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

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

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INTRODUCTION

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.

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 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.

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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….

IMPRESSION


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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT


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.