(Sepertinya) Nggak Jodoh?

Jadi begini. Saya kan menghabiskan 5 tahun belajar marketing and communications. 4 tahun pertama dihabiskan untuk belajar seputaran bisnis dan marketing, lalu 1 tahun terakhir difokuskan ke advertising dan juga marketing communications. Pendidikan saya selama 4 tahun pertama sih bisa dibilang hasil kecebur ya.. saya tidak seberuntung anak – anak lain yang langsung di terima di jurusan pilihan pertama. Saya memang pilih jurusan Administrasi Niaga waktu ikut SPMB tahun 2004 yang lalu  (10 tahun yang lalu!), tetapi sebenarnya itu pilihan kedua. Pilihan pertama saya adalah komunikasi – nggak diterima. Tetapi saya merasa beruntung karena saya sudah mantap dan yakin atas pilihan karir saya sejak di bangku kuliah. Saya mau kerja di industri fast moving consumer goods (FMCG). Saya mau membangun merek. Yap, kerja di FMCG. Tidak seperti kebanyakan teman saya yang ingin kerja di bank, perusahaan minyak, atau BUMN – saya sudah yakin mau bekerja di industri FMCG sejak kuliah S1.

Karena saya memang seorang super mega planner (hahaha), saya juga sudah merencanakan dengan (sekiranya) matang strategi saya supaya bisa membangun karir di industri FMCG. Saya paham ada berbagai aspek dari marketing yang bisa saya tekuni, dan saya kemudian memutuskan untuk fokus di marketing and communications, maka dari itu saya pilih S2 di bidang tersebut. Nah.. di Indonesia, ada beberapa (banyak) perusahaan FMCG yang cukup terkenal dan produknya banyak dipakai orang – orang sehari – hari. Mulai dari perusahaan lokal sampai global. Singkat cerita setelah pulang S2 saya berhasil diterima di salah satu perusahaan FMCG global dan kini sudah hampir 4 tahun membangun karir disitu. TETAPI… tidak di bagian marketing and communications! Hahaha lucu ya. Saya pusing – pusing bikin strategi.. eh sekarang malah kerjanya di bagian marketing research.

Tapi ngga apa – apa, yang penting saya masih enjoy dan yang penting halal kalau kata orang tua, hehehe. Nanti kapan – kapan saya ceritain deh soal kerjaan saya yang rada kurang sesuai jurusan. Kalau sekarang ini saya sebenearnya mau cerita soal perjalanan saya mencari pekerjaan sebelum akhirnya kerja di perusahaan yang sekarang.

Balik lagi soal perusahaan FMCG di Indonesia – ada sebuah perusahaan global yang seakan akan menjadi bintang di kalangan mahasiswa marketing di kampus S1 saya waktu itu. Kita sebut saja X. Katanya perusahaan ini sering mengirimkan karyawan nya keluar negeri, benefit nya bagus, dan juga namanya terkenal. Ya iya, perusahaan ini salah satu top advertising spenders kok – orang awam juga pasti sadar dengan berbagai campaign yang mereka lakukan – selalu besar – besaran dan nggak pernah tanggung. Waktu saya masih kuliah S1, saya kepingin banget kerja di perusahaan ini. Dimulai dari magang. Saya jauh – jauh kirim CV dengan harapan besar bisa magang disana. 2 bulan berlalu tanpa panggilan dan akhirnya saya memutuskan  untuk magang di sebuah konsultan PR. Tiba – tiba, baru seminggu mulai magang disana, saya ditelpon oleh orang HRD perusahaan X ini dan ditawari magang disana! Too late. Belum jodoh, saya sudah berkomitmen di perusahaan lain.

Lalu, saya juga ingat, di tahun terakhir saya kuliah mereka bikin campus recruitment untuk sebuah program management trainee di kampus saya. Guess what – walaupun IPK saya cuma 3,1 tapi saya berhasil menjadi satu – satunya orang yang dipanggil mengikuti seleksi dari kelas saya. Tapi saya nggak lolos ke programnya. Lagi – lagi belum jodoh. Hahaha.

