Category Archives: City Life

As They Rob Us Of Our Simplest Grip On Life

As a kid I loved the raining season. Coming home from school I’d happily curl up on the couch by the front window, sometimes accompanied by the tabby cat I kept behind Mom’s back, and we both would watch the … Continue reading

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Schemes and the City

A few years ago the Embassy of Japan held a very interesting exhibition of vintage, luxurious kimonos in Plaza Senayan. Displayed grandly in tall, strategically-lit, glass showcases, accompanied with sufficient captions, the kimonos captured the attention of mall visitors across … Continue reading

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The Artsy-Smartsy, Fancy-Schmancy, Affair

“Why don’t you go in– I’ll wait in the car.” “The invitations are for two.” “Yeah. But it’s, um, art. I may not understand whatever is going on there.”   That was between me and a friend, an educated professional … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Kick Ass

Last Friday happened to be the International Women’s Day. A lot of events took place around town in all forms and scales. But one theme was apparent across cities, countries and continents; stop violence against women. We all know, and … Continue reading

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The Snaking and Slippery Ways Into Urban Love Jungle

Oh, did I catch you smirking after reading the title above? Either you’re one of the lucky few who are warmly bundled up in your love nest, or you’re the jaded type who is convinced that love is a myth. … Continue reading

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Come Hell and High Water Indeed

How is everyone? Well and dry, I dare to hope? I live in a high-rise building that fortunately, and quite rarely for Jakarta, is surrounded by enough lush greenery. There’s no flood around us, yet we sadly could see from … Continue reading

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From Magical Dates to Mayan Doomsday

Guess everyone survived Wednesday last week, eh? Went to all the wedding parties, visited all the newborn babies, signing all the important papers? Or ran your usual errands, like going to Pilates class and visiting your dermatologist, as I did? … Continue reading

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Not Just the Show, But the Whole Experience

When I was living in four-season countries, one of the most awaited events on summers was concerts. As the weather became friendlier for three months, bands would go on many more tours beyond the confine of indoor stadiums. Actually, I … Continue reading

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A New Dawn for Jakarta… Yet?

July the 11th has passed. DKI Jaya’s gubernatorial election attracted so many interests beyond its demography and geography that many of us didn’t even realize that Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and EU numero uno de facto, was in town … Continue reading

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Want More Public Places? Start Supporting What We Already Have!

Summer is here! Wait. Scratch that. Indonesia is not a 4-season country. School break is here!! I’m not in school anymore and not yet a parent. But friends with kids have started to mull over travel options for the school … Continue reading

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