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?

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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

Setting Up Sonic Environment for Productive Writing

All you need is a headphone. Stephen King once said that you should close your door and your mind and don’t let anyone in. This door can be imaginary. And many writers have suggested similar feats, advising that having a specialize corner, table set up, a consistent time of the day, or an opening routine… Continue reading Setting Up Sonic Environment for Productive Writing

How to Practice English from Podcasts

A thank you note to Krista Tippett’s On Being I was one of the few lucky Indonesians who had the chance to study in the USA, to be immersed in English in and out of school and to have their life transformed by this powerful and unifying language. All of us international students gleefully absorbed… Continue reading How to Practice English from Podcasts

Making the most out of your smartphone as writer

The magic of writing with two thumbs Despite having multiple notebooks for different purposes, I am pretty convinced that I still write probably more on my phone. By phone I mean my Gmail, Monospace app, Evernote and Google Keep. And by write I mean from blurts of thoughts to stories of hundreds of words. I… Continue reading Making the most out of your smartphone as writer