It’s time to wrap up 2017 because 2018 will come very soon. Actually, 2017 for me was like riding a roller coaster. Everything went smoothly in the first few months, but then my busyness with works escalated so rapidly until the end of the year. However, people might not know this, because I chose what I want to share on social media. Most of the posts uploaded were throwback photos. Even in the #2017bestnine of my instagram posts, two of them were photos from 2015. 😁
Now I just want to sum up the highlights of my activities in 2017..
I was part of the research and design team, together with my Professor and several lecturers in ITB. With this research, we managed to present two papers at the ICSADU and one journal has been published in Journal of Architecture and Urbanism. The abstract is here. Other than that, I presented some part of my thesis at the conference (ICEASENVAR 2017) and the paper has been published in Dimensi (Journal of Architecture and Built Environment). One of my assignment from my master degree has been published in the PLEA proceedings which you can download from here (mine in volume III). A paper that I co-authored and was presented last year at Artepolis 6 also has been published in Springer. All of these publications were achieved because my colleagues were doing the same thing and we support each other. Well, not all of them actually, but.. yeah
Of course, my job is not just what I mentioned earlier. I am also an assistant and tutor in 3 classes this year. I was tutoring freshman students to teach and introduce basic knowledge of Architectural presentation technique. I assisted the second-year students in Architecture Appreciation class and the fourth-year student in Architecture Seminar class.
From what I did at work as a research and academic assistant, especially in the past year, I feel like I learned a lot in many aspects. Both academically and for my own personal development. I do know what I want and what road I shall choose. But what I do not know is God’s plan for me. Nevertheless, I trust Him that everything happened was for the best.
I visited Japan to see the famous sakura in late March that’s why 6 out of 9 #2017bestnine Instagram post of mine were taken in Japan. I also went to Surabaya (March) and Semarang (August) for conferences. I visited my father’s hometown in Solo for the Ied Al-Fitr. Then, I went to Situ Patenggang in the South part of Bandung, twice. First with my friends in August and second in December with my family. One of the viewing spots in here reminds me of Harder Kulm in Interlaken. 🙂
Nothing wrong with visiting the same place for more than once because different point of view, time, or companion will create different memories. I just found out that this breathtaking scenery that I visited 12 years ago has been developed to attract more tourists. Well, its design reminds me of Harderkulm 😁
It’s quite same, right? Both of them are beautiful in their own way. Travelling was an activity that makes me happy and I guess I need more vacation in 2018. Another solo trip would be great, right?
Well, I’ve worked so hard in this year yet some of my plans still could not be achieved so I need re-arrange everything. But that’s okay. The bottled up feelings of anxiety, insecurities, unfairness, dissatisfaction, failures, and rejection were the reasons why I cried quite a lot in 2017. Thankfully family and friends always there for me to keep my sanity, they gave me the warmest hug, a shoulder to cry on, advice, praise, silly jokes, and most importantly, their times. I can’t thank enough for the artists who released the songs that encourage me to move forward. They help me a lot in the brightest and darkest days of mine, just from their songs.
2017 taught me that everything doesn’t always have to make sense, people without common sense are there, and I have to accept that.
What I regret the most was I forgot to maintain my health. I worked until late quite often and in the end, my body gave up so I need a proper rest in this New Year’s holiday.
I hope in 2018 I will be happier and I don’t want to be hurt, emotionally and physically. I have to pray harder as well!
Looking forward to 2018!