The Jakarta sky was shining above my head. It was 2 pm, a Sunday, some time in late December. The weather was hot and humid, as always. I stepped into the outdoors with my shirt, short pants, and flip-flops. I instantly fell in love with the potted plants and frangipanis. The unlit candles, floating silently on top of coconut oil inside transparent glasses. The wooden floor. And the rooftop pool overlooking the city’s tall buildings. I dipped my toes in there. The cold water felt calming, relaxing, and… a bit jellyish, like the feeling you got when you dipped your hands into a bowl full of marshmallows. Therapeutic in a way, that soothing kind of vibe that enveloped you every time you’re thinking of those lovely memories you’ve shared with someone so dear to your heart.

This morning, I stumbled upon a beautiful song called Wish You Were Here by Blackmore’s Night, posted by a friend. It brought back all the sweet thoughts I had that day, one Sunday afternoon, when I was dipping my toes in the cold water, secretly thinking about you and wondering how perfect it would be if you were here with me. To my surprise, I found more songs with the title Wish You Were Here, and they are all so bewitching, I couldn’t help but share it here. From the sweetest tones to the rockin’ style, old and new, upbeat and classic, you’ll be amazed by these:

1. Wish You Were Here by Blackmore’s Night

2. Wish You Were Here by Endah & Rhesa

3. Wish You Were Here by Avril Lavigne

4. Wish You Were Here by The Sounds

5. Wish You Were Here by Ryan Adams

6. Wish You Were Here by Incubus

7. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

8. Wish You Were Here – Bliss [Buddha Bar version]

9. Wish You Were Here – Mark Wills

10. Wish You Were Here – Eddie Fisher

11. Wish You Were Here by Fleetwood Mac

12. Wish You Were Here by Stefani Germanotta

[And these are for you. One song for each passing month. Wish you were here.]


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  1. Good to know that you are from Jakarta. I lived there for a few months and like the atmosphere very much. The traffic was another thing though.

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I am an Indonesian writer and an artist/illustrator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I love facilitating writing/creative workshops and retreats, especially when they are tied to self-exploration and self-expression. In Indonesian, 'beradadisini' means being here. So, here I am, documenting life—one word at a time.