#1914 – My Koningsdag 2017 Story

ENGLISH This Thursday was King Willem Alexander II’s birthday so it was a public holiday in the entire country of the Netherlands, yeay!! Coincidentally, this Koningsdag (King’s Day) took place right after I completely moved to Amsterdam earlier this week, so it was really nice, haha. And because Koningsdag just started in 2014 (before that year,…

#1913 – Pregnancy*

ENGLISH * NOT mine 😛 Last week, a bombshell was dropped: Serena Williams announced her pregnancy. To be honest, my initial reaction was “shocked”; considering the stage of her tennis career where she is soo close to break Margaret Court’s all-time 24 grandslam titles (Serena is at 23). But then, the pregancy news explains everything and, suddenly,…

#1912 – Bye, Bye, Delft!!

ENGLISH Yesterday morning, I had the final inspection of my apartment in Delft where at the end of it I returned my Delft apartment keys. Yep, 2441 days after arriving in Delft about six and a half years ago, I moved on with my life and had completely closed the Delft chapter of my life. Btw, while…

#1911 – Blogging for A Dozen Years

ENGLISH As of today, I have been blogging for twelve years!! Yes, twelve years ago today, I posted my first post in my Blogspot blog (which I “closed” in 2011 and “moved” here that year), and it has been going on until now since then 🙂 . As I said last year, it becomes less and…

#1910 – Furniture Shopping

ENGLISH The two months or so, I have been busy with, well, furniture shopping! This is certainly what comes with buying my own apartment, haha. As I knew that this would be a big shopping spree, I needed to follow some rigorous planning on how I would proceed with it. This was because, clearly, my…

#1909 – The Mental Roller Coaster of My PhD Defense

ENGLISH This post has been sitting in the Draft section for quite some time, patiently waiting for its turn to get published. Well, before the topic becomes too outdated, I share it now 🙂 . *** Some time ago, I shared how my PhD defense and graduation went. In that post, I concentrated on what…

#1908 – 2017 Easter Long Weekend Trip (Introduction)

ENGLISH Posts in the 2017 Easter Long Weekend Trip series: 1. Introduction 2. The Transport 3. Zürich Easter weekend is always a long weekend in the Netherlands (Though, unlike in Indonesia, it is not the Good Friday that is a public holiday but the Easter Monday (i.e. the Monday after). Good Friday is just an…

#1907 – Suddenly Nostalgic

ENGLISH Earlier this week, I saw a post on LinkedIn by an ex-colleague of mine (from my PhD years) about a conference he was attending. It was an edition of a biennial conference series which previous edition two years ago I attended. Back then, it was held in Tokyo, Japan; and it was also during Spring…