Archive | November, 2017

A year old Gemi

21 Nov

Well I haven’t complete my promise yet to continue my stories after that post and that post. Well, busy as always, advance reports, conference report and work were so much robbed my time. Not to mention how my activities at home with baby and house stuff. Sometime I just overslept in my night activity, but then a week ago, I took a holiday with wife and baby and my parents in law to Bandung. It’s just a usual family trip, but my brother in law also had his graduation (congrats anyway), I got an invitation for a talk in vet school of Padjadjaran University and accidentally it also our daughter’s birthday! Yeyeyeye…

Well yes you’re right, I don’t have any intention to continue my latest post. I just wanted to talk about my baby girl, Gemifaly Bonirezar Wanakalani, a.k.a. Gemi who turned 1 year old on this 16 November. Yeyeyeyeyeyey!

Well you can read how the day went when she was born at this.

IMG_20161117_020707The fact that she’s already 1 year old now. We thank to God that she’s healthy, cute and sweet. Her body weight was just 2,55 kg’s at birth. Now she reaches 7,5 kg. Not an average number of baby in her age, yes she’s smaller. But then the normal body weight ratio of 1 year old baby is 3 times of their birth body weight, so my baby still in normal shape. She doesn’t looked skinny, she has a chubby cheek, bit fluffy belly and she looked tall actually. And I am glad for it, because some parents want their children looked fat, they assume that fat is healthy. Well we are different, since we, her parents had an overweight condition and we don’t want that happen to our daughter. Though sometime we were bit panic when her monthly weight gain slowly crawl, especially after the 4th month. A nurse around our neighborhood did judge that Gemi is a malnutrition baby. Well she got her mom’s milk exclusively. Into 6 months old, she already eat many various things as complete diet. Her doctor never worried with the bodyweight issue too. But some people are judgmental, include your close family.

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As parent’s consequences, both of us tried to give the best to Gemi. Love, extra care, exclusive breastfed, healthy complementary nutrition, vaccine, parents time, good neighborhood. We agreed to share roles in our domestic stuff, include taking care Gemi for some occasions, although I can’t provide her as same as her mother. I cook, I clean, I wash the dish, do the laundry. For Gemi? I change her diapers, I bath her, wash her clothes, I play with her, I carry her to sleep, I feed her complementary food too. I’m happy with that. Well the main reason is, we don’t trust outsider, any outsider, so we don’t have any reason to waste more money for babysitter. We want spend more time with our baby, no matter how busy I am. I also want to learn and emphasize my wife activities with Gemi. A mother is the hardest job ever!

Well my wife is so excited for sure with Gemi, but it’s too exhausted to manage everything by herself and that’s what happen to the other moms when they don’t get a serious supports from their spouse or family. Lucky my wife can handle the stress. She was an active wildlife vet, now she stay at home. She had experiences in captive orangutans, so she made a good record of Gemi such as, body weight, nutrition, daily activity, medical records. So I guess she uses the energy very well to cope the stresses, beside Gemi’s smile and laugh are great endorphin for us.

We did remember how our early moment with the newly born Gemi. Sleepless, baby cries until late night or even early morning, yet each of us have other activity though the baby not so easy during the day, then the night come, the cycle starts again. We were just like zombie. I have to deal with that in the same time with the working activities. Sometime we were desperate when Gemi cries the whole time and we couldn’t find what the problem is, no matter how much things we tried to fix, then some random person just saying a random stupid things like they know everything about our daughter. That made us pissed for sure, especially when the things are just random thought without any clear logical sense. So we survived little by little by those situations. Invent some tricks and improvisation to control the baby, but sometime as the time goes on, it didn’t work anymore. The older baby could make some job easier while the other are harder. Especially when they started to crawl and active, we must keep our eye before bad things happen like a baby try to eat a stone outside the house,  baby playing plate and fragile stuff in the rack, baby play around the stove and other hot stuff or a baby almost went in to the water closet. Thrilling isn’t it?!

We survived those moments by making ourself keep health. It will be a disaster if one of us got sick.  So we choose to eat properly. Then we get fat together happily ever after as the consequence.  ha!

We both often laugh to see Gemi’s pictures, she changed a lot since a day old and we could note the differences within a month. Yet she’s a lovely baby girl. A year just a short moment, but it felt quite long moment too. We tried to deal with happiness, but sometime we couldn’t. With all the happiness, sorrow and obstacles, we always hope that we could witness her until adult, just like what our parents got until now. Embrace…

She’s our hope for better world in the future…

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International Seminar “Primate Behavior, Biomedicine and Neurosciences Research for Promoting Better Health”

9 Nov

 

Sorry for the late sequel of my latest post.. I was busy to work my report and it’s not finished yet!

So couple months ago (yes, couple months ago!!), at 14 August 2017, we, IAR Indonesia, as a client of Primate Research Center IPB, got an invitation to participate in their event. It’s an International Seminar at IPB International Convention Center, Bogor. The seminar was about “Primate Behavior, Biomedicine and Neurosciences Research for Promoting Better Health”.

