Summer Berries

Ah how I miss the taste of fresh summer berries! They’re pretty much the number one reason why I love Summer so much!

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Having gone berry picking for a few years now, I certainly miss it this year. I tried looking for blueberries here but I could not find any! Maybe some frozen ones, but even those are rare. Some nights before I hit the hay, I think about the weeks where I sold blueberries at work two years ago. I literally sold over 150 lbs a week and was making some good, quick bucks out of them. I spent the money earned to buy even more blueberries for myself. I can finish 10lbs in a week by myself! Yes, I love them that much.

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Of course being here in a tropical country has its perks too. The mangoes are sweeter, the fruits are cheaper, but I cannot help but to crave for those berries. Can someone please FedEx some over?!

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I hope there will be some left when I’m in Vancouver in August!

Time to own it

With the passing of my good friend’s dad last night, I was reminded again that life is short. So why waste another second on being unhappy?

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The last few weeks have been pretty rough on me but as Eric and Greg said, we need those in life. We need to feel a little unhappy sometimes so we know and appreciate happiness is more. They are right. Absolutely right. And after all, I really have nothing to complain about. Everything is great and I just need to own it. This is the decision i have made and this life is no one but my own. I need to step up and embrace this transition before it eats me up. After all, life is short and I do not want to waste my one shot in life.

Trip to Mara River Safari Lodge& Canyoning at Gitgit Waterfall

My mom came to visit this weekend for a wedding and I did not waste on this opportunity to take her out on an adventure! I planned on bringing her to Le Pirate at Nusa Ceningan but found out just a day before that they had a fire accident and our reservation had to be canceled. I quickly looked for another alternative and found Mara River Safari Lodge and thought it would be a good opportunity to check the place out and see if it would be fun for my nephews when they come to visit in August.

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Opened in 2007, Mara River Safari Lodge offers their guests a unique and immersive experience of living in a Safari. Our Swala comes with a direct view of the safari animals and some carrots to feed them. The hotel also offers multiple activities throughout the day including piranha feeding, elephant bathing, dine with lions, white tiger show, night safari.

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We had fun interacting with some of the animals there but had worse luck with the service. Considering how much I paid for the room, the service was subpar to say the least. They did not seem interested in pleasing the guests and we had to wait at least 5 minutes every time we want to go or leave the hotel.

Beside the hotel experience, I wanted to do something fun, something a little bit crazy. I have been done anything too fun since I got back to Indonesia so I looked for something i have not done before. After hours of googling, I found this company that does canyoning in North Bali. I had I had never really heard of canyoning before and did not know what to expect. My poor mom had no clue, none whatsoever, what we were doing until we got to the base camp.

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We left the hotel at 6am and drove two hours to Singaraja to the base camp of Adventure And Spirit : Indonesian Team of Canyoning. We were quickly strapped in and in just two hours, we successfully rappelled down 7 waterfalls, slide down 5 times, jumped from a 4m, 2m, and 6 metres cliff, ziplined, and swam in the cold water! 

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What an incredible adventure! I have been wanting to do cliff diving but never really gathered enough courage and met anyone that wants to do it with me. I’m so glad I had the chance to test myself with the jumps today. My heart stopped when I jumped off the first time, but it quickly caught up by the second and third. I am so proud of my brave mom for completing the whole course with me and to think of it, it was really risky considering her age. But she was such a great sport and had a huge smile on her face the whole time.

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Watch the highlights from our trip here.

If you are ever in Bali, I highly recommend giving canyoning with the Adventure and Spirit guys a try! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you mas Angga and mas Rama for being such great guides!

Dear Dad,

There are not enough words in the world to describe you. Smart, wise, inspiring, creative, tech-savvy, supportive, generous.

It has always been a pleasure listening to you ideas and dreams, but now that I am working here in Bali, I finally see how much work you have put on to build this amazing life for our family. One look at the hotel and one can tell how much care and thought put into it. You have also inspired and empowered the staff here and many others to realize their full potentials. I am truly honoured to be your daughter and I hope one day I will meet a man as great as you are.

