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Goodbye Ganesha 10! <3

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Now, I’m Officially Afifa Ayu, S.Si. Sarjana Sains. Bachelor of Science. Let’s do some flash back.

Before you begin reading, pardon me for this EXTRA LONG post, it’s really hard to contain all of your feeling for 4,5 years in one blog post.

 

First year, Tahap Persiapan Bersama.

This year I was faced with the dilemma of entering biology versus microbiology. Adjusting to the harsh education rhythm in ITB that really gave me a shock (I mean who would not be shock if their first quiz score was 30s). Being rejected in two units because the lack of attendance (LOL), but whatever, I prefer to do activities outside school, anyway. Found close friends (Hilda, Irly, Helen, Febe, and Uti). I had Hilda’s farewell to Japan which was teary because I really need her and I had my leg broken (again).

Hilda's Farewell Party!

Hilda’s Farewell Party!

The most hated subject of all time, P.E.

The most hated subject of all time, P.E.

Struggling for my P.E. but I ended up with B, which was astonishing. Struggling for tons of examination and experiment, but after two semesters everything turned out to be fine and I had a good GPA, Alhamdulillah. After that, during the holiday was Ospek Jurusan. And after that I ended up in Microbiology Major (and I am grateful for that).

 

Second year,  Microbiology ITB First Year.

Getting to know more about Microbiology for the first time and I really loved it. Did my first laboratory work related to Microbiology, Microbiology project, with Helen, Astrid, Cita, and Galang. I got really close with Astrid from that moment. I had an ambition of finishing my study for 3,5 years so I was busy taking extra class. Flunking biophysics! Busy doing music thing still in the middle of my hectic laboratory works. I also had first independent group project which was Penelitian Kecil about Ekstrak Kunyit.

My first Research Project!

My first Research Project!

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I also had a subject that I really loved biochemistry and also had the guts to take biosafety (a subject for fourth grader).  I ended this year also with amazing GPA, Alhamdulillah.

 

Third year, Microbiology ITB Second Year. More and more laboratory works which came from Molecular Genetic Projects. I also had my most inspiring and mesmerizing subject this semester, Enzymology and Food Microbiology. So I really had my thought split on my final project, whether I would want to work with enzyme or work with fermentation. Finally at my 5th semester I could get rid of my first love (tee-hee) and finding new love. I also had my first band album ever through the hectic semester and opening an online cake shop. 6th Semester was truly amazing, breaking up with my second boyfriend and get my third one LOL. 6th Semester was the most extreme semester with huge independent laboratory works (+ its overnight stay) from Prinsip Teknik Fermentasi and Mikrobiologi Analitik. And my class also went to China for the excursion.

with my 'date' in Beijing, LOL <3

with my ‘date’ in Beijing, LOL ❤

I also got accepted until last selection of a student exchange selection to Tokyo Tech Japan. I started teaching violin and I got selected as Mahasiswa Berprestasi from my faculty, SITH and got to participate in ITB-level competition! (Unbelievable! I don’t really think they ever had a band-member Mapres, that often went home at 2 AM after show).

Receiving the Award, it was like dream!

Receiving the Award, it was like dream!

This is it, 12th best of ITB batch of 2009 (why am i there LOL)

This is it, 12th best of ITB batch of 2009 (why am i there LOL)

 

To made the semester more incredible, I had several really wonderful performances at television and even (with my ex band) got nominated in Anugerah Musik Indonesia. And in the end of the summer holiday, I got the news that I was accepted in Young Scientist Exchange Program Tokyo Institute of Techonology!

 

Fourth Year, YSEP Tokyo Tech. I spent one year at Japan with this exchange program. Although I had a loads of consideration (like graduating late and leaving all my jobs behind for one year), eventually I departed to Japan. Days were nice, a loads of ups and downs but I learned really lot here. I learned how to stop being a crybaby and take care of all my problems by myself. I learned how to take care of myself without 24/7 driver and housemaid. I learned how to live alone. First it was really tough with all of the language barriers and home-sick thingy. But I’ve managed to nail everything. Despite of my retardation on my research project I guess I still did fine, because on the first time since forever I got straight A ^^ I found new boyfriend.

I also managed to slip inside the school’s orchestra, PPI’s Angklung Team, and even got part time job as a research assistant. I had two amazing symphony orchestra concert with school’s orchestra.

Angklung Team!

Angklung Team!

Orchestra!

Orchestra!

I got many friends with golden hearts (Apichaya, Shuyin, Jew, Richard, Danielle, Mika, I miss you guys!) and very nice host family.

Dears <3

Dears ❤

Beloved YSEP!

Beloved YSEP!

 

I traveled to amazing place with friends and family. I even passed JLPT N4. In the end I could finish my research and wrapped it home as my final project. In the completion ceremony I was asked to give valedictorian speech.

Matsuda Ken!

Matsuda Ken!

