“Invisible” Costs Behind Our Free Shipping Purchases

no free lunch• /nō/ /frē/ /lən(t)SH/• idiom

: said to emphasize that you can’t get something for nothing

Did that midnight purchase you made because of the free shipping voucher arrive on time? How about that new mobile phone purchase you want to be delivered to your place instantly? While e-commerce platform excessively distributing free shipping vouchers to incentivize their customers, attention is rarely placed on who actually take the brunt of this impulse-driven behavior, the environment.

As Long As It’s Free

In the early period of the “e-commerce boom”, one of the biggest hurdles for people to shop online was the shipping cost which was still considered as an unexpected cost…


About Meaningful Connection and Key to Happiness

trans·ac·tion• /tranˈzakSH(ə)n/ • noun

: an instance of buying or selling something; a business deal.

The last few years, I have been very intrigued by the topic of connection and its close association with happiness. And it all started with this video

“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health”

— Robert Waldinger

This is quite interesting because most people think that it is money, power, or fame that will make them happy. People never think that their little chats in the afternoon or the little moments they spend…


About knowledge and an attempt to break out of echo chamber

te·​net• /ˈtē-nət / • noun

: a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true

Prologue

Answering the question above may not be easy. There are many teachings, doctrines and beliefs that have been established in this world even before we are born. Some choose to follow the path set by their ancestors and using ignorance as their ammunition but some choose to wander in search of the answer that suits them best. And for that difference I chose to be the latter.

Skeptic is probably the closest word to describe it. In my contemplation back in high school, I realized that many of the…


And Why Being Content Might Be The Way To Go

tro·phy • /ˈtrōfē /• noun

:reward for a specific achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of merit

I used to be a very competitive person, at every level of education from elementary to college, I never missed a competition. From math to astronomy, from choir to debate.

I used to be a person who always wanted to prove something. Want to prove I’m better than anyone else, prove I can be something, prove I’m not a disappointment.

I used to be a person who really needed recognition, I did many things just to be recognized such as being able to eat a lot (kinda…


Unless you actually do something

spe·cial •/ˈspeSHəl/ • adjective

:better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

“Soon as you leave this door, nobody gives a fuck about you. Nobody in the whole world gives a fuck about you. Nobody thinks you’re cute, nobody thinks you’re smart, nobody gives a fuck about your opinion. Nobody !”

— Chris Rock, Tamborine Stand-up Special

The Irony

Kutipan di atas adalah salah satu bit dari Chris Rock yang paling membekas dalam diri saya. Sangat membekas karena sangat relevan dengan fenomena yang ada sekarang ini. …


(Not) your typical David & Goliath story

odds • /ädz/ • noun

superiority in strength, power, or resources; advantage. E.g : “she clung to the lead against all the odds

Source: bible.wikia.org

In modern context, David & Goliath is often used as a metaphor for “an improbable victory or underdog story”. Although there are many misconceptions — David actually never saw himself as an underdog and fighting Goliath would lead to absolute (not even improbable) victory for him — this story has a great influence on the concept of superiority in our society. But well, that example of misconception is the reason why this story is neither similar nor the adaptation of David and…


Menjawab pertanyaan “Mau jadi apa?” dengan lebih berkomitmen.

Ikigai (生き甲斐) a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. (Source: Wikipedia)

Salah satu pertanyaan yang selalu muncul di setiap fase kehidupan itu “Mau jadi apa?”. Masuk ke jenjang pendidikan dasar, jawabannya cukup sederhana : “Jadi Ranking 1”. Setelah lulus SD, naik sedikit yaitu jadi medalis OSN. Ketika SMA, pernah berpikir untuk jadi salah satu debater handal dunia. Seiring berjalannya waktu pertanyaan ini jadi semakin sulit untuk dijawab, apalagi menyadari sudah saatnya mengaplikasikan ilmu-ilmu yang telah ditimba sejak mengenal…

Christian Wibisono

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