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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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Hi Ivan:). How are you? Hope you didn't mind me adding you as friends:). Hope to hear from you very soon:). Monte

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Where's Rey?

So this is a story from my recent trip to Hong Kong. I flew there impulsively to join my best friend and her family for the New Year.

I was telling my friend that no matter where I go, it's impossible to find Rey figurines. My guess was the same deal that what Disney did to Black Widow for The Avengers merchandises. They didn't think young boys would buy female character toys, even though they're the main character.

Apparently my friend's nephew overheard our conversation. Later I found out that he told my friend that he wanted to give a Rey figurine to me. His family bought him a Star Wars figurine set during their visit to Disneyland Hong Kong (I was wondering Kowloon by myself and didn't join them) and Rey is one of the characters.

I told him to keep it and ask why he doesn't want Rey. His actual response:

"I like Rey, but I'm not stingy. If I know someone wants it I will give it to the person"

That response blew me away. Especially since this was coming from a 10 year old. I told him I'll exchange him for something and gave him an X-Wing Metal Earth model that I got earlier during the day.

Spending a few weeks in Jakarta didn't leave me a good impression about the people there. I feel more and more people just think about themselves and stop caring with each other. People are becoming more individualistic. Just by this experience, my faith has been restored.

Indonesia will be just fine if we have more and more youngsters like him.
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Thanks for the kind words guys :)
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6 weeks, 5 countries, 7 cities

It's been a fun ride. I can't say everything was planned. In fact, most of the stuff were done on impulse mode.

Two weeks of work in Jakarta, three days in Surabaya, two weeks of work in Singapore, three days in Hong Kong, seven hours transit in Bangkok, three days in Tokyo, nine hours in Osaka, and the rest was for vacation in Jakarta.

Bought the ticket to Surabaya just one day before the departure, and the ticket to Singapore two days before. Decided to join my best friend in Hong Kong for new year's just two days before departure. Good thing I was able to use my points for flight and hotel.

Had tons of fun spending time with friends (offline and online) and families. Never got enough sleep, never felt lack of energy. I wish I could do this for a living.

And now I'm back in US to resume normal schedule. Is it weird that I already started thinking about my next trip?
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Cool bro, kalo bisa kerja kayak gitu mantep bener 
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If you ever get a chance to fly business with Thai Airways, I suggest you take it. Apparently they're giving 30 minutes free shoulder or feet massage at their lounge.

Found this by accident during my Bangkok - Singapore flight leg two days ago. Definitely not complaining. It was much appreciated considering I walked around 60k steps total for three days before the flight.

Btw, for those wondering, I didn't spend any money to fly business. It was all using miles. So my suggestion is whether you fly once every few years or living out of a suitcase, ALWAYS sign up for the frequent flyer program no matter who you fly with. It's free and you'll appreciate it someday.
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+Libby Chang I only paid $16.50 for the ticket (airport tax) ;)
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One of my favorite part of wandering randomly at Kowloon last night. Street snack! You basically told the seller what satay/kebab you want, then he'll prepare it for you. You can eat them on the spot or take them home.

I tried the fish ball stick and pork neck stick. Both were delicious but the pork neck was to die for. I regret not getting more. Will definitely get it again if I see it today.
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+Daniel De Sousa haha OK I'll try to find it
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Chili Crab!

My mom told me to find some decent restaurant for lunch earlier today. She might be worried that I didn't get enough nutrition causing me to lose so much weight.

Since we're in Singapore, I figure it's only proper to try the country's signature dish, chili crab. And I made a good decision. Both the chili crab and the glass noodle (bee hoon) crab were super delicious. I ordered some steamed buns as well on the side to be eaten with the chili sauce.

It's a bit on the expensive side (SGD $160 total damage for 3 people), but quite worth it. Not something that you eat every day, obviously.
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Anyone on Quora?

I must say, I've been having a G+ slump. I haven't had much fun as I used to a few years ago. I've noticed quite a few of engaging users that used to post interesting posts leading to good discussions suddenly stopped posting. The problem is I don't even know why they left, or if they found a substitute. They just suddenly stopped posting and completely disappeared.

No matter how I tweak my circle, the feeling stays the same. I remember scrolling my G+ feed a few days ago and was completely bored. This rarely happened in the past. Perhaps I was just unlucky and happen to browse the stream where all the contents weren't that interesting, but that made me make an effort to find other alternatives.

I've recently re-discovered Quora. I've been a member for some time, but never really pay attention too much to it. For the past few days, I've been enjoying myself reading what people writes, and even posting my own answers. Most of the stuff I wrote was about Indonesia and travel, but I'm still exploring to find other things I can contribute. Most of the writings are intelligent and meaningful. It's a great feeling that I often get during the early days of G+.

