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If you're going shopping at a minimarket or a supermarket, chances are you're not going to get a plastic bag with your purchase. Due to new policies imparted in Jakarta starting from June 2020, plastic bags are no longer available in all minimarkets or supermarkets in Jakarta. Although it might seem like a hassle at first, the policies do have solid ground and are made for a noble cause. Plastic bags are harmful to the environment, and today we will tell you why.

  1. Non-biodegradable

    Bio-degradable refers to the capability of being broken down by the action of living things (such as micro-organisms). Take fallen leaves and paper; for example, over time, they could degrade and break down in a compost pile, which is unharmful to the environment. Plastics are non-biodegradable, which means that plastic wastes will stay in our environment for years and eventually pile up over time.


  2. Harmful to the environment

    Plastic is not only non-biodegradable, but it also releases chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Plastic products contain chemical additives such as flame retardants, UV stabilizers, and colorants added to them during the manufacturing process. In the ocean, these chemical additives can leach into surrounding waters and cause potential threats to marine animals.


  3. Harmful to animals

    In 2019, a pregnant sperm whale was found dead in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon investigation, over 50lbs amount of plastic was found inside the stomach of the whale. This had proven how plastic is dangerous and harmful to animals. Not only whales, but plastic is also detrimental to other animals as they don't degrade and might get eaten or accidentally strangle marine animals.


  4. They block water sources and drainage systems

    Do you ever have problems with floods? Well, plastic bags are known to be one of the leading causes of floods. Plastics don't degrade, and therefore they would stay in dumps and pile up. Frequently, people are undisciplined and throw their plastic bags into a river or sewage. These plastic bags end up blocking water sources and drainage systems and cause them not to work correctly.

Those are some reasons why plastic is harmful to our environment. By the simple act of replacing plastic bags entirely, we can contribute to the betterment of our environment. Remember that our earth is not ours alone, we need to share it with animals and other living creatures around us, and especially with the generations that will come after us.

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The ongoing pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. With the economy suffering and vaccine seemingly still far out of our sights, it is no wonder that people's anxiety is increasing each day. A study in the USA showed that a third of Americans had reported anxiety and depression during the pandemic, with young adults suffering from the worst symptoms.

The pandemic also made us unable to use our usual method in fighting off anxiety, doing relaxing activities such as traveling, and joining a support group are no longer accessible. So what can we do about it?

Today, we will share some ways that could help you fight off your anxiety.

  1. Eat healthily

    Foods are not only a source of energy and nutrition, but it could also determine your health and mood. Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids that you could find in fishes such as sardines, salmons, and mackerel may have a role in helping your brain's function. Deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to mental health problems. Remember to eat more fruits and vegetables and stay away from junk food as studies found that people who eat junk food have a worse mood and lesser learning and cognitive abilities.

  2. Stay Connected

    Physical distancing doesn't mean that you should be distancing yourself from other people entirely. Humans are social, and not connecting with people for a long time might affect your stress and anxiety level. It is also a good idea to talk to a friend or family about your anxiety and feelings.


  3. Exercise

    Exercise is proven to be good for both your body and mind. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which gives your body a good feeling and affects your mood.


  4. Shout it Loud

    Sometimes you just want relief and ways to release your pent up stress. One of the ways you could do that is by shouting out loud. But be careful of where, when, and what you shout out, make sure you don't disturb or affect other people while relieving your stress.


  5. Learn new things

    During this pandemic, many people experience boredom since they have much more time than before and fewer things they can do. We suggest you find a hobby to help keep your mind off of things. There are many things you could try, like cooking, playing music, learning other languages, and many more.

 

 

 

Those are our suggestions for things you could do to fight anxiety during the pandemic. However, we believe that mental health could start within oneself. Always remember to keep a positive attitude, keep your mind off of bad things, and be hopeful for a better future.

Korean Dramas are great entertainment during your free time. Sometimes they make you laugh out loud, sometimes they make you cry your tears out, and some of them even teach you business. If you like watching Netflix as much as we do, then a new Korean drama staring Bae Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk might have appeared in your recommended list once or twice. It is a Korean Drama depicting the ups and downs in building a startup business inspired by young people's passion for creating their businesses.

