08 September 2015

September 6//BABO Café hopping

I can't clearly remember that very first time when i started being a cafe enthusiast. Back then, it was always only about the menu or kinds of dishes that the cafes offer which led me to check them out, or in other words, I came there only to satisfy my tongue and stomach. 

However, now is different. It's not only about the stomach issue that matters. That feeling of convenience and acceptance during the time spent while living in the moment also take (quite) a big place in my mind and heart. Of course, I'm not putting aside the important role of taste! It's definitely still at the peak of the conditions chart. 

I'm sure you have fully understood the term 'convenience' that I pointed out above so I won't explain it further. Rather, I would love to explain the 'acceptance' part. What i mean with acceptance above is, that feeling of being accepted by the place that we're going (yup, the cafe itself). Just like coming to a close friend's/relative's house where they just don't mind you exploring every corner of their house (or even it might be possible for them to proudly guide you in exploring their cribs too, lol), snapping and posing with their amusing fancy furnitures with no worries, spending long time admiring the subtle interior and exterior design.. or, in my case, doing a stack of translation work for hours in serene, without any disturbance, at all. Such feelings are what I experienced at BABO Café on my last last last Sunday! Lol.





BABO Café's signature rattan chair <3
   
This wonderful space is located at: Johar Nurhadi street, Kotabaru, Yogyakarta (behind Bethesda Hospital). 

This place is truly a gem in the heart of Yogyakarta. Unlike any other part of the city that is always packed with  the overflowing motorbikes and cars, Babo located in a very peaceful and calming neighborhood that consistently made me fall in love with the vibe during every second of my presence here. Only a few number of vehicles passing through the street in front of this cafe. What a rare atmosphere, thought i wasn't in Yogyakarta for a moment...

Let's sneak inside the cafe, let me show you guys what my bestie and I got for brunch ;)




 Pardon my face... Just intended to look cool, turned out I even myself wanna slap  myself too. Lol.




So, here they are... BABO Café tropical fruits festivities!! ;) 
Bestie ordered Pina Coconato (that pineapple one. It consists of coconut ice cream, young coconut's flesh and jackfruit slices! ) and umm i forgot the drink she ordered tho, lol. A juice? Milkshake? Ah I simply can't remember, too bad sorry.. xD 
As for me, I ordered mango sticky rice! ;) so fresh, so yummy.. Accompanied with a glassful of strawberry mojito! We're feeling so tropically refreshed back then <3 yeay! 


Let me introduce you, my weekend darling: Ana! ;) i usually call her "Miss Ana" tho. No specific meaning, just for fun lol! We've known each other ever since junior high.
So, see you guys again on the next post! I'm thinking to write about another cafe that I found worth a visit too. So... Just wait for it okay! I hope you're all doing well, living every of your day in good high hopes, enjoying the time of your life, and listening to good musics! <3

Anyway, I'm writing this blog post via blogger app for iPhone. I don't know how this will appear in the desktop version yet tho. However, I found this app very helpful at eradicating my tendency to procrastinate posting something on Morning Hope! Yes, I do hang a high hope for posting anything regularly again just like those good old days, by downloading this app ;)  *fingercrossed* I'm even writing this at airport lounge, waiting to get on board in few minutes!! 

Well well well, see you guys again! I'll be flying to Jakarta in a bit, so... Good night, beautiful souls! 

xx,

Your always so clumsy Shabrina

16 May 2015

Hello, Dancing Waves! // One Fine Morning at Glagah Beach

Hiiii, everyone! It's me again... after 4 months of hiatus. How's life? I hope you enjoy living every single day of your life, getting inspired by great people in your surroundings and finding great places to hang out in your town! Mine has been incredibly great, and I can't thank God enough for giving me endless surprises and blessings in life. I grow up more and more, learning and experiencing something new each day. Felt so good in life, really...

Aaaand, finally I finished my study in college for good! Thank God I passed my thesis defense well last month, and now I'm so so so ready for my graduation ceremony and of course, the real life after graduation. I've decided what I'm going to do. I know, everything won't always be as smooth as I wish them to be, but I know that God will always be with me so that I have no reason to be afraid of how everything will turn out in the future. In fact, I've never been as excited as I am now... knowing that I'm no longer a kid, knowing that I'm in a full charge of creating decisions for myself and knowing that everything will just be okay if I do them in a right way :)

You know, college years have been an extremely great time of my life. I may say, it's the besssstttt time I ever spent. Never will I ever forget every single milestone that I had gone through. Every struggle, every sleepless night, every excitement and of course everyone I met in this process. Still can't believe that I finally managed to be in this point even though I know this isn't the final yet. I know there's still a long long way to go....