Officially a YSEP Alumni!

Officially a YSEP Alumni!

My first Valedictorian Speech!

My first Valedictorian Speech!

Everything was so heavenly, it was really hard to leave for Indonesia, because I was already too comfortable with all of the things in Japan >.<

 

Fifth Year, Bachelor Final Year. Starting again in Indonesia was not as easy as I thought. I had to go inside unfamiliar class with my junior and this creepy feeling of being left out by my batch’s friends was raging. I mean everyone else was graduating except me and 3 other friends (2 were exchange participant as well and 1 was still working with the final project). To made things worse I was being kicked out by my long-term band without any explanation. I spent quite a lot of time grieving but well, life must go on.

Eventually I think with all the struggles, everything started to get better. I got along quite well with my new classmate, and the study was not horrendous at all.  I made a clean start over at music and started playing jazz and everything. I started teaching English as a part time job. I applied to 3 master program (IGP A Tokyo Tech, Erasmus Mundus Lotus Unlimited, and TOTAL Scholarship). I got accepted in IGP (A) and half accepted on the rest (I mean I’ve stopped the selection process of the rest due to my acceptance in IGP (A) Tokyo Tech). I wrote my final thesis pretty well and somewhat somehow I succeeded in my bachelor seminal and final defense, and graduated with cum-laude title ^^ and again a valedictorian speech, but this time, spontaneous! 😀

S.Si!

S.Si!

my cum-laude medal!

my cum-laude medal!

 

Thank you very much for all of those who had helped me through this bachelor chapter of my life! My wonderful family, my siblings, my besties from ITB, outside ITB and YSEP, SITH ITB 2009, Mikrobiologi ITB 2009, and all of my lecturers, especially my supervisors. Without the support of everyone I definitely would not pass this chapter of life with flying colors. I certainly had learned a lot and I hope this learning process could further be beneficial for my life ^^

Now it’s time to take a little rest before starting my new chapter of life as a graduate student in my dream university, Tokyo Institute of Technology!

Probably, some people’s dream universities are as high as MIT or Harvard or Oxford but I’m grateful for what I have. And surely I don’t have the guts nor has adequate intelligent to follow the rigorous graduate education of those world top 5 Universities. But whatever, in some world-ranking, Tokyo Tech is 11th and in case you really want to enter MIT or Harvard or Oxford, you can always try exchange program ^^

 

Embrace your last months in Indonesia, Afifa! You will surely miss it!

Thank you Institut Teknologi Bandung! Bakti kami, untukmu Tuhan, Bangsa, dan Almamater! Merdeka!

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Love

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema, B.Sc. (LOL)

 

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a Little Review about My Spring Music Life in Japan :)

Hello!

A very late post, yes, almost one month late 😀 anyway, i have not been writing for a long long time and since i have done my JLPT practice test today i guess it’s the time to relax a bit 🙂

So during this past month (May-June) i had 3 performances 😀

 

The first one was Orchestra Performance with Tokyo Tech Orchestra.

So, last May (18th of May, to be precise) i had my orchestra concert. My second one, and my last one for this YSEP term. this concert was very exciting because I could play all of the songs, my best YSEP friends came to the concert, and maybe because i could speak Japanese a bit now, I managed to enjoy the time at the backstage with my violin section friends more 😀

 

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girl's dressing room!

girl’s dressing room!

me and Hirukawa san, my lab member, former orchestra member as well!

me and Hirukawa san, my lab member, former orchestra member as well!

Anyway, we played 3 songs. The first one was Brahms Tragic Overturewhich was tragic for me, i don’t know why i always flunk this one (even i had violin 2 part, i didn’t know why i always fail!), second one Bizet Carmen Fantasy and i could play the violin I part well, magically! really enjoyed this song and the last one was Beethoven 5th Symphony and it was really tiring. really really tiring 50 minutes pieces! anyway, I made it! 😀

one of my dream fulfilled, playing in a symphony orchestra abroad :D

one of my dream fulfilled, playing in a symphony orchestra abroad 😀

see me? this picture was taken by Apichaya :)

see me? this picture was taken by Apichaya 🙂

 

Anyway, in the end my YSEP friends came. There were Apichaya, Jew, Richard, and Shuyin. And they give me huge and beautiful bouquet, i was really touched :’)

thankyou dear Apichaya :D

thankyou dear Apichaya 😀

beautiful bouquet :)

beautiful bouquet 🙂

みなさん!ありがとう!*grouphug

みなさん!ありがとう!*grouphug

 

The second and third one was with PPI Tokodai Angklung Team one for TISA Welcome Party and one for an alumni gathering, both in Kuramae Hall.

