A Brand New Motivation

Yesterday I went to a seminar called ‘Make It in Germany’. For those of you who have been following my blog posts since at least last year, you probably know that I really want to study and/or work in that particular country. So, yesterday’s event was really useful for me. Maybe you are wondering what is my initial motivation to live in Germany. Actually the very first reason that made me want to go to live in Germany was because I was once having a fling with a German guy when I was studying in UK. Haha! Well, now I have already done with the guy but I am definitely not done with my dream to live in Germany.

I would like to share it here. This year I occupied myself with sending PhD applications to around ten German universities. Out of those ten applications, one application got me through the final interview (though I ended up fail). And I got rejected for the rest. Don’t ask me if I am frustrated. You know the answer. 

Honestly, I got a brand new insight yesterday. Living in Germany, as well as studying or getting a job there is indeed requires a hard work, but it does not mean it is impossible for us, foreigners (Asian, to be specific), to live there. If we have an outstanding qualification, all we need is just a little bit more self-confidence. Yesterday, I also listened to some interesting yet inspiring Indonesian professionals who have ever worked in Germany talking about their experiences. One of them was a thirty-something man who is currently an Indonesian expatriate working in Indonesia. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? He is now a managing director for a German company. It’s like he’s an Indonesian, living in Indonesia, but he’s being paid using a ‘bule’ rate. Wow! He told us that he reaches his current position after a series of hard works. In Germany, you will have no career if you don’t work hard. In there, your boss will never give compromise to any of your excuses. And, actually it’s true that your language ability will determine your success in Germany.

No matter how hard it takes to get a job or a place to study there, just believe that Indonesian people can also compete with other candidates from around the world.


There were a few personal take-home notes from ‘Make It in Germany’ seminar :


  • It’s not impossible to start my career in Germany. Yes, it’s hard. Very hard. But not impossible.
  • Everyone got the same chance to work there. Well, maybe one has a bigger chance than the others. But, the hard worker; enthusiastic; ambitious; and persistent one, will always have that bigger chance.

  • I had just sent ten applications, and failed. Many people out there might had sent a hundred applications before they got a post in Germany. I must put more effort on this. 
  • I need to attend similar events and meet inspiring people. I have once said that I don’t need other people to act as my motivator. Now, I think I need.

  • First thing first, I need to improve my Deutsch!

After being back again in Indonesia for a year, I realized that this country can’t accommodate my professional expertise. I am a master in immunology with a speciality in autoimmune disease. While we are lacking of studies here in Indonesia, there are so many research in that field at the moment in some European countries. One of them is Germany. So why I choose Germany over the others? It’s a developed country; German people have strong personalities; their government allocates more fundings, compared to other European countries, for medical research; and this country has international working atmospheres.

I never know where destiny will bring me eventually. I have some targets to  be pursued at the moment, and this is one of them. 

I’m so glad that I could manage to attend ‘Make It in Germany’ seminar. I can’t imagine how many informations I would have been missed if I didn’t manage to come there. Many thanks to Econid, GIZ, DAAD, and Goethe Institut for  organizing this event. Danke schoen

Bitte mir warten, Deutschland (hoffentlich)!

Anyway, just an intermezzo. Someone once asked me this question last year : “Gabriella, why Germany?”. That time, I answered : “Why not?”





Wishful Wednesday (2)

Yeay! It’s time for my second Wishful Wednesday. It’s getting more and more exciting now. This time I want to participate in a giveaway created by Astrid from ‘Books To Share’ (who is the creator of this meme, as well, if you’re wondering).

So, without too much blabbering around, a book that I would like to own is Delirium by Lauren Olivier. Here is the synopsis taken from Goodreads. This book is available at bookdepository.com 🙂

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientist are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable

Why do I want to read this book? It’s because I think it has a nice story and probably because I’m expecting to read something science-related in this book. :p But, imagine a world without love. It must be really devastating. Based on the synopsis, eradicating love is the only cure to save human beings from suffering.

