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Living in Indonesia vs in England

Getting used to living in Indonesia, a country that has only two seasons (monsoon and dry season) and where beautiful beaches lie along the hundred mile seashores, living in England has given me colourful experiences, such as:

1. Different Taste of Food

In Indonesia, the food is rich of flavours from the various spices and herbs. However, the food in England is so much different.

Typical Indonesian food
British food

2. The Fast-Changing Weather

Unlike in my hometown Surabaya, which temperature ranges from around 25°C along the year, the temperature in England varies from around 3°C in the winter to around 20°C in the summer. However, the weather is often changing unpredictably so we must check on the ‘weather’ application regularly.

3. Different Culture and Language

4. Transportation

A significant difference can be seen from the public transportation in Indonesia and in England. Unlike in Indonesia which its public transportation is still limited, all the public transportation in England is connected and highly facilitate the citizens to mobile in the city and inter-city.

Bus in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Buses in Hull, England.

Finally, the most important thing of living abroad is to adjust ourselves so that we can feel more comfortable although we are thousand miles away from home. So, tell me about your experiences when living abroad by leaving your comments below!

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Not sure about the rules of American Football? Go no further.

American Football can seem a relatively confusing game to watch, if you don’t know the basics.

In a quick nutshell: The game is played by two teams, of which their aim is to get the ball into the opponents “end zone”.

Once the ball gets into the end zone, by either running or throwing the ball to a team-mate, the team scores a “touch down”- worth 6 points. The team then has the opportunity to kick the ball through the posts for an addition 1 point.

“American football is a game of yards and inches”

Once the ball is thrown, or ran, by the attacking team, they are not considered “down” until they are tackled or the ball hits the ground.

The attacking team must move the ball a total of 10 yards, in what is known as “four downs”. The team has four chances to gain 10 yards, if they are successful they get another “four downs” to move it a further 10 yards (until they reach the “end zone”).

Following me so far?

If the team doesn’t reach 10 yards within four downs, then they must either “punt” the ball to the opposition or try for a field goal (worth 3 points).

All in all there are far too many rules and plays to explain in this introduction to American Football. Learning as you watch is the best way to fully understand.

If you have any questions about American Football, please just drop a question in the comments box and I’ll get back to you!

A brief encounter of the greatest game ever

This blog is about American Football, if you’re not aware of the rules of American Football, you can find them in my previous blog here!

Firstly, I’d like to say that my team won (New England Patriots)..but that in no way will bias this post.

Underdogs- Atlanta Falcons, against the favourites- New England Patriots. This being said the majority of the USA were cheering on the Atlanta Falcons (Something to do with New England being too good).

Okay so i’ll admit it, the first half wasn’t a great half. Patriots down by a score of 21-3. However, if Atlanta can score 21 points in a single half…so can the Patriots?

End of the 3rd Quarter saw the score increase 28-9. Not looking good at all.

But this is where the game gets exciting. After several hours of American football, the Patriots find some rhythm in the final Quarter.

The Patriots rally to successive touchdowns and suddenly the game is 28-20. With 2 minutes and 25 seconds left on the game clock, Brady throws the ball…it gets knocked in the air by Atlanta…it falls slowly…it’s grabbed by a Patriot… Is it caught? Is the Game over?

IT’S CAUGHT. SOMEHOW IT IS CAUGHT.

Out of nowhere the game is tied, 28-28. Time for overtime!

The Patriots can’t lose now? Right?

Right. THEY WON, on the opening “drive” of overtime!

 

Never miss it!3 big questions for The 2017 Formula One

It’s the start of a new year and in F1 factories across the world preparations are well underway for the coming season – a season that will bring with it the biggest technical changes in three years. To whet your appetite, we’ve compiled a list of 3 of the most intriguing storylines heading into the new F1 campaign…

1. Will other teams come to the fore under the new regulations?

 

With wider tyres and significantly revised bodywork, F1 cars will look and behave very differently in 2017. The first indication of how things will play out will come in testing, which gets underway in Barcelona at the end of February.

2. how much faster will F1 racing be in 2017?

How much will we see lap times drop by in 2017? The initial idea of the wider tyres and revised aero was to make the cars three-to-five seconds per lap faster, which in turn would make them more challenging to drive. But given the fact that many teams are expecting rapid development throughout the season, could we see even bigger performance gains? One thing’s for sure, the drivers won’t be complaining. “Higher corner speeds are always nice,” said Valtteri Bottas after sampling Williams’ 2017 car in the simulator.

3. Which version of Ferrari will we see in 2017?

In 2015, Ferrari were a growing force, with Sebastian Vettel winning three races and proving a constant thorn in Mercedes’ side. But when a 2016 title challenge failed to materialise, the Prancing Horse seemed to lose its way, with the departure of tech chief James Allison symptomatic of apparent behind-the-scenes instability. The big question now is which Ferrari we’ll see in 2017 – one that has regrouped and regalvanised over the winter and can fight for Grand Prix victories and the title, or the somewhat blunt version we saw in 2016. What’s certain is that another winless season will not be tolerated.

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