Ji Eun

*dedicated to Ji Eun and the Kim’s family I met Ji Eun for the first time when I was still a 4th-semester university student. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, I went to Ascott Apartment to meet my new “student”. It all started a few months ago, when I was hired to teach Indonesian language for…

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Meaning of Life

Saya sedang bosan sekali nih. Kerjaan lagi nggak seru. Nulis juga lagi buntu lagi. Sampai suatu ketika, saat saya sedang mengemudi sendirian di tol Cipularang tiba-tiba, lagi-lagi, saya berpikir tentang arti kehidupan. Sebetulnya untuk apa kita hidup? (see: ari’s blog) Hmm, sekitar tahun 2004, saya pernah menulis: “Hidup adalah meraba-raba dalam kegelapan, mencoba mencari jalan…

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Friendship. Is It Over?

“I always treasure friendships and always enjoy having friends wherever and whenever. But this time, I think I should given up one friendship. When the relationship is no longer healthy and one person feels hurt everytime they communicate but the other person is enjoying it and pushing too hard, then perhaps it’s better to call…

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Christmas in Genoa

Not long after I turned on my computer early this morning, I got a pop-up notification that I had just received an e-mail. It was from Matteo, an Italian friend of mine. On his letter, he told me about his Christmas celebration in Italy—well, in Genoa, to be exact (because there’s where he lives). So,…

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I Miss You. Much.

Here I am, behind my desk in the office, surrounded by those wall-sized window pane overlooking our little garden … It’s raining lightly outside. I just can’t keep my sight away from the falling raindrops, the way it ripples the surface of our little fish pond, the way it gives the green leaves a sparkling…

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I’m Not in A Hurry

Have you ever thought how time seems to pass slower when you’re spending your vacation alone in a small cabin at a remote place without those hi-tech gadgets around you? I always feel that way. Being trapped in big cities like Jakarta–with its busy people buzzing around the street, minding their own business–always makes me…

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10 Simple Things That Make Me Happy

I find pleasure and happiness in simple things; small things that could make me soar on my lowest days … unimportant things that keeps me smiling on my saddest moments … (or am I just too easy to be pleased? hehehe :p) These are 10 simple things that make me happy: 1. one scoop of…

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Admiration

Admiring someone could be dangerous … (not to mention the danger of being a huge fan of someone!). The fact is, when we’re admiring someone, we have expectations upon that particular person. We admire him because we perceive him to be better than us. We perceive him somehow almost perfect. Sometimes we admire someone because…

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