My Little Big Change

We did this photoshoot to celebrate one week together, kudos to our awesome friend @sreyasi_nc Today, April 17, was the estimated ‘finish line’ of my pregnancy. But… it turned out the little one got too impatient inside my belly and decided to greet the world exactly 2 weeks earlier. Not that I complained 😉 At that point I was actually urging him to come out ASAP because, my belly looked like it was about to READ MORE

Explaining the Gap

I have no valid excuses: I simply abandoned this blog for more than 3 years, which… coincides with my PostDoc period 😀 maybe there’s a correlation. My official homepage (as a researcher), however, is updated frequently. One of the reasons is that my old domain (paramitopia.com) was expired and I moved to this new domain. Setting up things took a while (not the whole 3 years though!) because I’d like the theme designs for both READ MORE

Not So Wise No More

Picture was taken from here I woke up sometime last week with a sore throat, I thought “Uh oh, flu is coming…” However, the pain then moves also to my ear, and my head… but only on the left side. That’s when I knew that my upper-left wisdom tooth was causing trouble, again. Last year, when I was home in Indonesia, I went to a dentist hoping that he would take this troubled tooth out, because READ MORE

So… What’s up?

It has been 5 months since the last time I wrote here. What has happened since then? A lot! First and foremost, I’ve finally finished my PhD! 😀 This was probably the main reason why I’d been neglecting my blog for so long. The first three months of this year I was basically in a frenzy of thesis writing, experiments, paper writing and… job hunting. After the thesis was submitted on March 25, the madness READ MORE

Ahoj, 2016!

Thank you for the great time, 2015… let’s hope 2016 will be as wonderful 🙂 Now, a little bit of what happened at the end of 2015… To explain the title, which means “Hello, 2016!” in Czech, it’s because for the new year’s eve we decided to join a friend’s plan to stay at a holiday house a.k.a ferienhaus somewhere up in the mountains of Czech Republic: with 5x bedrooms and 2x bathrooms/toilets for 10 – max. 22 persons, READ MORE

Happy Birthday(s) and Happy Holidays!

First of all, for you who celebrate the birthdays of two prophets, which fall on two consecutive days this year, Merry Mawlid al-Nabi and Merry Christmas! 🙂 Have a nice long weekend, and since probably you’ll have a nice long holiday until the New Year, happy holidays! Next, since today, December 25th, *I wrote this draft two days ago* is also my birthday… happy birthday to me! Now it’s only one more year to 30 😉 So READ MORE

The Bear and Bahasa Indonesia

So… finally! The bear had a chance to visit Indonesia 🙂 Selamat datang di Indonesia, Beruang! [Welcome to Indonesia, Bear!] picture is taken from here Before coming, the only phrase he knows is selamat malam [good evening/night]. After spending a week in Indonesia, Bali and Banyuwangi to be exact, he almost becomes a native speaker of Indonesian language! …kidding :p. But at least he knows some more words now, hehe. Selamat pagi, siang, sore, malam After READ MORE

Di Tanah Air

Akhirnya, kembali berada di tanah air. Dan akhirnya… sampai juga di Bali! :D. Berasa banget kalo lagi di tanah air, karena cuma di tanah air… mesti hati-hati dikibulin supir taksi di airport. “Mau ke mana, Mbak?” | “The Stones hotel, Legian” | “150 ribu aja, Mbak” | “Meh…” *melenggang berlalu*. Akhirnya saya bayar 100 ribu sih, lumayan hemat 50 ribu. pada gak bisa ngeliat cewek jalan kaki sendirian. Setiap beberapa meter ada aja yang nyapa, READ MORE

On Cats and Their Affections

picture is taken from here My mom once said, unlike dogs, cats (as pets) are not feeling attached to the people, but to the house. That’s what differs cats from dogs: the level of affection, loyalty and attachment to their owner. Our cats are free to roam wherever they want, but they always come back to our house, for food, and comfortable place to sleep *sometimes, our warm laps* :D. Yeah, I think cats are READ MORE

Pssst… Please

Finally… a quiet evening. Well, not so quiet since the hostel I’m staying at is exactly at a crossroad somewhere in the city center of Dublin, but… manageable. Anyway, I had a very noisy day today. First, I got a headache from some Africans’ continuous loud chatter in the train from Trento to Verona. Please don’t get me wrong and call me racist. It’s just that… they talked to each other so loud (more like shouting to READ MORE