Who Am I?

It's kind of odd that I put my goals for this year as my "official" first post. But hey--don't blame me: I'm just that excited about it.

Let me elaborate about who I am: my name is Axel Widjojo. "Axel" is a nickname that my mom gave me, which I go by.

I'm currently living in Jakarta, Indonesia with my beautiful wife and two children. I work as a director at a small palm oil plantation, amongst other ventures. Some of them being an Argentine restaurant and a coffee shop/co-working space.

I count photography and playing guitar as my main passions, and I'm currently learning how to play golf. I used to play tennis when I was growing up and would like to pick it up again sometime. I used to be an avid video gamer and anime/manga fan, however they've taken a backseat considering my current workload.

I speak Indonesian and English fluently, and understand some elementary-level Japanese. I'm also in the process of learning Spanish (as mentioned earlier), for more practical reasons.

We'll end up getting to know each other by way of my blog posts, for sure. But hey, should you have any questions, all you have to do is ask.

2018 Goals

I have set six goals for me to achieve in 2018. Here they are:

  1. Run 5k without taking a break
  2. Double my strength
  3. Achieve a golf handicap of 20
  4. Take 50 images that I can use in my photography portfolio
  5. Learn 50 songs on the guitar
  6. Get A2-level in the DELE Spanish language certificate

It took me a couple of days of really thinking about what I want to focus on this year, to come up with the above goals.

I mean, honestly--I just feel like I've been so...directionless the past few years. I've had some small accomplishments, sure--but nothing that really makes me feel like I've really "lived."

There's work, there's family, there are commitments. There are just life things that I know will come, where I've been framing my mind to try to come to terms with when they happen in the future.

But, y'know, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," as they say.

Hence the six goals above.

I signed up to 10 sessions of golf lessons, I signed up to a photography community mentorship program, I've set aside some time to practice guitar and learn Spanish daily. So it's progressing pretty well.

My excuse for not doing goals #1 and #2 as much so far was because I got sick the first week we got back in Jakarta--which was just last week. So I thought I might as well delay the start time for those two. The other four, however, are doing pretty good.

I'm hoping to document some of my progress on this website, even though its purpose is really to showcase my photography.

Wish me luck--I'll surely need it.