Aho Asna

At L’s reception at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah today. Asna commented on my earrings.

“Are those real pearls and diamonds?”

“Yes, Mama gave them to me.”


I continued eating, until she went:

“Mama also gave me a present.”

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Style Diaries

Buying DVF at an outlet

We went to the Mitsui Outlet Park for the first time, to find something to eat after the F1. Not expecting much, I was pleased to find DVF just as I entered the place.

The store was brightly lit, as the rest of the DVF stores. Colorful dresses were hung on all four corners. They were on 40% off.

I found a dress that I really liked, a black and white floral printed dress that E wore at our commencement day. Instead of trying it on, I checked out the other prints and I touched them. The prints, most I haven’t seen before. As for the fabric, it felt odd. It didn’t feel familiar.

I recalled B commenting on the inferior fabric of the DVF dresses that she saw at outlets. I told her that there’s a possibility that she encountered dresses made especially for outlets (instead of discounted off-season unsold inventory). A lot of designers supply made for outlets online e.g. Nordstrom Rack and offline e.g. outlets, DVF included. Read about it here.

Anyhow, instead of thinking too much about it, I bought the floral black and white dress because I liked the print. I was still curious, though, so after getting out of the store, I checked the labels on the dress and aha — while the DVF wrap dresses I have at home are 100% silk, this one’s 90% cotton and 10% silk, which explains why it felt less luxurious.

Oh well, still love the print.

But I’ll know better next time.

The MBA Diary

MBA onboarding I: Pre-departure

“They take good care of us!”

That’s what the current students of the my school say about it. It made me reflect about my onboarding experience at Hitotsubashi ICS more than a year ago. Here’s how it went:

Shortly after receiving the offer from the Japanese Embassy, I received an email for Young Leaders Program (YLP) scholarship recipients, from the faculty in charge of YLP students, Michael Korver. It welcomed me to the school, briefly detailing out information on visa, flight tickets, transportation, housing, as well as the tentative schedule after we arrive in Tokyo and contact information.

Next, I received a set of documents to help ease my transition to MBA. First, a pre-matriculation booklet that gives an overview of the course — the schedule, the things that I needed to do before enrolling in the program i.e. online courses on accounting, finance and quants and information on tuition expenses. Secondly, a document on housing that listed accommodations the main campus in Kunitachi and in Tokyo that we could rent (YLP scholars received a separate email, that offered us a placement at Tokyo International Exchange Center at Odaiba). Finally, a document listing the things that I needed to do as I arrive in Tokyo, like:

  • Things to do as I arrived in Tokyo i.e. keeping boarding pass, shipping luggages and transportation to get to Odaiba;
  • Finding a guarantor for housing;
  • Registering myself at the city ward to register myself as a resident;
  • Registering for National Health Insurance;
  • Opening a bank account; and
  • Getting a mobile phone.

Ooh. Also a spreadsheet filled with information of all of my future classmates!

Then, I received a list of required textbooks and calculator for the core courses. Bought most of them at Kinokuniya since BNM staff were entitled to almost half price off at that time of the year and the rest, I bought from the previous students through an auction coordinated by the student board.

The last email I received before leaving for Japan was by the faculty director, Yoshinori Fujikawa (who ended up becoming by zemi advisor) who shared the schedule of the team-building session in Takao and the orientation week that was going to happen just a week after our arrival in Tokyo.


Mama’s favorite child

Shared Asna this headline I found online, on Whatsapp.


The research is also covered here.

To which she responded:


At home, I showed it to her again.

“Why don’t you show this to Mama?”

“Mama’s going to decline,” she confidently said.

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Daily Diaries Reza

My F1 experience


Went to the Sepang International Circuit two weeks ago. We’re not the kind to but since Reza got free tickets for the grandstand seats, we figured we’d go for the experience 😀 Plus, considering that it was the Qualifying Session instead of Grand Prix (the real game), there was less traffic. Armed with the Petronas bag and sturdy umbrella we got from the Orchid Run the week earlier, we packed out water and towels, picked up the fans and braced the heat.

Sat on the top tier seats, we could see cars arrive just before the start and finish line. Or stop by the paddock. I tried to take pictures of the cars, but damn they’re too fast 😆

Takeaway? Appreciation for man + machine on the F1 tracks. Especially understood why Lewis Hamilton is worshipped by many, he was dominating the charts effortlessly with Mercedes Benz. I almost thought there’s no point watching the Grand Prix because I figured Hamilton and his teammate Rosberg would be winning the game despite the higher stakes! Well, we know what happened the next day, but that’s another story.

I would go again… if we get another round of free tickets 😆


My first Orchid run


When I was still in Tokyo, Reza texted me in the morning and asked whether I’d go on a 12km run with him when I come back. He knows I’m not a fan of marathons. Or anything that requires me to be physically active. Already expecting my reservation, he said that we don’t have to run but walk 😆 He tried to sell the idea to me by telling me that we’ll get a lot of door gifts, too. Dia macam excited so I agreed to it.

Next thing I know, I received an email to confirm my participation in the Petronas Orchid Run. Apparently there had the 5km category too, but it was already filled up. So terpaksalah take the 12km.

I’m very malas about doing things like this. I was running in Tokyo either because Reza ajak or because I wanted to catch Pokemons. I was playing badminton or table tennis because E persistently asked me to.

So the time for the run came. Prepped our outfits the night before. Nasib I still have my sports bra and running pants. As for the shoes, I only used my Onitsuka Tiger sneakers 😆

The night before I dreamed that the run was cancelled and was relieved hahaha. But then Reza woke me up and I still had to get ready. Mengelat yes, but among the things that I learned from my experience in Tokyo, is getting out of my comfort zone can be rewarding. Continue Reading