Saturday, August 29, 2015

What's Inside My Chanel GST

In case you're wondering, nope,  my bag is not this neat most of the time. It only happens when I changed bag, or after I clean up the mess on Sunday night.



Anyway, featured here is my Chanel GST that I got 4 years ago. For work bags, I’m always looking for something that fits my daily essential. I don’t want it to be oversized, just enough to fit my laptop to avoid bringing two bags to meetings. Other than the size, leather is a must! Non leather bags can look too casual sometimes, especially when it’s slouchy. Oh speaking of slouchyness, I like my work bag structured to lend a more professional look. It also has to be solid and neutral color so I don’t have to change bag when I wear prints.

So, what’s inside it?


  • My Dell Inspiron 11 series 3000 laptop. Thank God for this light and thin laptop I have no problem carrying it in my bag. It weighs in at 1.4 kg. Sometimes, my makeup bag is heavier than this laptop :D. Just like I can be picky with bag, I’m also very particular with my laptop. Specs and features are important but design is ultra important for me. The thinner and the lighter it is, the better! Second requirement is it has to look sleek and modern, techy but feminine. In this Dell laptop, I also like the fact that the body is actually plastic but it’s made to look and feel like aluminium. Plastic doesn’t scratch easily, which is of course a plus especially since I carry it in my bag without a laptop case sometimes. So design wise it’s perfect for me. 
  • Louis Vuitton Sarah Wallet. It has more receipt than it has cash..*sigh*
  • Michael Kors business card case
  • Eyeglasses case that I got from Scoop
  • Female Daily Makeup pouch. The makeup pouch and the inside deserves a separate post. 
If you like to see what others carry in their bag, you can see the What's Inside Her Bag column in Female Daily

Sunday, August 23, 2015

2 Minggu di Eropa Tanpa 3G, Bisa?


Sebelum-sebelumnya kalau bepergian, terutama yang masih sekitar Asia, atau Australia, Middle East sampai Istanbul saya nggak pernah mikir panjang soal data roaming. Namapun kerjanya di digital kan, memang harus terkoneksi terus. Dan yang namanya entrepreneur, walaupun bisa away dari day-to-day things sekali-sekali, tetap aja harus selalu menyimak what's going on, karena semuanya bergerak dengan sangat cepat di dunia digital ini. Jadi, dengan gampangnya saya pencet *266# untuk aktivasi paket roamingnya Telkomsel. 

Kalau waktu ke Amerika, sih, karena 2 minggu, saya beli nomor sana. Nah waktu ke Eropa kemaren, kan 2 minggu juga. Sempat terpikir untuk roaming, tapii Rp 250,000 perhari dikali 14 hari itu jadi 3.5 juta! Bisa dapet tas Furla Piper yang lagi sale! Ihh, nggak rela. Mau beli nomor sana tapi nggak sempet cari-cari informasi, lagipula kan akan pindah-pindah negara, gimana tuh? Duh, mikirinnya aja udah ribet.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Interviewing for a job; Ask Bigger Questions!


Reading through potential hires resumes with my DELL laptop on the way from Brussels to Amsterdam 

Yang namanya interview, pasti dong harus siap menjawab berbagai macam pertanyaan dari beberapa interviewer sekaligus. Kalo di Female Daily Network ada ibu HRD dan juga usernya yang akan menjadi supervisor si kandidat ini kalo diterima. Usernya berarti bisa Managing Editor, bisa IT Manager, Account Director, Finance Manager dan lain sebagainya.

Selain siap untuk ditanya, pas interview juga harus siap bertanya, karena akan ada saatnya kamu dipersilakan untuk bertanya. Dan memang seharusnya kamu udah punya banyak pertanyaan. Ini calon tempat kamu kerja, loh...tempat di mana kamu akan menghabiskan waktu untuk berbulan-bulan dan mungkin bertahun-tahun ke depan. If you don't have any questions at all then we take it maybe you just don't care?

Trus..boleh tanya apa aja? Kebetulan kemarin baru Interview 6 kandidat untuk posisi editor. Jadi masih fresh banget di kepala. Basically, you can ask about anything, we are pretty much an open book and we are a bit narsistic sometimes so we love to share our story :p. Tapi pertanyaannya mesti yang pinteran dikit yah, not something that can't be found by a click away dan bikin kamu ketauan kalo belum research. Jadi jangan sampe keluar pertanyaan..'Kalo Female Daily sama Mommies Daily itu satu perusahaan bukan, sih?'..errr...

Trus juga ya, jangan...JANGAN tanya office hoursnya dari jam berapa sampe jam berapa? Plis deh, itu bikin ilfeel banget.


Friday, July 24, 2015

DELLpreneurship; Running a business is a marathon, not a sprint!

Beberapa waktu yang lalu saya diundang oleh Rosa Djalal untuk sharing di acara inaugurasi yayasan Women For The World nya, yang bertemakan Invest in Women, Transform the World.

