January 2006

From: RAI
To: AC
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 5:50:11
Subject: Re: Jakarta Questions -> Go to Mangga Dua and Glodok

RAI, I have a question for you as well.

I’ll ask My Special Lady Friend but I would like to have the opinion
of a man.

I’ll go to Jakarta for 3 weeks in march. During the weekdays I have
no activity since Petty is working from morning to 6 in the
afternoon. Therefore I would like to have some activity.

I have been thinking what to do, here are my options:

1. Be a volunteer in some social activity, you have any idea of
this ?, I’ve checked some websites but all of them look fake and non-


Volunteer work? I don`t recommend this.
You can be a volunteer in High School to be *English Teacher* :p

2. Contact some student group (unix enthusiasts) to share experiences


If you like computer related stuff, you can go to Universitas Bina Nusantara (or Binus). It is located in West Jakarta. You can find many computer freaks in that university. The university have BNCC (Bina Nusantara Computer Club), the association for computer enthusiastic, you can join them. For further information please go to.

URL http://www.bncc.net/main/main.php

3. Contact a laboratory to see if I can go to have discussions and
share knowledge in some technology university in Jakarta.


I don`t know much about contacting a laboratory. Usually laboratory is only for final year students. Try to make contact with BNCC, maybe they can provide you more information.

What my best option would be for you opinion ?
* I would choose the second one.*

Or what other things i can do ?


You are computer enthusiast, just spent your day in Mangga Dua and Glodok, for few days. Many softwares is sold there (illegal and legal one). If you can make friends with one of those BNCC freaks, they have better information about computer related stuff (more than me off course)

If you want to find computer software and games (pirated and cheap) go to Mangga Dua region. It is better to MAKE A LIST what is the software or games you wanna buy BEFORE you come to Indonesia. It is like Akihabara in Japan, but they specialize only in computer related stuff. It also have a store that sell computer books (pirated), cheaper than the original.

You should go to GLODOK, it is Jakarta`s Chinatown, there you will find many cheap DVD. (1 DVD is less than 100 yen) pirated one off course. Last time I bought 10 DVD cost less than 700 yen

I have some tips
1. Jakarta is hot and humid, probably you will take a shower twice
a day, you won`t need winter clothes here
2. Be sure to ask the price first before you use public transportation
otherwise, you will pay more than average
3. If you choose taxi, choose from *blue bird* company (the color
of the taxi is blue), it is more convinient and saver, and be sure
that they use argometer.
4. Buy prepaid cell phone number (you can borrow the phone from
Petty, probably she has more than one)
5. Your face is look like caucasian, probably they might charge you
more, i.e in the bus (most of bus don`t use ticket – there is a
person who collect the money in the bus) – just ask another
passanger how much to pay
6. In the crowded place, BE CAREFUL of your wallet or cellphone,
sometimes there are many pickpockets
7. Memorize Petty`s phone number (in case you lost your
cellphone) – or you can write it in a piece of paper
8. Prepare smaller money (Rp. 1.000) or coin for public
transportation, try not to use bigger money (10.000 or more)
100 yen is equal to Rp. 8400 (roughly)
9. English is not commonly use, so it is difficult to us to speak
English the first time, you can buy Indonesian phrase book in
Kinokuniya Shinjuku, it might be helpful.
10. If a strange person try to talk to you, ignore him.

