Saturday, September 25, 2021

CoE Application Thailand: Visa duration

 After the previous blog about applying for the Visa, now we would like to share about the CoE.

This CoE stands for Certificate of Entry. We applied it in two sequential phases: the pre-approval and approval phases. In this approval, you have to have your Passport, Visa, reference letter applying for a working permit (in my case, I used WP3), medical insurance. Then in the second phase is the approval, we need to add the booking flight confirmation and the hotel booking for quarantine.

I think all was straight forward and the website gives very detailed directions on how to do it. It will be easy even for a first-timer like me. However, we would like to share more about the medical insurance/ travel insurance that we have to submit in the application. We were confused about the needed duration of the insurance that we needed to buy. To be honest, we did concern about this as we have to apply for all family members (4 of us). I could imagine we need to spend quite a fortune. And after we do check the price, the country where we come from, Malaysia, the price is higher than if you come from Germany. The price is almost twice if you go from Malaysia for the same duration of time. Due to this, we asked the embassy through a Facebook fan page. The admin was very helpful and gave us prompt response. 

We can buy for three months instead of a year (as mentioned by a few websites and youtube) to submit the CoE. So it saved us some fortune to spending on others things. Although the company will reimburse this, we have to spend our money first. So the problem was solved. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

Disclaimer: Please do check again with the embassy, as the policy may change. I just shared what we had, and it may differ from others' situations. 



Sunday, September 19, 2021

Share: Visa Application

Halo There!

We got our car sold, now it is time for us to share how we apply for the Visa. And due to this pandemic, there is also another document called CoE (Certificate of Entry). Both have to be issued consequently. CoE can be given once we get the Visa issued. 

The first thing first is to issue the Visa. The Visa or working permit for a single entry only (similar as I have when working in Malaysia). This temporary operating permit visa has 3 months duration. The issuance process was very rapid and smooth. I have all the required documents sent by the company then I did add few requirements such as based on this list:

  1. Filled Visa Application Form (which is downloadable from the Thai Embassy website). I applied B Visa and O Visa.
  2. A Copy of Passports, 
  3. A copy of the Birth Certificate (for dependant child), 
  4. A copy of the marriage certificate (for dependant spouse).
  5. Visa Photo to be attached in the form.
  6. Documents provided by the company (Working permit application from Thailand authority, other additional documents I just submitted at the counter).
  7. Cash to pay the application (each of us paid RM320 that time)
  8. Book an appointment date and time online
Once the day had come, we drove there using our car (it has not been sold yet). We parked in the Ampang Mall, which is very convenient and safe as well. Cars were parking on the street beside the embassy. However, we found that it has no parking sign. So the Ampang mall is the best option we have. We paid RM3 for parking using a Touch n Go card only. 

We came at the same time as we arrived, so our name was called in the monitor at the same time once we entered the building. The staff is also amiable as we have all the required forms and documents. So no hassle, and it took us less than 30 mins as the team needed to check and do the transactions. While giving us the payments receipts, the staff recommended we book a slot to collect the Visa on the next working day. So we booked the collection for Monday (We submitted it on Friday). The collection time is after 2.30 pm. 

And we had our Visa on Monday at 2.30pm. The collection only took us less than 10 mins. It was so smooth and very efficient.

Foto oleh Porapak Apichodilok dari Pexels


Sunday, September 12, 2021

Selling Our Car in Malaysia

 As I promised in the previous post, I will try to share my stories on how to sell a car in Malaysia.

As a background, we had a car in Malaysia. We bought this car as we need a car to mobilise from one place to another in this pandemic. Previously we used to grab and public transportation, which we found that they are very convenient. 

So, long story shorts, we bought a new car in December 2020. We bought a new car as, after considerations, a new car is the best option. We are foreigners, we have not known about the maintenance and so on in Malaysia. We also found that the new year manufactured car has a slightly different price from the used car. So we looked for a Perodua Bezza, a manufactured year that is not older than 2017. surprisingly, the price is not much different with a new Proton Saga.

Comparing our cash flow, needs, and availability, we chose a new Proton Saga Premium 2019. It is a brand new car. We had a sales agent contact and conducted all the transactions and paperwork online. After we paid the booking fee and paid the price of the car a week after, we received the car in three weeks. I still remember it was on 12 December 2020, the sales agent contacted us that the car was ready. We were happy with the car and the quality of the car. 

