Friday, March 28, 2014

‡ BUMA: 26.03.12 - 28.03.14 ‡

Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama.
Located at Pluit, exactly at the same area with Emporium Pluit Mall.

I sent my first job application letter there and got a call to attend the interview on 14 February 2012, even before I passed my final defense. Apparently I was accepted as an Internal Consultant for SAP R/3, Material Management (MM) Module there afterwards.

I started my first day there on 26 March 2012, together with Stella Winata and Liani Susanto.

I thought both of them would be the only friends around my age but Dewi Susanti and Indra Suryadi joined the ERP team weeks after us. Oh, Stella and Dewi were in the same module with me while Liani was assigned for Human Capital Management (HCM) Module and Indra was assigned for Plant Management (PM) Module.

May 2012. Our first picture together with the new staff ID cards at Sushi Tei - Emporium Pluit Mall.

I remember when I had my first and second presentation during my first and third month. Both would decide whether I was qualified or not to be a part of ERP team officially. I passed and so did Stella and Liani.

We went for our first work meeting a.k.a Rapat Kerja to Bandung for 3D2N on June 2012. I was (coincidentally) picked as the event team, my most favorite division among others in event preparation. Ah, I missed preparing rundown and so on actually.

June 2012. Girls from ERP Department.

There was "Improvement Idea" session and my team actually won (although, unfortunately, the idea didn't went on). Below is the first time I took picture together as a complete team. The most memorable moment? Karaoke-ing when we're on our way to Bandung and way back to Jakarta.

9 June 2012. Work Meeting of ERP Department at Aston Hotel - Bandung.

Dewi passed the probation and Indra passed as well. Five of us became best friends, knowing that we're around the same age and we just had the chemistry to be good friends. We often went to Emporium Pluit Mall just to spend the lunch time for nothing (or sometimes bought snack).

August 2012. After visiting Pancious Pancake House! Yes, we're all in skirts as agreed.

Most of the times we would go to the food court and buy some snacks or just sit there and chat. Another time we would go to Gramedia or SOGO. Sometime we would make a stop at Carrefour and bought fruits -- it became our favorite stop for the past 6 months, if I'm not mistaken.

26 September 2012. It's been 6 months since three of us joined the team.

If there's a meeting, a goodbye is inevitable. As time passed by, we received news that our seniors would resign. One by one and the only senior in my MM team also moved out, leaving only me and Stella together. Where's Dewi? Due to the turnover in HCM team, she was assigned to help Liani in the team.

September 2012. TaWan is a place I often visited back then. LOL.

At that time, I did wonder about when I would have the same moment with them. However, since I was just 6-7 months old there, I shrugged it away. Well, five of us did have random talk about who would be the first to leave for the new 'ship' (and I was definitely not the first name to be mentioned -- we only found out the answer one and half year later).

September 2012. Belated birthday party for Dewi, Hendy, Suteja, and Vika.
This is my former MM team. From left to right: Dewi, Vika, Stella, Erlia.

My busy schedule happened during the last month of 2012. A new integration project vendor began with only two consultants actively involved. An external ABAPer (programmer) was also assigned to help the project development. At the same time, Stella was also involved for an important project regarding financial report.

December 2012. I often worked until 10 or 11 PM during this month due to project deadline.

The most memorable part? No, it's not from 2012. It's actually from January 2013 where I didn't go back home and spent hours at the nearby hotel. It was caused by the workload (I was still at office when the clock struck 1 AM) and the flood (my home was suffering at that night).

January, February, and then March arrived. A year had passed and some members of ERP team did change somewhat. Some came, some went away. Not only in my team but sometimes my users from MM team also bid me goodbye and, yes, the question crossed my mind again: how about me?

26 March 2013. We celebrated our first work anniversary at May Star!

I tried not to think too much, knowing that I barely had anything at that moment. There's still so much things  I needed to learn. Therefore I decided to focus on what I had and what I got to do. Besides, everything was good -- even my friends said so.

May 2013. The girls did buy the same shirts together but Indra didn't buy his with us. Coincidence, eh?

Ever heard of we, humans, are never satisfied with what we have? I did and I know exactly how it feels. I feel that all the time, even until now. I also know that we need to be grateful but, sometimes, the not-too-satisfied feeling is what driving us to improve more and more.

The office was near from my house. I got good friends there. I wasn't scolded when I came a little bit late or took an early leave. There's a mall next to the building. I had what's people wanted to have and, for your note, I was grateful. I still am.