Saya kemudian memutuskan untuk melanjutkan hidup dan berangkat S2. Ketika saya sedang menyelesaikan S2, beberapa teman saya ada yang sudah memulai karir nya dan bekerja di perusahaan X ini. Kemudian, ketika saya sudah selesai S2, salah satu dari mereka menawarkan pekerjaan di perusahaan X ini! Wah, saya merasa seperti pucuk dicinta ulam tiba hahaha. Saya pikir saya kini punya bekal yang cukup, jadi cukup pede ketika datang wawancara. Ketika wawancara, sepertinya semua berjalan lancar dan saya semakin menaruh harapan besar untuk bisa diterima kali ini (tentunya saya juga mengikuti proses rekrutmen di berbagai perusahaan FMCG lainnya ya). Saya sampai menolak 2 tawaran pekerjaan demi menunggu keputusan dari perusahaan X ini. Sampai akhirnya ketika saya dapat kabar di perusahaan tempat saya kerja sekarang dan perusahaan X belum juga kasih kabar.. saya memutuskan untuk meninggalkan mimpi kerja di perusahaan X dan memulai karir di perusahaan saya sekarang ini. Masih juga belum jodoh ya sepertinya.

Kini saya sudah hampir 4 tahun bekerja di perusahaan saya sekarang ini. Bosan? ngga juga. Mau pindah kerjaan? Boleh aja, kalau ada tawaran yang lebih baik. Saya sih memang tidak pernah serius mencari pekerjaan lain selama saya bekerja di perusahaan ini. Saya masih cukup menikmati pekerjaan saya disini. Sampai tiba – tiba sahabat saya yang kebetulan bekerja di perusahaan X ini bulan lalu bilang bahwa divisi nya sedang mencari orang. Levelnya sama seperti saya. Tetapi haloo.. ini di perusahaan X! saya musti mencoba dong ya, atas dasar penasaran. hehehehe. Saya kirim CV. Saya tunggu, sambil tetap bekerja dengan giat. 2 minggu kemudian, di suatu hari jumat, ada missed call di hp saya ketika saya sedang di kantor, sehabis rapat. Nomor tak dikenal. Kemudian saya cek Gmail saya – ada email dari orang HRD perusahaan X! HORE! Emailnya singkat –  bertanya kapan waktu yang pas untuk menghubungi saya. Saya langsung balas – menjelaskan saya habis rapat jadi tidak angkat telpon yang tadi, dan bilang bahwa saya bisa dihubungi setengah jam kemudian. Orang HRD nya langsung balas lagi  -bilang OK dan bilang bakal telpon saya di jam yang sudah saya sebutkan. Hanya saja dia tidak pernah menelpon balik. Sampai sekarang.

Hahaha.. ini sebenarnya ada apa sih antara saya dan perusahaan X? nggak jodoh? kok selalu mepet – mepet gitu ya “ceritanya”. Ya sudah deh, saya sih tenang – tenang saja. Rejeki sudah ada yang atur dan jodoh ngga kemana kan katanya yaa.. hehehe. Sebagai penutup, ini ada gambar menarik soal industri FMCG dan merek – merek yang kemungkinan besar kamu gunakan sehari – harinya. Perusahaan saya (dan juga perusahaan X) termasuk di gambar ini lho! 😉

FMCG giants. Image from Google.com
FMCG giants.
Image from Google.com

 

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Hello Taipei!

To Indonesian travelers, Taiwan  might be a less popular destination compared to its Asian neighbors –  Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea or Japan. Japan has been a popular tourist destination for so long, while South Korea are beginning to grow its popularity thanks to K-Pop culture boom. Of course, Hong Kong is famous as a shopping destination, while Mainland China .. well.. I guess is famous for its scenery and culture.

Now let’s talk about Taiwan. Before I made a proper research on this country, I only knew two cities – Taipei and Kaohsiung. That’s because some of my uni friends are from there. So  basically I had zero knowledge. But, since the last two years, Taiwanese food are getting more common in Jakarta – there are more and more Taiwanese food restaurants opening here, especially dessert house and boba tea joints. They are mushrooming in Jakarta, and very often you have to queue to get a seat.

