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New Year New Resolution – 2018

Happy New Year… that means another year in my life begin. I can still clearly remember my last year resolution: study more, travel often, pray always… and it’s true, if you believe in something, you will finally achieve that. I am now doing a PhD, something that I have never expected before. I thought doing Master was already a big achievement for me, as I am no body. Not even from a rich family who can send their children to study abroad. But yes, I can pursue to a higher degree again. Many thanks to my scholarship provider, the Australia Awards Indonesia, who give such training and preparation to the candidates. I found that I am more prepared, than my previous experience in doing my Master.

And yes, 2017, I travelled a lot. I visited Hong Kong for holiday, departed to Australia for my study. I even have time in between to go to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lawang.. so much travel, but I like it. What I like the most in my travel time is I get new experience by seeing new place, meeting new people, trying different things, and these experience are useful for me as an architect and a lecturer.

I need to pray more, set Jesus as a centre of my life, than playing around in my social media. I felt so guilty for not fully putting my trust in Him. I worry a lot, of my study, my accommodation, my safety, my future, and everything. Yes, I am worrisome. I know that God will protect, will provide, and take care of me. Thus, I should leave all my worries behind. Romans 11:36, “For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.” Nothing is eternal, all I have is from God.

Therefore, in this 2018, I want to consider this also for a new year’s resolution. First, I want to lean to God more, and not count on myself. Second, I want to give more to other people surround me. Third, I want to spend less time for my social media. I think I start getting addicted and I don’t want to. Hopefully, this year I have many travels like last year.. as I always love to explore new places. I plan to visit all beaches in Sydney within 4 years, believe me I will. I am crazy about beaches.

Well, that’s for now.. I promise I will write more, when I am free. I must keep on writing to enhance my writing skills (definitely needed for a PhD student).

 

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Posted by on January 29, 2018 in A Sydneysider, AAS

 

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Almost end of 2017

I have been here in Sydney, Australia for almost 7 months. Time flies and now the year 2017 will end soon, year 2018 is awaiting.

For some months here in Sydney, these what surprise me most:

  1. Sydney has winter in June to August, by contrast, Sydney has summer in December. That makes my Christmas no longer white Christmas.. but Hot Christmas instead. Christmas here is still merry, merrier than the one I used to have to. I like it when they have Christmas display, songs in shopping malls. Love Christmas always..George Street SydXmas
  2. Still about Christmas, here in Sydney, Christmas trees are everywhere. Not only in malls, but you can find them, at the street corner, at big squares, or wherever there is a park, there will be a Christmas tree, at different range from small to big size. Even more, there are Christmas lighting on streets and houses. Some streets have their houses decorated for Christmas. People can donate money, since the decoration is privately managed by the house owner.Christmas lighting eastern suburbs
  3. There are so many Chinese, Indonesian and Iranian in Sydney. Overall, Sydney is a diverse and multi-culture city. But since Chinese and Indonesian are so many, especially in Kingsford, there are so many Asian restaurants, from Chinese, Korean, Thai, to Indonesian restaurants. I don’t have any difficulties to find Indonesian food (nasi padang, martabak, bakso, pempek, indomie), but the price is of course more expensive than the one you can have in Indonesia. For example, one portion of Nasi Padang is AUD 11, though the portion is big enough for me, enough for twice of eating.
  4. Sydney has so manyyyyyy beaches.. I mean really really a lot of nice beaches. Along the eastern Suburbs of Sydney there are Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach, Coogee Beach, Malabar Beach, Maroubra Beach, Little Bay, Congwong Beach. There are also Watson Bay, Parsley Bay, Rose Bay, between eastern Sydney and North Sydney. At Northern Sydney, there are Manly Beach, Shelly Beach, Mona Vale, Dee Why Beach, Avalon Beach, Whale Beach, and Palm Beach. There are still many small beaches which I can’t mention, and the good thing is, I can just go to those beaches within short time. The closest one would probably Coogee Beach, only 15 mins away from my home. Love loveeee those beaches, and I am so happy to live surrounded by beaches. They are so clean and have white sand beach (well almost all). I always collected small shells from every beach I visited (also from Indonesian beaches), just to hope that they would bring me back to the place.Palm Beach
  5. Sydney has traffic jam during peak hours (when people go to and back from office or after school). The light rail to Eastern Suburbs are now under construction, and hopefully by 2020 it will have operated. The mode of transportation in Sydney are varies: Bus, Ferry, Light Rail, and Train, but Sydney doesn’t have MRT like UBahn in Germany or Singapore MRT.Sydney Opera House
  6. Sydneysiders like other Australian, like to shorten many words.. and when they say it’s fine.. it will be “no worries”..”Hi how are you” are common when people greet you. And here you will just call your lecturer by name, only name, no title Professor, Mr., Sir. Etc.
  7. Sydney has up and down terrain like a hilly area. It is not flat or low land. That’s why my university has lower campus and upper campus, cause one is down below, and other part is reachable by stairs… lots of stairs..haha right now I get used to it. At first, it was very tiring and took me lots of time to reach the edge of upper campus from the lower campus. Now, in 10-15 minutes I can reach the tip. My campus is famous for “a thousand stairs campus” lol.UNSW

