Airlangga Specta 2016

I am so happy that Airlangga Specta 2016 was a huge success. I thank you all for participating in this awesome event. Probably this is not know by many people that I am the coordinator for this drama :-(. It’s okay, they probably remember Rama, Sinta, and Rahwana more than remember the people that working behind the scene. The producer (that’s me), the director, screen writer, etc. Nonetheless, we were very happy when we saw that ACC hall is full of people watching our performance, although it was very late. Thank you! Matursuwun!

Here I give you a glimpse of the performance and also my narcissistic appearance in the photographs.

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What I learnt from ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum 2016

On the first week of October I flight to Penang, Malaysia to attend the 14th ASEAN and 4th ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum that held in Universiti Sains Malaysia. The delegates from Universitas Airlangga were I, Ibrahim, Yasinta, and Nuri. All of us are representative from Unit Kegiatan Mahasiswa (Student Club) in our university. I was chosen as a head of delegate for this program.

The ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum was initiated to appreciate and share each of the ASEAN countries’ cultures and traditions. The Forum has become AUN’s annual activity dedicated to young people who are talented in either traditional or contemporary performances.

We departed from Surabaya on Tuesday, October 4th at 12.30 am then we arrived around 4 pm local time. Without further ado, we joined the program that has been set by the committee. They have a lot of programs and everything emphasize on the culture and traditions of ASEAN. Opening ceremony, cultural booth, cultural discussion, cultural performances, heritage trail, and many activities that will strengthen the bonds between ASEAN and also ASEAN+3, which is Japan, South Korea, and China.

I learnt so many things from this event. I learnt to speak Malay, tried to have traditional dance for national performance, and also singing traditional song. I brought my violin but I rarely have a chance to play it. Imagine playing traditional song with violin? It’s so hard and I haven’t study the technique to make a cheerful sound on the violin :-(. I also learnt many things from other delegates, especially about their cultures and also mutual respect about the difference and also similarities that ASEAN have, because we share one root.

After party. Gak butuh banyak; open space, cokes, and good music. Mari berjoget bersama #AUN #ASEAN #AYCF2016

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After country performance in Gala Night #AYCF2016. Berfoto dulu dengan Srikandi dari Solo. #AYCF #ASEAN #AUN

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LO saya ilang. Makasih ya Zarith, yg setia jadi LO nya Indonesia padahal aslinya cuma UGM doang.

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What I learnt from this activity is we mus not forget our identity. No matter advanced this civilizations are, we are Indonesia. Although I speak and write in English, I can not and must not forget about my identity, my cultural heritage that passed down by my ancestors. We must not forget, that we are INDONESIA, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.

YSEALI 2016

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Yay! It’s finally open again. I am ready to apply, to fight, to try, to failed. To Succeed.

YSEALI Academic Fellows

What is it?

Since Spring 2015, Indonesian YSEALI Academic Fellows have joined fellows from other ASEAN countries to take part in academic institutes in one of three core YSEALI themes:

  • Civic engagement
  • Environment and natural resources management
  • Entrepreneurship and economic development

The YSEALI Academic Fellowships are intensive short term academic Institutes whose purpose is to provide groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, and a particular theme, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.

These five-week institutes, held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers. Each program concludes in Washington, D.C. to allow for engagement with policymakers, governmental representatives, businesses, and think tanks.

Who is eligible to apply?

YSEALI members from all 10 ASEAN countries who are current undergraduate or graduate students or recently graduated.

Technical Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application;
  • A citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • A resident of one of the following countries: Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam;
  • A full-time undergraduate student or graduated in the past four years from college, university, or other institutions of higher learning;
  • Proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English; and
  • Eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa (A J-1 visa is for individuals approved to participate in work-and study-based exchange visitor programs.  As part of the J-1 visa, you are required to adhere to a two-year Foreign Residency Requirement. This means you will be required to reside in your home country for a period of two years before taking part in a similar program).

Selection Criteria

Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and potential in their university, place of work,  and/or community;
  • Demonstrate interest, knowledge, or professional experience in one of the YSEALI themes;
  • Demonstrate a commitment or interest in community service, volunteerism, or mentorship;
  • Indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States and ASEAN as a region;
  • Be willing to actively participate in an intensive academic program, community service, and study tour;
  • Have a commitment to return to their home country to apply leadership skills and training to benefit their community, country, or the ASEAN region; and
  • Preferably have little or no prior study or travel experience in the United States.

How to Apply:

The electronic application form may be downloaded HERE.

Applicants should submit an application for this program by e-mail.

The application deadline is May 15, 2016.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for interview.

Questions? E-mail: YSEALIjkt@state.gov

Giordano 30rb, hanya di Gembong

Sebagai mahasiswa, tentu agak sulit kalau ingin membeli pakaian yang bagus. Karena dana yang kita miliki pasti terbatas, belum lagi harus dibagi dengan keperluan yang lain. Salah satu tips yang saya pelajari adalah membeli pakaian di thrift shop. Di Surabaya, penjual baju-baju bekas ada di daerah Gembong. Dari Stasiun Gubeng lurus ke utara terus.