Well, I hope you enjoy your life as much as I do! When you feel like you're bored with your life, try to count your blessings, write them down, read what you just wrote slowly and don't forget to smile! and, at the end of the day, a self treat won't hurt! Talking about self treat, I just got myself a self treat yesterday! You know, I did it because I had been so sensitive lately... emotional upheaval struck me so bad until I couldn't control myself to behave well in front of people. Especially in front of my mom and best friend, the ones who always have my back every single time. I guess it was all because the 'period' after all. Well, it always leads to sudden emotional changes that I can't afford to control. Too bad I know. Okay, back to my self treat thing. Guess where I went to? :D


TADAAAH!!

Yessss, it's seaaa!! <333

You know, BEACH CAN DO NO WRONG :))) Happiest place on earth I may say.
This beach is the third beach that I visited this year. I can thank God enough, for placing me in this heaven on earth where beaches are just everywhere....


And here I was, enjoying an 8 a.m morning at Glagah Beach located in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Came here with my best travelling and hang out buddy ever, we spent around an hour here, being busy photographing each other alternately. The sun was shining very bright at that time, a hint of warm welcome for us <3






A captivating live show by the waves. All I could do is just sitting still on my VIP stone lol. No one was here, so it was kind of a private beach for me and my friend xD



You must be wondering what these stones are for. Or you're not? :p
Well, I will just tell you right away. These stones, or so-called 'tetrapods' serve as waves crusher. These tetrapods will protect the dry land from the raging waves of South Sea (Indian Ocean) during new moon periods. Not only it is protecting the land, but it's also quite an attraction for taking pictures by laying down or just sitting still on it while enjoying the dancing waves! :) Like what I did, lol.











We didn't really explore every corner of the beach area, as we were too comfortable to be in 'our teritorry'. We just sat and enjoyed the scenery on the tetrapod before eventually decided to leave since the day was getting hotter. What a fun and mind-soothing morning at the beach! <3
I really can't wait for the next beach adventures ;)



Haha sorry for being annoyingly narcissistic in this post. You may google with the keyword 'pantai glagah', 'glagah beach' or whatever as long as it is spelled 'glagah' to check out cooler pics of the beach just in case you're tired seeing me in almost every pic with damn various poses xD But I sincerely hope that you won't think so. Instead, I hope that you could just enjoy this post and become inspired to come here and spend a quality time with your favorite persons! :)


Till the next post, beautiful souls!

xx,


Shabrina

03 January 2015

My Internship Experience// Part 1: Lesson I Got During The Interview

Hi, guys it's always nice to be back blogging again and I hope I'm not too late to say "HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!" I wish you all a fruitful one year ahead, so let's make 2015 a year that's gonna be full of achievements and self-improvements! <3 <3


Reflecting back to the 2014 blessings, one of the great chances I had last year was to be able to experience internship. Well, it was one of my dreams as a college student to endure internship. Why? firstly, simply because I wanted to know how it felt to work in a company. Secondly, I wanted to measure my ability and self-preparedness in the working world. Thirdly, I wanted to figure out the important aspects that are needed in work. And the last, I wanted to know what kind of aspects in working that I am still lacking of so that I can draw a measure on how I have to tackle with those "problems". 

Actually in my department itself,  they have never managed a student internship before or even encourage their students to endure an internship. So this was the first time for them to officially provide a chance for their students to intern which I think it was an extremely great improvement within my department. And I heard that from now on, they will provide more and more internship opportunities for the students, which is a really good thing! So for anyone who is the student of Japanese Literature, Universitas Gadjah Mada WHO READ THIS, please guys make sure to drop your very attention to read carefully of everything written in the notice board because you don't want to miss a single precious opportunity right?! Or well, for every student from any university, if you happen to read this, I say that it's always good to check you department's notice board. Yes, because the reason I got this opportunity was by accidentally glancing at my department's notice board when I passed through it, and found a paper that said they were seeking for someone who was willing to endure an internship in one out of five TOYOTA Group companies in Jakarta for three weeks!! Of course I couldn't hold my excitement and went home right away to compile my documents in order to join the screening process held by my department.

