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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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Visiting the Capital City

Last Sunday, July 29th, I once again visited the Capital City-Jakarta. My friend-Erline and I did this bizarre adventure together. It started when we wanted to go around somewhere far away from home, but also wanted to do something useful for us. We booked the plane ticket for round trip a month in advance to get the cheapest price, and yes the price was cheap, much cheaper as compared if we took a business train. One return plane ticket costed only 572.000 rupiahs (USD 60).

Our flight was as early as 6 am in the morning. We left home around 4 am when the sky was still dark. Once we arrived at the Cengkareng Airport, we can take a DAMRI bus, went straight into the city center. The bus fare was 20.000 rupiahs (USD 2) for each person. Our first itinerary was Immanuel Church-Jakarta, the old church which has just been visited by Angela Merkel- German Bundes Kanzler. The church has serving the congregations for 173 years, meaning it has been existed since 1839. It is located right across the train station- Gambir. It offers sermon in Indonesian, English, and also Japanese.

The design is quite unique. The church has a black dome, and round shape in its interior. Unfortunately, the construction is not perfect anymore. It needs serious conservation effort if the congregation would like to see it still stands for another decades. There were many foreigners who visited this church.

Afterwards, we went to Mangga Dua, to find something to be sold hereinafter. We heard from some friends, that this place sells with cheap price, especially for resellers or wholesaler. It is good that Jakarta has a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system or busway. Hence, our trip became easier. The price for one trip is only 3.500 rupiahs (USD 0.4), unless someone stepped out from the bus station, there is no other fee necessary if we want to change our direction. We also took bajaj (the local pedicab) to get right into Mangga Dua Market, with only 5.000 rupiahs (USD 0.5). However, we found that the place was full of crowd, and the price is not good enough for wholesaler. Thus we decided to leave, and went to next destination.

Our next place to visit was Tanah Abang. We took local metromini and also Busway to reach the central again. The way to reach Tanah Abang was full of traffic. It was good that we did not have to drive our own vehicle. I supposed it is better to use public transport available in Jakarta if we want to go around. The Busway costed 3.500, and the local metromini costed 2.000 rupiahs (USD 0.2), much cheaper than using taxis. During fasting month, all of stores for wholesaler were full of people, buying things for celebrating Idul Fitri. Both of us were also looking for something to sell, tried to find nice women clothes, but most of the stores closed very soon around 3.30 pm.

Soon, around 5pm, we decided to get back to Gambir, because we had to arrive at the airport again by 6.30 pm. Our plane ticket was 7.50pm, thus we needed to leave though we still want to shops some more. We used the same local transport to get back to Gambir and then went directly to the airport. We did not have chance to walk around Monas (as we planned before if we have spare time). We arrived at the exact time to check-in, though at the end the plane left earlier than the written schedule. The passengers already got on board at around 7.15pm, just exactly the time we finished our dinner. Thank God for the wonderful and freaky adventure. We both arrived home safe and sound 🙂

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in TRAVEL


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