Professor Andrianto Handojo

When we were busy with our laptop and computational research, one of our friend said “Professor Andrianto had passed away..!” With a bit of disbelief, our heads turned to her and shouted. It was a sudden news from Engineering Physics Whatsapp Group 2010, and I checked the facebook to search for more reliable information – and it turned out to be true.

Professor Andrianto Handojo had passed away in Jakarta at 12:50PM West Indonesian Time today, 21th March 2014. I had a feeling it would come sooner or later, since he was in coma for about 3 weeks or so. Some rumor said it was cancer disease, but some others said it was another. Regardless, his passing was our great loss.

He was a great inspiration for all of us, his students. He taught “Laser and Optical Fiber” course for undergrads – and everyone would have taken his class at least once before graduation. I remember he always used very ‘humane’ language for Laser part – the topic that I hated the most since high school. He brought hologram and “3-D” drawings along with red-green glasses for students to try on. His class had never been boring, and he was the Master in optics – one of the field we lack human resources (other being ultrasound). He had retired as professor, but was still teaching before he fell ill.

Rest in peace, Professor Andrianto. We, engineering physics Institut Teknologi Bandung, love you.

Nana Rohana House of Mourning

Nana Rohana House of Mourning

October 12th, 2013. The sky was clear and warm. In the morning, our family attended a funeral of our dear uncle, 82 years old, due to lung cancer. We knew this day would come soon, but death always come in the time when we were not fully prepared. Because we are discussing about funeral, I will as well explain how the rite was going… especially for us, Christian Chinese descent staying in Indonesia, especially West Java. Because we are Chinese descent and this dear uncle was a Chinese-born before migrated to Indonesia years ago, we still hold some Chinese tradition. The body was bathed the day after his passing and was put in the coffin in hospital, and later moved to house of mourning. Family, friends, and colleagues spend some donation to the family who mourned either by sending flowers, an embroidery like in the picture above, and telling public about uncle’s passing in local newspaper. Unlike Muslim brethren in which the body should be buried at the same day, Christians didn’t have such obligatory. Church avoided burial rite in Sunday, though, because every pastors and priests are on duty.

In the morning after we came, we had simple church service, sang hymns, and short preaching. Then one of family’s representative would give testimony, and the “rite” ended by priest’s blessing. It was pretty simple rather than Buddhist – Confucian rite, which my grandmother had gone through @___@ (I didn’t even know when and what had happened back then…) Next, we went to our private cars or got in the bus provided by committee (or mourning house). The coffin will be carried by an ambulance, guarded by police (there were two police motorcycles and one police car). The others would need to follow the ambulance to burial site / cemetery.

Pandu Cemetery, Bandung

Pandu Cemetery, Bandung

I will not say anything about “something wrong in this cemetery” — no, no, no ghost or whatever. I am talking about children beggars who are warndering around cemetery to beg for money for whatever. From previous post I’ve stated that in Indonesia, especially Bandung, beggars are not “the poor”. Okay, back to topic (it was sure a mood-breaker in the middle of burial, really). The ambulance stopped in PANDU cemetery. It was an old cemetery mainly for Christian or Catholics, built by Dutch who occupied Indonesia hundred years ago. I know it wasn’t neatly done… even cemeteries here has their own problems.

Setting political problems aside, I found a writings in Dutch….

bezoekers ereveld pandu

100 m doorrijden en bellen
bij de poort. er is voldoende.
parkeerruimte op het
ereveld pandu.

directie ogs indonesie.

Looks like it was an announcement for Pandu cemetery visitors regarding parking lot…^^;

Fare thy well

Fare thy well

The site was already prepared beforehand (including giant umbrella and boxes of roses). After all visitors have gathered, the priest told us to sing one or two hymns and gave a testimony. He would raise a cup full of dirt, saying famous “ash to ash, but spirit shall go to The Lord’s”. We would take last photograph before the coffin was set down to earth, then we lined up neatly to lay a wreath (rose petals, chrysanthemum and some other flowers like jasmine) for the last time. The family would wait for the visitors near exit gate to shake hands and exchange hugs. It wasn’t finished yet, that the visitors are invited to a feast for the deceased in a restaurant that was prepared by the committee.

