Archive | May 2006

No Pause To Contemplate

Now, one of my regional superiors just had to inform me on the last minute that they would be coming down to Jakarta for a visit next week, and that they want to meet with my clients… now well, the last week was a long weekend from Thursday, and so I had to manage what I can during the short week, not to mention fit one week’s work in 3 days. My boss was on my case for not getting the meetings fixed quickly, but what can I say? The people I am setting up meetings with are VPs and GMs, and they are not usually ready for last minute meetings, however important the counterparts are. It’s all about time management. Anyway, I had succeded in setting up the meetings with time to spare…

The short work week was filled with a lot of important meetings and decisions, so it really tired me out; but Tuesday I still went for my regular basketball session (I think I want to make it twice a week) and Wednesday there was a late-night meeting at Kemang (I mean really late, ending at 11 PM)…

On Thursday I went on a long overdue (like many things lately) trip to Kelapa Gading with Pitra, and we just wandered about the enormous mall there (we didn’t even go to the upper floors except the CD store, where I found another Ben Folds CD) and had lunch at a Sundanese restaurant… and of course a sesion of pool. As we were practically tired out, we headed back to familiar territory at dusk, also because Pitra had to go to the office (yes, on a holiday), and I had to show up for Anggun’s concert.

To say the least, Anggun’s concert was absolutely entertaining. She is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses from Indonesia; I don’t think any other local artist is up to par with her; but then again, she did grow and learn a lot overseas, whereas artists here only have those stupid music reality shows to compare with (no offense, people of the media..).

Friday was offically an office holiday, although it came out of our annual leave; so I declined and went to the office Friday morning, at 9 AM as usual, and caught up on some work until about 2 AM. Some of my other office friends came to the office as well (although not doing any work), and eventually we went and watched X-Men 3 in the afternoon. Great movie by the way, but I missed the last scene after the credits (only read about it afterwards). There was an invitation to the SCTV Music Awards later that night, but despite coming for the free food before the show, we promptly left the show when it was about to start as we did not get any seats (and the show itself did not have an interesting line-up). Needless to say, the show was a far cry from Anggun’s concert the night before. Leaving JCC at 9 AM, I caught up with Sacha at her place where we eventually joined Saskia and her friend at Kemang…. and that’s where we got trapped by the pouring rain until about 1 AM.

Saturday was another case of ‘no pause’. I went to the gym at about 10 AM, where Sacha was supposed to join (but couldn’t wake up because she slept at the same hour I did), and I worked out until 12 and walked around Plaza Indonesia (and inadvertantly buying yet another CD, this time a special 2 CD 1 DVD pack of Dave Matthews band performing live). I went to the legendary Warung Sekartaji restaurant near my home at about 1 PM, waiting for Oettie, who showed up at about 2 PM. I was going to pitch one of my artists to perform on her event, but when she listened to Krayola’s songs, she preferred us! So, now we have our first gig in place, without the album out yet. Hopefully we can give her her money’s worth.
So later that day, me, Saskia and Lia went to a high-school event where a client opened a stand there; I wanted to observe… and boy, was that the wrong decision. Standing in line with hundreds of overdressed, noisy pre-teens and teens really made us feel old, hahaha… I was totally in shock. We quickly got out of there and went to Warung Apresiasi after dinner, where Oracle was going to play (in a refreshingly sedate environment compared to the high-school event).

So today comes the pause, finally… I don’t think I want to go anywhere today…. I just want to lie down or sit around the house, before another stupendously busy week…

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Now Hear This!

Here’s a link to a sample of Krayola’s music (use it wisely, folks). And in case you don’t know, I play bass and some guitars for the songs.

The Long Overdue EP

Finally, after almost 6 months of sporadic work, meetings, personell changes and personal crises, the 7-song EP by Krayola is complete and ready for distribution. Personally, I’d like to call it The Long Overdue EP, because it took a while getting here, especially for the more senior members of the band. Now, we just have to send the CD master to our label and set up a meeting to talk about the launch and marketing plans.

On the other hand, this is the halfway mark. Now we have to get back to our practice sessions and whip ourselves back into shape so we can support the album with a proper number of appearances (not to mention, hopefully, getting more paid gigs).

Wish us luck!

Medicine

Hmph… I pulled two muscles on my morning gym session, one in my chest, one in my thigh, which, as usual, I did nothing about. The pain anyway was only felt at the basketball session later yesterday, when it hurt when I ran and, unfortunately, when I tried to shoot the ball. Thankfully, almost all shots I made during the game made their way to the basket properly (four out of five), and the rest of the game I spent on guard. I am still trying to catch up with my breath, and now vital parts of my body for playing basketball… so when the first game was up, I stopped, especially when I felt I really pulled my chest muscle on my last shoot (it went in, anyway…). Note to self: better warm-ups next time.