After 7 months, we have decided that we are moving to Bangkok to taking an opportunity to work there. Selling the car is the only option. It was very challenging as the car is under hire purchase. Not many banks can provide a hire purchase for a used car proton to the buyer. The best option for the buyer was a personal loan. However, it will be slightly more expensive to have a personal loan compared to the hire purchase. So because of this reason, the first potential buyer cancelled the deal.

Alhamdulillah, on the same day of the cancellation, a new potential buyer would like to see the car. And I do believe that finding a car is like destiny. You have to be destined to own the car. Alhamdulillah the second potential buyer agreed with the price, and the best thing he agreed to buy it with cash payment. Once the payment had been made, I did the settlement for hire purchase in the Bank. It was an instant procedure. I went to the bank on Wednesday, and on Thursday, the JPJ e-battle was confirmed. I did ask the bank through an email.

Before the settlement, on Monday, I went to the Puspakom to obtain the B5 form (Transfer of Ownership). I did fail the first test as the windows film was too dark. Please do follow the regulation from JPJ. I removed the front windows films (inc the windshield) by myself. It was a fun thing to do, but I really care about the sticky residue left on the surface. If I know this may happen, I prefer not to install any windows film in front of the car and the windshield. But the options are from your preference. I asked guarantee from the Shop who installed the windows film. They only guarantee if the car stopped on the road, not in the puspakom. This is a new thing for me as a foreigner who has a car in Malaysia.


Then, we also need to go to JPJ to transfer ownership. This has to be easy work; however c, we need to arrange an online appointment only in this pandemic. With the new feature of the scheduling, the system was so intuitive. The buyer and I chose the earliest slot available, and it took us to do the transfer in Cheras. It is quite far from our place, but it is all right as we need to wrap it asap. We got a week to wait until the appointment. It was an instant process and very fast. Bring your passport and a copy of it. That's it. The buyer should pay the transfer of ownership. Once everything is settled, all done. The car is now in the buyer's possession. We do have to return the tax tag, and the insurance is cancelled as well. 

So if we are willing to buy a used car, we have to be prepared with insurance on hand before buying the road tax. 

So that is how it has been done if I could summarise the process:

1. Obtain a B5 Puspakom

2. Settle the hire purchase in the Bank

3. Set the appointment date with JPJ

4. Transfer Ownership in JPJ

I hope this may help. Alhamdulillah, in my case, Allah sent me a potential buyer that willing to pay the car in cash. So it had been an easy process for me. 

Extra: Our previous Proton Saga



Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Journey to Bangkok


Yesterday we reached a milestone in our life. We were reallocated to Thailand. It is Bangkok mainly. I have started working for a big company in Thailand on 1st September 2021. I have begun worked remotely and was expecting to move physically to Bangkok by early September.

However, our plan was adjusted from early September to 10th September yesterday. We had to sort out paperwork, such as the tax clearance, working permit clearance and EPFwithdrawal. It all happened in the same week as our departure to Bangkok. It was a challenge, and it has been an adventure for us.

This is the first time we have moved all together from a country to another country. We were not expecting that it would be this challenging. We sorted out how we sold our car there. We manage to find a shipping company to do the sea freight service to us, visa application, exit clearance from the previous company, settle down the housing tenancy, scheduling the departure to our destination.

Due to this pandemic, the challenges were also unavoidable, such as the PCR Swab test for our pre-departure. We had to pay some amount of money to obtain travel insurance to grant the Certificate of Entry. Alhamdulillah, Allah is the Greatest. His assistance has lead us to our situation today. We arrived at the hotel in the evening and sorted all of the journeys with our two children.

I will try to put each of the processes into detail to share what we did and how we managed to do it. 

Alhamdulillah. We are also grateful how Allah managed everything for us...


Sunday, June 06, 2021

Atomic Habits in My life


I read this book titled Atomic Habits! This book is so amazing.

