40!

August 2017

Foto saya masih disimpan di album Flickr. taken August 2007, 29 yrs old.

29 January 2018

Foto saya, 29 Januari 2018.

Kebetulan, jalan jalan sebentar menunggu pesawat kembali ke tanah air. Umur saya pas 40 tahun! Alhamdulilah!

Ada yang berubah ngga? Hahahha

Oh ya, nama daerahnya Dataran Merdeka. Saya liat daerah tersebut makin rapih, tertata dan menarik wisatawan. Ada sungai dekat situ kalau malam ada lampu yang menghiasi. cakep sih katanya.

Pas turun dari pesawat, tiba tiba liat ini

17:06

My birth certificate said, I was born at that hour!

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Shanghai Airport : first drama of the year!

Hello! Selamat Tahun Baru!

Awal tahun ini saya pergi liburan. mendadak, baru beli tiket pertengahan November kemarin. Sungguh senep rasanya gara-gara plan saya gagal total. So I picked up a country, just because tempat saya cari nafkah kantor pusatnya di negara tersebut :)) actually, it never been in my travel wish list.

Namanya pergi mendadak dan black dates (high peak season) harga tiket sudah meroket! Mau ngga mau demi eksistensi offline maupun online cari yang paling murah. Dengan tujuan Osaka, transit di Shanghai.

Dramanya…

  • Maskapai penerbangan tsb, doesn’t have reprsentative office in Jakarta. Saya sampai minta tolong Aster, yang tinggal di KL untuk cek sesuatu.
  • Check in Manual. Aslikkkk. jadi ground staff cari tempat duduk dsb itu manual, pakai kertas macam nonton bioskop di Kabupaten!
  • No automatic Connecting flight! Jadi sampai Shanghai harus keluar imigrasi, ambil luggage, check in lagi, imigrasi lagi, security check in lagi! We are talking the same flag ship here!
  • As you probably know, kemampuan bahasa Inggris petugas imigrasi Pudong Airport juga tidak jago-jago amat. Sampai di Shanghai malah harus check up suhu tubuh. Ribet sendiri merekanya *tepokjidat*
  • Pas harus keluar imigrasi, saya kan panik! I don’t have China Visa! Termyata ada temporary permit 24 jam yang antriannyaaaa! #kzl! Akhirnya speak speak kampret bisa diduluin because my flight will be for another one hour. Sampai counter, tetap harus isi kartu imigrasi kedatangan dulu. *prettr*
  • Bolak balik tiket diperiksa sampai lecek tuh kertas tiket.
  • Kelar ambil luggage, mau check in luggage tidak ada ground staff untuk international flight. Saya lari ke information, dan dengan santainya engkoh-engkoh maskapai bilang “panggil aja salah satu dari (staff yang urus) domestic flight! Letaknya sebelahan. Jritttt! Ari manehhh!
  • Habis bisa check in harus melalui prosedur imigarasi lagi donk. Lalu ke lantai 3 yang tidak jelas petunjuknya harus kemana. Duh gusti! Saya lari sana lari ini lelahnya.
  • Sampai lantai 3, untuk internatiomal flight boardingnya di ujung Terminal 1 Pudong. GUBRAK! Lari-lari lagi donk!
  • Pas antri imigrasi, boarding pass jatuh ntah kemana. *dramaaaa* ternyata tertinggal di counter tempat mengisi kartu imigrasi keberangkatan.
  • Security check in lagi, panjangnyaaaa! Dengan speak speak preman Tangsel, saya ngoceh aja ke petugas imigrasi dia bilang “ke Line nomor 2 saja” Line no 2 untuk yang TOP URGENT lah. Yang mepet waktu boarding.
  • Finally! Sampai juga ke ruang tunggu!

PS : drama tersebut melibatkan ayah saya yang Alhamdulilah masih kuat lari sana sini di Pudong Airport plus dua ABG Tangsel yang baru tau mereka akan ke Jepun dua minggu sebelum berangkat! How do I get their visa photo? Akik bilang buat jaga jaga :))

Shanghai, 7 Januari 2018

Pudong Airport

No similar drama on the way back! Thank God! Flight Transfer is just the way it is!

