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Ivan Yudhi
Powered by Google+ since July 6th, 2011
Powered by Google+ since July 6th, 2011

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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.

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.

+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. 

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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It's here! Switch

Had a three hour conference call that felt more like 12. I rushed quickly to the delivery room after it ended to pick this up, and finally was able to mess around with it for a bit.

Really impressed with it so far. There are minor annoyances, but I'll share it once I get more time on it. Just finished a Bomberman session with a coworker and we were really having a blast. I just docked the console, plug the HDMI cable to one of my monitors, and split the Joycons to be used for two players. Very simple and easy.

Love. This.

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Nintendo Switch is here!

Ok maybe not quite for me. Yes it's 1am here and I just got back from the midnight launch at my local Best Buy. There were probably close to 100 people there waiting at the stroke of midnight to pick up their pre-orders or taking a chance to get their hands on the console, games and accessories. Some people have been waiting for hours. I did a drive by after work and noticed there were at least 20 people on the line by 6pm.

Well good thing is that I got my pre-orders right after the console was announced, so I wasn't worried about Best Buy selling out before I get to it. I was able to get the Special Edition Zelda, all 5 amiibo, and Bomberman R (not pictured) for in-store pickup, but the option for the Switch itself was already gone when I tried to order. So I had it shipped to my office and should be there sometime tomorrow (UPS please don't fail me). Maybe I'll play Bomberman a bit with my coworkers in the afternoon. Should be fun :)

So until then I get to stare at these while trying to get some sleep. This weekend will be quite exciting!

How about you? Getting yours this weekend? Interested in getting one?

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No I/O for me this year

If you applied for I/O this year, check your mail as they have started sending out emails. Unfortunately it doesn't look like I will be going this year.

Ah well.. it is what it is :/

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Nintendo Switch preview event in San Francisco!

Hey, it's okay being a kid once in a while right? :p

I got a chance to attend the soon to be launched Nintendo Switch preview event this morning in SF.

I got up really early and got to the site at 5:30am and found out some people were already there! A group showed up at 12:30am and a few between 2-4am. Someone actually drove from Reno after his work shift ended at midnight on Saturday to come to this event. The site actually instructed for people not to start lining up before 6am. We didn't get in trouble though. Someone even brought a portable stove to cook instant ramen. Now that's what I call dedication :p

All in all it was a really fun event. I even got to participate on stage competing in Arms, a very addictive game for Switch. I was quite undecided even though I have a preorder for the console, but this event convinced me to keep it. I'll be getting my Switch and Zelda - Breath of Wild copy on Friday.

Nintendo might not have the latest and greatest hardware on the Switch, but they sure know how to make it fun. That goes the same for their events.

For full story please check out the album below. It's quite fun I promise you :)


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LG Watch Sport

It's been a while since I'm excited about a new Android Wear device. I'm not even sure whether I'm excited right now, but LG Watch Sport's LTE support intrigued me.

I think the idea of being able to use a swartwatch without being dependent on your phone is the right direction. This is particularly useful for those wanting to do outdoor activities like running or biking without the need to bring a phone while still being connected.

On reality I think I don't think it will be really that dependable (yet?). Battery life will definitely take a hit, that's one thing. And currently in US it's restricted to Verizon and at&t only. I hate having to charge my watch every night.

I bought mine from Google Store and planning to put my Project Fi SIM. People have been reporting that it works, but there's no voice call functionality. That's not a big deal to be honest, as I don't even talk that much on the phone these days.

I just found it's a bit odd and ironic that an Android Wear device that's labeled as 'Designed with our friends at Google' is not launch wit Google's own Project Fi. I'm hoping full support will be available in the future.

Any of you getting these? Is your faith with Android Wear revived with this launch? Feel free to comment below :)

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The Halal Guys.. in SF!

I had a really long and tiring week at work, but I was glad I was able to end a bit early today. I need to relax for a bit, so I decided to jump on the train to go to the city to try out the (relatively) new Halal Guys which originated from NYC. It's a really good thing my office is right next to the Bart station.

I heard so much about this place, with the long lines and everything at their original stall in NYC, so I decided to give it a shot. I heard from blogs that the line was really long when they opened this branch in Union Square / Tenderloin in SF, but when I came there around noon there was pretty much no line. I guess the hype died down a bit. It was still quite busy though.

The verdict? It was worth the hype. The food was delicious, but I wouldn't go to the city just to get this. The hot sauce was a beast. I only tried a bit and it was burning my tongue. The white sauce was delicious though and you should not afraid to smother lots of it.

Oh and I also found out that they opened up a branch in San Jose. That could've saved me the Bart tickets, but oh well what can you do? Lessons learned :)

#FoodFriday +FoodFriday


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Happy New Year 2017!

It's already 10am here on the 1st and I just woke up. This was taken last night while we were waiting for the New Year's eve fireworks with +Juliana K​, her husband and her friends :)

Juliana and I met through the +Google Local Guides​ program when she came to SF for the Local Guides Summit last year. She's been showing me around Hong Kong these past few days and took me to some places and restaurants where I wouldn't be able to go otherwise. And now thanks to her we were able to find a spot with (relatively) less crowd to enjoy the turn of the year!

2016 has been a really interesting year. I'm looking forward to see what 2017 has for us. Less drama would be nice, I think many of us can agree to that.

Happy New year all! And for those still waiting for the countdown, stay safe! Don't go too crazy! :)

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Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays everyone! Greetings from Hong Kong! Rather than doing my yearly trip back home to meet my family, we decided to do something different this time.

Considering we live in three different countries, we decided to meet in the middle. Ok 'middle' might be a stretch, since my trip is much longer than theirs. I really don't mind it though.

In any case, hopefully you all have a wonderful holidays! Let 2017 be better than ever :)

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A few weeks ago, in a galaxy not so far far away...

Me: Hey, can you put me on the ground for the rest of the year? I think I've had enough work travel for this year..
Manager: I was about to schedule you for this trip in Hawaii. Do you not...
Me: YES! I'll take it! Sign me up! I'll do it! Forget what I just said!!!!
Manager: Uhh.. Okay then...

So that's how I ended up in Hawaii this past week for work. Most of the time was spent on the client's site (of course), but I did get around 1.5 days exploring the island, plus the evenings walking around Waikiki beach, the hotel where I stayed.

It's not nearly enough of course, but I had a lot of fun. Wasn't looking forward to going back, considering how cold SF is right now.

I took this picture yesterday in Sunset beach before my flight at midnight. No filtered applied and I think I'm quite satisfied with the results. Hopefully I'll get to visit again in the future

P.S. I shared many photos during the trip on my Instagram, so if you're interested feel free to check it out below :)

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