[Photo] [AIESEC] Exchange Fair 2012

Yesterday I went to ITB to visit one of AIESEC main event this term, which was exchange fair. There were lots of booths from various countries which not only displayed unique goods, but also traditional foods. I don’t remember all the countries that participated, but I think I visited Poland, Thailand, Turkey, and China’s booths (I’m sure there’re other though). Beside that, TBI (english course) also open a booth while offering special discount for registration fee. There were also several talkshows, though I only managed to attend one (my mom want to go somewhere else.. haha). And… these are the photos of the event:

 

When you want to cry but couldn’t

I just working on one of my assignment which is listening to lots of songs from different genre and then make a report about what I feel when I listen to each of those songs. One that I picked up is The Lion King – Circle of Life (Broadway Version). What surprise me was, when I got into the song, some tears fell from my eyes. And I didn’t feel like want to stop it (not that lot’s of tears fell, but still…). I guess the song really reminded me of the beauty of nature and why we should be thankful for it, the regret of what earth has become today, and what had I done to make it good or worse…

Here’s the video on YouTube

Then I also remember one time in the past when I couldn’t cry. Couple of years before I had this problem, sometimes I even had to search for something to make me cry. At first any sad books or movie would do, but then the only thing that work is a manga CANON by Chika Shiomi. I don’t know why this book, but my mind seems to respond more to this one; and even in the end I had to read with concentrate and told myself to cry before it succeed.

This, I have to say can be seen as a torture to for me. Because there’s  a time when I just needed to cry and I couldn’t. So now after I doesn’t have this problem anymore (it was kind of reversed actually, now I kind of easy to cry. If I watch, or read, or hear something touchful, I often have an urge to cry), I have different point of view with some people who think/see tears as a sign of weakness. Now I always glad when I still can cry, I think it’s a gift that makes me feel normal and human. And I think someone who cry sometimes braver and stronger than someone who’s not. crying means we are brave enough to not only feel but also show the emotion. Stronger because through showing the emotion we can endure more. We doesn’t have to put all inside and thus we can store more without have to be overwhelmed…

That’s what I think. But I would like to know what all of you think about it. Do you feel the same with me? Or just the opposite?

[Photo] Dreamy Look Photos

Last week I went to Pangandaran for 4 days with my friends and one soon-to-be-married-couple. I was asked to help my friend taking pre-wedding photos and even though I was not paid, I though it would be a good opportunity to get some good pictures for my portfolio (newbie’s way of thinking… hahaha). *Note: The entirely time there, I used my new 50mm f/ 1.8 fixed lens :))

Yesterday when I sorting the pictures & browsing the internet, one of my facebook friend post a link that showed some dreamy-look photos (http://www.petapixel.com/2012/02/06/dreamlike-photographs-of-insects-found-in-a-garden/). Looking at those, I though this might work well with some pictures I took at Pangandaran, and so I tried to apply it at one of them. Here is the result…

 

What do you think? I’m not sure I was using the right method to make this kind of editing (doubled the layer, make the color over & blur, change it into overlay, then come some leveling) since I haven’t get the right tutorial yet, so if any of you know the right step, please leave comments below :)).

*Hm… I notice something from my new lens when I did this pre-wedding photography. It does have nice colors and small focus, leaving the rest of the picture in blur. But sometimes it gave not-that-nice bokeh, it’s too rough for my taste and in several occasions, ruin (or almost) the images. What a pity… -> price never lie huh?

Wow, It’s been almost 8 months huh?

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

 Henri Cartier-Bresson

Do you know how many photos you have taken up until now? You will have to take thousands of pictures to reach a point where you can begin to evaluate them objectively. Looking upon your photos as if you were looking at them through someone else’s eyes is a good way to give yourself constructive criticism. Comparing your first photos with your most recent, do you see improvement? Do you remember how you loved some of your first photos – do you still love them or are they now not so good anymore? – http://www.digital-photography-school.com

It’s been almost 7 or 8 months since the first time I learn how to use DSLR camera. Before, I already had experience with pocket camera but I didn’t really treat photography that serious and it just a tool to document what I see. But all of that changed 180 degrees when I toke photography class at campus. It’s like I started to see the world from all different perspectives, and soon I knew that it was one of several fields that I would like to explore more for (I hope) the rest of my life.

I remember my earlier shots which more or less were only about how to do one or two techniques. I felt proud when I successfully took one or two pictures that were exactly (or so I though) like what my lecture asked. But now when I looked at those pictures, one question that always come to my mind is, ‘What the heck am I thinking when I took these garbages?‘. They have no story, and the technique is not even that good (some even bad), so of course I feel kind of stupid.

However, even though now I’m still feel like that whenever I saw the pictures, and I also not a professional yet (far from it), I’m glad I did all those shots. Because I brave enough to try and toke those bad shots, now I can take a better one. If I’m too afraid to make mistake and have flaw in my portfolio, I wouldn’t be able to take much-better-shots that I have today. And so I hope this will keep going until at one point when I’m already a professional and have bunch of amazing pictures (oh yeah, I still allowed to dream. Hahaha) and then look back while feeling grateful of everything that I have already done.

So I think this will be one of my resolution this year, keep shooting with my lovely camera and take as much as pictures as I want, no matter how bad or good it will be. And also I really want to try lots of new things, coz who know if I can find my other passion there. Fufufu….

