…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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Lessons from a Warung

Alas, the long weekend is coming to a close. However, I’ve come to relive that happiness in enjoying simple joys of being home. One of them, is actually walking to a nearby warung. A warung is a small, modest kiosk that’s usually owned by a family, selling sembako or groceries. These kiosks may not look like much, but they’re undoubtedly one quintissential aspect of Indonesian culture. Warungs are more often than not, strategic meeting points for women in say, my or really any other housing complex. It’s difficult not to hear their lively chats from a distance as you walk, which usually revolve around daily occurences. But what I marvel the most at is their natural ability to multitask by effortlessly picking out various ingredients for a dish they wish to cook for the day, […]

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Book Review: Abdurrahman Wahid by Greg Barton

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” It might be a little strange to quote Martin Luther King Jr. in this context but I think it absolutely represents what this (authorized) biography of Abdurrahman Wahid is all about. My nation’s first democratically elected president, was misunderstood by international media throughout his 21-month presidency from 1999 to 2001, often portrayed as a clumsy, and even comical, half-blind Muslim cleric. Now, Indonesian history wasn’t part of my curriculum for most of my childhood schooling as I had to live abroad so Greg Barton’s book has definitely helped me gain an insight into how both this man and my country came to be. Gus Dur, as he was colloquially known, became well-equipped with faith and […]

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