Thursday, March 25, 2010


Hi readers, welcome to none other than Rafika Primadesti's very own house!
Wait, who's Rafika Primadesti anyway?
Well, Rafika Primadesti—I, am an 18 years old peppy-but-not-so-preppy teenage girl living in Jakarta, Indonesia. My friends and relatives usually call me Fika, though. I currently study Economics in the International Undergraduate Program of the University of Indonesia.
Besides being a college student, I also actively take part in this youth community I and my friends established last year called the Indonesian Future Leaders (IFL), which has fortunately become a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) now. I act as the Head of Creative Division and one of the journalists for the website ( there.
Almost every Saturday, I go to Pondok Aren, Bintaro, to teach the underprivileged kids there English for IFL's current project Children Behind Us (CBU). CBU is basically a tool to support the achievements of the first and second points of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are the extreme poverty and hunger eradication and the universal primary education achievement. The activity is mainly funded by Microsoft and British International School, Bintaro.
Besides studying and teaching, I also play oboe in my university's orchestra, the Mahawaditra Symphony Orchestra. Oboe is a double-reed woodwind instrument that looks very much similar to the english horn, but, well, it's not. I also play classical piano, but I've quit the formal study when I was on the 9th grade in the Yamaha Music School.
I'm very much interested also in pop art, jazz music, and movies. I profoundly hail Miles Davis' works, and am thoroughly stunned by Johnny Depp's and Richard Gere's actings (well, who doesn't?). My most favourite movies are so far Robert Wise's The Sound of Music (1965), Simon Wells' The Time Machine (2002), Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Rob Marshall's Nine (2009), and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes (2009). As for Indonesian movies, until now, there have only been two films that have successfully impressed me: Riri Riza's Petualangan Sherina (2000) and Rudi Soedjarwo's Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (2001). I like movies that not only are entertaining, but also require me to think.
I also enjoy reading very much. One of my favourite books is Johanna Spyri's Heidi. I got the book from my aunt that stayed in Australia in 2005. The book has taught me a lot of precious values of life—determination, strong will, positivity. As for magazine, I have quite a various yet diverse taste: from Teen Vogue to Time. I like reading about current issues as well as taking a closer look at Jennifer Hudson's style on the 52nd Grammy Awards. Fashion's somewhat exciting, I have to admit.
Well, those are more or less some things about me. What about you? :-)