My Other Half

My Other Half

Dedicated: to my husband

Hello, its been five months from my wedding. Back to the time when someone text me on my mobile phone. Flying back to April 2016. He texted me and say that he want to know me more. Hehee.. It’s a memorable time since I never get an introduction like that. He supposed to find a wife. His name is Gita Syahputra. Now he is my bed partner. My friend, my husband, my other half, and father to be for my baby.

Everyday he sent me a nice greeting and I always tell my dad about our relationship. Actually he is not my boyfriends but my close friend. I don’t know what happen at the past. I leave everything to God. At the end of May 2016, I got the chances to follow the course in Wageningen, the Netherland, Europe. My father and Putra drove me to the Soekarno Hatta Airport. At that time also Ramadhan monts, I spend my ramadhan time in Netherland.


My greeting from Amsterdam for my special one

At the end of June 2016, I flying back to Indonesia. Several day from my arrival, he offer me to see his parents in Bekasi. I am happy with his offer. I met his family. At the end of July 2016 he fulfilled my father’s invitation to visit Ponorogo. Mas also have the same desire to meet my parents in my hometown, Ponorogo. I escort him to see my parents. He said to my father that he wanted to make me his wife. Alhamdulillah… My family grant her willingness to take me as his wife. Then time goes fast… we enganged on October 2016.


            Then my family and his family meet in this great event “Engagement”. They decided to take the akad nikah and wedding on February 2017, its 4 months after engagement. As long the time, we enjoy our time. He work as usual so do me. We are couple that has limitation to meet. We busy with our own activities, sometimes he came to Karawang to see me and also to prepare all of the things before the wedding. Then we went to Ponorogo again on December 2016. This one of my favourite prewedding. Our official photo also my second photoshot with him.

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Our official photo “Foto ibu dan bapak negara”

The time goes fast, on February 2017 we are officially married. We are happy husband and wife. All of our family come together and took part on our akad nikah and wedding party. Alhamdulillah. Then we got the golden ticket honeymoon to Bali. Alhamdulillah. We spent our love time there. Hihiii

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Alhamdulillah that Allah give us chance to get the baby not Olong after our marriage. My first test pack is on April 2017, and its clear two strips. Alhamdulillah. Now my pregancy is four months. I hope all the things goes fine and healthy. Amin yra.


Hello baby, love you

Love you dear,

Your Lovely Wife





Short Course Report Integrated Pest Management, CDI Wageningen

Short Course Report Integrated Pest Management, CDI Wageningen

*Download Short Course IPM File

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I. Time schedule and venue

The daily programme was take place in Het hov wageningen and University of Wageningen ‘Forum Building’:

–        morning:  from 08:30 to 12:30 hrs with one coffee/ tea break

–        afternoon: from 13:30 to 17:30 hrs with one coffee/ tea break

II Background information for the course Integrated Pest management and food safety


Globally crops suffer losses caused by various pests having a negative impact on food security of farmers, communities and particularly fast expanding urban areas. In addition to food security there is an increased demand for food safety and food of better quality by the growing populations and international trade. The widespread dependence on chemical pesticides results in high economic and environmental costs. Increased environmental and public health awareness and the need to implement sustainable agricultural production systems tend to discourage the injudicious use of pesticides. IPM aims to minimise the use of chemical pesticides and to ensure an integration of various control measures in an informed manner without harmful effects on the environment and occupational and public health.

Researchers working with a wide range of crops around the world have proved the technical feasibility of IPM and significant successes have been achieved with specific pest problems. Generally IPM programmes combine several tactics into a multiple pest management strategy. Because of its complexity, however, IPM proved to be more difficult to apply on farms than simple chemical control techniques. IPM demands an understanding not only of the technical aspects of pest management, but also of all the possible effects of the various control measures on the farmer, the family’s household and livelihood. Participatory approaches to research, extension and development of IPM have proven to contribute to the success of IPM implementation at farmers’ level. A level playing field to support IPM is required through a conducive policy and institutional environment.


The training is job-oriented and experience-based, therefore it is highly interactive: it provides participants with the opportunity to learn from a wealth of international experience available among themselves and the course facilitators. The topics will be addressed through lectures, exercises, field visits, case studies and personal and/or group assignments.

Excursions and field work enable comparison of own experiences with practices in the Netherlands, whereas group assignments facilitate exchange of knowledge and experiences between participants. The training programme Integrated Pest Management and food safety is composed of two components, being (i) Pesticides and food safety in IPM, and (ii) IPM policy and institutional innovations.

Pesticides and food safety in IPM


Over the last decades, consumers have shown a growing concern about the safety and quality of their food, particularly those living in the North, where the main share of the consumption takes place. The public and private sectors in the North have quickly responded to this concern. Both government regulators (national and international) and private food retailing companies developed grades and standards for the production of food in order to meet requirements for food safety and quality. All horticultural producers must meet these criteria of safety and quality, if they want to sell their products in the international (northern) markets. These grades and standards lean heavily on IPM and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) and thus support in a way the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture practices. These grades and standards seem to create two interrelated problems. The quick response of various public and private sectors has led to a wide range of different standards, grades and certification schemes that hardly anyone can oversee. Finding the way in this standard jungle is both time consuming and cost increasing for all producers. However, this effect burdens most heavily on producers from developing countries, especially the small-scale producers. It becomes more and more difficult for them to gain or maintain international market access, as they need to meet the various food safety requirements at considerable costs and effort. In many countries in the South export horticulture is growing rapidly, but these grades and standards increasingly present a threat to export and thus to (small-scale) producers.


Long term:

  • To contribute to rural development in the South through the improved capacity of organizations and institutions to apply IPM and integrate food safety and quality grades and standards into sustainable agricultural / horticultural systems; and
  • To support market access to (international) markets of small-scale producers, particularly of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Specific objectives:

Participants of this course update and strengthen their knowledge, insight and skills on:

  • Food chains and the role of primary production in achieving food safety;
  • Public and private food safety and quality grades and standards in the food chain and the roles of the different stakeholders; and
  • Implications for implementation of IPM, Integrated Crop Management / Good Agricultural Practices for small-scale producers.

IPM policy and institutional innovations


Appropriate implementation of Good Agricultural Practices and IPM for food safety and international market access requires a conducive environment of supportive and enabling policies and institutions. This can be achieved through multi-stakeholder processes (MSP) with the aim to enable IPM and/or pesticide-related policies and supportive institutional innovations.


Long term:

  • To contribute to rural development in the South through the improved capacity of organizations and institutions to apply IPM and integrate food safety and quality grades and standards into sustainable agricultural / horticultural syste
  • To support development of IPM policies and institutional innovation

Specific objectives:

Participants of this course will update and strengthen their knowledge, insight and skills on:

  • The roles of stakeholders in IPM policy development and institutional innovations through the use of multi-stakeholder processes (MSP):
  • The roles of stakeholders in supporting the implementation of IPM and sustainable agriculture through the use of MSP;
  • Levels of participation relevant for IPM policies and institutional innovations;
  • Options for supportive IPM policies and institutional requirements; and the formulation of recommendations for improving the effectiveness and impact of IPM policies, instruments, institutions and implementation practices in the respective countries and in the own working situation

III Course programme from day to day

Integrated pest management and food safety

30 May – 17 June 2016

Course Coordinator: Irene Koomen

Location: Dorskampzaal 1 & 2


Support Staff             Registration and photos participants

I arrived in the Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, the Netherland. I went to the Giethorn before went to the Wageningen. It tooks about 2 hours from the airport to the Uni Wageningen Campus. I went to the campus by train ‘Metro’ from Airport to the Wageningen and went to the campus by bus ‘88’ from Wageningen to the Campus. I registerd as the guest of CDI and stayed at Het hov Wageningen Hotel.


Welcome to the Netherland, Giethorn

9:00 Bruggeman Welcome to Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation
9:30 Koomen Course objectives and programme, Course expectations
11.00 Koomen Participants get to know each other
13:30 Koomen IPM, its nature & characteristics
16:30 All Network drink


Lectures by Course Coordinator Irene Koomen from CDI Wageningen

In the first day of International course, the course leader of Integrated Pest Management give us explanation about the course. We got the first lecture in Wageningen about IPM, its nature & characteristics.

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Koomen Koomen All Food safety & Risk assessment
13:30 All Introduction to poster session
14:00 Athmer Preparation of posters (pre-course assignment)
15:30 Poster session
19:30 Meet the Netherlands

Poster session about Integrated Pest Management in Karawang, Indonesia

In the second day of the course we got the reflection in early morning. The reflection take place in the Het hov Wageningen. The reflection allowed us to remember all of the things we learnt yesterday session. It will help us to remind the courses lectures. The reflection was held everyday in the morning before the lectures start.

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Koomen Introduction individual action plan
10:00 All Group assignment
13:00 Departure Wageningen Campus
13:30 De Kogel IPM research at Biointeractions & Plant Health

In the third day, the course leader gave us the individual action plan. The individual action plan was needed to know the participant work in the arena of integrated pest management and food safety. It was a good media for me to share my social activity about “Empowerment of Farmer Groups “Benong II”, Karawang, Indonesia: Pest Control of Rice Stem Borer and Brown Plant Hopper Using Biological Agents”. The individual action plan will be provided in this activity report.


Group assignment theme: Case Study of IPM in India “Slow Poisoning in India”

8:45 Rizopulus Reflection
9:15 Group work Stakeholder analysis
13:00 All Departure
13:30 Helsen Visit to PPO-Fruit, Randwijk
17:00 Return to Wageningen



8:45 Rizopulus Reflection
9:15 Group work Stakeholder analysis
13:00 All Departure
13:30 Helsen Visit to PPO-Fruit, Randwijk
17:00 Returnto Wageningen


In the forth day, as usual we got the reflection in the morning and also we got the Stakeholder analysis by Matilda. We got the analysis that the IPM case need more stakeholder. We can not work with ourself but we need Multistakeholder to solve the problems.


Multistakeholder analysis: Case Study Pesticide Contamination in Water

Visit to PPO-Fruit, Randwijk

8:45 Reflection
9:15 Bouma Role of pesticides in IPM
13:30 Van der Maden Occupational health risk of pesticides – a case study from Indonesia
14:30 Koomen / Van der Maden Group work cont.

In the fifth day, we got a lectures from Bouma, Ministry staff of Agriculture Department. Also we got the lecture about Occupational health risk of pesticides – a case study from Indonesia. It was incrideble that we had a terrible problem with occupational health especially for farmers.

DSC_0219Occupational health risk of pesticides: safety outfit for spraying pesticide


Free time

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Stoetzer Role of extension in IPM
10:45 Vos Plant clinics
13:30 Edens IPM policy in the Netherlands
15:00 Bianchi Biological control in IPM

In the sixth day we got the lectures about plant clinics. Plant clinics was provided by the government or private company to diagnose all the problems which is faced by the farmers. We also got the lectures about IPM policy in the Netherland also using of the Biological control in IPM. Biological control is a good method to control plant pest and disease.

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 De Rijk Introduction to Rikilt – Food Safety Research Institute
9:45 Noordam Monitoring MRLs
11:00 De Rijk Mycotoxins
13:30 Rizopolus Multi-stakeholder processes
19:30 All Organisational Market & Networking

In the seventh day also we got the lectures about MRLs. MRLs is a minimum residue level which can be exsist in the agricultural product. Also we got the lectures about mycotoxins in the agricultural products. Multi-stakeholder analysis also important in all area especially in Agriculture sector. Then in the night we followed organizational market and networking. This program allowed us to introduce the job we had and also introduce the University of Singaperbangsa Karawang.


