Akhirnya setelah sekian bulan tertunda karena Snow Day, minggu lalu bisa kumpul juga sama temen-temen Indonesia yang ada di Williamsburg. Lucunya, moment kumpul2 tahun ini dan tahun lalu pas ketika Don Rizli lagi main kesini. Sayangnya bang Jusup berhalangan hadir, jadi ga komplit full team deh.


Kali ini ngumpulnya di apartemen gua, dan masing-masing dari kita bawa makanan. Seperti bisa ditebak dari gambar, ayam goreng pasti dari gua, hahaha.. Ada nasi uduk, bakwan udang, ikan tongkol, sarden, sambel dabu2, bumbu kacang dan sayur pokcay. Oke lah menunya untuk mengobati kerinduan makan masakan Indo.

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Spring Break

KeyBank Case Competition in Cleveland by Ohio State University (March 4 – March 6)

Participating in a case competition outside the school is in one of my “things to do before graduation” list. So, when a friend asked me to replace him in this competition, of course I’d say yes. I just think that I can learn a lot from the experience and I don’t really have plan for spring break anyway.

The competition took place in Cleveland, Ohio. KeyBank as the sponsor covers all of the accommodation and provides allowance for every team that were traveling from other states. Yeah, they were so generous. We decided that we would be driving to Cleveland because the flight schedule and the airline ticket price did not seem like a viable option. We leave at 5.30 a.m on Friday and drove 9 hours from Williamsburg to Cleveland. We arrived there on time to check in and have a spare time to rest before the opening ceremony in the evening.

There were 24 teams from 24 schools competing in this competition and they divided us into 5 brackets. We were in the first bracket along with four other schools. Only one team from each bracket that would proceed to the final round. This is us before the presentation.


Before the presentation

Unfortunately, we did not proceed to the final round. However, when we watched the team’s presentation from our bracket that proceed to the final round, we agreed that they deserved it. They presented great ideas and feasible solutions, and one of the team member won the competition last year. So, we’re okay with that, lol. We checked out the city afterwards and hang out with other team after the closing ceremony. We left Cleveland early the next day because I had to catch a flight to New York from Washington DC.

New York (March 6 – March 10)

A good friend of mine texted me a few days before the spring break saying that she will come to New York and have two days off to hang out in the city. I have not seen her for more than two years after she left Indonesia to pursue her master degree. Considering the fact that she’s now working as a flight attendant in a foreign country and the job would require her to travel a lot, means that it would not be easy to meet her, so meeting her in New York is a good opportunity to catch up. I also can spend my spring break in New York anyway rather than staying in Williamsburg. I flew to New York from Washington DC on Sunday afternoon and met her at night. She arrived a bit late so we did not have much time to hang out at night, we just ate the famous Halal Guys for dinner. She probably tired and need some time to rest after a long flight.

The next day we explore the city. She wanted to check McGee’s Pub, the “How I Met Your Mother cafe”, so we had lunch over there. We went to Central Park, Times Square, China Town, Little Italy, and other places around the city. The weather was ok, not too cold and windy compare to the last time I went to New York in February. We were joking about how cool we are, have not met for a long time and then suddenly meet up in New York. :p


@ Times Square

She had to leave on Tuesday afternoon and flew back to Dubai while I extended my stay in New York until Thursday. I went to my friend’s place in the evening to catch up with them and got a free dinner, lol. I spent the next days hanging out with them. We had lunch at an Indian restaurant, I forgot the name, but it was the best Indian food I’ve ever had.


Lunch with The New Yorker @ Indian Restaurant

The next day I decided to fullfil one of my “things to do before graduation” list, which is to do a morning jog at Central Park. I had been wanting to do it since the first time I visited New York in 2014, but because the weather, timing, and other reasons, I had not been able to do it. This time, the weather was perfect, it was warm and sunny on Thursday. I managed to run 3.5 miles in less than an hour. Well, not so bad for me who have not work out for months.


Morning Jog @ Central Park

I went back to Williamsburg in the afternoon and arrived late at night with lots of dirty clothes and an empty wallet. Lol.

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My Second Year recap (part.1)


Flew back to Williamsburg on August 20th after spent 2 months of holiday in Jakarta. I arrived the next day and I had to move into a new apartment. I decided to move here with  two of my classmates from Thailand so we can share the rent. I thought it would be a good idea to save some money. Actually the apartment is way better than my previous apartment and I also got the master bedroom, so it was a good deal. I didn’t have time for jet lag because I had to move my stuff from the storage and set it up into our new apartment.

I attended my first Batten Fund class on monday and found out that next week I have to present an update for the two stocks that I cover. Well, they did not make it easy for my first week in the second year.

My best friend from college had an opportunity to visit United States and we decided to meet in Washington DC. I spent a day in DC with him during the weekend and had to go back early the next day because I have to finish my presentation material for Monday.


Finance class was really intense. Well, the professor made it clear last year that this class was not for everyone, it was intended for students who has a financial background. I decided to take it anyway because I want to learn finance. The class consist of cases and keynotes speaker from corporate executives or financial institution experts. It was not easy in the beginning, I barely understand the class, but as the time goes by I was able to follow the discussion.

