• Jakarta,  Parenting,  Weekend Tanpa Mall

    Keseruan Memperkenalkan Anak Coding di Acara Pizza Algorithm

    Kalau di postingan series Weekend Tanpa Mall sebelumnya saya menceritakan acara yang sudah berlalu, kali ini saya mau memperkenalkan family event menarik yang akan datang di Jakarta. Acara yang bertajuk Pizza Algorithm ini bertujuan untuk mengajarkan konsep computer programming atau computational thinking (CT) kepada anak-anak umur 4-12 tahun lewat metode Unplugged Coding. Wah, bacanya saja sudah mumet ya, tapi activity ini dijamin seru karena anak-anak diajak belajar sambil bermain dan membuat pizza. Coding di dunia IT dikenal sebagai pembuatan code dengan suatu bahasa pemrograman agar menjadi sebuah aplikasi (apps) berguna baik di komputer, mobilephone maupun website. Sebagai seorang IT professional yang sering coding, saya tau bahwa programmer harus menguasai syntax…

  • Note

    Screen Time for Little Kids

    One time when I was playing with my 4 years old kid in a bedroom, I went out to the dining room only to take a drink and planned to go back inside the room after that. Suddenly my daughter emerged from the bedroom to hand me my handphone which was left in there. It struck me how she thought I had to bring my cell phone anywhere with me even inside the house. I knew I was very dependent on my smartphone, but at that moment I realized I was extremely clinging with this thing. Because I spent too much time using my mobile phone, she also wanted to…

  • Indonesia,  Jakarta,  Weekend Tanpa Mall

    WTM: Pasar Belanda

    Dua tahun lalu saya mulai posting series Weekend Tanpa Mall (WTM) di blog, yang berisi cerita pengalaman keluarga saya menghabiskan waktu akhir pekan di tempat-tempat bukan mall di sekitar Jabodetabek. Saat tinggal di Brighton setahun kemarin, makin mudah menemukan tempat-tempat menarik yang bukan mall karena memang mall-nya cuma ada satu dan tidak terlalu luas. Sekarang kami sudah kembali ke Bekasi, kembali merasakan sulitnya mencari tempat bermain anak yang bagus, mengedukasi dan gratis. Tapi kalau kita follow akun-akun Instagram dan Twitter yang tepat, niscaya akan menemukan aktivitas yang seru setiap minggunya. Kali ini saya mau menceritakan tentang sebuah festival yang kami datangi minggu lalu, namanya Pasar Belanda. Pasar Belanda adalah kegiatan…

  • Bekasi,  Brighton,  England,  Indonesia,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom,  WhatsUp

    After England

    It has been 5 weeks since my daughter Nadya and I moved back home to Indonesia from England. Reverse culture shock? Surprisingly, not really. While culture shock is the emotional distress to cope with the new environment, reverse culture shock is known as the psychological depress when returning back home. In the first three weeks, I was busy finishing my dissertation. Although I was already in Indonesia, my study hadn’t ended yet. I could focus on studying even better at home because of the available support systems around me. For example, my parents often delivered us delicious homemade meals or I could order it online at a very affordable price,…

  • Brighton,  England,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    My Life in Sussex

    About a month ago, I had an opportunity to share my experience in the University of Sussex to a group of directors and managers of education agency companies around the world who visited the university during what we called Director’s Summit. There were 6 students giving talks representing several regions: a girl from Colombia for America, a girl from India for Central and South Asia, a girl from Italy for Europe, a guy from Nigeria for Africa and Middle East, a guy from China for East Asia, and me from Indonesia as South East Asia representation. This was what I presented at that time. My experience in the University of…

  • Brighton,  England,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    Earning Money from Student Experiments

    In these last 2 weeks, my weekdays were quite busy in participating other people’ experiments on campus (instead of working on my own project, HAHA!). The experiments are usually conducted by the students from the Psychology department, Computer Science department, and Medical school, and they often need a lot of participants to take part. The time is varied between 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, and in return, they give a reward. Most of them provide study credit as the reward, usually for the other Psychology students so they can swap participation in each other’s research; several studies offer a chance to win a specific amount of money or Amazon gift…

  • England,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    Sulitnya Mendaftar Pemilu 2019 di Inggris

    Disini saya mau menceritakan pengalaman buruk saya dalam proses mendaftar pemilu presiden Indonesia 2019 di Inggris. 27 Agustus 2018. Dengan niat mulia saya mendaftar pemilu 2019 di UK, dengan cara mengisi formulir, menanda tangan dan mengirimkan hasil scan-nya lewat email ke pplnlondon2019@gmail.com (masih heran kenapa email resmi pakai gmail.com?!). Saya tulis alamat saya di Lowther Road, Brighton. Saya juga memilih untuk melakukan pemilu di TPS KBRI London, bukan lewat pos. 9 Desember 2018. Waktu itu sudah ada link untuk memeriksa apakah nama kita sudah terdaftar untuk pemilu di UK atau belum. Jadi sepertinya panitia pemilu di London mengisi datanya manual ke sistem dari formulir yang dikirim orang-orang lewat email. Mungkin…

  • Cambridge,  England,  London,  Note,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    BRP Stolen in London

    Last December I experienced a magical thing. I got my BRP and my daughter’s BRP cards stolen and returned back. BRP is Biometric Residence Permit, a very important identity card used to confirm the right to study or work in the United Kingdom (UK). The cards were inside my wallet which was stolen when I was counting money to buy a ride token in the Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, on the first day of my 9 days end-year trip. During that holiday, my family and I planned to travel around London, Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff and Bath. Imagine how devastated we were to continue our next 8 days journey.…

  • Brighton,  England,  Moms on the Road,  United Kingdom

    A Day in the Life of Bunda in Brighton

    Bunda, means Mother in the Indonesian language, is what my daughter calls me, at least until two months ago, before she starts calling me Mommie or Mama (with that British accent), following what her friends at school call their Mom. Children are indeed resembling a sponge, they are very quick in adapting to the surrounding environment. Nevertheless, I am still a Bunda, perhaps the only Bunda in Brighton. My daily life in Brighton, in general, is filled with studying, seeing beautiful places (even only the autumn/winter trees and Victorian-styled houses) and doing mom’s duty. It is not exactly the same, some days feel longer and some days feel easier. This…

  • Brighton,  England,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    The Five Best Things about University of Sussex

    How is it like to study at the University of Sussex? In this blog post, I would share the top 5 best things about this university where I am currently studying at, which might help prospected students to generate a decision. In the beginning, I was thinking to write positive and negative aspects of it in one article, similar to my last post About Brighton, but then it was going to be a long article. Therefore, I split it into two pieces: this post focuses on the jolly side, while the other dark side (ho-ho) is covered in the latter post (not necessarily after this one). Brighton can have snow…