Organisational Market & Networking: Participant from Indonesia consist of lecturer and reasercher

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Stoetzer Good Agricultural Practices
13:30 All Group assignment on IPM Strategy

In the eight day we had the lectures as usual. We got two lectures, that are Good Agricultural Practices and we had group assignment on IPM Strategy. The Integrated Pest Management strategy allow us to be more critically thinking how to solve the pest and disease problems.


8:00 All Departure
9:30 Farm visit, Flevopolder
12:15 Lunch Warmonderhof
13:15 Warmonderhof
17:45 Back in Wageningen

In the ninth day, we went to the Warmonderhof to know the Biodynamic Agriculture. We learnt how that system made so sustainable. The system was made by the farmers who provide the product from the farm to fork. The Biodynamic Agriculture  is integrated system that provide health  product. The farm mainly use less pesticide, they use their own manure. They produce input  like manure from its farm.


Farm visit, Flavoland

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Koomen Finalising group work & presentations
13:45 Koomen Interview techniques
15:00 Introduction & preparation fieldwork

In the tenth day we discussed about yesterday session in Flavoland. We learnt all about Biodynamic Agriculture. Then in the afternoon session we got the lectures about interview techniques. The lectures allowed us to know how to make a good questions for interviewer. The interview techniques made us easier to preparing the excursion to the rural area next week.

08.00 – 19.00 Athmer Social excursion Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam

In the eleventh day, we went to the Amsterdam. We went to the Zaanse Schans to see the traditional windmills. In Zaanse Schans we also see the klopen shoes made. The klopen shoes is a traditional shoes from fresh wood. We also see how the cheese was made. We tasted many kind of cheese, original cheese, pepper cheese, goat ceas etc.



 Social excursion Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam

11:00 Participants Check-out Hotel Hof van Wageningen
14:00 Field work
15:00 Tour through area on rural development
Evening Participants Further preparation of interviews and visits

In the 12th day we check-out hotel Hof van Wageningen and move to the hotel in Enkhauzen. We went to the Noord Holland. After we arrived in Enkhauzen, Noord Holland then we walked along the Enkhauzen. We walked to the harbor and see how rural area there.


City tour to the rural area, Enkhauzen, Noord Holland.

Monday 13 June

09:00 Royal VEZET

Mrs Els Cornelissen, Quality and Food Safety


Debbemeer 2

1749 DK Warmenhuizen

Phone: 0226-396070

Mob.: 06-22206214


11:30 Greenhouse farm Barendse-DC Mrs Petra Barendse Agriport 611

1775 TK Middenmeer

Mob.: 06-20475768


13:30 Bejo Zaden B.V.

Mrs Antoinette de Geus

Trambaan 2

1749 CZ Warmenhuizen

Phone: 0226-396 162

Email :

Evening Analysis Fieldwork

In the 13th We went to the tomato and sweet pepper greenhouse. The sweet pepper greenhouse was the largest greenhouse in the world. Also we went to the seed company.

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Visit sweet pepper greenhouse in Noord Holland, the Netherland

Tuesday 14 June

09:00 Clusius College Hoorn

Piet Vlaming, accountmanager  Agro & Groen

Blauwe Berg 3

1625 NT Hoorn

Phone: 0229-25 94 94

Mob.: 06-55171047


11:00 Gitzels, Young Plant grower, e.g. cabbage and breeding services

Mr Wiliam Gitzels, Director

Kerkeland 4

1693 NP Wervershoof

Phone: 0228 – 587300 (Cabbage plants),0228 – 587302 (Breeding Services)


13:30 Rabobank West-Friesland, Agriculture Mrs M. (Mirjam) I. Bus-Geerlofs Graanmarkt 1

1681 PA Zwaagdijk-Oost

Phone: (0228) 566 300


Evening Analysis Fieldwork

In the 14th day, we went to the Clusius Collage, Giyzel grower, also Rabobank. In the Clusius Collage we learn about the school of Biodynamic agriculture. This collage also gave the certification to the farmers before they allowed to spray pesticide in the field.


Fieldwork in Clusius Collage

Wednesday 15 June

09:00 Waterboard Hoogheemraadschap  Hollands


Mr Henk Bouman

Advise Integrated Water Management

Dept. Water systems


Farm tulip bulbs of Mr J. de Wit and Zonen Mr Marcel Fit




Farm  tulip  bulbs  of Mr J. de Wit  and


Westeinde 176

1601 BN Enkhuizen

Phone:  +31-228-312571


13:30 Boer Ted en Nicoline Vaalburg

Mr Ted Vaalburg and Mrs Nicoline Vaalburg

Zuidervaart 131

1847 LK Zuidschermer

Phone: 072 504 4212

Mob.: 06-24684631 / 10582246


18.00 Arrival in Wageningen Hof van Wageningen Hotel

In the 15th day we went to the waterboard in Holland and also we went to the lily growers. It was so nice to see how the tulip bulb and also lily bulb. That company produce bulb and they sell to the market.


Lily grower company

8:45 All Reflection
9:15 Analysis fieldwork
13:30 Preparation individual action plans & Individual consultancy

In the 16th day we went to the Wageningen again and back to our giant group. We discussec about what we learnt along three days in the rural area. Each group made a report and then we collect the report and make the conclusion.

8:45 All Final preparation of field work presentation
11:00 Presentations fieldwork
12:30 – 14:00 Farewell lunch
14:00 On-line evaluations
14:30 Participants Presentations individual actions plan
15:30 Closing ceremony
16:00 End of the course

In the last day each group presentate the result of the report. The Ministry staff came to the presentation session and see us. The ministry staff gather with the other government heard all of the things we suggest to them. We discuss about what things that could improve the agricultural sector in the Netherland. Last but not least, we had closing ceremony in the end of the day. Also we took photograph together.

V Sponsorship

        This program was supported by the the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and University of Singaperbangsa Karawang. University of Singaperbangsa Karawang was provided the additional cost which is not provided by the NFP fellowship. The Unsika fellowship is composed of the following: Visa document, presentation preparation, local transport, and, transport in the Netherland. The finance report will be attach in this file.

The NFP fellowship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The fellowship is meant as a compensation of the costs involved in participating in a short course organised by the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR. The NFP fellowship is composed of the following: tuition fee, ull board and lodging at hotel ‘het Hof van Wageningen’ (arranged by CDI), International travel (arranged by CDI) i.e. only international air flight, Airport tax duties (if applicable), health insurance (arranged by CDI).

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Course Participant IPM, CDI Wageningen, the Netherland



Nuffic Neso: Netherland Fellowship Program (NFP) in Wageningen University, Netherland, Europe

Nuffic Neso: Netherland Fellowship Program (NFP) in Wageningen University, Netherland, Europe #StudyInHoland

Lutfi Afifah

Ede Wageningen Netherland, June 2016

Hai I’m Lutfi Afifah, I am alumni of Bogor Agricultural University majoring in Entomology Department. Departure to the Netherland Europe it’s a miracle for me. I never imagine it become true. 😀 I got the Netherland Fellowship Program “NFP” on behalf Nuffic Neso during my transition time (gap time before getting work). I applied this fellowship on October 2015 when I was working in laboratory helping my best supervisor of life “Dr. Purnama Hidayat M.Sc” and last January 7th 2016 was the time announcement of this fellowship. I got this fellowship from the recommendation of my former supervisor Dr. Purnama Hidayat M.Sc. Now I am having travel from Soetta (Jakarta) to Istanbul (Turkey) and Istanbul (Turkey) to Schipol (Amsterdam).

Fortunately the Dean of Agriculture Faculty in Universitas Singaperbangsa Karawang Unsika”, Dr. Sulistyo Sidik Purnomo, M.Si, head Department of Agrotechnology gave me permission to take this opportunity.  Also I got the Exit Permit dari Rector of Unsika. Recently Unsika have been changed from Private University into Public University. Unsika have being a Private University about 33 years and then being a Public University recently (about 2 years). Leaving my students for a temporary time. I am glad that in this time, in Unsika already finished the semester and I just finished my duty for lecturing.

Have a great time here since my family allow me to travel to Europe. They fully support me in whatever I do! As long as it good, they will support and they pray for me and for my lil for the future life.  Miles away from home, parents, little sissy Zulfa, and all of my working partner it gonna be so challenging!

“Sebenarnya tulisan ini hanya melengkapi informasi-informasi yang officially bisa kita dapatkan dari situs dan Harapan saya tulisan ini bisa menjadi booster bagi teman-teman yang ingin merasakan sensasi study adventurer khusunya di Belanda”

One fine day in the beginning of October 2015, my classmates Mahardika Puspitasari sent me a private message “Pi pi… Ga mau ikutan course ke Belanda?” and of course “Mau mbak” I was replied. Then she gave me the information about the fellowship NFP. The fellowship deadline is a different in each course. So please be aware! Read the Course Calendar carefully! In this course the deadline is 20 October 2015 and the Fellowship announcement is about 22 December 2015. But the announcement was coming a bit late, it coming up on January 2016.

The NFP fellowship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The fellowship is meant as a compensation of the costs involved in participating in a short course organised by the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR. Please be aware that the NFP fellowship is not a full coverage of all costs involved. The fellowship is composed of the following:

  1. Tuition fee for the short course which is € 3,990
  2. Full board and lodging at hotel ‘het Hof van Wageningen’ (arranged by CDI)
  3. International travel (arranged by CDI) i.e. only international air flight

Indonesian will be fly with The best Aircraft

  1. Airport tax duties (if applicable)
  2. AON health insurance (arranged by CDI)
  3. Study allowance: € 30,-
  4. Compensation in costs involved in obtaining a VISA: € 30,-

The compensation for Study allowance and VISA (2 x € 30,-) will not be paid in cash, but will be used as a deposit for a tablet which serves a learning tool during the course. After the course has ended, the participant can choose to keep the tablet, or return it (in good condition) and receive the € 60,- deposit.

The following costs are not covered by the fellowship:

  1. Local travel in home country and in the Netherlands; Amsterdam Airport to Wageningen (2x €18,- for public transport)
  2. Any personal expenses

Entering the the Netherlands require a visa, preferably a “Schengen” visa. Actually this visa can allow to enter in many country of Europe. That country include (Austria, Belgium, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Liechtenstein).

Here I give you a brief step to enroll the course and the fellowship. Here is the step:

  1. Prepare your Toefl Score

At least you have good enough score in ITP or IELTS.

  1. Make an CDI account in Wageningen University website

After filling out the form you will get a confirmation via email and you will get an url to cofirm the CDI account

  1. Read the course calendar and decide the course that you will take

Example I decided to take a course in May 2016. The course is: Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety

  1. Open the course target website (Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety)

You need to make an account in that course. Click “Apply here” to filling out the course form. Then you will get an confirmation email.

  1. Get a letter of admission to the course via email

In this admission letter you will get the further procedure to apply the NFP fellowship and also get a reference number. Please write out your reference number to the online NFP via ATLAS website.

  1. Prepare the document needed in ATLAS online application form
  • Employers statement

In this letter you have to be member of organization which in governmental organization or non governmental organization. Please be aware that you are the employers. Your employment statement should be on official letterhead, dated, be signed by employer, be stamped, have the plan to implement the newly acquired knowledge by the candidate, data about the candidate who is nominated, relevance of the short course (for candidate and for employing organisation, and plan of activities.

  • Government statement

Indonesian citizen doesn’t need this letter. So don’t worry.

  • Copy of passport
  • The motivation questions, which you can prepare in advance:

What is the issue or problem you want to address in your country?

How will this course enable you to address this issue?

How will you address this issue with your position within your organisation?

