Pokemon Go Review: my Pokemon trainer destiny is fulfilled

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Like other just-graduated-wtf-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life ambitious millennials, I read tons of self-help books. My eyes shining, “I hope of I get life figured out after page 182!”

One of the books I read was Business Model You. Its writer team wrote a question to figure out our passion: What do you love to do as a child?

My answer: writing (of course). Little that I knew, I forgot one other thing: catching Pokemon.

My life calling turned clearer when I catch my first Charmander on my mother’s sofa.

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Places in Jakarta: other than malls and usual cafes

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Living in Jakarta is not always boring.

There is something beneath the same old sunny traffic and overpriced coffee which–let’s be honest–you don’t like that much.

Last weekend, I went to the other Jakarta. Not malls and cafes. It was a weekend to remember.

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Lara Djonggrang- A Millennial Retelling

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Author’s note: Before this ancient Indonesian legend disappears forever beneath tons of megabytes of Nick Jonas’ new song, I rewrote the legend with a lot of pop culture references. I hope the kids can relate.

What if Lara Djonggrang had a Snapchat account?

When Indonesia was a land of kingdoms and magic, lives a beautiful Princess, Lara Djonggrang. Every prince had tried to ask for Lara’s hand in marriage to her father, the king. However, the king desired Lara to marry whoever she loves.

The king’s wish was respected by all princes, except Prince Bandung Bondowoso. Prince Bandung’s ambition was so high that he conquered 7 kingdoms, sailed 7 seas and ran a 7 million dollar tech startup. He was sure, Lara will love him too, like other fangirling maidens. He was wrong.

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30 MINS – Fiction

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If this was a thriller movie, they’d show happy close up shots — sunshine that’s a little to bright, a pair of scarlet lips laughing, green waves rolling— along with a melody of dread.

If that kind of scene shows up on HBO, I wouldn’t care if the movie won 100 Oscars, I would still run for the remote to turn it off. I hate it.

I loathe feeling like something’s about to go wrong and I have little control to stop it.

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Love or Career

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Our checklist:

[ ] Look pretty

[ ] Be successful in our career , but not intimidating so we can complete the next thing below

[ ] Build a relationship full of love

[ ] Complete those three while being overlooked

What are we? Supergirls?

Choose between love or career is tough.

Let’s hear what Emma Watson, Beyonce, and other successful ladies said about this “love or career” drama.

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AIESEC Exchange in Egypt: I learned a lot, including ignoring gunshots downstairs, so I can go back to sleep

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AIESEC Exchange experience in Eygpt

I didn’t look like the picture above when I was stranded in the largest desert of the world, Sahara. I looked worse. You ask me, “what the hell did you do?” Then, you would picture Indiana Jones. You would imagine me wondering alone, surviving sand storms, getting abducted by long lost tribe and blah. But, no. I wasn’t that noble, brave and stupid.

Here’s what happened. Have you ever been to Disneyland for only a day? You have to finish all the rides on your bucket list and there is not much time. Imagine feeling like that for months. Then, you get what I feel.  I feel like there are a lot of things I haven’t do. Meanwhile, my time is running out. My university graduation was a few months away. After that, I have to settle down for an adult life in January. Get a job, pay the bills and whatever adults do. I still want to learn things about the world and about myself too.

On the other hand, I always wanted to go on an AIESEC Exchange journey. I heard it’s life changing. So, I did it.

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“Why are going to Egypt? Digging sands?” a puzzled Indonesian immigration guy asked me. I have gone traveled to many places. But, never before, immigration people question me.

“I volunteer for environment, helping UN. It’s a part of an AIESEC Exchange program in Eygpt. You know, AIESEC is the largest youth organization in the world.”

“Paid?”

“No.” From the look at his face, I’m willing to bet you a sushi meal: it’s the weirdest thing he ever heard so far.

Immigration guy was right. It’s a weird idea. I expected my journey to be “crazy.” It’s a weird idea. I expected my journey to be “crazy.” It’s Middle East, after all. So, I wasn’t that surprised when an unexpected thing hit me as soon as I land there. My driver didn’t picked me up in an Alexandrian airport. When I say airport, forget your awesome Changi and Dubai airport experiences in which they provide everything you need plus complimentary Hawaiian chocolates. This airport was located in the middle of desert, which is out of nowhere and doesn’t provide you anything. Continue reading AIESEC Exchange in Egypt: I learned a lot, including ignoring gunshots downstairs, so I can go back to sleep

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