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Why I Use Google+

Well, one of the reasons anyway. We often see articles by so called 'experts' claiming that Google+ is a ghost town. As someone that has been using the platform since beta, I can't share that sentiment. I've met so many awesome people in here, online and offline. It's quite influential that a big percentage of my life actually revolve around the platform. This is something that I can't replicate in other social platforms. This is a brief recap of my offline experience recently.

It's been about a month since I returned from my trip to Indonesia, Singapore, and a short layover in Tokyo. Every time I go out of town/country, I like to contact a few people that I regularly interact on G+. See if they want to meet up for a coffee or just hang out. Below you can find a brief story about how I started my interaction with them, and my experience of meeting these amazing individuals.

Tokyo
I first interacted with +Hitoshi Mitani within the Android Collectibles community here in G+. He buy blank Android minis and customize them with his creation, usually in limited quantities. I told him before my trip last year that I would be be in Tokyo for a short layover, and ask him if I could personally pick up the Kit Kat Android mini he was selling. So I met him for lunch.. He was also kind enough to show me where to find some exotic flavor Kit Kats and took me around town. If you're into Android mini, make sure to follow him to follow his creations.

Jakarta
+Yansen Kamto and I have known each other since early last year in G+. We both added each other, but we didn't talk much. Most of the time we just coolly plus one each other's post. In real life it's probably the same as two guys passing each other saying 'sup' and nothing else. He was coming to SF from Jakarta for a conference last year and asked me if I'm interested in meeting up. It turns out that he's doing a lot of projects that I'm also interested in. When I was in Jakarta he invited me to visit his communal working space and talk with a few startups. He also invited me to give a talk about Google Glass to a bunch of people. 

I know +Irvan Putra and +Adi Wahyu Pribadi from the IT Indonesian Community in G+. Living in US for so long, I don't really know anybody on the tech community in Indonesia. The community is pretty engaging and they sometime do meetups, whether it's in real life or using video Hangouts. I was able to met both of them one evening for a small and meetup while I was in Jakarta. It was quite a short meeting, but we had a great time trading ideas and knowledge. Hopefully next time I'm in Jakarta we can have a bigger meetup. 

Singapore
I always like to tell the story about how I met +Evan Sidarto. He's my first HIRL (Hangout In Real Life), when the concept of HIRL wasn't that common yet. This was way back in December of 2011, when I was working from Singapore. Bored, I opened my tablet and start browsing G+ posts using the 'Nearby' feature. It basically showed the posts that are tagged with locations around my area. I happened to see Evan's post and wrote some comments. He quickly noticed from the mutual friend list that I know his coworker in Mountain View, and his brother in law that went to the same school as I did.Now, whenever I'm in Singapore I always contact him to see if he can grab some dinner or just hangout.

I know +Daniel Foo. around the same time as Evan through G+, but we didn't meet until about a year ago. He's an avid cyclist and foodie. Although not very active in G+ these days. he still drop by once in a while to my posts. When I eventually met him, he took me to a bike rental to explore the city. Singapore is a beautiful city, but it's quite more fun to see if while biking. We were going to go again on my last trip, but I got sick and had to cancel. He is actually in San Francisco right now for work, and we've been having great time going around the city and biking and Golden Gate park.

I can't recall how I started interacting with +Wilfrid Wong and +Cynthia Arianto. Somehow we just added each other and started talking to each other. It's probably sometime when Diablo 3 was launched. Wilfrid and Cynthia are both passionate gamers. Wilfrid even helped me a few times when we play Diablo 3 and Marvel Heroes. I've met them a few times during my visit to Singapore, and on my last visit they took me hiking. I told my friends and family about it and they were surprised that you can actually hike in Singapore. Definitely a fun experience. 

Same with +Alihana Md. Salleh. I couldn't recall when we start interacting with each other, but she's probably one of the most friendliest person I've met so far (not only on G+). I've met her a few times during my visit to SG, and she always have exciting stories to share. She's also a very active Ingress player. Too bad we're on different faction :)

I didn't realize it was going to be this long. I tried to make it shorter, but I feel every single sentences are important to express how I feel about them, and about G+ in general. I consider myself an introvert, and don't usually like to meet with strangers. These people I mentioned above weren't strangers even before we meet in real life. I've been following them on G+ beforehand, so there was no sense of awkwardness when we finally meet n person. Having common interests definitely help. It's definitely a new experience and out of my comfort zone. 

