Meet my Wife’s Professor

On last Sunday early morning, I went to Parit Raja to meet my wife’s Ph.D supervisor Prof. Dr. Mustafa at UTHM for asking his signature and stamp. My wife couldn’t come to Malaysia because her student visa issue.

Our passport was just renewed at Indonesian Embassy in Singapore and definitely the old passport has been invalid anymore. Her old passport contains the student visa sticker and it can not be taken out and moved to her new passport.

Last two weeks ago all of us went to Parit Raja and continued to Malacca for short time vocation in order to fulfill my children free time during their school holiday. At the Woodlands Malaysia check point, the immigration officer checked my wife’s visa for a while and escalated to his manager regarding the student visa was still on the old passport. Finally, he stamped wife’s passport using special stamp and asked to contact UTHM’s international officer to process her student visa. She needs a new visa sticker on the new passport.

The problem is when my wife asking the UTHM international officer, her passport will be hold by her campus for a while as they need to wait few applications to go to immigration officer which location in Johor Bahru and quite far from Parit Raja. Consequently, she needs to stay at Parit Raja at least one week until she received her passport with a new visa sticker.

If my wife has to stay there then it will become terrible. I can not handle at all while working as my children are still need her assist. At the end, we decided to hold the processing of her student visa as it’s only valid until April this year and has to be renewed. So, the time duration is only four months more.

Leaving home on Sunday morning at 06:30 AM using bus to Queen Street bus station. I used Causeway Link bus to bring me to Larkir bus station in Johor Bahru. I arrived at Larkin around 8.30 AM and I needed to wait around 30 minutes as the next bus departure which would bring us to Parit Raja at 9:00 AM.

Two hours later, I arrived in Parit Raja. I asked the bus captain to align me at UTHM bus stop. From there, walking around 15 minutes to FSKTM faculty office then going upstairs to 2nd storey where Prof. Dr. Mustafa’s room is located. I met with him, had a short discussion, signed and stamped my wife’s document.

He brought me to the best beriyani rice restaurant in Batu Pahat and took me to Batu Pahat bus station because my bus departure at 01:30 PM to Larkin. Arriving in Larkin at 03:00 PM and continued to Singapore using Causeway Link bus. I arrived at home at 05:30 PM. Alhamdulillah..

Thanks to Prof. Dr. Mustafa for his hospitality so far.

Jurong Bird Park Singapore

Tulisan ini seharusnya tayang sebelum tulisan tentang perjalanan ke Melaka Malaysia. Masih dalam rangkaian liburan sekolah anak-anak di penghujung tahun 2018.

Di pintu gerbang masuk Jurong Bird park. Tiket masuknya sudah dibeli istri secara online sehingga cukup menampilkan barcode tiket di HP untuk selanjutnya petugas di sana akan memindai barcode tersebut di pintu masuk.

Ibnu dan Naya berphoto di papan informasi sesaat memasuki area Jurong Bird park.

Tidak jauh dari gerban masuk, pinguin sudah menyambut kami.

Pertunjukan yang diadakan oleh petugas Jurong Bird park beserta burung-burungnya.

Ini burung cendrawasi yang asli Papua Indonesia.

Saya tidak tahu jenis burung-burung ini tapi sangat unik. Lihat saja ketiga burung di bawah.

Tentu saja masih banyak jenis burung yang lain yang ada di Jurong Bird park, bagi Anda yang ingin melihatnya silahkan saja datang ke Jurong Bird park. Semua burungnya terawat dengan baik.

Saya lihat Singapura sangat apik dari sisi maintenance segala hal termasuk bagaimana mereka merawat burung-burung yang ada di Jurong Bird park ini. Saat saya lihat petugas memberi makan burung-burungnya memang dengan makanan yang bergizi dan segar. Jadi tidak aneh kalau sehat-sehat semua.

Pernikahan Kembar Anak-anak Pak Zaini

Beberapa minggu lalu saya diundang oleh pak Zaini untuk pernikahan kembar anak-anak beliau. Alhamdulillah bisa menghadiri acara tersebut bersama istri dan anak-anak. Sebelum pulang, kami berkesempatan untuk photo bersama buat kenang-kenang. Secara umum tidak ada perbedaan dengan pernikahan orang-orang kita di Indonesia karena Singapura, Indonesia, dan Malaysia masih satu rumpun melayu. Yang cukup kental adalah pakaian orang tua dari mempelai yang masih cukup kuat dengan adat istiadat orang melayunya. Lihat saja pakaian dari pak Zaini dan istri beliau.

 

Pada sesi yang lain, sempat juga mengambil photo bersama pak Idris, pak Nizam, pak Nick, pak Ari, dan tentu saja dengan Pak Zaini. Beliau-beliau adalah counterpart saya di Singtel  Singapore baik langsung ataupun tidak langsung.

Terima kasih pak Zaini telah diundang ke acara pernikahan anak-anak bapak.