So how did I end up going to Taipei? Well,  early this year I went to a travel fair in Jakarta – wanted to find cheap airline tickets for my next travel. There were a lot of booths from different tourist agencies and travel agents, including those popular Asian countries I mentioned before. Then there was a Taiwan booth as well. My initial reaction was.. “Well wouldn’t it be nice to go to Taipei where I can eat authentic Taiwanese food? It must be nice to have boba tea all day long!” Hahaha, not exactly like that but I was interested to go , I wanted to try authentic Taiwanese food. Plus, with my valid US tourist visa, I don’t need to apply for Taiwan Visa, just need to register online as they have some exceptions program. Long story short, I bought the ticket (50% off with China Airlines!), and was scheduled to go in May for 3 nights.

Then came May. The trip was scheduled right a week after my Derawan trip, but I was so excited to go. Though I was traveling alone,  I have made some arrangements to meet with my university friends who live in Taipei. I arrived Sunday afternoon after a 5 hour flight from Jakarta, and went straight to my hostel – Mr. Lobster’s Secret Den Hostel which is located within walking distance from Taipei Central Station. I’ll probably write a separate blog post about this hostel but I would gladly recommend it if you’re traveling to Taipei on a budget like myself.

After I checked in and had quick shower, I went to Taipei 101 mall to meet with my university friends for dinner at the famous Din Tai Fung restaurant. The restaurant is famous for its Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and although it has chains all over the globe now, still worth to try when in Taipei.

The next day, I traveled across town – by foot and by their excellent MRT system. It was sooo easy to get around despite being a non-Chinese speaker. No worries, almost all directions I saw are written in both Chinese and English language.

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Inside the MRT … clean and comfortable!

My first destination that day was Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (tip: they have changing of the guards parade every hour – similar to the one in Buckingham Palace!), then  Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall which is not far away. Besides having pretty architecture, I enjoyed visiting both sites for quick history crash course! 😀

Afterwards, I went to Taipei 101 building again to have lunch and went to the observatory deck. Did you know that Taipei 101 used to be the world’s tallest building until there’s Burj Khalifa in Dubai? It was fun to be able to see beautiful Taipei scenery from the indoor observation deck at the 89th floor. There’s also an outdoor one at 91st floor but I only managed to make it to the stairs hahaha.. too afraid to went outside!

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Taipei – seen from Taipei 101’s observation deck

Now, as you can see from the picture above, Taipei has both tall buildings and hills as well as mountains. So.. my next destination was to hike Elephant Mountain! It’s not far from Taipei 101 and it’s included in almost Taipei travel guide I read. The trail is not too long.. I finished it in around 35 minutes one way. They said it’s best to go there in the afternoon, close to sunset time as you would be able to see magnificent Taipei view. Too bad it was cloudy when I was there.. So I did not bother to wait for sunset nor did I managed to get a spectacular shot of the city view I saw. But still, it was worth to visit. And if you decided to visit, hopefully you’ll be able to take a better shot than what I got here…

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View from the top of Elephant Mountain, you can see Taipei 101 for a far!

From Elephant Mountain I went back to my hostel, had a quick shower and managed to browse the neighborhood real quick before going to my next destination. Here’s a picture I took :

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Q Square – next to Taipei Main Station

My next destination was Ximending. I met another friend from university and she took me for a sightseeing/window shopping around the area. Popular to teens, this place is similar to Shibuya in Japan or Times Square in New York (never been to New York but I think it is indeed similar from the pictures I saw!), full of shops and neon lights. There are a lot of shops selling cute accessories and clothes.. also Taiwanese snacks. Do visit for a little shopping spree 🙂

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Ximending. Looks like Shibuya or Mini Times Square!

My day did not end there as before I went back to the hostel, I managed to find Eslite 24 hour bookstore.. just because I’m curious to see if people really visit bookstores after 10 PM. Turns out they still do! It was still crowded even when I got there at past 10.30PM! Wow!

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Eslite 24 hour bookstore

The next day was my last day in Taipei. I visited MOCA Taipei which is located near my hostel then traveled far north to Tamsui District… still using MRT – a 40 minutes ride only. I visited the old street and waterfront, as well as the fisherman’s wharf. Again, weather was not on my side as it was cloudy – even raining for a bit! However, I loved wandering around the area, which I think has a perfect mix of culture and modernisation.