Beginner’s luck

I – in my whole life – always dream to fly to USA again. Well ya sort of! Not really working on it though :))

Then I was thinking, why not doing another marathon? In a World Major Marathon event.

A reason to have another race-cation. Also considering Berlin Marathon 2015 was my last marathon.

But previously, I tried my luck with London, hoping I could take my dad with me and we would have our pic together in a place where he took me once, failed :-/

well ja, I – too – had tried my luck with Tokyo, the most affordable WMM from Indonesia.

And today, I received another rejection letter.

Argh! I did have beginner luck for Berlin! There must be the reason :))

Or probably the universe is telling me to save the money, I guess 🙂

Or may beeee….should I sign up for NYC Marathon? Wishing that I’ll get the ballot!

Neaaaaahhhhu! It’s expensive!!

When in Rudeloffweg

I had rendang, nasi putih and sayur bening for dinner during my Europe trip, two years ago. yes, in that house. Stand at Rudeloffweg street.

The couple welcomed us very warm as if we were their long lost niece. Far from what written in media.

At dinner, I sat next to the mister and we talked a lot from refugees, living cost and simple thing like where the mrs had the groceries.

“Tambah lagi (nasi dan lauk) nak! om nanti saja!”

*malu malu minta digampar dalam hati menjerit senang*

“Ah om tau saja, saya lapar*

And when I was about to leave , put on my coat and walk to the back door I asked

“Kalau winter dinginnya kayak apa Om?”

“Ya lebih dingin dari inilah. Halaman ini putih semua biasanya. mampir lagi lah pas winter”

Jaa, I wish

Well, it was obviously not granted :))

And i wonder, if I ever go back to the city again, will I able to have sayur lodeh and pepes peda in that house for dinner?

Because they’ll come home. Tugas mereka sebagai wakil bangsa hampir selesai. Back to tanah air.

😉

From Viswas Mudagal’s Linkedin

Taking a career break or sabbatical is not a sin. The culture of looking down on people with career gaps should stop. Period.

Many have asked me to write about this topic, for they are facing discrimination inspite of having genuine reasons to take a break. This is unfortunate. What we should assess is the capability, skill & attitude of candidates rather than rejecting them because of gaps.

Should we just work till we retire? Should there be nothing else in life apart from earning salaries & leading a dull life? Why should we frown upon people who want to go on an uncharted journey, to work at an NGO, to act in theatre or to live in the wild? You should be appreciating their guts to follow their dreams.

Why can’t people quit to take care of their children/family when in need? It’s the most human thing to do, no?

Let’s not set a culture where we tell people how to live. Let everyone be free to tell in interviews that they took a break for a reason. There is nothing wrong. Tell them to judge you on the skills required for the job, that’s what really matters right?

For all hiring managers/recruiters-next time you see someone with a gap. Don’t just reject their resumes. Understand why? Respect their choices in life.

Agree?

PS-share with folks who need to hear this.

This Sunday

Well ya, start with 1 hour 30 mins run with BTR, of course!

That little tiny guy is 3 months! Can you guess which one is his mother? :))

Anyway, my friend Nola, comes from Kyoto. her father is sick, very sick! Since I was free this afternoon and the hospital is not too far from Bintaro, I visited her. just to cheer her up and bring her Indonesia food. She must miss either Bakmi GM, Sate, Nasi Padang and alike. 😉

She was my classmate in high school. after losing her husband due to kidney failure, she continues her school (and life!) to Japan and stay there. I haven’t seen her for at least 3 years then.

Catch up each other life, what is like to live in Japan (and Kyoto!!) and stuff.

I rather not talking about what happen with her dad and how will the doctor treat him. It will be too frustating for her family.

I have personal issue right now and it’s nice talking about this issue with a friend who doesn’t see you in regular basis. they give you idea. Our conversation was interesting as well.

Just like what I said here, I need to see some people who know me when I was young(er) 😀

And hey Inong, she still remember you!