Happy Father’s Day.

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3 weeks in

It has been over three weeks since I packed up my luggage and leave the life I had back in Vancouver. And let me tell you now, it has not been easier. I scroll on Facebook and Instagram endlessly. I walk around with an empty stare. I cry myself to sleep. Now now, I don’t want to be all dramatic. Honestly, life has been really good here too. I got a great team, a beautiful property, and a wonderful opportunity in front of me.

It is just hard. Transitions are hard and especially when done alone. I know and I remember vividly what it is like to be on top of the world, to feel happy and loved immensely. Now I go home to the empty hotel room and go through the day without really talking to anyone that cared about my day. Of course everything is glorified on social media. Everyone thinks I am having the time of my life. Little do anyone know that I am hurting and crying here. I keep reminding myself that this is just the beginning and I need to give myself some time to adjust. I just need to get out more, find new friends, find new hobby, find new everything. It is just hard to force myself to do all that because I know I already had it all and I am too lazy to start a new life all over again. I know what happiness is like and this is not it. Thankfully I have my support crew that kept me sane during this crazy time:

  • My family who’s just a Whatsapp away and always cheering me up with tons of videos and photos of my nephews and niece
  • Diana L. for always being there ready to listen to anything and everything
  • Eric P. for letting me let loose and be silly
  • Mike T. for keeping me in check
  • Kingsley C. for keeping me up to speed with Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley
  • Marina T. for making me super excited about NYC

I’m glad I have Alan and Joe here too. At least they are the only two that treat me as a friend and I really, really appreciate that.

Three weeks in and I like to think I have done quite a bit to make an impact here. I just need to keep my chin up and force myself to get out there more.

The girl I used to know

Last week was an emotional rollercoaster week. I was excited about starting my role as #TheCXO but I was also frustrated with myself.

I went from the girl that knew it all, to the girl that knows nothing. From the girl that can get things done fast, to the girl that has to ask a lot to just get something simple done.

I was upset with myself but I talked myself out. It is a part of the process, I told myself. I need to give myself sometime to learn and I am humbled by this experience. So I kept my head down but with my chin up the rest of the week.

The grass will always seem greener on the other side but I have to learn to grow where I got planted and make it as beautiful.

The right kind of goodbye’s

Everyone handles goodbye’s differently. Some goodbye’s are harder, some are easier to get over with.
When I first made the decision to make the move back to Indonesia, I was not entirely sure what I was thinking and I was scared. I kept it as a secret for 4 months to most people and only told about 20 of my closest friends about the move. It was not because it was supposed to be a secret or anything; it was just because I was scared. I did not want to tell too many people just in case I changed my mind. I also did not want to make it a big deal. People move all the time, why should I make a special announcement? And if I did and no one cared, how horrible would I feel?
As the weeks were getting closer and closer, I started dropping hints on my social network and the inbox blew up. I received so many encouraging words and coffee invitations than I have ever been. The amount of support I received online was just overwhelming, but to top things off, the amount of love I received in person was just much, much more.
The whole month of May became a month of celebration. Celebration of my accomplishments, celebration of my new adventures, and most importantly, celebration of friendships. There were barely any tears dropped because we all knew this was not the end. I am not dead and not planning to be dead anytime soon. I am simply moving away to build a greater future for my family and distance has nothing on the friendships I have built over the years.
Here’s a quick look of the celebrations that happened in May:
  • May 1: Last day at Hootsuite. We had a wonderful potluck as a team with all my favourite food. Diana presented me with the most thoughtful book ever put together with wonderful quotes from people around the company and memorable photos. Connor sent a beautifully written email to a number of teams around the company about my departure. We stayed late at work too to enjoy the delicious mango drinks Eric put together, to take countless photos, and to just laugh our heads off. Then a few of us went for a late dinner and stormed Diana’s house after.
  • May 7 – 10: Disneyland! I was not going to go but it turned out to be such a wonderful trip!
  • May 14 – 18: Las Vegas! Different crowd, different feeling than Disneyland but it was a great time with the girls
  • May 22: On my last 5 hours of being in Vancouver, I decided to attend Hootsuite concert, Hootenanny III. Why be at home and be miserable when I can spend the last few hours with some of my closest friends?