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Tamsui Old Street

In the afternoon, I had an appointment with my friend as I asked her to take me to the best beef noodle soup in town. Her choice was  Lin Dong Fang‘s beef noodle soup and I could not agree more with her! The restaurant was small, basically people just come there to eat. My friend told me that during lunch time and after working hours, people would have to queue to eat there. Lucky we came there at 5 – right before people got off from work so there was no queue at all and we could eat happily 😀

Beef noodle soup
BEST beef noodle soup I’ve had!

From there we traveled south to ride Maokong Gondola to went up the hill. My friend told me it’s a nice place to sit and drink some tea as there are a lot of tea houses. The interesting part about my gondola ride is that they are decorated in Hello Kitty theme, plus some of them has crystal cabins!

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Hello Kitty themed gondola at Maokong Gondola… cute!

After spending some time in the hill, we went to Shilin Night Market. I think I don’t need to explain much about this place as the name sort of explains itself. Of all the night markets in Taipei, I think this one’s the most popular.. especially for hawker food. Trust me everything I had there is super delicious.. and cheap. Going there was definitely a feast! Lucky as I went there with my friend and she understands that I don’t eat pork , she chose only the foods that do not contain pork for me. If you don’t speak Chinese and don’t eat pork as well – it might be handy to write down some phrases to be asked to the food seller before you buy something.. as the sellers there speak very limited English, if not at all.

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Yummy street food at Shilin Night Market

So that concludes my 3 nights in Taipei, as I left the city very early in the morning the next day. I really love Taipei for its perfect mix of modernisation, traditional culture and nature. I went there only for the food but was able to see so much more even in my short visit. Definitely will go back at some point! 🙂

Last weekend, I did something for the first time… (and other stories!)

So, like others before me, I created a #30before30 list not too long time ago. The list can be found on my old blog – but I’d rather not re-publish it here now because there are some things in the list that I want to change (hahaha can I actually do that though? I think I can! After all it’s my list :D).

Anyway, one of the things in the original list was to visit Pekan Raya Jakarta or Jakarta Fair. It’s Jakarta’s biggest annual fair which first started back in 1968. Why did I put it on my list? Simple, I have been living for almost 25 years in the city but I never actually been. And since there might be a possibility for me not to live in this city anymore in the future.. I want to visit the fair before I’m 30 (Or, if leaving the city come sooner – before I leave this city for good). So I went there last Saturday with my mum and little brother.

Before I actually went there, I imagine the fair would have a lot of stalls and booths – food and snack stalls, game booths, even some mini rides like the ones in American boardwalks. I was really excited to go. But then when I got there.. turns out that there are more sponsorship and trade booths rather than the ones I mentioned before. It is indeed an exhibition fair, with many big brands’ booths selling everything from potato chips to mop, even car!

There is also a retail section where you can find discounted items of your favorite brands.. and when I say discounted, I mean BIG discount! I even scored a pretty Marks & Spencer top for only Rp.150.000 which is almost impossible to be found in their stores. Yay! While food stalls are not a problem (you can find many of them), only few I found selling traditional snacks.. and I couldn’t find rides for adults (SAD!). I found some rides like merry-go-round and boom boom car, but both in small version so it’s only suitable for kids.

Well.. although the reality is not really like what I imagined, I pretty much enjoyed my first time going to Jakarta Fair. That’s another off my #30before30 list! Yay!

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proof that I’ve been to Jakarta Fair! :p

On Sunday, me and my friends went to Thamrin City – a big shopping mall full of wholesale kiosks selling everything – mostly clothes.. cheap good ones. The three of us came there with a mission – that is to find kaftan to be worn on Hari Raya day! Hehehe. It did not take long for me to find a nice coral kaftan priced only Rp.85.000 (Oh! Have I told you that my favorite color is coral?), and neither did my friends – we managed to spend only 2 hours shopping there.

I consider that as an achievement, because Thamrin City was so packed that day! People (mostly mums) were shopping like crazy; almost everyone was seen carrying (minimum) a big shopping bag full of clothes. Just look at this picture!

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it was a shopping madness!

So next time I want to find cheap kaftans or similar clothes, I think I would avoid going to Thamrin City during Ramadan month. Too crowded!

