It was Thursday (16/05/2013). It was again raining and cloudy day. I went to the lab as usual. I was learning on quantitative data analysis. I will conduct questionnaire survey, thus I need to analyse the data properly afterwards. It made me dealing back with statistic stuff and SPPS software.
In the meantime, I got very good news that my paper which I submitted for Multidisciplinary International Scheduling Conference 2013 (MISTA 2013) was accepted for oral presentation in the conference. Although it was not my first time that my paper was accepted for an International conference, it was very special for me. Previously, I had published my paper in three different IEEE International Conference in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, and Taiwan. But, I thought it was more special.
Firstly, I thought MISTA was very specific International Conference, it only focused on Scheduling problems organised by the prominent experts in the area. It was quite different with other international conferences that usually cover very broad area such as International Conference in Information Technology/Information System. Secondly, it really bet my credibility in front of my supervisor. So far, I was really lack of confident. I terribly underestimated my self and It really nurture my confident back a little bit. Thirdly, the most important thing was I got very valuable feedback from the reviewer that will be very fruitful for my future research work. Fourthly, for sure It will be great a chance for me to meet many other prominent researchers in my research area in the conference.
The conference will be held on 27-29 August 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. It will be my first euro trip. It had been a long time ago I did hope to have a chance for free euro trip. And this conference, hopefully, will make it happen. I had some friends in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, and Dutch. I really wanted to see them.
By the way, in the evening I got free two different drink from my research group mates, i.e Cola, and Choc for my fasting break. Thanks friends and God.
Today I am very happy, but eventually I am so sad. You know why? Let me tell you.
Last 2 weeks I felt little bit happy because my paper was accepted in an International Conference named AMS 2009 ( Asia Modeling 2009). It is little bit prestigious, because this conference is internationally organized by IEEE, The world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology especially in Electrical and Electronics . One more thing that make me more happy is the registration fee is totally paid by My Information System Department at ITS. Although, the registration fee is quite expensive for me, USD 390. Even, my department will also pay all my transportation and accommodation fee for 3 days during the conference. Surely, I will never pay it from my own pocket.
After jumping in from one bank to another , I have jumped in CIMB Niaga Bank, BNI Bank, BCA Bank and finally I can find a bank giving me a service to transfer my registration fee payment. I should send my money to PNC Bank, Pittsburg, USA. The bank is BRI ( Bank Rakyat Indonesia), one of governmental bank. Although, I was charged USD 15 , I am happy the transaction is successfully delivered.
But, few hours later. The BRI staff phone me via my mobile number. She informed me that although the transaction successfully delivered, but the beneficiary bank rejected my money transfer. Oh May God, you know today is the due date of payment registration. I wonder ‘ Why oh Why”? The BRI staff told me that the name “Ahmad” is black listed in USA, especially in USA Bank. Ho ho… Just because my name is Ahmad? Oh no….., may, is it the bad effect of “1109”. Since the time I decide withdraw my paper from IEEE publication.
I can imagine if I apply fir Visa in USA. Surely, my application will be rejected as well. Just because my name is “Ahmad”. “Ahmad” is very nice name in Arabic, but the damned name in USA. Should I change my name? Never Never. May, I will never go to USA. Fortunately, I have no interest to pursue my studies at USA. Go the Hell USA! for black listing my nice name.