You may not get the confirmation mail after sending the ATLAS application form.

  1. Wait the NFP fellowship announcement

The announcement will be sent to the selected participant by email

  1. Prepare your departure
    1. Active passport
    2. Apply visa schegen
    3. Contact PPI (Persatuan Pelajar Indonesia) Wageningen
    4. Prepare sufficient euro
    5. Prepare your Outfit based on the wheather
    6. Pack your stuff and go!

That is my short explanation about what I’m doing to get the fellowship. Open up your mind, catch up your dream, spirit should be up, life positively, and keep hoping, keep praying! See you in next posting.

Oyaa.. here I will meet my old friend. She is Titis Apdini from Ponorogo. She is a student of Wageningen University majoring in Animal Husbandary. Can’t wait to see her! J


Salam kangen dari Ede Wageningen,

Lutfi Afifah

Gift in the Late of 2015 and Beginning of 2016: Getting Work and Fellowship Approve! #StudyInHolland

Gift in the Late of 2015 and Beginning of 2016: Getting Work and Fellowship Approve! #StudyInHolland

Karawang, 26 January 2016


Rectorat of Unsika ‘Gedung H. Opon Sopandji’



Hello February, it been a new year! New hope, new spirit. How are you guys? Hope everyting will be okay.

Talking about 2016, it really the greatest year ever. I’ve been accepted in Public University in Karawang namely “Universitas Singaperbangsa Karawang”. Sometime called “Unsika”. This university actually was build in 1982 and being a Private University along 33 years. Now Unsika have been changed from Private university into Public University in 2014. Do not compare this university with other upstanding university like IPB and UGM. Now Unsika have been search for “its own identity”. Nowadays Unsika has the new procedure to enter the University, that is through SNMPTN. It’s quite hard since they should fight with the test to pass the exam. Since only  approx. 120 students could enter the Department of Agrotechnology. It will be so challenging for us to handle them.

I’m entered Unsika about 4.5 months ago, since October 2015. Together with new comers: 2 people titled M.Sc, 3 people titled M.Si, and 1 person titled M.P. The 6 newcomers isn’t merried yet, but 2 peoples getting married soon (on April). Here I felt so happy, everything was new. Everything so challenging.

This semester I taught 3 subjects:

  1. Dasar Penyuluhan dan Komunikasi [MBB 2303]
  2. Dasar Teknologi Budidaya Tanaman Pangan [MKB 4301]
  3. Organisme Pengganggu Tanaman (Penyakit) [MKB 4310]

The first one is my subject dream. Although it little bit hard for me to study “Ilmu Penyuluhan”. I never been taking those subject while the bachelor. I only took Communication. But nothing impossible. I’ll study more about that subject.

Then the upcoming semester (Odd Semester) I will teach in the following subjects:

  1. Organisme Pengganggu Tanaman (Hama) [MKB 3309]
  2. Pengelolaan Hama Terpadu [MPB 7301]
  3. Pengantar Ilmu Pertanian [MKK 1209]

Recently Faculty of Agriculture Unsika have been signed MOU with the KABUSHIKI KAISHA SHIMOTA NOUGEI Co., Ltd in Ibaraki Japan. This MOU contain the cooperation for exchange the students. Hope so do with the staff mobility. So I can go to Japan again. Amin.


MOU Signing betwen Faperta Unsika and Kabushiki Kaisha Shimota Nougei Co.,Ltd, Ibaraki, JAPAN

The second one in January. I was being an awardee for the fellowship/scholarship in Wageningen University, Netherland, Europe. I got the fellowship from NFP, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It was unbelievable!. Insyaallah I will come to Europe next spring May 2016. Hope everything will be alright. Now I’m preparing the “Schengen Visa ”. It’s a Visa to enter Europe. Wish me luck. Hope I will get the permission letter from Agrotechnology Department and also from Rector of Unsika.

See you in Netherland!



Email dari Wageningen, Belanda

Email dari Wageningen, Belanda

Karawang, 29 January 2016

Dalam bulan Januari ini saya telah menerima surat ajaib “LoA= Letter of Admission dari salah satu Universitas di Belanda yang mana Life Sciences nya no 1 di Eropa, University of Wageningen. Kadang senyum-senyum sendiri melihat LoA yang sudah saya print dari printer di kantor (printer saya catridge nya minta diganti). Buat persiapan ngurus Visa hehe. Di bulan Januari ini adalah masa libur mahasiswa, jadi dosen nya nyantai aja menunggu semester baru sambil mempersiapkan materi kuliah.

Kebanyakan datang ke kantor (re: kampus) dari pagi dan pulang sehabis magrib atau seringnya sih menjelang magrib. Duduk anteng di kantor sambal berselancar di dunia maya khususnya membaca postingan-postingan para Short Course Awardee baik yang didanai Nuffic Neso, NFP, Stuned, atau beasiswa Belanda lainnya. Sesekali diminta Kaprodi untuk membuat SK Mengajar untuk Semester Genap. Well it’s not that hard!

Baca postingan para awardee kadang bikin ketawa sendiri. Melihat kerempongan mereka yang juga saya alami saat ini. Kegelisahan dimulai pada bulan Desember 2015, menunggu kepastian dari CDI Wageningen. CDI Wageningen adalah lembaga yang mengurus Short Course, lembaga ini di bawah Wageningen University. Tidak ada niatan satupun untuk menanyakan hasil pengumuman, hanya saja saya pernah nanya via twitter CDI @cdiwageniningenUR hehe. Kegelisahan tentang pengumuman beasiswa NFP yang saya apply akhirnya sirna sudah. Sekitar tanggal 6 Januari 2016 datang email dari Belanda.


Didalam file .pdf yang dilampirkan, saya dinyatakan diterima sebagai penerima fellowship/scholarship. Saya diminta menunggu sekitar 10 hari lagi dan kemudian CDI Wageningen akan mengirimkan LoA resminya. Saya kemudian menunggu sampai 10 hari kedepan tapi belum juga ada email masuk. Hahahaa.. Hebohnya saya sudah memberitahu kabar baik ini dengan orang terdekat di rumah via telfon. Saya telfon ke rumah dan ayah saya mengangkat yang intinya bilang kalau “Alhamdulillah semoga semuanya lancar”. Selain itu saya memberitahu teman-teman terdekat saya dan juga pembimbing saya dulu (Bismillah aja semoga ga ada kendala yang berarti).

Kegelisahan demi kegelisahan semakin mendera, datang lagi email dari Belanda yang intinya mengucapkan selamat atas terpilihnya sebagai awardee dan langkah yang harus dilakukan. Di dalam email itu saya diharuskan memberikan konfirmasi balik ke pihak CDI Wageningen apakah akan menerima atau menolak fellowship yang telah diberikan.


Kali ini saya langsung memberikan konfirmasi untuk menerima Fellowship. Saya menerima fellowship dan segala ketentuannya. Sampai saat ini saya pun menunggu kepastian kenapa belum ada email lagi ya dari Mr. Fanny Vanbijsteren (saya sudah bisa menulis namanya hehee). Apakah email konfirmasi saya tidak sampai ke inbox mereka? (pikiran buruk melanda hehe). Ditambah lagi pernah baca postingan seorang blogger yang juga dapat NFP Fellowship dari KIT. Beliau diberi waktu untuk mengirimkan konfirmasi beasiswa, namun alhasil lewat akun yahoomail email konfirmasi tersebut tidak sampai. Aduhhh… (tambah parno lagi). Ga lucu kan gagal dapat fellowship gara gara email konfirmasi ga nyampek? Hahaha Alhasil saya mengirim konfirmasi dua kali, satu ke email training CDI dan satunya lagi ke Mr. Fanny Vanbijsteren. Semoga email konfirmasi yang saya kirim, aman sampai ke Wageningen yaaa. Aminn


Sampai saat ini saya sedang menunggu email balasan dari Mr. Fanny Vanbijsteren semoga sesegera mungkin saya akan dikirimi 3 surat penting yaitu: Aircraft e-ticket, Insurance certificate, dan Hotel Confirmation Letter. Tiga surat penting tersebut menjadi bekal saya untuk mendaftarkan Visa Schengen, visa untuk masuk ke Benua Eropa.

Disaat saya sedang menulis postingan ini, tidak lama kemudian saya mendapatkan email konfirmasi kembali dari Mr. Fanny Vanbijsteren. Tepatnya sekitar pukul 20.00 an malam, disaat saya sedang mengajar les anak-anak di Teluk Jambe Karawang. Email saya baca sekilas dan saya melanjutkan mengajar Bahasa Inggris. Seusai les berakhir saya baca benar-benar email tersebut. Dan surprisingly saya mengenal salah satu participant yang lolos fellowship namanya Vani Nur Octaviany. Yes, she is my senior in Entomology and we have the same supervisor. That is Dr. Purnama Hidayat M.Sc.

Wow amazing, the world is small. We accidently meet in this course without anything known before. Jauh jauh ke Belanda ketemu nya sama anak Ento juga hehe. Sama dengan jodoh kali ya, udah pergi jauh-jauh eh ketemunya sama yang dekat juga (who knows yaa..) #gausahbaper hahahaa. Urusan jodoh udah ada di Lauhul Mahfuz. Semoga tahun ini udah bisa ganti status yaa dari status lajang. Siapa tau nanti bisa S3 bareng di Wageningen atau Goettingen. Having many children there and live temporary in Europe (who knows yaa). Selama kita mau berusaha dan berdoa apasih yang tidak mungkin?

Sampai jumpa lagi ya, the story will be continue as soon as possible.

See you in Netherland (#eaaaaaaaa….)

Kind regards,

Afifah Lutfi


Calm Ramadhan (1432 – 1436 H)

Hello Ramadhan!

Break Fasting Ramadhan Kareem 1436 H

Break Fasting Ramadhan Kareem 1436 H

On a fine day, it was Ramadan month. A month that moslem have to do fasting for a month. Ramadhan 2011 I spent my whole month in Bogor because of the undergraduate research. It was about the enthomopathogenic fungi Lecanicillium lecanii. I went home about a week before Eid Mubarak and sadly I have to back to Bogor in the 3 rd day of Eid Mubarak. My fungi in lab need to be treated in the beginning of Eid Mubarak. Hiks…

I still remember in Ramadhan 2012 when I was in Jakarta. In a full Ramadhan I spent my time in Jakarta because at that time I still work. Then in Eid Mubarak 2012, it was the hardest time since I can’t go home. I didn’t get permit to take furlough. Then I spent my Eid Mubarak Idul Fitri alone in Bogor, in a fine house located in Babakan Tengah, Dramaga.

Different year different stories. Ramadhan 2013, I spent the whole time in Ngale, Ngawi, East Java. Eventhough my home quiet near from Ngawi but I can’t go home. It was because of the field observation. Enduring the hard time and the bored time there. Three month apart in small village with limited acseess. But all of that have been passed. Im blessed.

Ramadhan 2014, I still remember how’s the feel. Flustered! Really remember but its okay. In that month Im busy with the data of thesis research. I still study how to use the program. But the point isn’t the data but the feels. Flustered! Only if the small mosque in front of my kost can speak so they can talk clearly what happened in that month. Don’t worry it just flustered feel and just positive thinking all gonna be alright. As long as we do good and pray. No need to worry.

Time flies really fast, now Im in Ramadhan 2015. In this Ramadhan im not student anymore and just being alumni. I passed all of the master degree requirement. I had a temporary job helping my supervisor doing so many things that he can’t handle. I had my own income because of that. I felt save. Actually I already submit on many universities in East Java and Central Java, but don’t know yet the final result. Actually some of the universities call on me for the interview test but I don’t think its for my chances. The administrativ make that hard. Now there is on going process in one of the public university in West Java. Don’t know yet, its my chance or not. But at least I already tried. The work world isn’t comfort enough. I ever feel the same feeling when I look for a job after completing my bachelor. New place, new people, new job wont ever comfort enough to stay. But there is a New Hope.