With such a strong mission and a cause I truly believe in, of course lah I wouldn't say no to share my story to 200 aspiring women entrepreneurs. Seneng banget sih bisa sharing sama mereka dan juga denger ceritanya mereka, all the triumphs and the struggles. Pulangnya juga bawa beragam oleh-oleh karena banyak dari mereka yang bisnisnya makanan dan kerajinan tangan.



Di awal-awal slide, saya menceritakan tentang Female Daily sekarang, dari mulai misinya, produknya, manfaatnya, komunitasnya, timnya, cara memonetizenya dan lain-lain. Semuanya sebenernya bukan rahasia lagi sih untuk pembaca atau membernya Female Daily.

Nah di slide-slide berikutnya, saya lebih menceritakan hal-hal yang nggak kasat mata, yang di belakang layar, yang bisa membuat Female Daily bisa bertahan selama 10 tahun ini, walaupun secara business mungkin baru bisa dihitung dari 2009 ya. Ternyata, formula Female Daily itu, setelah dipelajari, terdiri dari 5 P.

Passion
Basi sih kedengerannya, tapi bener deh, without passion to write, passion about beauty, passion about women, passion about digital world I wouldn't last this long.

Plan
Passion will only go so far if it's not backed by a solid plan. Dan jangan sedih kalo nggak punya plan dari awal sih, all you have to do is START. Start with what you have and better tools will come along way. In my case, I started with a laptop on my lap. The laptop you own now or about to buy can open you to a window of opportunities asal kita nggak cuma konsumsi apa yang ada didigital aja, tapi juga berkarya di situ.

Setelah mulai, coba dievaluasi lagi, apa sih yang bisa diimprove? Gimana supaya pembacanya naik terus? Gimana supaya isinya lebih berbobot? Kira-kira kerjasama dengan siapa ya yang bisa menaikan kredibilitas? Intinya NEVER STOP Improving and have goals, kira-kira 6 bulan lagi pengen achieve apa. Female Daily juga jalannya gitu kok, mulai dari sebuah blog sederhana, template dan hosting gratisan sampai akhirnya beli domain sendiri, beli kamera supaya foto-fotonya lebih bagus, launching forumnya dan lain-lain. So just st

Purpose
Trus, business has to solve problems. Tapi menurut saya jalan menuju ke situnya bisa berbeda-beda. Ada yang memang udah ketauan problemnya apa dan langsung bikin bisnis untuk memberikan solusinya. It's not the case with Female Daily. I just started with what I like and little did I know ternyata I was filling a gap karena ternyata di Indonesia belum ada, pada saat itu, sebuah blog yang membahas tentang fashion dan beauty, belum ada sebuah online komunitas yang bisa membuat perempuan Indonesia belajar dan kenalan satu sama lain. Dan ternyata, yang mungkin terlihat sepele seperti lipstick dan moisturizer membawa impact yang cukup besar terhadap kehidupan para pembaca dan membernya. Ada yang jadi lebih bisa merawat dirinya, ada yang menjadi lebih percaya diri, ada yang belajar tentang ASI dan sukses menyusui anaknya sampai 2 tahun, ada yang belajar tentang investasi dan lain-lain. Alhamdulillah, ternyata cukup banyak membawa manfaat dan kalau webnya lagi down banyak banget yang protes dan nyariin.

Jadi bisa dicoba tuh, CLOSE DOWN your business for a few days and see if anyone notice it. Kalo ternyata nggak ada yang protes berarti keberadaannya kurang significant so you have to find a way on how make more impact to your customers or suppliers. This brings me to a point that being an entrepreneur is not about what we can get but what we can give or contribute to other people. It's not what in it for us. It's something bigger than ourselves. 

Profit

Well, no business will survive without making money. Well kecuali startup yang belom apa-apa udah diinvest and banking on growth. Saya sendiri cukup conventional, dalam arti, boleh lah fundraising untuk pertumbuhan yang lebih cepat, tapi tetap, kita harus tau gimana cari uangnya kan. Kalo dari awal cuma kepikiran 1 channel untuk jualan nggak papa, begitu kita jalanin, pasti akan ada cara-cara lain untuk jualan asal jangan menghalalkan segala cara. Mommies Daily nggak pernah terima iklan susu formula walaupun tawarannya banyak banget. Tapi kita percaya walaupun satu pintu ditutup, pintu-pintu lain akan banyak terbuka.

