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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, 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, 15 June 2013

For the last few months, starting in January actually, I have decided to reduce my social activities and focus on finishing my dissertation.  I’ve deactivated my facebook account temporarily, and only attended social events which were compatible with my schedules.  But on mid May, mbak Kusuma invited mbak Dewi, mbak Iwu, mbak Betsy, Tante Mar, mbak Vonny, mbak Yuni and I to climb Mount Taylor which was located behind her house in Wodden.  Hence, our adventure in conquering mountains in Canberra  began…

The Mount Taylor walk (around 3km up and down the hills) happened to be very refreshing for us. The views, the exercises, the conversations, and importantly the lunch (hosted by mbak Kusuma) proved to be a wonderful day out for the ladies.  So we decided to do it as our regular activity… And we did!

Mount Ainslie (3.5 km return trip) was the hill that we have conquered next, on 9 June 2013.  We had the same group of people with additions of mbak Naniek and mbak Tiwi.  Again, we were very fortunate.  Our friend, Erna (actually I just got introduced), hosted a bubur ayam and mie ayam lunch at her house although she herself didn’t climb Mt Ainslie…  So, it was another delightful experience. (more…)

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Canberra, 14 June 2013

Farewell dinner with Vic at Canberra Center, December 2012I am so glad to hear good news from Victor, my dear former housemate, who is now working at an IT company in Melbourne.  I kind of missing him, and I’ve been wondering how he was doing.  So I wrote him a short email on Wednesday 5 June, 2013:

Hi Vic, just wondering… How are you?  Hope everything is fine with you… Kapan ke Canberra?  Keluarga Antill is really fun and performing now… Thanks for building a good foundation for us.  Miss you… Risa

He did not respond to my email as quick as he used to, but this morning, his email arrived, and I was so happy to catch up with him and know that he was doing so well:

Hi mbak Risa,

Thanks very much for the email! Sorry for the massive delay in my reply. The past few days have been crazy as I am preparing for a trip to Kenya on 22nd June. I will be teaching programming there so I have to prepare the lessons. Nonetheless, this is no excuse for the delay – my apologies.  (more…)

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Canberra, 8 June 2013

Six degrees of separation, a theory set out by Fridyes Karinthy, that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away[1], have happened to me many times during my stay in Canberra.  One example who is very close to my heart is Budi, my dear friend when I study at ANU, who is actually a friend of my friend at the University of Indonesia.  I am so pleased to attend Budi’s final presentation and congratulate him for his PhD dissertations submission at end of May 2013.  And then… of course I would also like to convey my biggest congratulations to Harti, a very talented PhD friend who submitted her thesis on 22 May.  Harti is the one I called if I have questions on surviving in Canberra.  Especially, I want to mention that Harti taught me how to cook nasi kuning, my Indonesian menu to share with my fellow Australians… Harti is a good friend of my Astra friend.  Here we go, another proof of six degrees of separation theory. (more…)

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Canberra, 13 January 2013

The year of 2013 has just started, but I can see it will end really fast. 2013 is my final year of PhD, and the year to prepare for the next steps of my life.  I have to finish the first draft my dissertation by August at the latest, so I can start my other research in September, which is, to learn about the role of Budget Committee of the Parliament (Badan Anggaran Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – Banggar DPR) in passing the state budget in September.  I will conduct my research at the Australian Parliament House and the Center for Democratic Institution, focusing on countries with presidential and multi-party system.  This important research is funded by AusAID’s Allison Sudrajad award, which will enhance my knowledge in politics.

At the same time, Rifqi will finish his college education this year as well. That means he has to be able to achieve a certain ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score to get admitted to the university program that he wants.  As such, my parenting and studying schedules are packed! (more…)

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Canberra, 15 December 2012

The last four weeks have been very busy for the members of Antill Home.  Starting on the first week of November, Rifqi and Victor focused on their exam weeks.  Rifqi received his results on the fourth week of November; and Victor got his final results and confirmation of his Bachelor degree in Information Technology on the first week of December.

As for myself, I had to present my thesis progress on two main occasions: Annual PhD Seminar at my school – the Research School of Management, College of Business and Economics, ANU on 30 November; and at the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Doctoral Colloquium at Edith Cowan University in Perth, on 3 December 2012.  The two presentations have been very productive.  I received constructive feedbacks from the faculty members at my school, as well as two prominent reviewers at ANZAM.  I have followed up their comments with my supervisor on 10 December. So far, I have been enjoying the whole process of giving presentation, getting feedback and improving my thesis. (more…)

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