Apa Salahnya Membelikan Oleh-oleh?

Berawal dari baca satu tulisan di blog lain, gue jadi gemas sendiri. Penulis blog itu rupanya benci sekali kalau diminta oleh-oleh. Personal preference, memang. Sifatnya memang tidak wajib untuk membelikan oleh-oleh. Tapi maksud gue, perlu sampai sebegitu lebaynya nggak sih? Bisa jadi, orang ngomong begitu (baca: minta oleh-oleh) hanya sekedar reaksi spontan saja lho. Andai gue ini temannya si penulis blog, gue pasti jadi sangat-sangat tersinggung baca tulisan dia itu. Gue pribadi betul-betul tidak ada niat jelek kalau sesekali kelepasan minta oleh-oleh. Tapi kok kesannya kayak dosa besar banget gitu.

Kemudian sampai lah gue pada judul tulisan di blog gue sendiri… Memang apa salahnya sih, membelikan oleh-oleh? Bukannya gue mau riya atau pamer sih yaa, tapi gue sendiri malah tipe orang yang senang menanyakan, “Mau dibawain oleh-oleh apa?”

Setiap kali gue hendak pergi jalan-jalan, gue selalu mengajukan pertanyaan itu ke teman-teman dan keluarga dekat gue.

Kenapa demikian?

Bukan karena kebanyakan uang (gue udah mulai melakukan hal itu sejak masih pergi traveling dengan uang pas-pasan), bukan pula gue kurang kerjaan (jadwal selama traveling sudah pasti luar biasa padatnya!), tapi karena gue senang membuat orang lain senang.

Waktu kecil dulu, gue paling senang saat dibelikan oleh-oleh, terutama kalau dari luar negeri. Meski hanya barang gratisan, meski hanya sebuah gantungan kunci, gue bangga banget pake oleh-oleh itu tiap kali ada kesempatan.

Norak? Memang. Semua orang pastilah pernah melewati masa-masa norak seperti itu, bentuknya saja yang berbeda-beda. Terlebih lagi, gue memang baru pertama kali pergi ke luar negeri sejak gue mulai punya uang sendiri. Mungkin itu sebabnya, dulu gue jadi norak pakai barang-barang yang dibelikan orang lain dari luar negeri.

Dan tahukah kamu? Barang-barang gratisan itu pula yang kemudian memotivasi gue, “Suatu hari, gue harus bisa pergi ke sana!”

Gue masih ingat betul kegembiraan yang gue rasakan tiap kali menerima oleh-oleh dari teman dan saudara. Kemudian sekarang, saat Tuhan memberikan rejeki yang cukup untuk gue pergi melihat dunia, gantian gue ingin memberikan kebahagiaan yang sama untuk orang lain. Gue harap, mereka juga merasakan kegembiraan yang dulu pernah gue rasakan saat berada di posisi sebaliknya.

Give as much as you can, and you’ll be surprised how life will give it back to you as the returns.

What Happens After Working for Two Years at Lazada?

DSCF4893Have I ever told you that 2014 was one of the best years in my life and it was only because I joined Lazada back in April 21, 2014? Initially I thought, “Oh, well… Maybe it’s just a newbie’s euphoria.”

One year later, I wrote this blog… I was still happy with my job at my first anniversary with Lazada. And then today, another one year after that, apparently, I’m still happy for being a part of this company 🙂

Yes, there were the ups and downs. There were some times where it felt like I was in between of giving up or seeing how many more I could take. Yet somehow at the end of the day, I had so many good times in this Company that made me whisper deep inside my heart, “Thank God for the life you give to me!”

My team is getting bigger and bigger in the past two years. The Company is growing so fast and it has brought some more new people to my team. From a stranger in their interview days to a ‘partner in crime’. My partner to talk and laugh so many random things in life. And then last month, for the first time ever, I went traveling with my teammates at work. It was really a memorable trip for so many good and bad reasons 😉

Also in this past two years, I had not one but five new bosses at work! I needed to adapt with a new boss over and over again. But do you know? It was actually so much fun! It was like, “Oh, well… New boss means a new challenge for me to prove how good I am!” Hehehehe. But seriously, I’m just glad that no matter whom I work with, I always manage to make a good relationship with them. Not to mention there’s always something I can learn from each and everyone of them.

I’m also proud of being a part of Lazada’s success story. From having active sellers less than 100 to thousands of sellers in a week! From, “Lazada what?” to “Ah, you’re working in Lazada!” From Zahir to SAP. From a team of two to a team of twenty! I’m so proud that we’ve been making this far and I believe we will only get bigger and stronger than before! It feels like I’m a proud mother in this company, hehehehe.