And I have found a new thing about implementing the book towards my experience and myself. This is related to the video about fast reading on Youtube. I tried to do the fast read method in reading this book. Amazingly, I could digest the idea of this book and implementing it towards my own experience. If I compare to the normal speed reading that I used to do, normal reading seems boring and too long for me. I am the one who can be bored easily. Interestingly faster reading gave me a good reason to start reading again. Alhamdulillah.

Oh yes, I would like to reflect this book on my weight loss journey. It started last year. It was started from the Naluri Health App that my company gave me. Naluri gave me a template or idea to start small and do it. Once in a while, you could feel bored right, but the best thing when they give you accesses to all the experts, nutritionists, physicians, psychologists, and so on. What did I do is start recording my meal, what I did eat every day. I took all my foods captured and uploaded them to the software. This habit can be retained and encouraged as I have been given marks by the expert (nutritionist). 

The same things about the exercise, I start small things, like walking and make a low impact. With the help of my smartwatch, I could record things in my journal. And I also linked the data to this app. Getting this routine for almost a year now, and Alhamdulillah I managed a 13 kg loss. Keeping moving forward to keep healthy! Bismillah!

 Photo by Terry Vlisidis on Unsplash


Thursday, May 27, 2021


I am a reader!

I love to read and refound a way to read fast and smart!

I lost my read behavior when I was doing my Ph.D. I was too busy reading mostly papers and articles. So the fond of reading a book, either a fiction or a non-fiction book, has gone. Too much pressure that time I think.

However, I have found that how to read fast on Youtube. It reminds me to do the read, and I have tried it this morning. I managed to read almost 80 pages in 2 hours. Which is quite an impressive result of the smart reading method. And reading faster means that your mind is working faster as well. It has made you think and revisit what you have read. Which is the thing that I need.

Currently, I am reading a book titled Atomic Habits. This book full of beef and made me want to finish it as soon as possible. Once I finished reading the book, I will write a review on my blog. 

One preview for what I read is that changing my identity to redevelop my reading habit. That is why I use the opening sentence as 'I am a reader!.'


Monday, May 24, 2021

You Deserve It!


I have found this phrase on Youtube!

There is a thing that only Allah and I know. It is on how our feeling and how things have been worked for us. How was the situation through our lives. Our situation in our childhood, family, working environment, you name it. We are fighting our own fight!

I always think this on how to put on the other side. Unfortunately, I was totally correct. I have to think from my perspective. I have to take into mind our fight as well. What we have done and what we have gone through. So any which you obtain something, please bear on your mind that 'YOU DESERVE IT!".

Yes, indeed, we deserve what we have. We deserve to have an obligation to live happily! 


Knowing Yourself


Photo by Amanda Jones on Unsplash

It has been a while that I am underestimating myself, either in daily life or in the professional world. I did not think that I have reached something or have something that I could be proud of. Until I found a video on youtube and watch it, there is a series from on Youtube. 

I have just found that this is interesting and relate to me. I was looking for my weakness and what I have done, so I thought like that. I have found that this situation relates to my after PhD life. I did not think that my PhD was great enough from the others. The others have published paper or journal in the good one. I do realize that I am still working on it. In addition, at work, I did not find myself has something to be proud of as well.

When I was relating this situation to that video, there was something wrong with myself. I was too harsh to myself. I have made a list of what I think I have achieved and how I could feel proud of it. There were so many things that I could be proud of. There are ranges from the small things to the bigger ones. Basically, I always compare myself to others. 
I have seen posts from Instagram, Facebook or other things. I saw my age range. People have their own business, have a sports car, have billions, and have a house with a swimming pool. 

If I reflect on myself, I could not be compared with others in this area. We have a different path. My path was staying in the UK for few years. I have gained experience as a global citizen, shaping my mind and way of thinking. I do believe that not many people had the same experience as mine. Staying and working abroad has made me and my family more independent, I could say.

Last but not least, this pandemic has taught us many things as a family. We do have financial planning now. We realise that there is an important thing to prepare everything and mitigate the risk. We do also have a financial recording system which I could proud of myself. I could foresee what will be our budget and what should we do with the cash flow. It was hard for the first time, but we have found the best flow on recording our financial history in a matter of time. Maybe I will share this someday in this blog.

