Born from a Padangnese mother and a Javanese father, Fajar grew up in a multicultural family which emphasized on education and manners. His interest on arts, especially in music and dance since early in his life is quite unique, particularly since his family has militaristic and diplomatic background. Literature also played a major part of his childhood, which is manifested in his compilation of hundreds of storybooks gracing his bookshelves, ranging from Hans Christian Andersen’s to local Indonesian folklores. In addition to these authors, Fajar also favours books written by Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, Michael Scott, and JK Rowling. Disney, MIKA, Josh Groban, Il Divo, and Addie MS’ The Sounds of Indonesia are some of his playlist. Disney, Ghibli, Pokemon, and PIXAR are his favorite since childhood. His father and grandfather also taught him about wayang and Javanese traditional arts, whereas his Minangkabau heritage knowledge were acquired through his grandmother’s.
In his elementary school year, he came in contact with Japanese culture and greatly admired it. This brought him to the decision of continuing his study at Japanese Studies Program of the University of Indonesia (UI). Aside from Japanese, he also took classes on Italian, Spanish, Russian, Javanese, and Sundanese. During his study, he joined Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Paragita UI and Dancesport UI as outlets for his passion on arts and briefly was a member of the UI Equestrian team and Aikido UI. For his undergraduate thesis, he chose the beautiful yet mysterious world of geisha as core subject.
He formerly worked as a part-time GO (Gentil Organisateur) at ClubMed Bali and Bintan, where he gained some degree of knowledge on French. After finishing his university year, he was contracted by MNC Group, in this case RCTI, to work as Media Liaison Officer and during that time also conducted Spanish translation for Miss World 2013 pageant held in Nusa Dua, Bali. Currently he is employed by UNIQLO Indonesia as assistant store manager.
He joined Polyglot Indonesia in 2013 as Japanese and Spanish Coordinator for Jakarta Chapter. Every now and then, he also administers the Polyglot Indonesia’s twitter account.
His dream that is yet to come is to meet Julie Andrews, Meryl Streep, and Toni Bennett; to sing and compete in an Indonesian choir at the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, and enroll at the prestigious Lund University, Sweden.
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” – Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)