This Ramadhan also feels so colorful since I felt that in Ramadhan all of the activity (teratur). From getting up, eat sahur, break fasting, tarawih, and so on. Everything goes in the right time. In this month I also got so many break fasting invitation. I am happy to see all of them. Seeing each other it mean togetherness. I am happy be apart of them.

Break fasting games

Break fasting games “Surat Sahabat”

Summer Friends

Summer Friends

Ok, that was my 5 years experiences in Ramadhan Kareem. Each year each story. Feel blessed if I can make better person day by day. Improving the relationship with God. Because only hang the hope to God I can feel comfort. Cant wait to see the family in hometown who made me laugh everytime I talked to them, especially my father. Thanks for bringing the joy and laugh for me… Mother that always ask to me the go home time and the sister that ask me to go home early because she want me to treat her with some yummy food like rica-rica menthok and nasi goreng gila deket alun-alun.

Hope we will meet in the next Ramadhan Kareem. Lets be a better person day by day ^^






Have you ever went to the hospital to see your relatives that hospitalize? How do you feel? Thousand of feeling. I still remember a day in 2012 when I was in Daan Mogot, Jakarta. I have a senior that her father hospitalize in a Cancer Hospital in West Jakarta near Taman Anggrek Mall. In the evening around 3 pm I went to the hospital. I was alone from my kos-kosan in Daan Mogot. Thousand of feeling at that time. I felt so deep sad with her story about her father. At that time she was single (not marriage yet) and her father told to her that he want to see her beloved daughter for getting marriage. At that time she still finish her master thesis and unfinished yet. She told me that her mother working so hard for her. In fact she has two brother and sister. For several years her mother caring them so good.

Back to the story, I was riding the Trans Jakarta bus and stop right in front of the hospital. I still remember how is the condition in that hospital. I passed the room for the children who get a cancer. I felt so sad. Then I enter one of the room to meet her family. One thing that I could see there, her father. Her father laying on a bed. There are so many modern tools that installeId on his body. He cant speak anymore. I was dropping some of the tears. I just imagine if that is my father. Father that in his life just caring about his family and his society. I felt so bad. And then I see her mother, who caring so patiently. I felt her mother so tough with her life. She should work hard for their life also for health expanses.

A women that have the strengness for her family. A wife that very love with her husband till the end of his life. Today 22 june, there is our lab member that hospitalize and I was there for her. She was sick and her husband and her daughter was around her to give support. I hope she will get well soon.

So many lesson I got from seeing them. Being women have to be independent. For example if we are getting marriage and then we have husband and children, then someday we don’t know what is going on in the future. May be our beloved husband is getting sick and need to be hospitalize. In fact when he is sick he couldn’t work and ……. (you can imagine what I think). I hope it never happen to me in the future. Just being positive that He is creating good future for us. So from now let be friendly in our healthiness. Just care with your own body. Care what you eat. Care with your self, your family, your wife to be or husband to be, or others. Please eat well, please live well. 🙂

Oh yaa,.. Selamat menunaikan Ibadah Puasa 1436 H 🙂

Puasa, tarawih, ngaji, dan ibadah lainnya semoga full yaa.. 😉





“Berjuanglah untuk menggapainya dengan sepenuh hati”

Suatu ketika di sela-sela aktivitas saya membantu dosen pembimbing saya menyelesaikan suatu pekerjaan, saya sempat membuka beranda facebook. Ada suatu hal yang menarik bagi saya adalah salah satu teman saya Mbak Manik alumnus IPB dan juga alumnus University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa Jepang. Ada foto hasil tag-an wisuda master yang di tag oleh teman mbak Manik namanya unik “Jingga”. Dari foto tersebut saya melihat-lihat foto lain yaitu foto mbak Jingga. Rupanya mbak jingga ini telah wisuda tahun lalu dari Okinawa, sayang kami belum sempat bertemu. Mbak Jingga ini adalah alumnus Undip dan juga alumnus University of the Ryukyus. Saya melihat semangat yang luar biasa dari diri mereka. Belajar, kuliah, tugas, teman, dosen, administratif semuanya menjadi suatu rangkaian yang tidak bisa dipisahkan dari proses kelulusan. Proses yang lama hingga suatu saat ketika sang mahasiswa tersebut lulus maka akan menjadi pribadi yang cerdas, terpelajar, santun, dan nantinya lebih mantap menyongsong masa depan (kehidupan pasca kampus). Hal-hal ‘sepele’ dari kehidupan kampus misalnya diskusi, berkonsultasi dengan dosen, cara kita bergaul dengan teman kita, sahabat kita, ataupun orang-orang disekitar kita secara tidak langsung sedikit-sedikit akan membentuk karakter kita.

Hal yang lebih menarik lagi bagi saya adalah melihat profil dari mbak Jingga ini, ada salah satu nama yang sangat familiar dan juga sudah saling kenal. Beliau adalah Danang Ambar P. (Alumnus IPB 41 yang menjadi Mapres IPB dan juga Mapres tingkat Nasional) yang sekarang sedang menyelesaikan studi Doktor nya di University of the Ryukyus. Dalam Profil mbak Jingga ini, mbak jingga memposting video yang mas Danang buat. Video yang sangat sederhana tapi membuat semangat saya lebih berkibar. Dalam video berdurasi sekitar 7 menit itu, beliau berkata bahwa mimpi itu adalah harapan. Mimpi tersebut harus ditulis karena jika tidak maka mimpi tersebut hanya akan jadi angan-angan. Karena pada dasarnya kita adalah pelupa, sangat mungkin jika kita lupa akan mimpi kita sendiri. Mas Danang yang juga menyebut dirinya sebagai ‘sang pembuat jejak’ itu juga berkata bahwa sejak dulu beliau telah membuat setidaknya ada 100 target impian, dan beliau menulis dalam beberapa lembar kertas dan ditempelnya di kamar ataupun di tempat-tempat lain. Terkadang memang kita malu apabila impian-impian kita tersebut dibaca oleh orang lain dan ketika mereka membaca mungkin ada yang sekedar senyum atau malahan tertawa karena impian kita ketinggian. Sebenarnya dalam konteks ini saya kurang setuju dengan opini orang lain yang terkadang berkata bahwa “Kalau bermimpi jangan ketinggian nanti kalau tidak kesampean kecewa’. Siapa yang tau suatu saat nanti semua list impian kita satu persatu akan kita coret? Hehe… Toh kalaupun belum bisa tercapai setidaknya kita sudah berusaha sebaik mungkin, yaa kan?? Jadi ya…. No Worry, Be positive and happy! J . Yakin aja semua itu proses pembelajaran yang akan membuat kita menjadi pribadi yang lebih baik. Berikut video yang mas Dangan buat. Cekidot!

Saat ini pun saya jadi terinspirasi merombak ulang list plan saya. Di kamar saya sebenarnya sudah ada white board dimana saya membaginya menjadi 3 bagian yaitu: Short term plan, Long term plan, dan Jangan lupa. Di bagian Short term ini merupakan impian dalam waktu dekat ini dan long term plan merupakan impian di masa mendatang, sedangkan jangan lupa merupakan bagian wajib yang harus saya kerjakan setiap harinya atau setiap minggunya termasuk olahraga. Namun saat ini saya jadi ingin merombaknya. Saya akan membuat 100 target impian saya. Membuatnya pun sepertinya juga tidak mudah. Butuh 1 minggu sepertinya untuk me-list harapan dan impian saya. Selain itu saya ingin membuat scrap book khusus untuk Impian-impian saya (baru rencana sih). Jadi sudahkah kalian tau impian kalian? Mari kita memulainya dari sekarang, mari membuat jejak!. Good luck!!

Cunning Lady

Cunning Lady

            In this week I saw Korean drama while doing some activities. It was interesting drama.. hehe. There is a life lesson there. Here is the resume.. hehe 😀

“ Someday there is a girl meet a man in the small restaurant. That girl was so interesting person due to her attitude and attractive that make other people happy to see her. She is pretty and she work in her family restaurant. Than a man was so kind and also smart, but yet couldn’t find a good job for him. Then after several time they meet each other, they decided to get marry. In their marriage life the girl was so loved to her husband. They love each other. Because of the economically problems due to the husband exit for the job and start a job to be a businessman, the wife got so much difficulties to manage the monthly expenses. Eventhough for buying the gas for kitchen. So that the wife should be work out over her husband. She work so hard for securing the baby of them and also for paying the debts caused by the husband ruined his business. Then sadly, the baby was gone and they divorced! After 3 years apart, they meet again. The ex-wife just work in ordinary shop but the ex-husband work out as CEO of the big mobile company. Now, he became so rich and also more handsome than before. During 3 years apart, they didn’t meet anyone in their life. They just being single. Eventhough they met so many people in their life but yet none of them ‘klik’. Then the ex-wife work in his company and they falling love again. Not because of the money but the universe let them to met and marry again “.

I think this is the good story. Not because of the divorce in the marriage but the life lesson that The world will not go that easily! “. Do not ask for easy life but ask for the strengthness to endure it. Pelajaran buat diri sendiri sih..  No worry, kamu bisa kok! Ayo semangattt!! (pake toa) ;p  Good luck for preparing your good future! God is always beside us! Mari bekerja keras, bekerja cerdas, bekerja sabar 😉

Review from The Past: Where your foot going to?

Review from The Past: Where your foot going to?

February 19, 2015

DSC_0275Hello, it been a year since my last posting about in the past six month posting. How are you guys? Hope you fine and happy. So do I felt the same things. So many things happen, wheather sad and happy. All the things that already happen is a present from God. Present to keep learnt from anythings we got. I passed all the hard time since I study till now. I think it’s a common matter being master students faced so many problems come. Congratulation, You passed! It mean God will not give you the hard matter if you can’t solve that matters. Congratulation from all of your courageous, right decision, and spirit. All of you that already passed all the matters is a WINNER and not a LOSER.

Since I had a good memory (in detail) to memorize all the things that already happen, now I will take a bit flash back from in the past a year. This is like a short review from the past.

On January 2014, that was the end of the third semester. I was so busy with the final exam (UAS) so do all of my friends. They busy to finished their final presentation, exam, and also papers. In that months also I finished all the things belong to insects sorting. Glad to had the best juniors from PTN 47’ that helped out the sortation.

On February 2014, I went home. Going home to see my family. In that month my lovely grandmother (mother of my father) was passed away. My father asked me to go home before it. It was so sad, but live must go on. I also got sick in this month. In that month also the Gunung Kelud was exploded. Eruption! All of the town also in my town covered with ash.

On March 2014, In the beginning of the month, I get ready completing all the database. Actually I was so confuse, really confuse with the data. I don’t know how to make it simple. Easy to read, easy to understand. The ecology data could be read from many point of view. Grateful that some of friends and juniors help out the database. Some senior from Lab PH helped out to understand the data. Trial and error.

On April 2014, This month quite hard since I have to understand some matters and also completing the R statistic. On April 9 th, I helped out Ida in the green house planting the paddy plant and also after that I went to somewhere (I don’t remember the name of the place) to follow the Election of West Java Governmental. I was so happy can participate eventhough not really know them. In that day, I also attacked by yellow caterpillar (ulat bulu). Yaks… The caterpillar walk fast, not like other caterpillar.

