My Longest Busway Trip in Jakarta

Some people said that we should regularly to keep our writing intuition sharp. I will write a not-so-important post about my trip using the TransJakarta busway yesterday. By the way, I really like using public transportation.

Despite all its limitation, I consider Jakarta as the city with the best public transportation in Indonesia. It’s still not fully integrated, sometimes it’s unpredictable, yet it’s still way better than other cities I’ve been to.

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My First Ever Virtual Run

I’ve heard about virtual run since about 5 years ago. One of my client is an avid participant, collecting medals from all over the world. I wasn’t interested back then, because I thought I would lose the euphoria of running together at a regular running event.

Since COVID-19 pandemic, all regular running events have become virtual. Today I gave virtual run a shot as I participated in Pertamina Rosneft Virtual Run 10k category.

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Watch Out for “Jambret” Around Monas Thamrin

Two weeks ago I lost my cellphone while I was running near Monas. A motorcycle riding “jambret” – a.k.a thief – snatched my phone when I was crossing from Monas to Thamrin. I was being careless, holding my phone in my hand and not cautious when the thief drove so close to me that I could clearly see the thief’s face. The man in the back was only a teenager, wearing an orange hoodie.

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We had an unpleasant experience with our (now ex) new employee. Let’s call her Ms. N. She was assigned as account executive.

It was all started on 7th September 2020, her very first day at our office. She requested to work from home because she was having a typhus. Trusting her, we allowed her to participate in the on-boarding training through Microsoft Teams. We didn’t ask for a doctor’s note because she said she was WFH. WFH can cause dispute when we have irresponsible employee because we have to measure whether their results make sense or not.

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Book Review Marie Kondo

I have heard of Marie Kondo since several years ago. I knew her through memes as some sort of an internet pop culture icon teaching people to tidy up with the iconic “this sparks joy” quote. I didn’t read her book because I considered my room was quite orderly.

My friend recommended her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” last month. He told me that her book doesn’t only contain practical guidance to tidy up, but also philosophical principles in life.

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Culinary Review: Accha Indian Soul Food Jakarta

I have a new favorite GrabFood restaurant in Jakarta, which is Accha Indian Soul Food.

Most of the time I ordered Vegetable Biryani Bowl. The food is delicious and the serving is huge. I usually split the portion in half, half for lunch and half for dinner. I think we will be stuffed if we eat the biryani bowl in one go.

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Healthy Habit to Reduce Allergic Rhinitis Symptoms

I have had allergies since I was in elementary school. The allergies cause nasal congestion because my nasal passages are swollen. A THT doctor in Bandung told me that the congestion could be tolerated therefore I didn’t need surgery. He advised me to develop some habits to maintain my condition such as bathing with cold water and doing exercises. I had not had any allergic treatment since then, until last year when the symptoms got worse.

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Grab and Gojek in Indonesia During COVID-19 Pandemic

Grab and Go-jek as two dominant online transportation applications in Indonesia have been forced to change their operations several times during COVID-19 pandemic. There were times when motorcycle or ‘ojol’ were forbidden and car passengers were limited in cities where PSBB was imposed.

A few days ago I was surprised that Go Ride was shown ‘unavailable’ when I tried to order it from my house. I thought ‘ojol’ was forbidden, until I found out that I could order Grab Bike, even though there was only Grab Bike Protect option available at a slightly higher price. I assume Go Ride was having an error, because Go-jek used to have problems here and there.

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Learning English

I have been trying to improve my English, it is one of my 2020 new year resolutions. I consider my reading and vocabulary adequate, but my grammar and speaking still need to be improved. I have decided to upgrade my grammar first.

I started with Duolingo. Duolingo is fun but doesn’t provide explanation about the grammar. They only gives questions and tells us the right answer. Duolingo was uninstalled a few weeks later. Continue reading “Learning English”