Nasib Vespa Asli Italia

Sudah tujuh tahun saya punya motor ini, Vespa LXV 125. Saat membeli saya ingat salah satu tujuannya adalah agar saya bisa jalan-jalan ke mall terdekat, seperti Citos atau PIM, tanpa mikirin susah cari parkir.

Ya, saat itu Vespa masih termasuk “motor elit”. Mendapat tempat istimewa bersama dengan moge (motor gede) di parkiran depan mall. Karena memang jumlah Vespa di jalanan belum terlalu banyak (kecuali vespa klasik tahun 70-80an ya, gak masuk hitungan)

Motor saya ini mirip Filippo Inzaghi, asli buatan Italia. Sekitar empat bulan setelah saya beli, ia kedatangan banyak saudara-saudaranya, yang “sayangnya” sudah berdarah campuran Vietnam. Yang harganya separuh dari motor saya.

Jadilah Vespa menjadi salah satu pilihan populer pengguna dan enthusiast motor tanah air. Jumlahnya meningkat drastis. Akibatnya, mall pun mendegradasi status Vespa ke kelompok awam. Parkir spesial tidak lagi disediakan. Hanya khusus motor > 400 cc.

Sialan.

Dan oleh karenanya saya jadi jarang membawa Vespa saya ini. Sampai sekarang masih < 1000 km total mileage nya. Hehehe.

Tapi saya nggak mau jual.

Kemarin saya bawa dia jalan-jalan. Saya mandikan. Jadi kinclong dan cakep lagi. Saya jadi berjanji dalam hati untuk lebih sering bawa dia jalan-jalan.

Oke, Filippo?

Gowes Apresiasi Non Partisan

Gowes CFD pagi hari ini bermisi untuk menikmati keindahan dan kemajuan kota Jakarta. Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin sudah selesai dirapihkan. Jalanan di aspal mulus, trotoar menjadi lebar dan rapi, nyaman untuk pejalan kaki. Di kanan kiri pun akses masuk ke stasiun underground MRT Jakarta sudah terlihat bentuknya, menunggu operasionalisasi yang tinggal sebentar lagi.

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Pesta Tujuhbelasan di Alea

Melanjutkan tradisi tahunan kompleks kami, sore ini warga Alea Townhouse berkumpul di area kolam renang, untuk merayakan hari kemerdekaan Republik Indonesia yang ke-73.

Mengenakan dress code merah-putih, warga Alea terlihat begitu kompak dan bergembira berpartisipasi dalam lomba-lomba khas tujuh belasan. Continue reading

Teeing Off in Excellent Weather

As what often happened in our Management Offsite in the past, we capped off the productive weekend with a round of golf.

This time we teed off in Merapi Golf Course, Cangkringan, Jogja. Although the majestic form of Merapi mountain was not visible due to thick clouds, but the weather was excellent.

Temperature was in low and mid 20s throughout the round, making us still had plenty of energy after 18 holes. We could’ve played another 18, but hungry tummy and lack of time killed that idea ☺️

Mencoba Sate Ratu: Ranking 1 Restoran Trip Advisor di Jogja

Malam minggu di Jogja, seusai rapat kerja kantor, saatnya meluangkan waktu dengan anak wedok yang baru sampai kembali di Jogja.

Awalnya mau mencari kulineran nostalgia seperti biasa. Tapi selera lagi pengen makan sate, jadi kepikiran sate klatak atau Sate Samirono.

Hanya saja, saat browsing Trip Advisor kok melihat Sate Ratu sebagai restoran ranking 1 di Jogja saat ini. Ratingnya 5 out of 5 dari >120 reviews, dengan hanya 2 yang menilai Average.

“Pengen coba ah”, demikian keputusanku.

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Senior Management Offsite – 2018

Located at Alana Hotel and Convention Centre, Jogja, Senior Management of HSBC Indonesia ran their annual Senior Management Offsite. As it has been since 2016, the meeting venue was set up in most relaxed manner, with bean bags and casual attire, to promote discussions and fun!

The session continued with gala dinner at our hotel, Hyatt Regency Jogja.

Well, It was the most fun gala dinner we ever had for years! Each team delivered great sing and dance. (With minimum props and practice, we’re happy with the 3rd place!).

And the sing and dance mood continued after the competition. The dance floor was full with people dancing! Love the atmosphere!

(Oh, and it was me singing on the stage. Can you guess the song? 😬)

Branch Manager Conference 2018

So it’s done, the annual Branch Manager Conference 2018 which was held in Inter Continental Hotel Bandung. Some of good learnings from the session:

  • With national GDP > USD1 trillion, Indonesia is among priority international markets with great potential upside.
  • What it takes for us to GRAD?
  • As leader, prepare to make unpopular decision, but do it with good intention.
  • Common themes in any business disruption: time, cost, seamless integration, convenience.
  • The key for any successful strategy execution is how good the quality of your people managers.
  • Successful leaders have generous gene on their flesh and mind (Jack Welch)
  • Saya sadar saya berharga” – Important for leaders to have self esteem and believe that they have something to offer.

  • On the Train to Bandung!

    I’m joining Branch Manager conference in Bandung for two days, starting tomorrow. We’re departing on a train from Jakarta this afternoon.

    Happy to see and meet every branch leadership team from all around Indonesia. We’re looking forward to have two productive and fun days in Bandung!