However, just like many other people in all other companies on earth, I will never know how many longer I will stay. One thing that I know for sure is that Lazada will always be a company to remember. In this company, I’ve come to learn to embrace every moment I have even if it’s only the tiniest one. I’ve learned a lot and I believe I’ve grown gracefully with this company. The hard times, the good times, the love stories and the heartbreaks will always be my kind of fairy tale to tell. It’s only two years but if feels like 20 years already, hehehehe.

Hence again, thank God for taking me here. For the lessons I’ve learned. For the joy and sorrow. For the friends and frenemies. And of course, for all promotions I’ve earned in the past two years!

The third year, bring it on!

My Secret of Success

Previously, it was always confusing to me everytime someone asked me the secret behind my success. It was flattering that people thought I had succeeded with my career, but seriously, was there any secret that took me there?

I mean, I know that I work hard. Very hard. But so many others do! I also know how knowledgeable I can be, but still I am not the smartest people in this field. I know a few other people way smarter than me. I still have a lot of things to learn but somehow my career has been growing so fast. Being a VP before 30 is honestly beyond my wildest dream.

I was confused with myself until a few weeks ago. I had a long chat over lunch with a colleague that made me realize one important thing that has taken me to my career achievements. I finally found out my kind of secret of success. It’s nothing huge, it’s only a courage that I have inside.

Since my very first day at work, I’ve been having a courage to start something new and take the risk. I never let my doubts consume me. I never let my insecurities stop me. I fake it, I learn, until I finally make it.

I always have a courage to speak up my mind. I tell people what I want, my expectation, and my plan for me to get there. I’m not afraid of having unpleasant conversation whenever I know it’s necessary. I let people know how I feel and even let them know what I think of them right on their faces.

I also have the courage to do what I believe is right. I’ll fight for it until either I succeed and enjoy the victory or I fail and learn from it. Again, I’m a risk taker; I’m not afraid of making a decision, I’m not afraid of making mistakes.

I never let myself to lose courage even when it comes to the most difficult people at work. I should not be afraid of anyone, we’re all only a human anyway. I may be terribly scared inside, but again, I never let my fear prevent me from doing my job.

And then finally, I always have the courage to admit that I’m not perfect. I never run and hide everytime I make a bad mistake. I will say I am wrong, I am sorry, and I will do everything it takes to make things right.

So there I would say that the secret behind my success is simply my courage. From courage will come a confidence. Just do it even when you don’t know if you can do it! And then it will give you more chances to take, more challenges to conquer, more things to learn, until finally, more victories to celebrate! Believe me when I say, your courage will take you to the places you’ve never seen. You will never know until you try!

Have courage and wish you a wonderful week ahead!

I Love My Life, Myself, with All the Flaws that Come with It

This morning, I woke up late. With the dress I wore all day yesterday, with the makeup stayed still on my face. I woke up for a while, changed my dress, cleansed my face, put some masker on, and went back to sleep. I skipped breakfast and lunch, and I had no idea how I could find a dinner with empty wallet and the rain dropped outside my windows.

So there I texted my best friends, looking for a company so that I no longer felt empty. One friend who tried to console me with his jokes, and another one who tried to figure out if there was anything he could do to deliver some foods to my doorstep. And just like that, I felt better.

I may lose many things in life, but I never lose my very best friends. And believe me, such a friend like them, is hard to find. Especially when it comes to me. I’m not an easy person to be with. I’m not always as kind and as wise as I write in this blog. I could totally relate when someone else told me, “I’m not surprised when people leave, I’m more surprised when they stay.”

There’s nobody happy for being left behind. And neither am I. It makes me feel unwanted. It makes me feel like I do have something wrong in me. But think again! My imperfection doesn’t necessarily mean that it is wrong for being me!

Yes, I’m a workaholic and it may never change. That’s only because I love how it has changed my life and how it has put a lot of smiles on my parents’ faces. Yet it doesn’t mean that I have no space to have a life aside from my career life!

Yes, I can be so annoying when I’m angry. I’ve tried so hard to deal with it but I guess it will always be a part of me. It will always be my imperfection. Yet it doesn’t mean that I’m a cruel evil! It’s not like I have an intention to hurt other people.

Yes, I can be so fancy sometimes. I’m a big fan of branded handbag, I don’t want to take picture with the same outfits twice, I can’t leave home without any makeup on my face. But seriously, does it all make me a bad person? Does it hurt anyone else if I do all these?

And yes, I’m a high maintenance person. I can’t stand too much heat, I hate too much walks, and I’m always craving for a comfort bed. After all hard works I’ve done, I really need to soothe myself. Yet it doesn’t mean that I’m not in for any adventure in life!

Finally, all I want to say is that I love my life, myself, with all the flaws that come with it. All I need to have is solely the people who is willing to be a part of it. I believe it’s true when Marilyn Monroe once said, “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”