Girl Who Codes #2

Day 2
Day 2

So, this is my progress today. I only learn this one step. I had an exam in the morning and after that i did a design project (my first freelancing project, Alhamdulillah) The project finally done and i could buy a novel with the freelancing money ūüėÄ

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Girl Who Codes #1

Start from now, I force myself to learn some coding everyday. I will use to learn since it has a good interface. And to keep myself motivated to build the habit, i will post the screenshot of what i learn of the day. Or maybe i will post in instagram if i was too lazy to make the blog post hehe

Here’s my first



okay, ¬†that’s for today. Gotta go swimming now since it’s ladies day ūüėÄ

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Life Map: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

I have this habit of planning (and updating) my life map and as i get older i¬†need to¬†make my plan/life map¬†to be more focused. I need to¬†find where i belong before it’s too late, moreover, i need to find the answer of the “Why do I live?” Yes, as a moslem, the purpose of life is to worship Allah, but how? ¬†what kind of goodness that i can contribute¬†to this world?

On Monday, at the midnight, i did¬†some¬†browsing for my reference for information security assignment. I have interest in usability (UX, UI, human interaction, etc) and also information security (yes, i know it’s kinda uncommon). To make the assignment more interesting for myself (it’s a must!), I¬†searched security papers which also studied¬†its usability. Then,¬†who knew that i’d find many papers contain both usability and security from CMU. Suddenly, i felt excited! I knew that CMU has¬†HCII (Human-Computer Interaction Institute) but¬†then i found it’s information security lab¬†(in which¬†i found¬†those many usable security papers) just got me more interested to¬†CMU. Then i found the CyLab which has¬†Privacy Protection (it’s the close one to usable security) and cross-cut thrust with cryptography and usable privacy & security. Interesting.

As i have mentioned above, i have interest in usability and security. Before i found¬†those paper, i felt¬†that i can choose only one of them for my first graduate study ¬†(I¬†can take as many as¬†grad studies i want, can’t I?) But then, thanks to Allah for showing me¬†that CMU CyLab which enable people¬†to learn both usability &¬†security (not only one of them) at the same time. I do not know whether it’s the best for me or not, but i want it, so i need to add this to my prayer, thrive for it, and let Allah do the rest ūüôā

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Book: Where’d You Go Bernadette – Maria Semple

This book is a page-turner!

This book is delightful & funny. It brings up many emotions; not only bring my laughter, but also my tears for example when Bee and her father went on trip to Antarctica and then papers for finding Bernadette were flown by strong wind. I also can feel the hatred in Bee to her dad (Elgie Branch) caused by her dad who cheated with another woman. One of many factors of choosing this book is Bee’s Dad work in a big IT company and i think that’s so cool and smart (meaning: charming), but then he cheated ūüôĀ

I love this book because it’s a really heart-touching story about family, especially about mother-daughter. The story also unpredictable like the fact that Manjula is some-mafia disguising as a remote personal assistant.

Bee is such a lovely, sweet, and smart girl. Her Mom, Bernadette is a genius architect who has trauma that changed her life since they moved to Seattle. At the end, Bernadette proves that she can rise up again. Her Dad, Elgie Branch is an IT rock star. <3

Plus, it has a nice cover design (love the blue background!)

rating: 5 stars of 5 ūüôā

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Last month, I turned 21. Just like the year before, no celebration since i am not into birthday parties and surprises (because i would most likely know if i will be surprised :p ).

I was feeling¬†happier that day (I called it ‘my-day’ means¬†i could do anything i want) and so¬†grateful surrounded by my best¬†friends. What’s funny¬†from this¬†year birthday was i received some unique gifts which is 21 roses and¬†a NCIS subtitle (yep, th 64KB SRT file). I also¬†got surprise from Gycen Bandung Ceria the day after (for this one, the surprise worked! ūüėÄ )


I got these beautiful roses from my friends in PSDM. Why roses? because next day of¬†my birthday was day of graduation, so there was many flower seller around campus, and they just bought 21 roses for me. 21 of the same kind of flower to make me look like a flower seller on the graduation day hehe *just kidding* I kept the flowers in my room, put it in a glass¬†of water, wondered how long it would live and i was surprised that those could live up to one week! (then¬†everybody would know i have not received flower before… -_- )

And these two are photos from Gycen Bandung Ceria gathering. Nice to spend time with you guys ūüėÄ

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Review “An Abundance of Katherine” by John Green

An Abundance of Katherine - Tentang KatherineAn Abundance of Katherine – Tentang Katherine by John Green

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Reasons why i read this book:

1. Reading from the synopsis on its back, it has uncommon theme. Yes, it is about romance, but not the cheesy one since it has some mathematical curves and equations.
2. It has nice design cover. The yellow, green, blue and the purple color of the sketch are match to each other

When finished the book, i was disappointed. I expected more stories about the 19 Katherines.

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First Time For Everything

There will always be the first time for everything.

These 2 weeks, I¬†finally¬†had some¬†experiences in¬†a whole new things.¬†Most of them includes¬†meeting new people.¬†As an introvert, it’s kind of hard for me to meet or gather with many strangers. But then, I¬†was in some situation where I had to¬†discuss things or work with people I¬†had not¬†knew before. Moreover the people are much older than me!¬†I was so afraid to start the conversation. At those situations, i still couldn’t talk much, but i learned to¬†interact with new¬†people. I also made some thoughts in my head so i will be more brave when i meet new people:¬†we’re all human and talking to other humans won’t cause any harm.

If it was not because of those events, I would not have remembered when is the last time I do things for first time.

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Introduction: The Writer & The Blog


So, after some posts, i am just going to do the introduction now. Well, maybe a little introduction about me and more about this blog.

My name is Arum. I am an IT student who love¬†art and design. Some friends ever asked my “Why didn’t you take art major in college?” Well,¬†the answer is because i am not brave enough to take the art major.¬†Even though i am not taking art major, i feels¬†happy and grateful of¬†what i am doing now. There might be some tears through some semesters, but after all,¬†everything is fine and great things also happens ūüôā¬†My¬†dream is to¬†become an expert in user-experience/human-computer interaction.

About this blog, this is my 2nd blog that i take seriously.¬†Why have 2 blogs? My first blog started since i was in junior high school and i still¬†write there. But then my¬†thought of having an online portfolio hit me and bring me to WordPress where i found this white, elegant, & nice portfolio template. Then I started to think about moving my personal blog here which is kinda hard since i had spent much of my time with my first blog (i have more than 300 posts there since 2008. Can’t believe myself!).

Moving my blog here¬†was like taking a whole new step,¬†starting a brand¬†new & fresh page which i hope to be better than the before. As this blog has¬†new environment for me, i expect that my kind of writing will be different than my other blog. If you had¬†read my posts on my first blog, you might feel the difference (hope it’s a good¬†difference).¬†I also¬†intended¬†this blog to learn writing in routines, especially in English, so if i made mistakes in writing, pardon my grammar hehe.

Okay, i think that’s all i can write for introduction. Thank you for reading :))

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