Dreadful sacred lotus

Seroja, if you google it, you’ll get a translation of Sacred Lotus, a beautiful water plant that comes in different colour of yellow, pink or purple. Commonly known in English as water lily, Seroja is a beautiful flower. It usually symbolises innocence and purity. Some culture even associate it with spirituality. Yet, the Seroja, that we know of recently, wasn’t beautiful and kind at all, instead deadly.

An old man at the park street apartment

It has been more than ten years now but I could still remember him clearly, the old man who lived two units away from ours on Park St, Melbourne. We lived in a studio apartment across the Royal Park in Melbourne. It’s a small studio but cozy, just like a

Merawat benih investasi, akankah tumbuh dan berkembang (Part 1)?

“Pak, investasi di Saham, gak?” Gita bertanya secara tiba-tiba lewat Whatsapp message. Gita adalah rekan kerja di kantor. “Enggak Git, but I’d love to learn about it”, jawabku Percakapan singkat ini merupakan langkah pertamaku menapaki perjalanan investasi di akhir tahun lalu. Beberapa bulan berselang dan tentu saja masih terlalu dini

My Favourite night shots

I learned how to take photographs because I want to take photos of the people I know and make them look good like the ones in the magazines. Funny eh? I am just happy when I can look at their smiles seeing their own photos. Along the way, I learned

babi atau hantu

Pergi ke sekolah itu sesuatu yang sederhana bagi anak-anak lain tapi akan menjadi rumit buatku. Lewat kali atau jalan raya? Setiap hari pertanyaan inilah yang harus aku geluti saat mengenakan sepatu, mengambil tas dan beranjak ke sekolah: Aku bersekolah di SD Inpres Oeba 1 di Kupang. Rumahku tidak jauh dari

Weaving the memories

“To make one large piece like this can take up to two to three months, but that’s because we don’t always weave every day” The road to Nansean village was going up-hill. The small pick-up truck bounced every now and then trying to tame the gravel road that we took


Our Kayla turns nine years old today. She could not walk as fast as she used to. At times we could hear her nails grazing the asphalt road, as she drags her feet but her spirit remains as young as a one year old retriever. Happy Birthday Kayla, each day

My favourite shots of home

I was born and grew up in Kupang, Timor Indonesia. My mother and grandmother were also born in Kupang, including my great grand parents. Our clan originally lived in Bonipoi, a moslem populated area in the old neighbourhood of Kupang City. My great grandmother was originally from Savu Island. Her


Jam istirahat pertama, aku bersandar di tiang emperan kelas dan termenung memandang anak-anak kelas 1 berlarian di koridor depan laboratorium. Dari sudut mata, aku lihat ada seseorang yang datang mendekat dan berdiri di tiang lain tidak jauh dari tempat ku berdiri. Aku berpaling ke samping. Oh, rupanya si “John”. Kami

Decluttering journey (Part 1)

Gloomy Jakarta welcoming me back to the city, she knows I’m not too excited coming back here. Sunday – January 10, 2021 The street in front of our apartment in Taman Rasuna was unusually quiet even though it wasn’t that late in the evening. I could see from the balcony

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