• Guest Posts

    5 Workout Tips for Busy Working Dads

    Modern dads have a lot on their plates, and squeezing a workout into their daily schedule can be challenging. Sure, some dads have everything figured out, but let’s face it; most of us are not that disciplined, especially when you have a 40-hour work week on top of your everyday dad responsibilities. But don’t worry; even with a busy schedule like that, there are still ways to pack in a workout, even if it’s just two or three times a week. So, here are five workout tips for all you busy working dads. Set reasonable goals First, you should set reasonable goals, especially if you haven’t trained in a while.…

  • Dad's Notes

    Life Restarted at 60’s

    This is a story about my mom. She is 68 years old now. I have a very special note about my mom, that she had found her life back at the age of 60 -it was 56 exactly. Yes, the age of 60 was like a second life for my mom. The boundary between ‘first life’ and ‘second life’ for Mom was when my dad passed away 12 years ago, when Mom was at 56. It was a moment that split her life in two. While Mom lived alongside of Dad, and all together with her four children who are grown up now, she really played the role as a…

  • Inspiring Dads

    A Lesson from a Truly Brave Pilot

    Have you watched the movie “Sully”? Starred by the distinguished actor Tom Hanks with the background of an aged pilot and plane crashed in the water, the film is based on a true story of a pilot named Chesley Sullenberger. I pick this true story as a tremendous inspiration for all of us, especially for fathers who are in seek of the meaning of bravery and boldness. Sullenberger was the pilot of Airbus 320 aircraft owned by US Airways airlines, United States (US). He had retired in 2010. A year earlier, the man who was familiarly called Sully had done an extraordinary action that not only saved the lives of…

  • Motivation

    Out of Dividing Walls

    Harry Houdini is a legendary magician who was very famous for his ability to escape from the chains that wrapped around his body. Though his body was thrown into a box full of water, he was able to escape. When the chains had tied him up and he was all the way to be thrown into a box of water, Houdini always pretended to fall to show how hard the struggle would be. His wife then helped lift his body. “My wife does not come around each time  I do this, but she still loves me,” said the man whose real name is Ehrich Weisz, an Asto-Hungarian-born American. Thereafter, his…

  • Dad's Notes

    My Dad, My First Love

    A couple of years ago I read a Facebook status of my colleague when we were in university. She was in grief as she just lost her father who just passed away. On her Facebook status, she uploaded a photograph of her father when he was quite young, with a caption: “My First Love”. A love of a daughter to her father. All this time, indeed, I never thought that a father would ever be the first love of his daughter. When they love each other, it is a sure thing. A father –alongside mother- raises his children with love, embedding values of life, and being a role model. The…

  • Motivation

    Jack Welch, a Down-to-Earth Boss

    Jack Welch is the most admired CEO by other CEO’s in the world. Their minds always refer to Jack Welch when it comes to the question: who is the best CEO in the world. What Jack Welch did in the 1980’s is actually rarely done by other CEO’s in most giant companies until nowadays. The CEO’s in large companies generally control theirs from the headquarters. Jack is different. He had been the most important person. However, much of his time had been spent with a direct going from top to down to his employees. He never stopped moving from one factory to another factory listening to his employees. He was…

  • Guest Posts

    6 Easy Cleaning Tips for New Parents

    Usually, before the baby arrives home, people have enough free time to deal with all household duties. They can cover the weekly domestic chores by the means of professional cleaning products and have peace of mind that their house is clean and well organised. Bringing home a baby is a special time for everyone. It is full of love and pleasant emotions as well as sleep deprivation and a variety of messes. In most of the cases, parents learn how to deal with them on the go and this is linked with a huge hassle. Here are some helpful tips that will make your life easier. Make a new cleaning…

  • Kids and the Piano

    Year End’s Music Recital

    Indonesia Young Musician Performance 2017. It has been what my kids keep looking forward to in every other year. Yes, it’s a joint music concert for kids who are in beginner phase of learning music. A place for them to show their talent playing piano, violin, or cielo –instruments most played in such a music event. Initiated and arranged by Staccato, a music magazine, this concert has been expected by every participant from all over Indonesia since it’s held in marathon series which take place in many big cities in Indonesia consecutively, including my hometown, Surabaya. And my kids participated in this event for the second time from the first…

  • Motivation

    Ten Thousand Hours

    This is an interesting inspirational words from Iman Supriyono, an Indonesian strategic finance specialist, especially for me, you, or anyone who is starting a new life with family and children, or anything that needs long-term undertaking. What is that? Ten thousand hours. Going through ten thousand hours to then be considered worthy? Yes, just like that. The analogy is an airplane pilot. Opinion of most people, pilot is a prestigious job. The huge salary is one of the indicators. Why big salary? Of course it’s because of the high demand of skills and the risks embedded. The fate of hundreds of passengers inside the plane is definitely in the pilot’s…

  • Motivation,  Reflection

    The Freedom of a Roasted Rabbit

    Achieving the comfort of life with all the challenges is a choice. Feel like facing or even giving up on challenges? Before deciding to take the second option, let’s take a lesson from the figure of a rabbit in the following story. The cute animal jumped agile, avoiding the pounce of a lion hunting him down. The king of jungle roared in vain for many times each time he tried to bump into the rabbit. That rabbit eventually escaped the lion, and the runaway brought him to a farmer’s yard at the edge of the forest. “I’m so hungry!” said the rabbit when he saw two fat lambs chewing on…