The Book.

“I think I’m going to move to Ubud for a while, maybe for 3-6 months,” I typed on my WhatsApp. It was a cloudy Monday morning in Ubud. I was sitting cross-legged on the front porch; trying to decide whether I would go for a swim or not before meeting Alfred later in the afternoon….

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Making Batik in Ubud: Susuwatari Spotted A Lotus.

Batik (/ˈbætɪk/ or /bəˈtiːk/; Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪk]) is a cloth that is traditionally made using a manual wax-resist dyeing technique. UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009.  I had always wanted to learn how to make batik. The hot wax, the tracing of…

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Bali, Bursting in Ubud

I woke up to rain. To the faint smell of pandan leaves and frangipani. The sky was dark gray. The garden were glistening under the downpour. I watched the mist floating silently in the air, astounded by its ghostly appearance. A dark and wet morning in Ubud for a bunch of depressed writers. A perfect…

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:: ketika kau benar-benar menginginkan sesuatu…

Sewaktu berada di Ubud minggu lalu, saya dan kawan saya sempat nongkrong-nongkrong di Bali Buddha, mengistirahatkan kaki yang pegal karena sudah berjalan terus seharian. Bali Buddha adalah sebuah kafe kecil yang biasa dituju para vegetarian maupun non-vegetarian karena koleksi makanan sehat dan organiknya. Jadi sekitar pukul 3 sore hari itu, saya dan kawan saya itu…

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:: perjalanan yang melepaskan

Bandung adalah perjalanan yang membukakan. Perjalanan yang dilakukan sendirian, diputuskan secara tiba-tiba. Sedikit impulsif. Sangat berbeda dengan saya yang biasanya. Begitu pula yang dikatakan teman saya, ketika sepulangnya dari Bandung, saya membalas emailnya yang hanya terdiri dari dua kata: “Gimana Bandung?” dengan rentetan cerita panjang. Senang bahwa pertanyaan dua kata-ku dijawab dengan respon yang ‘sedikit’…

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