In between all these, I went on a number of coffee dates, picnic, bridesmaid dress shopping, movies, arts and crafts, ATV in dirt road.. it’s pretty crazy to think that in the month of May, I only had 1 weekend in Vancouver. The other 2 weekends I was away to Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Goodbye’s are hard because we are all so used to our regular routine. I do not know what I will be doing in 24 hours, 48, 72 and it scared me. But with so many people cheering me on, I know I have nothing to be afraid of. Life will go on for both them and for me, but real friendships last a lifetime. I cannot wait to embark on this new adventure and make my loved ones proud. At least that is the least I can do after everything they have done for me. No thank you will ever be enough to say how grateful I am for the love and the encouragement. I am truly lucky and blessed.

Throwing my hands up in the air!

The last few months have been quite a ride. One day I was at the top of this crazy roller coaster ride, the next day I was at the bottom. I kept my head high up through it all knowing it was all temporary. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and one thing always leads to another. I just have to follow the course of my heart and see where this crazy road will take me. Life is great, it really is and I have nothing to really complain about. I live in a safe country, in a cozy home, with a great job, with loving parents and friends. And for these, I am eternally grateful.

I was never a screamer. Life is too short to be screamed at.

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2014

Dear 2014,

You were one of those years that I didn’t have much expectations about. I only had one goal in mind at the beginning of you, which is to be present. It was a goal that seemed simple enough but I knew would be challenging to do because I have been on the constant chase for the next big opportunity. Yet, you proved to be one year full of activities:

  • Snowmobile and spa day with Crystal Jiang
  • Modeled for YWiB SFU at Holt Renfrew
  • Represented Hootsuite (Global) at SXSW
  • Got Owly on the Mashable’s wrecking ball
  • Biked around Austin, Texas with Destin Haynes at midnight
  • Games night x 4
  • Started The Selfie Guru with Vincent Chu and sold over 180 selfie sticks
  • Became a Godmother to Lorien and Adrien
    – travelled to Singapore, Singapore, Bali, Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, South Korea, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco
  • Dinner and midnight swim with Jeremiah Owyang, Sean Moffitt, Bryan Kramer
  • Attended the wedding of two Balinese royalties
  • Took the Sea To Sky Gondola up with Kingsley
  • Jump for joy photoshoot & mural with Eyoälha
  • Test drove a Tesla car
  • The Selfie Guru got into BuzzFeed and PointLocus got mentioned in a Forrester Research.
  • Took a dip in a glacier lake with Greg Williams and Eric Puchmayr
  • Monkeyed around at Tree Top Adventures
  • Kayak and swam at an outdoor pool with Andrea and Alexa
  • Day trip to Victoria B.C. with Maryanne Nonie Bolden and Don Bolden
  • Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake with Melody Tung Harry Xiao Nada Chan Arnold Limantono Jun Ying and many others
  • Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver with Susie
  • Blueberry picking
  • Bubbleball
  • Archery Tag
  • Raised $1k for The Easter Seals
  • Rappel down a building as Rapunzel
  • Dined at Five Sails with “Mr. Darren Romeo”
  • Planned an escape room + murder mystery for Kingsley
  • Kingsley planned a cutthroat kitchen
  • Quinn got ill and went through xray, ultrasound and surgery
  • Spent 5 days in Whistler with the family

Thank you 2014 for forcing to me to keep my focus. Though I felt so tired and depressed at times, you continue to show me I have control over my own happiness.