There is a sad but inspiring story about this restaurant. It is a famous Chinese (Cantonese) Restaurant in Bandung, built since – uh – it was there even before I was born. Its name is QUEEN restaurant (shameless promotion… but everyone know this restaurant has best Chinese cuisine). My late uncle and aunt married there. This year before uncle got ill, they had 50th wedding anniversary there. And uncle’s passing was held… there. For me, this couple is legendary.

Fare thy well, Uncle. All we know is that, we are no longer sad. You have believed in Jesus, and is now celebrating a feast with Him in the heaven.

Before we start reading or writing, let us pray together for one of dear friend, colleague, family, sibling, or just stranger – another person on earth you might know or might not know.

نَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Innalillahi wa innalillahi rodziun  – Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return

For we are made from ash, let our flesh turns back to ash – but the soul to God

Rudi Rauf, our beloved friend, TF and MUFT 2009I

Rudi Rauf, our beloved friend, TF and MUFT 2009 with 2009 juniors (may be) at their senior’s graduation

Today, another friend of mine, a junior and someone who is tough enough to endure all his pain, has rest in peace (1 July 2013 about 4AM). He had kidney failure since last semester, but I haven’t ever thought even a bit that he would pass away this soon. Although we don’t meet often, but I know he was a bright person who helped us organizing and being an MC for FPGA workshop along with PW. May be 2009 juniors know him better than me, but I know and believe that he was also an amazing person – like two of his seniors who had gone to Lord’s feet before him.

We had Yuniar Gitta Pratama (FT’07) and William (FT’08) already, and now Rudi Rauf (FT’09)

Is God unfair? No. He might want to tell us all that death and the last call is beyond our expectation – will it be next minute or twenty years later. Our lives are in His hands, and no one shall beg for one if He had said so. Farewell, Rud, we always miss you. And tell your seniors Yuniar and William that we are doing okay here on earth. I refuse to acknowledge this is the “end” for him. This is just a “beautiful beginning”, the “first page of long beautiful story which is known as ‘eternity’ with Lord as the Head and King” – the beginning of a majestic tale. And I won’t weep.

I guess I should post this here, since neither tumblr nor deviantArt can be trusted.. well they are not blog in the first place…..

“Yuniar Gitta Pratama aka neozecter, the Kamen Rider Freak and a beloved Skullers, HMFT and engineering physics ITB’s family member… a dedicated man, funny, loyal, the best student of FT-ITB, and…… we lost him forever.”

Programmable Logic Controller Competition 2010. Yuniar is the guy at far right

Dear friend, how are you?

I know it’s a stupid question but I just want to ask something in the beginning of the letter
This may be my first and last farewell letter, I know my writing is not good enough to make one
And I regret of not remembering the date until some people here kindly slapped me to death
so I finally come to remember you – not a good friend I am.

How are you there, are you still watching us?
Look what we have done since your departure, you should lift up your chin and laugh
Finally we did it (line-follower robot competition) and earned something great
We beat the neighboring departments (electrical engineering) –… sadly not in volley yet tsk

Hey, pal, I guess I can say I miss your mischievous behavior
Is it only me or everyone thought that you were the source of the madness?
I remember the first time you were introduced to us by Mr. Eko
You were extremely famous back then in freshman’s orientation
a guy who designed our department’s student group with Kamen Rider
even filled the ftps with Kamen Rider Agito’s episodes
and hypnotized the professor and us to be a freak like you
the assistant of the master of mischievous who ordered few freshmen to install
in every computers in lab
You were a very interesting administrator we had
because of you we turned from Engineering Physicist into professional hacker
Never tired to try how to hack squid proxy and give super high speed LAN in our student organization

I remember you are the source of our deadliner behavior and thus made every one of us
submit all things … last minute second submission
You were the most strange and freak and otaku senior-whose-age-was-younger-than-me
I don’t know if you prepared it beforehand but
Who was the one suggested watching Kamen Rider wide-screen after the seminary
and made us watch Kamen Rider Movie IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CLASS for 2 hours with LCD screen?
You are
a freak
It was not the only thing about you I remembered
You were so against cheating that you developed the greatest method on earth in the test
You took every single student who cheat BY CAMERA in the middle of the test
and uploaded them in the web… and let professors know.. and you readers know the rest their fate
You were the only one who played MINESWEEPER in the middle of COMPETITION
You were the one who ever thought of JAMMING THE ROCKET SIGNAL in rocket competition… fortunately it against the rules
And you were the one who made competitor scared to death by implementing..
of line follower robot competition
which couldn’t be solved with just stupid control PID… did you know you should use fuzzy instead?