24 May 2013. Stella and my birthday celebration at Crown Palace - Pluit Junction.

Then I finally made a big decision during the early month this year. It's February when I had prepared a brown envelope to be submitted. I still remember exactly how I felt nervous, how I felt unsure, and how the doubt engulfed me at the moment. It happened exactly on the day of BUMA birthday celebration.

26 February 2014. BUMA birthday celebration: Dance with Empire. Wearing our uniforms.

I started to countdown each day, knowing that a month was not a long time. The feeling of excitement came but, at the very same time, I felt unsure. I was going to leave my comfort zone, everyone said. Should I really throw everything when I had the good things already?

20 March 2014. A week before my last day. Being bubbly and silly at our best with one of my most favorite shirts.

Strangely enough, like what people said, sometimes we learn the value of time when we start running out of time. I came to think by myself about the two years I spent there, about every moment I had, about the days I went through.

Those were the moments I could only have in BUMA.

26.03.2014. We celebrated our second anniversary since we started work there.

Managed to celebrate my second work anniversary with Stella and Liani on 26 March 2014, I actually promised myself that I would not be the melancholic one on my last day -- or so I thought.

I failed successfully.

28 March 2014. My last karaoke-ing time with the team at Inul Vizta - Pluit Junction Mall.

I didn't work on my (official) last day there. Literally. I spent my day going here and there, returning the assets and all, bidding goodbye with everyone. Some of the team members went to karaoke during lunchtime and I started to feel... lonely? Nahhh, I don' t even know how to describe the feeling in words.

Before I went home, I was dragged to the meeting room to share one or two words with others. I was planning to thank them, to apologize if I had done any mistakes, yet I ended up with tears while saying the words. They gave me a farewell gift (and I love it so much!) before taking picture(s) together as a team.

28 March 2014. My countdown finished. Got a surprise from the team.

Without meeting everyone there in BUMA, I would not become who I am today.

Thanks would never be enough to return your kindness but my gratitude and prayer are sincere.

Thanks to MM team, PM team, FAT team, HRGA team, SHE team, and every team there. Thanks to BE team who became a part of my job division as well for the past months.

I would love to thanks the ERP team members respectively:
Mr Harry Rachmat, ERP Manager.
Yulie Christiany, Christine, Linda Wihardjo, Benidiktus Kurniawan.
Irsa Hasyim, Hendy Cahyadi, Ayu Lintang Ramadhani.
Dona Wirawan, Raden Vicky.
Haryono Asngadi, Suteja Kusuma, Mariana Novelia.
Bangun Windiarto, Ruhul Amin.
For all seniors who had helped me during my early months as a new member there.

Extra thanks to Liani Susanto, Dewi Susanti, and Indra Suryadi for being the best friends I could ever ask for.

And, last but not least, special thanks to Stella Winata, for being the most amazing partner in work. I already miss sitting next to you, arguing over an issue, picking up the phone, discussing about the e-mails, and all and all.

Goodbye doesn't mean we won't see each other anymore. Therefore I'm not going to say 'goodbye' but 'see you later'.

I will always pray for everyone's success without failing.

Until next time. :)

Personal note:
This blog post is originally posted on 23.05.2014, Stella's 24th birthday.
However I changed the post date to 28.03.2014, my official last day at BUMA.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

‡ 7 Reasons: Travel Alone ‡

Do you like travelling?

I do... or, at least, I think I do.
I never travel alone though (in my own definition of travelling).

The first time I left Indonesia without my parents is when I went to Singapore with Brenda, Dewi, and Monica (I wrote about it here) on 2011. It's quite interesting since we just went here and there based on online research by our own.

I went to Singapore again on November 2012 with Alvin, Liani, and Tono. Although I visited the same country, since I had different companion, it did feel somewhat different -- I enjoyed both experiences for sure.

Then Malaysia is my next destination on 2013 with Dewi, Indra, Liani, and Stella (complete story is here).

I went to Singapore (again) this January 2014 with my Mom. Third time but definitely the most different experience since I was the one who in charge for everything. I took a couple of hours to walk around Orchard alone during the third day since my Mom was too tired at the moment.

On additional note, I went to Bandung on January 2014 with Alvin, Liani, and Stella -- only for random walk and food. Another visit to Bandung (and Lembang Floating Market) last February 2014 with Jeanette, Matthew, and Wien.