On May 2014, That month I busy with studying R Statistic package vegan. Lucky me, I have many senior that so patience to helped me. In this month I just realize that my Laboratory is my home. I started spent my whole time just in Laboratory. Eventhought it weeked, I don’t care (hehe). Till I realize that I lost some weight because of it (haha)

On June 2014, That month I busy with studying R Statistic package bipartite. Now I can make the trithropic interaction (interaction between level thropic) from the database. I felt so improve! In this months I can exploring the data. The lecturers from Lab PH Dr. Akhmad Rizali thought me how to make it. He also thought me how to make the dissimilarities based on UPGMA, I made the dendogram. Happy!

On July 2014, I just writing out the thesis. Yap almost finished. It was the blessing months. Ramadhan. I went home about 4 days before Idul Fitri. I went to Jogjakarta before going home. Happy Idul fitri.

On August 2014, In that months I offered by universities in the East Java. In the middle of months, I went back to Bogor and preparing the Sidkom 2.

On September 2014, Sidkom 2 actually was held in 16 September 2014, but unfortunately my supervisor Prof Dami totally forgot about the meeting. Oh my God. Its reschedule to 17 September. Ok doesn’t matter. The matter is, I have to rearrange the thesis into a simple way. My first thesis is about 98 page with most of that is statistic (planet language). It was hard to understand the thesis. So, I made the new one. New thesis. Start from the beginning. In that months also I was so happy that I can join Summer Course IPB-Ibaraki. New friends, new chances, new experiences. I was so happy. Since the lucky one get a chances to go to Japan.

On October 2014, In this month I busy to make the summer course reports. Since from the evaluation of oral presentation, poster, teamwork, and also reports some of the students get a chances to go to Japan (Ibaraki and Okinawa). From the beginning, Mr Faiz said that may be only two person can go to Okinawa and everyday I ask to God, whether its my destiny or not. At least I did my best. On 22 October about 5.14 pm, all of the summer course participant went to the Rectorat. Mr Faiz and committee already had a decision who will granted the chances to go to Japan. It based on rank. Oh my God, my heart was going to explode (deg-degan). He said “Oke ranking 1 laporannya bagus, tim juga bagus,. Siapa? Belladini.. Selamat.., ranking 2 dari PTN siapa? Putze.. , ranking….. berikutya.. ranking demi ranking terlewati tanpa ada nama saya) last but no least , ranking selanjutnya dari PTN (huaaa pilihannya cuma hanya ada 1 dari PTN yang belum dipanggil) huaaa so happy… Lutfii” Alhamdulillah, I granted to get the funding from the Ryukyus University, Okinawa, Japan. The meeting finished around 19.00 pm and then I went to Kosan around 19.30 pm with my friend. Finally, Dream in 2012 got reached. It’s the miracle of dream, efforts, hope, and pray.

The Winter Course Funding Awardee

The Winter Course Funding Awardee

On November 2014, I was so busy with the Pasambahan dancing. Since I never dancing for performance. I felt so bad on dancing. So that I practicing hard with my best team Tiara and Ami. Every evening we were practicing the dance in GWW. Among us, was so bad on dancing (hehe) but we can, we try. In that month we also busy to meeting with the Winter Course Committee and also busy applied visa. In this month also I miss all the things belong to Thesis. I forgot already (hehe). In this month also I look for the Yen, quite hard to find out. I found that in money changer Sari Valas, in Jakarta.

On December 2014, It’s the time We went to Okinawa, Japan to follow Winter Course Program. Learnt languanges, culture, new knowledge, also new friends. I prepared some Yen to buy some of the souvenirs for many friends around me. I was happy to give you a little present. Eventhough its not so expensive but I prepared all with my hearts hehe. Just keep that… This month also rushing preparing the Seminar.

On January 2015, It was my best moment. I confuse, study, feeling so hard, and confuse like there is a ghost that chase me. I ran. It was my deadline in this study. The deadline was 6th February 2015. If someone not going to take thesis defences so they have to pay the tuition fees for 6th semester. Ok, infact I don’t have the money anymore for tuition fees so only one choice. Run! Do! 15th January I take the Seminar and also Sidkom 3. In a day I passed two important steps. In this months also I got some of the attackfullness information from my friends. It was on Wednesday, 28th January. I felt so sad, but life must go on. 🙂

On February 2015, It was so busy with thesis defences preparation. Alhamdulillah. In 3th February that was my thesis defences day. I already study about all the matters related with the research. The result is going smooth. Thank you my supervisor Dr. Purnama Hidayat and Prof. Damayanti Buchori and also Dr. Hermanu Triwidodo and Dr. Pudjianto. That was my best moment in the beginning of 2015.

Afifah Best Moment

Afifah Best Moment

That was all of short resume, flash back. I didn’t make that in detail. Just the headline of the story that represent in the past 2014. The learning I could take was do not underestimate (someone or something), keep polite to everyone, keep doing your best, keep praying, keep hoping, and also do not overestimate (someone or something), if youre going to overestimate so you put hope in high. Its not good. Do not expect anything from someone or something yo do. Do with your heart, and don’t be lie wheather to your self or to other people.

Now its our time to make decision where we are going to? Ask to your self, what do you want, what your dream, what you are going to be, and what your parents hope. Keep on your right track, just believe in your self. Your future is on your own hand. Don’t give up! Good luck, See you in the future…



Short Journal of Winter Course: University Of The Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

Winter Course Of International Agriculture Program At University Of The Ryukyus, Okinawa, JapanDSC_0359


The International Winter Course is an annual short-term International trans-mobility program which initiated by University of the Ryukyus 2014. This program was the first program held by University of The Ryukyus. The Winter course Course is held in Okinawa. Last 2014, some students from Khon Kaen University (Thailand) and Bogor Agricultural university (Indonesia) is also participated. The activities in the program consists lectures from Ryukyus, Khon Kaen, and IPB Professors, student seminar, field work, excursion and group presentation and discussion.

The Coordinator of this program were coordinated by some great sensei, they are Sakai sensei and Kawamoto sensei from University of the Ryukyus and also helped by the Agriculture staff in Ryukyus. Lectures from Ryukyus Sensei were talked about Sustainbility Agriculture in Okinawa. Student seminar was followed by the winter course participant. All students ere encouraged to have oral presentation of their research in master or doctoral program. Field work activities was held in Underground dam in Komesu, Farmer market of JA in Itoman, Haebaru Clean Centre, Vegetable Factory, Recycle Centre, and Factory Orion Beer. Group presentation and discussion was held in class. In the last day all of the group should make a group presentation and discuss with other groups member.


Supported event of each students were expected to be able to study the sustainability of agriculture that developed at this time as well as being able to communicate using the English language everyday during follow the activities. In addition, expected to add insight and knowledge from three different countries, namely Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand both in terms of language and culture.

Okinawa, Japan

           Okinawa is a small island and its environtment is limited. Nowadays, people was so consuming. Therefore the waste treatment and the recycle of many materials is very important and serious problems. Okinawa also had problems with sustainable agriculture. The problems such as the low income for farmers, aging of farmers and there isn’t any young generation to continue the farming. That kind of problems actually not only occur in Okinawa but also in all of the country. There for in this winter course there was some field work in Underground dam in Komesu, Farmer market of JA in Itoman, Haebaru Clean Centre, Vegetable Factory, Recycle Centre, and Factory Orion Beer to know the comprehensive towards sustainable in Okinawa.

First day

December 07th, 2014

Scenery near Naha Airport

Scenery near Naha Airport

That was the first day we arrived in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Sakai sensei and the staff from Ryukus picked up us and then heading to Campus. Dr. Faiz, Dr Monchai, and IPB students was amaze along the way to the Ryukyus University. That day quite sunny and the bright clouds so that scenery made Okinawa more beautiful. I amaze with the sea scenery near Naha airport. So bright, so clean.

Scenery near the woman dormitory

Scenery near the woman dormitory

About 16.00 pm we arrived in front of the women dormitory, the staff explain to us about the room and also she gave the brief explanation about rules in the woman dormitory. I am happy to get a one room in the dormitory. It was so clean. I love it. That room is so cozy for study and so conducive for study.

Student room in woman dormitory, Ryukyus

Student room in woman dormitory, Ryukyus

In the night we visited Manik san room. We got closer since we were from same university in IPB. She told us about Ryukyus University. Iam so happy.

Second day

December 08th, 2014

In the second day we came to the Agriculture office, in Kawamoto’s sensei room. We get ocha tea, it so warm and so delicious since the weather was cold at that time. Then, about 9.30 am Sakai sensei open the Winter Course program. He tell us about the schedule along the winter corse. And also Kawamoto sensei gave a little welcome speech to us. He told us to enjoy Okinawa.

Kawamoto sensei gave opening speech of Winter Course

Kawamoto sensei gave opening speech of Winter Course

After the opening speech, we were going to campus tour in Fujukan Museum and also in Turmeric field. Before we going to campus tour we had some nice pictures with all of the sensei and dean. In campus tour, I amaze with the Fujukan Museum. Since I study about insects. There were so many insects collection there. I am familiar enough with all of insect specimen displayed there. Because in my laboratory in IPB also had insects museum. Eventhough not so good as in Ryukyus.

Photo session with all of the sensei, staff, and students

Photo session with all of the sensei, staff, and students

Insects displayed in Fujukan Museum

Insects displayed in Fujukan Museum

After that we went to the turmeric laboratory to had some lectures from sensei and also after that we went to the turmeric field to know the cultivation of turmeric. Im happy that I can study about turmeric. Its new knowledge for me.

Turmeric field, Ryukyus University

Turmeric field, Ryukyus University

Third day

December 09th, 2014

Third day, we went to the Underground dam in Komesu. I never go to the dam like in Komesu. It was so good organizing. We get the brief explanation from the staff. He talked about the function of dam in Komesu, the maintenance, and also the organizing of the dam. It is new knowled for me. I love it.DSC_0507

The view outside the dam. Its so cool!

The view outside the dam. Its so cool!

In the afternoon, we went to the farmer market in Itoman. This market is tackled as the local agriculture promotion by the system to produce and sell the new farm products and improve the income of the farmers. Farmers market is a place of the interchange of a producer and consumer through farm products. Farmer market in Itoman had huge member from the farmers. Till the end of 2011 about 1200 farmers join in this market.

The fresh vegetable in Itoman

The fresh vegetable in Itoman

The  fundamental principle of farmer’s market in Itoman, there were: (1) Assortment of fresh vegetable, (2) Seeing the face of the producers, (3) Giving food of security to consumers, (4) Sending a feeling in the four season, and (5) Developing of products and expansion of the marketing route.

In the night, Sakai sensei let us to eat Sushi and Ice cream in Okinawa. It was so delicious. Thank you sensei. We eat a lot, we laughed, and we are happy!

Dinner “Sushi” in Restaurant

Dinner “Sushi” in Restaurant

Japanese Sushi style

Japanese Sushi style

Okinawan Ice cream in Blue Seal

Okinawan Giant Ice cream in Blue Seal

Fourth day

December 10nd, 2014

In the fourth day we went to Haebaru Clean Centre. This owner of this place is Naha City / Haebaru Town Administrative Association for Waste Treatment Plant. The people in Okinawa concern about the zero waste for environtment. They are recycling the goods that doesn’t proper. The rubbish also recycling in this place. The people should make different between combustibles (burn), incombustibles, cans rubbish, plastic bottle rubbish, and bottle. They have to separate the rubbish and then the Haebaru Clean Centre will take the futher process to recycle.


