You’re pregnant, aren’t you? Ever since I had my enormous weight gain, I have been asked this question many times in Jakarta, mostly by my Uber drivers. For some reason, some of them felt the need to verify my fertility before they took a great care in navigating the uneven pavement of the big… Continue reading Mbak, lagi hamil ya?
What do you know, it’s been more than eight months since I’ve been back in Jakarta. As I’m getting more and more used to life here, I’m also starting to miss my life in Davis. Davis is my second home. It’s a city where I experienced independent adulthood for the first time. Well, I did… Continue reading (Reverse) Homesickness
Small talks in Indonesia, be it with someone you just met, someone you haven’t met for a really long time or just anyone in general, typically goes in sequence. It lasts throughout your entire period of life as follows: When are you going to get a boyfriend? When are you going to get married? When… Continue reading Life Lessons from My Grandmother’s Sisters
Following the first and second pieces, this is the last part of my living with parents saga – for now. Surprisingly, writing about my family life is actually a good therapy. It helps me analyze the situation and look deeper into why things are the way they are. Reading people’s comments (on Facebook – I… Continue reading What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 3
I’m glad to see that my first post about moving back in with my parents got really positive responses from dear readers. Thanks for laughing on my misery, you horrible, horrible people 😀 Other than syncing up our eating habit, another challenge we have to face is related to how we manage chores and housekeeping.… Continue reading What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 2
Hello. My name is Mesa Tan. I’m 31 and my partner and I live with my parents. In Indonesia, you can change my name and age with anyone else’s information and that statement would most likely still be true. When my husband and I decided to move to Jakarta, one of the questions we had… Continue reading What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 1
Today is day 13 since Sean and I landed at the Big Durian. For me it had been a bit more than six years since I could proclaim myself as a temporary non-Jakarta citizen, and for Sean it had been a bit less than two years since his first visit to this bustling metropolitan city.… Continue reading Things about Jakarta that piqued my interests since coming back home