Monday, April 30, 2018


Hello, lovelies!

Did you went to INACRAFT 2018, Indonesia's largest exhibition on small medium enterprises' handicraft products? INACRAFT 2018 used Plennary Hall, Assembly Hall, Hall A and Hall B, and the lower ground area. Including the corridors. This year's participants reached 1,700, which occupied around 1,400 booths in the exhibition area. 

I went with former colleague and we had great time perusing the wonderful items of clothes, home decors, other miscellaneous stuffs showcased by top vendors across Indonesia. We spent around eight hours in Jakarta Convention Center, hahaha. 

Bank BNI is the main sponsor of the event, so it's no wonder that the ticket to the exhibition area uses BNI TapCash, its electronic money card. Visitors could use their own card and top up the credit (if they don't have enough credit for the ticket), or buy the cards offered at the ticket counter. I already have a card, but then I saw the lovely design that featured the Bataknese Gorga motif and decided to buy it just because. Argh, good design is my weak spot.

As I'm not exactly a fashion person, I didn't really pay attention to the clothes exhibitors. I think  I can find most clothes I like in Thamrin City. So what I really look for in the event was random things that I seldom find. Here are some photos of such stuffs in no particular order.   

We stumbled upon a booth that sold vintage stuffs, including this first day covers on the 4th Asian Games held in Jakarta in 1962. This year's Asian Games will take place in Jakarta and also Palembang, so these items made good memory on how much Jakarta and Asian Games had been in touch all these years.

This booth brought wicker products from Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and I just fell in love with the stuffs. 

This ceramic tile is in the size of a doormat, and it has batik patterns. Be still my heart. And I forgot to ask for the namecard of this vendor, ouch.

Sometimes INACRAFT has random exhibitors, such as this booth that featured fossils and other geological-related items. 

Hello, Batgirl! Would you dare wearing this eyeglasses frame? Hahaha.

I did buy some stuffs from the event: two headscarves, a wooden spoon and fork (because I often bring lunchbox), a small leather-weaving pouch (the weaving is of Sumba pattern) and the first day covers I put above.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Big Bad Wolf 2018

I've been wanting to visit Big Bad Wolf book sale event for years, but there was never really a free time to do this. As I have just been released from the Sumba project and had yet to have any regular activities, I decided to go to the event.

The event was held in BSD's International Convention Center (ICE), so I took the Commuter Line train, hopped off at Rawabuntu train station and ordered Go-Jek to reach ICE.

I did recite prayers before entering this entryway.

A complete package of books by Beatrix Potter and Dr. Seuss, very tempting. But the price was a turn off...

Comic books galore

And another temptation, a complete package of books by Roald Dahl

Definitely for those in need of challenges in life.

I totally don't get the idea. I would never fold the pages of my books. Why would anyone even suggest this crime?

Conclusion: the books in BBW are mostly children books in English language, which in my opinion is a bit missed target. I mean, how many Indonesian children in Indonesia that actually read English books? As an Indonesian child, I read books in my mother tongue. And I intend to instill Indonesian to my future children before teaching them a foreign language. 

I didn't exactly find the books I liked. But it felt a waste of time to not buy something. So I really looked hard and... were the books I got from BBW 2018:)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Which Position Suits You Best According To MBTI Personality Types?

You can read details on each personality type here. Which one is yours?

P.S. I posted a similar post a few years ago.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tattooed Indonesian Men Appreciation Post

There is a significantly rising number of tattooed Indonesian men on screen, either on TV or the big screen. So I thought I'd do a compilation of them, just for fun. 

Rio Dewanto. Source: DAMAN

Rio Dewanto
Actor Rio Dewanto had been working in television films for years and gained public recognition after he starred in Joko Anwar's The Forbidden Door in 2009. He worked again with Joko Anwar in Modus Anomali in 2011. He dated actress Atiqah Hasiholan, who is five years his senior, before tying the knot in 2013. I think, any man who dates and marries older woman deserves an honorable mention because the common norm that applies here is men usually marry younger women.

Chef Juna Rorimpandey. Source.

