Monthly Archives: September 2013

IBT and GRE… hohohoh ganbatte nee ^_^

Facing challenge in front of us is surely something. For me, preparing stuff for TOEFL and IBT is a thing that has to be seriously prepared. I have taken my IELTS test. Well my score is actually adequate to be used for applying some graduate schools and scholarships abroad. But, just relying on the English Proficiency Test like IELTS is not enough.. There are so many things that has also to be prepared if you determined yourself to challenge your mind and getting a scholarship, such as essay, research proposal, study objective, letter of recommendation etc…Most importantly is your determination on why you are willing to take the challenge? And how great your effort to achieve the target! Okay, random thinking again… heuheu

Well back to my mind about TOEFL and GRE. Some people said that if you have taken IELTS, you will not find difficulties to gain high score for IBT. There are some similarities between IELTS and TOEFL that can help us to answer the question given. The only obvious difference is about the writing section which is significantly different from IELTS. So, one of my friends suggested me to not focus on IBT but GRE. Well yeah, in addition, my time to learn GRE is not really adequate, so, I prefer to use this advice.

GRE is more challenging! Definitely!! It is similar to take English-version-SPMB (national selection for university entrance examination). You have to answer quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing test. Actually because I will take engineering major, I just focus on quantitative and writing test. But, of course it will be better if you also pass the verbal test.. but yeaaah… to remember all of those strange, unusual, high-level vocabulary is a hard effort to be put… I have already made some effort,, heheheh… one of them is borrowing the related books to my friend, and then begin to explore them.. try to understand the rule, and answer the question.

Oi Iin!!! You remember that you have graduated from ITB!! Most of the question from your homework was using English. You use English handbooks, and the exercises also used English. In addition, Chem Eng Department in ITB has Fundamental Engineering Examination that actually a globally recognized examination. You must past!!! No matter what! Although, at first, US is not your study destination, but just trust Allah to bring you wherever He wants to place you to make you become a better person!! Right!!!


29 09 2013 92 and 07 10 2013 !!!

Serpong, It is not that bad ^_^

Sebenarnya ada banyak hal yang ingin dituangkan dari dalam kepala menjadi isi tulisan. Tapi bingung mau mulai dari mana? Mulai dari kebakaran yang menimpa keluarga beserta hikmahnya, lalu lika liku dan dinamika perasaan ketika menerima email dari sebuah lembaga yang bercokol di Gedung CIMB Niaga, hal-hal baru yang didapat ketika memulai berkantor di serpong, serta tulisan untuk menguatkan keinginan mencapai cita-cita bersekolah lagi. Banyak hehehe.. tapi kayanya sekarang akan kumulai dari tulisan tentang how interesting my new life when I began to do my work activities in Serpong. Since this piece of mind is the easiest to be written and happy feeling attached to it. Heheheh.. oh yeah.. From now, I would like to try to use my English ability. Since in the short time, I will face my TOEFL IBT at 29th September to fulfill the requirement to universities that became my target to be achieved. Oh no.. out of topic now. Okay back to laptop.

I remember that I have posted some piece of my mind about the condemnation of BPPT’s staff from Thamrin to Serpong. Many people disagreed, yeah even now, some of them still disagree to move and leave our office in Thamrin. As many reasons we have, and so many awkwardness occurred inside the process. Moreover, the building quality as we can see is not as great as we have in Thamrin, and don’t forget about the lack of access to many stakeholders that have already been related to our activities. Well yeah too many reasons actually.

For me, actually I have already accepted the fact that all of us have to move. Our office in Thamrin after all is owned by government, then whatever the decision has been made by our superior, we have to obey it, don’t we? But yeah, honestly sometime, I also have my dislike about this decision. I have my own reason. Beside I have to consider about my residence, I also reckon that the period between July-December 2013 is a crucial moment for my scholarship application, when most likely I have to travel often to Jakarta and Bandung. However, I know truly that Allah never betrays us.. Allah will give us the best place to grow up and be mature person. That is what I believe so far. I never know what is so great there that has been prepared for us.. the only one who knows is in fact, just Allah.. so… just believe the path He chooses for me. That’s all.

What makes thing become so easy and happy is my email from a scholarship provider. It extremely makes me happy so I even forget about my worries on moving to Serpong. When I decide to land my butt there, it is not bad at all. The fresh feeling because of the new environment amazed me. I like being there and doing my stuff. New condition could give you new spirit and motivation, right? And it successfully occurred on me. Honestly.

I don’t find any difficulties there. Nevertheless, I feel that I am more productive now. For example, when this piece is being written, I am inside the bus which brings me to my Kos in Kampung Bali. I think that I could utilize my time more appropriate compared when my office was in Thamrin. The other example is now I have solution for not sleeping again after shubuh praying. I always wake up early and take a bath, then at 6.00 I go to the pool of my bus. Inside the bus, I always succeed to use my time by reading, doing my task, tilawah, and dzikir ma’tsurat.. See, it is not bad at all!! I enjoy it!!! So much!

Well I don’t know until when I could maintain this feeling. Perhaps there will be boring time or even a difficult time come to me and tests my consistency. But until now, I like it! Oh yeah, the only trouble I face when I was in the bus is the headache and queasiness that often attack my head and stomach.

Well.. lets enjoy our ride ^__^!!!

Hopefully Allah will always protect us, give us His Mercy to make this condemnation gives so many benefits.