Yesterday I went to Yokohama China Town. It’s Chinese New Year!
See my flickr photos here.
Spent more than 500 camera clicks, 840 yen for minatomirai pass from Jyuugaoka, 260 yen for vegetable bun, and 399 yen for an unknown cooked fish in a small chinese restaurant. And I spent the whole day with my lovely friends.
Compared to last year:
Spent no camera clicks, spent no money because my Mum paid for me, and LOTS OF CHINESE FOOD, FREE! Of course, that was because I was in my uncle and grandma’s house in Lampung. They celebrated Chinese New Year so there were special foods made to celebrate the day. And I spent the whole day with my Mum’s family. Visiting my Grandpa’s graveyard and then ate durians and cheap pempek (made from fish and flour).
Wow, just one year in Chinese calendar and I felt such a dramatic difference. Now here I don’t have any family, but there are a lot of warm friends. I don’t need to ask money again from my parents (although after I come back, I might ask their plea again to feed me money :P). Now I learn photography and quite satisfied with few pictures I made, out of hundreds of it. Now I have the creativity to cook anything whatever I have in the refrigerator, but mostly it is stir fried (so Chinese, haha).
But I like this one most changing from me: decision making. I always leave the decision upon the others because I didn’t have any confidence to make decision. I was afraid that my decision is not the most rational one, the most optimal one. Since I am happy if the others are happy, I’ll leave everything to make you happy. That’s it. But now I feel more and more decisions were made by me. There’s no reasons to be afraid of the effect, as long as I knew the consequences already.
Everyday in our life we make decision, right? We can even discomposed it into hierarchies, where your decision will be the new start for another decision making process. So perhaps we make decision every minute, no, seconds, no, even smaller because in our cells the nucleus also make decisions and imagine how fast they react. We can only control the decision that is made in our brains. Some of it have the algorithm (if I touch something too hot I should discharge my fingers from it, not continue to touch it), some of it affected by emotion (we sometimes being irrational because of this), and some of it affected by knowledge (decisions of a CEO). My problem is decisions that doesn’t have algorithm or if this then that scheme, because I lack knowledge or my emotion blurred me.
But perhaps, it is because the Herbert A. Simon book about decision making which was handed to me last semester as the first book I have to read in the lab, or perhaps because here I have to make a living be more independent, or perhaps because other people around me leave their decision to me — whatever the cause is — it is because this opportunity gave by Allah for me to experience student exchange in Tokodai. And I’m truly grateful for that.
 Based on what I learn from biology class in high school
 Herbert A. Simon, Administrative Behavior.