Juna Rorimpandey
The heavily tattooed chef rose to prominence after becoming one of the panel for cooking competition TV show MasterChef (2011-2012) and Hell's Kitchen Indonesia (2015-2016).

Marshall Sastra. Source: DAMAN (left) and Instarix (right)

Marshall Sastra
Marshall Sastra studied interior design in college and worked as a model, but he sort of caught public eye after becoming TV host for travel show My Trip My Adventure. He married model Dominique A. Diyose in 2014, but they separated one year later.

P.S. My previous appreciation post on Indonesian men is here, if you'd like to see.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Hidden Message In One Of Work Interview Questions

Applying for a job nowadays is a world's apart compared to 15 years ago, or the year I graduated university and started job hunting. Yes, I'm old. Moving on.

In the past, we typed the application letters, put them and the required documents into an envelope and mailed them through the post offices. Nowadays, we simply log on to our emails, type in a courtesy email, attach related documents and send them off. I can do this during lunch time.

One thing that remains the same in the recruitment process is the work interview part. No matter how good our CV looks, the HR will need to see us in person and decide if we can fit the bill. And it's the other way around. There are many ways we can tell about a workplace from the work interview, the panel and the questions asked during the interview.

A few years ago, I went to a work interview, with the panel consisting of the HR manager, the supervisor and the person whose position was to be filled. There was a question from the HR manager that sounded a bit innocent, but in reality it carried a hidden message: what would you do to solve conflict at the work place?

When that question was dropped, I noticed that the other two panelists dropped their eyes onto the desk. I had forgotten the exact answer, I just said something that crossed my mind at that time about conflict resolution. Long story short, I got the job. And the first thing my new colleagues told me was to be careful and stay out of trouble because my supervisor and the previous person in my position had a conflict. Me being me, I managed to survive the regime, alhamdulillah.

I heard the same question a few weeks ago on a work interview. With my current project to conclude in March 2018, I've been sending job applications since the end of November 2017. I figured that the HR departments would start sorting the applications after New Year. My calculation proved to be quite correct. This January, I got five invitations to job interviews, with one was done over Skype, which was a first time for me. There was also one job interview that I did on Monday afternoon after I sent the application letter on Saturday afternoon. And I went to the interview wearing knee-length hooded dress and white sneakers!

But I digress. Where was I? Oh yes, the conflict resolution question.

Needless to say, my ears perked up while my heart sank. The position was a new role that I'd never done before, so I was certain I would need lots of time to catch up and I was not ready yet to face possible conflicts at the new workplace. I was still excited about the position, though.

After the interview, I checked the fact with an HR colleague, whether that office had a conflict and who was the culprit. The good thing about HR people is they have good network and lots of information on vacancies and people. The HR colleague confirmed my intuition, but she told me not to worry much as she had seen me handling my former supervisor.

Anyway, back to the work interviews. I am still waiting for the results with baited breath. All positions were in the  communications field. The job vacancies on communications are not as much as the operation positions (admin/finance/procurement), so I was a bit worried that I might not secure any job until April.

If everything runs well and with Allah's blessings, I would have a new job before March. But even if it did not happen (me not landing any job until April), then I could always take the time to have a break and explore my interests in other fields. Wish me luck, people.

In the mean time, if you're in a recruitment process and hear that question, brace yourself. I'm not saying that you should turn down the job if it's offered to you. But you need to be more careful.

Which question in a work interview that makes you learn something about the workplace? I'd love to hear.

Just for fun, this was the outfit I wore to one of the work interviews this month. I read the invitation email at 9 a.m., while the interview was scheduled at 3.30 p.m. on the same day. This is the kind of outfit I would wear to office if I work on reports and not scheduled for meetings outside of office.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Earthquake Safety Measures

Yesterday, Jakarta and its surrounding areas experienced an earthquake, at the magnitude of 6.4 Richter scale. I was doing remote working from a nearby co-working space, so I made sure both parents were safe before continuing working.

After browsing the Internet, I found that there were two earthquakes yesterday. The first took place near Papua New Guinea at around 12.50 p.m., and the second occurred off the southern coastline of Banten province at around 13.30 p.m.

Stay safe, everyone.

Thursday, January 11, 2018