There were a lot of new comer member in Angklung Team so it was a whole loads of fun. We finally played a new repertoire which were Heavy Rotation by AKB 48, Sempurna by Andra and the Backbone and the last was Hero by Mariah Carey. I tried to rearrange the Hero to be more simple to be played by angklung 😀 It was my first angklung arrangement, so thrilled yet nervous 😀

it's like a big family ^^

it’s like a big family ^^

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the performance :)

the performance 🙂

TISA Welcome Party was really a bash like usual~

TISA Welcome Party was really a bash like usual~

During those two events the food provided was very delicious and nice 😀 and just as soon as we finished performing hurriedly we eat a lot xD

 

 

And now my YSEP time is almost finish. I really hope that i can go back here again for Master and PhD so that i can experience more musical moments here. I have not experienced any band life and freelance musician life here, maybe if i stay longer i could experience some. Or maybe i could join a professional orchestra if i work hard on my violin playing.

And also, i really want to teach music here to children, probably to international school student, after obtaining my grade 5 music theory certificate. And if my Japanese languange is good enough by that time, i could also apply to teach Japanese children~ they’re so kawaii 😀

I hope i can go back here again later 🙂

 

Love

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

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Perkumpulan Pelajar Indonesia 東京工業大学 Angklung Team! <3

Hello all!  こんばんわ!

it has been awhile since my last post. I have been quite busy plus having a good time during November. My research project has started and i’ve begun some first steps (later on i will post about this) and i was still busy doing house chores, doing classes, doing several presentation tasks and progress report. and out of the school i was practicing quite hard for orchestra and also angklung team.

 

So this time i’m gonna tell you about Indonesian Student Association (Perkumpulan Pelajar Indonesia) 東京工業大学 Angklung Team.

Angklung is a traditional Indonesian instrument and in this team, students (some YSEP, some bachelor, some master and even some doctoral degree students) collaborate to play this instrument together.

Angklung is an instrument made from bamboo tubes and you play it by shaking it. One angklung only denotes to one musical note so if you want to play song with angklung you has to gathered some people around. One person usually will hold two or three angklung each denotes one note (based on their proficiency, some really good player can hold 3 angklung at once).

I personally think that to play good song with angklung ensamble requires good team work. You have to coordinate with other player for the timing of each note because each note is  held by different person.

this is how angklung looks like!

this is how angklung looks like!

Ok, at first when i applied on this angklung team, i thought i would be playing angklung.

But in fact, they told me to play violin! ^^ (it’s just too unseparatable from me). So the angklung team this year line up is angklung plus violin plus guitar. Well, at least i’m not the only one who play modern western instrument 😀

Making violin as an angklung accompaniment is somehow a bit tricky. Because the melody line is surely taken by angklung i have to do something else. The chord part would do quite well but then it would be a bit boring. So i have to apply my arrangement study here, i have to make some ornamentation as well. Making ornamentation is not as easy as it thought. You have to find some nice note and some nice spot for it. It has to be beautiful but still not too complex (otherwise it will overtaken the melody line) or too simple.

me accompanying angklung :)

me accompanying angklung 🙂

and other problem is most of the time we don’t use sound system while performing. And in Indonesia i’m always too spoiled with my LR Baggs pickup, my pedal board (which consist of wireless transceiver, direct box, digital delay, and harmonizer) and of course, personalized soundman to make everything better.

Here i have to perform without the assistance of those things and bring out the best of the acoustic sound of my violin. actually it’s not very hard, but still. if you get to perform outdoor and there re so many noises, it’s still quite hard to do.

 

despite all of those difficulties, i really love to be a part of PPI Tokodai angklung team. We had fun and we made good music together! And if you ask about our repertoires, it is not only Indonesian traditional song, but we also play some western song and japanese song! 🙂

At 23rd of November, we had the honour to play at Aoba International Lounge Matsuri (the same place where i go to Japanese class every week, so my sensei also see me, たのしかった!) we had much fun playing three songs 3 月 9 日 (it literally mean The Ninth of March, this song is One Litre of Tears Soundtrack), I have a Dream from Westlife, and Bengawan Solo. we had performance twice, one indoor and one outdoor.

indoor performa

indoor performance

outdoor performance!

outdoor performance!

the most interesting part was at Bengawan Solo, many people sing together with us. Japanese seems to love this song so much, so my angklung team’s manager made a lyrics of Bengawan Solo written in Katakana, so we can sing along together 😀

Japanese love Bengawan Solo!

Japanese love Bengawan Solo!

 

ベンガワン ソロ

ベンガワン ソロ

 

and they also gave each of us こけし (Japanese Traditional Wooden Dolls) ❤

Anyway, if you are interested of this angklung thing, you can watch our next performance this wednesday (5th of December) at TISA Welcome Party at Kuramae Hall of Tokyo Tech Front (TTF) in Ookayama Campus.

 

Then, catch you later, guys! Have a wonderful time.

the whole team! おつかれさまでした!

the whole team! おつかれさまでした!

 

Love,

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema

 

all photo credits goes to Alfan Presekal YSEP 2012-2013 🙂 thanks buddy!