Category Archives: Eco Life

Deep, Blue, and Keeps Being Hip

“You hail from and live in the world’s largest archipelago, yet you don’t scuba-dive? How is that?” A Frenchman, already a licensed Dive Master then, asked me point-blank over a decade ago. My bellydancing pal Hanna, a diving enthusiast, asked … Continue reading

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Rebels and Disrupters at Jakarta Fashion Week

Attending a fashion week is always fun to me, but I admit that after having seen countless shows year after year sometimes things can start to look somewhat similar. So it’s nice when suddenly a rebellion springs on and off … Continue reading

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Notes from the Front Row of JFW2016

The weeklong brutality that is Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW) last week came to town. Yours truly, mere days after a bruising 10-day sojourn to Milan and Frankfurt, threw herself into the annual fete with much glee and abandon. Sustainability is the … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2016, Day 3

The issue of sustainable fashion, on the heel of the fast-growing fast and cheap fashion, took center stage yesterday. As someone who’s very concerned about the excess of fast fashion business model, discussed on my columns in The Jakarta Post … Continue reading

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Hot, Hazy, and Heavy Affairs in Between

Sorry, boys, not a column about sex. Carrie Bradshaw does that. It’s about how God-awful hot it’s been in months for all of us, and how inhumanely hazy it’s been in weeks for some of us. Let’s start with the … Continue reading

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On Terawangan, Taliwang, and Tra-La-La

  It was a hot summer long ago when the wide-eyed teens that were me and a couple of pals first landed in Lombok. The father of a mutual friend of ours was working there, and we were invited to tour this little island … Continue reading

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The Supermarketization and Supersizing of Things

As I live in the vicinity of Japanese expatriates and general clotheshorses, I’d been hearing for a while that a certain famed clothing retailer was coming to conquer Jakarta by way of the city’s newer shopping mall. So, of course, … Continue reading

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Footnotes from the Front Row: JFW 2015, Day 2

First off, just in case you were wondering, I survived Day 1. That was 10 hours running around in 10-cm heels to attend 5 shows and correlating press conferences, thank you very much. Which explains why Day 2 was for the fail-safe, … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Moving Forward, In Vintage We Trust

I can’t remember exactly when I started taking interest, perhaps during my teenage years in Manado when Mom began collecting vintage chinaware from the Dutch colonial time, but I realized it was the years overseas that nurtured my penchant for … 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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