culture shock · daily life

Life Lessons from My Grandmother’s Sisters

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

culture shock · daily life · parents

What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 3

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

culture shock · daily life · parents

What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 2

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

culture shock · daily life · parents

What it’s like to move back in with your Indonesian parents – Part 1

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

culture shock · daily life · observations · The Big Durian

Things about Jakarta that piqued my interests since coming back home

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