Perseverance
Yang terakhir, apalagi kalo bukan ketekunan. Nothing is instant about building a business...it's all about process. Kalo orang yang baru lihat Female Daily mungkin akan mikir 'enak yaa kantornya besar, timnya udah lebih dari 30, baru diinvest' dan lain-lain. Mereka nggak tau kalo dulu kantor Female Daily cuma muat 3 meja yang mejanya juga beli bekas di Manggarai, belum lagi bocor dan kebanjiran, nggak bisa menyediakan laptop dan asuransi untuk timnya. Foundersnya nggak gajian? Trust me, it happened! So if you are facing a challenge right now, don't worry, just focus on what you are going TO not what you are going THROUGH :)




I don't have a proper picture of me on the stage but I found this from an audience Instagram. Nice to know someone is somehow inspired with what I've done :)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unboxing; Laptop-Tablet Hybrid from DELL

Unboxing a new stuff is always exciting, and this one is even more exciting because I've never owned anything like it before. I'm depended on my laptop, and sometimes I like the idea of bringing a smaller and lighter device that is enough for working-on-the-go and do a quick presentation to clients. But most of the time, I ended up bringing the two because I feel that they both serve different purposes.

Well guess what, now I don't have to do that anymore! This DELL Inspiron 11 3000 is a hybrid device that can be used as laptop or tablet, I get the best of both world. Problem solved!




Well, I won't pretend I know all the specs and stuff, so anything too technical you can just Google it :D. I like this laptop simply for the fact that it's a two in one! As a mom of two, I cannot be too selfish with my gadget. I have to share them with my kids too. Being a digital native who is also a touch-screen generation, they didn't look too interested when I unboxed the laptop. But when I showed them how it can be flipped to 360 degrees, 'stand' on mode and has touchscreen capability, their eyes lit up and they immediately took over my space -__-. 

So yes, this laptop is perfect for a working mother. Especially when you consider the fact that gadgets are rarely safe in kids's hands as they are bound to create dents and  There got to be some dents and taints being left in there so after purchase service is the key! With DELL, you'll get that assurance. I've heard a story about Stella Rissa whose laptop gone kaput before her show and she needed it for the show, DELL technician came and fixed the laptop on the spot!

Of  course there are other things I like about this laptop. I don't know about you, but I always try to know more about the brand and its history before I buy their products. I like brands with story and if I like the story, how they started and agree with their mission, I sure will be one loyal customer. DELL is founded by Michael Dell who is now one of the richest people in the world and active on philantrophic activities. In addition to that, as he is passionate about fostering entrepreneurs, he became United Nations Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship. DELL also has DWEN which stands for DELL Women Entrepreneurship Network which I hope to be able to attend the conference next year. 

You see, it's a brand that supports entrepreneurship and women! How can I not embrace it? :)

Oh and you know what, the battery can last for up to 8 hours. A plus point for me as I don't have to bother bringing the charger anywhere.

It's sleek, affordable, two-in one, can be used for the whole family, reliable and backed with a remarkable story. Those sealed the deal for me. 





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cahaya, Cinta dan Canda


Just finished reading this newly-launched book. This is not written by Quraish Shihab himself, as this is more like a biography type of book. Bagus? Pastinya! It was one of the books I didn't want to put down before finishing the whole thing. I believe, this is a book that anyone, from any religion, can read and learn from as it's about his background, his journey, his family and the importance of family tradition, his values (he puts education up there, along with discipline and the love for the religion) and how he lives his life. 

I've always loved listening to him and reading his book because for me he shows the real face of Islam. The Islam that is warm, loving and all around beautiful.

In the first few pages I found his quote "Bacalah Al-Qur'an seakan-akan dia diturunkan kepadamu" and I was stunned because I've never thought of that. Now that I see it that way, I can see how relatable it is to our daily life and how it can guides us every step of the way. The answer is all there, we just have to look.

There was a story about his relationship with Soeharto especially since he stepped down, losing the first lady and until the former President took his final breath. He gave his eulogy and stood by his belief that you should just speak good about other people whether they are still alive or not.


This reminds me of the talk he gave during break-fasting event at Mbak Elaa's house two weeks ago. He said that it's not the big thing that Allah is asking from you, like going to Hajj or perform Umrah every single year. Allah likes the things you do on your everyday life, He prefers you to forgive and be nice to people who've hurt you. We never know which good deeds that will bring us to heaven, that's why we have to plant kindness and good deeds.

It was also mentioned in the book that for him, one of the worst things we can do is to stop where we are now, not improving and not trying to achieve perfection. Exactly what he said during the talk that Allah likes those who are willing to go the extra mile!

So note to self: don't stop and never think you've done enough. There's always more you can do and there's always things to improve.

Monday, July 20, 2015

#theFDNLife; Arabian Night

Beberapa hari sebelum kantor libur lebaran, kami bikin buka puasa bareng sekantor. Tadinya mau pas hari terakhir ngantor, tapi ternyata restoran yang dipilih udah fully booked pas tanggal itu. Jadi terpaksa deh beberapa hari lebih awal.

Restoran yang dipilih? Abunawas dekat kantor :D. Temanya Arabian Night. Dresscode? Arabian prince and princesses..haha. Selalu seru lah kalo FDN bikin office party karena dandannya pada niat! 


Almost full team karena Catra lagi sakit, Sharon lagi liputan ke Hong Kong dan Amel ada acara di Bandung!

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