Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Day of NASSYE - Tokyo Trip



Decided to finish the NASSYE post before 2017 end. 

The day started when I stepped my feet down from the night bus that brought us all the way from Nagaoka (yep, another night trip, hemat penginapan). I took the bus with Lim, Malaysian delegation that also had the same bus with me on the trip from Tokyo to Nagaoka. sadly, we need to go on separated way since she already had a really complete yet busy shopping plan while I still had nothing under mine. and.....I'm not into shopping that much (RIP my yen(s))(need to save it).

the goodbyes were on around 5 am, when we finally took a different train from Shinjuku Station.

((sebenernya sudah agak lupa huhu)) ((brb buka-buka history foto))

as I recall, I need to decide which line should I take to Haneda Airport in the night. my flight would be on 23.45 PM in the same day, and I desperately need to put my luggage on the coin locker before strolling around this city. I wanted to try Keikyu line, (since on the last time here I went to Haneda Airport by Tokyo Monorail so...) and started to ride a train to Shinagawa Station. tried to find the closest coin locker to the Keikyu Line gate using a huge map provided in the station, I finally managed to get a big locker cost 600 yen just across the Keikyu Line gate.

It was Friday, September 1st 2017 6.00 AM in the morning. today is actually an Idul Adha celebration day. however, I could not have a prayer due to my monthly cycle :(

where should I go..? 


*tanpa tujuan*

I already tried to make an itinerary for my last day in Tokyo, but... dunno, ended up with nothing even until I stepped my feet there. I still didnt have any internet connection, so the first thing I did was looking for Shinagawa Station (or JR) Wi-Fi and browsing on the internet.

I actually wanted to go here:

Pasona Building, an urban farm in Tokyo. it was stated that this building is an office that has its own modern farm inside. 

hmmmmmm mungkin Tokyo trip kali ini bisa berfaedah dikit lah yah. 

it is located near Tokyo Station, so I decided to go there as my first destination. moreover, as far as I remember, I havent see the iconic building of Tokyo Station before. so, after having an onigiri as my breakfast, I walked outside the station and enjoyed the morning breeze~

since it was still around 6.30 AM in the morning, and the Pasona Building is actually an office so it would not open that early, I went to some unique place around Tokyo Station first. I headed to Tokyo International Forum, and went up to the 6th floor to see its unique roof (?) (as stated in the google lol). also witnessed the hectic yet busy morning of this city; people walking silently fast with a suitcase in their hand. 

the unique roof 

maybe; once more in the future?

long and busy queue

continued my day going back to Tokyo Station willing to see Tokyo Character Street. but once again, it was too early, no shop opened :(

anndd one of the most visited tourism object near Tokyo Station is Tokyo Imperial Palace. have not been here before. they said the garden was huge and beautiful.

but it was so sad to read the information board that Tokyo Imperial Palace is closed every Monday Friday... well thats okay, I can still see the castle from the outside :")

Tokyo Imperial Palace

looking for this Pasona building was extremely hard. with my limited internet connection, I had to go back to Tokyo Station, accessed the google maps with Wi-Fi and took some screenshots first. then I followed the instructed path, as well as hoped to get another Wi-Fi signal on the way to make sure that I was in the right line.

turned out that this Pasona office had been shut down, and replaced with a kind of restaurant. hmmmm. no wonder I could not find any building with branches and leaves on its window like the picture I post before. but they still provided some little touch of urban agriculture inside, so I was glad to (finally) be there!

mini urban agriculture

the Tokyo Station trip had been over. I chose Akihabara as the next destination, since some friends of mine asked me to buy something for them. last time I went to Akihabara (here), I just strolling around looking for book off and random anime shops, lol. so now, I went to Yodobashi Camera; one of the biggest electronic store in Tokyo.


I also explored some other recommended shops like BIC Camera and Softmap. yah.. cuci mata dengan segala barang-barang elektronik canggih itu terkadang boleh juga, haha. 

it was in the middle of the afternoon when my stomach started to starve. I went to Ayam-Ya Ramen in Okachimachi (again and again) (sudah lapar mager cari tempat lain) (sekali kali lah ya). the taste of this halal ramen will never disappoint anyone! :9


lalu sudah mulai lelah berjalan, kawan..

ended my trip with strolling around in Ameyayokocho shopping street, randomly bought a pair of shoe (discount, of course, yay), and a greentea icecream cone.

the trip was done! went back to Akihabara first and bought some other things, and ended up in Shinagawa Station, waited for the train in Keikyu line. 

overall, I enjoyed this trip a lot. because I did not have any itinerary, the trip was not 'under-pressure', haha. just went around freely whenever and wherever I wanted to. it was surprisingly fun! might try this style of trip for the next time.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

*lagi main voli*

"Sori sori kodingannya salah."

