• The Day of Silence

    The morning sunlight that spilled through the curtain bathed my bed in its early glow. I opened my eyes to the chirping of the birds and the rustling of the leaves faraway. Nobody worked in the

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  • 2014: Kissing Fireworks in Alor

    I don’t normally spend New Year’s Eve traveling or partying with friends. Most of the times, I’ll be reading some good books in my bed until the clock strikes 12. This year, 10 days before New

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  • Bogor Botanical Garden

    Bogor Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places in my hometown. It’s always nice to get lost in the lush canopy of green, daydreaming by the lotus pond, or reading some good books while sitting

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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

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  • Hiding in Bali: Here and There.

    I spent another week in Bali this October. The actual plan was to meet up with Adit and Ney for our #PecahdiUbud routine at Ubud International Writers & Readers Festival; but I intentionally came a few

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  • Old Town of Jakarta (Batavia)

    There are only a few places I like in Jakarta: my office (seriously), the giant bookstores, coffee shops with bookshelves, the stretch of street stalls selling everything vintage in Jalan Surabaya, Seaworld and Planetarium (again, seriously),

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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

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  • Gili Trawangan, Lombok.

    Going there. It takes you 1.5 – 2 hours by car from Lombok International Airport to reach Bangsal port—where wooden boats are lining up, ready to transport you to Gili Trawangan. For the car-ride, you can

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  • Triwindu Antique Market, Solo.

    Stretched along Bengawan Solo—one of the longest river in Java, and guarded by some volcanoes: Mt. Merapi, Mt. Merbabu and Mt. Lawu, Solo is a tranquil city of Javanese culture and tradition. There’s a certain ‘ancient’

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  • Makan-makan di Jogja

    Berhubung ini akhir minggu, dan siapa tahu ada yang mau jalan-jalan; kalau kamu akan bertandang ke Yogyakarta akhir minggu ini, saya akan menyarankan kamu untuk mencoba dua makanan berikut ini: gudeg mercon, dan nasi langgi Bu

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  • Cerita Noor

    “Semua orang nggak setuju waktu gue mau menikah sama orang Indonesia. Mereka bilang laki-laki Indonesia jahat-jahat,” kata Noor. Saat itu ia tengah menyikat tumit kanan seorang perempuan Indonesia keras-keras. Terdengar bunyi kecipak pelan ketika Noor meletakkan

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  • :: sensor pilih kasih

    Begini ya, Sdr/i. Petugas Sensor yang semena-mena… Saya itu sudah lama ingin nonton festival Sinema Perancis. Akhirnya kesampaian juga. Film yang saya pilih adalah film drama sedikit komedi (plus agak depresif sebenarnya). Judulnya La tête de

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