What is a reward for yourself? If we try to google it, we would find it is a thing that given to someone in recognition of one’s effort, service or achievement. And this week theme from Weekly Photo Challenge is REWARD.
I totally agree about the definition above but for me, reward is not necessarily comes from someone else. It could be a feeling from inside. Like what I felt for last week. Yes… Last week was an extraordinary week for me but on the other hand, it was also a very rewarding week.
If you follow this blog and read my posts, you would have known that on February 24th, I was becoming Thirty Three and at the end of last week, on February 28, 2015, me and Admins of BEC finally held the very 1st Meet Up of BEC at Library of Indonesian’s Ministry of Education and Culture.
Thirty Three is just a number
For my birthday, it was nothing special. My family are agreed not to held big party for each member of the family’s birthday. We only buy a birthday cake and a fried noodle (this is a symbol for us as Indonesian Chinese for a long life for the birthday one and family – like the noodle). I got the same thing from my family on Thursday, February 26 because I was home at that day.
After blew the candle and ate the friend noodle, I went to bed. But on my bed, I wasn’t sleep instantly. I was chatting with Uda Sulung, the fiction master of MFF. He told me one big surprise, a really surprise birthday gift for me. He said that one of my post on this blog was uploaded to Liputan6.com. Instantly I didn’t feel tired anymore. I was literary screaming to my sister. That was the first time my post uploaded by someone else on public website, so I am so happy (till today). A very rewarding birthday from my family and friends.
BEC’s 1st Meet Up
We, Admins, already planned this since beginning of February. We planned that this first meet up was not going to a fee-based meet up for member. Thus, soon after Deva confirmed that Ollie Salsabeela (founder of nulisbuku.com – I am found this web so much) was going to be a speaker on our Meet Up (for free), we started to made the detail plan. One by one was defined and followed up, including venue, food, sponsors, etc.
You know, on Friday night, February 27, 2015, I can’t sleep. I was awake up till 2AM (consider Saturday already) and woke up at 6:00 AM due to my friends was shouting at me. My roommate was the documentary man and my alumni friend was handling the live streaming (with his friends from IdCaster). Then I went to the venue first using my private Ojek (lol) but turned out that when I finally arrived at the venue, my friends already there, standing by.
We were going inside the venue to prepare everything (including another friend of mine, Fajri, that I asked to help on everything he could – he ended up becoming Ollie’s documentary man for the event). The place was ready, but we still need to do some decor and prepare the streaming also. To be frankly, that time, I really felt that my stomach hurt so bad. But trying to calm, I help Nita on decor (mostly done by Nita and Fajri) with Dwi and Ike helped on preparing the balloons.
Time to started the event was drawing near. Ollie came on the spot at 10:40 AM. On that time, the participants of the meet up was only few. I was really nervous, just like what Deva wrote on her note about this. Dani? He tried to stay calmed (yes Dan, I know you were nervous also). Nita? She tried to get her mind of by checking everything else. Unfortunately, Mbah Andik can’t join due to his personal things.
But then…. as we already mentioned on the invitation, at 11 AM (plus 5/10 minutes, lol), we started the event. We introduced our sponsors for the event, such as: Millie Cakery, Party Inc, Home for Passion, IdCaster and James Gwee Success Center. My alumni friend, Hartanto, introduced IdCaster and the process of live streaming before the session with Mba Ollie (which will be posted separately), followed by presentation from Mas Wawan about Web Security, then we introduced the new logo of BEC and also member of the month. We closed the event with taking pictures with all member.
Now, thinking back to that particular day, with all my back and forth to calmed my nerve during the event, I can say, IT REALLY WAS A REWARDING DAY. I mean all those things we’ve done together was really paid up by seeing those people sharing their knowledge and members can learn from them and still having a good time. I learnt so much from those great people.
They really thought me to be grateful in life and share the success with all people you can. Your knowledge would never decreased by sharing it with others, instead, it will grow more and more. Thank you so much…. I really have the best week, a very rewarding week of my life.
So this is what I called the biggest REWARD in life. When all your effort seems to resulted in something that really matter for many people. This post is for The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.” And also for BEC’s Meet Up post.