I guessed those are 7 things I can mention now about Sydney. I am planning to spend my New Year’s eve watching the biggest fireworks event and see how they light the Sydney Harbourbridge  and Opera House.

I wish 2018 will go smoothly as well.. and lots of travel 😊. I wish everybody will achieve their dreams.

All the best to you, my readers.

 

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in A Sydneysider, PhD life

 

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Read and Write

After more than 3 months here, I think I am quite settled down, doing what I need to do. People might think that studying here in Australia, my job would be easy. They may thought from my IG account that I am having so much fun here. Yes, it’s true. I want to study well, but I also want to make the most of my time here in Sydney. So, I don’t want to be bothered with my PhD life and get suffered. I spend most of my weekends enjoying my life. Even just by walking 20 minutes to go to church, smelling fresh air, looking at flowers on my way, I’ m happy enough.

I know that a PhD student should read and write down his or her thoughts, but I never expect that it would be this hard. Everyday what I do is, listing what I have to do, read probably 2 or sometimes 3 to 4 journal article or even a book. I can read fast, but my problem is I also forget it fast. Therefore, I need to write and take notes, at least to know that I have read.. and if I forget anything about the book or journal, I just read my notes.

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This is my desk look like when I am busy at my PhD office

Well.. to those who want to know about my PhD life… it is not easy at all. I am overwhelmed with books and all my reading materials, but I tried to make it as normal to a PhD student. I hope to be able to always making a progress every week in my research. But still… can’t ever resist going out and roaming around as I want to travel more and more.. and want to balance my life 🙂

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2017 in PhD life, Uncategorized

 

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Yay I’m now in Aussieland

For some times I haven;t written something in my blog. I was totally busy with one month introductory course. Another reason is because I have a new website, it is on my google site, where I got my personal English-learning recorded.

Well June and July passed so quickly. I have been through the o-week time, and got lots of freebies :). I got pen, cap, coffee cup, notes, post it, and many things. I finally settled in (at least until next February) in this place. My home right now is near to my uni, a very quiet and peaceful area, though at night it is a bit scary, since the street is dark. But, I tried not to go out late at night, especially alone. The good thing about my UNI, it provides security escorts for students. So, I can always ask the security guard to accompany me walk home. Another good thing also which I have found, is the library. It is so modern, so comfy for students. They have rest, sleeping area, student lounge, even a pod to rest during afternoon. I like the library so much. Evenmore, you just have to swipe your wanted book to borrow or return. It is so simple, just by tapping your student ID and swipe the book.. voila the book is borrowed. Also, there are free stationery in the UNI, where students actually can donate their ‘no longer needed’ stuffs, and new students like me can get them easily. I got a book holder, trays, and also pen case from there. Cool right? So many new stuffs.

Place where I will study

I have been through some places in the past 1,5 months: Rose Bay, Royal Botanic Garden, Museum of Contemporary Art NSW, Manly, and the famous Bondi beach, of course with the beaches nearby, like Coogee Beach, Tamarama Beach, and Bronte Beach. I did that coastal walk today (will write more another time).

