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Timing is everything. This is a good lesson learned in business or friendship or romance. Once you’re at that right moment, the negotiation could happen at the right price point, with win-win output which probably wouldn’t even be an option a few months ago. Everyone’s happy.

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I felt lost, but I am nowhere to be found. It’s always a nice feeling to know that you’re not doing something alone. The world is made after all not just for you and thee. While drifting apart, we find solace. Once in a while they come like a tidal wave, another time like a warm breeze. This day it was the latter. Just to chat for hours, side by side, with some level of openess that can only be discovered in two nomad travellers who are stranded in faraway land. I am struck by this newfound revelation.
I still find ambition is a damn sexy trait.

Do you agree?

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Getting more serious & diligent about my face treatment regime. Hahaha. If only I started early, of cuz the result would be much better… but I didn’t think I have time to stop and compare products, buy good brands etc when I had other more interesting things to do! Now? I actually enjoy each process of doing the routines, while relaxing & rewinding the entire day. Welcome to adulthood 😎🤓#july

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Some lessons I took from people who are financially secured:
– Spend less even if you earn more
– Relationship is so much more important than money
– Be generous to others
– Give a portion to God first
– Don’t let money or title define you
– Don’t let other people define you by what you own or wear.

My own personal take: Money is just a number. Increase that number, but don’t hold on to it. You will not die and carry any of it with you. #reminder

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At the workplace:
I waived my ten fingers to my colleague who sat in front of me in excitement, as a way to call his attention and let him know that we can settle for 55 of something (a better deal than the previous one).
The co-founder of that space happened to pass by and that kind & sweet guy just thought I was waiving at him.
He waived his ten fingers back and said, “Hi Shirley!” #coworking #jakarta #april

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The art of negotiating

I was sleepy and tired of dragging my heavy bags throughout the compact city, jumping from one subway to another. Ten friggin hours.

Almost midnight. The friendly Malaysian lady at the transit desk had warned me this morning to check in earlier but between 10pm and 1am. I made a mistake by going to Terminal 1 to reach my transit hotel first without realizing that I must produce a boarding pass to get through immigration. So I went back to T2… 

The check in counter was quiet, but I was ready to enter the departure gate, a tall guy came forward & asked for my boarding pass.

“Are you traveling alone, miss?” he asked friendly.

“Yes,” I said. We chatted a while until he asked me to put my luggage in the scale. Over many years traveling with this airline, I have always passed! 8+5 kgs. I saw it, he saw it.

“You have 3 kilos of excess baggage,” he showed me the picture of maximum 10 kilos. 

I did left Jakarta with 8+ kilos, but they didn’t scale me. Plus, I went shopping all day in the city. But he didn’t know it.

“Oh no. How much do I need to pay? Will it take a long time? I really need to check in to my hotel & get some sleep,” I said.

“Well, you need to pay an extra fee…,” he looked at my boarding pass, and called his supervisor. The third person came and told both of us the same thing we’ve already known. 

“Miss, you carry 3 kilos extra,” he said. 

In my mind I said I could drop it right there and say OK, but I hate to checking my bag & just want to lay down.

“There are shoes there. I will wear my shoes in the morning, cuz now I’m only wearing sandals now!” I said with a big grin on my face. 

The supervisor smiled.

“Ok, can,” he said and walked away. The first guy just stared at my pass.

“Well?” I asked.

“Can lah,” he said. I replied with ‘thank you’ and walking away with a victory feeling.

Note to self: Not to be sexist, but these only works with male officials, it doesn’t work when I was dealing with female airline staff in Spain and France. Lol. 

📸 the pilot on my last flight

After Revisiting Java Jazz Festival Indonesia for 13 Consecutive Years

Here are few short clips from last night’s #javajazz2017 shows. From Paulinho Garcia, Emma Larsson, Mezzoforte, Incognito, Sérgio Mendes to Bebel Gilberto… 

The best experience was watching the Latin Grammy winner, Sérgio Mendes with his talented team. Definitely enjoy some memorable tunes like “Agua de Beber”, “Mas Que Nada”, “Magalenha”, etc.

Somehow this year is less memorable for me compared to the previous years (considering the fact that I’ve attended Java Jazz Festival since it started in Jakarta 13 years ago). Part of the reasons is the elimination of special show tickets and lack of time management at several stages out of 14 in total.

Some shows made people wait in line for more than 40 minutes, which can actually be used to watch other performers. If last year I got to watch 7-9 stages in a day, this time I had only managed to catch 5-6 stages — with had the longest waiting time mixed with a bad memory of watching an unpleasing sight of a drunk unattractive Portuguese hackler fan dancing and screaming his way while other people were trying to enjoy Bebel Gilberto show. Mucho peor. I feel bad for the Brazilian singer as well, because her show had some glitches in preparation, sound system, etc. 

In overall, Java Jazz Festival started in 2005 as an experimental jazz event that tried to educate Indonesians on jazz music and attract more international jazz performers and tourists, by mixing some jazz musicians with pop artists that have little to none connection to jazz music whatsoever, including Slank, Padi, Kla Project, Kahitna, Raisa, Afgan, Jessy J, Christina Perri, Craig David, Lionel Richie, and this year, Ne-yo (??!!)

However, thanks to the festival, as a jazz fan I have had the pleasure to see world-class performers like Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Jamie Cullum, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, India Arie, Santana, Corrine Bailey Rae, Babyface, Sting, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Kurt Elling, Sergio Mendes, David Foster, Jason Mraz, Rene Olstead, Bebel Gilberto, etc. 

Not to mention world-class bands like Incognito, Fourplay, Mezzoforte, Ron King Big Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, the Manhattan Transfer, Spyro Gyra, and more. 

The biggest benefit of going to this festival every year is to find old and new jazz artists from around the world that I have never heard before, especially those who have developed their brand among a niche market in their respective countries. Will Java Jazz Festival invite a great superstar performer like Laura Pausini, for example?

I will still look forward of visiting the annual music festival so long as it is held in Jakarta. JIE Expo Kemayoran is not the best venue for this kind of event, but it is still a better option which doesn’t require a staycation compared to other venues in BSD, Ancol or Sentul, for example. I have to admit that the “snobbish” jazz lover in me still pick Jakarta Convention Center at Senayan area, because the venue is so much more smaller, accessible, convenient and located more privately indoor. I still remember blending with the volunteers, attending some pre-events, master classes or small sponsored meet and greet events on the lower floor, catching taxis from Sultan hotel, finding “secret” public toilets and eating spots that were less crowded, and so on. I couldn’t get that sense of belonging in JIE Expo because that place is huge and tricky. 
What’s your most memorable Java Jazz experience so far?

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