Akhirnya Pasang Filter Air Juga di Rumah, Thanks to Best Water Technology

Baju putih Anda cepat menjadi butek? Rambut freezy? Kulit kering? Banyak bercak-bercak putih di keramik kamar mandi? Kucuran air dari kran di rumah terasa lebih lambat dibanding dulu?

Well, sounds like you need to check your water at Best Water Technology!

Saya sendiri udah ngerasa kalo air di rumah lumayan bermasalah sejak 2-3 tahun terakhir. Tapi biasa deh, busy-ness got in the way sampai nggak pernah mencoba mencari tahu tentang kualitas air di rumah dan kalau memang ada masalah, gimana solusinya. 

Sampai akhirnya saya di kontak tim Best Water Technology yang mau menawarkan untuk cek air di rumah saya dengan gratis. Jadi air di rumah saya diambil samplenya beberapa botol dan dibawa ke lab nya mereka. Btw, kalian juga bisa loh, bukan cuma buat saya aja kok..haha. Dan hasilnyaa....jeng jeng!

Two Weeks in London

We recently had a two-week break to London. Should be long enough, right? Well it seemed to be long enough to leave the office, but too short to explore London. It was only enough for me to familiarize myself with Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Piccadily Circus and the area, haha. Apalagi kami tipe yang kalo jalan itu santai, nggak ambisius, nggak bikin itinerary. Trus senengnya keluar masuk grocery, coffee shop dan nyantai-nyantai di taman. Oh iya, sempet juga 2 hari ke Liverpool dan Manchester sama ke Oxford! Duh mesti balik lagi deh ke Oxford, love love love the old college town atmosphere.

But it was the vacation we badly need because it's already 8 months since our last vacation, so we needed to refuel to get ready for what a lot of people predict gonna be a tough road for startup and business in general.

London was awesome, of course! The weather, the people, the scenery, the shopping, the poundsterling that keep on dropping, the airbnb apartment that we rent in, the underground system. It's only missing delicious coffee. Oh and it could use more playground for kids.

Anyway, just want to leave some notes from the trip for my future references:

Crispy Chicken dari 3 Skinny Minnies

Staying at home for the second half of Saturday, which is such a rare occurence. So I managed to cook yet another simple meal, kayanya udah beberapa kali deh nyoba variasi crispy chicken dan karena memang bikinnya gampang jadi yaa..enak-enak aja :D.

Hari ini coba yang dari mini recipe booknya 3 Skinny Minnies, dapat buku ini dari media visit mereka ke Female Daily Network beberapa minggu lalu. Sebenernya sih harusnya ini untuk chicken crispy burger tapi karena nggak ada burger bun..ya udah lah ayamnya aja pake kentang. Rasanya? Enak! Can't wait for them to launch the full version of the recipe book.

Bahan & Caranya:

When The Going Gets Tough

An entrepreneur’s life is obviously full of ups and downs. Sometimes it’s a stretch of period where it’s all rosy for a few weeks followed by bad news after bad news for another few weeks. Sometimes though, the good and the bad happens in one day! There were times when I was just numb, too busy to dwell over the bad news and just focus on the next task in hand. But there were also times when it’s what I thought about day in day out and I lose sleep over it.

Anyway, at this very moment, Alhamdulillah, things are under control in the office. But still, knowing that the path is made of hills and valleys, I would like to write in here things that have kept me going in the past so next time when I need a pick-me-up I can use this list as a reminde. I also think this list can lso be used for non-entrepreneurs and everyone in general :).

1. Give yourself a lot of LOVE!
Yes, it’s time to be kind and gentle to yourself. Often time, we emphasize on our weaknesses way more than our strengths, especially this period of time where self-esteem goes down the drain. We switch into self-pity mode which without us realizing it, send message to our mind that we are incompetent and powerless. Then we start to behave in a negative way that impacts the way we talk to people and how they see us and it will only make things worse. 

We often associate our self worth with job title, wealth, money in the bank and we feel worthless when things go wrong in one of those aspects. Actually, self worth shouldn't be defined on what we do or or other material things, it's actually the intangible things like how much love we have and receive, knowledge, talents, our character, our values, our experiences and other things that cannot be taken away from you. I learned this during my days in my Psychology class in college and I remember I was so moved by Whitney Houston Greatest Love of All, it made me understood that I have to learn to depend on myself and that I have to have things that people cannot take away from me no matter what happens. I've experienced quite a few different level of status and wealth since I was little and I'm grateful that those don't change who I am. It helps describe me, but who I am on the inside have nothing to do with that. 

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

So yes it's super important to love and respect yourself. In fact, nothing is more important than how you feel and you think about yourself. When you are content and have that inner stability, you don’t need validation from others and what others think of you become none of your business.  During one of the early tough days, I wrote an affirmative paragraph and saved it on my phone. I read it EVERY MORNING in front of the mirror. I won’t give the exact paragraph in here but it’s more or less something like this:

The Missing KeepCup

Thank God it's not missing anymore :)

I drink coffee about twice a day, sometimes three depending on the schedule. Most of the coffee I drink is for to go obviously. Drinking in a coffee shop is a luxury I don't get to enjoy often. So imagine the trash I would have accumulated if I use paper cup? Well I was guilty of it because I just couldn't find reusable cup that I like, until I found the glass version of Keepcup! First, I found it in Blue Bottle Coffee version during my trip to San Francisco. And this orange one I found on Otten Coffee. Technically, Nopai found it and it was during their buy one get one promotion, so she got the turqouise (her color!) and I got the more unisex color so Oki can use it too although he doesn't mind using my pink tumblr.

Ramadhan Lessons

last year photo in front of the old  office with the old logo

Today is day 26 of Ramadhan. Even Jib said he can't believe that Ramadhan is almost over. Of course lah he is been sleeping at 2am, wake up for sahur and sleep again until at least noon -___- 

But gotta agree with him, this month goes by in a blink. 

Ramadhan is of course not without its blessings and lessons. I'm thankful I've been kept busy this month, meeting many important people, talking about important decisions, major presentations, doing everything I can to move the company forward. Everything that happened this Ramadhan has set a new standard and expectation. 

#MudikAman Thanks to Pasar Polis & Zurich Insurance

Before you read this post, please take a moment to watch this video.

Mudik pastinya membawa sejuta cerita ya. Saya sendiri nggak pernah ngerasain yang namanya mudik, sih. Tapi udah kebayang macet serunya. Sayangnya suka cita mudik juga dibarengin dengan angka kecelakaan yang tinggi. Makanya waktu diajak sharing di acara peluncuran program asuransi gratis dari Pasar Polis dan Zurich Insurance saya mau banget ikutan, soalnya berdasarkan pengalaman ketemu banyak perempuan di Female Daily Network dan baca percakapannya di forum masih banyak yang belum aware dengan pentingnya asuransi. Sebenernya keinginan mereka untuk mengelola keuangan dan berinvestasi itu udah gede banget, tapi banyak yang belum nyadar bahwa sebelum investasi yang paling benar adalah melindungi diri dulu dengan asuransi :).