Category: Past Stories

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

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

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

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

Smelling the rain again

It has been almost a year since the start of the pandemic and now I get to spend the rainy season back at home. We tend to take things for granted until suddenly they are slipping away from us. I used to miss the smell and the sound of rain.

Ending Jakarta Chapter

I’m enjoying a cup of coffee at Periplus coffee shop waiting for the boarding call. What a week! I’ve been working from home in Kupang since the start of the pandemic last year but our rent contract is expiring very soon. I had to return to Jakarta last Sunday just

Long Press the Power Button to Restart

We had that experience when our laptop suddenly stopped working and all we could do was to press long the power button to restart. That’s how I see the year of 2020. I didn’t expect a drastic change of life in 2020 as we began the year but I did

Appreciating home in time of pandemic

“I’m thinking to renegotiate my contract so I can work part-time”.  I said to my wife as we were about to sleep. It was around the end of February. All staff contracts were expiring in the following month and were being in the process of extension. My wife and I

Just an ordinary story about I Wayan Geden

It was around 1950 and I Wayan Geden was already working at the Mental Hospital in the city of Bangli, Bali when he heard the opening of the Police academy. Geden, was the third kid among his siblings, all boys. There were five of them, but one had passed away.

Lost Friends (2)

1st Part of Lost Friends Chapter 2 – Ais Manu “Are you not going to get the application form?” I asked.  “Nah, my house is near. I will just come back tomorrow.”, he said. It was just past 1pm. But the day was already hot and dry. The three of

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