my journey, my adventure

it was start with curiousness… i’ve seen so many good friends enjoying their new adventure abroad, either studying or short course. I keep questioning myself, when is my turn?this simple question emerges in 2013 and keeps haunting me. the first step i took was asking people, friends, browse the information online. then finally i had my chance, i was chosen by my institution representing them at national business intermediary training hosted by the Indonesian ministry of research and technology, supported by business and technology centre.

I was the first winner at the business model development’ mini competition and granted a place to attend the expert intermediary training in Berlin, Germany. I went there on august 2014. that was my second journey after Australia back in 2004/2005.

After i went back from Germany, I was thinking; “this is fun”, suddenly all the great memories from the first time i went abroad flashes back… i said to myself, I have to do it again, and soon!

I decide to continue studying and applying for scholarship. i was applying for AAI scholarship (Australia), i applied on 2014, but i was too confident and resulted me making an error. in short i apply for master by research instead of master by coursework or combination (this part of story will be shared later).

then, on 2015 i decide to re-apply the AAI scholarship together with Fulbright. it was a long exhausted year with all the interviews, tests (IELTS, IBT, GRE, GMAT), and all the writings, but it was worth everything!

it was a a great Thursday afternoon, when me and some folks are ready to go to karaoke i got the email from Fulbright, i was shortlisted! and few weeks after that on a nice Friday evening, with perfect weather and I am ready to procrastinating for the whole weekend, then the email popped up says, I got shortlisted for AAI scholarship with Melbourne and Sydney University are the most probable destination.

so I was in dillema situation of choosing the sponsor (i’ll share the story later), but in the end I choose Fulbright. then my new adventure has started!

Love you paris (part 2)

Guess what?! i can’t find any place to crash…. all hotel near the central of paris are too expensive, at least i shut pay around 350 Euro per night, i walked around Champs-Elysees try to get free wifi (a cup of coffee at the cafe) to get all information, but none available… i took Hop on Hop off to get myself to the most famous places in paris, such as Eiffel tower, Champ de Mars, Opera Garnier, Louvre-Pyramide, Louvre-Pont des Arts, Notre-Dame, Musee d’Orsay, Champs-Elysees, Grand Palais, and Trocadero. i must says, 1 day visiting those 10places is certainly not enough, but good price though (29 Euros for whole day).

well…lets forget it for now…its Saturday night! and I’m spending my lovely evening at the most romantic n beautiful city on earth “Paris”… i start my Saturday night with some style…. going around expensive boutique (of course not to buy-sadly) and spoilt myself with a nice coffee shop around that area…lots of beautiful girls hanging’ around and some beautiful boys also (i can’t believe i say it, but yes they’re pretty boys) with the beautiful and awesome dress!

a week before i spent my Saturday night at Prague, Czech Republic (the story will be shared asap), now I’m in paris….its quite expensive, it took me almost 300 Euros just for the plane tickets, and spent another few hundreds for 2 days staying in paris…

i got some souvenirs, taste some nice coffee, meets some new friends…enjoy the evening… i love my life!!

its 10PM, and I’m not sure whether its late at night or not, coz it seems that the city never sleep…more people comes, it gets crowded, some street performance, and some crazy dude hanging out with beers (of course)

i met some australians and (probably, not sure though) koreans, spend the night talking about their experience do backpacking…it was fun…real fun!

its 11.30PM and i still couldn’t find any place to crash, unfortunately some new friends that i met, don’t have spare room, they even bring some tent with them…

finally after sometime, I plan to go back to the airport and decide to stay there during the night, i took a subway, and waiting for the train, but then again, there was a crazy thought, how about i just sleep here? at the subway station…hell yeah! its cheaper, more simple and yet practical!

i can’t sleep!!! its too cold, windy subway! it took me 3 hours to get an hour of sleep…crazy! feel tired, exhausted, but I’m pretty pleased! i met some crazy drunk douche that try to kick me out of the subway, i fought back, thanks got i bring my camera tripod (a big one), after 5 minutes do some trash talk, he took off, and thanks to some officers also help!

its Sunday! after a long exhausted day and night its finally new day in paris, and again I start my day to go to eiffel and decide to take my chance to go to the top of the tower! spent the time on the flea market around the area…beautiful morning, and pretty cold for a summer…

time to go back…another 45 mins back to orly airport…sadly, i have to leave this beautiful city

my adventure in paris just ended, but i do believe its just a beginning of much more interesting starts of my backpacking journey…..

love you paris… (part 1)

its 5PM in the evening and i just finished training’ visit from humboldt university Adlershoff, Berlin and Im rushing back to my apartment to take a quick bath and get my backpack then go to the Schonofeld Airport. I took a budget airlines “EasyJet” and sadly i don’t get cheap ticket, it was EUR288 (not so much for budget Airlines). anyway…It took 45 minutes to get back from Steinplatz to Uhlandstrase, get packed and went to zoologischer garten and took RB7 to the airport.  it was a nice view from my window on the way to the airport.

the plane was on time, im leaving berlin around 9pm to Paris for 1.5hrs flight, and by 10.30 i finally step to one of the most beautiful city in the world, PARIS!! well not yet actually, still at the Orly airport, its around 30 mins drive from the centre of the city.

