strangers waiting.

Sesungguhnya, kamu cukup menjenguk aku sekali-sekali. Menengok dari balik jendela yang terbuka, atau melompat-lompat di sepanjang dock komputer portabelku. Kamu cukup bilang hai satu kali—diikuti tanda titik dua dan kurung tutup, dan aku sudah punya cukup energi untuk bisa tersenyum seharian. Nggak peduli seberat apapun hari yang barusan aku lalui, ketika kamu bertanya how’s-your-day, aku…

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on tolerance.

I still remember how difficult it was for me growing up. My Dad is from Chinese origin. My Mom is Javanese. Dad’s family are mostly Christians and Catholics, Mom’s family are mostly Moslems. Being a Chinese-Javanese and also a Moslem in the 80s-90s was complicated and could be overwhelming at times, especially for a kid….

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Cinderella.

The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels, Her green eyes slant, hair flaring in a fan Of silver as the rondo slows; now reels Begin on tilted violins to span The whole revolving tall glass palace hall Where guests slide gliding into light like wine; Rose candles flicker on the lilac wall Reflecting…

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names.

When I wrote down his name in my journal entry, I knew that he would always be that special someone. Someone who marked yet another important chapter of my life. — I knew how the other names (temporarily) ended: missing boyfriend Iโ€™ve never heard of again, a friend I used to have a silent crush…

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