I have this (probably) resolution to go on travelling alone (yes, no friend, no tour guide) one day. The destination? I have the name already but, well, I need to increase my savings first. *laughs*

Anyway, I just want to share an article I read this morning with all of you. Who knows if you find this kind of true? ;)

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life

1. You will meet amazing people.
While traveling with friends or a significant other can be a lot of fun, traveling solo for a certain amount of time can prove to be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do because of the great people you’ll meet.

When we travel with friends or a partner, we tend to stick to that little group of familiar faces and even though you’ll meet new people, the dynamics and interactions won’t be as deep and fulfilling. While you’re on your own on the road, you’re much more eager to meet travel buddies, team up with other travelers and generally reach out more in order to socialize.

2. The overwhelming sense of absolute freedom.
When you travel on your own and you start meeting people and making awesome friends, you’ll probably team up with travel buddies and end up expanding your travel plans. You’ll probably change your plans once you hear about that amazing waterfall, that incredible desert beach, the opportunity to bungee jump from a high bridge, or taste a special delicacy you’ll only find off the beaten track.

When you’re traveling, you’re open to change and you’ll welcome it with open arms. The great thing is that you don’t have to fit into a group’s agenda, give explanations or disappoint anyone, you can follow your rhythm, desires and move like the wind.

3. Traveling alone challenges your fears and insecurities
This is a big one, especially if it’s your first solo experience. I remember the first time I traveled when I was 18 and moved to London on my own for 3 months to be an au pair and live with a local family. I was terrified of the unknown, but if I would have surrendered to that fear, I would have never get to know the strong, courageous and adventurous side of me. I was scared, but I did it anyways and by the 3rd day, I was really proud of myself. From then on I never let fear stop me. 16 years and many adventures later, I still have a little voice inside my head, asking: “What if something goes wrong?” “What if you get into trouble?” This is normal and perfectly human; fear exists for our own protection and boosts our awareness. But we shouldn't let it control our lives.

Safety can be a great comfort, but common sense is the key. Read and research a lot before you travel, check out hostel reviews, and research feedback from other travelers in forums and blogs. Respect the local culture and I guarantee you’ll be fine.

4. Fall in love.
Everyone wants to find their better half and much is said about failed relationships while on the road. It doesn't have to be like that! We find love when we meet someone who shares our interests, dreams, and goals. While traveling solo you’ll meet so many people from all walks of life that falling in love might just happen. Whether it will be a great summer love or end up at the altar, no one knows, but there are many people out there with amazing stories.

If you already have a partner, this time away can boost your passion and once you’re back, you’ll appreciate each other’s company more.

5. You can take the time to nurture yourself.
If you have a stressful life back home, either studying hard or working too much, traveling on your own can be the time to take some time off and nurture yourself.

Whether you’re a backpacker traveling cheap or if the sky is the limit as far as your budget goes, you can use this time to pamper yourself. Indulge in rich and delicious local meals which will boost your energy and health, take long walks on the beach by sunrise, or get a massage. Do some yoga and relax a lot. Enjoy all the wonderful things you deserve, and understand that happiness is a birth right, not a privilege.

6. You’ll have a chance to recreate yourself and be who you want to be.
While traveling solo, you can leave your grumpy, tired old self behind and start to be a new you. Explore parts of your personality you are not very comfortable or familiar with. When on the road, you might be challenged by unexpected factors and be positively surprised how well you respond to them. Empower yourself by unleashing the wonderful, irresistible and intelligent person you are, but whom you've neglected in your everyday routine.

7. You can finally take time to leave everything else behind.
Just disconnect from the world for a while. Turn off your mobile, “forget” to check you emails for a few days… don’t think about the bills, the responsibilities, the duties and problems. Leave them behind.

Some of the most intense creative times or the ones where we find the solutions for all our problems are actually the moments when we disconnect and stop worrying. Have you ever tried to remember a name or a date and you just can’t spit it out, but after you quit trying it pops out? It’s the same for the rest of life. Sometimes our brains need to get rid of old thoughts in order to be able to create space for new ones, better ones. So just disconnect yourself from everything and you might be amazed by how fresh you’ll feel once you get back home.

Original article: here

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

‡ Right, Wrong : Person, Time ‡

Apparently, tonight I bring 'love' as the theme again.

I read an article, written beautifully and amazingly true. You can read her writing here.

