Category Archives: Life Bites

Year 2015: Under the Ever-Engulfing Virtual Spotlight

Has it really been another year? That’s pretty scary, my dear. It’s even scarier when your ups and downs throughout the year are played out under the spotlight. And in these days of 24/7 news cycle on digital media, reverberated … 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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Blissful Paradise Here, Biting Reality There

“I’m going away for a while. I need to disconnect.” Rat-racing while being wired 24/7, only urbanites, like yours truly, can get burned out and suddenly need to temporarily disconnect. For years before Eat Pray Love book and movie brought in gazillion bliss-seeking tourists, my … Continue reading

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Has the Humanity Been Warned of Its Own Demise?

Oh, relax– this is not about US Supreme Court granting civil marriage right to gay couples. I’ll leave that hot debate to others. This is about the larger picture of humanity, gays and straights alike. Way over a decade ago … Continue reading

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The Long, Winding, and Loaded Street of Asia-Afrika

No, it’s not a typo. I did mean “Asia-Afrika”, not “Asia-Africa”. Because this is not about the much-hyped 60th anniversary of a certain conference held here this week, but about the street named after the conference that many of us … Continue reading

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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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