You can check out my profile below if you're interested in reading what I write. I'm still way behind in terms of quality compared to some of the top contributors there, but hopefully I'll get better over time.. Let me know if you're in the platform as well so I can check out your profile.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to leave G+. I love this platform and I've met so many friends from here. Even until last month I was still meeting new people that I met from G+ during my trip. Those are some of the things that can't be quantified with money.

But I don't think it would be a bad idea to split some of my G+ time with Quora.

Let's see how it goes.  
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+E John Feig yeah that seems to be the trends. I'm seeing an increase of spam/bot comments though.
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Want a Doogler Android Mini?

The Google Edition (GE) Android minis are usually reserved for certain Google events and very hard to obtain for general public.

This is actually the first time that a GE is offered for public to purchase. The quantities offered seems to be limited though so if you're interested make sure to check out the post below!
 
Hello everyone! As some of you have seen on here already, there is a new (adorable) special edition making the rounds. This edition, entitled 'Doogler', was created in collaboration with your friend and mine, Katherine Park! Set includes the 3" collectible, keychain dog Android and bone accessory! 

While primarily a 'Google Edition', we've worked with Kat to secure a small quantity for the G+ community! The figure set will be $15. Please register via the form below by the end of this Friday (Jan 22) if you are interested in buying one. Open to members of this community, limit 1 per household. Sales will be open on Sunday January 24th starting at 11am EST through a private link sent via e-mail. If any remain we'll make them public on Monday AM so get on it!

CHINESE NEW YEAR Android is also coming this Monday, January 25th. We will also have a limited quantity available on Sunday for people ordering the Doogler so that they do not have to place another order on Monday!

Note that registering here does not secure you a set, it just confirms your interest. 
Register your interest to purchase a Doogler Android Mini Collectible! Note registration here does not guarantee you a collectible, nor does it obligate you to purchase one. Please register by January 22nd. On sale Jan 24th. * Required. Captionless Image. Full Name *. Your answer ...
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Aha that's very good but I must try first. 
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So apparently some kind of Google tech event just got announced recently? I just can't seem to find out what it is.

;)

#io16  
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+Ivan Yudhi​​​​​​: Yes, I am aware that it was a joke, but I decide to expand on that joke to express the reality of what is going on at Google. Your joke hit a cord with SVP using Twitter, as if it gave your joke a life of its own.

There is simply no passion for their own services. No marketing of its product/services. No attempt whatsoever.

Google is simply not aggressive in teaching potential users the benefit of its products.

Just last December I travelled to Malaysia and found out no one there seem to know anything about Chromebook or Google Hangouts. But I do see Apple bombarding the airwaves with their proprietary-communist iPhones, because Android dominate the market in that part of the world.

Spent most of my time educating vendors and the general public the advantages of Hangouts over whatsapp, and what Chromebook, Chromebox, and Chromebase is all about.

The dilution and less emphasis of Google+ is not helping Hangouts at all.
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Boat noodle!

I asked some recommendations from my Thai coworker for my recent transit in Bangkok. She told me to go to this place to get 'boat noodle', and try every everything on the menu.

At first I thought it was ridiculous, but then I found out how small the bowls are. Each bowl cost 12 baht (33 cents USD) and can easily be eaten in 2-3 bites. Consider it a Thai way of doing tapas. I like the concept since you can easily control your portion and you can try different flavors.

I looked around and saw most people ate at least 8-9 bowls. I only ordered 3 since I wanted to save my stomach for other things. The noodles were super delicious. One had pork blood as the soup base, the other had Tom yum style soup. Very refreshing and much kick on the flavors. I immediately regretted not ordering more.

Oh well, more reason to come back some other time :)

+FoodFriday#foodfriday +Natty Netsuwan+Jenn Oliver+D. DeMonteverde​
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+Yanni Yoong taste delicious too. Still regretting not getting more bowls :)
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Happy New Year!

Greetings from Times Square, Hong Kong! :) No this is not where I celebrate new year's eve. It was actually taken a few hours ago. You can already see a bunch of people gathering up preparing to celebrate the new year.

It's about 40 minutes past midnight here so it's officially 2016! Rather than spending the turn of year with the crowd, I decided to gather with a few friends at our hotel room, eat some snacks and watch the countdown on TV. It was perfect! Man we're old :p

2015 has been an emotional joyride for me. A lot of ups and downs have happened (More downs than ups unfortunately). My highlight is losing around 60 lbs since the beginning of the year. But man, it was definitely an interesting ride. Let's see what happens this year.

Alright I need to go to bed now. 4 hours of sleep before my flight!

Cheers to an awesome 2016!
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Thanks +Birin Muhammad​!
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These days I rarely have fixed plans whenever I'm travelling. Most of the time I don't even bother researching beforehand. I usually just start walking to any direction until I get lost, at which point I look at Google Maps and decide my next step.

