It has only been the first month of 2020, yet I feel truly blessed. God is truly kind. This month alone, I have been blessed by several opportunities, and also learned a lot of lessons in some failures. I also made many new friends, had new knowledges regarding plenty of new things.
This month, my team (consisted of Evan, Thalia, Fernando, and yours truly–me) got into the semifinals of top 12 teams for Deloitte Tax Challenge 2020, and also managed to get to top 6 teams finalists NATION WIDE! We competed with great teams from other universities. Although we didn’t get any award on this competition, we learned a lot, especially about transfer pricing, Deloitte, Indonesia’s taxation system, the OECD, and tons more. We also had the chance to network with some of Deloitte’s tax partners, and associates where we had fruitful discussions about the prospective of Indonesia’s tax system (and also some job opportunities!)
Although we didn’t get any awards, nor should we be satisfied with the result, I have to say that getting into top 6 was a huge blessing already. With low-to-no preparation, none of us were familiar with the topic, being there was truly a great opportunity–as I mentioned above. We learned and we gained new things and friends.
I also had the chance to be a co-chair of an MUN conference for the first time–ever! I was obviously terrified back then, doubting myself (as I always do), but in the end–surprisingly, everything went so well! Everyone has been nothing but helpful and being a sweetheart. The whole experience has been very truly changing the way I see somethings in life (this is obviously an exaggeration but I did learn a lot and get different points of view regarding life-and-what-not).
This January, other than first time of stepping foot in Hongkong and first time becoming one of the Board of Dais, I had my first-ever-of-my-entire-life Chinese New Year Money (ang pao). We do have those too during Islamic New Year Eid Al Fitr, but this is my first ang pao for Chinese New Year and since I love money (HA!) I’m glad. Thanks to my boyfriend and his family.
This month, I had the chance to read plenty of books for different reasons.
- I was on holiday to Hongkong, we took hours of bus and train rides, I could shaboom my iPad everywhere and read from the Kindle app there!
- I got bored of several TV Shows on Netflix, but obviously needed entertainment as a way to procrastinate, quite obviously, I read.
- I went to Bali where it took 4 hours of roundtrip flight, and more hours on waiting for everything else, hence, the obvious.
Well, the point is, I had more time waiting this month, and I found better ways to fill those wasted time.
But anyway, this month, I’ve finished reading these books:
- Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
- We Should All be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Incidental Inventions – Elena Ferrante
- Talking to My Daughter About the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis
- This Earth of Mankind (Bumi Manusia) – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
- Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss & Tahl Raz
Can’t wait for many more books to come! But I do have a list in mind, though:
- The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir – Samantha Power
- What I Wish I Knew When I was 20 – Tina Seelig
- The Undercover Economist – Tim Harford
- Child of All Nations (Anak Semua Bangsa) – Pramoedya Ananta Toer