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.

Our own #mannequinchallenge

To celebrate a special milestone, we’ve made this little video (the #mannequinchallenge) just to show a little fun side of us. Featuring my fellow teammates, Kyuuryu (in order of appearance: @dannyharfandi, @afifadhillah, @allourdine, @pam_put, @hadidwindoro, @wully_18, @victor_nugraha, and @blymdr), and featuring special appearance of @andyiskandar_trainer, with me taking the camera. Super lovely!—And yes, bankers do know how to have fun.

(To know what we are celebrating, see the letters scrambled throughout the clip and find out!)

From choir to angklung (and choir)

About last week, I, along with some friends whose tenure is less than a year, had the ‘honor’ to give a small presentation in front of my company’s branch seminar. I chose angklung (a traditional Sundanese, or West Javanese musical instrument made of bamboo and played by shaking it, each having one musical note) for a number of reasons. It was relatively easy and simple—anyone can play angklung without any musical knowledge, and as far as I know, many expatriates love it. It did brought back some memories, especially to my elementary school, when I played angklung against a team of housewives and ladies from Japan. Amazing.

Along with some of my friends doing the traditional Saman (Acehnese) welcome dance, the performance was a considerable hit. We did not expect the crowd to be that responsive and accepting—since the performance was right in the middle of the dinner’s main course.  Applause boomed across the room. The Saman was exceptional, proud to be able to watch it and realizing that it turned out very well. The angklung performance was nice as well. We performed bits of four songs, representing Indonesia (the traditional Cingcangkeling and Manuk Dadali, both Sundanese), and two songs of Japanese (Kokoro no tomo and Utada Hikaru’s First Love), ending it together with the Saman team singing the Indonesian pop song Ekspresi, “Let us do some poetry, songs, music, and dances; the silver screens, the theatre stages are our places—people of the world, express ourselves!”

Ending it with cheer and applause from the crowd, as we collectively, in satisfaction, bow to honor the appreciation.

It was truly an honor and humbling at the same time. 

Brilliant individuals

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I have a soft spot for brilliant, caring individuals. I wanted to join this very department, believing that I needed to put things I’ve learned at classes to practice. Little did I know, I have the privilege to work with some of the most brilliant individuals, the most coherent in teamwork, among the best I’ve ever seen. No matter the fact that the work was demanding, I left this department today, touched by their helping hands, joyous laughters, delicious grabs, and support in every step of the way. I left the department feeling grateful, honored, and humbled at the same time, for being able to work with these guys, and contribute, no matter how small it was, to the department and the company as a whole. From the very bottom of my heart, I sincerely thank you all.