A twist

My life is a movie. I’ve said it every now and then to myself because I couldn’t believe some of the things that happened. They’re too good to be true. If I was unknowingly watching a movie chronicling a life like mine, I would take it with a grain of salt. 

But life is funny. One year you were closing a chapter of your life, the next that chapter reopened out of nowhere. What was already buried, suddenly came back to life (metaphorically). Things never changed deep down but it’s been easier to cover then staying in the hole, waiting. 

But now there’s a twist. Fate or not, I don’t know, but it’s certainly not something I expected. Caught me by surprise and now it’s all I think about.

Potential theme song: https://youtu.be/SwAuVo_HAio

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Another year has gone by. I’m turning older every day yet not wiser. But I am thankful to be surrounded by people that are both wise, kind, and loving.

I’m thankful for each day of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Thank you for all those who’ve helped me be the person I am today.

#SFUMBA Week 2 Highlights

I’m freaking out. There are lots of readings assigned for this week and just looking at the calendar, it seems like we have so many things due soon. I like to plan things out but now I feel like I’m already drowning before the race even began.

But here are some highlights nonetheless:

– Read assigned articles to EP on the way up to Squamish and pretend it was a podcast

– Designed sandwich board for Smokehouse


– Took advantage of the sunny day and listed down all upcoming assignments into my new agenda (spent over an hour looking for the perfect agenda at Indigo downtown)

– Participated in a video shoot for SFU because why not ūüėČ

– EP packed hainanese chicken with quinoa for lunch!

– Team discussion on what are the most important things for us, what we are looking for, and what we are willing to give up. Our team decided on three main things:

1) To create and foster a positive team culture

2) To complete all our assignments on time with a quality we are proud of

3) To stay humble and open to feedback 


I wrote that I’m willing to give up unexpressed expectations. I do that a lot, not just at school but in personal life, and I know by practicing giving it up, I will be much happier. Like Shakespeare said, expectation is the root of all heartaches. With EP too now, I try to let him know in advance just so he has a clear understanding and be on the same page as me.

Today is the end of the 2nd week yet it feels like I have been in school for much longer. I haven’t talked to most people in class, but I think I’m starting to get a handle of all their names now.

#SFUMBA Week 1 Highlights

– EP dropped me off to school on orientation day

– Met my new cohorts (all 51 of them!)

– Got my name tag and business photo taken 

– Took pictures with the podium and the signature clock

– 1st hang out with a few people from the cohort 

– Got a lavender bunch from EP

– Scavenger hunt around Vancouver with my new team. I gained the nickname “bunny” for having “endless energy” and “still jumping around after a long day of classes

It’s been a pretty long week it seems. I’m still so intimidated by my classmates and nervous to speak up in class. I know that I eventually have to because the leadership class relies heavily on class discussion.

The Most Magical Night

It has been over a month since we celebrated the resort’s third anniversary yet I still can’t get over it. How could I? It was a magical evening and everything I have dreamt and planned for turned into a reality. It was more beautiful than anything I could ever imagine and I’m glad the guests and staff felt the electrifying energy too.

Every detail was carefully crafted as I did not want to leave anything out. I was a control freak, I admit, but I knew I had to if I wanted it to be magical.

As I have shared on April 20, it all started with an idea of having mermaids at the anniversary party. Indeed, the mermaids drove the whole concept and we decided on¬†“Threemendous Sunset at the Enchanted Garden of Le M√©ridien Bali Jimbaran”. The evening¬†enchanted our 450 guests with our lush tropical garden and one-in-a-kind 1,300sqm saltwater lagoon area.

Guests were greeted with the magical appearances of stunning mermaids from Mermaid.Inc, accompanied by fairytale-themed music from Bali Classical Lounge.

To kick off the evening, guests were invited to release beautiful butterflies of various species from all over the Indonesian archipelago to give them a new home in the gardens. The butterfly release stunned many of guests and added a magical sight along with the stunning golden dusk as the sun sets.

