Surviving

Monday morning, I had started working for about half an hour or so. Suddenly, a message appeared on my screen. "Pak, can we talk real quick?" one of my team members messaged me. "That sounds very serious", I replied. I thought it was unreal. She informed me that she tested positive for COVID-19 along with …

The land of Atoni

The sun was setting down and the temperature was dropping slightly. It was a different feeling to see the sun setting here at this mountainous range compared to seeing the sunset at Kupang bay. We were camping at Lelogama, a village about three hour drive from Kupang city. Kupang is the capital of Nusa Tenggara …

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.

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 sekolah. Hanya butuh waktu sekitar …

Sepatu

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 sama-sama warga kelas 2 E, …