"Eh eh awas itu tangannya slip."

"Yah gimana nih KLEnya kecil, ganti pemain ganti pemain!"

Well, there's always these 'secret' jokes where only you and your closest and sepenanggungan-seperjuangan friends can understand.


*dedicated to orang-orang absurd yang di tengah tugas akhir menggunung malah bikin turnamen voli dan turnamen mobile legend antar divisi* 

Just a quick reminder for myself that its D-15 before 2017 ended, and I still have lots of story to write about.

Kamana aja neng 2 bulan.

Annnddd those deadlines for next week are actually pretty considerable.

H-6 for my research proposal seminar. udah mau penelitian aja ya. hmmmmmmm.

bit sad to know that i've just missed those moments without any trace in this dusty pages.

well, but... speaking about priority, this power-point-software lying below this white paper is now  calling your name :)

selamat melewati minggu depan. semoga selamat. bismillah.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

quick post.

18.35. 5 menit menuju boarding dari Bandara Juanda ke Soekarno Hatta.

dan sekitar 12 jam lagi kembali ke dunia nyata.

.....sudah siap kah? :""

welcome back!

Taiko, Tea Ceremony, and last goodbyes


on the last day of NASSYE program, we were invited once more to NUT campus and experience taiko and tea ceremony. taiko is a traditional drum play from Japan. here, they have their own club and often play drum in Nagaoka annual festival. I've seen people playing this taiko at many game centers, either back in my hometown or here in Japan. osu!, one of the rhythm game I play (lol jadi inget maro sama lilis kalo bahas osu) has this taiko mode too; but I never understand how to play and click all of those fast moving circles. I prefer the piano mode. if you like rhythm game, you definitely have to try this one! they provide bunch of bitmaps, free for download, different levels and modes, etc x)

this is osu!.

watch NUT students play taiko was interesting, and try to play it by ourself was lit! it was actually not that easy to catch the rhythm; even the slow one, but we enjoyed it much. they also had a cool club uniform and let us took photos with it.


after taiko, we went to a special room for tea ceremony. tea ceremony club welcomed us warmly, and as they prepared to serve the tea (that we had to mix it by ourself), one of them explained things about tea ceremony; the events, participants, procedures. in the end of the session, we drank our own-mixed matcha tea

it was extremely bitter.

as they told us, for summer season, we added 3 gr of tea powder into a small bowl, and mixed it with certain amount of water. but for winter, with the same water scale, they mixed 30 gr of tea!

...hmmmmmmmm couldnt imagine how bitter it is, thanks :))

although its bitter, I really love the scent

dear me why so short

and we were all actually curious how these guys can stand to sit in that position for a long time; as all of us were suffered enough only after couple of minutes.

these activities ended at 11 am and we still had plenty of times until the last ceremony on 1 pm. thus we decided to go into our laboratory; tried to meet our lab mates and say our last goodbyes. sadly we only met two of them; but as Lisa called the others, they flew to the lab as soon as possible! we also had our last lunch together. thank youuuu! you guys were awesome, we were all touched by ur kindness :"""

I once again say thank you for all of our lab mates, hope our moments together will always stay in our hearts!


in the end of this day, I went to Don Quijote by myself to buy certain of things. I've asked lot of things to my NUT friend, took screenshot for all of the directions, estimated the time.....

but still got lost. takapeu. huhu.

well luckily I managed to find a grocery store on the way and they provide Free Wi-fi. Google Maps saved me then. alhamdulillah.....

bolang bolang
shoes sponsored by Sulis and Heldy :))

I took a night bus and explored Tokyo on my very last day; see you on the next post then!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

group work and Nagaoka sightseeing


our Tuesday and Wednesday were spent by having games, group work, and final presentation with the other NUT students. turned out that since the bachelor degree students were still in their summer holiday, we met our lab mates once again in this session! thought we would never meet them anymore.. a musical chair games opened this session, and we were divided into 6 groups, combining NUT and NASSYE students. I was in the group 4, together with Lim (Malaysia), Dew (Thailand), Yuta and Hiroto (Japan). we were told to make a presentation about 'the differences between my country and Japan'.

we also had this game where we have to build a paper tower, as tall as possible. seems so simple, but it was actually hard and challenging...; no tape, glue or any sticky things at all. congratulations for the runner up place, guys! :p

at the afternoon, we went to three different places for Nagaoka sightseeing (one place each group). I visited Niigata Historical Museum. although all of the explanation were written in Japanese, they provided us an english explanation audio player, which had a sensor/receiver. every section in the museum equipped with transmitter, so that every time we brought the audio player near the display, the english explanation audio was automatically played. hmhmm more efficient than changing all the display explanations.