well it was 11pm and no place to go, so Im staying at the airport, accompanied by 24hrs of free wifi connectivity. trying to get all the information from internet, and it was a good call. finally after a long waiting and surfing all over the world (from the internet)… its 6am in the morning, and im ready to roll! take a bus to denfert rocheau then take the M6 to bir hakiem (eiffel tour) its only 30 minutes then im in eiffel!!!!

lots of crazy feeling at that moment, happy, excited, overwhelmed, enthusiast, its mixed feeling!

the queuing was just crazy! by the time the eiffel tickets are open, thousands of people are just queuing!

the plan was simple, going to the top of the eiffel and take the photos! but its just crazy, it took me 20 mins queuing… (fyi i alreaady got my feet on eiffel area on 7AM!) and it took another 10 mins to get to the top of eiffel, it was scary and yet so excited at the same time.

the one that surprise me a lot is that I met John White, one of the relatives of my australian host family. last time we met was in australia and it was 10 years ago, and now we’re catching up in paris! super cool way to meet and greet!

after eiffel its done, its Louvre and Ponts des Arts!!!

louvre is just amazingly awesome, not so much words for that. summer in paris is pretty hot but still the cool winds are arounds, so perfect summer!!!!

and ponts des arts also just 2 mins away by foot from louvre. the legends were told that if we put our lock in that bridge and throw the key away to the river it will lock our love forever to who ever we wish…. well i did that, locking it and wishing to get my love last forever…

to be continue…paris eiffel

Teknologi yang menghubungkan kita…

Setiap kali kita berjalan melintasi pusat perbelanjaan, kampus, restoran, bahkan sampai dijalan raya orang sibuk menggunakan alat komunikasi mereka, tanpa menghiraukan orang lain, sehingga ungkapan alat komunikasi jaman sekarang lebih kearah mendekatkan yang jauh dan menjauhkan yang dekat.

Kalau kita telusuri perkembangan teknologi sekarang ini, dimulai dari era Ericsson, Siemens dan nokia di awal tahun 2000, sampai sekarang bermunculan hape cina, gadget berbasis smartphone android, apple sampai yang paling gress saat ini yaitu Blackberry.

Tidak bisa dipungkiri, serbuan smartphone android, apple dan blackberry selain menjadikan pasar Indonesia menjadi penuh sesak, serbuan gadget tersebut menjadikan tren lifestyle baru bukan hanya bagi kalangan muda, namun sampai juga menjamah kalangan ibu rumah tangga

Apabila kita telusuri lebih lanjut dapat dilihat pola industri komunikasi didunia, bahwa siapa yang membawa perubahan unik, ekstrim dan sesuai dengan selera pasar, dialah yang akan memenangkan persaingan.

Ericssen dan Siemens sempat merajai dunia komunikasi diera 90an dengan pangsa pasar kalangan pebisnis. Pada saat itu mobile gadget masih sangat mahal, sehingga hanya bisa dimiliki kaum berduit, terlebih lagi biaya penggunaan yang sangat mahal. Seiring dengan perkembangan jaman, nokia masuk sebagai pemain baru dengan berbagai inovasi, terutama dari segi model, interface yang lebih simple dan harga yang lebih murah mulai perlahan merebut pasar komunikasi dunia.

Nokia yang berbasis di finlandia mulai bisnisnya dengan slogan “connecting people” seolah menyihir dunia dengan teknologi interface yang mudah dan berbagai variasi model yang ditawarkan. Inovasi inilah yang menjadikan nokia menjadi market leader. Ditengah gempuran nokia dengan gadget inovatif nya, Siemens dengan tag line “be inspired” semakin tenggelam, meskipun sempat berkolaborasi dengan BenQ, namun sinergi yang diharapkan tidak terwujud. Ericson disaat yang sama mencoba peruntungan dengan melakukan merger dengan Sony untuk menghasilkan sinergi yang positif. Diawal kemunculannya Sony Ericson menggebrak dengan menggabungkan fungsi kamera dan pemutar music sebagai fitur utama yang sampai sekarang menjadi cirri khas yang sangat khas. Sinsergi tersebut menghasilkan pasar tersendiri. Selain gebrakan dari sisi inovasi sony Ericson juga merambah kedunia perfileman dengan berhasil menjadikan salah satu gadgetnya menjadi gadget james bond, yang menjadikan oenjualan gadgetnya menunjukan grafik yang memuaskan.

Memasuki tahun 2006 serbuan ponsel cina dengan berbagai fitur ajaib, seperti dual sim card, TV tuner, sampai gps menjadikan ponsel cina mempunyai pasar tersendiri bagi yang hendak memiliki gadget penuh fitur namun harga murah meriah.

Semakin hari teknologi ponsel menjadi semakin berkembang pesat dengan berbagai fitur, model dan kelengkapan didalamnya, sehingga kebutuhan akan ponsel pintar menjadi dambaan semua orang, sehingga hadirlah generasi terbaru smart phone keluaran apple, Samsung dengan android nya dan Research In Motion dengan Blackberry nya. Sebenarnya RIM dan Apple sudah lama mengeluarkan smartphnenya, namun dengan perkembangan pasar sekarang smartphone tidak lagi eksklusif digunakan oleh pebisnis, namun semua orang.sudah bisa menikmatinya.

Pada akhirnya pertanyaan yang menggelitik bagi semua orang adalah, apakah teknologi komunikasi ini dapat lebih mendekatkan kita dengan teman/rekan/keluarga/kerabat? Atau bahkan malah menjauhkan kita dari mereka?