Hari ke-3 di Indonesia

Today is my third day in Indonesia – after 3 years.

It wasn’t difficult for me to adjust myself to the situation and weather here. I just required 2 days to adapt to the air pollution and high humidity, as well as to the food.

The first impression that I got here is: the living cost is getting more expensive..!!

Gile, bayangin aja, gaji dosen ga naik2 amat, tapi harga barang naik signifikan selama 3 taon. For example, bread 12,500 rupiah, dengan ukuran loaf yang yang lebih kecil dari small loaf bule.

Plus kualitas hidup rakyat Indonesia rata2 sama aja; biaya hidup naik, quality of life ngga improved. Makanan serba goreng2, dan buah2an, susaaahhh banget nyarinya!! Pas minum teh sosro kotak, langsung mual, makan small spicy bitesnya McD, aduhh..krasa asin and oily banget, ayam KFCnya juga asin banget, eneg :(… so, kesannya, aku jadi cerewet gituūüė¶.. Aku jadi realise miss makanan plain, sayur and buah yang plentyūüė¶.. but aku ga kangen winter di Inggris.

Biaya hidup di Indonesia, mahal..!! Fotokopi aja selembar 150 rupiah and aku teriak “whatt?? yang bener bang!”. Tiga taon yang lalu perasaan masih kisaran 50-75 rupiah di Depok!¬†Pisang di Indomaret is also no cheaper than in the UK, as well as eggs, roti marie, beras, buahūüė¶..

Rakyat Indonesia itu kudunya kritis ya. Kalo dalihnya harga minyak dunia naik, kudunya inflasinya juga ga lebih tinggi dari Inggris donk, apalagi Indonesia ada kilang minyak and Inggris ga punya sumber minyak sama sekali.. aduh..ga tau deh.. negeriku yang tercinta…

I hope someday ada pemimpin yang bisa mencerdaskan kehidupan rakyat Indonesia, biar ga diboongin mulu, dan kualitas hidup bisa meningkat..!

Aku merindukan¬†mudahnya mendapatkan buah dan sayurūüė¶

Serta rindu pula pelayanan kesehatan yang tidak memudahkan pemberian antibiotik ke pasiennya….

Nganggur di uni malem2 ..

Well, let’s write something random now.

Now it’s 8pm, where I still need to wait an hour more until¬†my friend finishes working at 9pm.Yep, sekarang aye “homeless”, coz dengan durasi stayku yang kaga bakal setaun lagi disini bikin no student accommodations allow me to have short-term tenancy. Jadi, sekarang ini aku tinggal di rumah seorang teman yang baik hti, yang saat ini sedang kerja from 7am to 9pm, in this fall time (means, siang mulai pendek, suhu mulai adem, langit mulai dully, and angin mulai berhembus2).

Tapi ya, yang namanya pertolongan Allah itu selalu datang dengan penuh barokah, hiks. With this kinda situation, I got further life lessons as now I’m being “homeless” – although it is not literally real homeless.¬†Luckily, I have many friends who are always ready to¬†lend their hands to support me without asking returnūüė•. That’s the amazing of life, really.. alhamdulillah…

The thing that makes me sad is just because I have no ability (for now) to reply their great kindness. Hopefully, someday I, or other people, will be able to reply their very kind assistance as nice as they have given to me.

Hope God always protects my lovely friends, along with their big family.

Also, please protect my big family back home.

InshaAllah.

(Sambil kelaperan, makan apel 5 biji, microwaved telo, sebungkus Jacob’s cheese biscuits, and now nungguin examination MBA students yang moga2 segera kelar di gedung sebelah, while hoping ada sisa2 sandwiches or another fruits yang bisa diemplok, hihiii #student’slife)

Winter is coming

Winter is now coming.

The sky starts to be dull and easier to make my heart feel blue.

The day gets shorter, the night time is getting longer.

The wind becomes stronger and makes the normal temperature to be much colder.

I should feel so blessed with this my life experience so far. Many ups and downs that lead me to understand and grateful things much easier than before.

However, as a human being, sometimes I just feel hard to realise all the good things that I have now, and I know it is so bad and I should avoid it as soon as I feel it.

