Category Archives: Society

The Acehnese Man Guarding Chinese Manuscripts

Believe in momentums? I do. After reading an ethnographic book I discovered the author’s Twitter handle, on which I found a link to someone’s blogpost about a museum of diaspora Chinese literature in Indonesia.   Museum of what?   Yeah, … Continue reading

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71 Years On: The Crossroads of Identity?

It started off years ago as Independence Day lunch with some diplomat friends; they’d just returned from State Palace for the ceremony, I’d just finished watching it on TV. Since they’d be in formalwear, I’d dress accordingly in variations of red-white … Continue reading

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A Festival of Fasting, Fear and Factions

A festival Ramadan has become. For the urbanites, it’s an endless series of retail sales, grocery hunts and iftar invitations, that an atheist friend of mine had busier Ramadan than I did. Add in the nightly firecrackers, once a merriment only in villages without … Continue reading

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Jakarta Socialites: Right Dress Code, Wrong Code of Conduct

I’ll start by saying that I don’t typically frown upon people just because they’re wealthy and well-connected or, for the sake of the argument, deprived and doomed. Yet sometimes, some people just keep behaving in certain ways that I can’t … Continue reading

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The Deep and Shallow End of the Fountain of Youth

It started with a swirling rumor and persistent text messages. Yep, juicy stuff coming up, people. Some time ago former colleagues started dishing that a certain former boss had gradually, yet not so subtly, changed her appearance. Leaner, firmer, with a … Continue reading

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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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A Tale of Two Villages: An Urban Girl’s Perspective

Did everyone have a good Eid? Ate too much? Regained whatever pounds you’d shed during Ramadhan? Congratulations, you’re one of many. Many of us also took the time to travel. I spent my Eid with my family across town, but … 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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Waiting Longer to Raise My Glass Here

It’s that time again for the collective social pulse when the great alcohol debate rages on, fueled this time by the Government’s hastily-concocted policy to restrict beer retail sales. As happens often in Indonesia’s vibrant society, the public debate has carelessly … 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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