A Very Hard #LessonLearned

Today I have experienced an event that had changed my life personally and professionally. I will not explain what it is because of the nature of the event, but I can share a very hard #LessonLearned from the experience. Storified after the jump.
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The Cardigans – Gran Turismo JKT

The Cardigans-Gran Turismo JKT

I am of that age that going to concerts doesn’t excite me as it was when I was younger. Back then, I tried to score meet & greets, backstage passes and complimentary tickets. This time around I managed to score complimentary ‘Tribune 2’ ticket for The Cardigans. I intended to get Festival ticket though, so this door prize ticket I got from Cardigans Night held at Tokove Kemang served as back up plan, but it turned out that I had no additional budget for entertainment, so guessed Tribune 2 will do.

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Bandung (So Called) Business Retreat #2

That sahur I had only ikan bilis, the dendeng batokok had found no place in my tummy. Then I went to sleep, to be waken up at 10PM. Lazying up in bed, I got up when it was Dzuhur adzan. Then I do work which I intended to get done here in Bandung, hence the title Bandung (So Called) Business Retreat.

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Bandung (So Called) Business Retreat #1

Out of necessities of getting things out of my system, I’ve decided to have a weekend getaway to Bandung. The purpose is to get out of the circle into seclusive environment, contemplate on things and hopefully have a clean new perspectives on things. Hey how many times I mentioned things.) And by things, I thought business related things. So I name this getaway a ‘Business Retreat.’

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The Muse (Full Circle)

It was like lightning in broad daylight. I never have thought that it came full circle that day. On August 1st, 2012 I went to Plaza Senayan to attend meeting with prospect stake holder of my startup venture Happinette. The meeting was at 2.30. It didn’t take a long time. Then I had to prepare for another meeting in the evening in Senayan City, right in front of Plaza Senayan. Thought I check out what new CD avalable at Duta Suara up on level 2.

I made a short browse at Hawaianas shop right next to Duta Suara. There was displayed a cute Hawaianas sandals for babies. Considering myself buying a pair for Keila, but apparently it’s for over 1 year old, but from the size I guess it’s Keila’s size. Don’t know. Can’t decide. Went into the CD shop. Continue reading “The Muse (Full Circle)”

Wake Up Young Man, Your Love Affair Has Got To Go

Wake up young man, it’s time to wake up. Your love affair has got to go.

Wake Up
~ Mad Season, 1995

That was a snippet from song’s lyrics by Mad Season, a grunge supergroup in the 90s, and the first sentence rings true.

Sure it has been a wild ride for me and everybody’s involved; directly or indirectly; with me and what I have been experiencing in this last 2 years. Gosh, it’s been a long time ago since I started experiencing this wonderful phenomenon. Maybe you would like to be refreshed. Continue reading “Wake Up Young Man, Your Love Affair Has Got To Go”

A Very Personal Statement

It all started as a good deed for a person I follow on Twitter. Just happen that she is a public personality. Let’s call her Ms. πŸ™‚ xx. When she was feeling blue, I tried to cheer her up through my tweet. Then she tweeted back that she was happier because of my tweet. Thus I found out that we can spread happiness via conversation on social media, thus it became the idea for Happinette. Go check that one out.

Then along my endeavor of developing Happinette from concept to product, my back and forth withΒ Ms. πŸ™‚ xx went on and developed. We sent each other messages, even without mentioning each other nor without context of anything whatsoever, thus #NoMention and #kode was conceived (somebody coined the term based on our interaction.)

The interaction and so-called ‘communication’ with Ms. πŸ™‚ xx was getting intense, had its ups and down. Unbeknownst to us people around us, followers or those who happen to check our timeline once in a while (stalkers!) started to discuss about this ‘relationship’ and it escalated to become the most elaborate reality show ever happened on Twitter. The concept of #NoMention and #kode was adapted to broader use, from mocking purpose to genuinely honest tweets. From there, other follow-up catch phrases and keywords was born: Galau (GalauCity, ring a bell?), Sepik, Kangen, Mantan, Move on, etc. I even have a nickname: Coffee, Universe etc. Even Gila (hello, you female book author. You know who you are. πŸ™‚ ) Continue reading “A Very Personal Statement”

The Raid, Rad Review

There is unprecedented 160,000 something audience over last weekend went to see The Raid, in Indonesia alone. I have been holding so long not going to see it (due to work) so that day work bites the dust, I went to see The Raid catching afternoon show at PIM 1 XXI.

With no holds barred, the action gets right to it withing 10 minutes of the movie. There was only short intro of Rama (Iko Uwais) the main protagonist must leave his pregnant wife for a tour of duty. Then cut to the SWAT team truck, the scene where his commander Jaka (Joe Taslim) give a brief to the team, in short giving the audience what is the main plot.

The location of The Raid itself is within a 30 floor building owned by a sadistic crime-lord Tama (Ray Sahetapy,) so sadistic that cut-to-cut camera works shows early on that he executed someone with a hammer for he was out of bullets. In-your-face sadistic execution lays out upfront that it was an ultra-violent movie. Continue reading “The Raid, Rad Review”

#GrungeAtAmerica

There goes a hashtag from many tweets emitted from that auditorium in @America, the most modern cultural center in Jakarta. It was already 7.20 PM and I was late for that March 24, 2012 Navicula show at @America. As I entered the auditorium, “Aku Bukan Mesin” the 4th song was already playing.

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It was your usual Navicula setlist. Like pros the quartet performed top-notched rock, well, grunge concert. It needs to be connected to grunge because earlier that day Pearl Jam Indonesia kicked-off a Blog Competition with topic on “Pearl Jam and Grunge.” Well, Navicula claimed that its genre is psychedelic grunge. Dankie’s blues solo guitar licks adds to Robi’s heavy and dirty guitar, kept by Made Indra’s bass and Gembull’s drum’s tight rhythm section. Psychedelic means that their music is intoxicating. And indeed it’s true. Continue reading “#GrungeAtAmerica”