Last summer I applied for Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position and I got accepted. I work for a Supply Chain Professor in the business program to help her with her research. Fortunately the job does not require a mandatory time, I can work during the weekday or weekend as long as I can deliver the task. I can manage the time to work to fit into my schedule.


I had a little reunion with my teammates from the first year. We had dinner in the Colonial Williamsburg. Laith’s brother was in town, so he joined the dinner as well. Too bad David could not join us.

This month was super hectic for me. I spent almost all day at school during weekday to work on the case with my teammates and I spent the weekend at school to work on my GRA task.


I went to Durham during the fall break to visit my friends over there. One day I went to Duke university to see my friend camped out for the Basketball tickets lottery. Thousands of students camp out to have their name on the lottery even though it did not guarantee they will get the tickets. They have to stay there for 3 days because they need to check in every hour or so. When I asked my friend why wouldn’t  the university just build a bigger stadium, she said “well, we’d love to keep the tradition”. Well, enjoy the camp out then.

I had a study trip to DC for my finance class to visit some companies in the financial industries. We visited a private equity company, a real estate company, a government foreign investment institution, etc. I was impressed by how private equity company and real estate company work. The concept seems so easy to implement when they explained it to us, but I am sure it was not as easy as it sounds. Overall, it was a great trip for us.


I started my Marketing class this month, it was less intense than the finance class. More than 70% of the class was allocated for key notes speaker and company’s visits. We visited an advertising agency company, a PR consulting company, a product management company, etc. It was a good trip.

I kinda kept my mustache for almost a month just because I want to keep it consistent with last year even though this year we don’t have any Movember charity event. I got invited for a Thanksgiving lunch to my friend’s house. It was my first Thanksgiving experience and probably would be my last one, unless I have the chance to live in United States again in the future.



Chick-fil-A HQ

We had study trip to Atlanta in the first week. We visited Chick-fil-A HQ and Coca Cola HQ. Chick-fil-A has a really cool HQ complex. They have their own day care in the office complex, breakfast and lunch are free, and the RnD facility is awesome. I really enjoyed this trip even though it was a long drive to get there.

I had 3 big presentation in the following week, stock pitching presentation for my Batten Fund class, Smithfield presentation in front of the board and our Markstrat Simulation presentation in front of the class. For my stock pitching, I spent months to prepare that. Finding a good stock in the oil energy sector was not easy at the time while the oil price keep declining. However, I managed to find a good company and the class agreed to buy the stock. It was a really good experience for me to be able to dig deeper into the company’s financial and performance and also to be able to convinced others.

We did well on our Smithfield project and I am glad that we got a good grades for this assignments. The Smithfield HQ, by far, is the best corporate HQ I’ve ever seen. It is located in the sub urban areas, far from noise and loud activities. The building is more like a mansion than an office. From the executives meeting room you can see the lake, the birds and all the nature beauty in the area. I think almost everyone wants to work in a place like that.

For Markstrat simulation, although we were finished last place, we did learnt many things. Knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. With that Markstrat presentation, we were officially finished our fall semester.

Overall, in terms of academics life, I learned many things this semester. The course and the class a bit different from the first year, so it took me a while to get used to it. I was forced to go beyond my comfort zone and faced some situation that I was not expected. However, those situation are one of the best learning experience for me.

There’s no growth in comfort zone and there’s no comfort in growth zone

In terms of personal life, I have my ups and downs this semester. I would say that I barely go out and hang out this semester. Whenever I have a spare time, I usually read books or just contemplating about life. Yea, doesn’t sound like me. It’s funny that I actually enjoy it though. Sometimes when we are busy with life, we don’t have time to reflects and think. We forget to ask what’s our purpose in life, what we want to do with our life, is this the life that we wanted, etc etc. I think god put me through that situation so I would be able to learn and reflects about the life I had so far. I’m so thankful for what he gave to me.

I have less than 5 months to finish my study here. Gotta enjoy and get the most of it. I hope that I could become a better person in 2016.

Williamsburg, 11 January 2016.

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My breakfast this morning. Chocolate chips waffles, vanilla ice cream & vanilla milk. 

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A few days ago I just turned 29. Yes, one year before the big 30. How fast time flies. It seems that it was only yesterday when I was traveling to New York with one of my friend during the third week of December last year. I remember that we visited McGee Pub (The bar that inspired HMIYM writers) and we watched Mamma Mia at one of the Broadway Theater on my birthday. It was really fun, we stayed in New York for seven days and visited so many places around the area.

This year I just had a birthday dinner with my roommates and my friend in Williamsburg. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings that is nearby. That’s it. lol


I received many birthday wishes from my family and friends either via phone call, text or social media. From all the birthday wishes that I’ve got, one really got me. It was from my little sister. She made a short video for me. I thought she forgot my birthday because she sent it before midnight. The video was less than a minute and it has a couple of my photos and messages. Those messages are the one that really got me. The timing was perfect, just when I need it.

-a year older a year wiser-

Williamsburg, 23 December 2015.

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