November 17, 2012

Much Fun and Love - SCG Ambassador Trip in Bangkok, Thailand

It's been a very very very extremely full weeks for me lately. Work, family time, training, SCG Kickoff preparation, church ministry (luckily only the social media part so not much responsibility yet), friendstime and metime. I really thank God for the days I've lived in ever since I first stepped my feet in Jakarta airport. I know life in Indonesia gonna be awesome and there's a truth behind a self-fulfilling prophesy. What you believe is what you get. What you look forward to is what you work on, and that will surely increase the chance of what you want to happen in the future.

Matthew 7:7
"Ask and it will be given to you;
  seek and you will find;
  knock and the door will be opened to you."

I think I've always known the benefit of being an optimist in my entire life. Positive energy charges you up and let what seems to be impossible to happen. And not only that, positivity is contagious and it charges people around you too. It also makes you radiant. Believe me, people can tell whether you're being real or not. You can't fake self confidence and positive attitude, same as you can't fake a smile or a warm hug.

Romans 12:9-10
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

3-course lunch at Water Library, Bangkok with Ms Rinrada a.k.a Ant a.k.a fresh bride of the week :*

The way I see it, there's a difference between an optimistic approach toward life and living in denial. The way I see it, an optimist is someone who realises what he/she is capable of and what he's not, and he got full understanding of his character, his strengths and his flaws. That's why he can train himself to be optimist when facing challenges on the course of pursuing his life passion.

I cannot, and will never be able to hide my insecurity and lack of confidence even no matter how badly I want to. Often, I'm very much disappointed with myself for falling short of what I expect myself to do and miss the important things in life. Lucky that I have people who love to push me forward and keep encouraging me to believe in what I can do. And for this reason, I'm really grateful to God.

Romans 12:3-8
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

The most beautiful bride Ant. Wish you all the happiest life and most laughters in this new stage of life my dear.

Work at SCG has been such a blessing to me. I used to be such a spoiled brat who love to be served by people but ever since I join SCG.. I may say I change quite a lot. I think I used to be very forgetful, love to delay tasks and do last minute thing, late for appointment, ignorant to practical things like checking up small things, etc. But at work I need to wreck all these bad habits because there's a responsibility involved.

What I do matters to others. A simple example will be coming up on time for a meeting. And oh, my grampa boss (country director) always says "On time means before time" so when he says 8 am sharp, that will actually mean he expects me to be ready at 7.45. Why? When you come earlier, you can be more prepared to face unexpected problems such as traffic, venue change, etc. And you can also prepare your brain for a better understanding of the partner. You're not in a hurry and you'll talk to people better. It also shows your respect toward the partner. Never let people wait, specially if they're much older than you (I'm still considered very young in the office). And don't just talk back giving your ideas as if you're picking a fight. Present your suggestions in the most amicable way and just be at peace with one another.

Romans 12:16
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

During lunchbreak with all SCG Ambassadors. Thanks Mam for being such a great translator and Bo for the lovely dinner and shopping night at Siam Square :D

Posing with another SCG Ambassador, the super cute Aom Littlemonkey

I love learning small, practical things at work that matter the most in real life. But I think what I really love from SCG is the fact that most of the MDs (managing directors) really show their respect toward fellow colleagues. I'm not sure if this stems from Asian culture or it's what great about SCG, but it seems to me that the MDs always make themselves approachable by the subordinates.

1 Peter 2:17
Respect everyone, and love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God, and respect the king.

Noone's perfect. But people who never place themselves above you are really easy to be respected. Jesus taught me to respect people and be humble, because we all have one God. Servant or king, office boy or CEO, they all serve the same God. It's just that God puts us in different position according to our capability and His grand plan in our life.

MC-ing and public speaking session with the famous and talented Thai MC Kalamare. Don't think I'm good at MC-ing though, unless if it's for a serious kind of event. I'm no good at entertaining people even for only 10 minutes nonstop. Still learning.

Respect - one word I always tell people whenever they ask what I think of SCG and why I stay here instead of doing family business. I have yet to learn sooooooo many things here. Thanks Lord for letting me have this opportunity. This is the passage that comes to my mind when I think of respect.

Philippians 2:3-11
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
 Though he was God,[a]
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
    he took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
     he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
We had funnnn

Photoshoot with all the regional SCG Ambassadors - Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia. You guys rock!!

And by the way, I'm learning Thai now. Hopefully will be fluent at it within 1.5-2 years time. Fight!!!