Annual Visit to GIAS 2017

AMG GT R – A beauty
Yes, it’s an annual visit that I won’t like to miss. The time to look at beautiful motors displayed at large convention centre, when many Jakartans succumb to their desire in getting their new vehicles, albeit knowing that it will only contribute to the traffic they themselves loathe. 

And here we go again…

Jagonya Ayam – F3 Racing Car

Similar to last year, the exhibition takes place in the giant ICE exhibition center at BSD. It’s more convenient to me to visit this year, as my house at Regentown, which is located just across the exhibition center, has just been completely built. So parking wise, which sometimes can be big problem in large exhibition like this, is no issue for me. I have my own parking place, although from my house to ICE needs 10 minutes of walk — which is fine! It’s like 3 holes walk in golf course anyway 🙂

It’s 10 minutes walk to the convention centre

The exhibition place and exhibitors are good, but nothing really special. I just bought a new car couple of months ago, so I go without any expectations nor objectives. There are some special cars displayed, for example the Mercedes AMG GT R, or the Honda Civic Type R. Beautiful cars, albeit just for lust. 

Civic Type R – one of the sexiest car around
The star of the show is Mitsubishi Xpander. Sold for the low MPV segment (up to IDR 250 million), the new car from Mitsubishi gather most attention, as its attractive design is met with big accomodation and good price. No wonder people line up to try entering the cabin. I won’t be surprised if this car will become one of the best seller of the exhibition this year.

Mitsubishi – Xpander, star of the show

So after 2 hours of walking around, and 1 purchase of custom carpet (hey, at least I have to buy something!), I left ICE with happy heart. Not only because I satisfy my curiosity and desire to pay annual visit, but also because it just need short walk for me to be home 🙂

What do you think? Fit for me?
Ducati Scrambler – if I have to buy vehicle at the show, this is it


Epilogue: short drone shot I took showing my house’s complex and ICE (above)

17-an with Alea Neighbors

The big family of Alea
Even we don’t have games this year, we still continue the tradition for celebrating Indonesia independence day with our neighbors in Alea Townhouse. Featuring delicious bakso from Poltangan, and various coffee beans from Andalan Coffee, owned by one of our neighbor. Mantap!

Even ‘bule’ love the bakso!

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She is in Good Hands


I guess I'm now reaping the benefits of being quite active student and alumni for my campus. I met with so many familiar faces during the meeting of parents with faculty members. Most of faculty officials recognized and called me by name, as they were my juniors, who have been successful in their academic career by their own right. It's great to reconnect again with them, albeit now in much different situation as we were 20-25 years ago.

So now my mission is complete. It's time to fly back to Jakarta, and leave Aya in my friends' good hands and Allah grace. I know she will be fine. Insya Allah.

Gadjah Mada University New Students Inauguration (PPSMB UGM)

I'm driving Aya to Bulaksumur, Jogja, this morning, taking her to inauguration day for Gadjah Mada University (UGM) new students. She joined with 8000+ other new students at Grha Sabha Pramana field (GSP), right in the center of campus for the first day of Pelatihan Pembelajar Sukses Mahasiswa Baru UGM (orientation training)

It is one of the biggest inauguration in the country, as UGM is known as the oldest and biggest university in Indonesia. How proud I am to see my daughter, wearing UGM jacket and soon will share the same campus as I used to have 25 years ago.

Good luck Mbak Aya! Spread your wings!

Here are some pictures I took in the morning:


Thousands of UGM students in front of Grha Sabha Pramana (GSP)
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Settling in Her New Room


My mission is almost accomplished. After buying some stuffs required for her study, I helped Aya to settle in her new room in Jalan Kaliurang area.

Tomorrow is a big day, when she will be inaugurated as Gadjah Mada University (UGM) student, starting her campus life in Jogja. Bismillahirahmaniirahiim

Reconnect with Jalan Kaliurang Jogja

Sitting here in Starbucks Jalan Kaliurang Jogja, with happy heart to reconnect with the city I used to call "home".

This street was my 'playground' when I studied in Jogja. Many things have changed. Aside from this Starbucks, there are now McDonalds, high rise apartments, gelato place and many symbols of globalization and modernization occupying Jogja. But I can still feel the vibe of the city, the uniqueness of the place, and the warmth of the people.

I love Jogja. I really do.

She Wears the Same Jacket!

Line up for jacket registration at Gelanggang UGM, and trying out the jacket for the first time

Sorry friends, but can’t help to take pictures of her and post this! (Sorry for crap pics, she hates me when I took pics of her 😅)

Flew to Jogja with the first flight to take her stepping outside of her crib for the first time of her life, starting a new chapter of life studying in Jogja. Today she has schedule to collect university jacket and ID photo taking session.

And how proud and happy I am to see her wearing the same university jacket like I did 25 years ago. Yes, the jacket’s color may raise eyebrows, and it may not be many people’s favorites, but still, when we don it, we feel the pride as part of Gadjah Mada University. I hope she is too.

Her Student ID Card. Happy to know we share the same nomenclature for Student ID. Mine was 12165/EK, hers is 21594/EK

Belajar dari Dave Ulrich

Pengenalan saya pertama kali dengan Dave Ulrich terjadi pada tahun 1999. Saat itu manajer saya di sebuah firma konsultasi internasional baru saja pulang dari Amerika Serikat seusai menghadiri konferensi tahunan. Beliau membawa “oleh-oleh” buku Human Resources Champion karangan Dave Ulrich, yang relatif baru dirilis di Amerika Serikat. 

Saya ingat waktu itu konsep yang diusung oleh Professor Dave di buku tersebut, mengenai empat peran fungsi HR (sebagai Strategic Partner, Administrative Expert, Change Agent dan Employee Champion), masih merupakan konsep yang baru dan belum banyak diadopsi oleh perusahaan. Saat itu saya sedang ditugaskan dalam dua proyek pengembangan fungsi SDM di perusahaan teknologi dan tambang terkemuka di Indonesia. Dan berkat buku tersebut, kami berhasil mengusulkan rekomendasi yang valuable dan diterima oleh klien. Dalam 3-4 tahun ke depan sesudahnya, konsep empat peran fungsi HR ini yang menjadi “andalan” kami dalam berjualan ke klien, dan berkontribusi dalam pengembangan fungsi SDM di industri Indonesia. 

The humble professor in action

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DEWA: Rise from Ruins

The latest “DEWA” band photo series, which we took last week from our Roti Abon trip in Cirebon. This was the first group photo taken from Drone (Pelican). I made quite a bit ‘stamping’ over Photoshop to remove unwanted people in the background (sorry, groupies!)

This band-like photo series was originally started in 2005 back in Jogja. We had many of them throughout the years. I’m thinking of creating a page in my blog, solely dedicated for these photos. Watch this space.