Because Talk is Cheap

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It is already the second day in January 2013, and I haven’t figure out my goal or 2013 resolution. Does it really matter? I don’t know. I have set up my goals in previous year, and unfortunately—despite the fact that I have done my best—some goals are not achieved and those were the biggest goals that I have and wish to achieve. My biggest goal is to continue my study, and now I have figure out what to study—Tourism Management, I still haven’t paved my way to continue my study. I know, I know, I know that’s pretty much weird considering I was studying International Relations before and now deciding to take Tourism Management.

To be a Minister of Tourism was my dream when I was kid, yep no joking that was my lame ambition when I was kid when every kids wants to be a president, astronauts, doctor, or another cool jobs. Since I was kid, I always impressed by the basic idea of tourism: the greatness idea of traveling! I spent my childhood in Temanggung and that’s pretty much explain why I have a great desire to travel around, to witness and to feel the great places before I die. However, I couldn’t pursue my dream to study deeper about tourism because my parents think there is no future in tourism industry—because they didn’t know as we are coming from small town called Temanggung and didn’t witness the greatness of tourism industry.

But my curiosity in tourism finally answered when I was unintentionally—I was applying for a research position before but then accepted in Visit Indonesia Tourism Officer (VITO) Coordinating Team on behalf of Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Republic of Indonesia. VITO is Indonesian tourism representatives in 13 countries (this year we have 14 with the new one in New York). I work specifically as the Person in Charge in East Asia Market. To serve as VITO Coordinating Team give me the real flavor and challenge of tourism. Two years working as VITO is the real adrenaline challenge for me. I have to learn to deal with tourism industry which requires special skills because tourism industry is not like any other industry: we are fun, we are flexible, and challenging. Even to details, I have to learn how to serve people from all over the world! Serving a Japanese is different that serving an American because they have their own culture and custom uniqueness. Every day is a different story, every market requires different approach, every season provides different flavor—that’s how I learn from tourism industry. The more I know about this extravagant industry, the more that I want to know, that’s why I really wants to study Tourism Industry. To know better how to manage tourism in Indonesia, because as we know very well that tourism in Indonesia is still poorly managed. It’s sad but true, one destination get too commercialized and crowded but at the other hand there are too many jewels hidden and poorly managed.

Ahh, I always end up with nothing but talks only, instead of figuring out what is my 2013 resolution I end up talking about tourism. But hey, maybe I could still take that as my 2013 resolution, to try once again to get scholarship and spread my wings, fly away into the bliss. So this is it, my 2013 resolution. I wish I could end this year with a great statement “I’m going, I got the scholarship, boo-yaah!”. Wish me luck!

Who wants to be riding high
When you’ll just crumble
Back on down
You give up everything you are
And even then you don’t get far
They make believe that everything
Is exactly what it seems
But at least
When your at your worst
You know how to feel things

See when hard work
Don’t pay off
And I’m tired
There ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now
I’ve had enough of love

Adele, Right as Rain


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