After the document screening process, my department announced that me along with my junior, the two of us were allowed to proceed to the next stage: INTERVIEW. Turned out, I was interviewed by the Human Resources Department staff of DENSO INDONESIA Group. It was my first time ever in my life to be interviewed directly by the HR staff of a big company. I was a bit nervous that time! But in such situations, I always try to take a deep breath, think everything's gonna be alright and the ultimate important thing is to draw a sincere smile to support your nervous self, right? And finally, I was the fourth person to be interviewed. I walked into the interview room without any feelings of burden. I just let God to guide me. 


DURING THE INTERVIEW

So, the committee contacted me around three hours before the interview time that I would be interviewed by Denso Indonesia Group. I didn't know much about the company, so I hurried to access their website and read as much as I could and try to understand everything that I read even though there was a part that was difficult for me to understand. It was the part that telling about the company's products. Okay, let me tell you a bit of it. So, Denso is a manufacturing company that focuses on the production of automotive parts for cars, trucks and mini tractors. Those products are for example, spark plug, stick coil, filter, radiator, air conditioner, etc (actually there are still sooo many variants of their products). Well, that time I was lost, I had no clue at all about what they were except the air conditioner part. The thing that made me nervous that time was, "would they ask me about my knowledge of their products?"If they asked me about that I would just die right away because I couldn't find any easier explanation about stick coil, spark plug, filter and radiator at that time. All I do was googling, accessing wikipedia and online dictionary to know the meaning of those stuffs in bahasa, lol. So you know, that was a busy and confusing three hours while I still got to decide what kind of outfit I should wear (trousers or skirt), what color I should choose for my blouse, should I go with pony tail or just let my hair down, etc etc. Hahaha. Please pardon the perks of being a girl who follow fashion bloggers and fashion account in instagram.

But thank God, all of my efforts above (about searching the meaning of stick coil and its friends) were in vain, they were finally useless! Hahaha, I was beyond happy that the interviewer only focuses about me, my achievements, my experiences, the problems that I faced in the past and how I overcame those problems, my goals in the future and other great chit-chats still about me and my life. The interview was so personal and deep and fun and there's nothing to be nervous about. I got a lot of things to share to the interviewer, mainly about my activities in uni, my positions within those activities, my thoughts about the things I wanna gain from this internship, the effect of this internship for my life ahead and the steps that I wanna take after I graduate. The interview was based on my past facts, so that I found myself was very "comfortable" and confident with all of my answers because they were all true.

The interview wasn't that very long, if I'm not mistaken it was only about less then 30 minutes. The first 10 minutes was conducted in english and the rest was in Bahasa. What I love about this interview is that the interviewer gave me a feedback about me during the interview. He said that everything was okay, he found no major problem except I was talking too fast. Yeah, I understand that really well because people often said that to me. But you know, whenever I feel excited I just can't speak slowly! But from that interview day, I learned to speak more slowly whenever I explain something to someone else :)

THINGS I REALIZED AFTER BEING INTERVIEWED

So here are five things that I found them important during the interview for internshio. I'm sure that there must be more things other than these five, but as for now I can only think about these points. I hope it could be useful for you :)

1. DON'T JUST BE A KUPU-KUPU (KULIAH PULANG-KULIAH PULANG STUDENT)

Well, during the interview, especially an interview that is conducted by HR staff (if you manage to pass this phase, the next time you will be interviewed by the users/ managers), they will dig  information about your character and what you have in yourself because they want to know "million" things about you! Then I realized that besides environment, someone's character is also shaped by the experiences and problems that they ever faced in their lives. If you never join an activity during your college days and never have a role in that activity, how can you build your character? YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SHARE TO THE INTERVIEWER BECAUSE YOU DO NOTHING. You don't want to tell lies and imaginations during the interview do you? 

Because the HR staff will never ask you something like this: "tell me your good and bad points!". NEVER AT ALL. Obviously you will have a chance to fake your answers with such question, right? Hence, they will always ask about your past or recent activities and experiences to know more about you and decide your personality.

