Wednesday, August 31, 2005

And now the end is near

And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain (of my formal education.. not of my life!)...
Only about 29 hours from now... oh!

Here is what I found from the Univ News about that 'end':


Op donderdag 1 september a.s., 15.00 uur, SP-2, promoveert Merlyna Lim op haar proefschrift getiteld:

‘@rchipelago online: The Internet and Political Activism in Indonesia’

Monday, August 22, 2005

Crowded city

Bandung, seen from the top floor of Pasar Baru building, august 2005

On a crowded street in a crowded city.
Many roofs. Many houses. Many cars. Many people.
Crowded is as crowded does.

Street vendors

All kind of drinks, various types of noodles, and many other varieties of food stuff are sold by Bandung street vendors.

Pecinan Lama, Bandung, August 2005

From the window (2)

my room, dayeuhkolot, august 2005

Friday, August 12, 2005

My D book!

I finally got my D book printed! So exciting to see it in a form of book. Well, it's not a real book, it is just a D book and not [yet] published by a well-known publisher (I will, someday). Still, it feels good to hold it my hands.

For those who aren't familiar with Dutch PhD system, I better explain what one should do to get a PhD in Holland. A PhD candidate has to submit a proposal for scheduling a public defence about 4-6 months in advance before the defence after getting an approval from the supervisor. The final draft of D manuscript has to be ready to be circulated among examiners about 3 months (in my case, 3.5 months) before the scheduled public defence. These examiners should consist of professors in all disciplines related to the D. They should also represent not only a host university (in my case, Twente) -- and should also represent other faculties than mine --- but also other universities. In my case I have 6 examiners, 4 from Twente and 2 external ones (from Canada and USA). They shouldn't be involved in my writing process. Actually I don't personally know most of them. The examiners read them for about 1.5 month and give their appraisal whether the manuscript meets the standard of Ph.D dissertation and whether they are satisfied with the quality of writing or not. If they said yes, then the candidate would go for a public defence as planned, otherwise he/she would postpone the defence and revise accordingly until all examiners are satisfied. When these examiners say yes, the PhD candidate actually de facto has already obtained his/her PhD degree, but de jure he/she would get it later, after the public defence. As soon as getting 'YES' from the examiners, a PhD candidate should get the manuscript printed as a book, to be circulated to all Doctoral committee members (supervisors and examiners), the Doctorate Board, a dean, libraries in Holland, and others.

So, I submitted my final manuscript on May 23rd, 2005 and got all YES from the examiners on the 2nd of July. And yesterday I got my book printed. Wow, it feels good. I keep looking at it again and again. I cannot believe that I could write such book..... I forget how I did it... Perhaps it wasn't me who wrote it.... hehehe.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bandung, lembur kuring

Parantos sasasih abdi mulih ka Bandung. Sateuacan nepi ke Bandung, abdi nyangken pun lembur teh moal robih-robih teuing. Abdi lepat. Bandung teh tos robih pisan. Waktos abdi nyobian nyetir deui for the first time, abdi lieur bin jangar. Nepikeun ka nyasab ka leuweung sagala.. eh, maksadna mah sanes leuweung forest euy.... tapi leuweung outlet!?!?! Teungteuingeun atuh, Lady Dayeuh kasasar mah... meuni isin atuh!!!

Bandung, Bandung, Bandung nelah kota Kembang,
Dilingkung gunung, heurin ku tangtung,
Puseur kota nu mulya Parahiyangan,
Pada muru, dijarugjugan.

Tembang buhun ieu diciptakeun puluhan taun nu kalangkung. Namung, parantos ngagambarkeun kaayaan Bandung nu krowdit, nepi keun nangtung oge hararese. Ayeuna mah, tos kacida heurinna. Lain heurin ku tangtung wungkul. Bandung oge heurin ke angkot, mobil pribados, mal, kape, sareng eP-O.

Ah, Bandung.... Bandung....bade janten naon atuh anjeun teh?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Hotspot and hot websites

I'm now at one of some Bandung hotspots... trying to judge which websites that are hot enough for cybersurfers! I have to finish judging some websites for Bubu Awards by 4th of August which is impossible to do if I had to browse these graphically rich websites from my home slow-painful-byarpet dial-up connection. Thanks to Bandung hotspots, now I can avoid my ears and bottom from being too hot!

For Melly, Rino, and other bloggers who are curious where the Bandung hotspots are located, here is the list (hey, you are Bandungers, you should know better than me! Jalan2 atuh...):
BSM food court (2nd floor), IP all floors, Oh La La Plaza Dago, Gambrinus Cafe, Arar Cafe, QB Bookstore Setiabudhi (ini tebakan Rino), and the Valley Dago.