The just-finished Olimpiade Sains Nasional – National Science Olympiad, afterwards written as OSN – 2017 marks the fifth edition of the competition which I join as a facilitator (or trainer or coach, whatever), after my participation at the 2012 edition in Jakarta. These 4 years have been enough to provide me meaningful observations that I would like to share here. I have been coaching students from DKI Jakarta for almost all stages for Astronomy subject, from Pra OSP (pre-provincial level) to OSN. Whenever I am…Continue Reading “Observations from Coaching Astronomy Olympiad Team”

*Note: This post does not mean that I stop with my city stories. I had planned to write this post as the last, however someone requested me to write this first. Since his request seemed reasonable, there you go. Turin still follows after this 🙂 It has been more than 7 months since I left Istanbul, the last city of my Europe trip. Indeed, it was one of the best moments in my life so far. While some memories may have faded, the satisfaction and…Continue Reading “After I Do”

The Frecciarossa fast train needed less than 90 minutes to reach Florence from Rome. 07.36 AM, Limanan and I arrived at Firenze Campo di Marte Station. It was still early in the morning, accompanied by light rain. In Florence (Firenze in Italian), we stayed at another Couchsurfing host, so we tried to find the direction to his place. Campo di Marte Station is located northeast of Florence’s centro while our host lived in the far east of Florence, hence we were lucky to have taken the…Continue Reading “Florence in My Memory: Overwhelmed Beauty”

It felt surreal. Frankly, I did not plan to start my trip in Rome. Had I known my flight would not have been operated by that Boeing 787, I may not have started from Rome. Universe used Qatar Airways to trick me. Even when I tried any possibilities of changing my route, I did not find any possible alternatives due to some constraints. So ultimately indeed all roads lead me to Rome. Just as what people always say. Okay, enough with all hyperbolic thoughts on my mind when…Continue Reading “Rome in My Memory: And All Roads Go There…”

In the past few years, my football world has been totally dominated by Juventus. Timnas (National Team) rarely got public attention, especially after the dramatic penalty shoot-out loss against Malaysia at the Gold Medal Match of SEA Games 2011 at Gelora Bung Karno. I remembered watching Andik Vermansah’s late winner against Singapore at AFF 2012, but I had no more memories afterwards. Since AFF 2016 was going to happen, I thought I may revive my Timnas memory and (at the same time) my faith in the…Continue Reading “Back Being Red”

As an avgeek, I was excited that I would be flying a lot throughout my trip. Below are the list of the flights QR945 Singapore Changi (SIN) – Doha Hamad (DOH) by Airbus A330-300 QR109 Doha Hamad (DOH) – Rome Fiumicino (FCO) by Airbus A330-200 FR9112 Turin Caselle (TRN) – Barcelona El Prat (BCN) by Boeing B737-800 TO3133 Barcelona El Prat (BCN) – Paris Orly (ORY) by Airbus A320 FR1243 Budapest Ferenc Lisz (BUD) – Athens Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) by Boeing 737-800 A3990 Athens Eleftherios Venizelos…Continue Reading “Rejuvenate: Qatar Airways QR945 SIN-DOH and QR109 DOH-FCO Flight Report”

Coming to the end of my trip, some friends started asking about my itinerary and also budget, as it seemed like I was there for long time and I might be throwing away all of my money. As I think this can be a good start for my series, I decided to make this as my first post to answer all questions. Let’s go! Andiamo! Planning This was INDEED the most tiring part before my departure, deciding what you would like to do. Now I…Continue Reading “Rejuvenate: Planning, Itinerary, and Budget”