2. REMEMBER YOUR PROBLEMS AND HOW YOU DEAL WITH THEM

People said to to enjoy life and forget every problems you've been through. But well, only for the interview, please recall all of the problems you ever had in life as a human, in university as a college student, in any activity you joined whether you were a member, project leader or whatever position you ever had in that activity. The interviewer would love to know your problems and the way you solve them. I think, the more problems you face, the more skillful you're gonna be in dealing with problem solving, and companies love someone who is good at problem solving. Just like what my supervisor has said to me, TO WORK = TO SOLVE THE PROACTIVELY GROWING PROBLEMS. 

3. PAY ATTENTION TO COHERENCY & CONSISTENCY OF YOUR ANSWER AND EMPHASIZE "BECAUSE"

Everything happens for a reason and so does every of your answer during the interview. Whenever the interviewer ask you about your thought on something, answer it clearly with a well elaborate reason. Never answering by only giving a lot of points without giving explanations to each point. For example, if the interviewer ask you "what do you expect from this internship?", from this question I guess there will be a looot of answers such as "I want to gain experiences to work in a big company", "I want to be included in the company's project if it's possible", "I want to learn the business process of this company" and so on, hundreds of possible answers for such question, right? But don't forget to add "because" to every of those answers, so that the interviewer will know your true intention and the urgency of you in applying the internship. So, instead of only listing down your expectations, it is better to elaborate your answer clearly with reason because it can also enhance "your value" in front of the interviewer. 

4. NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU FEEL GOOD WITH THE INTERVIEWER, AN INTERVIEWER REMAINS AN INTERVIEWER

Okay, I will tell you the truth that a  lot of interviewers use a "friendly method" to seek information from the interviewee. The objection of this friendly method is to make the interviewee relax and comfortable in dealing with the questions without feeling afraid or something. The opposite of this friendly interview method is "interview with pressure", where the interviewer uses the expressions, intonations, words which are to press the psychic of the interviewee. The objection of this interview is to examine the endurance of the interviewee towards pressures that may happen in a work. Well, I have never been in a situation of interview with pressure, so I cannot tell you much about this.

Now, what I'm going to tell you in this point is about the friendly interview. No matter how chill, (seems like) easy-going and friendly the interviewer is, an interviewer is still an interviewer, a person who runs an interview, a person who gives assessment to every of your answer, a person who judges your manner and gestures during the interview, and a person who will draw a conclusion whether you are qualified or not for the job. So, even if the interviewer's manner is looked very relaxed and nonchalant, and also he/ she talks in a casual way, doesn't mean that you can act casually either and make the situation less formal. Remember to always behave appropriately, talk with a good manner and gestures during the whole interview, but just don't be way too serious! :D

5. PREPARE A QUESTION, OR TWO OR THREE

Usually, this is what you will get at the end of the interview. The interviewer will give a chance for you to ask just anything related to the work/ company/ hiring procedure/ etc. They will give you this chance once they already collected enough information about you. But hey, you don't want to miss this good chance by only answering "no" to the interviewer's question "That's all from me. Now, do you have any question?", right? GRAB THIS CHANCE, SHOW THE INTERVIEWER YOUR CURIOSITY ABOUT THE COMPANY!

If you think you're not a good spontaneous questioner, prepare your question(s) from home! Access the company's website, and make question(s) from it, of course the smart ones! Astonish the interviewer with your question, because they may remember you not only by your physical appearance but also with your good questions.

I think one until three questions are good enough to prepare. Always ask in a humble manner and never ask in a bombarding way like you're an infotainment journalist. hahaha. At the end, when you already get the answer of the question, don't forget to express that you understand with his/ her answer and say thank you! :)

So that's they are, five lessons I got after being interviewed. Well, whether it is an interview for internship or interview for the real work, I guess the five points above can work for both. Every interviewer always ask based on fact of your past and your genuine and smart answers are what they want. 

I hope this post can be a useful one for you guys. I know this post is not my typical blog post like usual but in the future I would love to write this kind of thing and share the experiences I got more often. I will be back on the next post, still about my internship experience. The next post is gonna be about my experience of working in a company, especially a Japanese company and more information about my internship program! <3

P.S. : Thank you so much for Dewi and Nurma, if we didn't have a passionate conversation about this internship experience some days ago, may be this post would never exist, lol. I hope you read this, mwah.


See ya on the next post, guys! xx


Shabrina.

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