Road Trip : A quarter-round of Australia

It was a trip of a lifetime. At least, for us who had never dreamed of travelling a quarter-round of Australia but yet able to experience the diversity of the sceneries along the route.

8898 km of highways, countrysides, gravels, and even sands.
4 states (QLD, NSW, VIC, SA) and a territory (ACT).
3 camping sites, 5 motel rooms, and couple friend’s places.
3000+ photos.

Need to post this. Soon.

Australia Roadtrip

Business Analysis

Done the exam couple days ago. I guess it would be good to write something about this unit before I put it on ‘archive’ mode.. :D

INN220 Business Analysis is one of mandatory units in Master of IT (Enterprise System) course in QUT. It gives the introduction to the role, knowledge, and skills required of a business analyst, as depicted in “A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge”® (BABOK® Guide) by International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Business Analyst is basically the one who acts as liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals [1].

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First Days Cycling

Go cycling, they say.
It’ll be fun, they say.
Lot of scenery, they say.

Well, can’t blame them.. :)

Bikepath in the Park

Bikepath in the Park

Goodwill bridge

Goodwill bridge. Only for cyclist and pedestrian.

Bikepath along the river

Bikepath along the river

Performance Art Centre, in Cultural Centre Southbank.

Performance Art Centre, in Cultural Centre Southbank.

Wheel of Brisbane

Wheel of Brisbane, in Cultural Centre Southbank.

Queensland Parliament

Queensland Parliament, just in front of QUT.

CityCat

CityCat. Yes, they’ll take your bike for a ride too.

The City

The City

Ps.
Some first photos are taken by EOS-M. Few last ones are taken by Nexus 4, since I forgot to bring EOS-M SD Card along.
Grmbl.. Grmbl..

Hello World!

Alhamdulillah.

Those are the most suitable words to describe what I truly felt, when all the immigration paperworks were done, office matters were resolved, and plane ticket was already confirmed. I’m coming to Australia!

Most people think that it was so sudden. But for me, it is actually a dream since a decade ago, delayed but delivered nonetheless. It was possibly started since the day I collected all those international study expo brochures, browsed through overseas university websites, and finally took an IELTS test as requirement for a scholarship application (which was a failure, by the way).

But I guess then the work and daily routines got into me, and those dream were buried by itself. I even enrolled (and finally graduated) from a ‘domestic’ master program, just out of curiosity and thirst for learning and doing something more than just work. But still, the idea of study and living overseas were still kept somewhere inside.

Then it came.

A short email from my employer, stated that there are ‘tickets’ for 100 employees having the dream to experience overseas postgraduate study. I applied without hesitation. Turned out that the most basic skill that you gotta have is all about language — English to be specific. Several steps were following, including aptitude test, interview, [and another] english test. Add GMAT/GRE for those applying for MBA program, which wasn’t the case for me.

Long story short, here I am now in Brisbane. Waiting eagerly to start my classes next week. To experience what it’s like to have open discussions and arguments in classes, to be forced to have critical thinking and analysis, and all other things that they pumped into my nerve system all over this orientation week.

Well I guess I’m ready now. Bring it on!