But you were a kind senior-whose-age-was-younger-than-mine
You kept smiling and greet me even though I didn’t know you as a freshman
You hid your leukemia from the underclassmen and still greeted me like usual even though you were like a zombie
You were so strong that I admire you
Even though you were bedridden and doctor had given up
Even though you know your life would last not long
You even smiled to camera when your friends visited you
and give a peace sign
and you dare to update status in facebook
” Tusukan keenam, gan ” ( Wow, the sixth needle, fellas )
as if you were mocking us and laughing at us who sat before the monitor
us, who shed a tear crying for you and praying for you all day……. eh…
… — wait, why would a hospital allow a sick to bring a phone?!

Your departure was a heartbreaking news and I cried -mentally ill[?]- for a month
Not being able to know you more, or steal all your unusual ability, or turn department of Engineering Physics into otaku
You in your death, smiled and kept yourself strong
I regret of not attending your funeral
I wish
I can

doodle on your tomb and add title ‘Freak’
…–perhaps, before I was killed by your family

Come back soon, Yuniar Gitta Pratama–
…wait — we should be the one who had to go to your place
We always have you in your heart
If I happen to meet you again in the afterlife I want to tell you that

you still haven’t returned my lab report

Okay, enough this jest, before the readers suggest this tribute is some sort of joke
The only thing I promise, I will keep your spirit alive within me – no… I mean us.
Everyone in Skullers and department of Engineering Physics
We will keep your spirit and your unusual behavior[?] alive within us
because we were all insane here just like you
And as a tribute I will use your neozecter avatar until the end of December
(And as William also returned home at November, I’ll change my avatar to table tennis too)

Watch us from above!
We were SKULLERS, the frontier of engineering!


For ‘Yun-Freak’
Yuniar Gitta Pratama
Dec 19, 2010

October Graduates… Wil is the one who sat on the floor

I remember our graduation was at 20th October 2012, and this is the only picture I have with him inside. Haven’t I ever mentioned this name before in this blog? Wil, William, is one of many names appear in my recent “give thanks” post, that I am grateful I met him.. yet three days ago he passed away due to illness.

He was used to be cheerful and table-tennis freak who always told me not to study because he was also too lazy to study like me — and in the end I was the only one who didn’t study for exam when he studied and got flying colors. He was genius laze, who was the source of misery because his high mark in math course our GPAs had to suffer below average. He thought a lot, galau a lot, always asking people to help him to decide. I guess I should stop describing him now that I only remembered his LOL moments (which made us suffer because his GPA was almost perfect: 3.94 in Engineering Physics.. although he was humble and not even arrogant, he was extremely lazy that we wanted to throw tables to him).

Last Friday I’ve sensed something bad happen to him after seeing his wall in facebook, and I immediately texted him in high hope he was alright. But then, after I woke up restlessly next morning, he had passed away because of Hepatitis.

It was a great shock to us, and like two years ago when our beloved genius Yuniar Gitta Pratama (Engineering Physics 2007) passed away because of leukemia, I mourned two days. He was used to be my best friend who took lab mentor jobs 3 years straight, doing assignment together especially in Modern Control course, and the one who never listened to my advice (somehow even though I texted in BOLD and CAPS, I couldn’t force him to go to hospital immediately after he said he had headache). Now I regret it. I should have drag him to hospital instead of doing useless arguments.

Just like Yuniar Gitta Pratama, for us, William is just going home. He’s happy now in Heaven with Father, so I won’t mourn anymore. Rest in Peace, William, my best friend. Our 3 years together in Engineering Physics may be short, but I’ll treasure it forever. Especially our Modern Control course phail assignment hahaha. Sometimes I wonder why happy-go-lucky like you is the one who first to leave us.

Fare thee well,

November 24, 2012