Every girl has her own ideal type.

Tall. Humorist. Smart. Handsome. Friendly. Easy going. Honest. Sweet. Creative. Independent.
Mr Nice Guy. The Bad Boy. The Alpha Male. The Romantic Prince.
Musician. Artist. Cook. Photographer. Sportsman.

The list goes on and on, according to each girl in this world who has personal preference for boys.

I remember writing this one question around three years ago. This question would linger in my mind whenever I feel like standing at the edge of somewhere; not knowing whether I'm going to fall on safe place or to the dark abyss.

"Am I the right person who appeared in the wrong time...

or am I only a wrong person who appeared in the right time?"

According to J.cheong (the writer of the article I mentioned above), there are three men in every girl's love life.

The right person you meet at the wrong time.

During your time of youth, a girl could have every first time with this one person. Your first love and, probably, your first heartbreak. He's the right person who became the one who told you that not everything you wanted is what you needed.

The right person you meet at the right time.

Then there is this one person who could make you realize why everything didn't work out the way you think it should be.

For girls who love romantic stuff, this person is the one who would be the companion in every moment you would love to remember for your whole life. For them who are not too romantic (including me), he is the man who is your best friend, brother, and lover at the same time. He would be glad to tell you that imperfection is what makes love even more beautiful.

The wrong person you meet at the right time.

As for the last, the writer talked about marriage -- about how true love is all about a matter of timing. Perhaps, for now, he is the right one but, in ten years, he might not be the one anymore. She mentioned about marriage is not (always) about the right one at the right time, but it's because he is the right one forever.

I'm just going to add a small point here but, no, I'm not going to talk about marriage since I know barely nothing about it. When we talk about the wrong person at the right time, girls in their 20s would probably think about this one guy who appeared in the low points of their lives. He would lift you up, shine on you, stay with you like no other.

Everything felt perfectly right... but it's all just your feeling. You thought he's the right one but, no, he's just there at the perfect timing. There would come a moment when it hit you hard, "Oh my, what was I thinking again? How could I not realize that we're not meant to be?"

Is it love when that moment came up? Is it regret? Is it a complaint?


I'm not going to count it as a regret nor complaint. You just learn another life lesson. You celebrate his existence in your love history but, you know, he's not the right one.

That's the end of my random opinion tonight.

How about yours? ;)

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

‡ What Is Love? ‡


What is love really?

Ask ten different persons and they might give you ten different answers as well.

Valentine's Day has passed for more than one month but, like what people said, it's not like we only celebrate the existence of love on V-Day, right? ;)

Let's start this topic with my own simple definition of love.

Love is universal.

Nowadays, most people come up with an idea of a couple -- man and woman -- when one speaks of the word 'love'. Lyrics, movies, books. Everything.

Of course it's not wrong. It's definitely one kind of love. I just add the love for God, love for family, love for friends, and love for the world in my dictionary of love; the very reason why I define love as universal.

Love is not only restricted for two souls who will be together for life (or somewhere around that point).

Love is sincere.

When it comes to love, you don't demand others to be like what you want. You accept them for who they are but doesn't let them to fall out to the abyss when it brings no good.

You don't blame love when you feel hurt. You don't ask for people to return your love because, yes, loving is not about give and take; it's about loving without regret.

Then why do we cry because of love? Why does heart keep breaking? Why can't everyone just be happy when we love others?

Some said life is not fair and so is love.

Just because you love someone, doesn't mean the person should love you equally. Remember, love is sincere. Love is not about who loves another more. No, of course, it's not wrong to expect the person you love to return your feeling but, if your intention from the start is just to love and ask it back, be ready to be blown by your own expectation.

Sure, hearts break. Someone could break your heart, the same way you might break another heart. However, there will be someone who could gather pieces of your heart and make you realize your imperfection is perfect, the same way you could be that 'someone' for a soul in this world.

Crying is not a weakness. If you cry because you feel hurt by loving someone, perhaps it's because you lose the essence of loving yourself; we forget that loving someone else also means that we should love ourselves as well.

Cry for love. Cry for one you love. Cry for a heart that loves you. Cry for a world which exists for and after you.

With all those reasons behind your tears, you'll find even more reasons to smile for love.

Aren't those words sound too dreamy? I know. I feel that way as well but, well then, that is exactly what I think about love.

How about you?

"If a thing loves, it is infinite."
- William Blake

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