All,

so I feel the urge of making this not-only-on-facebook. TU Delft is going to give presentation and open booths at education fairs in Indonesia, November 2014. Please see the flyer attach for more details 🙂 Thanks vm! this is the link btw https://www.facebook.com/events/1401414533414398/

So I’m now studying for my exam.

First of all let me introduce you about the system here: it’s divided to quarters, not semesters. So every quarter I have different subjects. This quarter I’m taking Technology Dynamics, Financial Management, and Leadership & Technology Management. Prior to the exam week, we have “witte week”, translated to white week, or in Indonesian “minggu tenang”, a week when there is no lecture and we can use the time to study.

Back to preparing exam.

Now I’m reading the articles for Technology Dynamics. TD is one of my favorite subject so far (yes, so far I favorite it all. So.) in which I have a lot of new views competing for a place in my mind. I’m now supposed to write down all the terms used in TD, but I’m stuck reading a paper that is very interesting. It is about the history of PVC plastic. This paper describe all the development stages of PVC plastic, including its problems. Yes, PVC plastic has made a revolution of plastic usage in modern history, from cable casings, pipes, food packaging, etc. But, it also has a dark history of people suffering because of PVC. This article alone has mentioned Minamata disease, 11 facory worker deaths in 1974 due to vinyl chloride exposure, and 175 cases of liver cancer worldwide by 1995, caused by VC. Even the VC residue was detected in packaging, food, drinks, household goods, and furnishing. Even, the wives of PVC workers had more possibility of miscarriages.

I’m not gonna confuse you with the technical terms in the paper (“reverse salient”, “entrenchment”), I just want to make you aware that there may be another side of technological advancement that we don’t think of. I also learn in another paper: “NIMBY” or Not In My BackYard. It reflects the phenomenon of our society: we don’t really care about the implementation of a new technology, a potentially-having-bad-effect ones in particular, if it doesn’t occur in our hometown or near to where we live.

Reduction of VC emissions in PVC production in Germany (source: sciencedirect.com)

One of the main theme in TD talks about “engineer’s active responsibility“. Basically it said that the engineers should think about the effect of the technology they are developing since design stage – very early. Using PVC plastic article as an example, even though the discovery of PVC plastic took place on 1912, the toxic effect of was just published in 1938 – eight years after PVC products were found in the market (1930). Unfortunately, no further action was taken until the worldwide panic on 1974 resulting from the human deaths reported (since then VC emission was greatly reduced, see graph). Note: this is a form of “passive responsibility”: one just started to be responsible if a case happen.

So that’s a part of my TD class.

Btw, this is the first time I had to read all the papers (journal articles, proceedings, etc) as a study material – TD doesn’t use any textbook. This is very much different from my bachelor study where I learn mainly from lecture slides, books, and case study. Discussing with Diska, we thought that this may be the difference from bachelor and master studies, or maybe from the education in a place where you can’t access journal articles freely and where you can open Springer and Scopus even from your bed. And even though I have still a lot more to read, I already know the development of various technology: membrane tech, cars, PVC, biotechnology, bicycle, energy, etc. I even have a tiny little bit idea about policy making and stakeholder participation. I love this class.

Lastly: I hope I can make use of this knowledge for Indonesia in the future. And for human being.

So this is, as the title said, this post is about the places of the world in foreign languages.

I always love playing with language. Language is man-made, but is not as complicated and as cursed as another man-made such as financial system (yes really, I hate that). After I moved to the Netherlands, I am exposed to foreign language. Yes, of course. One of the examples is when I bought a Europe map, with the intention of marking all the cities I’ve visited 😛 here’s the map btw. It turns out that the map provides the name of the places in their own languages.

As you can see, the left side provides the word “Europe” in different languages, ranging from the usual Europe, Evropa, Eurooppa (Finnish, I think), until Европа. I also learned that beside local name, a place can have the international name. It’s where I find out that Albania is called Shqipëria in its own language (really? I never heard of Shqipëria before. I was confused looking at the map until I realized that its capital city is Tirana, so it must be Albania. I’m not really familiar with where countries are located in eastern Europe) and that Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath in Irish. On introduction week of my faculty, my friend Phillip from Germany mentioned that his hometown is Cologne – i didn’t know where it is until I realized that he was referring to Köln. Well, Cologne sounds French. Haha.

Moving to another story, I also curious why Indonesians call NL “Belanda” and UK “Inggris”. So after googling and asking to my friends, both of the words come from Portuguese “Holanda” and “Ingrês”. Haha so it makes sense now why we call them Belanda or Inggris, My friend Indradarma introduced me to this site, asalkata.com, which tells us where do Indonesian words come from.

