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My Flight to Japan

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I was scheduled to fly to Japan on May 28, 2018. It was still Ramadan, so the night before I still went to the mosque for Iftar and tarawih. I came back home around 11 and decided not to sleep (or rather, I couldn’t sleep). I mean, it’s almost always like that. Whenever I’d travel […]

Introduction

Shoes off, please!

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The other day my studio apartment manager notified me that they were going to check the air conditioner in each unit. (Well, it’s summer; Tucson’s getting hotter). It’s kind of notifying the residents that if they weren’t home, they would enter the unit. Is it safe? Of course, it’s not as if they’re going to […]

Auditing Japanese

Japanese 101: Final Exams

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We were scheduled to have oral exams starting from Friday, April 27, 2018 till Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Everyone was assigned an 8-minute oral exam individually on the assigned day. We didn’t pick the schedule ourselves like we did for the mid-term oral exam. The teachers made sure that we had different schedule from that […]

Visa Application

Applying for a Schengen visa (Part 5)

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He then asked about the proof that I was active as a student, like the lady previously did. He asked if the university paid me. I was like, “No, it’s full scholarship. I don’t work. My Indonesian government pays everything for me. I also get the monthly stipend, the document of which I attach along […]

Visa Application

Applying for a Schengen visa (Part 4)

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I frantically made my reservation using the app and tried to matched it with the itinerary that I have made. (Thank you T-Mobile, thank you family plan T-mobile, thank you Google, thank you playstore, thank you booking dot com). Of course I chose the free-cancellation ones. But you know, the free-cancellation ones are actually more […]

Visa Application

Applying for a Schengen visa (Part 3)

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I went to Greyhound station (thankfully it was close to my place, around 10minutes walking) because my bus to LA was scheduled on May 15, 2018 at 10.55pm. So I left home around 10.15pm. There were not so many people, but I wasn’t surprised, that’s how it usually was at night, for the bus to […]

Visa Application

Applying for a Schengen visa (Part 2)

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Then….May 11, 2018, at 10.24pm (Yes, at night!), the embassy – visa department – finally responded to my email, explaining about how to make the appointment, etc. along with the links. They apologized that they didn’t immediately reply. Well, they were busy. I understand. But I really wished that they had had replied much earlier […]

Visa Application

Applying for a Schengen visa (Part I)

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I had not received my passport back from Japanese Embassy when I finished up my online application for Schengen visa. I just thought that since I expected to receive it on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, I thought I could settle everything and print the required documents for free in campus before the semester finally ended. […]