But I can definitely get used to it. 

 Tagging a few people that might be interested:
+Vic Gundotra +Dave Besbris +Adam Lasnik +Guy Kawasaki +Elisa Samantha Tobing +Eunike Kartini 

An article for +Ziliun maybe +Putri Izzati ? :)
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+Sud Jarwo Pertanyaan nya tolong ditanyakan di komunitas Bantuan Google+ ya. bisa diakses dari link ini https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103489021339781151407?cfem=1
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Astro Ape by Kong Andri

Finally got the Astro Ape Android mini from Kong Andri. Kong Andri is a designer from Jakarta, Indonesia, and this is the second year that his design is included in the +Andrew Bell's Android mini collectible series.

Astro Ape is currently chillin with Kong Andri's other creations, Fisherman, Caveman, and their variants. This is definitely my favorite among this year's collections, and I'm not just saying that because I'm Indonesian. You can take the helmet off, and the head can be rotated to reveal another face. Very cool.

Kong Andri is not on G+ but you can find him on Instagram - https://instagram.com/kongandri/

Do you collect Android minis? Which one is your favorite?
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Not exactly so. Maybe you'll find someone selling it a day ! 
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Thank you +Google Glass

Finally got my Glass Vol.001 in the mail today. I'm a fan of photobooks, and I must say that this book is some high quality stuff. They're definitely not cutting corners here.

The book is joined with other random artifacts I accumulated over the years. The mug was from the #throughglass2014  campaign. One of the letters was given after the case study I participated in, and the other was a thank you letter at the end of 2013 (I like that they're handwritten!). The other book and photo was the some of the materials from the Glass frame event.

I'm actually not even sure how I'm eligible to receive the Vol. 001 book. Not complaining of course.

These might not mean much for some people, but for those that have stayed with the Glass journey so far will see these as priceless.  

Thanks again +Google Glass :)
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Received mine yesterday. Thanks +Google Glass​!
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NBA teams on Androidify!

Any NBA fans here? I have to admit I only watch the games during playoffs these days, but with the All Star game is coming next week this just seem fitting :) 

Check it out yourself https://www.androidify.com
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+Aaron Stephenson Maybe not, but he could. Besides, if he doesn't, someone else will, cause we're the Lakers! Right? KOBE, KOBE, KOBE!
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About to watch The Interview, and oh yeah, this is about to happen.

Thanks +Kimberly Ann Graham​ for bringing the sodas :)
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I believe it. People aleady think americans have no taste, this is like advertising it!
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Changes in +Google Glass organization

Glass is moving from the Google X research lab to be a stand-alone unit led by Ivy Ross.

Google will stop selling the initial version of Glass to individuals through its Explorer program after Jan. 19. Google will still sell Glass to companies and developers for work applications.

A very interesting move, but not that surprising. I've always believed that at the current state there are much more benefits for Glass in workplace / corporate environment compare for daily usage.

It will be interesting to see what happens next. What do you guys think?

h/t +Cecilia Abadie
Google Inc. is making big changes to its troubled Glass wearable-computing project, giving a former Apple Inc. executive oversight of the initiative as the Internet giant grapples with the best way to expand from its software roots into hardware.
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I know, but still patience is hard!
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Arrived a bit early for the GDG Meetup, so I decided to take li'l bro to visit his big bro.

Thanks a lot for this super cool custom +Jessica Wang​ :)
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Super cuteeeee
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Lobster Roll at Sam's Chowder House

No it's not +FoodFriday but I feel like sharing this today. I had lunch with a few friends at Sam's Chowder House at Half Moon Bay. Ordered this amazing lobster roll with a side of polenta Fries and coleslaw. I don't even know what polenta fries is but it was delicious. 

It's a bit pricey but totally worth it.
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Google I/O 2015 date announced - 28-29 May

Well, here we go again. Let the madness begin!

#Io15  
Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond. Join us online or in person May 28-29, 2015.
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Bagai mana cara'y msukin foto kelingkaran....??
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Get off my lawn!

Got my hands on this cool Google Edition Android mini - Greyglers. GE minis are usually pretty hard to get, but I'm glad I was able to acquire this from a very simple trade.

