Friday, January 13, 2017 | By: Nurul Fajry Maulida

Watch Out From Dengue Fever

I saw my whatsapp group, there was a news. A college student passed away just because of the dengue fever. I was really sad and wondering, how come dengue fever is able to take someone's life? Then, this video made me understand. 


I got this video from youtube, then I did a little of modification. Here is the link for the original video. I made the explanation for the video below, so please read the explanation while you watch the video. 
The female mosquito, Aedes aegypti, brings the dengue virus toward the human body that causes dengue fever through its needle. The small green circle is the dengue virus, while the big white circle is the immune cell. The immune cell can detect and absorb the dengue virus as the protection mechanism. Then, it takes the dengue virus to the lymphatic system. One of the function of the lymphatic system is to help rid the virus out of the body. But, because of the super strong dengue virus, the lymphatic system couldn't work as expected, even the dengue virus becomes stronger by doing some replication, they produce more and more viruses. The viruses spread to the blood vessel. When there are so many viruses, the condition is called viremia. If this condition doesn't stop, it can make the blood vessel to leak and allow the blood to go out from the blood vessel. 

Here is the picture if there is a leakage in the blood vessel.

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You can see so many red spots which are the accumulation of the blood that is out of the blood vessel. This condition tends to make the patient get a shock. Shock is the common life-threatening condition because of running out of the blood so all of the organs can not work properly. One of the examples is the respiratory system fails to work, the patient stops breathing. That's why the dengue fever is able to take someone's life. 

Now, we are in the rainy season and in the tropical country, when and where the dengue fever mostly occurs. You don't want to end your life just because of the dengue fever, right? What can you do? Of course, there is a way to avoid it which is by doing prevention.

Everybody now that doing prevention is far better than doing treatment. So in this post, I would like to invite you all to prevent your own self from getting infected by the dengue virus and after reading my post I hope you will be able to apply all of them in your daily life. There are 3 ways for the prevention which are knowing the symptoms, your environment, and the vaccine. 

Firstly, knowing the symptoms. The earlier you know the symptoms the better. The early symptoms of the dengue fever are having headache and fever. It is such not a specific symptom, right? It may be confused with other diseases like flu or typhoid. It's okay to be confused so you just need to make sure it to the doctor. The doctor will ask you to get laboratory examination, the officer will take your blood sample, then the doctor will confirm it whether you get infected or not. It's better to detect the infection earlier because you will have the possibility to be cured higher. 

Of course, there are specific symptoms of the dengue fever which are rash, itching, fainted, mouth and nose bleeding. But, it will appear in the worsening condition. If you find someone in those conditions, please bring him/her immediately because his/her life is being threatened. I have ever been in that condition, I was fainted and unconscious, my parent took me immediately to the hospital. Thanks to God, I was able to be saved. I got hospitalized for about 1 month.

Secondly, knowing your environment. You have known from the previous video that the one that is bringing the dengue virus is the mosquito. So, by preventing the mosquito growth, it will prevent our own self from getting infected by the virus. How can we prevent the mosquito growth? By knowing the mosquito life cycle. Look at the picture below.

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The life cycle of the mosquito, in this case, the life cycle of the Aedes aegypti, starts from the egg, then by the suitable environment when there is water, the eggs can transform into larvae. Then the larvae continue to grow to be pupae. The last, the pupae will transform into the adult mosquito. This adult mosquito will be ready to bite the human body. The whole documentation of this mosquito life cycle can be watched in this video below.


I got the video from youtube and I did a little modification. Here is the  link for the original video. 

After knowing its life cycle we can conclude that for the mosquito to grow, they require water so by preventing water from the mosquito growth, indirectly we prevent our own self from getting infected. That's why our government always invite all the resident to throw away every container that contains water. Besides that, our government also invite us to apply the mosquito repellent, wear long bright clothing, and use the mosquito net. 

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Thirdly, knowing the vaccine. Have you ever heard about the vaccine for dengue virus? You may be more familiar to the vaccine for the common disease like tetanus and polio. It's okay because it's true that you are not familiar with dengue vaccine since it has been approved by Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring agency this October 2016. It hasn't been over 1 year yet distributed in Indonesia. It's such a good news, right? After we were craving for the vaccine for the dengue virus for so many years, now we have had the vaccine. The vaccine name is Dengvaxia which is invented by Sanofi. 

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Sanofi is one of the biggest pharmaceutical industry in the world. They have been doing the research for about 20 years. Not only in Indonesia, Dengvaxia also has been approved in other 11 countries that need it the most. So, what are you waiting for? Get vaccinated to decrease the risk of getting infected. 

In conclusion, there are 3 ways to prevent your own self from getting infected by the dengue virus by (1) knowing the symptoms, the earlier you know it, the better, (2) knowing your environment, throw away every container that contain water and use protection to protect your body from getting bitten by the mosquito, (3) knowing the vaccine, get vaccinated to lower the risk of getting infected. 

The longer you live, the more contribution you can do to each other so you can end your life in the best way. That's all, watch out from dengue fever, be healthy, and thanks for visiting!

How To Make Cheesy Sausage Roll

I love cheese, so I come again sharing another recipe using cheese. The procedure is really simple.

