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Mengejar Perubahan

Hari ini adalah hari perubahan, karena hari ini adalah hari terakhir saya bekerja di perusahaan saya kini.

Setelah tepat 73 bulan, saya melihat sudah waktunya ada perubahan. Memang lucunya, tidak ada yang percaya ketika saya menyebutkan saya belum ada pekerjaan baru. Sengaja—saya ingin mengambil beberapa minggu untuk beristirahat, melakukan beberapa hobi, dan aktivitas lain yang bukan rutin delapan jam kerja.

Perubahan memang dibutuhkan. Seperti kata orang tempo dulu, “Satu hal yang pasti adalah perubahan” (the only constant thing is change). Tanpa perubahan, semua orang akan tertinggal dalam stagnasi dan mungkin saja berdiam tetap dalam sesuatu yang monoton.

Ini bukan sekedar ikut arus great resignation. Prioritas orang juga mengalami perubahan besar, khususnya dalam masa pandemi ini. Yang perlu dilihat bukan soal pengunduran diri ribuan orang di masa-masa ini. Melainkan, bagaimana seseorang melihat perubahan makna pekerjaan, perubahan prioritas bagi keluarga, perubahan fokus pada menyeimbangkan hidup dan pekerjaan (work-life balance).

Untuk pembaca yang sedang merenungkan perubahan, saya hanya bisa menyampaikan, tetapkan hati, renungkan, dan lakukan. Apabila Anda bertanya-tanya apakah ini keputusan yang benar, saya ingin mengutip Steve Jobs, “Kita baru bisa melihat hubungannya dengan melihat ke belakang,” yang artinya, kita baru akan bisa mengetahuinya di masa yang akan datang. Memang merencanakan untuk masa depan tetap harus, di sisi lain, hidup untuk sekarang juga penting.

Mengejar, dan bahkan merayakan, perubahan, memang perlu.

Personal Notes

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.

Music Personal Notes

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. 

Personal Notes Social

The least understood

I always think that introvert individuals are the most misunderstood—or at least, the least understood. I do get the impression that sometimes people see introverts as strange, against the norm, or even anti-social.

That can never be farther from the truth.

Personal Notes

Brilliant individuals


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.