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Jakarta, 27 January 2016

“Look at the bright side! The beauty of having to revise your PhD thesis is that you have both the experience of writing and submitting, as well as rewriting and resubmitting the thesis.  No, you don’t fail if you respond well. So don’t give up!” (Ikong, my husband, 2 September 2014).

I submitted my PhD thesis on 7 January 2014, and two years later, I finally received my PhD degree on 17 December 2015.

When I was notified that I needed to do quite a major revision on September 2, 2014, I was not certain how to react.  I was given one year, up to 2 September 2015, to revise and resubmit; and needed to advise the Examination Office of ANU about my plan.  The reactions from my husband and my supervisors, Dr Royston Gustavson and Dr Andrew Bradly, were very encouraging, more positive than my own.  They were so sure that I could actually get this done, and they were willing to support me all the way.

Indeed, this PhD journey was one of the most challenging endeavors that I have ever done in my life.  It took me almost six years altogether to get it done: four years full time at ANU to submit, 8 months to wait for the Examiners’ comments, 10 months to revise and resubmit. It was a truly spiritual journey.

Here, I would like to share my responses to one of the Examiners.  Maybe it can be of use to those who are interested in getting a PhD; or who need to revise their thesis.  Don’t give up!  We’ll get there somehow. (more…)

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Jakarta, June 1, 2014

I have returned to Jakarta for four months now. I am so happy to be home during a very interesting period of parliamentary and presidential elections. Now we only have two pairs of candidates running for the positions of President and Vice President: Jokowi-JK and Prabowo-Hatta. The vision and mission of the two pairs are more or less the same, but I see there are big differences on the way in which the vision and mission to be implemented by the two candidates. It is the competition between the leaders who are willing to make innovation and breakthrough in doing things; and the leaders who will continue the practice of the old regime. I do hope that the leaders who are honest and have empathy for people will win.

The condition of political situation in Indonesia and my personal life are almost similar. Both are in transition. After returning to Jakarta on 31 January 2014, I have been in the process of moving towards the new chapter of my life, from being a PhD student and a mum for four years in Canberra, into my new routine as a wife and a contributing member of society. (more…)

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Canberra, 25 August 2013

Riding bicycle taxi during my fieldwork in Sunter, North Jakarta, 2011Few days ago, 23 August 2013, the Indonesian Commission of Election (KPU) announced the permanent list of candidates who would participate in the national election on 9 April 2014.  My name is there, representing Jakarta III (West Jakarta, North Jakarta, and Thousand Island area) from PDIP (Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle).  That means I need to get 100,000 votes from the area to secure my seat as an MP (Member of the Parliament) at the National Parliament of Indonesia (DPR-RI).

I have started writing about my motives in running for an MP.  My intention is to start building a more dignified Indonesia for my son’s generation and beyond, by being a change agent in DPR-RI.  I have posted my story at Neng Koala: http://nengkoala.com/2013/08/05/saya-bercita-cita/ and shared it on my FB wall and FB groups of alumni from secondary school to post graduates.  It attracted quite a number of readers.  After 20 days of posting, I had 1,556 readers.  Not bad.  I hope it could achieve 10,000 readers by March 2014, so it could reach its viral effects.

My postings in public domain have attracted many comments: pessimistic, optimistic, doubtful, encouraging… mixed responses.  From there, I can understand what people expect from me, if I indeed become an MP.  Below is an excerpt from one of my dialogues with a friend, taken from my post in the ILUNI UI (University of Indonesia alumni FB group, with the consent from the inquirer):

Q & A taken from the FB group of the University of Indonesia alumni: (more…)

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Canberra, 13 August 2013

We have just celebrated Ied al Fitr on 8 August after fasting for 29 days.  It has been a tradition in Canberra that the Embassy conducts shalat tarawih every Saturday during the fasting month where the hosts take turn.  Usually, the Ambassador would host the first weekend of shalat tarawih at the residence.  The second, third and fourth tarawih were done at the ‘Balai Kartini’ of the Embassy with Indonesian Muslim community taking alternate responsibilities to host the tarawih.  At home, I was fortunate to have Pugo who stayed with us when Kanya was traveling to Turkey.  He was a good Imam, and he led our tarawih prayer during weekdays.

As for me, I could not attend the first tarawih at the Ambassador’s residence as it coincided with the welcoming and farewell of ANU students.  It was difficult to find a schedule to fit everybody so they could attend the event.  Both PPIA ANU farewell and the tarawih at the residence were important.  People were split between the two events.  Nevertheless, I decided to come to PPIA ANU gathering to meet and greet my new friends and my old friends who were leaving.  I was a small but nice and cozy gathering.  We truly enjoyed each others’ company. (more…)

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Canberra, 21 July 2013

Apparently there has been no downhill in doing PhD.  Just when I felt relief as I managed to submit two conference papers in the last few weeks, I had to go back to my dissertation chapters.  When I started to do my cross-case analysis (chapter 9), discussions, implications, limitations and further research (chapter 10), and conclusions (chapter 11) few weeks ago, I realized that I would not be able to do those last chapters without improving my literature review.

My thesis is about the linkages of CSR, social capital and corporate sustainability in the context of developing countries.  There are recent research about the role of companies in developing countries that should go beyond economic interests (e.g. Scherer and Palazzo, 2011) .  There are also studies on the role of social capital in improving the capabilities of the people at “bottom of the pyramid” (who earn below $2 per day) so people can function in living their lives they chose to live (e.g. Anshari et al, 2012). Therefore, I need to enhance my literature to be able to analyze the last three chapters of my dissertation. (more…)

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Canberra, 4 July 2013

Today is Rifqi’s birthday. Alberth, Pugo and I woke him up at 7am to remind him that an 18 year-old grown up should wake up early in the morning.  Starting today, he is an independent and a legal person with huge responsibilities ahead of him. Special thanks to mbak Dina and Merry for delicious and pretty birthday cakes.  Indeed, it was such a blessed day for Rifqi that he blew candles in the morning (mbak Dina’s cheese cake) and at the dinner (Merry’s green tea cake).

Kanya had the opportunity to capture his birthday wish, taken on 17 May 2013. A very cute and candid video. Gotcha Rifqi! (more…)

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Canberra, 28 June 2013

On 27 June, Anne (my PhD colleague whom I share my PhD office with) and I had another opportunity to record and report on the National Business Leadership Forum on Sustainable Development (NBLF)[1] at the Parliament House.  For this year, the theme was Investing in Sustainable Security: Business leadership in a world of strategic risk and opportunity”.  It was the 13th forum since NBLF was established in 1998. NBLF is a not-for-profit organisation that organizes high profile annual event on sustainability issues in the Australia. (more…)

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