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20 + 2

Finally I can do blogging again. The internet in my boarding  house was very lame, that’s why I can’t blog as much as before. So, last Thursday on the 25th of February, I celebrated my 22nd birthday. 22 is a big number for me. In this year I suppose to be more mature than last years. But being mature is not as easy as turning your palms. I feel it’s so hard to be responsible with my own life. It’s so hard to be an independent person and not always blame other people for your own failure.

On my birthday, I contemplated. I asked myself : Do I have already acted like a 22 year old girl? The answer is : I haven’t but I’ll try to act as my age. I try not to be childish, although it’s way soooo hard to change this personality because I’ve already enjoyed being childish.

I thank God because in this 22 year of my life HE has given me chances to do a lot of things though not extraordinary things. I’ve been in some situations where I needed to make choices. In many times, I choosed the right things but sometimes I also made some wrong decisions. Yeah, that’s experiences.

As usual, I also have some birthday wishes. First, I want to be a better and a tougher person. It sounds so cliche, doesn’t it? But, in my opinion, as long as we live in this world we always have to learn to be a better person. I called it an unstoppable learning. I want to be a tougher person because I feel that I’m too afraid to face challenges. Sometimes, I don’t want to go out from my comfort zone. I know this is not good. That’s why I want to change it. The second wish is I hope I can finish my study this year and continue pursuing my dreams to study in Europe.

Last but not least, thank you so much for my friends who sent me birthday wishes through text message, twitter, and Facebook. Thank you so much. God bless you all! 🙂

ps : I remember 2 good quotes from my 2 besties

first from my mom : ella, you are the eldest daughter in our family. so please be mature. please realize that you’re already 22 years old. don’t be such like a child, ella!

the second one is from my friend, dita : life is too precious to be complained about. we’ll always have problems in our life and we have to face them, not to avoid them.

Merefleksikan HARDIKNAS

Seberapa banyak dari kalian yang ingat bahwa hari ini adalah Hardiknas-Hari Pendidikan Nasional? Jujur, saya juga awalnya lupa. Ibu saya yang mengingatkan.

Saya mau tanya lagi sama kalian. Masih ingatkah dengan sosok guru SD kalian? Kenapa saya tanya tentang guru SD? Karena mereka merupakan orang yang paling berjasa dalam membentuk diri kita yang sekarang ini. Dari merekalah kita belajar membaca dan menulis. Coba bayangkanlah jasa-jasa mereka. Tapi, apakah mereka telah memperoleh penghargaan yang cukup? Bahkan seringkali setelah berhasil, anak-anak didik merekapun lupa terhadap jasa-jasa yang telah ditorehkan oleh guru-guru itu.

Saya sering berpikir mengapa gaji guru sangat rendah, padahal tanggung  jawab mereka besar. Mereka berkewajiban mendidik para calon pemimpin bangsa ini. Kasihan nasib para guru di negeri ini.

Saya pribadi juga belum bisa berbuat apapun untuk membalas jasa para guru yang telah berhasil mendidik saya dari TK hingga saya duduk di bangku perkuliahan sekarang ini. Satu-satunya yang saya mampu lakukan saat ini adalah mengingat nama dan wajah guru-guru yang pernah mengajar saya. Saya janji nanti kalau saya sudah lulus kuliah, mau berkunjung kembali ke SD, SMP, dan SMA saya untuk berterima kasih kepada guru-guru saya.

Selamat merayakan HARDIKNAS. Semoga hari ini tidak akan terlewatkan begitu saja, tetapi menjadi sarana refleksi diri bagi kita.

Terpujilah wahai engkau, Ibu Bapak guru. Namamu akan selalu hidup dalam sanubariku.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tonight will be the christmas eve, the moment that I always have been waiting for every year. I think my christmas this year will just the same as last years. I’ll just go to church with all of my family members participating in the christmas eve mass. Then, on December 25th we’ll have a little christmas celebration in my grandma’s house, which is very near from my house.

Christmas was a very memorable moment when I was a kid. I got so many presents and when I was a kid back then, I really believe in the existence of Santa Claus. I’d just been realized that all of the Santa Claus  things was just fake when I was in junior high, I think.*hahaha* Santa Claus was just a legend.

The more mature I am, I realize that christmas isn’t just about celebrating the baby Jesus’ born, christmas isn’t just about presents. But, christmas is the best moment for me to look inside my deepest heart, asking to myself about what I’ve done to other people this year. Have I done something that made people happy? Or maybe I’ve done something bad to people around me. I hope after celebrating this year’s christmas I’ll be a far more better person.

So, I just wanna say ‘Merry Christmas’ to all of you. May the spirit of christmas always be with you. God bless you all. Jesus love you!!!

ps: actually I’m waitin for a christmas greeting from someone. is he going to give me a message tonight or tomorrow?? yeah, we’ll see!!!!

Desember..Natal! UAS?

