Early May Musings of the Future

The day when I shivered in the public toilet of Gloucester Green, desperately looking for a room, felt like yesterday. Yet, May is already here, and I still have no clue on what subject to choose for my PhD. I know that I got tired of cutting and pasting DNA segments, and I would love a more direct, marketable applied research. I still keep my desire to be a science writer burning strong inside. Right now, I am torn between two options: networking option, or cutting edge research? Hopefully, by writing this blog post, I can sort my mind and choose what is best.



Distinctly Indonesia: Pluralism of Islam in the Archipelago

The dialogue

Guess who were studiously taking notes on the right?

One can easily say that Indonesia is a land of contradictions. The country acknowledges five official religions, but Islam is easily the most dominant of all. Yet, the ‘Islam’ that most Indonesians observe is not the carbon copy of Middle East’s ‘Islam’. To make things more complicated, there are different shades of the religion itself, ranging from the most liberal to the extreme radicalist. Despite all that, the climate of Islam in Indonesia never seems to reach the boiling point, though it might appear simmered from time to time. What makes Islam in Indonesia so distinct and special?

It’s a nice coincidence that Indonesian Student Association in Oxford (PPI Oxford) bring up these above questions as the theme of their latest iTalks session. And they managed to bring two important figures of Islam in Indonesia: Prof Yunahar Ilyas and Dr. Agung Danarto. Some might dispute that the topic they brought will be biased, as both figures come from Muhammadiyah, one of the largest Islamic organization in Indonesia. However, what they share to the audience sure is an eye-opener. Since I had the privilege to be the moderator of that session (and thus forced to take notes onstage), I will share some of my notes into this short writing.


My Master Thesis Journey


My thesis is written in

I haven’t bleed during my thesis-writing period, thank goodness. Source is in the picture.

I heard so many scary stories about doing thesis in Wageningen UR. Most of them was about delayed end date caused by mistakes and/or technical difficulties. That’s why, I tried my best to plan ahead, including when I had setbacks. When I can’t plan ahead, I got worried. Especially because I feel like I am clumsy and accident-prone in the lab; I have this deep fear of jeopardizing my experiments, or setting fire in the lab.


Environmental Problems: Is Human Growth to Blame?

Random pic to brighten this post. Hope it will be my future home! Picture from here.

Random pic to brighten this post. Hope it will be my future home! Picture from here.

It’s been a while since I last blog! Ever since my birthday weeks ago, things seems to slide down a bit before going upwards again (blame that frozen chicken breast and sudden drop in temperature). I started to do all my routines again, including going to Studium Generale Wageningen UR. Coincidentally, the theme is both “hot” and “current”: is humanity growing too much already that we start poisoning ourselves, just like bacterial growth curve?