20-02-2020

Hari ini bertepatan dengan tanggal yang baik 20-02-2020. Kebetulan saya tidak masuk kantor, seharian di kosan saya. Malam ini saya berencana bertemu teman saya yang domisili Jakarta kebetulan ada dinas di Bandung.

Beberapa hari terakhir saya merasa tidak enjoy dengan aktivitas yang setiap hari saya jalankan. Bisa dikatakan hari ini adalah puncaknya, namun yang menarik tadi siang pas saya makan siang di Ibu kosan. Ibu kosan bilang ke saya, “Kemarin saya mimpi kamu bawa ikan besar dan diberikan ke saya, itu pertanda kamu akan mendapatkan rizki besar”, saya membalas “Amiin Bu”.

Hidup di tengah rutinitas sangat membosankan sekali, saya seringkali berfikir untuk rehat sejenak selama satu minggu dari aktivitas ini untuk sekedar menikmati hidup. Saya sampai sore tadi bisa dikatakan gabut tapi untungnya saya pada dasarnya orang yang gak bisa benar-benar gabut. Whatsapp saya masih “ON”, saya tetap menjawab hal-hal terkait pekerjaan.

Untungnya tadi sore saya menonton sampai habis film “LION”. Kisah anak hilang India yang tumbuh diadopsi oleh sepasang orangtua baik Australia. Setelah 25 tahun berpisah, anak yang bernama Saroo ini setelah perjuangan keras akhirnya menemukan Ibu biologisnya. Momen pertemuan ini membuat saya menangis, padahal sudah beberapa kali saya menonton film ini.

Ya, 20-02-2020 mengajarkan saya setidaknya beberapa hal berikut : 1) kejenuhan/stres harus diyakini sebagai sebuah fase kita akan naik kelas di kehidupan ini, 2) stay humble jalani hidup ini dan jadilah pribadi yang tetap punya mimpi besar namun tetap down to earth, dan 3) love your self dengan melakukan hal-hal yang membuatmu semangat dan positif memandang dan menjalani hidup.

Good luck to be kind man 🙂

Katalis

Tadi alhamdulillah berkesempatan berbincang dengan Pak Subagjo, peneliti ternama di bidang katalis. Beliau ternyata asalnya dari Surabaya, mau ngomong Jowo tapi takutnya rekan saya dari mahasiswa tidak paham. Tadi saya jadi juru rekam saja alias bawa kamera, ngrekam dan ngefoto. Menariknya habis selesai prosesi wawancara, tanpa direkam kami berbincang banyak hal khususnya persoalan di bisnis katalis konteksnya Indonesia pastinya. Selanjutnya kami diajak keliling lab, ada tiga lab. Satu lab saja yang kami tidak ke sana yaitu lab instrumentasi. Banyak istilah kimia yang keluar dari perbincangan tadi, sayangnya saya banyak lupa 😦

Btw, sudah ada 11 menteri dalam setahun terakhir ini yang berkunjung ke lab katalis beliau. Saya menteri ke-12 hahaha :p

Writing a Good Paper

Someday I tweeted that in the future writing paper will become easy thing for me. Future is not today. How about now ? Even I have been doing research for two years, writing a good paper is still my weakness. Once upon a time, my research-mate (he is also a lecturer) talked to me straight-out that my writing on paper is bad. He compared me with other his research assistant about how is quality in writing a paper.

I recognized that today writing scientific paper is my problem. Sometimes this condition makes me stressful. Even I learn almost everyday, it doesn’t help significantly. Going back to my experience related to writing, I started to write when I was 3rd year of undergraduate student with journalistic writing style then switched to opinion or essay until master. I had trouble in writing my thesis, luckily I passed. After master graduate, I started writing a paper.

Today is third year of my experience in writing a paper.

I know my journey is hard but I will never give up.

I do believe that someday I will write a good paper.

My big motivation is I love my research. How big my professional jobs I have, I can’t leave my research.

So, enjoy the process. No pain no gain.

 

 

Framework

Taking interview as usual for me as former journalist is relatively not difficult. But how take in-depth interview for research is not easy. We must have a framework before going to the field directly. Interviewee potentially talks alot about many things that have no relation to our materials in research. The way that we must prepare is creating a framework.

Framework is such points that we want to explore from selected informant or respondent. It will guide us during interview. For newbie researcher (especially qualitative) points of framework will make our interviewing becomes rigid and has not enough flexibility. But, I believe sometime we can master technique of interview in line with our experience. The framework will be just our remind, unwritten in a sheet of paper.

As a newbie researcher, one thing important is to keep learning about it. Be patient !

Two Things

Two main requirements for a publication are :

  1. Novelty
  2. Knowledge contribution for scientific community

The first one requires you to not to do plagiarism and the second one to make sure your research finding contributes to become literature review in scientific world.

If you perceive yourself an amateur researcher with low experience in producing outstanding research, keep doing your research. Experience is the best teacher.

Have Just Done

I have just finished a draft that I will give to my partner (he is lecturer) to be corrected. Last evening, I looked for a place that is comfortable for working place. Finally I got Kopi Anjis where I worked there till 11.30 pm. Because my work was not finished yet, I went to Bober. This time I am still in here. I tried to finish the draft all night until fajr time. I have limited experience to write a paper using english, so it must be spending more time than an experienced researcher.

I order fried rice to be my breakfast. I planned to go office earlier then take a rest temporary before working. Have a good friday guys !