Nagaoka sightseeing team!

our final presentation was held on Wednesday. it was like a session to enrich our knowledge and information about the other country's culture and daily lives. everyone had their own uniqueness to present (well, we also watched sudden performances of Thai and Chinese dance x)) we ended this day by having a farewell party, almost all of our academic adviser and professor also came. 

yay sudden Chinese dance

thank you for our lab mate fellas who thoroughly prepared these two days! we all know that you guys also had to work for your research projects since you were all master and PhD students. it was very nice spending time with you all again. hope meet again very soon!

company tour


in Monday, August 28th 2017 we were scheduled to have a company tour. we left our hotel at 7.45 AM by bus (which was extremely early compared to our daily-9-10-am-schedule before). first company we visited was Echigo Seika, Co., Ltd, a food processing company. their base material was rice; all of their main products were derived from rice. no wonder, Niigata Prefecture best known as The Rice Capital of Japan. we could easily find a paddy field almost everywhere, especially in Nagaoka city. wherever you drive, you can always see green enormous paddy field from the roadside. I also saw many houses had their own garage filled with agricultural machinery (4-wheeled tractor, combine harvester, transplanter, etc) along the way.


yap, this fact was really interesting as I never witness a wide modern agriculture application from this close before.

back to Echigo Seika, we were introduced about their latest food processing technology; high pressure treatment. this treatment help to reduce bacteria and microorganism heat resistance. they used this method for making a cooked-rice pack (yep, its cooked, not the raw one). this is the image of this rice pack product:

the thing is this rice was made with no chemicals at all; pure water and rice, and they said that this rice pack shelf life could reach almost years! 

we also got a factory tour but we couldn't take any photos.

after we finished the tour, we went to the second place; Shinanogawa (JR East) Hydroelectric Power Plant. this company used Shinano river, the longest and widest river in Japan, as their source of energy to supply JR company across Tokyo. this power plant includes a quite enormous area, as it covers some lakes, bridges, and factories (?) *how to say it, the place for turbines and generators?*. they stop the water from Shinano river using dam, make it flow through some tunnels and lead them to the turbines and generators. 

water tunnels


although the river is blocked by the dam, they still provide this 'stairs' for fishes 
who want to swim across. super cute!

in the end of our tour, we visited Shinanogawa Hydroelectric Power Plant museum, where lies some history of JR East and explanation about the Shinanogawa Power Plant. there were some interactive corners inside; QnA section (but in Japanese)(couldnt answer any single question), drive our own train, turbine simulation, etc.

miniature of the power plant

true of false

they also have this big and green backyard where we held a mini photo session!

gangster. somehow (?)

full team!

arrived back to the hotel at 6 pm, we agreed to meet again at 6.30 pm and had a dinner together. we all went to a Japanese restaurant near hotel and ordered some meals. 

the funny moment came when it was the time to pay, and we had to calculate those money from around 12 peoples. we ordered different dishes; moreover we also had to deal with the 8% tax. and almost everyone paid with coins!

"Okay, its 800 yen.."
"And this is 90 yen.."
"Then 800 yen plus 90 yen..." ((grab calculator))
"Oh no! We're engineer, guys! TT_TT"

*conversation credit to Qisthi*

the endless coins

yup, thats all from the company tour day!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

hujan post part 1 selesai.

alhamdulillaaaaaaah. #cangkeul

siapa yang pernah bilang kalau akan lebih baik mengabadikan memori, tidak hanya dengan ribuan foto, tapi juga dengan untaian kata?

masih ada part 2. ini terhitung produktif karena dari kemarin kepikiran...

17.27 sore di kantor Farm Kencong.