Rasanya tahun 2008 ini berjalan begitu cepat ya? Tanpa terasa hari ini kita sudah sampai di hari ketiga bulan Desember. Bagi saya, tahun 2008 ini begitu penuh warna, penuh keceriaan. Di tahun ini saya memperoleh beberapa teman baru yang sekarang sudah saya anggap sebagai sahabat-sahabat saya. Di tahun ini juga saya sempat mengalami pergumulan kecil dalam diri saya tentang jurusan kuliah yang saya ambil. Tapi, pada akhirnya saya berpikir bahwa saya harus bertanggung jawab terhadap pilihan yang telah saya ambil. Saya berkeyakinan bahwa Tuhan telah menempatkan saya di ITB dan pasti Dia sudah memiliki suatu rencana yang indah bagi saya. Saya yakin itu.

Kira-kira apa lagi ya yang berhubungan dengan bulan Desember? Tentunya..Natal! Di dalam keluarga saya, perayaan Natal tidak identik dengan bertukar kado atau pesta-pesta lainnya. Kami biasanya hanya mengikuti misa malam natal bersama seluruh keluarga besar ibu saya di gereja. Memang terlihat sangat biasa dibanding orang-orang lain yang merayakan natal dengan meriah. Namun, kami percaya bahwa yang penting dari perayaan natal itu bukanlah pestanya, melainkan kesadaran iman kita akan kelahiran Yesus yang tak berdosa. Dengan begitu, kita menyadari bahwa dosa kita telah diampuni dan diharapkan pada hari-hari setelah perayaan Natal kita bisa hidup menjadi manusia yang baru serta kalau bisa tidak mengulang kesalahan-kesalahan yang pernah kita perbuat. Begitulah makna natal yang ditanamkan oleh orang tua saya sejak saya masih kecil.

Natal juga biasanya identik dengan libur. Akan tetapi, sepertinya tahun ini liburan natal saya agak terganggu karena awal bulan Januari merupakan hari-hari UAS minggu ke-2. Weleh..weleh..Sejak SMA saya sudah sering mengalami masa-masa seperti itu. Jadwal ujian tidak sinkron dengan jadwal liburan. *hahaha*. Tapi, giliran lebaran..liburnya lama banget. Yaah..hanya satu kata kunci yang harus ditanamkan di hati. ‘TOLERANSI’

Oiya, di tahun-tahun yang lalu saya begitu bersemangat menyambut bulan Desember karena ada seseorang yang berulang tahun. Tahun ini semangat saya muncul murni untuk menyambut Natal..dan UAS? *teteup*

Sebenarnya masih banyak yang ingin saya ceritakan. Pengalaman seru saya selama beberapa hari ini. Tentang obsesi terhadap seseorang yang tiba-tiba muncul dalam hidup saya, padahal saya tidak mengenal dia secara personal. Tapi, apa daya..tubuh saya lemas sekali hari ini. Udara di Bandung sedang tidak bersahabat.

Akhirnya, saya mengucapkan selamat menyambut bulan Desember, teman-teman!

IMBC..broadened my knowledge

 

A couple days ago, November 11th-12th, I went to Jakarta to participate in International Microbial Biotechnology Conference (IMBC) that held in Atmajaya University. I attended that conference with some of my college friends. This conference mainly discussed the current research and discovery in biotechnology. There were some invited speakers from abroad that expert in their specific fields. Some of them are professor and the others are lecturers and researchers.

The conference were divided into 7 sessions, if I’m not mistaken. The most interesting part for me was the first part because it discussed about microbial pathogenesis particularly. I have a special interest in this field of study and really hope can do my final project in microbial pathogenesis or other topics related to that. One presentation that made me so curious was about antibiotic resistance genes transfer in human body that resulted from conjugation process. I really curious about why a simple process like conjugation can lead to the formation of those genes.

There were also one presentation from that Korean researcher about bioinformatics that amazed me. He has made a website, just like NCBI in USA, that collect all database of microorganisms found in Korea so that their citizens can easily retrieve the data.

 Bioinformatics technology has been developed in Indonesia for many years, but until now researchers still have difficulties in collecting data from microorganism that scattered all over this country. I can understand that the most crucial barrier is economical problems. Maybe if in the future there are more budget for scientifical project, research in bioinformatics field will be increased and we can also make a database that contains information of all microorganisms in our country, especially endemic microorganisms that can be useful for human beings and also the harmful microorganisms so that we can prevent their outbreaks.

 Overall the conference was so well-organized. I got a lot of information that related to my concern in microbiology. I also had some little discussion with some of invited speakers. They were very friendly. 

 Actually most of participants were graduate students, lecturers, and researchers. I’ve just realized at the end of this conference that we were the youngest participants. Hahaha. Yeah..we’re just undergraduate students. Okey..in some parts of this conference I couldn’t get along very well because I didn’t really understand what was their discussion about. But, we were glad to be the youngest participants. At least, we got some new knowledge.

me and my friends attending IMBC

 me and my friends attending IMBC