#SFUMBA WEEK 3 HIGHLIGHTS

It’s so easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of assignments but since the beginning, I made a commitment to still live my life to the fullest while doing this MBA program. This week is a good example of that as I try to balance out the two:

– Hanging out with the ILC crew on a rainy Saturdayimg_20160917_145410

– Dri, Matt, Emily, and I went to watch Snowden afterwards

-Totally lost in Econ class, so many graphs and formula that I can’t really wrap my head around itimg_20160919_170412

– I was falling behind for Accounting reading but Quinn seemed excited to learn all about it. The book assigned to us was definitely an informative one but when you were given a million of other readings to do, how do you have time for it all?img_20160920_205135-02

-Treating ourselves to bubbletea because I realized Coco is directly across the street from school! However, I was pretty disappointed with the taste. I expected more for the world’s largest bubbletea chain!

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– Those who study together, learn together! We worked together as a group to go through videos we needed to get done and discuss the quizzes after we’ve done them, to make sure we truly understand the concept. I find this much more beneficial than studying alone.img_20160923_165909

– Each instructor seems to have their own way of teaching, some purely depend on slides, some depend on whiteboard, some just verbal. Slides work the best for me right now just so I can quickly write out ideas directly on the slides.img-20160919-wa0013

– Ending the week with the nephews… img-20160924-wa0026

#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 😉

– 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.

Building Cardboard City

If I ask you to build a replica of the city with cardboard and only cardboard, where would you start?

I had no idea where to even begin. But thankfully they asked EP, not me, because he knew what to do right away.

He started in IKEA. We hunted for cardboard up down the aisles. There are a few particular type that’s good for specific purpose, he said.

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Then off to the drawing board he went. I asked him to draw it out just so I can see what his vision was. 9934a8_33ef677be2ba4cdbb393f0b4d7f7e65c-mv2

Then it’s laser cutting time! It’s his first time cutting with a laser cutter and it definitely saved a lot of time! Just imagine cutting all these pieces by hand.9934a8_1302d63afca84ae2a1ed1ec73b699e4b-mv2_d_3840_2160_s_2

Just look at how thin it is!

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He worked tirelessly on this project in preparation for the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival. It was really inspiring to see him in action, working on what he’s passionate about.

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People absolutely loved it. This video barely represents the amount of hard work Eric put in to his cardboard city but it’s something! I love hearing the ooh’s and aah’s as the passerby’s at Vancouver Mural Festival and how excited they were to paint their own “murals”.

Such is life

Imagine going to sleep with bad news and waking up to even more bad news.

Well, that has been what my world has been like for the past three weeks. Every day I wake up finding something has gone wrong and by the time I sleep, there are more things that gone wrong. While they are not a matter of life and death issues, but they have a big impact nonetheless. It is draining to be in school while working and maintaining a relationship, but I have been proving it for the last 13 weeks that I can do it. I am not everybody. I have my own ambitions and ways to make it work.

But now I don’t know if I could continue on.

There’s just more added stress than what I have anticipated. While I know it is not my fault, I still feel responsible. I know this post is rather vague and if you are visiting my blog for the first time, you might be confused of what the hell I am talking about. Well, this blog is my way to expressing my thoughts. The posts are unedited and grammar is not my main focus.

So now here I am, 13 weeks past the first day of the Pre-MBA courses and about to start my MBA in 3 weeks. If anyone thinks my life has been so easy, well it is because I made it look easy for you. Those who are actually close to me would know that it is not as simple as it seems. I’m not complaining because I do not regret a single thing, but I just wish it is simpler.

I’m thankful though to have great friends and be in a supportive relationship. EP helps me cope. When I get my random mood drop, he would not leave me alone, he would not get mad at me. Instead, he stopped everything he’s doing and tried everything in his power to cheer me up. It feels great to be loved like that.

Lessons from the stars

There’s just something magical about spending the night under the stars, all cuddled up. At the start of (almost all) my relationships, my (then) boyfriend would say “We should go stargazing sometime!” and then we never did.

But with meteor showers in the forecast, there’s no better excuse to go. So EP and I drove all the way to the ski hill area of Cypress at 10pm. I have always enjoyed driving but last night’s drive was definitely more than enjoyable. I felt like I was one with the car, the wind in my hair, the music serenading the trip up.

Once there, I was distracted with messages I got on my phone but EP wasn’t. He’s there to look at the stars and he quickly saw the meteors that were showering the night sky. I looked up and was feeling frustrated that I couldn’t see any. He said “To see one, you have to look.” And as soon as I put away my phone and just focus on the sky, sure enough I started seeing the meteors passing by.

I would not say the night was the most romantic one ever, because it was not, but it made me realize one thing:

Stars

It’s a vast universe. There are over 7 billion people in the world. Yet EP and I managed to find each other and that itself, is special.

I tried capturing the night sky with my Canon 5D mark ii and was pleasantly surprised by a few of the blindly-captured photos we took:14012570_10157486956185647_1110761575_o14002327_10157486956295647_485226288_o14001740_10157486956015647_159097859_o

Thank you stars for reminding me that I’m just a tiny speck in this universe. I’m also reminded that some stars are brighter than others and I wish to be one that helps shine the night.


Photo taken with Canon 5D Mark II, 50mm lens
Edited with Photoshop CS3
Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver, B.C.

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 Méridien 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 – an experience to know a life of a local fisherman, and other engaging activities were also specially prepared to take all the guests’ 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.

Up in the Air

I travel a lot this past year, mostly between Vancouver, Jakarta, and Bali. So now while I’m waiting to board my plane again, I decided to write down all the places I’ve been to (by plane) since May 23, 2015.

Sooo.. how many trips did I take? What’s the total amount time I spent up in the air?

Drum roll please….

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37 trips.

215 hours.

I had no idea I spent that much time on the plane! 215 hours = 8.9 days?! Holly moly! Can I claim that #jetsetter title now?

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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.