Here is the ingredient:
1) Bread

2) Cheese

3) Sausage

4) Mayonnaise
5) Chili sauce
6) Wheat flour
7) Breadcrumbs
8) Butter
9) Egg

1) Fry the sausage until cooked.

2) Slice the edge of each bread and press the bread until thinner.

3) Put the butter on the whole surface of the bread

4) Add the sausage and the cheese inside the bread. Then you can add the chili sauce and mayonnaise.

5) Roll it.

6) Cover the surface of the bread with the wheat flour like the picture below.

7) Cover with egg.

8) Lastly, cover with breadcrumbs.

9) You can store it in the refrigerator and you can fry it anytime you want, but it may only stand for 3 days.


10) Fry it. Then, you can enjoy the cheesy sausage roll. 
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | By: Nurul Fajry Maulida

LPDP Scholarship Journey #4

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I was inspired by awesome senior who taught me to pay forward. She was the super kind-hearted person, mba Ninis. The thing is I don't know her really well, She was neither my senior in my faculty nor in my organization. I only met Mba Ninis for once. Nevertheless, I am confident to say how super kind-hearted she is.

In a beautiful day, I attended Asian Chemical Biology Initiative in 2015 to meet numerous prospective professors. I wasn't alone, I was with my friends who also intended to find the opportunity to be their prospective student. Randomly, I met mba Ninis, then we introduced ourself each other. I was surprised to know that actually mba Ninis has already been accepted by a professor from Osaka University so the reason why she attended the event was just because she would like to meet her professor who also attended the event. She also had been accepted as the awardee of LPDP so at that time she was just waiting for her departure. 

I interviewed her so much how she can get the professor and LPDP scholarship. Because of the limited time we had at that time, she kindly gave her email and asked me to continue the discussion later through email. She said that actually she had been helped by so many people in order to get the scholarship so she also intended to help me getting the scholarship really much as a paying forward. In this case, I never thought there was a person like mba Ninis who gave her hands without any charges to a person like me whom she firstly met that in fact she didn't know me really well. Before this, I always think twice to give that kind of help to a person whom I firstly met. By her saying, I was touched, then I promised to myself to do the same thing like her.

Yes, I contacted her so many times, discussing how to get contact with a prospective professor until discussing how to write the essays in applying for the LPDP scholarship. During our communication, she encouraged me to use English, she said that I have to be accustomed to it since the benefits will be obtained later when I start the study. I felt really grateful to know her so I always pray to God to give her all the best. 

Actually, the concept of paying forward has been learned during my study in my pharmacy faculty. Yet, I just realized how important to pay forward it is as our gratitude after meeting mba Ninis. We had a really great culture in pharmacy faculty. No other faculties in my university have that kind of that culture. A culture that builds a really strong bond between the senior and junior. We have the "brother and sister" relation. There are numerous families in the faculty. Every student must have his/her older sister/brother and his/her younger sister/brother. 

Let me explain this by my own example. When we became the freshman, the seniors who were 1 year older greeted us. After having so much time with the senior to build our character and to let us know about the culture, we were asked to find our own prospective older sister/brother each other. At that time, I had three seniors who will be my prospective older sister. I was only able to have the choice, but it's not me who decided, the one who decided was the seniors themselves whom I proposed. Finally, every student had their own older sister/brother, no one that didn't have the older sister/brother at all. So basically, every student has their own family. I have one older sister, my older sister has her older sister, I also have my younger sister, and my younger sister also has her younger sister, and so forth, so that's why we build a family. 

The culture seems quite complicated, but actually, the purpose of having the culture is really simple. The older sister gave her notes that she had written during in the class. It doesn't stop until I was the one who received it, I also had the obligation to give the notes to my younger sister as a paying forward, as my gratitude that I have been helped by my older sister who had provided me the notes so I was able to comprehend the study better. My younger sister would also do the same, she would give the notes to her younger sister, and so forth. A simple culture that taught me to pay forward. 

Besides the notes, I had so much fun with the family. We were not only providing notes each other, but we also provided our time each other to celebrate one of us' birthday, to greet our new member in the family, or to celebrate our older sister/brother's graduation. Because of the family, I was able to survive during studying in pharmacy faculty. What a power of paying forward!

During my preparation to obtain the LPDP scholarship, of course, I was helped by so many friends of mine. I involved 4 friends in reviewing my essays, I involved 4 different friends in practicing the leaderless group discussion and interview, I also involved 4 awardees of LPDP in consulting about the LPDP selection process. There might be also other friends who were indirectly involved during my preparation. That's why I was involving so many people to help me obtain the scholarship. Genuinely, I felt really grateful to have them around me. Without them, I couldn't imagine whether I would succeed or not. 

As I was helped by so many people and as I have promised to myself before, to do the same thing like mba Ninis, I truly offer my hands to help you obtain the LPDP scholarship. You can contact me through my email: You can ask me anything. Just in case, I couldn't give the response quickly or I give the response but not reaching your expectation, I ask your forgiveness in front. I may be in the situation when I couldn't response it in the best way. After that, as the concept of paying forward, to show your gratitude, I invite you also to do the same thing to others who may need your hands. I hope, by paying forward, not only your dream that can be true, but you also help others to make their dreams come true. Isn't it beautiful?