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Then we offer the opportunity to our staff, as long as they could make any presentations for the event, at least the poster presentation. Then respond came from our staffs in Animal Care Management, the macaques team. They would like to make a presentation about their recent activity in enrichment making. So in 2016, our keeper attended a workshop of captive non-human primate’s enrichment and tried to apply and upgrade our enrichment management after the event. They made some various enrichment in one enclosure in order of 1 thematic idea, thus we called it thematic enrichment (although it is similar to environmental enrichment actually).  Then these guys tried to overview how’s the animal going on in with in the new enrichment by taking behavioral data. Those activities would be documented and reported in a paper, to be presented as poster in the event. The enrichment done, the data sampling done, data analyzing done, result and conclusion done. But then we just realized that we need to make the paper, the scientific paper and the poster too!!! And it’s about animal behavior, not just veterinary medicine stuff!!! We were fucked up for this since the deadline almost there! So yeah, I studied something new, beyond my knowledge…It’s not just about quoting the references, but you need to understand how things works in that discipline….gosh it was killing me! Lucky I could finish the paper right on time, though I wasn’t sure too about it (for sure, I never sure!). Just 2 or 3 weeks left before we finished the poster too.. The fact that the one who would present it is the keeper’s representation. Juli would be the presenter. She was a former macaque’s keeper who now analyze the whole behavioral data statistically. And do you know what her educational background is? Only a junior high school graduate. And there’s a great story behind that, a story that will make you embarrassed when you don’t have any motivation to be better even you have so many chances and opportunities.

Anyway, back to the main event, we had another problem, this was an international seminar. So we had to prepare and practice the presentation in English really good. But then this would be a second time for Juli, so we had a good start there. As for the poster designer looked promising also..

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And then the  D-day came!

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Great topics, nice talks from the keynote speakers. Especially the one from Professor Randall C. Kyes. He talked about human-macaque conflict survey in Java Island. Well I was hoping that this could be something good to start to manage all of the conflicts in Indonesia, together.

Then the poster presentation time started after lunch, while I was busy to eat and bit late to accompany my team. But they did handle it very good, as they tried hard to explain the poster in English and mixed with Bahasa. Then I also helped them to bridge their communication with the participants and we did it! We finished the presentation quite smooth, as our poster looked catchy too.

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Just a couple moment before the closing, the committee announced the best presentation, oral and poster. Out of nowhere, we got called for the 2nd place of best poster presentation!! Wohooooo!!!

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I was satisfy and proud with our works for sure..To be honest, it’s a stressful time but also challenging to learn something new..  it made me a bit interested in animal welfare study :p

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5 Nov

Dear people,

How’s life? Sucks for sure, no matter how much happiness come..

Well I’m kind a lost myself within myself… stop to write anything even though there were so many things inside my brain. My laptop got broken due the unstable electricity and burned the circuit, this made me less productive..

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(I couldn’t get my laptop’s image, but this was also heartbreaking )

Then I skipped some happy moment that I couldn’t mention one by one..Bit memorable was my childhood friend gave me a cute birthday’s gift: She jumped out from the 26th (floor of the building and died. Nice huh?bunuh-diri_20160111_092102 (well i couldn’t find any better picture of her)

Works seems also so stressful when you can’t finish so many things, the fact that you have 2 hours of additional stressful time just for the travel.

(surgeries…and i got hit by a damn minibus)

Then some cutie peaches awaits you at home. Try to compensate with the whole family stuff but then you got exhausted earlier and need to sleep earlier in addition to awake earlier.

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For the last couple months, tasks and deadlines really thrilled me.. I have to stay alive to work some papers for couple different conferences. I’m just glad I can stay alive, get fat and complete those works!

In August, I completed the paper for poster presentation in a primate conference. Yet the topic was about behavior and I was so frustrated to work something that beyond my knowledge. Yet the paper done, the poster done and the presentation went great by our team! We got the 2nd best poster presentation dude!

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And for another paper.. This was so much emotional for me.. The ASCM conference. I skipped the event for the last 4 years. Well actually on 2014, I sent my paper and accepted, but then I got very ill and failed to participate. Then things changed a lot for 4 years. You have to pay first to complete the registration and paper submitting. But I couldn’t get any funding when I don’t present something in the conference. Luckily the committee allow me to submit the paper after I filled the manual registration. Yet I have to revise my paper before it really accepted. The letter of acceptance itself was late to reach me.. Yes I was accepted for the oral presentation. I applied the funding and it just confirmed nearly the d-day! But, yess….I could go to Kuching for the conference!!

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Beside those papers and works… i got to arrange things to support student’s event toO..and it’s always related with fundings!

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So this is at least things that I can write so far to ease my writer’s bollock (I mean block) ..  Anyway, actually I may have to title this post as “run for your writer’s block”

I decided to tell the details of those two stories in two additional post. Soon… after i finished my conference’s report