Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There's Always A First Time For Everything

I went to Malang last week from Thursday to Sunday, and I just realized that..

  • It was the first time I step foot in Terminal 1! It explains to two things: I don't travel enough and when I do I never take other airline except Garuda for domestic travel. I actually like Terminal 1 and it's semi open air concept, it gives a holiday mood as soon as you get closer to the gate.
  • It was obviously the first time I took Citilink. I have no complain, really! Both flight leave on time, check in process was efficient and the staff was nice. I will definitely fly with Citilink again. 

Getting Back into The Routine

I have fallen off the exercise habit for the last 4 weeks. I don't even remember when was the last time I worked out. And in a blink of an eye, Ramadhan is coming and it's gonna be even challenging to incorporate exercise during the month. 

The reason why I didn't exercise lately, well what else but the crazy schedule and workload and the fact that I didn't want to lessen the minimal time I have with the kids. I know for sure that exercising actually helps us being more productive even though our schedule is already crazy as it is. But the thing is, I need enough sleep too. Not because I'm lazy but because I try to listen to my body and know what best for it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Current Craving; Samsung Galaxy S6

My iPhone 5 broke down at the time Samsung Galaxy S6 launched. Coincidence? I think not :p.

I’m not one who always hunt for the latest gadget, although my husband will disagree with this statement considering I have Samsung Note, Fuji X100s Camera, Nook, Polar Watch in addition to iPhone and Macbook Air. I know I seem to have every gadget for specific purposes but once I have them, I’m very loyal to them. My iPhone has been with me for more than 2 years, and so does the camera. I also have the Nook for almost 2 years. I wouldn’t have any interest to replace my old Macbook Air if I didn’t accidentally pour coffee all over it :(.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My #FitNFab Journey with Nike

When it comes to exercise, I'm not as consistent as I would like it to be. There are weeks when I can workout 3-4 times, but then there are times when I barely drop a sweat for 3 weeks straight. But you know what always keep me in check to hit the gym, aside from my growing waistline? It's Nike Indonesia! I've been fortunate to be involved in many of their programs since late last year. There's no feeling more energized and more positive than being surrounded with these fit and strong girls! They really do make me want to be healthier and leaner. 

The Nike Indonesia people and the agency team is also a joy to work with. They have been spoiling me with Nike goodies that make working out so much more fun. We can be sweating but we still need to look good, right? Learning more about the brand is also an exciting experience for me. Nike is one of the brands that I admire because of its mission and its creative innovation to stay relevant to our daily life and empower us to be #betterforit. They have successfully instil in me that strength is the new standard for beauty.

Now let me walk down memory lane from the first activity with Nike. 

NTC at Sana Studio where they introduced us about the Nike Pro Bra. Laila Munaf was known for her Zumba in the early days but now she is Indonesia's NTC Master Trainer.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

//femaledev Empowering Young Female Leaders with Technology

On Kartini's day, I was invited by Yansen to share my entrepreneurship journey at //femaledev summit. Nowadays, I prefer to do a talkshow or panel than a full presentation with slides and everything. It's usually more fun and less preparation on my side. I was on the session with Putri Tanjung, founder of Creativepreneur and a professional gamer Monica Caroline, founder of Nixia Gamer. So it was basically about the creative industry and how technology empowered us.

I received a lot of questions from students and aspiring entrepreneurs after the session as well as from the media. It was uplifting to know there are so many young female out there dreaming big and trying to design their own life. I used to think that it's better to work first before building your own business but now I believe that it's better to start as young as possible! 

Start young where you have no body depend on you financially and you don't have to worry about mortgage and pension fund so you can afford some mistakes. Start young where your body is still at its prime so you can work till the wee hours and still look like you are fully charged the next morning. Start young where you still have crazy ideas and believe that there's no limit. 

Do you know that Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey & Larry founded their companies when they were 20 something? So what are you waiting for, right? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.   

Anyway, I was asked what I want Female Daily to be in the next 5 years? I told the audience that by then, I hope all smartphones own by Indonesian women will have Female Daily apps on it. I don't know what the numbers will be, some 100 million something? But wouldn't it be awesome that something you build become a big part of people's daily life? I know it's a tall order but let's just do our best and let Allah do the rest :)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Can we go back to Istanbul, please?

That is the question that the kids, especially Jibran, keep on asking me. He's been to quite a few countries, from US to Europe to Australia. But never he ask us to go back to any of those countries except Istanbul! We went there last August and did the Idul Fitri prayer at the Blue Mosque. We spent more than a week in the city, staying at the old town and the Istiklal area and explored the city by foot so much. I understand why he was so captivated by the city. It is indeed beautiful. It had been on my wishlist for quite a while and I was glad I got to go there with the family. And I was lucky to go there twice last year with the second visit for Endeavor ISP.

Istanbul is beautiful for a lot of things: the landscape, the architecture, the sightseeing, the history, the culture, the people, the park and the million things you can do there. It has a unique mix of modern and traditional, eastern and western, nature and structure.  One minute you can be in Asian continent and the next minute you'll arrive in the European continent. Only in Istanbul! It's a busy city yet it's so welcoming that even Jib said he didn't feel like a stranger there.

One of my favorite moments was when we climbed up Galata Tower right before sunset. Not only did I saw a 360 panoramic view of the city, I also witnessed how the sky turned beautiful reddish orange and the sun slowly set behind the Marmara Sea. Then when it started to get dar, lights started to sparkle from the buildings around and I could hear the sound of Adzan maghrib from every corner of the city. It was sooo beautiful it's magical.  I couldn't stop admiring and being grateful to be there to see one of Allah magic works.

More pictures...

Friday, April 24, 2015

On Upgrading Yourself

Every Monday, we have a sharing session in the office where we update everyone on what's going on, what we are working on, the progress, announcement and everything. The update can be just a one liner or something that involves a presentation. Then, at the end of the session someone will present about a topic that interest him/her, and it can be about anything, doesn't have to be about work at all. Recent topics included:

  • How to survive a horror movie! haha, this one was hilarious. 
  • Bagaimana supaya tidak terkena begal. This one was important but the advices were amusing
  • Kiat supaya bisa bertahan sampai gajian berikutnya :D
  • 10 ways to stimulate your brain
  • What your body language says about you
  • Top mispronounced words in English
Last Monday, Manda was sharing about a topic that is soo dear to her heart :D , what else but Bahasa Indonesia. Judging from the emails I receive everyday sadly there are more people who are clueless compare to those who use Bahasa Indonesia properly. And they are professionals, college educated and all. As a former proofreader and editor, she makes it her mission to make everyone in the office know the difference between Rubah vs Ubah.

She started with this image:
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