How Living a Nomad Life Led Me to Find a New Self-Image and Awareness

During my brief time of being nomads in Jakarta, quite often, I received criticism from my inner circle, telling me that I have made a mistake by moving out of the comfort zone. When hard time hit, frequent questions they had bombarded me revive, compounding in my mind and making me believe that I did make a mistake by moving into the big city. For … Continue reading How Living a Nomad Life Led Me to Find a New Self-Image and Awareness

The Ugly Truth about Indonesian Current Affairs Programme: Dealership-based E-commerce, an Innovation or a Drawback?

My dream that someday Indonesia will have a public service-oriented broadcaster, similar to BBC,  is seemed to be unlikely in the near future. The chances are television companies or media programmers in Indonesia chose to follow the common trend by dumbing-down their programme contents amidst the strong pressure of commercialisation. Regardless the ethos of a television company, profit-concern apparently becomes a determining factor in programming policy. … Continue reading The Ugly Truth about Indonesian Current Affairs Programme: Dealership-based E-commerce, an Innovation or a Drawback?

Pre Historic Veils Upon Leang-Leang

On March, 15 2015, I and my siblings visited Leang-Leang Village, Maros, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been my tourism crush since months ago. It was due to the mystery it holds behind the veils of pre-history. Thus, I flied from Jakarta to visit my origin in intention to witness the famous karst and the art-cave with my own eyes. Continue reading Pre Historic Veils Upon Leang-Leang

The Three Fractions of the Public’s News Preference

When Allan Stuart reaffirmed that news from the streets will be favourable, I should have just agreed. Since it is disappointing to prove that, to some extent, mass media has succumbed to the public’s preference of news coverage. It was a pity to discover that the audience prefer to peruse bombastic headings with shallow content and popular events. It was also inevitable to observe that … Continue reading The Three Fractions of the Public’s News Preference

Je ne suis pas #JeSuisCharlie ni #JeNeSuisPasCharlie

It’s been two weeks since the Charlie Hebdo incident took the world by storm stirring the outcry for freedom of expression. Thousands of people marched together with their eminent leaders and echoing the¬† slogan “Je Suis Charlie” across the globe. Looking at the phenomenon, I tried not to be involved in the public discussion nor jumping into the bandwagon condemning the two misguided guys who … Continue reading Je ne suis pas #JeSuisCharlie ni #JeNeSuisPasCharlie

Twilight Discussion

December, 27th. Twilight. Five former students of International Relations were on their way back to Jakarta city taking a public transportation, the trans-Jakarta commuter. As they sat on long perching ¬†green velvet bench, they started to discuss issues pertaining to current political events in Jakarta. At one side of the coach, a group of people seemed to put attention on the topic these young adults … Continue reading Twilight Discussion


Sebelum Anda membaca, sejak awal Saya informasikan bahwa tulisan ini bersifat sangat subjektif. Oleh karena itu pula, jika dalam tulisan-tulisan sebelumnya Saya menggunakan Bahasa Inggris, kali ini, Saya memilih untuk menulis dengan menggunakan bahasa ibu Saya. Asimilasi. Terdapat beberapa alasan mengapa asimilasi sangat penting untuk diimplementasikan oleh setiap individu yang berasal dari suku Bugis dan Makassar. Dua suku serumpun yang mendiami sebuah pulau besar berbentuk … Continue reading Alasan


Disclaimer: I wrote this blogpost out of angst and sadness. So I hope you read this piece with a little more of compassion. Today, on my way back home, I bumped into some kind of underworld mundane, the first and the most frightening one that I have ever seen. A superstitious creature which came to life with their thick compact powder, fake eye-lashes, and artificial … Continue reading Dragqueen