori Park is like the Central Park of Sapporo. It’s sooo beautiful. Pretty flowers and green grass fields.
We also visited Sapporo TV Tower at the end of Odori Park and went to see Former Sapporo Goverment Building and Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 on our way there.
I had Hokkaido steamed potato and butter for lunch. I never knew a dish as simple as potato and butter could taste so good. So so good. 250 Yen for 2 potatoes, not bad.
After lunch, we decided we would go to Warung Jawa, a restaurant in Kita 14 Nishi 3 that sells Indonesian food and stuffs. It is also far from Odori Park and we spent 30 minutes walking. When we got to Kita 14 Nishi 3 we couldn’t find the place, we ended up at Kita 14 Nishi 4 and thought we were lost. Then I saw some people wearing hijab in front of a house, I suggested we go there and see if they are Indonesian. I was right, they are all Indonesian. They are actually members of PPI Hokkaido (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia) since today was PPI Hokkaido Open House.
I bumped into my senior, kak Doddy there and he introduced me to everyone. We had lunch (Indonesian food!!!) and he invited me to grab dinner with everyone later this evening. I said yes and headed to my friend’s dormitory nearby.
At 7, I went back to that house and we had great times. Indonesian food, Indonesian people, familiar place, as if I wasn’t in Japan. Kak Doddy told me about upcoming events and one of PPI members also invites me to go shopping with them next weekend. Great! But I had to leave around 8 because my dormitory is located at the other end of this Kita district, which means I have to walk for around 3 km by myself and eventhough today’s weather was warm, it’s still around 15 degrees celcius during the night.
When I got to my dorm at Kita 8 Nishi 11, I met my dorm manager. He told me that there will be another Indonesian girl staying at the dorm but she hasn’t arrived yet. He also told me Dilla already went back to Indonesia this morning (Dilla is an Indonesian girl, I met her on my first day at the dorm. She was so cool and she gave me several stuffs like hair dryer and hair curler before she went back to Indonesia.) I told him I know that and I hope Dilla enjoy being back to sunny and warm Indonesia since it’s getting colder and colder in Sapporo.
He then asked me if I need more blanket, because he will give me a blanket he made by himself. He told me again, he made that blanket for Dilla last year because he knows we are tropical country girls always have hard times coping up with winter and before Dilla leaves, she asked him to give the blanket to me. I said yes of course and so thankful because he understands my struggles.
After offering me blanket, he also asked me if I need bicycle because he saw me walking everyday. I said yes but I still have no idea where should I get one, maybe I could go to Univesity Coop but I would prefer to get a used one since it will be cheaper. That was when he said he will lend me one of his bikes for free, I can use it during my stay here.
I was all “Wait, what? For free? Is this for real?” Fortunately he has about 10 bikes and he always lend those bikes to students who stay at this dorm. So basically, whoever reach him first will get a free bike and I am one of those lucky 10. Though those bikes are not new but they are still so useful. Before give me the bike, he tested my biking ability (LOL!) and told me several important stuffs (turn on the light during night, lock the bike, don’t park at station area, etc.)
I feel so lucky and happy. Now I have a bike!!! I don’t have to walk anymore! Not that I hate walking but I’d prefer biking… My feet are hurting right now! LOL
Totoro in Toy Story 3
I want that totoro doll…. ;;_;;
Cool, another one of us! Hiya! I’m Riikka and yes, I arrived in Sapporo on Friday… been too busy/tired for any proper updates. This should be an amazing year.
After going shopping for essentials today and yesterday, the dormitory already feels a bit like home (now if only I could actually remember the kanji for my home address, that would be great….)
Hopefully the courses will be great as well.
How about you, you already here as well? How’s your dormitory?
Yes, I arrived here on Thursday. My dormitory here is Kita-8 International House Building 5. It’s great but a bit small (but super efficient and they provide me with good internet access lol)
Where is you dormitory?
And here is my email: email@example.com since I have no phone yet, I hope you could hit me an email and talk some more!
It’s not that I’ve been keeping this a secret but I just hadn’t had time to carefully write a post about it.
In a few hours from now, I will be going to Japan and stay there for a year.
And in these series of posts I’m going to tell everything about my preparations.