Many things I need to do before settling in for my phD life. Hope that I can manage it though (finger crossed).

Place where I live

My room sweet room

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2017 in AAS

 

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Almost time for Aussie Land

Gosh.. time flies and it’s been almost one semester after my PDT training finished. This means my deferral period has ended and time for me to prepare everything for my departure. I am nervous, tensed and a bit worried of everything.

I received my visa on May 9th, and my ticket on May 12th from the Australia Awards office, exactly one month prior my departure date. At first, I did not worry too much about accommodation, but it turns out to be hard not as I expected.

My proposed campus provides temporary accommodation but with a very high price (ca 450-550 AUD). I had to change plan and search for a temporary accommodation myself. I used some references, like realestate, domain, even Facebook group, and also the students group. Lucky me to have friends there who I can ask with. Headache, searching for a place from internet was not that easy.  I hope to be able to find a place to settle down soon. I imagine carrying my heavy luggage and having to move from one place to another can be stressful. I wish I find suitable one soon.. please SYD be easy on me.

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2017 in AAS

 

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Saturday School Story

Can’t hold to write about my Saturday school which is going to be closed. I never thought that I would be this sad. Sadness, imagining how is my little students’ reactions when they know that they will no longer have Saturday activities with their teacher anymore. Sadness, because I probably never see them anymore. Who knows about their future. Some of them are unfortunate children, who have no parents to take care of them, some again have parents separated  from them. I am longing to give care to those children, happy to see their happy faces and smile. 

I started to teach this Saturday Bible school since 2010, after I finished my master’s study. Never thought that I will end up as a Sunday School teacher, since I never teached before. I tried to learn to speak in front of little children, tried not to be nervous. Those kids are so smart, I think smarter than the old generation. 

Children grow up so fast. Some of them have left, because they are no longer kids. Some are still growing older. Many things have happened. We did various kind of activities, making art and handcrafts, singing, playing, listen carefully to bible stories. All at the same time.

By the end of this month, this Saturday school will be officially closed. I have to say goodbye to my little children. I can’t believe that this happens before I leave to Aussie Land. I tried to give my best, but I know God knows the best for those little children. Because Jesus loves the little children.. all the children of the world. So long Lil Children, auf wiedersehen.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2017 in Part-of-Me

 

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After 8 weeks PDT and 2 weeks PhD Extension 

Wow, two and a half months passed away so fast. PDT training was great, full of IELTS,  IELTS and IELTS plus academic essay 500 words and 1800 words. My teacher was from Greece, and she has never been to Indonesia, so she knew nothing about Indonesian culture and got surprises about the way people drive here, the food, the way people cross the street, and everything. My friends in PDT class were Master and  PhD awardee. We were close, since we spent most of the time studying together at IALF resource center.  Every 2 weeks we always had IELTS mock test, and at the last week, we finally had the real IELTS test. No matter how many times we practise the test, it was very challenging to do the real test. I think the test at that time was more difficult compared to the 4 mock tests. 

In between, our IELTS study, we had academic essay to do. The first was 500-word essay. It seemed that 500 words were not too much, but extra work like literature review made this work was a pressure to most of the students, including me. I was having difficulty of how to put arguments, counterarguments, and rebuttal. The second assignment was 1800-word essay,  where students should develop from their 500-word essays. Not only making the essay, we also had to present our essay in class. This practise was good especially because studying abroad will require students to do presentation most of the time. 

8W2 AAS 2017

In PhD extension program, which is given to PhD scholarship awardee, we were given basic knowledge of what exactly a PhD is, how to write a research proposal, how to present for confirmation stage, and what is necessary to success your PhD. Finding a good supervisor, time management, and love what you do are key points to finish PhD right in time.

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I learned a lot during this course, and I still need to firm my research topic, apply to my chosen university, and prepare many things before I leave. Hopefully, all start well will end well too.  

All 8 weekers IALF Jakarta AAS 2017

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2016 in AAS

 

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