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

Of A Very Shiny Crystal Ball Called Google (Part 2)

Zürichsee, from Arboretum, a small park at the very top of the lake Exactly one day after I published this blog post here, a recruiter from Google contacted me, saying that there is an open position fitting my profile: Analytical Linguist, NLU in Machine Intelligence (Thai and Indonesian) Understanding natural language is at the core of Google’s technologies. The Natural Language Understanding (NLU) team in Google Research guides, builds, and innovates methodologies around semantic analysis and representation, syntactic parsing READ MORE

Workation in Gran Canaria

this picture was taken from here A workation is a trip or vacation where you must perform some task for your regular work. Although you may be in a new or exotic locale, you may have to attend meetings, telecommute, or complete projects for your job. — www.wisegeek.com I think companies should really consider to do this once in a while *grin*, this is what it looks like… Luckily, as a PhD student I have READ MORE

Linkin Park, "The Hunting Party" in Munich

My first time ever to go to a big concert. And… actually, my first time ever to get out of Munich train station  😀 *I passed by Munich a lot of times on my way to/from Dresden*. The concert tickets were actually part of the bear’s graduation reward *from himself, the cat accompanying him was a bonus :p*, which was followed by a short trip to Canary Islands. As for myself, well, I needed a distraction from a READ MORE

Sailing in the Adriatic Sea

Ahoy! This time the cat and the bear are on a sailing adventure! Both of us had never done this before. We’re so lucky that one of our friends knows how to sail and that he proposed to go sailing for our summer holiday :). So, in the end, the crew consisted of 5 members: the cat, the bear, a Siamese cat *ehem, because she’s Thai ;)*, Capt. polar bear, and another polar bear :p. Here you READ MORE

The Cat and The Bear in Iceland

Halló! Cat is back! I’ve been trying to write about this trip since a month ago :D. It wasn’t summer yet back then in Iceland, but the lands were getting greener, although it was still snowing for a day or two. The weather was really unpredictable, like.. stormy rain in the morning, then sunny sunshine in the afternoon. Anyway, it was a very cool trip! Figuratively and literally. Yep, that was our driving route. Our rental car told READ MORE

Ski Vacation II (without snow)

As in the previous year, February is the time for ski vacation or… as the Bear said, Winterurlaub! The destination is exactly the same, Horní Blatná in Czech Republic, and we stayed in the same green house called Pension Florian. The house remained the same, except that… now there’s WiFi! 😀 I still can’t decide whether that is good or not. Last year I felt so happy and relaxed during the vacation because I wasn’t bothered by emails or READ MORE

Ionian Islands: Kefalonia & Ithaca

Γεια σου!! When I say I had a vacation in Greece, I’m sure that you will imagine those ancient Greek ruins in Athens, the blue-and-white houses in Santorini, or… wonderful beaches. Well, we didn’t get to see the first two, but we indeed visited the best beaches I have ever seen so far :). It all started when we browsed for cheap ticket anywhere from Milan, because we felt that we really needed a vacation READ MORE

Ski Vacation

Berbeda dengan liburan musim dingin tahun-tahun sebelumnya, yang bertema city hopping, kali ini tema liburan saya.. ski vacation! ^^ Bisa disebut juga ski-winter school, karena selama seminggu penuh tiada hari tanpa skiing, lengkap dengan instruktur tentunya :p. Bertempat di Horní Blatná, sebuah kota kecil di Czech Republic, di distrik yang berbatasan dengan Jerman. Sungguh kecil, sampai bisa tertangkap kamera hanya dalam satu gambar (di atas). Mengapa Czech? Karena segalanya jauh lebih murah di sana ^^. Kalau READ MORE

Bolzano Hiking Trip

Have I told you before, that Bolzano is surrounded by mountains? So it is like heaven for people who like to go hiking because there are a lot of walking and hiking path with beautiful view of the mountains. So here you go, my experiences of hiking at Bolzano, plus the captured view. #1 Latemar, Labyrinth Path My first hiking trip, ever! And I love it! At the end of October, we went from Karersee READ MORE