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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Makassar International Writers Festival 2013

It was unforgettable moment for me, to be able to witness more 700 young people of Makassar, gathered in Fort Rotterdam and enjoy, really enjoying, poetry reading at the closing ceremony of Makassar International Writers Festival (MIWF) 2013 @makassarwriters. I said to Josephine Chia, fellow speaker & writer from Singapore, “Josephine, this is big.” Josephine […]

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ASEAN Blogger Festival Indonesia 2013

It was such a great opportunity for me to be able to join the ASEAN Blogger Festival (ABFI) 2013 in Solo, Indonesia. I was fortunate to attend such event in Kuala Lumpur and Bali, few years back, so I can be able to say that now I’m part of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian […]

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Kartini Next Generation Award 2013: Inspiring Women in ICT

It’s an honor for me to receive the Kartini Next Generation 2013 Special Award – Inspiring Woman in ICT by Ministry of Communications and Information Technology Republic of Indonesia with other inspiring women in several sectors like education, entrepreneurship, social community and creative media. My love to technology started when my dad bought me my […]

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Winners: Ulas Buku Cerita di Balik Noda

Saya teringat kembali perjalanan backpacking saya ke Mesir bulan lalu. Saat itu kami jalan dalam satu grup dan rute perjalanan kami terhitung ‘mission impossible’ karena melewati banyak kota, mulai dari Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria hingga hiking ke gunung Sinai. Cuaca di Mesir yang sangat panas di siang hari dan sangat dingin di malam hari, perjalanan […]

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Set Writing Goals for 2013

For the latest Nulis Buku Club meetup, we picked ‘Set Writing Goals for 2013‘ as the topic of the meetup. We invite one of the most productive writers, @IfaAvianty, writers of 70 books, to share her tips on setting writing goals. Mbak Ifa explained that we have to check our time availibility, physical health, emotional […]

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Hooked! – Designing Growth & Creating User Habit for Startup Success

Last week I attend 2 days workshop by 2 brilliant guy, Nir Eyal @NirEyal and Sangeet Paul @Sanguit by @atamerica– it was JP @JPEllis, the co-founder of award winning app Harpoen, who notify and remind us about this event. Nir Eyal is a lecturer from Stanford Graduate School of Business and has been writing for Forbes, Techcrunch […]

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Discover Bahrain: The Land of Dreams

Like a soulmate, it’s so easy to fall in love with Bahrain. I never thought my 12 days trip to Bahrain would left me with, not only high quality networks, but also a lot of insights, true friendship and deep thoughtful memories. At first, I didn’t know much about Bahrain. The only thing I know, […]

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What I’ve Learned from Henry Ford

There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible -Henry Ford I have the priviledge to travel 10,000 miles away from Jakarta to Detroit, Michigan, to attend North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), courtesy of Ford. I […]

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Yes, You Can! Moment

When I was in studying in University, I usually go to Book Fair to get cheaper books, and attending talkshow by my favorite authors. One of them was Fira Basuki talkshow just outside Istora Senayan. After the event, I can’t manage to talk to her, so I chase her when she was walking inside, and […]

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Indonesia Berkibar Movement for a Better Indonesia

Indonesia is the home to world’s fourth largest population of young people, according to the World Bank. I think at least 40% of Indonesia population is under 30 years old (by Indonesian law, ‘young’ means under 30 years old, by the way, that could be different in other countries, for example in Brunei, young people […]

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Sharing with Indonesian Students in London

Had a wonderful chance to come back to London last September 2012 and speak in front of 40 Indonesian students in London at Indonesian Embassy, London. This is my first time going to Indonesian embassy and speaking abroad, so I was so excited. I’m sharing about my new book ‘Yes, You Can!‘ and update them […]

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UWRF 2012: Poetry in the Making

With writing life becomes more interesting. Writing teaches to most of us that we are not looking at things as closely as we ought to and we are not understanding them as deeply as we ought. These days, we let life slide off us. -Ted Hughes I travel to Bali for Ubud Writers and Readers Festival […]

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