Month: May 2015

“Wherever you work, you need to find the thing that will make you proud…”

“Ketika saya memulai GE di Indonesia tahun 2010, I started with very basic question. Sebelumnya kita adalah, you know, good employee. Good employee means that we meet the numbers, we follow the instructions, and then… done. Ke kantor, pagi untuk mencapai target, apa yang harus diselesaikan hari ini, selesaikan kemudian pulang, kemudian tidur dengan nyenyak. One element is not there: kebanggaan. Sebelum tahun 2010 saya nggak punya, nggak tahu apa yang harus saya ceritakan di rumah dalam konteks kebanggaan tentang apa yang saya kerjakan. Well, saya mungkin bangga mencapai target, dapat bonus, dapat award and so on. My family is not interested on that. Well, they’re probably interested sebentar, “Wah gue dapet award nih!”, “Berapa award lo?” Begitu selesai awardnya dapat angkanya, “Wah dikit nih.” Udah lain lagi ceritanya. Atau kalau misalnya pun banyak, “Wah, kita kesini yuk!” Udah, selesai kan? That’s NOT something, you know, that I can tell a lot, my wife can tell a lot, my family can tell a lot. I don’t have it. So interestingly visi kita waktu itu tidak …

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Why I Solo-Travel

While waiting for my flight in Xi’an (with sore feet, tired shoulders and last 100RMB) I scribbled some notes about the trip. Such a good time for contemplation because one or two flights away from home after traveling is merely the equilibrium of wanderlust and homesickness. China trip was my 4th solo trip after Japan, Italy and Oz. Some people, or I can say a lot of people, ask me why I go solo traveling (and how I manage it). You aren’t with tour?! Aren’t you lonely? Aren’t you scared? What would you do on the train? Do you have lunch by yourself? Do you ever get bored? Do you feel safe falling asleep? Who takes your pictures? Why don’t you go with friends? Such thoughtful questions. I know solo traveling doesn’t suit everybody and might sound strange for some people. As for me, it’s the best way to experience new places. Not that I don’t enjoy traveling with friends and family but, personally, solo traveling is a great ‘me time’. What I mean by ‘me time’ is the time …