Yeah, sometimes love can makes us suffering, indeed. Haha.

ps : I hope that I can be one of that 2 giveaway winners. *pray*

all you need is nothing, not even an effort

Up until yesterday, I didn’t believe there’s such thing as ‘instant relationship’. But then I heard a story of a friend. Just like me, she was so obsessed with a Caucasian guy. So when she published her relationship status, I thought she was just getting a little bit more serious with that Caucasian guy. In fact, she met a totally brand new guy (not a really total stranger, though) here in Indonesia. In the form of a pure Indonesian guy (no mixture..haha!). They started their relationship only a week or two after their first meeting, then in just one month she got proposed, and now she’s preparing for her wedding. All happen (from the first meeting, got together, got proposed, wedding preparation) in less than 6 months. Amazing.

See? Sometimes love works beyond your logic. And when the timing is right, it seems that you need no effort to make that thing, called ‘marriage’ to become reality.

I keep telling myself, even until now, that I won’t get married so soon. I still want to enjoy my twenties. I still have many dreams to pursue. But when the timing is perfect and there’s a guy coming to my life convincing that he will accompany me pursuing my dreams and when that very moment I suddenly feel sure that everything will be alright if I’m with him, I don’t think I can say no to his ‘proposal’

My mom ever said to me that, actually I don’t need to search for my soulmate. He will come.

Now I believe that somehow it can be true. I don’t need to wait desperately.

He will come in the unexpected time and maybe in the form of an unexpected person.

And…yes finally I should say this phrase that I used to totally disagree : in terms of love, quality is more important than quantity.

And if you’re wondering if I believe in the idea of a soulmate. Yes, I do. And I think, I will automatically feel that sense when I meet him.

Wishful Wednesday (1)

I got to tell you something, This is the first time I join a kind of meme like this. A meme called    Wishful Wednesday which was initiated by this blogger. She has run this meme for quite a long while, obviously. I have just found about this cool stuff earlier today.  So the rule of this ‘game’ is to post an article about one (or more) book(s) that you really want to read, but you haven’t owned it until now. It can be the book that you’re planning to buy or you’re wishing to get it (them) from someone. 😉

Maybe most of you haven’t known about my crazy reading hobby. Or maybe you have? Haha…yeah I am proud bookworm, just to let you know.

So, for my first Wishful Wednesday, I will post about a book, called ‘The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is the review taken from Goodreads.

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion. The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as “a writer of uncommon elegance and poise.” The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.

I have noticed about this book for a couple of years, but I didn’t manage to buy it until now. It’s already in my wish-list Goodreads shelf for over a year, I guess. The first thing that attract me was the author, herself. I mean, who doesn’t know Jhumpa Lahiri? An Indian-American author who has won book-related prizes.

This book apparently want to break the common ancient interpretation that there’s ‘no correlation between your name and your fortune in life’ or you can say in Indonesian language ‘apalah arti sebuah nama‘. Based on the story of this book : yes, name do have meaning. your name can define your ability to survive in the society. your name can apparently boost up your self confidence. Especially if you plan to pursue your career in foreign countries, your name play quite a big role in order for you to adapt in your new society. Imagine if no one can spell your name in the right way. Okay, maybe you can get through it. But not everyone can do the same thing. I think this is the core of this novel. I totally haven’t read a single page of this book, but the synopsis at the back of the book, and also the Goodreads review really give me a lot of hints.

I am also interested with Indian culture, such as that so-called arranged marriage that is still exist in this modern days. I have some Indian friends back then when I was in the UK and many times they told me about their cultures, their habits,  their movies, etc. Haha. Somehow I become curious with that.

One reason that restrain me to immediately buy this book is that I still have so many books queueing to be read at the moment. I promise, by the time I finish all of my books in my ‘To Be Read’ shelf, I will buy this book. However, if someone (by any chance) want to give me this book or want to do a book swapping with me, I will always appreciate that. 🙂


Hey you can also join this Wishful Wednesday. All you need is just follow these ‘rules’ :

1. Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu
2. Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
3. Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
4. Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlist-nya di hari Rabu