Separation of the rubbish and the process of plastic bottle recycle in Haebaru Clean Centre

Separation of the rubbish and the process of plastic bottle recycle in Haebaru Clean Centre

After that we went to the plant factory. Plant factory is a kind of horticulture system. In plant factory environtments can be controlled: for instance temperature, light intensity, and CO2 concentration. In Japan actually there were two kind of plant factory. One is Solar light and another is Artificial light type. The advantages of plant factory, there are: stability, environtment control, safety, and productivity. But, the disadvantage there are initial cost and running cost. In society, the were pro and contra about this plant factory. It’s a common thing.

Inside Plant Factory in Okinawa

Inside Plant Factory in Okinawa

Inside Plant Factory in Okinawa

Inside Plant Factory in Okinawa

Welcome party of the Winter Course

Welcome party of the Winter Course

In the night we had welcome party. All of the sensei, dean, the agriculture staff, and also students join in this party. We had delicious dinner. In this welcome party, we also performed some dance from Sumatera. It was my first experience of dancing. I love it give perform to them.

Fifth day

December 11th, 2014

In the fifth day, there were lectures day and explanation of group discussion. Sakai sensei open the letures and then he let Dr. Monchai and Dr. Faiz to give the lectures for students. Dr Monchai from KKU talked about the education in Khon Kaen University and Dr. Faiz talked about the education in IPB and also about Sustainability in Indonesia. It was so great information we get. We happy to know more knowledge from Sensei.

After having the lectures, so each of the students having their oral presentation about their research. I like that. In the afternoon, Sakai sensei divided us into two groups. In each group will talked about the problem of sustainable agriculture and the sollution.

Dr. Monchai and Dr. Faiz gave the lectures

Dr. Monchai and Dr. Faiz gave the lectures

Sixth day

December 12nd, 2014

In the sixth day, we went to the Recycle center. There were so many cars and also electricity that ready to recycle.

Recycle Centre Takunan Shoji CO., LTD.

Recycle Centre Takunan Shoji CO., LTD.

Recycle Centre Takunan Shoji CO., LTD.

Recycle Centre Takunan Shoji CO., LTD.

The mission of this company is creating a zero emission society. They concern about environtment. They recycle car, washing machine, drink machine, TV, etc. Before we continue to the next destination. Sakai sensei let us to know about Okinawan beach. I love it! Thank you Sakai Sensei. After we went to the beach and having halal dinner in Restaurant, then we went to the Orion beer factory. In this factory, the staff explain to us the process to make a beer. They explain from the materials for the beer, the process of fermentation, the packaging, until how to sell the beer in all Okinawa place. It was so great experience for me. I never go to the beer factory before. It was so cool factory that I ever seen.

We went to the beach in Okinawa

We went to the beach in Okinawa

Halal food for Moeslem in Hotel YUGAF INN OKINAWA

Halal food for Moeslem in Hotel YUGAF INN OKINAWA

Explanation about the filling cans of beer in Orion Beer

Explanation about the filling cans of beer in Orion Beer

Seventh day

December 13th, 2014

It was our last day in this Winter course. In the morning, we had some discussion about the sustainability agriculture. We discuss about the problems also the solution to make the agriculture sustain. The discussion begin to evaluate the problems that we already write down in two days ago. Then after that we make some slide of power point and make an oral discussion. It was so good discussion method. Its my first time did a discussion like that.

Identification of the problems in Agriculture Sustainability

Identification of the problems in Agriculture Sustainability

After the discussion, then we had a free time to sight seeing. Before we go out, Sakai sensei, The Dean Kawamoto sensei and all the staff give the Closing of the Winter Course. We get the certificate of the Winter Course from the dean and also get so many souvenirs from friends from Ryukyus. We were happy. I hope someday all of us can meet again.

We went to the Shurijo castle park and we got sunset there. The view was so increadable. It so cool! Fantastic! I hope I can go there again someday.

Sightseeing in Shurijo Castle, Naha

Sightseeing in Shurijo Castle, Naha

The certificate of Winter Course from The Dean Kawamoto Sensei

The certificate of Winter Course from The Dean Kawamoto Sensei

The cute scrap book from Ryukyus friends, Arigatou gozaimasu…

The cute scrap book from Ryukyus friends, Arigatou gozaimasu…

In the end, I would like to thanks to Sakai Sensei that always accompany us during the winter course. Sakai sensei and the staff work hard to create this awesome Winter Course. Thank you Sensei. Hope we can meet again, someday. Thank you….


I am really happy follow and join in the Winter Course 2014. Im really grateful be a part of this program. I got not only new friends from Ryukyus and also from Thailand but also a lot of experience I had. I learn many things new about technology in Okinawa, Okinawa culture, Okinawa landscape, agriculture, language, ideas, habit, knowledge from different study and so on. This is my first experience visited Japan. I amaze with all of the sensei gave. I hope someday I could back to Ryukyus as Phd. Students. I wish this cooperation will get futher advance. More students to come, more knowledge, more ideas. Wish me luck! Arigatou gozaimasuu sensei ^_^. Hope we can meet again in other chance.


I would like to express my thankfulness to Sakai sensei, Kawamoto sensei, and Agriculture staff in Ryukyus. Dr. Faiz, Dr. Monchai for supervising in the Winter Course 2014. And I’m very thankful to my parents and my committee members, Dr. Purnama Hidayat and Prof. Damayanti Buchori for supported me to join this program.

Short Journal of Summer Course: Bogor Agricultural University

This is my Summer Course Report

The International Summer Course for Practical Agricultural Sciences towards Regional Sustainability (PARS)

“Sustainable Integrated Agricultural System in Tropical Area”

Bogor, 17 – 24 September 2014


By: Lutfi Afifah

Major: Entomology


The International Summer Course is a part of an annual short-term International trans-mobility program which initiated by Ibaraki University (IU) and Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) SINCE 2005. The Summer Course is annually held in IPB and the Winter Course is annually held in IU. Since year 2008, some students from University of Tsukuba were also participated, and since 2010 some students from University of the Ryukyus were also participated, in 2011 another student from Ehime University was participated, and then in 2013 student from Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology (TUAT) and Nihon University is also participated. The activities in the program consists lectures from IPB and Japan Professors, student seminar and poster presentation, field and lab work, excursion and group presentation and discussion.

Student course in Bogor is one of collaboration programs between Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and several universities from Japan’s: IU, University of the Ryukyus, Tokyo University of Agric. & Tech (TUAT), Kagawa University, and Ehime University. On the Summer Course program 2014 in Bogor was followed by 33 graduate students from IPB (from 6 faculties, 17 majors) and also 10 lecturers from IPB. Ibaraki University was followed by 3 students and 3 lectures. University of the Ryukyus was followed by 3 students and 1 lecturer. Tokyo University of Agric. & Tech (TUAT) was followed by 6 students. Kagawa University was followed by 2 students, and Ehime University followed by 1 Students. Work team in this program was designed by field major, divided on the four groups include Indonesian and Japan Students per group. The Team consists of 9 or 10 students will be team work during the following activities.

The Coordinator of this program were coordinated by 2 great sensei, they are Dr. M. Faiz Syuaib from IPB and Dr. Nobuo Sakagami from IU. Lectures from IPB and Japan Sensei were talked about Sustainbility Agriculture. Student seminar was followed by the summer course participant. All students ere encouraged to have poster and oral presentation of their research in master program. Field and lab work activities was held at Saung Sawah (organic and anorganic paddy field) and at JASTRU Experimental Field in Jonggol (pasture, sheep, and buffalo husbandary). Group presentation and discussion was held in. Landhuis, Class, also in Jonggol. In the last day all of the group should make a group presentation and discuss with other groups member.


Supported event of each students were expected to be able to study the sustainability of agriculture that developed at this time as well as being able to communicate using the English language everyday during follow the activities. In addition, expected to add insight and knowledge from two different countries, namely Indonesia and Japan both in terms of language and culture.

First day

September 18th, 2014

            I called the first day as “Happy Sunbathing day”. In the morning at 07.00 am all of the participant gathered in Land Huis. We had a simple introduction with other students from IPB and also student from Japan. Student from Japan actually arrived in Bogor at September 17th , I thought that they were jet lag but still happy. I am also one of the participant that felt impressed with Japanese students that recently I know. They had a funny speech. In the first day, I also got a nametag. I felt happy to join this program, since two years ago I want to join but I can’t. This semester is my last chance to join this program. I felt happy. Before we went to Saung Sawah and did practical work, Sakagami sensei gave an explanation about what we have to do in the group.

International Summer Course nametag that committee gave to each participant

International Summer Course nametag that committee gave to each participant

Dr. Sakagami sensei gave an simple field instruction we have to do in Saung Sawah field

Dr. Sakagami sensei gave an simple field instruction we have to do in Saung Sawah field

We walked from Land Huis to the Saung sawah. Along the way to Saung Sawah we introduced about IPB to Japanese friends. They felt so impressive look for the large area inside campus. Yuya asked to me anything about IPB, although he already in Bogor from many weeks but he still didn’t know more about campus. After we arrived in Saung sawah, we divided into 4 different plot to take soil sample and then analyze it with Dr. Soil.

Taking a nice photo with Yuya on the way to Saung Sawah

Taking a nice photo with Yuya on the way to Saung Sawah

Field work at Saung Sawah and activity after taking soil  sample.  Dr. Faiz sensei gave a brief explanation to us. Analyze using Dr. Soil.

Field work at Saung Sawah and activity after taking soil sample. Dr. Faiz sensei gave a brief explanation to us. Analyze using Dr. Soil.

Second day

September 19th, 2014

            I called the second day as “Happy Jonggol Day 1”. At that day quite calm and not so busy as before (on September 18th). We gathered in BNI at 07.00 am and picked up Japanese student in Land Huis and then about 08.00 am our bus left campus to Jonggol. All the way to Jonggol we had a lot of fun in the bus. We arrived in Jonggol about 11.00 am. The committee gave me a nice place to stay during 2 night in Jonggol. We stay in “Wisma Tamu”, the scenery was so awesome in the middle of palm oil plantation and near sheeps pasture. We took a break when other taking Jumat pray. About 13.00 pm we had a sweety lunch with all of the participant and also sensei.


We had a lot of fun on the way to Jonggol

The awesome sheeps pasture scenery near guest house “Wisma Tamu”

The awesome sheeps pasture scenery near guest house “Wisma Tamu”

Sweety lunch with all of the participant

Sweety lunch with all of the participant

After having Sweety lunch, we gathered in women guest house and we hear overview about Jonggol from Dr. Rudi Afnan Sensei and also Dr. Faiz sensei gave us instruction about palm oil plantation

 Dr. Rudi Afnan sensei and Dr. Faiz sensei gave us overview about palm oil plantation

Dr. Rudi Afnan sensei and Dr. Faiz sensei gave us overview about palm oil plantation

Afer we had a brief explanation about Jonggol then we went to Palm oil plantation and taking a nice picture together with Group B and also with all of friend.

Dr. Faiz sensei took a photo together with Group B and also I took a photo togather with Kimika chan and Yuya chan that had a nice hat look like cowboy

Dr. Faiz sensei took a photo together with Group B and also I took a photo togather with Kimika chan and Yuya chan that had a nice hat look like cowboy

We had kambing guling party in the Night. Dr. Nahrowi sensei was joined to our event. He came and gave an opening speech to us representing the Dean of Graduate School, Dr. Dahrul Syah sensei

Dr. Nahrowi sensei joined our kambing guling party and gave an opening speech to open Summer Course 2014

Dr. Nahrowi sensei joined our kambing guling party and gave an opening speech to open Summer Course 2014

After we hear opening speech from Dr. Nahrowi sensei, we had simple cultural night. We sang Doraemon song together and also we saw several pantomime from Ryukyus University called “Iya iyalah…..”