Hope all of us always stay blessed, forever …

 

Gossip and Gossipers

Well, dimanapun manusia¬†berada dan disitu ada yang seculture, maka disitulah ada gosip. Bahayanya, gosip itu bisa membunuh karakter dan masa depan seseorang, jika orang yang digosipin itu tidak “melawan” atau meluruskan isu buruk yang beredar.

Kadang si gosipers itu ngga ngerasa kalau mulutnya bahaya¬†dan berpotensi untuk membunuh¬†hidup seseorang, but again, it depends on us. We should be very wise extracting and understanding the gossip. I have practisied it once, when I do not really trust a person’s words about another person, or when sebuah kelompok besar¬†manusia memberi¬†stigma buruk tertentu ke seseorang, padahal I do not get the same interpretation saat berinteraksi langsung ke¬†orang tersebut. Namun sayang, sebagian besar orang telah terpengaruh¬†gosip tersebut dan membuat sang manusia yang digosipin tampak ‘teraniaya’, and I can do nothing to help him/herūüė¶.

Well, whatever it is, we should learn from that phenomenon (of gossip). Semoga kita semua senantiasa dilindungi dari fitnah serta tidak pula berkontribusi dalam nyebarin fitnah yang ada. Amin!!

Just beware, our words can be an effective killer than a knife!

ūüôā

My Indonesian friends in Loughborough – they are a part of my life

Loughborough, 24th July 2016

Time does fly really, and it’s been ages I haven’t checked¬†my blog.

Sebenernya aku ngga ada sesuatu yang special untuk ditulis, but I think it might worth to share a little experience here, in the UK. Tapi, maaf ya kalo bahasanya bakal gado-gado, plus grammar berantakan..haha.. maklum, ga niat nulis and ga mau edit2 gitu :p. Hope this article flows well, kalo emang ada yang nyasar and baca tulisan ini :p.

Living in a place where ngga many Indonesian live has taught me a lot, apalagi di tempat yang semi2 desa gini (tapi ngga ada sawah and masi ada church, so that it is still relevant to be called as a town – instead of a village :p), terutama tentang bagaimana mengapresiasi hidup. Sering aku berpikir, andai orang Inggris itu muslim, mungkin dunia ini sungguh sempurna, hehe.. tapi mungkin Allah tidak menghendaki hal tersebut untuk kaum manusia, wallahu alam.

Balik lagi, tentang not many Indonesian people in my town. Semisal aku dulunya memutuskan untuk tinggal di Manchester atau Melbourne (karena dulu aku dapat offer juga dari beberapa university, such as Monash University, University of Manchester, and University of Tazmania), atau mungkin di Hiroshima (as I also got offer from Hiroshima University, although it wasn’t an official offer yet), mungkin aku ngga dapat much learning opportunities as I stay in Loughborough. Bayangkan aja, di Manchester misalnya, Indonesian studentsnya aja udah around 250. In contrast, not many Indonesian students di Lboro, dapet lima ampe sepuluh anak aja udah sangat ajaib, hehe. Tapi, justru itu lah yang membuat aku belajar banyak, apalagi ngga pake pulang selama 3 taun berturut-turut, I’m feeling like, I am so blessed staying here!

Disini karakter Indonesian studentsnya luar biasa beda2, tapi karena kita minoritas dan atas dasar survive, secara ajaib, we are really close and always supporting each other – no matter di Indo kaya raya ato engga (yang jelas, aku bukan anak orang kaya:p), muslim ato engga (mostly mereka nonmuslim ^^), seberapa jauh gap umur kita, seberapa beda referensi kita untuk suka2 ^^ (ada yang demennya¬†clubbing, ato ke gereja, ato ke pengajian, ato ke gym, ato jalan2, de el el…yang jelas itu bukan preferensiku semua :p). Aku hanya membayangkan, andai aku stay di Indonesia, it seems impossible aku bisa mengenal teman2 yang seperti itu.. sekali lagi, Allah Maha Besar.¬†Sungguh aku bersyukur diberi Allah untuk bisa bernteraksi dan dekat dengan teman2ku sekrang ini. I have learn’t a lot from them!

Ngga cuman belajar hidup dari teman2 Indonesia, I also have learnt lots things from my overseas friends, terutama tentang ketulusan membantu…..

