Sunday, December 30, 2007

Day 4 (November 25th) - Contest and Awards Ceremony

The "big" day started with a humble breakfast provided in the Teacher's Hostel. It was a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. We were then transported to the university and prepare for the actual contest.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Day 3 (November 24th) - Practice Session and Opening Ceremony

We woke up in the morning, went up for a breakfast at Yoshinoya (a Japanese bento restaurant) near the hostel and returned. The ICPC committee picked us up at around noon and we headed to the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) by a bus, which took around 15minutes. We met Jojo, our guide, who is a student in NTNU from Malaysia (she speaks Mandarin Chinese, Malay, and some English) studying fine arts.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Day 2 (November 23rd) - Taipei Sightseeing

The second day started with a breakfast in a MOS Burger branch near the hostel (seems that there are many MOS Burger branches in Taipei). Looking for the MRT station, we realized that our hostel was actually located near the Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) memorial hall, which is just about 5-10 minutes walk away.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Day 1 (November 22nd) - Departure to Taipei

We gather at the airport in the morning (as usual), checked in for a Cathay Pacific flight to Taipei with a transit in Hong Kong. I was actually looking to use the airport lounge facility provided by my Mastercard Platinum card from Standard Chartered, but there is no lounge in the Terminal 2-D showing the sign for Standard Chartered (well, in their website they say it should be available). Therefore we proceed to the normal waiting hall.

ACM ICPC Regional Contest - Taipei Site 2007

As usual, the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) started with regional contests in the period of September until December. This year, I got the chance to represent BINUS UNIVERSITY again for the ACM ICPC. However, since Felix Halim and Andoko Chandra, my former teammates for the ACM ICPC, have already graduated, we have to form a new team. This time, our team is named "YoiMon" which consists of myself, Timotius Sakti and Kenny Hartono (final year students in BINUS UNIVERSITY). Taipei site is the first one of two regional sites that we attend this year (the second one is Singapore site). For this site, our team will be accompanied by Ms. Henny Surya Ningsih as coach (and translator :D ).

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Site Move Completed

Due to several considerations on performance, support, features, and pricing of my previous hosting provider as well as several candidate hosting providers, I finally decided to move out this site from MasterWebNet (an Indonesian webhost) to DreamHost (USA based) with email hosted in Google Apps (a free service by Google, providing a maximum of 100 email accounts with each 2GB of space as well as the nice GMail user interface).

Friday, June 22, 2007

ACM ICPC INC 2007 - Final Round Solutions

In this page I will try to explain the solutions I made during the competition for the problems that I solved, and some ideas I got about the problems that I do not solve. Please download and view the problem statements (available from Felix Halim's site) before reading, otherwise you may get lost on what I am talking about. I will explain it by the order we got it accepted.

Monday, June 18, 2007

The ACM ICPC Indonesia National Contest 2007

This year is the first year for BiNus to host a contest bearing the ACM ICPC logo, in form of Indonesia National Contest (INC) 2007. In previous years, BiNus organized a yearly competition called Bina Nusantara Programming Contest for College Students (BNPC-CS). As a preparation to host an Asian Regional Contest site in 2008, since this year, BNPC-CS is changed into ACM ICPC INC which is now a competition for teams of three peoples. This time, my team consists of myself, Dennis Andika Suryawijaya, and Peter Suryaatmaja, and I chose "kurniady" as the team name because I don't have any other idea for the team name :)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Tokyo Travel and Travel Photography Summary

In this page I will list some important points I learned during the trip to Tokyo.

Travelling :

  • Two days is NOT enough to visit every great tourist spots in Tokyo. Plan for some 4 days or even more if you plan to shop a lot.

  • Tokyo is probably very expensive for some, but get real, you should not expect to save money during traveling, otherwise the trip itself may be incomplete and you'll regret later. Expect to spend some significant amount of money in eating, transportation, and souvenirs.

Day 8 (March 18th) - Departure back to Jakarta

Because we were a little bit late to wake up and pack the things and have some breakfast, we were quite late to depart from the hotel, but managed to catch the 9 AM airport express in the Tokyo Station. The train departed just right after we hop onto it.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Day 7 (March 17th) - Downtown Tokyo (East Part) : Ueno, Ginza, Tsukiji, Asakusa, Akihabara

Our last effective day in Tokyo was spent traveling the eastern part of Tokyo. We went down to have a breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, and followed Mr. Raymond's suggestion of walking to Akihabara for its closer station location.

Day 6 (March 16th) - Downtown Tokyo (West Part) : Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya

This is the last day of our stay in Hilton Tokyo Bay. We had our breakfast, packed our things, and went to the Monorail station. Switched a couple of trains before we made it to Ochanomizu station and walked to the Green Hotel Ochanomizu, Tokyo.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Day 5 (March 15th) - The World Final and Awards Ceremony

Participants are not allowed to bring any electronic devices during the world final, therefore I did not take any picture during 5 hours of the contest. We woke up as usual, had a nice breakfast, and then gather in the front the Crystal ballroom. Some teams took picture with the trophy. The spectators entered the room first, and as participants we enter the room after all of the spectators have seated.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Day 4 (March 14th) - Opening Ceremony and Practice Session

Day 4 starts with an usual breakfast in the hotel, after which we moved into the competition room set for the practice sessions (which was in the Crystal Ballroom of Hilton Tokyo Bay Hotel). We were assigned the computer number 06, and our neighbors was Caltech, Carnegie-Mellon, Fudan, and others. (if I remembered correctly)

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Day 3 (March 13th) - Techtrek and Excursion to Disney Sea

We woke up a little bit late today, but still got the time to have some good breakfast. Today, we will be going through the IBM's Techtrek program and to the DisneySea to have some fun.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Day 2 (March 12th) - Arrival in Tokyo

We arrived at Narita airport, Tokyo, at about 7am in the morning. The time in Tokyo is GMT+9, which is two hour ahead of Jakarta. Due to the lack of sleep, most of us felt quite exhausted. The temperature in Tokyo was very cold for us who lives in a tropical region, but thankfully I brought a very good wool coat with me (which I wore almost all the time in Tokyo, except when sleeping).

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Day 1 (March 11th) - Departure to Tokyo

Our group assembled at the Airport's McDonalds at around 6pm, ready for check-in. We went inside to check-in, go back outside for a while, and then reenter the departure gate for immigration checks and proceed into the waiting room.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

ACM ICPC World Final 2007 - Tokyo, Japan

Our victory in the ACM ICPC Regional Contest in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, opened our way to the world final. Our team, consisting of Felix Halim, Andoko Chandra, and Andrian Kurniady (Me), representing Bina Nusantara University, was invited and attended this year's ACM ICPC World Final in Tokyo, Japan. We were accompanied by Mr. Raymondus Kosala and Ms. Yenlina Prasetio from BiNus. This wonderful event, which includes a one-week trip to Tokyo, produced quite a lot of stories to be written here.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Banjir (in Indonesian)

Ini mungkin blogpost pertama gw yang berbahasa Indonesia. Di sini gw mau menceritakan pengalaman gw selama banjir kemarin, yang katanya banjir paling gede di Jakarta, kalo dibanding banjir2 sebelumnya...