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About — 59° North Family
Tallinn Jõuluturg, December 2021

Hello, we are Asep Bagja and Retno Ika!

We’re a married couple from Indonesia, and currently living in Tallinn, Estonia! We met in 2012 (still feels like YESTERDAY, though!) and spent our years freelancing, building tech startups, doing a nomadic lifestyle and everything in between. Our relationship’s always involved music and tech!

Asep took a bachelor degree in economy, but he never works in that area. Fell in love with programming since high school, he took a non-traditional route for his career as a software developer. Currently, he works at an Estonian company, building immigration tech to move aliens to Europe! He couldn’t stay away from music though and keep doing creative things in his spare time. By combining his skills, he creates albums for generative music and releases them on some music streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify.

And for me (hi, this is Retno. I run almost all the stuff around here), I went a bit traditional career for a while. I graduated from information technology in university and took jobs on several tech startups in Indonesia. But after almost ten years in tech, in 2018 I quit my tech job and became fully freelancing and building our tech startup (we quit ‘em too in 2021, after the biggest hit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic). After that, I realised that I don’t want to continue my tech career any longer. I want to pursue my love of filmmaking, education and nature—that’s why I ask Asep to create our YouTube channel, to document our new journey in life.

We ended up relocating ourselves to Estonia in Autumn 2021, after dreaming of it since 2017. It has been a life-changing experience for us, and we embraced it with open minds. And now here we are, creating this blog to share our experiences—real stories of the ebb and flow of our lives—from the place we dearly love and call them home.

Asep Bagja of 59° North Family

Asep Bagja

As a software engineer, I create digital tools and automation systems to move aliens to Europe. I’m also a musician and releasing music albums on Apple Music, Spotify and other platforms. I help my wife, Retno, make YouTube videos by taking care of the most important part: audio.

Instagram: @bepitulaz
Twitter: @bepitulaz
Website: asepbagja.com

Retno Ika of 59° North Family

Retno Ika

I’m an entrepreneur and producer, a visual loving photographer whose love of nature, art and education runs deep and translated into the content I produce. I take care of most of the content productions here, and also produce educational content for gardening and taking care of nature through Plantree.

Instagram: @retnoika.s
Twitter: @retnoikas
Website: retno.eu