If you have any other question, feel free to ask


Countdown at Tokyo Tower, Watch Cinema in Roppongi, Imperial Palace and Meijijinggu
Dec 31 – Jan 1 -> Tokyo Tower and Roppongi
I spent 2006 New Year countdown in Tokyo Tower with ITB exchange students at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Yohanes, Rian and Ivan). Met them at Hachiko statue in Shibuya and then heading to Tokyo Tower. I saw many people at the temple near Tokyo Tower. I just remember Feli said “In comic, there are many people in the temple”, I think it is based on reality. I saw several durnk people that day. After countdown we went to Roppongi to watch “Memoirs of Geisha”, Nice movie. We met several Indonesian students there, some of them are their senpai at Tokodai, and some are Todai students. So many Indonesian that day. After the movie, I am very sleepy. I lost my subway ticket (da**), and has to pay again. I also missed Chofu station, and ended up in Nishichofu. Jan 1 -> I sleep all day.
Jan 2 -> Imperial Palace
I saw the Japanese emperor for the first time. Nice. To bad it was raining. The security were so tight. There are two “layers” of security there. They distributed free japanese flag, and all the people waving the flag when the emperor is come. He only speak for several minutes. I saw the emporor twice that time. First, I was in the end of line, and second, I was in the front of the line (because I was in line again). After that go to Tokyo station and back home to chofu
Jan 3 -> Meijijinggu and Harajuku
I spent 1 hour que in that shrine. I wonder why there are many people visiting meijijinggu. Later I know Beer spent 2 hours on que on the new year day. After that I saw consumerism in Harajuku. People with many stuff that they bought in Takeshita dori. There was sale on new year in Japan, so everyone seems to go shopping during that period.  
Friday, January 6th 2006
Student ID & Name
RAI   Student ID 0595XXX
Title of project
Developing of micro robot using hopping locomotion principle
Micro hopping robots that is sensible to light
micro robot, light sensitive, hopping
Objective & Aim of achievement
Long focus
  • Creating micro hopping robot for disaster survivor detection
Short focus
¡¤ Creating micro hopping robot that is sensitive to light
¡¤ Developing how to make the micro hopping robot can be faster
¡¤ Controlling the movement of the micro robots (direction etc)
Outline of Project
1) Principle of locomotion is hopping
2) The micro robot using body that is created using software MiniCAD 7.0
3) The robot is sensible to light
Principle & Approach
The robot will use hopping locomotion instead of wheel or legs. The advantage is it will be easier to make small robots using hopping locomotion. If we use wheel, the motor will be bigger so the dimension of robot will be bigger too and if we use leg (e.g. ASIMO, AIBO) it will cost a lot and the size will be big too. The micro robot will use two DC motors to control its movement. Some of the micro robots are using only one DC motors, but it is difficult to control.¡¡
Application for the robots is for rapid location of survivors of collapsed buildings from natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Owing to the small size of the robots, they should be able to penetrate rubble better and faster than larger robots or even trained dog or human.
October            Meeting with my professor and find topic of research
November        Reading some paper related to my research
Discuss with laboratory member about my research
December        Study the locomotion principle of micro hopping robot
Create electric circuit for the micro hopping robot
Status of project
I have learnt the locomotion principle of the micro hopping robot.
I have made the electronic circuit of the micro robots.
I have learnt and tried to use software MiniCAD 7.0
Next I want to make the body of the robot using software MiniCAD 7.0 and cutting machine in the laboratory
  • Software is in Japanese
  • It won¡¯t be easy to control the robot movement
[1] R. Misumi, S. Kurata, H. Aoyama, Design and development of Micro Hopping Robots for Rescue Operation,
[2] H. Aoyama, D. Misaki, T. Sumrall, Micro Hopping Robot with IR Sensor for Disaster Survivor Detection, IEEE International Workshop on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics, Kobe, 2005
Dec 23th
Leave from Chofu in the morning to Aomori, to catch night express Hamanasu train (Aomori – Sapporo). Meet some kind Japanese to chat with, using Japanese – English. Interrogated by 2 policemen in front of Aomori station for about 15 minutes because a woman (I heard onannohito blablabla when the police talk to me) tell them she find suspicious person near the station. The police thought it was me. DAMN!!!! Carrying big backpack doesn’t mean I am a terrorist. Best way to get rid of the police is said “Hey, I haven’t any picture with japanese police, can I have picture with you guys” It’s worked, they left me alone after said something like “sorry, We’re on duty” They speak little english (and off course no Indonesian) and I barely speak any japanese.
Dec 24th
