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NL 101: How to get a job after graduation

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It's been a while since the last time I updated this blog. I got caught up with life in general (excuses for my laziness). Just a little update, I managed to graduate from VU Amsterdam (whoop whoop!!) and had the graduation ceremony in October. 

and another important thing that happened last year is, I got enganged! Yup, my boyfriend (now fiance) proposed to me in front of my family when we went to Indonesia for vacation last summer. The wedding date is TBD 😉
Ok back to the topic on how to get a job in the Netherlands. Like finding a job in every country, finding a job here is not an easy matter. I had several breakdowns (a lot to be honest), rejection, and I went through numbers of interviews. I just want to share tips and tricks based on my experience, so you probably have a better way to find a job, but this is the way I did it. 
Finding Jobs Tips and Tricks:
1. Make sure you are eligible to work in the Netherlands First thing first, to be able to work in the Netherlands, you will …

Dreams, Hope & Reality - Life as a student

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I'm writing out of frustration and in the middle of papers deadline. If some of you have read my previous post regarding the University Application,LPDP Scholarship Submission,LPDP LGD & Interview sessionand how I finally made it, enjoy the student life in the Netherlands, you would have known by now that I'm currently enrolled as MSc Business Administration: Financial Management candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In this post, I would share how I feel after studying here for 5 months.

To be honest, at first, I was quite in shock how fast the study pace in here, we only have a short 9 months of study (yes, I have to submit my final thesis in June). At the VU, instead of dividing the study period into semesters, they are using block. Each block usually consists of 2-3 subjects (you can pick as many as you want) during 5 to 6 weeks. After the learning period ends, you will have a week off to study and then exam the week after.

The study load is quite heavy, most of the…

Dreams, Hope, & Reality - Thank God I made it!!!

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It's been a while since the last time I updated this blog, a lot of things has happened ever since. Just a few days ago, I took a DISC assessment as a part of "Finding your ideal career" workshop at my school. One of the assessment that caught my attention is "You tend to be more of a doer than a dreamer" which made me think back over the past few years.

As some of you must have known that I used to be an AuPair in the Netherlands, ever since I return to Indonesia, I cannot move on from Netherlands, I always try to find my way back here. It's not an easy path to take and I refuse to just stuck in the "if" phase. There are thousands of way to do that, but the only "possible" way for me is to go back to school, and get my master degree. Some might think I'm crazy to do that as I'm kinda too old to go back to school, but I need to take matters into my own hand.

In 2014, I started my search for university, scholarship (read my previous…

Spring Break - "Held" in Rome Immigration

So, any of you ever being held in Police/immigration station when entering a country? I want to share my very recent experience being held in Rome immgiration office.

I am going to have a month spring "break" in Europe, I got 1 year Schengen Visa from Netherlands embassy. I flew in with Qatar Airways and had layover in Doha. When we're about to embark, all passengers were requested to have their passport ready, and there were number of police standing in front of the airplane stairs checking our passport.

Long story short, I arrived at the immigration gate, and the immigration officer started questioning me


Bali - Guide to Mount Batur

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Mount Batur (1,717mdpl) is an active volcano located in Kintamani area. Ever since my trip to Rinjani, I became addicted to hiking, true the journey to the top is always painful but the view is so amazing and it makes the journey worth the effort. Okay okay, according to my friends it's not considered as mountain because of the low altitude, but hey, if google said it's mountain, then it is a mountain, right?



Lombok Part 2 - Rinjani, The Hike, Beauty, and Desperation

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Day 5 - When it's all started

I, the spoiled brat who loves comfortable bed and airco so much, decided to take an offer to climb Mount Rinjani, one of the highest active volcano in Indonesia, standing tall and proud 3,726 meters above sea level. October 14, 2016 was the day I started my journey, my 5th day in Lombok. 

We started our day waiting for the next group to arrive. They were held by traffic jam in Mataram. They arrived around 3pm, a little bit too late to climb, so we cheated by driving the car to base 1, and continue our hike to base 2. The hikewas pretty flat with a few uphill every now and then, a nice warm up. We were planningto reach base 3, where you can camp on the valley, free from the mean and cold wind of the mountain. However, since we started late, it was too dark to continue the journey to base 3, so after 3 hours of hiking we camped at base 2, which is quite exposed to the cold of the mountain. Nevertheless, we were lucky that the sky was clear, hence we were …

Lombok Part 1 - Between Rinjani and The Gili's

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Lombok, is an island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, very well known for its beautiful beaches and the mighty volcano Rinjani. Last October, I had the chance to visit a little bit of both, 10 days trip, including 5 days hiking the Rinjani. Yes, I know, I mentioned the Gili's but I will not discuss about the 3 famous Gili's (Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Meno). Gili actually meant little island in Sasak. 
There are 2 ways to reach Lombok, you can either take airplane to Lombok Airport Praya (LOP) or take a boat from Bali to Pelabuhan Lembar (Lembar Port). I chose airplane myself, as I was departing from Jakarta. There are plenty of airlines offering direct flights to Lombok, from the cheap to the expensive one.

Day 1 - Between Delays and Rushing to Sekotong

I have a habit of get everything planned and detailed, all the transportation and accommodation, timing, everything. But sometimes, things doesn't go according to plan and you have to adjust your timing and everythin…