Category Archives: UrbanChat

Why I’m Regularly Mad at Soeharto

No, I’m not talking about the events of September 1965, which have since regularly caused heated debates at this time of the year. Not that I didn’t think those debates were useless either, for the record. I get mad at … Continue reading

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Healing Hand for a Humane Habitat

Many moons ago I attended a graduate business school far, far away. Not very many Indonesians then or since, but the global alumni association has done a pretty good job in staying in touch. Back in school we have Thursday … Continue reading

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Art: Shared and Democratized

Picking up from my last column about art merchandises at, among others, 9th Bazaar Art Jakarta, and the frank talk with artist Eddie Hara, I’m pleased to see how art has been further shared and democratized. Launched last year with … Continue reading

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Urban Art Scene and A Chat with Eddie Hara

You may still recall what I wrote here about my gallery-hopping in Yogyakarta around the time of Artjog. One of the art merchandises we acquired was a lovely scarf screened by the work of Eddie Hara, the renowned Basel-based Indonesian … Continue reading

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Kiwi Winter Wonderland

A few years ago my parents were invited for a private event at the residence of then New Zealand’s ambassador to Indonesia. As it coincided with my birthday, my parents were kind enough to bring me along. The ambassador and … Continue reading

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The Business of Making Memories

I noticed something when a friend traveled with her daughter recently. She noted “making memories” as she posted their travel pictures on social media. I thought that was sweet, and smart. Any grown-up with even the most boring life has … Continue reading

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The Milestones of a Lawyer and a Designer

The word milestone is, by definition, a marker of distance—length of the road traveled. On literal roads milestones are measured the same way, yet on life journey the distances and how they are marked vary greatly. Although, sometimes, a couple … Continue reading

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Art: The Soulfood of Yogyakarta

Bandung, Ubud and Yogyakarta are some of the places in Indonesia where I never failed to feel at home. There is a welcoming sense, a grounding force, a rhythm that make things work in comforting pattern. At the risk of … Continue reading

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Drama, Panorama and Kaimana

Senja di Kaimana by Alfian is a classic oldie many Indonesians know. The melodious song tells of a girl’s smile and the breathtaking sunset over Kaimana, now part of West Papua province. As I wrote here a while back my … Continue reading

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Old Nusantara in New Singapore

One of the reasons many Indonesians love to come to Singapore is to enjoy newer, better, often more advanced things. Things like underground subway, fully-automated system of whatnots, or tropical gardens hanging up in the sky. I do, too, in … Continue reading

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