Deny Setiyadi in Siberia

Diary of a Mathemusician

All roads lead to… Batam

Hello, friends and family! It’s been like what – MONTHS, since my last post so I don’t know what to put on this one.

To start it off, I wanna let yous know that I left Siberia already! It was actually two months ago. Remember my mate J? We both left on July 16 right after we finished the second season of summer camp. We boarded the Trans-Siberian Railway in Krasnoyarsk in early morning and disembarked in Irkutsk the next day. The journey took around 22 hours and that was one of the greatest experiences of my life! Just so you know, Irkutsk is the city where Lake Baikal, world’s deepest and oldest lake, is situated but sadly we didn’t get the chance to appreciate the beauty of Siberia’s most astounding wonder as we had to catch our flight to Bangkok in three hours. Nevertheless, I got to see Siberian dachas and taigas along the way! (more…)

Spring Camp 2017 (it’s still -15°C ish)

Just a quick update. We’re currently at Spring break camp situated in the outer part of the city. It’s my first Siberian camp ever and the kids are wonderful! Almost everyone who participates is from another town or nearby settlement. Internet connection is almost non-existent here, so this is going to be short but don’t worry I’ll catch up with you all as soon as I’m back in the city. In the meantime, here’s some nice shots from the camp just so you know what I’ve been up to these days.

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The boys from Boguchany. Guess which one is Asian? Hint: he wears glasses.


Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations

Greetings from Siberia, friends and family! First and foremost, let me express my sincere gratitude for the positive feedbacks I received from the previous mail. I was blown away! THANK YOUS!

Today marks my third week in Krasnoyarsk. As time goes by I have met new people, visited new places, and obviously experienced new things I would’ve never thought I would do. I couldn’t write last week because the school office was still closed for the holidays and still is, means no internet for me. But luckily, the school director came to my flat this morning and gave me a loaded-up prepaid USB modem. It’s not the fastest connection but I’m so glad I have 24 hours of internet access now! Fantastic, right? Apparently there’s not much happening this week either because I only spent most of the times in the flat and to be honest it’s been a pretty rough and challenging one. (more…)

I survived my first week in SIBERIA

Hello everyone! Yes, I did. I can’t believe I survived my first week in Krasnoyarsk. It is SUPER COLD and a bit lonely here. There are so many things I want to tell!

The city of Krasnoyarsk is located in the heart of Siberia region, Russia Federation. I arrived here Sunday morning last week with twenty-hour layover in Beijing. Speaking of Beijing, I got to meet my two friends V and D again! I met them about two months ago, also in Beijing. V is a former Jakarta Sister City delegate and currently a student at 北京大学. She’s nice and fun. And J, he was one of the local volunteers at Beijing Sister City Youth Camp 2016 in which I participated, and happens to be one of my best friends now! He’s a really great guy! (more…)

Man am I going to SIBERIA!


朋友们, 你们好! 我今天想聊聊我的汉语老师在北京大学. 她叫 Yu Bin,是一位很友好的中国人. 说汉语和写汉字很酷! 我也有三朋友们, 利君, 禹杰和邱宁燕. 她们帮助我练习我的汉语. 感谢你们! 日前我说我一月想去北京, 我其实去北京下个月! 我很激动! 我昨天跟我的朋友靖涵说话和他在等我. 我在北京青年英营两周前见到他和现在他是我的好朋友, 对?! 🙂



朋友们好! 你们怎么样? 我刚开始学习华语. 我叫盛天琦. 这是我的华语名字和我的朋友来自中国邱宁燕给了我. 和我二十二岁和我是老师. 我是印度尼西亚人. 我可以说英语德语和印尼语和华语是我的第四语言. 顾思羽 [La Agusta] 是我的好朋友和禹杰是我的’姐姐’来自中国因为她教我. 我的电话号码是八九六二七四一九二零六. 你的电话号码是多少? 很高兴认识你谢谢! 再见!


Headed to Beijing!

Hello everyone! Just a quick update. I have just been elected as one of three Jakarta Sister City ambassadors. I’ll be touring to one of Jakarta’s sister cities to promote the concept of a future city of Jakarta that emphasises three main aspects: smart, ecological, and cultural. My first stop is… BEIJING! So I’m probably going to be refraining from Facebook or blogging for the next few months. However, I’m also planning to make video updates so stay tuned! I love you!! –Deny

It’s not that easy being green

As someone who was born in the early 90s, I had the privilege of growing up when technology hadn’t yet taken over. It was the time when we spent most of our childhood years playing outside, dancing in the rain, and engaging with nature. I still can recall how life was like before the internet, or when the internet already existed but dial-up was the only option. Back then carrying floppy disk was a sign of being tech savvy and the paper fortune could predict someone’s future. (more…)