*Note: I really fortunate that I had an amazing teacher (Andry Alamsyah) who not only taught me about photography technique, but also how to interact with the object of my shot. So, thanks Sir for everything and I really want to do some photo huntings with you again in the future…

[AIESEC] Project Management & Effective Communication Training

After having several problem with choosing the right place, Project Management & Effective Communication Training was decided to be held this afternoon at AIESEC office, Jl. Sukasenang V no 14. The session was conducted by Dea Gendyna (MCVP Finance 11/12) and Olga Melinda (LCVP Comm 10/11). Unfortunately, I could only attend the first session and half (well, less than a quarter in fact) of the second session before I had to go home. But I have to say that I’m so glad that I came because it was a great session indeed.

As a newbie at AIESEC, I was practically ‘blind’ about many problems and projects at AIESEC. I don’t really have much clues of what other functions, beside Communication, are actually doing and I think this session open my mind more (even though that’s not the purpose of the session. haha).

Ok, the first session was about Project Management and the speaker is Dea Gendyna, who currently become the member of AIESEC Indonesia. One thing about her, she is a GOOD speaker. I think she can really engages the audience and I like the way she was not using too much slide during the presentation, instead she used the white board. It gave the feeling that she really know what she was talking about and thus makes us believe it was true. The fact that she’s a confidence person helped too.

Dea opened her presentation with a question, what do the audience think project management is. Then she specified it with if we had to describe project management within a word, what would it be. Some said it was Process, some Result, and other said it was Noun, etc. She said all of them might be true, but for her project management is Application. Something that is not only a knowledge (or theory) but already put into action. Project Management is also about 3 things, which is On Time, On Budget, and To Specification. Here she said that during our daily life, consciously or not, we actually do project management. Start from the time we woke up and have our own schedule of what we are going to do that day and what we have to achieve. Then she used that as the example of most of the explanation that she was going to tell us latter. She said that On Time and On Budget are what our superior is going to use as measurement of how successful the project is. But To Specification is what the team members going to use. So by fulfilling those 3 requirements we are successful in fulfilling our responsibility to both the upper authority and to the partners. Something that is usually forgotten by many leaders.

After that she mentioned something that is usually ignored by almost all LCs in Indonesia when they are making a project, which is risk management. Whereas in professional world that is one of the most important thing. If some plans do not work out, what are we going to do? Are there some alternatives? Working on the project that is held by student organization doesn’t mean we are free from the responsibility of doing that because we though we are not that professional and many things should be flexible. She also gave us the statistic which she got from internet about what factors that usually make a project become a failure. They are:

50%   poor definition of requirment

17%   poor risk management (what is the external factors?)

15%   poor scope control

14%   communication problem (the biggest problem in AIESEC LC Bandung)

3%   lack of qualified resources

After that Dea told us about Triple Constraint Management which should be considered every time we are doing a project. They are Time, Money, and Scope; which are the most flexible, the moderate one, and the less flexible. By doing the triple constrain management we will know which we should prioritize and the goal can be reach easier by more effective method.

According to her experience, there are 3 main problems in all Indonesia’s AIESEC LC when we are doing the project. They are too large team, weak & untrained leader, and poor progression. She mention that usually people think more members means faster and easier job, but that also mean more burdens being placed on team leader. AIESEC is an organization that focus on not only the end goal of the project but also the learning experience that all the team member should get. Making a larger team means the leader has more responsibilities of making sure that everyone in the team get the experience and learn about it. However, most of the time we become too focus on the finishing the project and therefore unconsciously denying the right of the team members. Many studies said that normal person usually can only handle 5-7 people. That means when we are making a team, it’s better if we have less members but more effective works. She also said that if, for example, there is a leader that has 5 managers, and then each manager has 5 staffs. Who is the one that has most burdens? From whom that the communication problem will most probably arise? It is the manager. He/she has responsibilities to make sure the project is done (to supervisor), each team member has their learning experience (to underlings), and has good relation with other functions in order to make the project run smoothly (to other managers). With that much members on the team, the possibility is the manager will abandon one or to of the responsibilities. And that is not the project should be.

One of the motto in AIESEC is giving same leadership opportunity to everyone within the organization regardless of their experience. Dea said it is a good one. However, we also have to make sure the one that is chosen should be able to learn fast about the project and able to control the team. Or else, again, the other team members will not gain the learning process, which is their right. This is also related to the next problem which is poor progression. At the first meeting, usually the we will have complete team members. Then at the second meeting some people are missing, and so on until at the end the one who work are only a quarter or even just 10% of the real number of the members. Usually we will immediately said that happen because other members didn’t have the commitment. However, most of the time it was because of the slow, or even no progression at all. We met at the first meeting and talking about what we should do, and then at the second meeting we were talking about the same thing, and so does at the third and so on. That makes some team members loss their goal and therefore become demotivated. They found no meaning and nothing to learn here and then just go away. Or at the other case, the leader make all the decision by him/herself and therefore make other team members unappreciated. They feel no need to discuss anything because they are treated as worker not partner. They feel no connection with the project and then choose to waive it. So in here, the progression and the communication have to be maintained well.

After that Dea asked all the audience to form a group of 2 and then give each of us a project. We had to decide 3 main goals, 2 main events within 2 months, the structures of the team member, and the timeline. All of that has to be done in 15 or 20 minutes (I forget T_T). Then she chose 2 groups to give the presentation and there were feedback from her and other audiences about it. At the end of the session, she showed us a video that related with the materials.

That is from the first session, and after that we had a break before starting the second session (Effective Communication) with Olga Melinda. Unfortunately I could only stay for several minutes before being picked up by my mom, so I can’t give any review. But I’m sure the session is also a great one and I hope there will be this kind of event again in near future :))