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Writer and marketer from Indonesia. Find more of me at or twitter: @ascenciafike
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a group of women discussing

What’s your first language?

Mine is Indonesian.

I was exposed to the English language when I was 6. …

Artikel ini adalah terjemahan dari artikel asli berbahasa Inggris, Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now oleh Tomas Pueyo.

Artikel asli diperbarui terakhir pada 13 Maret 2020. Memuat informasi terbaru mengenai strategi pengurungan (containment) vs. mitigasi. Artikel asli (dalam Bahasa Inggris) telah dilihat sebanyak 28 juta kali.

Dengan semua yang sedang terjadi mengenai Virus Corona, mungkin sulit untuk menentukan apa yang ingin kamu lakukan hari ini. Apakah harus menunggu informasi lebih lanjut? Bertindak sekarang juga? Atau apa?

Inilah yang akan saya bahas di dalam artikel ini, dengan banyak grafik, data, dan model dari berbagai sumber:

What do you do when you get the chance to meet IRL someone you’ve known online?

Last week, I went to Singapore (by myself, for the first time!) to attend HubSpot’s GROW 2018.

I stayed in a capsule hostel for the first time.

My ‘pod’ at Capsule Pod Boutique Hostel, Chinatown, Singapore.

I went to the conference by myself (for the first time), met amazing people from Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

I’m that person who puts people into boxes based on their age. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

I remember that as a kid, I used to think I’m not allowed to do certain things because I’m still a kid.

I’m not allowed to talk about certain topics because of my age.

I didn’t think I have the right to do things, because I’m still __ years old.

I didn’t think I can manage that kind of stress and responsibilities.

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One time I was asked by my mom to order McDonald’s by phone, she punched the numbers, and…

I used to think that my parents know everything.

That my family is the perfect example of everything. Everything is done the right way when it’s done in my family’s way.

Other than my family’s way means weird and wrong.

Last week I was meeting with my high school friends, two girls who were also close friends and went to school in Japan. After catching up on fun things, we started to have serious conversations.

One of that conversations was our discussion of searching for our own values and beliefs.

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Growing up in an Asian family, we’re used to being told this and that, to do this and that…

(Sometimes) I don’t care if I don’t sound natural.

As you can tell from my bio, I’m an Indonesian. My mother tongue is Bahasa Indonesia or Indonesian language.

I’ve been introduced to the English language at school since I was 6, which was 16 years ago. It’s one of my favorite subjects (at one point in high school I wanted to pursue a degree in English Literature) because it feels so natural to me. I feel I can ‘sense’ the language, the structure, the vocab, I know when it doesn’t sound right.

Outside of school, I like reading in English. In high school I also took some English courses…

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I love reading, mainly personal development books.
In the past two years, I’ve read some classic titles like Mindset, Start With Why, The Power of Habit, and Miracle Morning. Right now I’m reading Grit.

The problem with reading (too many) personal development books is you know what you should be doing to be successful or productive or crushing your goal, but you can’t make yourself to do it all.

I know it’s better to have a morning routine.
I know it’d be great to write morning pages.
I know I should start with why when starting something new.

But I…

This is an honest answer to that question.

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I have loved reading and writing since I was a kid.

I was a quiet and shy little girl, not because I didn’t have things say, but because I was thinking. I was observing, pondering, taking mental notes of everything. I was wondering, then hesitating. I was in my head. All the time.

Writing became my escape. I can think of my ideas and express them freely, without fearing that people would be tired of me.

My first blog was a blogspot when I was in 3rd grade. It was public at first, then it got too personal (I hope…

Sometimes you have to generalize first

I started freelancing on Upwork as an English-Indonesian translator.

My first job was to translate travel-related content from English into Indonesian. It’s pretty easy, but I found myself get bored easily doing that.

I looked around, wondering what everybody else is doing. Some people with technical skills can become designers and programmers. What about the non-technical ones?

They work in marketing or business development. They are consultants and managers.

And I don’t think I can become that instantly. I just graduated from university. My first and only real job was a 1-year internship. I need more experience.

I need to…

Going to Vietnam with my sister // Part 1: Hanoi

This is not my usual blogging/freelancing post. This is a travelogue in Money Diary’s style. I hope it can be helpful for those of you who want to travel to Southeast Asia.

Last month, on May 21–31 to be exact, me and my little sister went to Vietnam on our own. We were going from north to south, which is Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. We’ve booked our plane tickets and Airbnbs***.

Note: If you see ⭐️, it’s my favorite part of the trip!

Day 1 — May 21

00.00 — At midnight, our parents drove us to the airport and left us there. We are STARVING. Ate overpriced chicken rice at the airport, then check…

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