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…

Cheers,

Upi

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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

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By: Lutfi Afifah

Major: Entomology

INTRODUCTION

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.

OBJECTIVES

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.

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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….

IMPRESSION

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 ^_^

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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

Cheers,

Lutfi Afifah