Friday, June 22, 2007

Dare to shine – will you ever let me shine?

I didn’t see my reward to go to Jakarta as a big achievement for me, because, first of all, it is not directly related to my main concern, main job. But it would be fun! I am so thankful to be chosen, really!

I negotiated this one-week trip to Jakarta to my boss and Human Resource manager. I was pretty nervous (and probably embarrassed) to tell some people at my office about this. First, it is a sassy event that is not directly related to my company. Second, it is a girlish event, so I am a little bit too old to join this kind of thing.

But, once again, I perceived it as a new experience. I am happy. And what made me even happier is my company, D~NET Surabaya, allowed me to go for a week.

Wow, what can be better than this whole package?

Until my dearest boyfriend, Stefy, acted strange, said strange things. Yes, as you may guess, he didn’t like it!

I was shocked to death when I discovered that he hated seeing me go to Jakarta for this event. I should have realized it, because Stefy hates things related to sparkling world (alias dugem = dunia gemerlap), or night life. In contrast, I quite enjoy night life. I love dancing. Going to pub or dancing club allows me to dance and meet friends. Yet, I rarely go to this kind of place.

Stefy assumed that this ‘Dare to Shine’ event is a girlish, hedonic event that will drag me to night life, shopping and other hedonic girl activities.

It is fair enough! I don’t like his hobby, billiard, either, but I try to compromise with his hobby. I let him play, but not too often.

Anyway, this event is not a hedonic event at all! I was chosen to work as a radio announcer. For goodness sake, it is something that allows me to explore my talent. It is not at all a beauty contest! I was chosen because of my ability in public speaking.

When this drama happened, I was silent. I tried to refigure my life and my relationship. I wondered, “honey, will you ever let me shine?”

(to be continued)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Dare to Shine, Am I?

This morning, I woke up and grinned, “Thanks God!”

Let me tell you the short version of my special story.

It happened, approximately 2 months ago, that I signed up for some kind of talent contest sponsored by Sunsilk. The contest aims to find a girl who has a talent in one of these areas: DJ, beauty stylish, MC or radio announcer (so, ladies and gentlemen, it is not a beauty contents. I am not going to be a model!)

I filled in the electronic form and woila,.. I sent it!

It was just for fun! Seriously! And three weeks ago, I was called by someone from Jakarta, who told me that I was selected to join the Radio Announcer workshop. Wow! I was flattered.

FYI, once upon a time, I had ever sent Gadis Sampul form, but it was a long time ago; when I was 15 something. I’d sent Gadis Sampul form twice. And now, my unfulfilled dream to be a model is gone, totally gone! I never expect to join that kind of contest anymore.

So,… long story short, I came to this workshop, met Dado Parus, one of the best Radio Announcer in Indonesia, and did the presentation. I had to pretend that I was a radio announcer at Hard Rock FM Jakarta. I didn’t prepare anything; I just presented.

Last week, I received an e-mail from Jakarta, telling me that I am the Radio Announcer workshop winner from Surabaya.

I was stunned.

There were so many things going on inside my head.
“How could it be?” “Should I refuse this or should I join?” “If I join this and go to Jakarta for a week, how should I say that to my boss?” “Would they fire me?” “Would my colleagues think negatively?” “What would my parents and boyfriend think of this?”

Too many things crumbling inside my head.

I told my mom and Stefy about this. They were okay. My mom was more enthusiastic than Stefy. She told me to tell my boss about this, because some leaders would be proud and respect if their staff has an achievement.

Tell her, tell her not, tell her, tell her not, tell her, tell her not,
I did imaginary plucking
Tell Her
Yes, I went to my boss and told her.

This morning, I woke up and grinned, “Thanks God!”

Yes, the first line in this post represents my thanksgiving, to God and to my company. I thank God for giving me this precious opportunity, and of course to enable me to go to Jakarta. And for my company, D~NET, thank you for letting me go, and support me.

Thus, I am off to Jakarta this Sunday, and stay there for a week.

(to be continued)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007


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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

JAL : Do this at home!

Dave was proud of his new fishing boat and loved being behind the wheel. However, being the responsible husband, he was concerned about what might happen in an emergency.

So one day out on the lake he said to his wife, "Honey, take the wheel... Pretend that I am having a heart attack. You must get the boat safely to shore and dock it." So she drove the boat to shore and safely docked it.

Later that evening, she walked into the living room where her husband was watching his favorite football team on TV. She sat down next to him, switched the TV off, and said to him,

"Honey, I want you to go into the kitchen. Pretend I'm having a heart attack. Set the table, cook dinner and wash the dishes."