The toy for every MUN nerd

For many of you who are following my blog, you will know that I am an avid fan of Model United Nations (MUN)—or United Nations, for that matter. I fond this international organization that I study some of its books, and I collect UN-related stuffs: from flag to pin, lanyard to hoodie.

And this, the perfect toy for any UN or MUN nerd.

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Never been this excited for iOS!

I have always been excited every time Apple releases a new edition of its mobile operating system, iOS. In every iteration, iOS brings many improvements, and still a very trustworthy system to be used everyday. Remember the first time iOS was released for iPhone? Yes. The first time it was released for iPod touch? Updated straight away (despite the USD 9.99 upgrade fee). Released for the iPad in 2010? I still remember that. Or the crazy design overhaul through iOS 7? (“We have ran out of green felt!”)

I think, however, iOS 11 will be the most exciting release, ever. I have never been this excited.

This is the release for the iPad, and Apple actually shows that it cares for the iPad and its users. It may have taken too long for Apple to make the iOS right for the iPad, but if it takes that long, I believe it is worth the months and years passing, hoping that finally Apple gets it right.

From drag and drop, the persistent (albeit hidden) dock, revamped control center, and even a new Files app mechanism, I have every reason to celebrate the release, and finally to ponder if the iPad Pro is a worthy way to replace my 9-year old MacBook.

I was on the fence before between iPad Pro and a certain tablet that runs a full-blown computer operating system. Sorry, that-other-tablet-device, your product is lovely and all that, but I am swaying, again, for a product that I can actually trust. time after time, after time again.

Let’s wait for iOS 11 to be released publicly, and have productivity accelerating to a whole new level!

Jangan remehkan motivasi!

Saya bukan ingin meniru sekelompok orang yang memang pekerjaannya memotivasi—yang dikenal dengan nama “motivator”. Selama itu pekerjaan yang baik-baik, sah, dan memang berdaya guna, apalah yang harus dipermasalahkan? Melalui tulisan ini, saya ingin menekankan pada Anda, mengapa motivasi begitu penting saat Anda berkompetisi. Lagi-lagi, saya menarik dari pengalaman hidup saya dalam beberapa kompetisi, untuk melihat kembali mengapa ia begitu krusial. Continue reading “Jangan remehkan motivasi!”

Sixteen months later

There’s a reason to be a bit sentimental now.

This is an assembly of some of the most brilliant individuals I’ve ever seen, and I feel humbled to be a part of. Sixteen months of training, coming in and out, asked with “What department is next?”, making peace with the things that I hated (accounting), and experiencing dynamics rarely ever thought.

This has been a very rewarding experience, unlike any other. To say that it is an important part in each of our lives will be a serious understatement. Not only those observing, even we ourselves see changes in our own way of life. Knowledge improving, skills attained, and some jobs were done.

I thank the company for believing in the strengths, and help in weaknesses, of all 9 of us. Sometimes we do ponder how each of us can we eliminate 500 other candidates, what was seen from us. Yet as you keep on believing, and pushed us forward, here we are, at an important milestone.

To our family, partners, friends, colleagues, an extended gratitude as well. We are not alone in walking through the path, but indeed, you all enabled us to remain here, and fight for all things worth the hard work.

Ultimately, I thank each and every member of this awesome group. The brilliance and bright mind of every person amazed me every single day. More than anything, they motivated me to be a better individual—be it deliberately or not. I couldn’t ask for a better MDP group than these wonderful personalities. I did see for myself, this has to be among the most solid, multi-talented, brightest groups of individuals that has ever existed.

Congratulations, Kyuuryu, we did it.

A message too romantic for a city

“And for me, Bandung is not merely a matter of geography—beyond that, it involves feeling that accompanies me in silence.”

Dan Bandung bagiku bukan cuma masalah geografis, lebih jauh dari itu melibatkan perasaan yang bersamaku ketika sunyi.

A quote by Pidi Baiq, an Indonesian author, that you can find beneath an underpass near the Asia Afrika Street. I think I understand why the quote is placed here—for many, Bandung is a city too romantic, involving a lot of feeling, arousing emotions. This is indeed a touching way to depict a city that comforts so many for so many years.