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

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