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…is now where I’m going to start and end my daily routines. If grasping a new rhythm in Jakarta was one thing, I’m now adjusting to a new one back in Bogor. Nevertheless, I’m feeling quite blessed beyond measure right now because, at the end of the day, I get to rest under a roof of a house my mother has passionately rebuilt. She’s also adjusting to a new set of habits right now while happily being away from Jakarta’s migraine-fueling traffic all the way in Alam Sutera, and I do hope that this will refresh us and help us grasp new outlooks on life. Anyways, here’s what I’ve been loving so far about being back home, and how drastically different it is as opposed to Jakarta’s chaos. 1. Being […]

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Currently Reading… Gentayangan by Intan Paramaditha

If I could pack two things I love to for my own type of bliss, it would be literature and travel. Just like what I’m indulging in with the current book I’m reading right now by Intan Paramaditha called Gentayangan. Translated into English, gentayangan literally means to roam about, never being in one place, and always searching. This is exactly the type of experience mbak Intan presents with her novel, that we can pick whichever way our choices lead us along with our red sparkly shoes. To me, she is breaking boundaries with this book, packaging a “Choose Your Own Adventure Tale” with feminist spunk and touches of folklore that doesn’t throw you off. I read an interview that she did with Vice Indonesia, where part of breaking boundaries is through her notion of […]

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Reading for Pleasure during Grad School and Other Tips

Hello everyone from another Friday night here in Jakarta, and I’m writing after a day of class. Today we learned the techniques of note-taking, citing sources and paraphrasing to actually acquire an in-depth understanding of our reading material instead of merely copying words down on the page. There were some brilliant tips, such as using notecards. So, once again I’m declaring that reading for graduate school is an entirely different realm. However, for this post, I’m not going to ramble some more about it. This time, I’m going to ask and try to answer this question the best that I can: “How do I actually set some time aside for actual reading…you know, like, for fun? Any tips?” Now I absolutely adore reading and I have to admit it’s quite the […]

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