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?