Today, let's take a look at some of the valuable lessons you can get from watching the new Korean Drama, STARTUP.

  1. Set your goals

    In the drama, we see Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk), and his friends at Samsan Tech managed to win the CODA competition with their image recognition program. Their achievements and win made companies and investors quickly come to them to know their secret of winning and invest in them. But the glory was short-lived as the investors begin to pull out one by one. This is because the Samsan Tech boys had no goals and no strategy to go on with their program. An award-winning program is not enough; businesses and investors are more likely to invest in people with goals and strategies. They need to know where the company is heading and how they plan to implement it in real life.

  1. Leaderships determine success

    Through this drama, we learn that Nam Do-san is not fit to be a leader even though he is the genius behind the program. A business requires a leader with vision, communication skills, and the ability to make the right decision to thrive, which is why Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy) character is chosen to be a CEO instead of Nam Do San. So Dal Mi is proven to have good communication skills and presentation skills, which helps Samsan Tech get the investment they need.

  1. Confidentiality

    After their win, the Samsan Tech boys was approached by many investors. Most of the investors left, but some stayed and asked to see how the program works. Thankfully, this was quickly stopped by Han Ji Pyeong (Kim Sun Ho); otherwise, Samsan Tech would lose all their hard work. In business, competition is real, and ideas are precious; confidentiality is needed for businesses to out-advantage their competitor. Stolen ideas can be a disaster as it ruins the hard work done by the team.


  2. Teamwork

    Teamwork makes dreams work; the term is accurate for every situation, including business. In Samsan Tech, the team is working together with strong trust and chemistry, which help them face various problems and endeavours. In business, excellent working chemistry helps build a solid team capable of working toward a goal more effectively. Communication, chemistry, and dedication help make the team succeed in achieving their goals and purpose. 

 

 

In today's I AM INDONESIAN, we will talk of an illustrator and comic artist that has made a name in the world, Christiawan Lie.

Christiawan Lie/ Chris Lie, is no longer a new name in comics, design, and illustration. He has worked for many big-name comics like G.I Joe, Drafted, and even Spiderman. His original work, 'Return to Labirynth' is also a New York Times Best Seller, and Tokyopop, a publisher in LA has purchased its license.

Chris was born in Solo, 5 September 1974, and he liked to draw since childhood. Following his father's wishes, he enrolled to Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), taking a bachelor's degree in architecture. After graduating cum laude from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), he was even involved in creating the Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument in Bali under Nyoman Nuarta. However, he still couldn't forget his passion for art and illustration.

He decided to open an art studio called 'Bajing Lompat' and was struggling to make it as an artist. He worked as an architect during the day and illustrator during the night until he decided to become a full time artist. It was a hard decision to make because an architect's salary was much bigger than an illustrator's income at the time. He managed to create seven comics at the time, but the small profit made from them was not enough to pay for his rent. He then decided to find better work by going to Jakarta and freelanced for an advertising company.

In 2001, he won an award from Jakarta International Art Festival and was given awarded flight ticket to Singapore. He used the flight ticket to work in Singapore and even managed to win an Exhibition Designer award at Singapore's National Parade.

During his stay in Singapore, Chris managed to three illustration competitions and received a Fulbright scholarship in 2003, and continued his Master's degree at the Savannah College of Arts and Design (SCAD), majoring in Sequential Art.

From here, Chris started his career. He was trusted by Devil's Due Publishing, the publishing company holds the G.I Joe comics license in Chicago, to work on a project. Later on he would get involved in the making of many notable comics, including G.I Joe Sigma 6.

His work, "Return to Labyrinth" was sold out in 2 days at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2006.  He is also a co-creator in the serial comic "Drafted One Hundred Days", a special edition of Barack Obama distributed around the world.

In 2008 he returned to Indonesia and established an illustration studio in Jakarta called Caravan Studio with Andik Prayogo and Yudhanegara Njoman.  The idea behind the name comes from a circus where all strange and different people gather together. In their experience of over 9 years, the studio has received work orders from big companies such as Mattel, Lego, Konami, Capcom, Sony, The Jim Henson Company, and even Marvel.