So now I am half-limping and my chest hurts at akward moments like when I pick up my ever-heavy bag (at the minimum I am always carrying my 2-3 kg laptop), but oh well… as with other types of pain, it takes time to heal (and sometimes a bit of medicine).

On other notes… Vira said that she thinks you can ‘choose’ who you like…. I couldn’t beg to differ more. She’s half right, anyway, if I read her correctly. You may not be able to choose on who you have a crush with and/or fall in love with, but you can choose how you react to it. I’ve been down this road so many times I think I know when to act and when not to. Or well at least, I’d like to think so.

Anyhow, I think it’s time to find a more lasting bit of medicine for myself, rather than eat chocolate all the time, to go with the time going by. Although my body is aching and tired, the basketball court is a welcome substitute. I never realised how much I loved playing until I stepped on the court again.

On A Roll

Yeah, yet again, I have been missing from the blog world. Let’s see if I can sum up the last two weeks in one post:

The first week of May was filled with meeting upon meeting upon meeting, because of some tight deadlines of a few key projects at the office; not to mention preparing to go to Bangkok for the weekend to watch MTV Asia Awards with a contest winner. There was a show of one of the artists under our label on Thursday night, so that night we all went to F Bar at Plaza EX until really late. Saturday morning was the trip to Bangkok, eventless strolling in Siam Centre and the ever-more-boring MTV Asia Awards at night; we didn’t have time to go anywhere Sunday morning because no stores were open yet anyway and we had a 1 PM flight.
Apparently the flight was delayed for 2 hours to 3 PM (to our dismay…) and we spent a unmemorable afternoon in the Bangkok Airport transit lounge eating an even more undesirable lunch (the company was ok, though).

The week after was filled with more and more meetings, still because of the tight deadlines; but the weekend was highlighted by a trip to Bandung! It was Alfa’s wedding, and I brought in tow Yosi and Lia from the office also, together with Sacha and Coki. The wedding reception itself was, um, alternative, to say the least; perhaps because it was directed more to the newlywed’s friends, rather than one of those proper wedding receptions. The next day we toured around Bandung (well, more like the clothing distros) and went back to Jakarta at 6 PM…

and now, I am so damn tired, with still so much work to do…. I may be on a roll or something. Spring roll, perhaps? Or sushi roll?

My PersonalDNA Test

This is the result of one of those online tests, available here. I’m sure a lot would find it pretty accurate.

You are a Considerate Builder.

about you
You are a Builder
# You are detail-oriented, cautious, and practical, making you a BUILDER.
# You are excellent at focusing on the concrete, functional elements of things, so you’re good at making things happen.
# Pursuing novel ways of doing things helps you to be efficient.
# You’re great to have on a team, as you understand how things work and don’t let your ego get in the way.
# You’re perceptive, down-to-earth, and realistic.
# You don’t see a need to commit to a set routine or schedule—you’d rather improvise a little.
# Although you may doubt yourself sometimes, you have the skills and the curiosity to pursue broader adventures.
# You like to consider a lot of information before making big decisions, and you think about that information in realistic, thorough ways.
# You don’t concern yourself with flashy styles or surface appearances—you’re far too sensible for that.
# You’re not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you’re generally considerate of others’ feelings as well.

If you want to be different:
# Think more abstractly about things without abandoning your valuable sensibility.
how you relate to others

You are Considerate
# You trust others, care about them, and are slow to judge them, making you CONSIDERATE.
# value your close relationships very much, and are more likely to spend time in small, tightly-knit groups of friends than in large crowds.
# You enjoy exploring the world through observation, quietly watching others.
# Relating to others so well, and understanding their emotions, leads you to trust people in general, even though you’re somewhat shy and reserved at times.
# Your belief that people are generally well-intentioned contributes to your sympathy regarding their problems.
# Although you may not vocalize it often, you have an awareness of how society affects individuals, and you understand complex causes of people’s behavior.
# You like to look at all sides of a situation before making a judgment, particularly when that situation involves important things in other people’s lives.
# Your close friends know you as a good listener.
# You’re not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you’re generally considerate of others’ feelings as well.

If you want to be different:
# Because other people would benefit immensely from your understanding and insight, you should try to be more outgoing in social situations, even when they make you uncomfortable. Others will want to hear what you have to say!

Your Personality Chart

This chart shows thirteen personality traits. Each bar indicates the percentage of test takers who entered a lower value for that trait than you did. For example, if Confidence is at 80, that means that 80% of people entered lower values for confidence questions than you did. Based on a sample of 30,000 users. Click here to learn more about the traits.

Confidence

Low / High
8
Openness

Low / High
58
Extroversion

Low / High
44
Empathy

Low / High
84
Trust in others

Low / High
74
Agency

Low / High
20
Masculinity

Low / High
78
Femininity

Low / High
54
Spontaneity

Low / High
32
Attention to style

Low / High
74
Authoritarianism

Low / High
8
Earthy/Imaginative

Imaginative / Earthy
82
Aesthetic/Functional

Functional / Aesthetic
20