The celebration continued with cake cutting ceremony of a one-and-half meter signature éclair tower along with the thrown of real flower petal confetti.

Acro and fire dance performance from Dwi & Eka, the grand finalists of ‘Indonesia Mencari Bakat’ also enlivened the evening, followed by fashion show by Air Resorts & Swimwear, Uluwatu Handmade Balinese Lace, and Aryuna Jewelry, worn by models from Yongki Model Management, and the groovy tunes from Bali’s rising DJ Shissy Bvlagry.

Aside from the actual celebration itself, we had to keep the guests busy while we work on putting and setting up the magic in the pool area. So we had Uluwatu Lace Demonstration and Flower Crown Making at the lobby and they were both so well received by the audience.

The day after, we also hosted A Day at Sea ‚Äď an experience to know a life of a local fisherman, and other engaging activities were also specially prepared to take all the guests‚Äô experience to the whole new level during this extraordinary jubilee.

It was truly a magical night and I could not have done it without the immense support of the team, the family, EP, our entertainers and partners. I wish I could replay the moment and slow mo it.

Can’t get enough? Me too. Watch the video here.

This event marks a few career achievements for me:

  • Efficient planning
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • DIY’d backdrop
  • Event styling
  • Project management
  • Internal/external communication

Those are just a few things I learned during this whole process and I am just glad to have had the chance.

Photos by Grace Road Photography

Quinn’s 4th

When I first adopted Quinn in 2013, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. I have had pets before but none of them last very long.

But Quinn is different. I adopted her because I was lonely. She gave me a reason to come home to an otherwise empty house. Quinn has been through a lot. She was separated from her litter just a month after she gave birth to them. She stayed in my house for awhile. She stayed at KC’s a week here and there whenever I travelled. She was taken care by Sahar, EP, Trixie. She came with me to Sunshine Coast. She has had exploratory surgery, visited a bunch of vets, and on/off medicines. But she stayed tough through it all.

And this champ just celebrated her 4th birthday today! Hip hip hooray!

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Happy birthday Quinn! Thank you for being a part of my life and for teaching me so many valuable life lessons.

Most Productive 72 Hours Ever

Let’s recap the past 72 hours..
 
THURSDAY
Morning: Run through last minute details
5pm – 10pm: Move around furniture and decorations
9pm: Set up pop up shop at the lobby
10pm – 11pm: Karaoke with dad’s friends
11pm – 2am: Fix lighting and hang birdcages & lanterns
 
FRIDAY
8am: Design last minute thank you cards
9am: Breakfast with some VIP guests
10am: Get my hair braided
11am: Read through MC script & press release
12pm: Set up flowers and signage
1pm: Uluwatu Lace workshop
2pm: GR with the models
3pm: Fix photo signage
4pm: Flower crown workshop
5pm: Quick shower
5:30pm: Celebrating Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran‘s third anniversary!
9pm: Event ended
10pm: 1 radler + 2 tequila shots
2am: Bedtime
 
SATURDAY
8am: Prepare breakfast boxes
9am: On a traditional boat lifting a 50m fish nets out
10am: Meeting with a construction company
1pm: Lunch with media
3pm: Learn how to mermaid
5:30pm: Sunset yoga
8pm: Stall hopping (12 sate padang + 1 lontong, 1 mie keriting cha siu, 1 pempek kapal selam, 2 serabi, 1 grilled banana with chocolate cheese, 1 bika ambon, 1 beer, 1 aqua)
 
The past few days have been so amazing. It was chaotic at times, but I still feel the rush. I’ll write soon about the things that happened!
I’ll just leave you with this one¬†collage, taken within 12 hours..
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Now it’s time for bed because it’ll be another early morning again tomorrow and Monday! LET’S DO THIS.

MBA Candidate!

I couldn’t sleep that night. I just kept tossing and turning. It was as if I was waiting for something to happen. Then something did.

My phone buzzed.

Any other night, I would just ignore it and force myself to sleep. But that night I picked it up and I’m glad I did! It was a nicely written email from the SFU MBA Admissions team letting me know that I have been accepted to their program!