Moving on.. after going to Thamrin City, I went home for a quick shower then went to my friend’s house for buka puasa . There were 9 of us, my college friends. Food was awesome – my friend’s husband cooked it for us. He made roast chicken and some sort of Rösti, veryyy yummy. We spent the night eating, chatting and laughing.. and that concludes my awesome weekend.

I hope you had a good weekend too, enjoy your Monday and the rest of the week! 🙂

My thoughts on 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election

Disclaimer : This post is surely based on my thoughts only and does not reflect my support towards a particular candidate. 🙂

This coming presidential election will be my 3rd election. I remember my first election, I was so excited to finally be able to vote, though I was not sure why I had to vote and who to vote.. voting at that time seemed cool, sort like some coming-of-age moment. I voted, but now I can’t remember who did I give my vote to. My second election was more or less the same. But this time I remember clearly that I did not vote. I was not satisfied with the current president at that time and since he’s running for his second period.. I did not want to vote for him. Nor did I want to vote for his opponent. So I came to the booth on election day, and deliberately gave my vote to all candidates – so my vote would be considered not valid. Not really proud, but that has happened.

This year, we will vote for our president in less than a week. As I’m not so much (if not at all) into politics, I had to admit that I haven’t been really paying attention to either candidates.. but I’ve been exposed to a lot of news about them. The thing is, in every social media I have, I see people posting about either candidate. BUT.. instead of posting the good things about their president of choice, most of them seem to frequently post negatively about the opponent. This makes me confused because I don’t know what to believe anymore. Should I believe that candidate number 1 is behind the 1998 tragedy? or should I believe that candidate number 2 is a “puppet”, steered by old political figure? I really can’t tell which to believe. 

So I posted a status in my facebook and ask if any of my friends have made their choice and would willing to share the reason to me, with hope that none of them would expose me to some kind of negative campaign. They did not! I was so happy to see a lot of comments coming in, and some even sent me direct messages with their solid reason to vote for their president of choice. NONE told me any negative news about the opponent. It looks like I’m friends with the right people 🙂 

Oh, one other thing that makes me so impressed – despite the mushrooming negative campaign, I also see bits and pieces of passionate posts from my generation! Good to see that so many young people are willing to give their time and effort to show their support towards a candidate. 

Just look at this music video from Jokowi’s supporters : 

or this video from Prabowo’s supporters : 

And then there’s also these people on Twitter who often tweets about their support for their president of choice. Though I see more (in my following list) declared their support towards Jokowi like @mrshananto, @jokoanwar, or @jflowrightthere (and also the creative hashtags which follows their tweets such as #akhirnyapilihjokowi or #salam2jari), I also came across these two young people (both younger than me) who passionately expressed their support towards Prabowo – @RizkiAljupri and @Dirgayuza…. and I salute all of them. It’s good to see diversity and freedom of expression, yes? 🙂

As for me? I still have not decided. I am what they call a swing voter, and I’ll take that. I’ll give myself a time to think carefully this weekend and will surely vote on July 9th. I just wish that whatever’s the result, things will be better for Indonesia. Happy voting, Indonesians! 🙂

Dua bahasa

Saya, seperti kebanyakan orang Jakarta yang saya temui lainnya, sudah kehilangan kemampuan berbahasa Indonesia yang baik.

Saya lupa kapan terakhir kali saya berbicara dengan bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar. Di keseharian saya, saya hampir selalu berbicara dengan apa yang saya sebut dengan bahasa Jakarta. Bukan, bukan bahasa Betawi, tapi bahasa Jakarta. Bahasa ini saya sebut demikian, yang merupakan campuran bahasa Indonesia, bahasa Betawi, bahasa tidak baku (slang) dan juga bahasa Inggris.. Bahkan terkadang dicampur juga dengan beberapa istilah dari daerah lain (tergantung kepada siapa saya berbicara). Bingung kan? Iya, saya juga. Tetapi siapa sih yang masih menggunakan bahasa Indonesia yang 100% baik dan benar?

Ketika menulis, apalagi. Karena gaya menulis saya cenderung seperti sedang bercerita (apa sih istilahnya, naratif bukan?), dulu hampir selalu tulisan saya di blog mengalir begitu saja dengan bahasa yang campur aduk.. Alias bahasa Jakarta! Ketika saya baca ulang, pusing bukan main!