Hidup itu sungguh indah, dan kadang kita akan semakin mensyukuri indahnya hidup ketika kita hidup dalam situasi yang minimalis really, e.g. not much people, not much attractions (sekarang aku ngga excited lagi liat mall, lebih suka menikmati alam dan interaksi sesama manusia), etc. Mungkin ini sama halnya ketika aku harus makan makanan plain tiap hari tanpa bumbu since I got ulcer; I can taste that green tea is soo sweet and refreshing, red rice is soo sweet, broccoli is soo sweet, and plain flour is so savoury, although I didn’t put any seasonings.

In short, aku sungguh sering menangis syukur kepada Allah atas kesempatan luar biasa ini. My life experience in Loughborough is farr more than PhD experience, it is more about life. Semoga aku bisa selalu istiqomah mengingat pelajaran hidup ini dan membawa manfaat untuk keluargaku yang tercinta.

So, if you have a chance to stay in overseas, saranku, choose a place where not many Indonesian stay there. It will be hard during the first year, but it worth.. just consider this as a natural pondok pesantren ^^.

Trying to be a vegetarian: We are what we eat

Yes, it is not easy!

However, at least I had it perfectly for 2 weeks. I completely avoided meats, and also sugar, salt,¬†oil, caffeine (coffee, English tea, and chocolate), chilli and pepper within these weeks. I ate white rice, rolled oats, fruits and boiled vegetables with garlic as my main daily foodstuff. I also had soy bean, peas, tofu, and plain organic yogurt for the protein; and I filled¬†“my fat”¬†by eating sunflower and sesame seeds, also avocado. To be fair, the result was incredibly amazing: I was feeling much healthier, happier, calmer, more agile and more focus to my work. My hair and skin also looked much brighter and more shiny!! My body weight was well maintained as well (I wasn’t getting skinnier though :p). In addition, now my tongue becomes very sensitive in tasting plain or raw foods. I can taste the sweetness of white rice, enjoy the bitter taste of grapefruit as a sweet treat, and plain boiled broccoli.

The main reason why I wanted to know the feeling of being a vegetarian is because I believe that we are what we eat. If we love fatty foods with highly processed oil, (in my personal view) our body will be full of fat that can reduce our agility as well as our immune system. If we love spicy things, such as chilli and pepper, we will tend to get angry easier. Sugar and salt also not good to “train” our natural immune system. Sugar can boost our energy in an instant, but it will lead you to a weaker¬†stamina after a while. Salt, well, we have already naturally got that from seeds and nuts (I can taste it now!).

Then, do¬†I give up of being a perfect vegetarian now? Well, I’m not giving up but I might not be a fully vegetarian in my life. My foodstuff on my fridge is still 80-90% vegetarian’s stuff; and the rest are canned tuna, and some frozen fish and chicken (that I bought several months ago :p). However, sometimes my social life makes me could not avoid meats, oil, sugar, salt, and pepper. I don’t want to make my friends feel “difficult” to get on or dine out with meūüôā.

I think I would love to have a go with vegetables and fruits as my main food ingredients. Also, I will keep avoiding sugar, salt, oil, as much as possible – at least in my kitchen. I am planning just to keep sweet and lightly salty soy sauce in my cupboard as my food seasoning, and honey if I need energy booster in the morning.¬†For tea, I would have¬†green and camomile tea, but I still have lots stocks of English tea that I need to finish (I think..). I was addicted badly with English tea several months ago! I was struggle to control myself to avoid it and I did itūüôā. I also have few black pepper that might be used for several meals since I don’t like throwing out foods and any edible stuff.

Also, I am suggesting you to avoid dining out, buying ready meals and packed snacks as much as possible — Once I had Pringles last week, my throat and stomach were¬†bad because of the oil and salt contents. I have no idea whether it is good or bad news. What I want to have is just a better quality of life and self control; and the easiest way to start is from what we eat.

I hope this little story¬†could enrich your perspective (please note, I’m not encouraging you here) of trying to be a vegetarian¬†:).

Two little awards that make me happy..!!

Unfortunately, I cannot upload the pictures of the certificates using my old phone here.

I am not trying to showing off, but I am happy since (as a ‘new comer’) at least I have managed to get two little awards here!!

The first one is being The People Choice in Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Heat 1 in my university (but I failed in the Final stage, haha! Well, my accent is still too Indonesian :p); and the second one is The Simpson Scholarship since I was selected as an outstanding ‘young’ operational researcher in a conference.

Again… I am happyy ^^….!!

I hope this can encourage other Indonesians to show their potential capability in international level!