Dark and bright.

Maybe this is a thank-you note, or maybe this is just a note, but the thing is (and you don’t know this) when I spotted you for the very first time, a poem from Silverstein came into mind, instantly, as if you were made out of these words: There are no happy endings Endings are…

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Lost in Taipei: 2. The pursuit of hot springs

Taipei in the morning. The weather was nice. The sun was shining brightly—but the breeze was cool. Daud and I had to catch a flight back to Jakarta in the afternoon, so we got up very early in the morning to venture the city and be adventurous. Both of us had this urge of going…

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Lost in Taipei: 1. A stroll in the evening

As I stepped out from the hotel that evening, it was pouring outside. I fetched my umbrella and waited for a cab, hopped in, and sat with my nose glued to the backseat’s window—capturing the beauty of raindrops and city lights. It was gorgeous. There were around ten of us that evening. Everybody had just…

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Red Velvet Scoop-Cake

Apart from eating, writing, reading, and sleeping, I spent my Lebaran holiday trying out this Red Velvet recipe from Magnolia’s recipe bookย (a present for my 29th birthday from Ri). It was indeed quite complicated, so many ingredients, and took quite a lot of time to finish, but it turned out surprisingly well! Red velvet cake…

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Through Windless Night The Glinting Moon.

Through windless night the glinting moon Illuminates in flowing waves The village nestled in the vale Where crests the overflowing stream The thick-trunked, bare-branched tree speaks in whispers to itself– don’t you see the bustling earth Turning its face green again? ~ Through Windless Night The Glinting Moon, by Abai Kunanbaev ~ Models: Bota Iliyas,…

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