• 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,  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…

  • Brighton,  England,  Sussex Wanderer,  United Kingdom

    About Brighton

    It has been almost 2 months since I arrived in England in the middle of September and started living in Brighton. Brighton might not be known so much by people outside the United Kingdom (UK), and some people might even mistaken it with Brighton of Melbourne, Australia. Located on the seaside, Brighton is a small resort town about an hour train ride to the south of London, which is a favorite holiday destination for Londoners. Brighton and its neighbor Hove are towns, but together they form a city called Brighton & Hove (yeah, easy) started from year 2000. It is going to be my home for the next one year…

  • Sussex Wanderer

    Membuat Medical Certificate untuk Visa UK

    Salah satu syarat dokumen untuk mengajukan visa UK non visitor adalah surat kesehatan bebas Tuberculosis (TBC). Surat atau sertifikat ini harus dikeluarkan oleh klinik-klinik yang sudah ditunjuk (Approved Clinic), jadi tidak bisa di sembarang rumah sakit. Berikut list klinik nya di Indonesia: RS Premier Jatinegara RS Premier Bintaro RS Premier Surabaya RS Premier Bali Yang paling dekat dari rumah saya adalah RS Premier Jatinegara. Sebelum mendatangi langsung, saya mendaftar dulu via telepon ke nomor 1500908. Awalnya saya telpon tidak diangkat. Lalu tidak berapa lama mereka menelepon saya balik ke nomor yang tadi saya pakai buat telpon kesana, keren juga RS Premier Jatinegara ini. Staff nya kemudian mendata nama dan tanggal…

  • Sussex Wanderer

    Membuat Surat Referensi Bank untuk Visa UK

    Salah satu syarat dokumen untuk pembuatan Visa Student UK adalah Surat Referensi Bank (Bank Reference Letter) dan Rekening Koran (Bank Account Statement) milik pelamar (kalau biaya sendiri) atau milik parents/guardians (kalau disponsor oleh parents/guardians). Sebenarnya dokumen ini tidak wajib, apalagi bagi pelamar yang mendapat beasiswa penuh. Bagi saya yang dapat beasiswanya parsial dan sisanya ditanggung sendiri, saya butuh menyiapkan dokumen ini kalau-kalau nanti diminta. Surat ini biasanya berisi no rekening kita di bank tersebut dan jumlah saldo nya, termasuk rekening tabungan dan rekening deposito. Kalau reksadana atau saham lainnya tidak bisa. Berapakah saldo minimum yang disyaratkan? Kalau tinggalnya di luar London, living cost setahun atau disebut juga maintenance fee untuk…

  • Sussex Wanderer

    List Dokumen Visa Student UK

    Berikut ini list dokumen yang diperlukan untuk proses pembuatan Visa PBS (Point Based System) Tier 4 / Student UK, yang saya dapat dari IDP. Asli Paspor baru dan Lama Medical Certificate Xray Certificate Ijasah (Indonesian & translation) Transkrip (Indonesian & translation) IELTS, jika di CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) diminta untuk dilampirkan Akte Lahir (Indonesian & translation) Kartu keluarga (Indonesian & translation) KTP (Indonesian & translation) Fotokopi Appointment Confirmation Print out one line visa application form Medical Certificate Xray Certificate Letter of Sponsor from Parents/Guardians (kalau case saya ini surat dari Suami) Copy SIUP, NPWP & TDP (jika sponsor/parents/guardians punya perusahaan) Surat keterangan kerja sponsor (jika sponsor bekerja) Bank…