With My Guru

When you live not far from Monju Bandung, it is better for you to try having dinner here, nasgor mawut Kumis. I am his costumer that almost every night going there. The special not only its food but also its interactive dialogue. I usually talk with him about many things ; experience, love, politics, life, etc. Another partner is Pak De, a meatball seller (tukang bakso). He is passionate to discuss about life while Kumis about woman. The last one proclaim his self as Don Juan :p

Several minutes ago I took wefie with them.

Lesson from Marathon

I was a finisher of 42.195k-marathon yesterday (see my full story in  https://www.uruqulnadhif.com) . This was my achievement that I will never forget it. There is pain before we gain something. The marathon taught me about patience and persistence. Nothing easy to get but it is possible if you always think you can. Everything is the matter of belief. Work hard pray hard.


Before Turning 30

Less than two years remaining, my age will turn to 30 years old. It means that I am not young again. Some people (in particular Indonesians) when interact with you whose same age with me probably will ask like this “what’s your job?”. The question maybe ordinary one but what it actually means?. Here my explanation.

In age 30, you should have got married then have happy life with your wife and children. You have a permanent job with good salary and also have house and car (even by credit). If your career is related to academics, make sure that you are a permanent lecturer. If you are government officials, you have already became part of civil servant.

How if you are not like that ? You are failed.

I do not believe with that mainstream actually. For me, turning 30 years old means that you have already mature. You know what will you do in life, you know “who am I ?”.  It’s first step to proclaim your own history. It’s symbol that you have an achievement.



Yesterday my research-mate (also my advisor) criticized me in how I write a paper. One statement has no correlation with the next statement that make readers confusing. I recognize that it is my weakness right now. I am not frustated because of that. He gave to me a substantial advice that help me to improve my writing ability in the future. Finally, he still gave me five months to improve our three papers. It is not easy but I convice him I can do it. One and only way I will do is to multiple my work effectivity. This week, I still have a homework to to finish a final draft for a conference next month. After that I will focus to finish those three papers.

Back to the point, writing statement in a paragraph has it logics. It is not easy if you are not trained well. Experience is the best teacher, so don’t stop trying.

My opinion

This morning, a national newspaper whose customer majority is eastern Indonesia, Jawa Pos, published my writing with title ” Shenzhen dan Supremasi Teknologi Tiongkok”. It is the first time for me in publishing an opinion that I have high concern about it in research. Hopefully after this I can publish another article and also scientific journal related about that topic.


When last afternoon, I spent time for working (mostly related to managerial jobs), this evening has been for research. I am to tired but I should do my target to write a paper about regional innovation system. Even it is not a duty, but it is a step of my PhD research later. I don’t know when I can study my doctoral, but I have clear plan about my future. I highly excited with topic of technology, politics, international network, and business that can be compiled in topic of “system of innovation”. Even spending more time to do merely research doesn’t work because of I have a lot things to do. Maybe it is reflection of my activism so I always not to satisfied about something. I am now so young compared by many scholars in my campus and I have more energy to do something than them, more importantly I have chance to improve some problems in my campus with the position I have right now.

Next year my campus will be 100 years old, I will give my best to its extraordinary birthday. I don’t know my future will be here or not, so one and only I can do is to contribute right now, no matter how small my contribution is. Helping the almamater means helping this nation, so don’t stop working.

Next Paper

This afternoon I sent a paper draft to my colleague (he is lecturer relatively junior). It means that now I can do another paper which is part of my PhD research topic. I am interested in Regional Innovation System (RIS) so my paper will be about that. In the begining I will finish my opinion still related to that topic this night.

Even I still have remaining three papers but it doesn’t work well because my colleague (he is lecturer too) is busy with their works. I wait for his invitation to revise the papers. He has high standard in writing a paper, unfutunatelly he has not good enough in time management. I recognise that he is very good in understanding something in particular about our research topics. He is opposite with my previous collegue.

I should prepare for my next plan. This must be first priority. Let’s continue back to work.