1st Anniversary of Integrated Bank

Today marks 1 year of successful integration of my office, HSBC Indonesia. To celebrate this historic milestone, since yesterday, Board of Directors and Management Committee of the bank walked around the floor of our headquarters and branches, shaking hands with the staff, saying thank you for the hard work and their support throughout the challenging year, pre and post integration. While it was tiring for us to walk in all 11 floors in two headquarter buildings yesterday, but it was enjoyable and rewarding at the same time, to see many “Jagoan HBID” are all in great spirit.

This morning I continued the roadshow in Melawai branch, holding a townhall with staff in the branch. It’s all good, and most of the staff are in smiles and happy. Sukses selalu, Jagoan HBID!

Final Meeting Session at KL

Finally we had our final meeting session in KL with Talent and Learning team, before heading back to Jakarta. It’s been an insightful and enjoyable trip in KL. We return with many ideas and examples which we might adopt in our organization. Thank you so much, KL Team! Looking forward for your return visit! ☺️🙏

Friday Prayer at Masjid Jamek KL

The historic Masjid Jamek is just next to my office’s building, so it’s really convenient for me to walk and do my Friday prayer there. The mosque complex is not too big, however it is really convenient. The main prayer hall is air conditioned, but the mosque terrace is clean and neat with prayer mats available in every corner. They also serve ‘welcome drink’ for visitors which I found very refreshing. The prayer started at 1.19, which means we started the Friday prayer almost at the same time with Jakarta’s moslem did theirs. So why +1 time zone, eh? Wallahualam 🙂

Top Left: mosque terrace which oversee my office’s building; Top Right: Masjid Jamek facade; Bottom Left: the welcome drink; Bottom Right: the entrance terrace

Jumuah Barokah in Ampang

Alhamdulillah it’s Friday, and it seems to be also a special day in Kuala Lumpur. In front of our bank’s hall, near Jalan Ampang, yellow tents are erected, housing many variety of sellers, from food, drinks, fruit to clothings. We call it “pasar kaget” back home in Jakarta (literal translation: surprise/sudden market ☺️)

It’s nice to see these kind of local festivities, witnessing different kind of culture and habits people have in different part of the world. Jumuah barokah everyone!

The Origin of Kuala Lumpur

The office meeting room where we spend our day look over at the historic mosque in central of Kuala Lumpur. People said this js the origin of this capital city of Malaysia. “Kuala” means “river”, while “Lumpur” means “mud”. The mosque is sitting at the top of the muddy plains, which was formed because of the meeting point of two rivers: Gombak river and Klang river. Such a historic site, and proud to be working in a bank that is central to KL’s development since hundreds years ago.

KL Tower seen from the bank’s entrance

Off to KL!

My office team jettisoned to KL for couple of days benchmarking visit in neighboring country’s sister entity. Who says only politicians can do “studi banding”? 😂

Such a pleasant surprise that I and Ella met with Leo, our long time friend from Andersen, the very first years of our career. We shared the same flight to KL. Here to successful business meetings and long lasting friendship!

Andersen reunion in KLIA
On KLIA Expresss to KL