Niigata trip


Lim said that since she was already gone to Niigata with her labmates before, she wouldn't join our Niigata trip on Sunday. Yani and I planned to make an itinerary, but ended up with nothing, because... yea, we thought that maybe, there were not so many tourism objects in Niigata. hours later, our Canadian friend, Chelsea, told us that Niigata had this Sightseeing Loop Bus. so in the morning, Yani, Brian (he just joined our trip 15 minutes before we go) and I started our Niigata trip. 

loop bus trip!

as written in the plan, we first moved into Niigata Manga Animation Museum. turned out that there were some mangakas (how do they call this in englih?) came from this prefecture. some of them were kind of familiar; lets say Samurai X, Toradora, Death Note, Bakuman.. some explanation also available about how to make manga and animation, the history of each manga, etc. there were also these interactive corner where we can design our own comic page, 'draw' our own characters, and even experience being a 'seiyuu' and dub our own voice into an anime scene.

we were a bit late for the second destination because apparently we waited in the wrong bus terminal. but in the end we made it to Former Saito Family Summer Villa; an old and huge guest house of Saito family, one of the old Niigata's 3 most powerful business conglomerates. if im not mistaken, this house area was 5000 m2; and around 4500m2 part of it was a garden. fhew. very huge.

the villa

then we flew to the other 2 places, beach and Hakusan Shrine. we reached this beach by visiting Aquarium; the closest tourism object with sea. we didn't stay there for a long time since it was very hot. we moved to Hakusan Shrine, where they also got a park, giant lotus pond, and some town facilities around it. 


gate of Hakusan Shrine

i went up this. pretty cool. #rasapenasaranterbayarkan

another very-japanese-corner

our plan were quite good until we randomly picked a wrong station to get out from the train on the way home (it should be Nagaoka Station, not Kita-Nagaoka Station, guys....). no one there. extremely empty and quiet. we waited for about 20 minutes for the next train to come; so grateful that our train was not the last train from Niigata going to Nagaoka that day.

that all, and after this we go to our second week!

Nagaoka trip

((i wrote this one just night after having the trip but couldn't manage to publish it until now ;;;))

it was raining hard at 4 am in the morning. i went to breakfast without having any exact plan to do in that day, while most of the others already planned either to go sightseeing Tokyo, go around Nagaoka with their labmates, etc. luckily I met my two Malaysian friends, Lim and Yani, and we agreed to go sightseeing Nagaoka together! it was actually quite hard to stroll around the city with only public transportation, because it did not cover most of the tourism places. better to go with car or taxi. well, no car here though so we just planned to go around Nagaoka Station, to some places in only walking distance. 

today's partner in crime!

our first destination was Tsuginosuke Kawai Memorial Museum. there, we were told about some recommended places to go around. knowing that we couldn't read or understand any Japanese brochure, the officer then came with three copied English brochure in his hand! he also said that he used to work in one Japan company in Jakarta. then, with only map and brochure  (sadly not any of us having internet connection in our handphone), we were ready to explore Nagaoka. thank you very much sir!

we went to Yamamoto Isoroku Memorial Park, where lied a very old house surrounded with trees, fountain, statue, and garden. we did the Dzuhur prayer inside this house then moved to Saifukuji Temple and Peace Forest Park. we were also walk through some conjunctions and met Hiragata Shrine. 

walk and walk

the old house

well, it was basically some Temples, Shrines, and Museums we could reach here by foot. so this was kinda like.. a historical yet traditional style of Nagaoka trip? and it was actually sort of fun! very 'Japanese', wk. along the way, we also bump on some interesting moments like having a nice short chat with a kind and cheerful 66-years-old Japanese man, observing cicadas, ducks, strooling around the river, passing some beautiful Japanese-style houses.. sometimes, travel by foot is the best choice because we might have chances to see and experience more things. 

lastly we visited Kioku Mirai (Nagaoka Earthquake Disaster Archive Center), and enjoyed most of the times to walk around, sit (and sleep...), and tried to read katakana and hiragana in children book. guess I have to learn more, because it took almost 15-20 minutes to figure out all the letters and meaning of every sentences. in only 2 pages. with a big picture. :") such and amateur.

we also performed Ashar prayer in Kioku Mirai too.

a corner in Nagaoka town hall

on the way home, me and Yani accidentaly found this Japanese restaurant which sell Japanese food (ofc) like udon, soup, and okonomiyaki. the thing was they said that lot of Muslim already visited this place. the owner were already fully understand that we didn't eat any meat (except seafood), consume sake, or mirin. thus we ordered a big portion of seafood okonomiyaki for two person. thought first that we wouldn't make the pan empty, but yea we were actually hungry enough that we finished this big dish in almost no time. first time having the real okonomiyaki too, yay! 

that's all for today. see u!