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 […]


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 […]


Things to do Before You Turn 30

I’m inspired by this post by Dimas about what you should do before 30. By reading the title of this post alone, you should know a little bit about my age :)) So here we go, my version of what you should do before 30: Backpack out of the country My first time backpacking was […]


Birthday in Istanbul

“I strongly suggest you to postpone your trip to Istanbul!” My heart sank. I got a warning message from my good friend in Istanbul, just a week before my scheduled trip to spend my birthday there. There’s a protest-gone-wrong in Taksim Square, and things didn’t look good. But of course, if you tell me I […]


Chosen One

There are no chosen one. We’re all chosen, if, instead of wondering, what am I doing here, we decide to do something that fills our heart with enthusiasm. Related PostsRock & Roll Awareness Sometimes awareness come to our mind after we experience hardships in life. I heard the term …


Backpacking Trip to Egypt – Behind the Scene Photos

My backpacking trip to Egypt has so much stories that I can’t contain in one blog post. So, I thought, I want to share some of the ‘behind the scene’ photos of my trip thru Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria, all taken with iPhone. Enjoy! Related PostsBackpacking Trip to EgyptWhen you travel, you experience, in […]


Backpacking Trip to Egypt

When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the art of rebirth. -Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage I woke up this morning to the scent of Lotus flower and I thought I was still in Egypt. I bought Lotus perfume at Khan El-Khalili Market, from a persistent seller who start the conversation by showing […]


The Power of Being Quiet

On my Discover Bahrain trip, I was one of 20 delegates from 20 different countries around the world. So it was a very dynamic group. As soon as we met as a group, it is clear that I become more quiet. In contrary to my usually cheerful & chatty blog posts and tweets, it has […]


New Dreams in 2013

So, I assumed we all survived the Mayan Apocalypse :P Let’s continue living. It’s the time of the year to review my 2012 life. The highlight of 2012 was when I open my hijab fashion boutique SalsabeelaShop.com – learn a lot in the process about fashion business and having fun cultivating my creative fashion side. […]


Autumn in London

The first thing I notice when I arrive in Heathrow was that they don’t have a free wifi access. My friend sending me information on how I’m going to get to my hotel via Whatsapp, and I can’t get the message. I don’t know how, but I got his last message, “Don’t pay for anything.” […]


Life After Divorce

I’m reading Nora Ephron’s Heartburn, a novel about her divorce back in 1980’s and I ended up browsing in the internet about her and her books. Then I stumble upon this website, it’s Huffington Post Divorce section. They have some interesting articles about after divorce life and I thought maybe I want to share my […]


The Coffee Shop Chronicles

I think most of us have experience this when we’re in coffee shop: we watch people. And our imagination grow. That’s exactly what’s in the mind of 22 writers of “The Coffee Shop Chronicles” when they start writing a collaboration book about situation in a coffee shop in one day from the point of view […]


Perempuan Inspiratif Nova 2012

It’s a great honor for me to receieve an Inspiring Woman Award 2012 (Editor’s Choice) from Tabloid Nova with 15 other inspiring women from all over Indonesia. For the awarding night, we were gathered for 2 days and following a lot of exciting events by Tabloid Nova and the sponsors. There’s business seminar, make-up tutorial, […]


Why You Should be Proud to be an Indonesian

Put Indonesian in a room full of global citizen and we will shy away, getting more quiet, can’t speak our opinion, and all other things that indicated that either we can’t speak English properly (which usually not true, we speak on a very well articulated and good grammar English) or we have low self confidence […]


Welcoming SalsabeelaShop.com

As promised, I’m launching SalsabeelaShop.com today! Being a fashion designer has been my dream, and dreams do come true. It was a very fast process. We have the idea in December 2011. Execute it in January. Finished design concept and everything by early February. And start producing, til it’s now ready for you guys to […]


Dreams do Come True

On today’s article of Jakarta Post, they write about me and mention about how I make my dreams come true. Yes there are ways to do that, and it’s possible. It’s not a rocket science. Jakarta Post also mention about me being a fashion designer. Yes, it’s been a long time dream, a childhood dream […]


Belitung New Year Trip

Those of you that has been watching my updates on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Flickr must have known that I went to Belitung for the New Year’s holiday with the whole family. I think this is the first time after a long while we go together in a vacation. I’ve been recommending Belitung as one […]


My 2012 Resolutions

Let’s start by reviewing 2011. 2011 is a wild year. One of the best years in my 28 years of life. Although I’m not fully achieving my 2011 goals, but I’m not disappointed, as I have achieved something else that could be equally or more useful. I don’t do very well with writing. I only […]


11 Things to be Thankful For in 11.11.11

Today is a special day. 11-11-11 – it only comes once in 100 years. It also has a lot of deep spiritual meaning. I wrote some about my experience with 1111 in a book titled 1111 that will be launched today on NulisBuku.com 1st Birthday Party. I really wanted to post a special blog post […]


Intel & I

I have the priviledge to have dinner and chat with Intel’s Director of social media, Becky Brown. She’s in Jakarta to meet Intel Indonesia team that has been very creative and successful in doing social media campaign. At the dinner I also meet other Intel friends like Jamshed from Intel Singapore and Dottie (my good […]