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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 wants 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.

PhD Extension Nov 2016

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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Life in Pre Departure Training

Never expected that I will get into another scholarship, even more with two scholarship offers. Yes, I got two offers, one is from AMINEF Fulbright and the other one is Australia Awards Scholarship. After comparing the two scholarship scheme, I finally choose AAS. And here I am now, in Jakarta doing the Pre-Departure Training. I am not expecting leaving Indonesia soon since I have some works and responsibility. I am still struggling finding the right supervisor. Hopefully, I am able to find the right supervisor real soon.

My class for PDT started early in the morning at 7 am, and mostly ends at 1 pm, and some at 4 pm, with some home works. We are encouraged to visit Resource Center (library) after class, to do our assignments or just do some exercise. I got 8 weeks of PDT training in IALF, Jakarta. In my experience, IALF is the best place to prepare for IELTS. The classes are good and very cold in temperature. Some facilities available are: library, computer lab, student common room, auditorium for a guest lecture and group study room.

I hope to manage all the task and assignments, though it is very difficult for me. But I know one thing, God has made me go this far, thus I believe that God also will guide me to the way which is best for me.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2016 in AAS

 

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Day 06: Shopping Day 

For those who are still waiting for the rest of my story of Bali, day 06 is a shopping day. The best shopping place if you came to Bali is in Krisna, especially Krisna Sunset Road Kuta, the biggest and complete shopping place for Balinese souvenirs. Some friends said that Sukowati market offers cheaper place and various items. However, based on my opinion, the cheapest place to shop is in Tanah Lot. But you have to bargain in order to get good price. But if you are a bit lazy to do that, Krisna is the place you should go. Trust me. 

Krisna at Sunset Road

Apart from shopping, we went also to Denpasar to visit an old place where I live before. We passed by Bajra Sandhi monument and stopped by. 

Bajra Sandhi

The next day my family and I were getting ready to go back to our city. We visited the Discovery shopping mall which offered a beautiful scenery of Kuta shoreline. 

Discover the view of Kuta Beach

Our holiday was fantastic, full of fun and enjoying nature things. I am grateful for being able to read another page in another chapter of this world.  

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in TRAVEL

 

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