Self Introduction

Just thought that I need to introduce myself in one of my posts, so here it is.

My real name is actually Ancilla Aisha Johanna, but people call me Misha. In fact, my parents had started calling me Misha even before I was born.

Yes, they named me after the former president of Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev, whose nickname was Misha. Ah, and yes, my parents also thought I was a guy, before the day I was born, on 11 September 1989 (what an easy date to remember, huh? Everybody always says “Oh, 9/11” everytime I tell them my birth date).

Just like Mr. Gorbachev who owns a birthmark on his forehead, I also got a birthmark, but this one’s on my thigh. Therefore, no picture, haha!


Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987
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I was born and I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia, until I was 15. In 2005, my family and I moved to Magelang, a small town in Central Java. If you are a non-Indonesian and reading this, you might recognize Magelang as the place where Borobudur Temple is located. It is the biggest temple in the world and it used to be one of the Seven Wonders, just FYI πŸ™‚

I finished my high school in Magelang, and then moved again to Yogyakarta in 2007 to start my bachelor studies. I studied in Universitas Sanata Dharma, majoring Psychology. I graduated in October 2012.

The photo you see belowΒ is, I’m telling you, the typical Indonesian graduation photoshoot. So the girls will be wearing “kebaya”, our country’s traditional clothes. Of course, every province has its own style of kebaya, and for mine, it’s actually the modern style of kebaya. It does not really reflect any style from any province. Then, we also have toga, the formal ‘cloak’ for our graduation ceremony in the university. I don’t have it in this photo.
Typical Indonesian Graduation Photoshoot
Right after my graduation, I moved to Bali to start working. Well, I have started working since high school, actually. I’ve worked as radio broadcaster, language teacher, interpreter/translator, and band vocalist. But, you know, the kind of ‘work’ after graduation is something more… serious. So let’s consider it as ‘start working’ as well πŸ™‚

I was pretty much jobless in Bali for one whole month, as I was still sending my application letter and resume to various companies, and getting through the interview process. This is what people normally asked me: “How did you get a job in Bali?” – So, the answer is, I didn’t get the job YET before I moved to Bali. I got the job when I was already in Bali. I brought my savings (from all the jobs I did during university years) to start my life in Bali.

Luckily, it didn’t take too long for me to find a job. Although it wasn’t something that I was aiming for, I took the job as Guest Service Officer in Banyan Tree Ungasan (BTUG), a five star resort located in the very south of Bali island. I actually applied for a position in Human Resources Department, but there was no vacancy for that. So I thought, “Why not? Better than being jobless in Bali.” – Because Bali is expensive! At least, compared to Yogyakarta.

The picture belowΒ is me with my former colleagues in Front Office Department. The exotic girl is Reni, originally from Jakarta, too. The tall guy in the middle is Cening, our Supervisor. He’s a pure Balinese boy! He was also wearing Balinese traditional costume that day, while Reni and I wore our uniform, which was Balinese traditional ‘kebaya’ πŸ™‚
Balinese style! πŸ™‚
11 months later, I got transferred to Training Department, to take the position as Training Coordinator. Finally, I started a career that had something to do with my studies of psychology :p

I’m not here to talk about job duties, in case you’re wondering. If you’re interested in that, you may just go to my LinkedIn page and add me there. What I wanna share here, is that I’ve found my love while I was working in Training Department. Okay, so my office was right next to Chef’s Office. In the Chef’s Office, there was this cute chef from Bandung that I had been friends with for a while. We sometimes had a chat in the office canteen, and I found out that we shared similar interests, especially in traveling! πŸ™‚
Me with Chef Jutet Lim
So things got nicer and nicer, and we became a couple in November 2013. We’re still together up til today, and in fact, we are planning to move to Bangkok, Thailand, by the end of this month. He got the opportunity to be transferred to Banyan Tree Bangkok, so I have decided to come along with him and try to find a job as well there. I told him, if I find it hard to get an office job there, I’d probably just work as a stripper in some nightclub in Patpong. Surprisingly, he didn’t come out as supporting.
(HAHAHAAAA, of course, dude.)

I have resigned from my last job in Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort (SBKR) last month. In my previous post, I also wrote about my former colleague who encouraged me to start blogging again. So I changed job in September 2014. I resigned from BTUG and started in SBKR as the HR Executive. However, due to Jutet’s transfer plan, I resigned again from this company. Not something I regret, though! I mean, it would be exciting to start a new chapter of life in another place, again! πŸ™‚ – I guess I just love moving around.

In my free time, I like reading, singing (and wishing that my voice sounds like Xtina’s), listening to some random music, watch parodies on YouTube, watching horror/thriller/very-sadistic movies, looking at GoogleMaps to decide my next travel destinations, and sleeping. I like sleeping because I always have movie-like dreams! πŸ™‚ – Not very productive, eh? I also love to spend LOTS of time with my boyfriend, and hang out with him to cool places to eat. Hmm, I’m gonna blog about my favorite places in Bali as well, later.
Maria Christine Sadipun, and a skinny gorilla behind.
Beside my boyfriend, I love spending time with this girl on the picture on the right. She’s Maria, my best friend since high school! So, basically, we have been best friends for almost 10 years now. I love her because… she’s just lovely! She was also one of the main reasons why I moved to Bali. She graduated earlier than I did and had moved to Bali first. So, I kinda followed her here πŸ™‚

PS: She will visit me in Bangkok in May! Yeah!!!

I actually have a dream to be a book author someday. Travel books. HR consultancy books. Whatever books. I think it’s gonna be cool to be an author. I want my time to be more productive now. At least I have started blogging again. Hopefully my writings will be able to inspire people in the future.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. More weird posts coming up later.



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