• blah 06.11.2013 No Comments

    I have always wanted to see the world. I’ve been studying foreign languages (English in particular) since i was a kid. Of course when you study or learn a language you will also be intrigued to know more about the culture where the language is spoken, and then you will want to visit the country.

    It was pretty hard to go back then because going abroad is something that neither my parents nor I could afford, and airfare was very expensive. Nothing is impossible, though. I managed to go anyways. Working as a university teacher gives me opportunities. If it’s too expensive to go for a vacation, there are other ways. One door closes, other doors open. If you’re an academic, besides studying abroad, what else can you do but writing a paper, sending it to a conference, and praying that it will be accepted and that the university can be your sponsor (and definitely you have to save some money as you can’t expect to be completely funded, and you will need to  buy souvenirs for your friends and family). That way you can get more benefits: learning new things from the conference, and having a vacation at the same time. Cheap tickets can also be advantageous as you will have connecting flights and then you can see more places too if you’re lucky.

    So far i’ve been to British commonwealth countries. I’ve visited Malaysia, Hongkong, Australia, Singapore, and one ex Portuguese colony, Macau. Seeing the pattern, who knows if i can go to Canada, or USA, or England next, haha! (and Mecca for sure!)

    Kuala Lumpur, 2011

    Sydney, 2012

    Singapore, 2013

    Hongkong, 2013

    Macau, 2013

  • blah 27.08.2012 No Comments

    Tahun 1945 pemuda galau karena Belanda
    Tahun 2012 pemuda galau karena tidak dianggap gaul oleh temannya
    Tahun 1945 banyak pemuda tak sempat sekolah
    Tahun 2012 banyak pemuda malas kuliah
    Tahun 1945 pemuda menulis syair dan lagu perjuangan
    Tahun 2012 pemuda meng-update status dan sibuk pacaran
    Tahun 1945 pemuda teriak ‘merdeka!!’
    Tahun 2012 pemuda teriak ‘ga punya pulsaaa!!’
    Dirgahayu Indonesia

  • blah 14.04.2009 6 Comments

    I was browsing around the net and found this kind of generator thing at http://www.brunching.com/alanislyrics.html. You just submit some words in the form and it will create song lyrics, Alanis Morrisstte’s syle. Haha, it was kindof funny. I was bored with my work i was doing and came up with words relating to it. Here is the song that the web created:

    “Will to Live”

    I feel miserable
    Managers make me ill
    I feel miserable
    Bosses tear at my foundations
    I feel miserable
    Work loads are dragging me down to the depths of misery
    I want to die

    Is it because of work that I feel this way?
    With the blue rays of misery pounding on my brain?
    Or am I lost in tale of robert frost, adrift far from home
    I don’t think so, I don’t think so.

    You Broke My Will to Live
    You Broke My Will to Live
    You Broke My Will to Live
    I was getting better but then
    You Broke My Will to Live

    I feel miserable
    Deadlines rot the flesh from my bones
    I feel miserable
    Work overtime defeat my purpose
    I feel miserable
    Papers are doing their best to impale my soul
    I want to die

    Is it because of work that I feel this way?
    With the blue rays of misery pounding on my brain?
    Am I lost in tale of robert frost, adrift far from home
    I don’t think so, I don’t think so.

    You Broke My Will to Live
    You Broke My Will to Live
    Oh God, you Broke My Will to Live
    I was getting better but then
    You Broke My Will to Live

    Hahah, work broke my will to live?? I don’t think so…

  • blah 17.12.2008 5 Comments

    aku ingin berpuisi
    tapi aku takut mengungkap kata hati
    aku ingin berpuisi
    tapi aku tak bisa merangkai kata yang berarti

    aku bisa berpuisi
    tapi aku tak mau mengumbar suara hati
    aku bisa berpuisi
    tapi aku tidak mau orang lain mengetahui
    aku bisa berpuisi
    tapi mungkin tidak sebagus sutardji calzoum bachri

    aku suka berpuisi
    karena aku hanya ingin bercerita sendiri
    aku suka berpuisi
    karena puisi tidak butuh pungtuasi
    aku suka berpuisi
    tapi yang kutulis jelek sekali
    aku suka berpuisi
    dan aku tidak peduli

  • blah 08.11.2008 6 Comments

    I found these four-leaf clovers in a paddy field in Blora. There was A LOT of them in the paddy field. If a four-leaf clover does mean luck, then I should get good luck after finding some, hehe.

  • blah 26.10.2008 4 Comments

    Trying to do the Nina way ;)

    Old paradigm: It is burdening and hard to do

    New paradigm: It is something you can have fun with

    Hope it will work.

  • blah 19.09.2008 6 Comments

    Just being silly (er, or creative i would say, haha).

  • blah 13.09.2008 4 Comments

    Be tough Nina..sometimes the mountain you’ve been climbing is just a grain of sand..

  • blah 11.09.2008 2 Comments

    Square, yellow, holds water

    Square, white, holds air

    Fake Spongebob from snack box my friend and I made during a friend’s thesis seminar. We were kindof bored, so we made this. Well at least we didn’t make any noise there ;).

  • blah 02.09.2008 4 Comments

    I wonder why they put balls in this dress. It looks kindof funny and silly. I wonder what the dress maker thinks. I dont think I have balls to wear a dress with balls like that. Or maybe I don’t need balls because I already have more balls from the dress? Haha. If so, then the dress is a weird yet genius idea, I can say.