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!

Continue reading

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)
Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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.