17,000 Islands 7,000 Rice

#Tanah&Air Our generation has largely forgotten that we used to grow around 7,000 different types of rice. White rice doesn't just dominate our plates, but it also dominates our minds and fosters the belief that this is the common thread over Indonesia's proudly standing 17,000 islands. But upon a closer look, we know there's nothing… Continue reading 17,000 Islands 7,000 Rice

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Whatever happen to formal Indonesian language?

#Tanah&Air Visit any hip (or hipster) spots in your town and you'll likely to eavesdrop on a young Indonesian mixing Indonesian and English in a sentence. Many people do it so casually, effortlessly, and fluently, often times switching Indonesian and English back and forth without thinking, giving some people a bugging question what’s behind this… Continue reading Whatever happen to formal Indonesian language?

Why are we so close yet so far?

#Tanah&Air As I'm writing this, we are (or were) just 2 days after the Independence Day. On Facebook, for what seemingly miles of newsfeed sit various amount of videos reminding us of our diversity, the abundance of talents and natural resources, and the dizzying variance of people, skin color, cultures, and religions, and a message… Continue reading Why are we so close yet so far?

Why Burung Garuda as National Symbol?

#Tanah&Air My whole confidence, courage and passion collapse upon learning that Burung Garuda was just...a myth. What could be worse than figuring out that this majestic national symbol is a mere drawing and name on a stone, done hundreds of years ago? Not to mention that plenty of Indonesians weren't Hindus and Buddhists who might… Continue reading Why Burung Garuda as National Symbol?

Tanah&Air: An Introduction

One of the most heartbreaking things growing up in Indonesia is that we are habituated to not understanding our own history. Yes - we had history classes in school. Yes - we know what happened here and there. But we are satisfied to mere knowing than to comprehending our history as a tool of reflection… Continue reading Tanah&Air: An Introduction

How daydreaming is just as important as writing

Maybe it all started since I began commuting for an hour to school when I was six. When long rides forced me to shift my focus to this delicious hazy aether of dreams. It was cotton candy. That’s the best way to describe it; looking back to those long moments of imaginative child-like thoughts, haven… Continue reading How daydreaming is just as important as writing

The Consciousness of Ideas

In the world of ideas, the wild imaginations, the controversial edges or the sensuous imageries are probably the most important factor in storytelling, but I’m learning that timeliness is probably the invisible number one factor. Elizabeth Gilbert once shared her unusual experience about her story idea that ‘flew’ somewhere else and made a stop in… Continue reading The Consciousness of Ideas