Disana dijual berbagai macam jenis dan kualitas pakaian. Saya sendiri sudah sering melihat-lihat. Kalau ada yang bagus, dibeli. Kalau beruntung, kita bisa mendapatkan Giordiano, UNIQLO, atau Polo Ralph Lauren hanya dengan 30rb perbijinya. Murah sekali kan? Padahal merek pakaian tersebut paling murah harganya adalah 10x lipat dari harga yang ada di Gembong. Soall harga, semua masih bisa ditawar. Bikin kantong mahasiswa longgar sekali.

Belanja di tempat seperti ini memang banyak risikonya juga. Terutama kuman atau penyakit kulit yang menular. Untung, selama 2 tahun sering main kesini saya belum pernah terkena. Karena setelah saya beli pakaiannya saya langsung cuci, rendam dengan air sabun cukup lama. Setelah itu dibilas lagi sampai bersih. Kadang saya kasih antiseptik juga waktu membersihkan, agar kuman dari tempat itu 99% hilang.

Memang ada plus dan minusnya, namun sebagai orang yang praktikal, harus tetap bisa mengambil keuntungan maksimal dari situasi seperti ini.

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Berbagai pakaian dijajakan disini. Jaket, kemeja, celana, dll.IMG_0007

Jalan Kapasari, tempat Pasar Gembong berada.IMG_0006

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Calvin Klein spotted! Ini asli lho, sayang kondisinya jelek.IMG_0004

Banyak orang yang berlalu lalang melihat Pasar Gembong.IMG_0003Melihat-lihat dulu boleh, kalau tertarik bisa dibeli.

Antara INDOLIVESTOCK2015 EXPO & FORUM dan Pulkam


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Jadi, tgl 30 Juli 2015 kemarin saya dan teman saya Fariz pulang kampung. Niatnya kami berdua akan naik kereta ekonomi Dhoho pukul 10.00 WIB, jadwal yang kami dapat saat browsing internet. Sehingga kami harus berangkat pukul 08.00 WIB.

Karena ada urusan masing-masing yang harus diselesaikan, kami berdua baru berangkat dari asrama pukul 09.00 pagi menaiki angkot. Ternyata ini pertama kali Fariz naik angkot menuju stasiun. angkot yang kami naiki menurut saya adalah angkot yang paling berani membalap mobil lain di jalanan. Strata angkot yang saya naiki sepertinya tingkat tinggi, karena supirnya membawa angkot ini seperti raja yang merendahkan kendaraan yang lain seperti serangga yang ingin dia injak. Bahkan, ketika lampu merah, angkot yang saya naiki berani sekali melewati garis batas lampu.

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Setelah sampai di stasiun dengan selamat dan hati dag dig dug, kami membeli tiket. Ternyata tiket yang kami dapa adalah tiket siang, pukul 12.10 WIB. Karena masih ada dua jam, kami memutuskan jalan-jlaan ke Grand City. Ketepatan sekali disana ada INDOLIVESTOCK2015 EXPO & FORUM.

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INDOLIVESTOCK2015 EXPO & FORUM merupakan pameran peternakan dan pertanian terbesar di Indonesia. Acara yang dilaksanakan di Grand City tanggal 29-31 Juli kemarin merupakan acara ke-10 dan diikuti oleh 33 negara dari berbagai macam perusahaan pertanian dan peternakan.

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Pameran ini menghadirkan teknologi dan perkembangan industry terbaru serta memberikan kesempatan untuk mengembangkan jaringan serta membangun kerjasama bisnis dan kemitraan. Karena jelas sekali, jarang yang akan beli. Karena pasti mahal, mereka pun juga tidak ada yang jualan produk, lebih kepada membuka pusat informasi di setiap booth yang disediakan.

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Selain ada pameran, juga ada seminar gratis di lantai 3 Grand City Convention Center. Sayang sekali, kereta yang kami naiki akan berangkat 2 jam lagi sehingga kami tidak memiliki waktu yang pas untuk bisa bergabung seminar dan forum yang disajikan oleh pemateri internasional.

Kami pun berkeliling ke setiap booth mencari sesuatu yang menarik. Saying sekali, jurusan saya adalah Biomedical Engineering, sehingga saya tidak paham dengan apa yang dijelaskan dan saya juga tidak terlalu tertarik, meski saya penasaran karena ilmu baru yang bisa saya dapatkan. Kalau tidak karena teman saya yang jurusan Perikanan, saya tidak akan mengusulkan pergi kesitu.

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Meskipun begitu, menghadiri INDOLIVESTOCK2015 EXPO & FORUM memberikan saya informasi bahwa Indonesia tetap menjadi pasar yang besar untuk produk pertanian dan peternakan. Saya tidak tahu apakah Indonesia juga menjadi produsen besar dalam dua bidang ini, semoga saja iya.