As an employee, I learned a lot of things. There are totally new things for me. I was more on the sales side previously. Sales and marketing were more into relationship management and how to build the relationship. I did really notice how things work. I just know about the product knowledge itself. How the product made or delivered, I was not an expert about that. However, with this new role, at least I know that I could make something happen. Alhamdulillah, Allah gave me a good mentor, boss and colleagues. I learned a lot from them. So I could say that I was a different guy from last year.

So I have found many things that I could be thankful for and grateful for. The most important thing is that we have to realise that We are enough for us, and we deserve it! I did try my best, and I realise that those are for me. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Revisit My Blog

 Just woke up, Adika was cyring. I think he was bloated, we called 'masuk angin'.

Alhamdulillah my wife gave him Yu-Yee Oil and now he is sleeping.

This moment i was sending eid mubarak to my fellow PhD colleague when I was in Cranfield, UK. I have found that I missed the moments i was in Cranfield. Doing PhD, has settled the time and working management there.

Everything was arranged and programmed. Loved it there, i hope someday we could go back there again. To live there, to grow there and to be successful there. In sha Allah. I would like to become like Bang Fauzan, a startup founder which is amazing. Currently i could dream while putting the stepping stones. In sha Allah.

Cranfield taught me a lot of things, Alhamdulillah Allah gave me an opportunity to embarked my PhD there. Lot of things has happened to me, it was one of the stepping stone for where i am standing right now. The foundation to shape my future. As a speaker in AMWAY's Seminar, someone could not have an extraordinary result if they are doing an ordinary way. So, i thought that doing a PhD is an extraordinary way for me. 

How I miss UK a lot, missing the experience which allow us grow as a family there. That is why i do revisit my blog with a #PhD tag. It is totally a journey, a lovely one. 

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Putting Expectation to a Prayer

I have found disappointments come while we are depending on something many times. Many times that we  have found a plan for my family and me as for example: to make a trip, then we were planning to buy a house, and many things that we would like to do could not be done due to some circumstances which were beyond our control, 

However, putting the expectations on people or ourselves was intriguing. We forgot that we have to depend on Allah, as He will decide what we plan. Did I feel disappointed? Yes, of course, that was because we were putting the expectation, not to the prayer.

We felt that we had done many things, but if it failed or delayed, we would be so extremely disappointed. So that is now me, myself, to learn how to put an expectation into a prayer. Bismillah... 

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Being Invisible

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Philo

Right now that I feel I have something that I need and require. And thank you, Allah, who has fulfilled my needs from Him.

I was thinking that becoming invisible is the best way for me. Invisible here means that I am showing off that I made something and contribute something for others. I intend to do what I think is the best that I could do, let others enjoy the result. However, I really do not care to take the credit for the output that the others could use. I am happy with it.

However, it seems that it was very hard. sometimes, when you become invisible, people tend to not see that you are there and do something because of them. I do not know, maybe they are busy with their own goal, and their level of empathy was not adequate to show their thankfulness or gratefulness.

Maybe I was the one that has the same attitude, or maybe still the same as now. Maybe I still do not know how to say thank you or grateful for whatever I have. Yes, indeed, I often think that everything is because of my work or my attempts and failures. However, it is all arranged by Allah the Al-Mighty. He managed everything for me; I am the one that needs to be thankful and be more grateful. 

I could foresee that there were stages to reach this thinking in terms of a different perspective or different mindset from others. Both education level and experiences have shaped me into this level, which I have to aware that this will be totally different from the others. 

I always remember that each person has their own fight, so I do not have any rights to judge them or undermine them. So, what I could do is to help them. As for now, I have a limitation. I tried to help from my perspective, which is to set my positive mindset for them. I do not know whether it is right or not, but this is the best I could do for now. 



Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Life to Share


Hari Minggu kemarin, tanggal 14 Februari 2021 dapat menyempatkan diri untuk share tentang PhD di UK. Alhamdulillah bisa berbagi dengan teman-teman yang ingin melanjutkan PhD. Banyak hal-hal yang ingin saya share di mana hal itu cuman bisa dirasakan ketika sudah menjalankan PhD Kalau baca di buku, atau di artikel, biasanya itu gak ada atau memang gak kelihatan.