Doraemon theme song in Japanese version

Doraemon theme song in Japanese version

Third day

September 20th, 2014

Lembing behavior observation, Carrying capacity observation in Lembing stable, Cute photo with Arisawa and also I took with Lembing baby born

Lembing behavior observation, Carrying capacity observation in Lembing stable, Cute photo with Arisawa and also I took with Lembing baby born

I called third day as “Happy Jonggol Day 2”. In the morning we heard simple explanation from Windi sensei. She explained to us how to measure carrying capacity and how to know cattle behavior. Its interesting for me. Since I never did that things before. I like had a new knowledge from the beautiful sensei like Mrs. Windi sensei. We took an observation to Lembing sheeps and their mom to know their behavior and also we took an carrying capacity observation to know the potential pasture to feed the cattle (Figure 12). I also took a photo with a staff from IU Arisawa and also I had a cute photo with Lembing. After that we took soil sample in Lembing stable and then analyze that soil with Dr. Soil.  In the night we took nice dinner together with friends also after thar we had a simple discussion in each groups.

Soil analyze with Dr. Soil and we took carrying capacity observation

Soil analyze with Dr. Soil and we took carrying capacity observation

Fourth day

September 21th, 2014

            I called this fourth day as “TMII free day!”. All of us headed to TMII. Took about 2 hours from Jonggol to TMII. We were waiting for the bus came while waiting, we prepared and pack all of our stuff and got ready to check out from Jonggol. At 08.00 am the bus came and we were happy in the way to TMII (Figure 14).

Check out from Jonggol and get ready to TMII

Check out from Jonggol and get ready to TMII

We had so much happiness and all of us share about culture in TMII. We went to Rumah Gadang and saw cultural event in Kalimantan Anjungan. We were happy watching the culture. We saw a traditional dance from Kalimantan. All of us happy (Figure 15). After that we took lunch together and then moved to Botani Square, Bogor.

Group B Member in Rumah Gadang, watched traditional dance festival, and took sweety lunch in TMII

Group B Member in Rumah Gadang, watched traditional dance festival, and took sweety lunch in TMII

Fifth day

September 22nd, 2014

            I called the fifth day as “On Class Day 1 ”. About 7.00 am we picked up B group member and we walked along Land Huis to the Rectorat. At that day is on class full day, we had some lectures from IPB sensei and also had some student seminar and poster seminar. We hang our poster before the class started.

That’s my poster (number 45) and my seminar about Study of Diversity and Insects Community Structure Analysis on Soybean ^^

That’s my poster (number 45) and my seminar about Study of Diversity and Insects Community Structure Analysis on Soybean ^^

Lectures day with Dr. Suryo Adi W., Dr. Sugiyanta, Dr. Sudrajat, and Dr. Purwiyatno about Sustainable Agriculture ^^

Lectures day with Dr. Suryo Adi W., Dr. Sugiyanta, Dr. Sudrajat, and Dr. Purwiyatno about Sustainable Agriculture ^^

Sixth day

September 23th, 2014

I called the fifth day as “On Class Day 2”. In that day we also got a lectures from Takeshi Okubo sensei, Sakagami sensei, and other sensei. We had so much new knowledge about sustainable agriculture. We study about Soil, poultry, endrocrinology, irrigation system, and so on. We were happy, thank you sensei. ^^. After lunch and student seminar we were held Cultural evening.

Lectures day with Dr. Okubo, Dr. Faiz and other sensei about Sustainable Agriculture, Arigatou sensei ^^

Lectures day with Dr. Okubo, Dr. Faiz and other sensei about Sustainable Agriculture, Arigatou sensei ^^

Cultural Evening from student also Gentra IPB closed the day ^^

Cultural Evening from student also Gentra IPB closed the day ^^

Seventh day

September 24th, 2014

          That day was “Sadness and Happiness Day”. Sadness due to this program ended and some of our Japanese friend left from our Campus. They have to back to Japan L. Happiness was because all of us just like a family although we together just for a week. I wish I had more time to know all of them either from Japanese student and also IPB. In that morning we were discussed our field work. Each group have to make presentation. Each group presentation followed by discussion with question and answer session. The material used as a discussion the same for each group, respectively. Discussion of each group are different from each other. Opinion given by each participant summer course was different so the need for alignment of the sensei who also understand the subject of discussion.

After the group presentation, we continue with the closing ceremony, which means that the summer course 2014 event has ended. However, we are already familiar with each other so that there was sadness and the cheerfulness. Take and give present between japanese students and Indonesian students. Give present for the best presenter, the best group, and the best poster. Thanks for friends that gave me so many souvenir. Arigatou….


I am really happy follow and join in the Summer Course 2014. Im really grateful be a part of this program. So many things new I got, not only new friends from IPB and also from Japan but also a lot of experience I had. I learn many things new, culture, language, ideas, habit, knowledge from different study and so on. This is my next experience in International Course, I joined “Syngenta Connection Program 2011” with Australian students. I remember Dr. Faiz sensei ever told to us “May be we have same things to do, but how to do is different…..   ” Arigatou gozaimasuu sensei ^_^


I would like to express my thankfulness to Dr. Faiz, Windi sensei, Mrs. Fatma, Dr. Suryo, Dr. Sugiyanta, Dr. Sudrajat, Dr. Purwiyatno, and sensei from Japan (Dr. Sakagami sensei, Prof. Okubo sensei, and other sensei) for supervising in the Summer Course 2014. And I’m very thankful to my parents and my committee members, Dr. Purnama Hidayat and Prof. Damayanti Buchori for supported me to join this program


Lutfi Afifah

In the past six months

In the past six months

Well open up your mind and see like me open up your plans and damn you’re free. Look into your heart and you’ll find love love love love….. listening music in my rooms 😉

Tadaaaaa…!!! I back after several month,. Happ! Hap! It was busy month after I left my job in Jakarta. Well what topic yaa? Life or love Lol 😡 . Both Personal life and Academic actually isn’t public consumption. It just for relatives consumption and some of my close friends consumption and may be some of my junior and senior in IPB. Wauu.. its called public consumption lutfi!! Hihi… How come, yesterday I got xx in one of my subject I took and you know what I told everybody I met. I felt so upset and unhappy about that but I still laugh and express my dissapointment with everybody. I dropped in lab of nematology and I talked a lot, and then I talked to my bachelor friends in lab. Taksonomy and it caused all of my bachelor friends who come to the small gathering last 23 January, 2013 already know about this. I talked a lot with rita ida, tatit and then I talked a lot with my friends in boarding house, and bla bla bla. In conclution, Lutfi talked a lot and It is public consumption already. Lol.

I fully realized that I talked a lot. Everyday I got something new or anythings happen in my life I shared with my friends that I belived to keep that. That’s why, some of my friends called me nene’. A bit fussy maybe.

Welcome to Gunung Halimun

Welcome to Gunung Halimun

Fieldtrip Gunung Halimun 22 September 2012

Ento Fieldtrip @ Gunung Halimun 22 September 2012

Ento Fieldtrip Cijeruk 19 November 2012

Ento Fieldtrip @ Cijeruk 19 November 2012

Ento Fieldtrip @ Curug Cigamea Gunung Bunder  24 November 2012

Ento Fieldtrip @ Curug Cigamea Gunung Bunder 24 November 2012

Other topic, I got new friends!! Im happy!! I loved them a lot. I love being master student in Entomology IPB. I got 8 new friends. They are Sumeinika Fitrializmah, Ita Fitriyani, Mba Mahardika Puspitasari, Rion Apriyadi, Bang Muslimin, A’ Taufan Tanto, Bang Agus Hindarto, and also others old friends like Kurniatus Ziyadah, Kak Gilang Adit, Trijanti (De Wiwi), and Nadzir. Nadzir had taught me how to study statictic well and the result I got A. Thanks nadzir, you’re one of my statistic tentor. I treat them as friends, brothers, and sisters. May be I won’t publish this post through facebook just in twitter and maybe someday you guys read this post when you’re search your name through googling. Basically, my blog is searchable and easy enough to find out. I missed them a lot like I fell right now.. “Hmmm…mm lagi ngapain ya mereka?” hehe. Sometimes lutfi nyebelin ya?? Hehe. Maaf yah, bener deh! Ga maksud ko! Hehe.. My bachelor friends, sebut aja namanya Anik bilang gini “Bos, lw si cuek makanya jangan cuek2 biar ga di betein temennya” hehe.. Truthfully gw bisa nangis bombay kalo ga ada kalian.. Hugs!! Gw si pada dasarnya Cheerfull abiss deh! I bet!! Hehee

Small Gathering 44

Small Gathering 44

Ga mudah ya, flashback banyak hal yang terlampaui dan belum sempat ditulis bahkan udah pada mulai lupa hehe.. Oh ya,.  Yesterday I had a meeting with my bachelors friends in many  places in Baranangsiang, Bogor. We talked a lot about everything including me. Some of them surpriced with others appearance. For example my friend sebut aja Taher he told me when he visited campus several days ago “Lutfi?? Yaa….  Temen gw ini makin cantik aja, perasaan dulu ga gini deh”  hahaa Hellooo I grew up man!! Hahaa.. Anyway I loved meet with them.



As I remembered last November 2012, I got a chance being Seminar moderator NPV National Plant Protection event replacing Mba Herma (according to the committee). Im so happy. Hope I could be great as Mba Herma J and I could continue my PhD in somewhere outside this country with my future husband.

Talking about my personal life. Hmhmm.. I won’t shared here. My future husband is somewhere, somewhere that I didn’t know where is that. Let the the time find the answer. “Kata mba Nayu newly married, Harusnya jempolnya buat aku dapat suami paket komplit kaya xxx” heuu Envy lol

Talking about advisor. Yeah,. Confused enough! In the end of first semester I talked with my lectures in Biological control lab. (read: Lab. Pengendalian hayati) and cause of some consideration. I decided take a research in taksonomy and my second advisor is in Biological control lab.

I thought this story is enough it could represent what’s happening in my life on the past 6 months. Actually there was a bunch of unwritten story. Have a great life guys!




August 18, 2012

Moggy, Mascot of ETOS A place where I work

I moved to Jakarta since July 2012 because of work. I already accepted as an Advisor in Quality Assurance Division (QA) in one of outstanding Pest Management Company in Jakarta ETOS (Ethology System) . If I could describe this company, truly its very prospectable. This company also expanse their area into international coverage. Nowadays this company had many branches in some country like Shanghai, Lebanon, Jordan, Qatar, and Kuwait. In Indonesia, this company had many branches in several city like Jakarta, Banten, Bekasi, Bogor, Bandung, Lampung, and Surabaya. Actually, I am happy work here. My major task is give a client something like customer education about pest especially about urban pest like mouse, ant, termite, mosquito, bed bug, coarck, flies, and others. There are a thousand client in my company where I work. They are like The Park Lane Hotel Jakarta, Rich Carlton Hotel, Sarinah, Plaza Indonesia, Mayora Group, Bakmi GM, 21 Cinema in Jabodetabek, Indofood Group, etc.  Another task is to identification the pest, handle client compalaint, handle Technical Controller (TC), and monitoring all supervisors in Jakarta. I think its very interesting job since that’s related with my background as protectionist, although I didn’t protect plant anymore but I protect building and foods from pests. Recently QA division give training to The Park Lane Hotel Jakarta. The topic we already discussed is Bed Bug. Park lane hotel had assigned bed bug contract with our company.

