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Oh, Library!

Can’t read any of these (Source)

But fortunately can read these (Gorgeous Indonesian new covers, at last!) (Source)

The good thing about studying in the UK, is definitely that everyone and the media speaks and write in English. Though it’s definitely not a benefit if you’re into learning new languages, it’s definitely a heaven for avid reader with less budget like me, because all the books in the library and in the bookstore are in English. As my lab’s based in Surrey, I applied to a membership on Surrey Library, which is a big consortium of 61 community libraries in the County of Surrey .

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Choosing E-Book Readers

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It seems that a few years journey of owning e-book readers, which in themselves pretty uncommon in my circle, made me quite the “expert” in the field. Though my expertise is definitely amount to nothing compared to countless others in mobileread, my knowledge is apparently enough to at least give some views to the confusing start on e-book reader world for some of my friends’ question of “which e-book reader shall I buy”. Disclaimer: This is only my view, however, maybe different with other people.

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A guide for Not only Indonesian/ International Student in Driving a Car/ Riding Motorbikes in the UK

As the laboratory I’m working in right now located pretty far from civilisation (public transport system), it’s an unwritten law that you need to have your own car working here. It’s true, one of my interview question was “Can you drive?”

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General (Mostly Money-Related) Tips and Tricks in Living in London/ United Kingdom

When we applied for Tier 4 UK VISA, it’s written that the expected monthly budget for London is about 1200 GBP. That’s also how much I get from my scholarship. So, how’s the reality? Is that amount enough? Especially if you’re planning to bring your family as well. Believe it or not, if you’re planning your budget well, you can actually use that amount for a small family, with decent meal and everything. I myself have usually saved about half of my allowance each month (and use the saving for emergency conference travel fund, normal travel fund, and do leisure activities in between). Everyone have their own way to manage their own budget. Your life is your life, you’re the one who know it best. Learning from how other people manage theirs, make it suitable with yours. For a note, this is a compilation of things I’ve done and things people suggested to do to keep your budget low and living fuller (hopefully) in the UK.

Tier 4 VISA (warwick.ac.uk)

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Cute Souvenirs in Oxford

This is part of Photo-first-write-later travel posts.

What: Went to Oxford for Easter Break

Where: Oxford’s Colleges, especially Christ Church

Impression: Reminiscencing Harry Potter’s trail is nice, but I definitely like the merchandises