Ketika saya memutuskan untuk menulis blog dengan lebih serius di akhir tahun lalu, saya berpikir.. Bagusnya menulis dengan bahasa apa ya? Kalau saya tetap menulis dengan bahasa Jakarta, rasanya nyaman, karena itulah bahasa yang saya gunakan sehari-hari.. Tapi rasanya kok tidak adil bagi yang baca, karena pasti bentuknya bakal amburadul. Menulis dengan bahasa Inggris jadi pilihan yang rasanya tepat karena walaupun bukan native speaker dan kemampuan grammar yang masih perlu diasah, saya cukup merasa nyaman menulis dengan bahasa Inggris.

Tetapi.. Pada akhirnya saya kini memutuskan untuk juga menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, agar saya bisa lebih belajar menggunakan bahasa Indonesia yang baik dan benar. Iya sih masih rada sulit untuk menulis dengan 100% bahasa Indonesia tanpa menggunakan istilah bahasa Inggris atau bahasa tidak baku (slang)… Tapi saya akan terus mencoba 🙂

N.B: kalimat terakhir saya, di otak saya maksudnya “i’ll keep trying though”.. ketika saya terjemahkan jadinya baku sekali yaaa hehehe.. :p

Music Lately

Last month I bought myself a new iPod nano, 16 gb (YAY!). The last time I had an iPod was back in 2009 before my good ol’ iPod classic (80 gb) decided to die on me. Ever since I only listened to music from my phone and online radio… while saving up to buy a new iPod.

I wanted to buy iPod classic due to its capacity but when I think of it again… the size makes it not easy to bring anywhere. I think I’m gonna buy one when I have my own place, and will just put it in an iPod dock and let it play good music all day long 🙂

Anyway, I decided to buy iPod nano instead (enough capacity, perfect size – easy to bring anywhere), and now that I’ve bought it.. I’ve been spending a lot of my free time browsing and listening to music.. and then choosing the songs that I’m going to put into this iPod.

And now.. Here are some songs and albums that I’m currently listening to :

Ed Sheeran – One (From the album “X”)
Ed Sheeran is back! this is indeed a sad but beautiful song..

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down (From the album “In the Lonely Hour”)
Many have said that he’s male Adele as he’s also British. I kinda agree.. his songs are somewhat similar to Adele’s but.. I still can’t help to fall for his voice. Very enjoyable song, and album!

Gabrielle Aplin – Home (from the album “English Rain”)
Another British singer I currently love..

Okay.. now it’s time for more upbeat songs :

RAC – Cheap Sunglasses  feat Matthew Koma (from the album “Strangers”)
They are coming to Jakarta! wooot! Sunday, August 24. Cant wait!

MO – Don’t Wanna Dance (from the album “No Mythologies To Follow”)
With its catchy beat, this song has been my current mood booster!

What do you think of these songs? Do check them out and hope you’ll love it as much as I am! 🙂

Selamat datang di Jakarta, Uber!

Pernah dengar tentang Uber? kemungkinan besar kamu yang tinggalnya di Amerika atau Inggris pernah ya. Saya sendiri tadinya cuma sering baca artikel atau review tentang Uber di blog – blog, sampai akhirnya minggu lalu saya baca bahwa Uber kini sudah ada di Jakarta!

Apa sih Uber? kalau yang saya baca di website nya, dan juga di artikelartikel yang mengulasnya, Uber itu semacam sistem rideshare atau kalau di terjemahkan, berbagi kendaraan. Sama siapa? Kalau di Amerika yang saya baca, siapa saja bisa jadi pengemudi Uber selama memenuhi syarat yang ditentukan. Untuk menggunakan jasa Uber, gampang sekali – semuanya dilakukan lewat aplikasi smartphone dan sistem pembayaran pun dilakukan lewat kartu kredit. Praktis ya? Beberapa teman saya yang tinggal di LA dan SF pernah cerita betapa serunya ketika mereka request Uber dan tiba – tiba kedatangan supir Uber yang sangat ganteng, atau naik mobil Mercedes Benz! hahahaha.