No idea how rare it is but doesn't really matter. I'm not a completionist, so I just try to get what I like, and this happens to be one of them (not hard to see why).

I'm curious about the decision to include +Google Glass on it though. It's very cool, but any idea why? :)

Don't forget series 5 is on sale tomorrow morning!

http://shop.deadzebra.com/android-mini-series-05/
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+Ivan Yudhi I spy with my little eye.....us! 
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OK Glass.. I'm coming home.

I made this video on my way back home last month. It shows my journey from my apartment in SF Bay Area, until my reunion with my Dad in Jakarta, Indonesia. Shot entirely with +Google Glass.

It was heavily inspired by the video +Google Glass released on Mother's Day last year ( http://youtu.be/nvo6ls7edUQ ). I've always wanted to do my own ever since I watched that video. It's nowhere as good, but hopefully you guys will still enjoy.

So yes, today is the last day of the Glass Explorer program, but that doesn't mean we have to stop exploring. I for one will still keep using the device until who knows when.

Thank you.

#throughglass   #TYGlassX  
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It was really good! Ivan yudhi
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Can you teach entrepreneurship?

I don't know, but I'm about to find out. +edX is offering $1000 AWS credit (and some more!) when you earn a verified certificate in 2 of their Entrepreneurship courses.

To my knowledge, the idea of entrepreneurship is not just about starting your own business/ company. It's the mindset of identifying problems, and finding creative ways to find solutions for them. This is why we've heard big companies like Google or other tech companies having entrepreneurship mentality within their departments.

I learned about this course from +Michel Alexandre Salim , and quickly enrolled afterwards. This will be my first online course with certification. So far I already found another GPlusser taking the course as well, +Joe Sterne.

Any chance some of you reading this are also enrolled, or planning to enroll? It would be cool if we can do periodic Hangouts to discuss the class or share ideas.

Link for details: https://www.edx.org/AWS-activate
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I forgot all about this when I first saw it before xmas. Signed up for 101. $1000 in AWS credit for $50 is too much to pass up.
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Who I am

I'm a Field Service Engineer / System Integrator working for a tech company located in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm originally from Indonesia have been living in US for quite a while.

Why I should be in your Circle

I consider myself a power Google+ user with a broad interest in many things. You could put me in the following circles category

  • Glass Explorer: Don't worry, you won't find any empty #throughglass posts from me. As an early adopter of Google Glass from June 2013, I've been using the device passionately and challenging every aspects of it. The cool part of being an Explorer is that I get to meet a bunch of other people from different backgrounds.
  • Tech Enthusiast: Many people consider me a die hard Google fan. The truth is, I use whatever works for me, and it just happens most of them are Google products. You will see posts regarding tech news if I find it interesting (Google / non-Google)
  • Traveling: I travel a quite often around US for my work. Whenever I find something interesting, I'd like to share it on my stream. Sometimes I get to travel overseas, whether for work, vacation or visiting families, so expect a lot of stories from those trips as well.
  • Photography: I admit, I rely mostly on Google Glass and my Nexus 5 quite a lot to that photos these days. I used to be pretty serious about photography in the past, even got the pleasure of shooting for a friend's wedding. I don't really do much of those anymore, but I'm starting to get back in the action with the arrival of Fuji X100S and Sony Alpha 7. Paired with some Eye Fi cards, you're guaranteed to see more and more photos shared from these cameras. I'm also a curator for the FisheyeFriday photography theme here in Google+
  • Sports: I've become a fan of San Francisco 49ers since moving to the Bay Area, but my true allegiance stays with Indianapolis Colts, where I used to stay for quite a while. I'm also a big tennis fan, and I have attended some Grand Slams tournament like Australian Open and Wimbledon. But in general, I just follow most major sports in general.
  • Local City Expert: The title of City Expert is given to those that have written 50 reviews in Google Local and opted from the program, but I like to consider anyone that enjoy finding new, cool spots in the city a City Expert. I'm a City Expert for San Francisco Bay Area, so I like to share some cool places I discover. Mostly restaurants, so expect of plenty of food photos. I'm also a regular contributor to the #FoodFriday theme here in Google+
  • Android/Glass Developer: Ever since I got Glass, I've been trying to go back into the programming world. I've tried to develop simple apps for Glass, Android and Wear. I've been trying to talk to as many people as possible, attending workshops, events and such, and I share my experience from time to time.
What I'm not...
A buzzer. An advertiser. SEO. None of these applies to me. Everything I write is purely my opinion and doesn't represent anybody else. I don't do this for the money. I do this for the sake of meeting and engaging other people with the same interest.