Arrive around 6 am in Sapporo. There was “smoke” when I breathe IN the station. So I decided to wear another two layers of clothes, (I already wear 4 layers – Long John, Shirt, Sweater, and Jacket) that means I wear 6 layers (a decision I would regret later -> after few hours it was so hot). When I get out from the station, It was snowing, the first time to see snowfall in my life. Wonderfull
I visited Hokkaido University -> Sapporo Beer Museum -> Clock Tower -> Odori Park -> Hokkaido Old Government Building (this is the best of the day, It’s architecture like building in europe). After that going to Suwandi (friend from ITB’s Electrical Eng. department) to stay at his dorm. Before going to the dorm, I went to his sensei’s apartment and a Catholic church to attend christmas mass.
Dec 25th – Christmas at Sapporo and Otaru
That day we travel to Shiraoi (small city between Noboribetsu and Tomakomai) to visit Ainu Museum. They have interesting clothes, that is very different from kimono, and their own music. After that we went to Otaru, a city near to Sapporo, famous for its glass, music box and Otaru Canal. I definitely will go to Otaru again if I visited Hokkaido. After Otaru -> Sapporo. He told me there are different type of ramen in Hokkaido, each city has its own characteristic of ramen. I didn’t really understand what is the difference. I just know how to eat ramen. Because I am in Sapporo, I choose Sapporo ramen. After eating, going back to Tomakomai.
Dec 26th – Sapporo
Sapporo all day. At first find coin locker in the station and then try to find Historical Village of Hokkaido. From japan guide I know it is 15 minutes walking, but I spent 30 minutes (with lost sometimes). After I find the Village, It was CLOSED (new lesson, don’t come to museum on MONDAY, it is usually closed). Nachte Haltestelle, find Shiroi Koibito Park. I get free ride from Yurino’s friend’s car to Shiroi Koiboto park from the station. 🙂 There was a story why it was named SHIROI KOIBITO (White Lovers). When the owner was young, his girlfriend said “shiroi koibito is coming – or something like that when it’s snowing while they were walking on the park, and then it become chocolate’s brand. Favourite omiyage from Sapporo (maybe the same like Kartika Sari from Bandung).
After that -> Nijo Fish Market -> Susukino (Japan’s largest enterntainment district in north of Tokyo) where Ramen Yokocho is located -> Odori Park to see White illumination in the park. They have nice TV tower, not because of the shape, but because it’s location next to the park. not like Tokyo tower (surrounded by building). At 22.00 pm take night express hamanasu to Aomori
Dec 27th – Hirosaki and Sendai
Arrived about 6 am in Aomori, and then wait for train to Hirosaki, a town about 1 hour from Aomori. It has Hirosaki Castle (One star in Japan-guide). It was about 30 minutes from the station. It was snowing and it’s colder than Hokkaido (I don’t know why). Today only visit Hirosaki Park and Hirosaki Castle.
One thing that caught my attention is the people here never in hurry. They walked slowly and takes their time. When the pedestrian light is green and blinking, no one running in order to cross the street. They just walk as usual. It is very different than in Tokyo.
And then heading to Sendai, to visit Jeffry, Sonny and Febi. Arrived at Sendai in the night and stay in Tohoku Univ dormitory at Sonny’s room (he was ITB’s electrical eng. student the same year as me). We were chatting about student orientation in ITB, especially electrical eng. department and several friends.
Dec 28th – Sendai
Sendai all day -> Aoba-doir Ave -> Ichibancho -> Sendai Mediatheque -> Sendai Mediatheque -> Chuo Dori shopping mall -> try to find Gyutan (Ox Tounge -> famous sendai food) in Kokubuncho, but I found it is red light district instead of street full of restaurant (once again the tourist brochure is wrong) -> Jozenji Street’s night illumination. It was wonderfull, many people in the street to see the illumination.
I met Febi and her friend that day. Another exchange student from ITB to Tohoku Univ.We went to AER building to see Sendai. The observatory was the ugliest observatory I’ve ever seen. Shinjuku Gov. buiding or Tokyo Tower is MUCH MUCH better. We walked on Ichibancho to find Gyutan restaurant (unfortunately it was closed). Later I found gyutan in the shop inside the station.
Today stay at Jeffry’s room (another ITB’s Electrical Eng student) and get news from him, one of our friend will get married after March 2006. Who is he/she. I think I am lucky to be ITB’s Electrical Eng student. There are 6 students that enter Electrical Eng. department in the same year as me that is in Japan right now (7 with me). Maybe we can have small reunion.
Dec 29th – Matsushima
Matsushima was regarded as one of best three scenic view in Japan, so I went there. About 40 minutes by train. I was sleep in the train and miss the station. I lost 40 minutes of my journey. 😦
The route was Godaido (Small temple and symbol of Matsushima -> maybe the same like Pura Tanah Lot in Bali) -> Fukuurajima island -> Oshima Island -> Matsushima bay by ferry -> Zuiganji Zen Temple.
And then going back to sendai to pick up my bag. And going back to Tokyo. Arrived at shinjuku at 23.49, and then at dorm at 01.30 am (30th Dec).