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
I’m feeling blue. I know that I do not really have that many reasons to feel so, yet that’s how it is. I’m slightly disappointed with how my students’ exam scores turned out. But I know it was because I put too high of an expectation. I’m bothered by how much workload I’ve been getting versus… Continue reading Being Positive in Life is not Always Easy
Dear 2016, You stink. A lot of people would agree with me. A lot of people would also think it’s weird that I’m opening a thank you note by saying “you stink.” Despite all the horrible stuff, a lot of good things also happened this year, and for that I would like to say thank… Continue reading A Thank You Note for a Bittersweet Year
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
It’s been a bit more than 1.5 months since I left Davis. I’m getting the hang of things in my new/old job and have created a comfy work space on my desk. I got my first two freelance projects to supplement my sad little paycheck that won’t budge until I get my diploma (Yoohoooo…UC Davis…can’t… Continue reading From the Kitchen to the Heart
When I first came home to Jakarta after starting my graduate study, one of the most common questions I got from my friends and relatives is, “What do people eat in America?” I honestly had no clue how to respond to this question, since I mostly hung out with other international students and thus we… Continue reading Do Americans only eat hamburgers?