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I jumped out of bed right away and called my mom (she was in Vancouver, so it was her morning). I then texted EP and a few of my other friends. We were all celebrating the fact that I will be coming home to Vancouver, not as much the fact I got accepted to MBA. Haha! The responses I got from Facebook was immense though. I don’t want to sound cocky or anything but I am so very thankful to have such supportive group of friends that want me to be successful.

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It truly is an incredible feeling to have that much support from others. But.. yes, there’s a but.

I am a little sad and concerned that I would have to leave the hotel for 1.5 years. Life is so funny isn’t it? Just a few months ago, I wanted to have a way out. Now that I have my “way out”, I don’t really want to leave. I am getting used to the hotel life and to the work that I’m scared that if I leave, I would have to start from the beginning again when I come back. Maybe I am just chickening out thinking about the amount of homework I would have to do. I¬†was never a good student. I procrastinated often when I was in school. But I know this time it would be different.

I know I would come out from the MBA program a better, a more skilled leader. I look forward to enhancing my business and analytical skills. I want to make better decisions. I want to lead my staff with empathy and wisdom.

Yours sincerely,

MBA Candidate (Can I call myself that already? Is it too early? It just sounds so cool!)

2016

Welp, it’s 2016 already. In fact, it’s already 20 days in to 2016.

To be completely honest, I dreaded the coming of 2016. 2015 was a confusing year for me, with a lot of up and downs. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many amazing things that happened in 2015 but my transition from Vancouver to Jakarta didn’t go as smoothly (emotionally) as I have expected. So when I saw 2016 was just around the corner, I panicked. I thought I haven’t even figured out 2015 yet, how was I supposed to greet 2016?

Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. I welcomed 2016 with my family in Taipei and for the first two weeks of 2016, I spent it with my closest friends and it felt amazing. So now, 3 weeks in to 2016, I have nothing but good feelings about this year.

Every year I pick a theme for that year. 2013 was the year to be recognized, 2014 was to be in the present. I didn’t pick any for 2015 and I think that’s what left me astray too.¬†I won’t let that happen in 2016.

In 2016, I want to love.

Yes, it is as simple and complicated as that. I want to love life, I want to love my job, I want to love my friends and family more, I want to love myself (no, no Bieber reference here). Sometimes when we get busy with life, we forget to love. We choose to be mad, or tired, or whine instead. But life is too short for all those. This is the year to love.

Easy for me

There are countless reasons why I am thankful for the life that I have but I was reminded of one that I haven’t really thought about in a long time.

With economy slowing down in almost all part of the world, many companies are forced to lay off some of their employees. Thankfully, our company is doing well enough to keep ours. But the office just down the stairs from ours is not as lucky. Three of their employees came upstairs today asking if there is any opportunity within our company. We sat down with them, one by one.

The last candidate was the youngest out of the three.¬†I could tell right away she was nervous. I know how it feels. I have been on the other side of the table and it’s not fun, especially when you’re desperate for a job. Despite being anxious, she was able to answer most of our questions with ease.

I flipped through her resume and saw¬†her education only went as far as high school. So I asked her if she is planning on continuing to a post secondary institution soon. She said, “I would love to. It really is my dream to continue my study. To take administration management, to go to a good school.” “So, what’s stopping you?” I asked. She took a second to answer, “I’m currently responsible for my two younger siblings. I need to pay for their education first. When my sister graduate high school next year, then I would be able to save more money for myself and hopefully go to a post secondary school. But for now, I need to save all my money for my siblings’ education and well being.”

I was stunned.

I was so lucky that my parents could pay for my education, in full. It was nothing I had to worry about. Even now that I am considering going back to school, all I had to do was tell them. I did not even have to ask.

Mom, Dad, you probably won’t ever read this. But I want you to know how grateful I am for my education and for giving me such a comfortable life, one where I have very little things to worry about. I hope I can work to give such life to my kids later on too and to all the kids out there needing an extra hand.