The story of life is about effort and hope. Not all efforts were realized. Sometimes there were failures. This is a life story and reality of life. No one ever never fails. These are some of the failures that I have never regretted in my life. “But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.” (QS 8:30)
Failed to stay in mother’s womb longer than nine months. Born in Bukittinggi, West Sumatera, on May the 6th.
Failed to enter the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) as an undergraduate student, but fortunately entered the Department of Chemistry ITB as the second choice of the entrance examination (Sistem Penerimaan Mahasiswa Baru).
Failed to finish my study at the Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD). Dropout in the second semester. Unable to study at two universities, UNPAD and ITB, at the same time.
Failed to get a scholarship from the Indonesian government (University Research for Graduate Education scholarship) although already accepted as a Ph.D. student at the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB). I also failed to be sent by the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) to pursue my Ph.D. study at KU Leuven, Belgium. At that time, I was a candidate for the lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB.
My first paper submitted to the Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical was rejected for publication in this journal. “Nothing new,” said the reviewer.
Failed to be a lecturer at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Program Study of Materials Engineering, ITB, although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS). The economic crisis is hitting Indonesia at that time. This is the main reason why I left ITB.
I failed to speak Japanese even though almost three years living in Sapporo, Japan.
Failed to be a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, Universitas Negeri Padang (UNP) although finished the exam for Civil Servants (CPNS).
Failed to be promoted as an Associate Professor at Ibnu Sina Institute for Fundamental Science Studies, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
Failed to move to Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) as an Associate Professor.