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You can follow me if you like good stories. If you look at my public posts in my stream, I never really share empty posts. I will make sure people can learn something by reading my stories, as I would get the same from the people I follow.

Hope to see you there!

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I was craving pasta and randomly found this place near my work. So apparently they're selling pasta and Indian food. I was hoping to see some fusion food maybe like spaghetti with curry sauce, but that doesn't exist. They basically serve regular pasta dishes like spaghetti marinara, fettucine alfredo, and a few selection of Indian curry. I ordered the fettucine alfredo with chicken. It didn't take them a long time to cook the food. I got it to go. The sauce is a bit too strong for my taste though. The food itself is nothing special, but definitely not bad. I can't say I would 100% recommend this, but if you're in the area and bored of other alternatives, might be worth a shot to try.
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Just another American style eatery. I remember going there with my friend since we got bored with everything else in the area. The atmosphere was cozy and family friendly. Be mindful when dining during weekends since it will definitely be crowded with long lines. The food is alright. Not a big fan but also not bad. It wouldn't hurt to try but I guess it's not really my favorite.
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A good place to have lunch. Although a bit expensive, their seafood sandwich uses real crab meat and taste delicious. I tried the tri tip sandwich earlier today for lunch and it comes with sauteed red onion. Delicious. Granted, in general the food isn't exactly the cheapest in the world, but you can tell they pick their ingredients carefully. You get a side of potato salad as well on the side with your sandwiches. They also serve pastries and different kind of coffees too if you want to go for breakfast.
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So first thing first. That green powder you see at the table? Yeah those aren't seasoning. It's actually macha (green tea) powder that you can make yourself with the provided hot water. I saw some tourists smothered the powder on the sushi and didn't have the heart to tell them. On to the restaurant itself. It's basically a sushi served on the conveyor belt. Do not get fooled though, the quality is still better than most sushi you find anywhere else outside Japan. They don't put everything on the belt though. If you want to order the fatty tuna or other high end sushi you will need to order to the chef. Everything is in Japanese, so what you need to do is look at the bigger menu with photos, match the number with the smaller menu where your write your order quantity. Reasonable price too and delicious. Definitely worth going in early to the airport to dine in first. Highly recommended!
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They claimed that they don't pre cook their meat. I'm not yet convinced, but that can't deny the fact that they serve good food. I went in today for lunch and ordered their beef brisket with BBQ beans and cornbread on the side. I was asked whether I want the lean or fatty or mixed. I chose fatty, and it's delicious. I'm also a fan of the BBQ beans. It has this sweet, tangy taste. The owner of place went around the restaurant asking everyone about their food. It seems that he cares a lot about customer's satisfaction. Overall a very good experience and I'll be back.
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I usually go through Narita airport whenever I'm passing through Tokyo. This last trip though, I had a chance to visit Haneda airport, and boy it's so much more fun than Narita airport. It's practically located in the city, so instead of paying 2000-3000 yen for bus/ train ticket, I only had to pay about 700 yen for a monorail to Tokyo station. There are many interesting attraction and shops as well outside the security gate. I know some people that come to the airport just to enjoy these attractions even though they're not flying. Kids will love this place. There's a place with rc car tracks, Hello Kitty store, flight simulator and a few other stuff. Hey, even I enjoyed it! They have many restaurants from ramen, sushi, yakiniku, and Japanese influenced Western food. Very convenient. There's also a hotel that let you stay for a few hours. Perfect during those long layovers, but not that long to go outside. I will try to plan my trip to pass through this airport again in the future if possible.
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This is one of the most unpleasant experience going to one of these shops. I had to take passport sized photos for applying Visa to Japan. The photos came out a bit blurry and I asked him to redo it. He refused and said it looks just fine and the Japanese embassy should take it. Well luckily the people at the Japanese embassy are some of the nicest people on the earth. They thought the photos look blurry but told me if they can scan it and have a decent result, they will take it. Any other embassies would reject the photos right away. Go to your local Walgreens or CVS, they will do a MUCH better job at this. I will never go back to this establishment.
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