Ollie's Journal

Ollie's Journal

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Recognizing Small Victories and Moving Forward to 2015

I’ve been a Muslim and embracing Islam all my life. While Islam means surrender, only recently that I surrender myself to the compassion and love of God. Accepting the fact that what I need is not neccessarily the same with what I want. And at the end of the year, I found myself losing some people […]


How to Discover The Power in You

Saya sedang makan siang bersama anak asuh saya yang berusia 17 tahun, saat ia mengecek Facebook-nya melalui laptop. Karena penasaran, saya kemudian berdiri di belakangnya untuk melihat bagaimana sebenarnya timeline seorang anak berusia 17 tahun. Apakah sama atau berbeda dengan timeline saya yang isinya kurang lebih teman-teman yang berbagi foto liburan, artikel bisnis, quote inspirasi, […]


Beijing International Book Fair 2014

I’m thrilled to be able to visit my first International Book Fair, Beijing International Book Fair 2014 (BIBF 2014) to represent NulisBuku.com with the winners of Tulis Nusantara 2014 writing competition (Ruwi from Ponorogo, Gege from Makassar & Rijal from Aceh) and Officials from the Ministry of Travel and Creative Economy of the Republic of […]


Hector Alvarado and The Consolation of the Sculpture

Hector Alvarado must be the first ‘modern’ sculptor I met in person (we met at @Komunitas1111  meetup). And he doesn’t look like a sculptor at all. In fact, when I visited his house and see how beautiful he decorates his house, I didn’t believe it was his work. I thought it was his girlfriend’s or […]


Bulan Narasi 2014

Can you write a novel in 30 days? 800 writers try to prove that they can, and at the end of the month, 150 writers finally succeeded writing their novels in 30 days! That’s the premise of Bulan Narasi (Nulis Rame-Rame Nasional) that was inspired from NaNoWriMo (National Writing Month), a global annual event to invite […]


Speaking on Innovation at rAsia Forum Moscow 2014

The only thing I remember about Russian is usually they’re on Hollywood movies in furry coat, being a secret agent, lots of snow and cold face. So when I’m invited by the Embassy of The Republic Indonesia for The Russian Federation to speak at rAsia Forum in Moscow, I met Russian who speak and joke […]


From Tech Forum Central Asia 3 In Almaty, Kazakhstan

I came to Almaty, Kazakhstan, as a trainer at Tech Forum Central Asia 3, but the truth is, I’m the one learning so much from this trip. First, I’ve learned that Almaty is one beautiful and unique city. The city has a magical background of the snow-capped mountains that reminds me of Narnia. I told […]


How I Face My Day

I have a confession to make: I took daily selfies every morning. Saya selalu menyempatkan selfie setiap pagi sebelum berangkat ke kantor. Kenapa selfie? Karena saya percaya pada kekuatan ‘looking good’ maka selfie akan memastikan saya look good hari itu. Saya bisa melihat dan mengevaluasi komposisi make up yang benar untuk meng-highlight kelebihan wajah saya. Efek selfie […]


Me & My Makeup Moments

Make up ‘aha moment’ pertama buat saya adalah saat saya ke Korea tahun 2011 dan menemukan Gel Eyeliner! Alat make up yang satu ini gampang diaplikasikan, tahan air, dan benar-benar awet tak berubah bentuk hingga malam hari. Gel eyeliner tak hanya membuat mata kecil saya terlihat lebih besar, namun juga merubah penampilan saya secara keseluruhan. […]


How to Work in Paradise: Start with Hubud

Last weekend, I have to work overtime but I have nothing to complain about, because I was working in paradise. NulisBuku.com and The Bay Bali held a writing competition ‘Letters of Happiness’ and a writing workshop in Bali. Me, my NulisBuku.com partners and my lovely writer friend Feby Indirani, headed to Nusa Dua, to speak […]


Empowering Productivity at CrowdSourcing Week Global Conference 2014

People say, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” – I was definitely in the right room when I attended CrowdSourcing Week Global Conference 2014 in Singapore, 7 – 10 April 2014. The event was packed with brilliant speakers and visionary audiences. That way, I found myself learning new things […]


For the Love of Words – From The 1st ASEAN Literary Festival 2014

I read more of Indonesian literature books in 3 days than in years, while attending ASEAN Literary Festival 2014 from 21 to 23 March 2014 in Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta. Thanks to the fabulous programs, from poetry reading performance by Krishna Pabhicara, Khairani ‘Okka’ Barokka and Sosiawan Leak (they are my favorites), have access to high […]


La Journée de la Femme Digitale 2014

Palais Brongniart was forbidden for women until the late 50s. Naturally, it was the perfect place to celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 #IWD. So, Catherine @cathbarba & Delphine @DelphineRB decided to use the venue, also known as Place de la Bourse (The historical Paris Stock Exchange), for their La Journée de la Femme Digitale 2014 Conference #JFD on […]


The Traveling Words Writing Retreat: Journey to Your Heart

People are curious about The Traveling Words. Honestly, we were also curious on how The Traveling Words going to manifest. When Hanny & I first talked about this initiative, we found out that writing has helped us to overcome some challenges in our life that eventually grow us to become a better person. And we […]


Rock & Roll Awareness

Sometimes awareness come to our mind after we experience hardships in life. I heard the term ‘Rock & Roll Awareness’ the first time on @Komunitas1111 meetup. We were talking about Awareness and one of our friends, @PittaSekar, who just lost her dad to lung cancer 2 months ago, share about the last days of her […]


The 2014 Dreams

Before I start: No, it’s not my son in the pic, it’s my nephew It’s 11pm and I tried to type as fast as I could so I can post this before 2014 :)) I usually post my New Year’s Resolutions earlier, but this year I decide to read and gain insights, as much as […]


Tales on Mother’s Day

“How come there’s no Auntie’s Day?” That’s what I asked this morning to embrace Mother’s Day. I’m not married and I don’t have kids. My only way to show my motherly love is to shower my baby nephew, or other people kids, with presents. I’m the sweet Auntie O. I have another technique to pour […]


Girls & Tech Book Launch

“I think I have picked the wrong subject (in university), I’m not good with IT.” I’ve heard this complaint a lot of time, often from girls. This is not about the subject, it’s all about mindset. We all know that IT industry is overwhelmingly filled with men. When girls see that, they immediately label IT […]


The Traveling Words

It’s a special day. I was invited to be a guest lecturer at ESQ Business School to talk about creative writing. Of course this is kind of suprising for me, because it’s a business school (unusual to have creative writing lesson in a business school) and I usually invited to talk about entrepreneurship. So this […]