Category Archives: Virtual World

How Low Will You Go for Social Media “Views” and “Likes”?

We all have been there. Holding in tummy, reapplying makeup, rearranging dishes on a table, jumping on a mountain, assuming yoga poses on a beach, chasing stray cats in some random street; all in the name of social media posts. … Continue reading

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Travel: For Fun, or for the 15-Second of Fame?

Earlier this year at Singapore’s Chinatown, a trio of teenaged, backpacking Indonesians walked past me, arguing. The girls blamed the guy for having rushed to book hotel online, since they now saw some hotels charging SGD 5 lower for walk-ins. … Continue reading

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Mengurai Lipstik, Tas, Ponsel, dan Pasar

Bila Anda termasuk pengguna aktif Twitter di Indonesia, mungkin seminggu ini perhatian Anda banyak terpaku pada perselisihan tajam antara 2 (dua) akun tentang pembelian dan pembayaran kosmetika asing untuk dibisniskan. Di antara banyaknya komentar yang lumayan sexist seperti “Urusan emak-emak … Continue reading

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Digital This, Auto That… Reality What?

(ring) H… hello? Is this dotstoredotcom? Yes. I wanted to buy bandannas on your website but the system kept failing. Whatsapp message me, then. I’ll get back to you tonight. Tonight? You’re available now. (tentatively) Actually, umm… I’m working. In … 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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Flying Fearlessly Into the Virtual World

Many say prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. But I sometimes wondered half-seriously, and this shows just how much free time I’ve got in my hands at times, that the world’s oldest profession couldn’t have been in services, but must’ve been in … 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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Archiving Our Vast Cultural Heritage for The World to See

“We’re very bad at archiving our work– myself included.” Senior fashion designer Didi Budiardjo said that to me when I paid homage to his exhibition at Museum Tekstil Jakarta recently. Fashion designers overseas are accustomed to present well-curated exhibitions at … 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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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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