Nah tacit knowledge ini (thanks to Saska) yang diperlukan sebenarnya oleh kami-kami ini. Saya pun merasa ini hal yang diperlukan, karena sebelum saya menjalankan PhD saya belum dapat menemukan hal seperti ini. Jadi saya harap hal ini bisa membantu yang lain.

Ada hal-hal yang bisa saya rasakan ketika sudah PhD, jalan berpikir, memandang sesuatu akan lebih berbeda. Dan yang terutama adalah PhD itu journey to become humble. Humble ini didapat karena kita sadar kalau kita gak sempurna, tulisan kita gak sempurna, PhD kita gak sempurna, riset kita gak sempurna, tulisan kita pun gak sempurna.

In sha Allah siap membantu yang ingin melanjutkan PhD nya. 

Tolong beri saya kekuatan dan kesehatan yang sempurna untuk dapat memberikan lebih untuk orang lain ya Allah Yaa Rahmaan Yaa Rahiim.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Reinventing My Memory!


Barusan saja handphone update, dan spotify hilang saja dong. Account hilang dan password juga, mandiri juga. Akhirnya spotify 'langganan' lagi, kalau mandiri bisa diakalin pakai sms kirim ke +62213355. Soalnya kalau kirim dari sini 3355 gak kekirim.

Jadi ceritanya mulai dengerin lagu coldplay lagi. Entah kenapa lagu Coldplay dengan aroma Britishnya yang kental bikin pikiran ini kembali ke 12 tahun yang lalu, waktu pertama kali merambah di Newcastle, UK. Good time and learned a lot. Pengen rasanya mengulang lagi masa perjuangan itu. Kerja di restoran, ngerjain tugas di library sampai pagi, begitu terus sampai lulus. Padahal waktu di sana bawaannya pengen pulang Indo, nah di Indo pengen balik lagi ke sana.

Sampai tahun 2013 alhamdulilah dapat kesempatan lagi untuk belajar lagi di sana sampai 2017. Alhamdulillah. Perjuangan yang luar biasa. Sangat bersyukur semua pencapaian dan perjalanan yang ada.

Sampai tahun 2019-sekarang tinggal di Malaysia, yang alhamdulillahnya so far is all right. Memang pas sekali ada pandemi. Terus terang ini menganggu sedikit, sempat bolak balik le dokterz diendosokopi colonoscopy, x ray dll. Alhamdulillah so far so good. Ternyata pikiran dan mental. Sempat dialog beberapa kali dengan dialog sampai habis kontraknya.

Nah keinget waktu di NCL, menulis blog atau jurnal bisa jadi membantu penguatan mental. Kita hide comment karena memang saat ini cuma perlu meluapkan dan feedback kurang diperlukan. Kadang kita cuman pengen meluapkan unek2. Dan the best thinf about writing is, kita bisa turn over ke cerita yang lebih positif.

Sejak awal memang saya maksakan supaya setiap keluh kesah yang dituangkan ke dalam blog ini dijadikan positif. Karena apa? Karena semua ada positifnya dan bagaimana cara mengambil positifnya? Perlu dilatih dan itu bertahap caranya.

Saya sekarang kembali belajar untuk bisa lebih 'cerdik' melihat dari perspektif yang, which is positive!

Wish me luck please. Please show me Your Guidance ya Allah Yaa Rahmaan Yaa Rahiim!

Monday, February 08, 2021

Berserah Diri

Alhamdulillah baru beres buka puasa. Lanjut maghrib dan jamaah sama anak istri. Alhamdulillah.

Memang beberapa kali masih ngerasain sakit di dada sama punggung. Alhamdulillah masih bisa ikutin cara yang diajarin Rasulullah lewat Dr Zaidul Akbar.

Jadi beberapa waktu lalu sempat endoskopi dan colonoscopy untuk cek aja. Alhamdulillah hasilnya bagus, ada gerd, parangritis sama batu empedu terlihat. Alhamdulillah so far so good. Semua oke masih.

Batu empedu pakai metoda yang diajarin Prof Roni  pakai apel, olive oil, garam inggris dan jus lemon. 

Setahun lalu sempat sakit dan susah nafas, sudah x Ray juga alhamdulillah aman. In sha Allah Allah Yang Maha Penyembuh. Berusaha hidup sehat, ibadah dan berserah diri sama Allah.