I did that earlier today in Kowloon. Ended up at Shanghai St with empty stomach, I decided to grab some food. I randomly entered a restaurant and the auntie started speaking Cantonese to me. I told her I don't speak Cantonese and pointed at the dish shown below for my order. There's a dad with his son sitting next to me (it's a communal table), and he asked where I'm from.

I told them I'm from Indonesia, and apparently they are too! The difference is that they've been living in Hong Kong for so many years, and they speak perfect Cantonese. They asked me how I found this store. I told them I just picked it randomly and they were kind of surprised. Apparently it's a famous restaurant. They pointed me at the wall displaying photos of local celebrities eating at the shop (I knew none of them, obviously).

And the dish itself? I must say it was really good! It's very different from the variation I got in US, Jakarta, or Singapore. I like this one much better.

After that we chatted a bit and they gave me a few recommendations for other places to go. Talk about luck :)

How about you guys? Do you usually plan your trip or just go with the flow?
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+Chris Vukin will do! :)
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Introduction

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.

But most of all..
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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If you're looking for a no frills Chinese food, this is where you should go. $5 will get you a 2 sides and fried rice or fried noodle (or get crazy.. Mix it!!). The portion is huge!! Most people will probably be able to split it with 2-3 ways and still be full. No I'm not kidding! The place is pretty small though and there are not many tables inside. I suggest you get the food for takeaway. The cook is loud and you can sometime hear them singing in Cantonese. That's a good thing though. Happy chef means they enjoy what they're doing which means good food :)
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I live pretty close to this strip mall so I come here often. They host a few of my favorite restaurants, and itst pretty diverse as well. They have Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and a pizza joint to name a few. Good enough variety even though it's located a bit out to f nowhere. One thing that I didn't really like is that the parking spot isn't that wide, and for some reason it's always full even though the area isn't that crowded. I wonder who actually park here. It would be nicer if parking is regulated better.
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A mom and pop shop serving your daily breakfast food like muffin egg sandwiches, donuts, and coffee. I like the fact that all breakfast sandwiches are made to order and they taste delicious. They have 40 different combinations to try on, and also many varieties of donuts. They even insert the filling for their jelly donuts only when your order. The shop is run by a couple and they're very friendly. I've noticed a trend that most patrons visiting the shop in the morning are regulars and know each other very well. You don't see too much of these kind of interactions these days. A much better alternative if you're sick of the breakfast food they serve at junk food chains.
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I went here with a few friends to get dinner last week. It's conveniently located in Murphy St, in downtown Sunnyvale. They serve varieties of mediterranean food in an upscale setting (not really that fancy though). A few of their menu items are quite pricey, but I've tried several items from the menu and I can assure you it's worth the price of admission. The server was friendly and knowledgeable when answering our questions about the menu. The setting and ambiance itself is very nice and would be perfect to bring someone on a date. Definitely recommended!
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I just had breakfast with a few friends here today. This place can be considered a high class dim sum / yumcha place. If you plan to come during weekend, make sure come about half an hour before they open. Otherwise be prepared to spend at least 1-2 hours waiting in line. The restaurant is very spacious with plenty of seats. You can tell just by a glance that this is a very nice place. The food is delicious, but it comes at a price. One memorable thing that we ordered was the coffee flavored short ribs. It was even served in a coffee mug! So delicious that I even contemplated of ordering a second serving. Total damage per person was $25 including tax and tips, but we were all full and satisfied. If not only because of the long line, I might make an effort to come back more often.
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I went here after work with my coworker a few days ago. Apparently this place is quite busy for dinner time. We came in a bit earlier with no reservation and was told that we could stay as long we finish our dinner in an hour (due to the next reservation). That's totally doable. The meat is a bit on the expensive side, but that reflects the quality of the food. I have to admit, the one I had in Osaka was still better, but this one definitely was one of the best yakiniku I ever had. We ordered beef tongue, pork neck, and some other meat. They were all delicious. We didn't even order veggies or other side dishes since we were feeling carnivorous :p. My coworker tried to order beef sashimi since they used to serve it, but apparently not anymore. It was a bit disappointed, but I heard in Japan they stopped serving raw beef as well, so maybe it's more on the precaution side. Overall very satisfied and would definitely return.
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I went to have lunch here the other day. Honestly, not that impressed with the food. I ordered the sake don, which is supposed to be just salmon sashimi on top of bed of sushi rice. It came out with a bunch of other things that I ended up discarding since they don't really fit well with the food. With sushi the rule is usually less is more. You don't much too much stuff on it and keep it simple. The restaurant itself is quite spacious, although for some reason they keep it dimmed. The service was quick and good, the bathroom was clean. Overall there's not much to complained about this place, but there are definitely better options for sushi in the bay area.
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