3 Biggest Lessons I’ve Learned from 2015 to Apply on 2016

Many many years ago, I attended a business conference where the speaker who just got his company to IPO, stand in the front of audience to speak about his success. And that time, he said something about ‘compassion’ that related to his success and that’s it. No more slides on the business strategy, detailed how-to, pitching tips to VCs, nothing. We went to coffee break, puzzled. I only understand that situation this year when I was invited by Sandra Correia to speak at an entrepreneurial event “A New Beginning for Portugal” (ANBFP) in Lisbon, Portugal. I did not asked to speak or mentor […]

A New Beginning

I’ve been wearing my hijab for 15 years on my own will and it was my truth. But the last 2 years I’ve been feeling that I’m growing into a different version of myself that no longer can be represent with hijab. I tried everything to cope with my restlessness and at one point I know that I have to make a decision once again to be who I am. When I finally took it off weeks ago, a friend asked me what changed me, I said this is how I always been for the past few years. I just finally […]

Memulai Percakapan: Perjalanan yang Menyembuhkan #PassportToHappiness

Pengunjung di acara launching buku saya yang terbaru ‘Passport to Happiness‘ terkejut saat membaca buku ini adalah buku yang sangat pribadi untuk saya. Saya tak hanya menceritakan cerita perjalanan saya ke 11 kota di dunia setelah saya bercerai, tapi saya juga menceritakan perjalanan ke dalam  hati saya dan pandangan saya tentang arti cinta yang saya temui di berbagai belahan dunia. Pertanyaannya, bagaimana saya begitu berani untuk membagi kisah pribadi saya? Jawabannya mudah. Saya ingin memulai percakapan tentang sebuah topik yang tabu dibicarakan di Indonesia: perceraian. Bagi orang Indonesia dan masyarakat berbudaya timur pada umumnya, bercerai identik dengan kegagalan. Dan kegagalan […]

Passport to Happiness – a Travelogue by Ollie

Malam ini, saya baru sadar kalau move on itu tidak mudah. Salah seorang teman masih dirundung kesedihan atas kejadian yang sudah terjadi 4 tahun yang lalu. Satu kakinya masih terikat ke masa lalu, ini, tentu adalah salah satu bahan dalam resep kesedihan. 4 tahun yang lalu, saya juga mengambil keputusan menyakitkan dalam hidup saya untuk berpisah dengan pasangan yang sudah menemani saya selama 10 tahun. Sebelum mengambil keputusan berat itu, saya melakukan hal yang belum pernah saya lakukan sebelumnya, saya terbang ke Ubud dan menghabiskan waktu saya sendirian di sana untuk mencari jawaban atas pertanyaan-pertanyaan di kepala saya, mencari sebuah […]

How to Generate Ideas for Writers

So, I just finished writing 2 books: one is my first travel journal, my story to find LOVE in 11 cities in the world (Yeap, I know you’re curious!) AND my first biography book, I wrote for my successful serial entrepreneur friend, Denny Santoso (you definitely want to read his success principles!). I’m pretty much in, not only holiday mood now, but also writing mood! Earlier this morning, I found my old journal where I kept a note of a very inspiring list on how to generate ideas for writers. I’m pretty sure I get this from some book, but I […]

#1Hari1Kebaikan di Bulan Ramadhan

Bulan Ramadhan selalu jadi kesempatan emas bagi saya untuk melakukan lebih banyak kebaikan. Bukan hanya karena keberkahan yang berlipat dari hari biasa, namun seiring dengan proses menahan hawa nafsu, saya mencoba membuat kebiasaan baru untuk lebih rutin dalam berbuat baik pada sesama. Khusus di bulan Ramadhan, saya ingin proyek kebaikan saya direncanakan dengan seksama hari per harinya. Perang yang berdampak buruk saja direncanakan, kenapa berbuat kebaikan tidak direncanakan dengan lebih rinci? Dari hasil scrolling timeline di twitter, saya pun terinspirasi untuk melakukan #1hari1kebaikan selama bulan Ramadhan, dengan berbagai cara. Salah satu cara paling mudah untuk melakukan #1hari1kebaikan adalah dengan mendukung […]

My Favorite Restaurants in Jakarta

Let’s talk about food! I have stopped cooking since 5 years ago and I always, I repeat, ALWAYS, eat out. Of course there are times I won’t have time to go out, then I must rely to food delivery services. Thank God, a lot of my favorite restaurants already connected to food delivey platforms such as FoodPanda. So, I’m going to list my favorite restaurants who’s available for delivery and why I like them! Es Teler 77 Why Es Teler 77? Because they have my favorite Indonesian food! Try their amazing Es Teler (literally translated as drunken ice because it […]

How Twitter Plans to Help Raising the Number of Women in Technology in Indonesia

“Why do you think more girls in Indonesia are interested to learn IT?” Dick Costolo @dickc, the CEO of Twitter himself, asked me on a rare opportunity to have breakfast at a roundtable discussion with NGOs for @TwitterForGood during his visit to Jakarta. He was intrigued by his visit to University of Indonesia the day before, where he met the Dean of Computer Sciences, who is a woman, Dr. Mirna Adriani and seen women students were actively participated in building projects using twitter data. I was invited to the roundtable as the co-founder of Girls in Tech Indonesia @GirlsinTechID. We (me @salsabeela, @anantya, […]

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 I trust, losing a business I nurture for years, let go precious stuff I had, yet I gained so much more. In the midst of chaos, I finally found myself. In my religion, the first revelation that The Prophet Muhammad SAW received was ‘Iqra’ means […]

Creating Miracles through Entrepreneurship – Key Lessons from Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 in Marrakech

Whoever seeks miracles, will find it. I believe miracles can help accelerate our action beyond the initial plan and entrepreneurs are the best people to get inspirations from on how to create miracles. That is exactly why I’m so excited to attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, to represent my company NulisBuku.com – an online self-publishing print-on-demand platform in Indonesia. 6800 participants (mostly entrepreneurs and investors), 194 speakers, 405 medias are buzzing at the #GES2014, opening gate of serendipity and new opportunities. I’m one of the lucky 70 young entrepreneurs from 30 countries around the world, to be invited as a delegate […]