My Year in Review: 2014

"It's been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it." – that's the default tag line of recent Facebook's new feature: Year in Review. You can easily generate a nice post based on your photos in 2014 with only a few clicks, instead of writing a long post like this boring blog post. However, Facebook algorithm wasn't perfect, it forced painful memories of some users back to the surface.

xkcd 1302: Year in Review

Before you waste time reading the remaining paragraphs, I suggest you to check these cool "year in review" by Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Tumblr, and TED. My most favourite one are from Google..

.. and from TED.

And yeah, like my Facebook post said, 2014 has been a great year for me :)

MBA course was over, so it was time for vacation while waiting for graduation. I filled my days with travelling around Seoul, playing ice skating in the town, watching Sherlock in my small goshiwon, and doing research about some Korean startups that "copyable" in Indonesia.

I came to Daejeon during Lunar New Year holiday to spend quality time with some good friends with the same wavelength. And perhaps February was my best month of the year :)

Time to say goodbye. Thank you, Korea! Till we meet again.. :')

I returned to my previous startup company with some new challenges. Here I have privileges to apply what I learned in KAIST with such freedom that I rarely find in other firms that offer me much bigger compensation. I also re-joined "Kelas Inspirasi" - a voluntary program to teach elementary students. It was such an honor to participate in sharing inspiration.

The Arsenal won FA Cup!

My timeline was full about football (World Cup) and politics (Presidential Election). It's interesting to observe WHY and HOW people support their (favorite football team and) president candidate. Birds of a feather flock together?

At work, recruiting was still being one of the hardest challenge in a startup without unlimited budget. Politics was getting ridiculous, so many logical fallacies happened among both fanatic supporters. However, good things happened. Germany won the World Cup and JKW-JK won the election.

English Premier League was back, so I knew what to do on Saturday night :p. La Vie En Rose became my morning playlist for weeks. ITB 2004 had our one decade reunion in that month, so I met some old friends and most of them have been married and with their babies. Then, in the end of the month, I travelled to Dieng Plateau for the Culture Festival, nice trip with new nice friends.

A trip to Dieng was not enough for me to release the stress, so I spent more days in Jogja, the lovely city where I grew up and spent most of my childhood. I visited some friends and some familiar places back in the past. It was only two days but so relaxing. It was time to say goodbye to my 2+ years-old Galaxy S2 and welcome to Xiaomi Mi3, which is the best-value hi-end smartphone at that time :)

It was Batik day, and I think we all looked cool on that day. And with supports from my great engineering team, now Suitmedia is AWS Registered Consulting Partner, still long way to be Premier Consulting Partner :)

People were excited about that LINE commercial. I was excited to visit one of the most famous mountain in Java.

With supports from my great team, Suitmedia is now a Google Partner.

Everyone who watches football, especially Arsenal FC and Chile National Team, knows what kind of footballer Alexis Sánchez is. He's not only technically gifted, but also a hard-worker. Always runs all over the pitch, and gives more than 100% in every game he plays. And that's what make a person like him and Cristiano Ronaldo, world-class footballer. They keep improving, not easily satisfied with their achievement, and always work hard to give the best.

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, told us to be permanent beta. "Keeping your career in permanent beta forces you to acknowledge that you have bugs, that there's new development to do on yourself, that you will need to adapt and evolve. It is a lifelong commitment to continuous personal and professional growth."

I hope we can learn something from them, and be a better, if not world-class, person in 2015. Happy new year!

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