Those facts made me think of something: how does my country, Indonesia, is called in foreign languages? Here I made a list, and you can guess them. You may recognize the alphabet though. Trust me, it is very interesting to know how this sounds in those other alphabet, such as “Xindonīseīy”. Lol
Note: I made this list based on Google Translate 😛

Indonesië ອິນໂດເນເຊຍ Endonezi
Ինդոնեզիա İndoneziya  اندونيسيا 
인도네시아 Indoneżja ಇಂಡೋನೇಷ್ಯಾ
Индонезия อินโดนีเซีย Indonézia
Indinéis ইন্দোনেশিয়া Інданезія
ઇન્ડોનેશિયા Indonezja Indonezija
Indonésie Indonezia ინდონეზია
インドネシア 印尼 Indonesien
इंडोनेशिया Endonezya Indoneesia
Indonezio אינדונזיה ינדאָנעסיאַ
Индонезија Ινδονησία ਇੰਡੋਨੇਸ਼ੀਆ
ប្រទេសឥណ្ឌូនេស៊ី Indónesía Indonèsia
இந்தோனேஷியா Indonēzija Индонез

:* Happy guessing!

So my friend Liu Wan from MoT just posted Creep – Radiohead, one of my playlist. So I decided to turn my room into a recording studio at 10pm. I’m sorry, my roommate. *I know you haven’t sleep, you’re still making noises* *and btw this is satnite, so yeah.*

When I was recording my voice, I realized that it sounds horrible. It really sounds like my usual voice in front of microphone and there are no echoes to the wall at all, as you usually hear your own voice or people’s voice in everyday convo. Remembering the “effects” presented in my old Clavinova, I tried to find out if there are any reverb effect in Audacity, a software I used to record and mix my songs. Turns out that it has reverb effect in the online help despite its absence in my Audacity version. Soon I figured out that I run an earlier version of Audacity. After downloading the update, I immediately applied the effect and YAY MY VOICE SOUNDS GREAT. Lol.

Just to show you guys the difference, this is You Make My World So Colourful by Daniel Sahuleka. I first know this song when I was in elementary school – my mother has the cassette.
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Yay. haha.

And by the way, in this clip, I used iPad as a musical instrument!! Such wow. I miss my piano so bad. Yesterday my mom whatsapped me that one of the keys is broken T_T should I make the “investment” of buying a digital piano here?

Hi, all.

This is my first blog post from NL. As you all might have known or guessed, last year I made a big bold decision to try my luck in pursuing master degree abroad – those applications to universities and scholarship.

Now that I am a student and practically living “alone” (yes, I have two roommates from China, but we haven’t really engaged in a long talk, thanks to the un-presence of decent common room in our apartment), I realized that I have a lot of time that must be used wisely. Like, time, everywhere. Back in Jakarta I have a full time job and my world is only revolving around Jakarta Office – Karawaci Office – Client – Benhil Home and I don’t really have (or make) time for everything except playing game, spending time with my significant other, and doing all I can do to realize my dream on going abroad as a master student.

And now? Aside from attending lectures, I have visited about ten cities in the Netherlands and a city in Germany. I take music composition course, the most EXCITING (yes, I have to put it in capital letter) lesson I’ve ever have in my whole life, taught by Marlijn Helder, pianist/composer. I sing in an Nusantara Student Ensemble and we have performed in Eindhoven’s Indonesian Night, currently looking forward to another job, if you have any event that needs performers :P. I take a bunch of MOOCs, thanks to my Tech Dynamics class which give us a Sociotechnical Map assignment in which I choose MOOC as the topic – of course I require myself to directly experience how is it to be a MOOC student.

Just a little background: I had always had a dream to have my master degree abroad. My choices were Europe, USA, or NZ, since I really don’t want to study in a country that has different alphabet =)) so I eliminate those China-Korea-Japan-Taiwan option. After finding out that USA universities require GRE/GMAT, I delete that options too T_T (in fact, New York is my dream city, so I really wanted to study in NYU). As for Europe, that is my top choice since it allows me to go to different countries throughout my study. About NZ, since NZ has a different academic year/timeframe, I planned to apply for its class of 2015 (which was automatically gone from my list the time I decided to go to NL).

Well, then, I applied to three universities. Actually I had more on the list, but those three had earlier admission deadline. I applied to Politecnico di Milano, King’s College London, and Technische Universiteit Delft. I got accepted in all of them, but since I have to be granted a scholarship to finance my study, my choice went to TU Delft in Delft, Netherlands, in which I got a StuNed scholarship. To think of it a bit more, actually TU Delft make it into the top of my list since PoliMi just had a curriculum change for my study program which made it less interesting to me, and I didn’t really like the very-technical program that I applied in KCL since I only apply there because it is one of the top 20 universities in the world (just in case I want to apply to Indonesian Presidential Scholarship).

That’s for now, it’s 0:19 in the middle of the night here. See you with my other stories! I’m trying really hard to make a blog post since I have a lot of interesting things to do here 😛