Category Archives: Life Bites

His Version, Her Version, the Public Consensus and the Elusive Truth

Everybody who’s had a lovers’ spat must be familiar with that famous line. Usually, and this is my experiences talking, after gaining timely wisdom one may look back to acknowledge that the truth was somewhere between one’s and the significant … Continue reading

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Juicy Dishes to Cap the Year: For Better or Worse

How has 2014 fared for you, darlings? To me personally, it’s been an interesting cycle of “out with the old, in with the new” through the year. For better or worse, only time will tell later. But I’m just the … Continue reading

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Gently Gentrifying the Grocers

Sometimes in mid ‘90s a friend moved to Cikajang St. in Santa area. Her civil engineer father, who’d been involved in many development projects, predicted Santa would be the next popular enclave of Kebayoran Baru. There were only some noodle andgudeg joints then, but soon beauty salons and boutiques popped out. Nowadays residential houses on Santa including CikajangSt. have been turned into every commercial establishment … Continue reading

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Kick And Goal, That Great Equalizer

Raise your hand if you’ve walked around half asleep because of a World Cup match. No? Then you’ve been missing out, darlings. I’m no major football fan, but I was raised by a man who is one, and once during … Continue reading

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Kami vs Kita, in Fully Devilish Swing

Birthday? / Why, you want to send gifts? Religion? / You’re going to send me holiday basket, too? Marital status? / Gawd, are you asking me out?? It was a particularly harried day when I swung by an electronic store … Continue reading

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16 Years Ago, Did Any of Us See This Coming?

If you read through Indonesian media this week you’ll find many references to how Indonesians eventually won our democracy these days sixteen years ago when Soeharto finally relinquished his 32-year iron grip following bloody protests, brutal attacks on Chinese descendants, … Continue reading

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Clink-A-Dink, For 2014 I’ll Drink!

For those who assume that the title above is an invitation to turn into alcoholism, rest assured that I have no intention to go against the typical New Year’s resolutions to eliminate addictions by creating a new one (although, accidentally, … Continue reading

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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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Poof! Digital Age, Starting Anew

“I checked my cellphone’s history this morning. Apparently I called my ex last night! Gosh, what I might’ve said? Oh God, let me just die.” Raise your hand if you’ve drunk-dialed an ex, or at least know a friend who … Continue reading

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Beyond the Bumpy Ride and Beyond

Crying over stock portfolio or clutching cash closer to hand for the past two weeks? If not, you’re probably earning in USD, having no exposure in domestic capital market or having camped under a rock. My modest portfolio took a … Continue reading

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