1. I got accepted at Hokkaido University Faculty of Agricultural. I am enrolled for HUSTEP program, this is an exchange/short term courses program that Hokkaido University has. Hokkaido University or Hokkudai in short has an arrangement with my school, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) for this program so each year IPB can send 1-2 students to Hokkudai for HUSTEP. The selection process was not easy, in fact the interview part was the hardest interview ever for me. I thought it would be easy since it was just Ibu Hani and Mas Randy who interviewed me, I’ve known her since I was still in IAAS (International Association for Agricultural Students and Related Sciences) but man did I wrong.
For my juniors, if you want to apply for this program too you need to regularly check on IPB International Collaboration Office (IPB-ICO) facebook page as they always post information there. Usually they open for applications by the end of December to mid February.
You also need to prepare these documents:
Preparing the documents is not easy peasy, I tell you. But nothing worthy comes easy right? And you will have 1,5 months more or less to prepare them.
2. Why Hokkudai?
Hokkudai is one of the best Universities in Japan. It’s like a member of Japanese Ivy League. There was a lot of other Universities who opened their exchange program at the same time as Hokkudai (like Saga Uni, Tokyo Agricultural and Technology Uni, Mie Uni, even Ryukyus in Okinawa!) but one of my wisest friend told me: Always go for the best. So, I applied for Hokkudai. Actually I was planning to apply to Saga as well, just in case Hokkudai didn’t accept me but then my dean told me: Diba, you can’t apply for both at the same time. You can do that but it would be unfair. It’s your dream right? Choose what you really want and if you didn’t get it then it’s not the best for you. But most important of all: Choose what you really want.
3. Where do you get the money to pay tuition fees and living cost in Japan?
I get scholarship from JASSO (Japan Student Service Organization). This is very important, when you fill your application form there would be one page containing application for JASSO scholarship. Make sure you fill that well because it will be your key to a comfortable live in Japan despite their high living cost (almost 5 times higher than Jakarta!!). My JASSO scholarship gives me stipend 80.000 yen per month and waive my tuition fee away. So I just need to take care of my tickets and visa. But remember, get accepted at the program doesn’t necessary mean you will get the scholarship as well. You have to be very convincing and show how passionate you are for studying in your chosen University. Also, scholarship means you are not allowed to work while you are in Japan, not even part-time work.
Lucky me, my family fully support my decision to go to Japan even that means I have to postpone my study here in IPB. They know I always dream of going to Japan and they are all as happy as me when I get the news. The hardest part is actually leaving my comfortable life here in Indonesia but I will talk about that later in my next post :)
It was dark. I was standing in the woods…or forest, I can’t tell.
The air was cold, I was just there standing and looking around. I can remember the vaguely familiar feeling with that place but I can’t remember why. Maybe I’ve been there before, maybe it was just my mind playing a trick to make me feel safer than I actually was.
Then I felt the urge to run, as if deep down you know something was wrong and you just gotta get the hell out from the woods.
So I ran.
I lost for directions, I just ran and ran and ran and then I started screaming.
I called for help and tried to call anyone I could. I called my mom, my sister, friends, I even called God.
And I kept on running until it feels like I’ve been running forever.
Suddenly I heard something. Someone was calling my name but it sounded so far away.
I ran and ran, trying to find someone else in that dark forest.
I heard him calling my name again, with the same frustration tone I used to call my mom, my sister, my friends. I searched for him, for a way out of that woods, but I couldn’t find anything.
It was just darkness, trees, and God knows what else.
I started crying out of frustration. I waited but I never heard his voice anymore.
Now I realized, he has left, I was alone.
I was being left behind.
My feet wouldn’t move. I just stood there crying.
I really wished someone would find me and save me because I couldn’t save myself anymore.
“Baby, baby, wake up..”
I heard his voice trying to get me back to real world.
He shook my arms.
He shook my body.
I opened my eyes, I could feel my face was full of tears, I cried in my sleep.
Then the feeling of loneliness creeped back in, I couldn’t stop crying. It was too real. I felt alone and lonely and despair.
“Ssshhh.. It was just a dream.”
A dream. Yes, that is what it all was. A horrible dream, worse than any ghost nightmare.
I could feel him pulling me into his arms, suddenly I feel safe. I stopped crying, wiped tears from my face, and hugged him, searching for his warmth.
“What was wrong? nightmare?”
“Yes. I was alone, I couldn’t find anybody…”
“I found you, baby. I found you.”
“Yes, I’m glad you did.”
Monday, 15th September 2014