Sunday, May 29, 2011

Meeting "The Man"

After months of psyching myself out for the D-day, I was strangely calm and collected on Thursday morning. I woke up, had coffee and some toast, took a shower and got ready. I even caught a little bit of the American Idol finale while getting dressed.

It wasn't until I drove closer and closer to Plaza Indonesia that I started to feel nervous.

A little background story. Months ago, when I found out that Ben Folds was really coming to Jakarta, I told the girls in the office I was going to meet him. I told them I had several plans, but one of them was I was gonna ask my sister, who works for Cleo magazine, if there was any chance they were getting an interview with him and I would offer myself to do it. Now bear in mind that I hadn't even talked to my sister about this plan :D But I had no qualms about offering myself because I have written for some magazines as contributor and I have done several interviews with international artists during my radio days. It was just a matter whether the magazine was interested in covering the show/artist or whether the promoter agreed to grant them the interview. Like I said on my previous post, I had no control about the outcome, but I had faith in it anyway. And like so many times before, I luck out. Majorly.

Several weeks ago, my sister told me that Cleo was going to be one of the media partners for this concert, though she still wasn't sure they were getting an interview. On Monday, 3 days before the show, my sister told me that it was confirmed; they were scheduled for an interview with Ben Folds on Thursday, 26th of May at 1 PM. Right after the press conference.

So there I was driving to Plaza Indonesia for the press conference, with my sister in the passenger seat. Between feeling nervous and cold (it was a rather cold morning), I desperately needed to go to the bathroom so we were in a hurry when we got out of my car in the parking lot. Which caused me to forget something quite important. Which would later lead to an unbelievable story.

We got to Pizza e Birra, the venue of the press conference, at 12.05 PM while the invitation was at 12 sharp. However when we stepped inside, there were only about 4 people there and the backdrop was still being assembled. Half of the restaurant was occupied by patrons, eating their lunch, totally oblivious to the fact that I was about to have the most incredible experience.

They're just setting up the backdrop

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One More Day to Ben Folds Up Close & Personal!

I still can't believe I'm going to see Ben Folds live in Jakarta. Just one more day to the D-day and I still can't wrap my head around the idea that I will be sitting in the front row, just a few meters away from someone whose music I've been listening to for the past 13 years, watching him play live.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Glaze

I made these when I was still in my lemon-obsessed phase. I couldn't believe how good this turned out. The cake is moist and bursting with lemon flavor and the glaze, while very very sweet, has just the right amount of tang to cut through the sweetness. Even smelling them will bring you joy.

It is happiness in a cupcake.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Peeling Without the "Lobster Face" Effect

Years ago, when I entered my late twenties, my sister suddenly pushed her face very close to mine while saying "Let me take a look at your skin!". Then after inspecting it for a few minutes, she turned around and said "You definitely need some chemical peel."

Yeah I know, what a loving sister huh? :D

Anyways, I'm one of those lucky people who never really had any problem with my skin growing up, even though my skincare ritual was nothing extraordinary. BUT...that didn't last very long. As I mature, my skin starts to cooperate less and less. The most annoying problems for me is dryness, which at first came as a big shock because I've always had oily skin! Another one is blemishes that won't go away and sometimes, my face will feel a bit rough and look dull.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Three Ps and FD Transformation

In business and in life, it's important to have a clear and defined set of goals. What is important to you? What do you want to achieve in the next year? 5 years? 10 years? What do you NOT want to be? What can you do today that will set you off in the right path to achieve those goals?

I knew these questions had to be asked, but I didn't realize just as important until I read Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh. I'm not going to write a lot about the book, let's save that for another post, but l just have to say that it is a real eye-opener.

Tony Hsieh, the author who is CEO of Zappos Inc, elaborated about the 3 important things about his life and his way of doing business. Profit, passion and purpose. I read the whole thing in 3 days and got me into thinking about our company's profit, passion and purpose.

Coincidentally, Hanzky and I are at a point where we knew we had to make some big and important changes to our business.