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Sharing the Erasmus Mundus experience (in Bahasa Indonesia)

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Psalm 23

Switching to the religious part of me ๐Ÿ˜€ Several months ago I saw this nice clip of Psalm 23 on Youtube and I thought it would be nice to post it in my weblog. Psalm 23 has been one of my favourite passages from the Bible for a long time and this clip did pretty fine in wrapping the passage in panoramic scenes with a beautiful song. I like the last verse: “for Your endless mercy follows me, Your goodness will lead me home….”.

Psalm 23 (or follow this link)

Amazing Grace

Last week, Wednesday, 26th November 2008, I and some of my bible study friends watched together the Amazing Grace movie. Actually we took the bible study time and counted it as another form of studying ๐Ÿ™‚ After returning back to the flat, I found the Amazing Grace song by Il Divo below. This version of Amazing Grace is pretty good in my opinion.

Il Divo – Amazing Grace (click here to watch it directly from Youtube)

The Amazing Grace movie is based on a real story of Mr. Wilberforce struggling to end the slave trade in the British Empire. The movie shows how religious beliefs can be instantiated in real life inย  the form of real actions for the good sake of humankind.

In my opinion, religions are present and meant to be instantiated in real actions in the world for the good sake of humankind, not only as rituals. And this is the hardest part I guess. Doing rituals are much easier than doing good ๐Ÿ™‚ In my opinion religions are just guidelines for doing good. And it’s a bit too selfish for any religion to claim the only way to reach eternity (for those who believe). Don’t forget humans existed long time before today’s religions were introduced ๐Ÿ™‚

About the EuMI contract that I have signed….

This post is my view about the EuMI (European Master in Informatics) contract that I have signed more than a year ago. Lately I’ve heard many issues about the possibilities for EuMI students to change their mobilities regarding their theses periods. And I’ve been also asked whether I’ll consider changing my mobility for my thesis (i.e. not at the university where it’s written on the contract). Below is the contract of the EuMI programme that I signed about a year ago:


EuMI contract – first page


EuMI contract – second page

On the second page of my contract I can clearly see my very own signature dated on 14th June 2007 that confirmed my approval of agreement of the conditions written on both pages. And it’s clearly stated as well my assigned mobility, specialization, and amount of scholarship. According to my point of view, violating any of those conditions is the same like violating myself, since I signed it without any external force (i.e. my own will). So my answer is: I will try my very best to fulfil what I’ve approved, or in some sense it’s more like to fulfil what I’ve “promised”.

I like Trento very much, and it would be nice to do a master thesis here. I’ve also found a good professor who has the capacity in supervising my thesis in a topic that I’m interested in. But then the contract makes me think twice. Sure following what is delightful for my current condition may make me satisfied, but fulfilling what I’ve approved (or promised) may give me far better benefits to my own self in the long run. It may teach me something about persistence, steadfastness, and consistency, which will avoid me from violating myself in the future of bigger events. I’m thinking about completing the small things good, building pillars for undertaking greater responsibilities. Finally I’m not seeing this matter as a question, but a lesson to learn. And it’s pretty fun to learn many things apart from learning (or more precisely studying) formal courses at the university. This is a lifetime learning process, and I’ll do my best to learn well. I know the climb may be steep, and I may not be quite a strong guy to face lifetime trials. But I’m sure I’ll learn a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

But at the end, everyone has the freedom to choose. We’re supposed to live in a free world of free choices. If other EuMI students think differently, it’s their right to do so. And I have the right to think my very own way too ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy 63rd Anniversary for INDONESIA!

May Indonesia get better as it gets older…. Sorry for the 3-day-delay. I was traveling to Zรผrich on 17th ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a peaceful journey to eternity, Gramma….

It was around 23:36 when an SMS arrived in my cellphone’s message inbox. A message from my parents containing a bad news: my Gramma had just passed away. I was inside a bus going back to Borino from the train station (I had just arrived in Trento from Venezia) when reading the unexpected news. It’s very sad since I can’t even see her at the very last moment of her presence in this world. All memories of her suddenly filling my head: those moments we shared for 5 years in Yogyakarta during my study of final year high school and early stages of bachelor degree study. I remember the times when I played some classical songs in Ngadisuryan: Caro Mio Ben, Rondo Alla Turca, Haydn’s Sonata C Dur, Chopin’s Valse (can’t remember the opus #), Bach’s Preludium (Ave Maria), the self-improvisation of Canon in D major and several other songs, and she sat in the sofa listening (though I’m not sure whether she could distinguish the different type of songs played), and soon after she went to the kitchen and back with a bunch of cookies saying “ayo disambi maem karo di-ombe wedange“. I remember that she always cares about serving food to every family member in the house, and in fact her cooking was great. She was 83 at that time but yet still managed to cook very well — and more admirably: she cooked manually from scratch! My last day with her was around August when I said the farewell message for my departure to Europe. I was and have been hoping that one day I can see her again in Ngadisuryan proudly bringing my master degree certificate from Europe, showing her and take pictures together like I did after my bachelor graduation. But the road seems to have been built in a different path and as a human being I can’t do anything to alter it.

At this moment I would just like to thank her for the memories that have been created in my mind. She has been one of my inspiration to live this life by serving others. Goodbye Gramma… Have a peaceful journey to eternity…. If one day my road yet has to end, I’m hoping we may end up having a feast together in a table of delicious food of eternity.

Caro Mio Ben

bachelor graduation picture

Ngadisuryan, Yogyakarta – with Gramma and my parents after my bachelor graduation

playing the piano

Ngadisuryan, Yogyakarta – playing some songs after my bachelor graduation

Mother Teresa: “Do It Anyway”

I came across to this site, and found it interesting to make a copy here in my blog.

Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa 1910-1997

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