The problems is I already accepted as an awardee of Beasiswa BU DIKTI 2012 (8 August 2012). Two days after my birthday (gak ada hubungan) hehe. You know what? Many things Ive to think:

  1. There is a duty  as a lecturer and might could be place in one of university in Indonesia?? Sabang to Merauke??? Yes! May be!
  2. Concerns about the future benefits. Cz this is unwritten in contract.
  3. Hard to leave current job cz its so challenging!
  4. Hard to leave QA and peoples at office. They are really nice peoples. I wont lost them just because Im resign *temporary may be.
  5. Already fallin love with Jakarta and bored with Bogor life

Basically, last decision is on my own hand. Already accepted all suggestion from family and friends. Look at time, keep moving, verification is on my eyes in fact I haven’t any permit to resign! I WONT resign without any legal permit. Temporary conclusion Iam happy with this job,. really happy!! 😀

Happy Eid Mubarak 1433 H ya.. Mohon maaf lahir batin. Selamat berkumpul bersama keluarga. Jangan seperti saya, kesepian lebaran sendiri, gak makan nastar, gak makan opor, dan ga bisa silaturahmi bareng keluarga. Itu rasanya subhanallah banget. Tapi Alhamdulillah,. Sudah biasa sendiri jadi ya ga kenapa-knapa. Saya sih masih punya keluarga di bogor itu tetangga waktu dulu ngontrak rumah pasca TPB. Hehe Bsk sih udah janji mau silaturahmi ke sana. Alhamdulillah, semoga bsk dikasih nastar. Amin..

Cheerssss!! 🙂

Afifah Day!!

 Happy birthday 23th Afifah!!

Most of the top management in my office “PT. ETOS INDONUSA stand for Ethology System” called my last name Afifah. Alhamdulillah, Thanks God You let me life in your world till now. I can breath easily, I’m health, I’m “rich”, I’m smart, and I’m so grateful having a nice family ever. You and them are the most lovable in my life. There isn’t anything else.  Last year I celebrated birthday party with friends. Now I’m celebrating bday with my friend Tuti in Plaza Semanggi, South Jakarta. Now I’m in Jakarta. I moved to Jakarta because God give me a chance to work after  graduation last February. I love this work. Although now I’m confused betwEen BU DIKTI Master Scholarship and my responsibility to the company where Im working now. I won’t make other disappointed because of me. I just want to give my best contribution to all of the people who I meet in this world. I wont be egoism women. In addition I just wanna make a good image as IPB Alumni. Thanks Allah SWT I know that your planning is better than humans plans.

Birthday. Actually almost 4 years in university I’m not usual with birthday cake. The meaning of birthday is increasing the old, more mature, more closed with the creator of life. That’s why it is not strange there isn’t bday cake in my 23th. The differencies is friends. In Jakarta I haven’t friends . There is my collagues in Tebet, South Jakarta. Her name is Tuti Purwaningsih, S. Stat. She was never change since as student. Now she working in outstanding company called “The Nielsen Company”.  If I get bored with my daily life in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta I went to her  kost-kostan in week end . Modest, Nice woman, and Never forgetting friends are Tuti’s behaviour. She is also got BU DIKTI Master Scholarship.  Its different with some of my close friends in collagues. Some of them already “forgot” me due to other new friends, new boy friends, or new girl friends. I try to stay closed with them. I invited them into meeting, invited dinner together, sent some text, and come to their kost-kostan. But there isn’t any progress. They come to me two step forwads then ten step backwards. I know they still love me as friends but may be at this time they have other bussines so they cant “close” with me as well as undergraduated student. I love them.

Anyway, happy birthday Afifah. Hope you will get your success in life and in the next life, “rich”, rich, great post graduate education, and easily found “the missing ribs”. Oh yaa, kindly accepted  bday gift. Now I need suggestion from all of the reader who read this posting. I’m already confused to choose my Master Scholarship or continuing work?? Kindly accept all of the suggestion.. please… Thanks

Artikel Graduation Day in Bogor Agricultural University

This articel was launced almost 2 years ago. There will be a lot of aspect we can observe. As an example when we are attending our friends graduation day, in there there will be a lot of peoples participated. Among of them isn’t family’s alumni but there are peolpes who try making money in many ways. They sell a bouquete of flower, graduation souvenier, itinerant photographer, and others. Lets see through economic aspect and see from humanity aspect. its unique!!

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Tolak H0 Terima H1


Jeng… jeng!! Pernah dapet penolakan? Apapun itu? Bagaimana rasanya? Kalau saya menyikapinya ya, biasa saja. Penolakan ini datang dari North Dakota, Fargo tepatnya yang merupakan sebuah kota asri dan nyaman melebihi  Bogor tahun 1950-an lalu. Beberapa bulan yang lalu saya posting mengenai NDSU tersebut. Begini isi penolakannya:

Monday, 16 April 2012  9:28 AM

“Dear Lutfi,

Thank you again for your interest in our position.  We received dozens of applications from very worthy prospective students.  Unfortunately, Dr. Prischmann-Voldseth and I do not feel like you are a good fit for our position at this time.

Best of luck in the next phase of your career,
Dr. Jason Harmon ”

Penolakan pertama untuk beasiswa Master Entomologi saya. Ya, memang belum jodoh mungkin! 😉 Yuk cari yang lain! Hari ini June 13, 2012 saya dinyatakan lolos masuk Master Entomologi di salah satu universitas di kota xxx. Alhamdulillah, semoga Beasiswa BU nya juga lolos. Amin! Keep moving girlz!

Her Hope ♥♥♥!! :D

Her Hope! 😀

I have many hopes in my life. “Hope” that wouldn’t die till the end of my life #lebay!!. Pastinya untuk meng-create sebuah hope pasti ada chance yang telah dicoba. Nah, that was I felt. Hope that I could be a part of xxx company. Last year I worked together with that company. And I felt really enjoyed work with boot shoes, hat, backpack, field, soil, fruit, vegetables, farmers, pesticide, pesticide sprayer, fertilizer,  farmers meeting etc. I love worked with farmer. I thought if I work there I would find joy and finding my passion. But till now I haven’t called yet. I don’t know why. May be I am a person who not eligible to apply or I am a person who didn’t match with the qualification. Yeah, I know different company of course will have different steps or different standard to recruit a new people. They would be really careful to decide final choice. Actually I have applied to several companies, but the only company that wouldn’t disappear in my sight is xxx company. Truly, I didn’t lie. 😉

That was one of photo with my friends

Distribute “Tempat Pestisida”

Of course, you will directly know what company I really want to join after see that picture. Hehe… Today one of my friend attending further interview, hope there will a good result for her and hope miss. xxx will call me to get further interview.  Although it was a long time after first interview. But hope will never die!!

This year I also applied Post graduated scholarship from DIKTI called “Beasiswa Unggulan” . The aims of this scholarship is to organize a candidate to be prospective lecturer who will teach students in a specific University. I’ve a plan if I get a chance to work in xxx company I will postpone my chance to school again. Truly, I wanna work! 😀

Dear reader, Wish me luck yaa… ♥♥

With love,


Running Man! Don’t walk, run!

Running Man! Don’t walk, run!

How was my drawing? is it good?? haha.. This is originally my drawing!!

 This special drawing I will give to the my little dongsaeng Zulfa Permata Suri who had been celebrated her b’day on 14/04/2012. Have a nice birthday! Blessed 🙂

Running Man Cartoon

Hi guys, saat ini saya lagi suka banget sama Runningman :). Variety show korea ini menyita perhatian gw. DAEBAK bener deh. Running man member fixed totally 8 peoples, but nowadays onlt 7 left. Is it because Soong Joong Ki decided to leave RM. heu.. ga papa sih. Toh masih ada 7 member. Kalau boleh saya ceritakan their personality during the show:

1. Yu Jae-suk : Known as Yu-ruce Willis (유르스 윌리스). He is one of leader in RM. The main host of the show and known during the race missions for his escaping abilities. He is shown to have a closer relationship with a lot of the guests on the show, which he often boasts about to the other members. He is also often referenced to the color green throughout the show and is also known for his nickname “Grasshopper” from his first television appearance. Although initially a weak player during the race missions, he later becomes one of the more stronger players later in the series.

2. Gary : Known as Peaceful gary (평온개리). Introduced alongside Lee Kwang-su and Song Joong-ki as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as the most gullible and is easily fooled by the other members. Throughout the series, he has been involved in the primary loveline of the show alongside Song Ji-hyo. Although shown to be quite clueless at times, he is shown to be quite strong during the race missions even managing to win both special race missions in order to find the best Running Man and winning a trip to Europe.

3. Ha-ha: Known as Haroro (하로로). The primary joker of the cast and is usually picked on by other members because of his height and his similar appearance to Pororo the Little Penguin. He also has a tendency to feel as though he is the main lead into a movie created by his imagination. When things don’t go his way, he lashes out verbally, causing great laughter among the cast. He is also the playboy of the cast, as he always confesses his love to female guests. He was initially a weak player during the race missions, occasionally being picked on even while on the chasing team, however he slowly improves over the course of the show.

4. Ji Suk-jin : Known as Big Nose Older Brother (왕코형님). The oldest member of the show and one of Yu Jae-suk’s closest friends, knowing each other for more than 20 years. He is shown to be jealous of the good relationship between Yu Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. During the race missions, he is shown to be one of the weakest members and is the easiest and most frequently eliminated out of the cast.

5. Kim Jong-kook : Known as Sparta-kook (스파르타국스)/ Commander (능력자)/ Kookie~♥^^ (꾹이~♥^^). The strongest man on the show, Kim Jong-kook is known for his strength and skill during the race missions. During the missions, he is known for his sudden appearances that are often accompanied by the soundbite “Sparta!” taken from the movie, 300. His smart tactics are often successful to eliminate the other members and as a result, he is known for having both brains and brawn. He is also shown at times to act cute and show off his “aegyo”. His only apparent weakness is women and he is often teased for having a particular fondness towards Yoon Eun-hye.

6. Lee Kwang-su: Known as Kwang-vatar (광바타)/ Kwang-potter (광포터)/ Giraffe (기린). The youngest member of the cast and initially introduced alongside Gary and Song Joong-ki as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. During the earlier episodes he was known for framing his fellow members with embarassing and often absurd rumours. He is often picked on by the rest of the cast, particularly Kim Jong-kook, due to his timid nature as well as similar appearance to the Na’vi species from Avatar. He is one of the weakest players during and is often one of the first to be eliminated during race missions. He is also known for his height, standing at 6 foot 4 tall.

7. Song Ji-hyo: Known as Mong Ji-hyo (멍지효)/ Ace (에이스). The only current female member of the show and initially only appeared as a guest but was added to the main cast in episode 6. During the earlier episodes, Song Ji-hyo was often known to swear during broacasts especially towards Ha-ha and Lee Kwang-su. She is also known to be often seen with confused or blank facial expressions a lot of the time. Throughout the series, she has been involved in the primary loveline of the show alongside Gary. She is one of the strongest players during race missions with similar running and catching capabilities as well as comparable intelligence to Kim Jong-kook.

8. Song Joong-ki: Known as Flower Joong-ki (꽃중기)/ Brain Joong-ki (브레인 중기)/ Active Young Man (적극청년). Introduced alongside Gary and Lee Kwang-su as one of the “variety rookies” due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as being the smartest and also having the best looks out of the cast. He is known for being able to figure out puzzles and strategize during the race missions. He is also shown to be very optimistic and is often seen attempting new things but ultimately failing. As of episode 41, he has left the main cast to focus on his acting career.However, he reappeared in episode 66 as a guest which caught the other members by surprise and also in episode 71 in a short cameo as part of his promotion for the drama, Deep Rooted Tree.