“Javanese edelweiss” is not Alps edelweiss

Kenapa saya tiba-tiba ngomong tentang bunga edelweiss?

(Flash back 15-16 tahun yang lalu)

Dulu setiap ada anak MAPALA (Mahasiswa Pecinta Alam) pulang abis naik gunung, mereka selalu bawa oleh-oleh buat saya satu ikat bunga yang mereka sebut sebagai bunga edelweiss. Katanya ini bunga abadi dan cuma ada di daerah pegunungan. Nah karena setiap anak MAPALA pulang saya selalu dikasih itu bunga, makanya saya berpikiran ini bunga pasti ga langka, ada di semua pegunungan di indonesia.

(fast forward April 2016)

Saya dan pacar lagi bahas soal rencana hiking buat bulan depan ke Alpine route japan. Teringatlah saya tentang si bunga edelweiss ini kemudian saya tanya ke pacar.

“Do you know edelweiss flower?. I remember my friends used to gave me that flower everytime they climb a mountain”

“Really? That’s an endangered plant, even in swiss alps it’s hard to find  and if you do you can not pick them”

“They’re easy to find in Indonesiaan mountain”

(2 minggu kemudian)

Karena penasaran, kemudian saya googling “edelweiss”, dan ternyata gambar bunga yang muncul beda dengan yang dulu sering dikasih teman. Setelah riset kecil-kecilan di google, ternyata dua bunga ini berbeda. bunga yang di temukan di pegunungan indonesia adalah jenis Anaphalis javanica sedangkan yang di eropa dari jenis Leontopodium alpinum. Genus nya saja sudah berbeda, mungkin karena sama-sama bunga abadi maka orang-orang indonesia menyebutnya bunga “edelweiss” juga.

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My Friends graduation

Today, three of my fellow phD students had finished defending their thesis. All of them were passed the examination and earn the phD title. One of them is my housemate.I saw the satisfaction on their faces after they’re finishing their presentation, 4 years of hard works, long nights, sweats, tears and even bloods, all paid off in just 20 minutes of presentation. I am so happy for all of them and also sad at the same time, sad because they will be leaving japan in April, I’m gonna miss them. I will be alone attending conference/seminar that we usually attend together.

My turn will come in 2 years. until then I still have to working hard.

Good Luck my friends

2015 first post

It’s been one year since my last post in this blog. I’ve been posting on my other blog. I promised to make this blog as a my blog to reviewed my make up and skincare products, but I change my mind. I decided this blog will mostly be about my life as a phd student, my struggling with my research life, my social life and maybe some romance.

this is my 3rd year living in Japan, what’s new for me in 2015?. well I find a new object of my affection, but I am not so sure about my feeling for him. He’s been filling my days since October 2014, but we started dating intensely from december. I am not so sure about him, I enjoy spending time with him, I am okay with his physical appearance too, but it just there is something about him that cannot make me fully trust him. well I decided to take a leap of faith, give him the benefit of the doubt and see how this one ends.

About my study, I hope I might be able to publish one paper this year. My HBV project still shows no progress and my sensei is considering to cancel this project. So far everything goes well with my study. we are expecting new student this April.

Anyway, I’ll try to write more stories about my life in this blog