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a day off of PhD Students : Aobadai Review

Happy weekend! It is Satuday night here.

Saturday is always my no-academic and no-experiment day. I always spend it together with my bf (since he always work on Sunday, and I will do experiment also on Sunday).

A typical day off for two PhD students will be generally simple! We will either sing or play violin and he would accompany me record music video. Or, we would be out eating or he would accompany me shopping.

So let me tell you one by one.

[Outfit of the day]

One of the most important thing is outfit of the day. Although we don’t usually go really far but I will dress up, still! Today is really hot so I dress up like this!

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pink sunnies from Paris van Java, Bandung, Indonesia; basic black tops and kilted mini skirt from Topshop; a shocking pink Harrods bag; and platform Converse shoes.

I don’t have my bf ootd. He is just a normal boy, does not care much about fashion. lol.

Anyway, today we tried new restaurant and new menu!

[T’s Kitchen Steak : Aobadai]

https://tabelog.com/en/kanagawa/A1401/A140202/14061146/

This restaurant is located just around 3 minutes walk from Aobadai Station (walking out from the west exit towards Aobadai Tokyu Square). We always passed this restaurant everytime we go to Jonathan’s Aobadai. Just like the name, the restaurant specialized only on steak. The restaurant is quite small (only 9 seatings in a counter setting). But the food is delicious and fresh! We ordered the lunch set steak that already includes rice, salad, and miso shiru! (1280 JPY for ladies size 120 gr and 1680 JPY for men’s size 140 gr). They served salt, pepper, shoyu sauce, and mustard for seasoning.

One interesting thing we learned today that the black round block is actually a heating block. The steak will be served in medium rare, so if you want to make it well done, you can just press and grill your steak on the block!

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[Ueshima Coffee-ten Aobadai Shop]

It is definitely not my first time to go to this coffee shop but today I finally tried out the summer menu, kakigori (かき氷 Japanese shaved ice dessert). It comes in two flavor, strawberry and kuromitsu-houjicha (Japanese sugar and tea).

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Of course, I asked for the strawberry flavor, lol.

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What can I say about this? It is a perfect combination of finely shaved ice with strawberry sauce and chunked strawberry. It is combined with condensed milk and ice-cream on top! 🙂 Perfect for the hot summer day!

Caution, it looks small but actually it is quite big ^^ We had hard time to finish everything :p Next week, I would probably try the other flavor.

 

So that’s it for my review this week! 🙂

For those living in Japan, stay hydrated and safe from the scorching heat!

 

Love :*

 

Afifa

 

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May Allah leads us all the way

Hello everyone!

 

How was life? Here in Japan, it’s getting colder and colder because it’s already in the end of November. However, lately things are getting better and better, in my opinion. Nothing change much in the terms of academic, instead I found myself a new (quite cool) topic of synthesizing cool drugs. But in the case of my heart? Dramatic change happened.

 

So i guess i found myself in a wrong relationship for 4 years, idk. For long. And to be honest i was kinda losing myself and my grip, and even my trust to everyone during those times. Imagine?

But finally I have the courage to let go of what’s not good for me.

Start fresh and suddenly unexpectedly God has turned my faith and gave me a leap of destiny *okay exaggerating mode of talking : on*

 

Honestly i never felt this better in life. Finally i have got the contentment of life, like, finally be able to love myself and think that I am good enough. Finally feeling that I am being loved by so many people, my family, my best friends, my lab mates, and everyone. World is of course not perfect, but it is so wonderful right now.

And more wonderfully, I think I have developed a better connection and relation with God, Allah SWT.

I was put in a situation where I have to combine my favorite activity (teaching) with Islam. And yes, as always, to be able to teach someone, the thing that you should do is to learn more about the things. Just like teaching enzymology or how to do experiment 🙂 So I am trying hard to fix my Salah (more punctual and so on, especially now someone is somehow reminding me to do it, although he’s not yet doing it), improve my understanding about the basic principle of Islam as well as reading Al Quran more studiously.

Trying to put it together, explaining how Islamic principle is wonderful and very applicable in the modern life. And of course how it can be explained in the scientific way #becausewearePhDcandidates #nerdleague

 

So I would like to put my utmost gratitude from God to send me a catalyst that can make me see myself as a better person, pursue my career to be better, fixing my relation with everyone, and at the same time make me try to know God better 🙂

To put it simple, make me happy, thank you Nerd and Mr. Nerd (the violin).

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Are we out of the woods yet?

Of course not, this is a big and serious challenge. We have no intention to hide or avoid it, the difference that we have. Kudos for him to put himself in this situation and his willingness to try, fight, and learn. Baby steps everyday, it will be okay.

 

May Allah leads us all the way.

 

 

With loads of love,

 

 

Afifa Ayu Koesoema