Jadi, ketika tau Uber sudah ada di Jakarta, saya langsung download aplikasi nya dan daftar. Saat daftar, karena masih dalam masa promo, saya diberikan voucher sebesar 100 ribu rupiah yang bisa digunakan kapan saja. Hari Kamis yang lalu, pulang kantor, saya berencana untuk memakai jasa Uber dari kantor saya di Sudirman menuju Plaza Senayan. Sayangnya saya lupa screenshot tampilan app nya ketika saya request Uber, tapi semuanya benar – benar gampang dilakukan. Intinya, si aplikasi akan melacak lokasi kamu ketika kamu membuka aplikasi nya, lalu ketika kamu memutuskan untuk request Uber, dia akan mengidentifikasi lokasi mobil Uber terdekat, memberi tahu kamu nama supir, foto, jenis mobil dan plat nya, lalu  memberitahukan estimasi waktu kedatangan mobil Uber kamu. Kamu juga bisa menghitung estimasi biaya menuju tempat tujuan yang dihitung dari gabungan base fare, jarak dan waktu tempuh.

Oke kembali lagi ke pengalaman saya dengan Uber ya. Awalnya ketika saya request Uber dari kantor, dibilang bahwa mobil saya akan datang dalam waktu 9 menit. Akan tetapi tidak sampai 5 menit dari waktu saya melakukan request, saya ditelpon oleh supir Ubernya yang bilang bahwa Ia terjebak macet, jadi estimasi kedatangan bisa lebih dari 30 menit dan dengan fair nya menawarkan untuk pembatalan jika saya keberatan menunggu selama itu. Lalu saya batalkan, dan saya pergi ke Plaza Senayan naik ojek. Pada saat saya sedang di Plaza Senayan, ternyata saya harus pindah lagi ke Gandaria City setelahnya, kemudian saya berpikir untuk mencoba request Uber lagi. Setelah dapat supir, ada tulisan “Driver Confirmed and En Route”, yang juga dilengkapi dengan estimasi kedatangan yang di-update secara real time seiring dengan bergeraknya mobil menuju lokasi penjemputan. Kali ini estimasi kedatangan totalnya 15 menit. Supir nya pun menelpon saya tak lama setelah ada tulisan “Driver Confirmed and En Route”, dan bilang bahwa Ia akan tiba kurang lebih 25 menit, lalu setelah saya setuju untuk menunggu, kita janjian bertemu di lobby utama Plaza Senayan. Fair Enough. Lalu saya menunggu.  Selama menunggu, saya bisa memantau secara langsung posisi mobil Uber nya.

Kurang lebih 25 menit kemudian, mobil saya datang. Mobilnya bagus, masih tampak baru – Hyundai Sonata berwarna hitam. Pak Supirnya menyapa saya dengan ramah dan menyetir dengan profesional walaupun sedang macet. Di dalam mobil tersedia air putih botol yang bisa diminum, bebas biaya tambahan! Menurut saya itu adalah little extra  yang menarik. Total biaya perjalanan saya dari Plaza Senayan ke Gandaria City sekitar 30 ribu rupiah, yang saya rasa walau sedikit lebih mahal dari taksi biasa, tapi masih masuk akal. Itupun karena saat ini Uber masih dalam masa promo, jadi saya bisa menggunakan kredit voucher yang saya punya, jadi tidak usah bayar, hahaha. Satu hal yang saya masih kurang paham – kalau di Amerika, siapa saja yang lolos syarat kan katanya bisa daftar jadi supir Uber. Tapi kalau di Jakarta, apa bisa begitu juga? Supir saya kemarin sih seperti supir profesional – menyetirnya enak, sopan dan baik. Saya nggak  kebayang deh kalau nanti orang biasa bisa jadi supir Uber juga… kira – kira bagaimana ya sistemnya?

Anyway, saya puas sekali menggunakan Uber. Saat ini mobilnya baru ada 20 di sekitaran Jakarta pusat – tetapi siap mengantarkan kemana saja. Benar – benar seperti punya supir pribadi ya 🙂

P.S kalau mau coba Uber dan dapat 1 kali free ride, silakan pakai kode saya ya “christinaj21” 😉