The “This is Sweden” moment

Daisy Goodwin, an English writer once said: “Marriage is like living in a foreign country as an adult: You can become fluent in the language, you can step yourself in the culture, you can know all three verses of the national anthem; but no matter how hard you have worked to assimilate yourself, there will…

Oslo at a Glance: Things You Might Want to Know about Oslo

Last Tuesday, we went to Oslo and spent two nights in the capital city of Norway. The idea was to have a workcation: half work, half vacation, as both me and Zaki had deadlines approaching really soon that time. We’d never been to Oslo before and we heard that the city is worth a visit….

#mylifeasawriter

This morning, right after I took Hayya to school and Zaki left for work, I sat in front of my computer, was ready to continue writing a serial for a magazine in Indonesia. I had this feeling that everything would go smoothly. I opened my file, sipped my coffee, turned on the music and I…

Di Bawah Pohon Berdaun Salju | Under The Snow-Leaf Tree

Di bawah pohon berdaun salju itu, kutemukan kita. Duduk berdua menatap ranting-ranting putih yang mulai merenta. Aku akan mengeluh kedinginan. Lalu kau akan merapatkan pelukanmu. Dan para tetangga akan bertanya-tanya. Untuk apa kita duduk berdua di bawah pohon berdaun salju. Saat suhu tak mau bergerak dari titik beku. Yang tak mereka tahu, di bawah pohon…

Finding Home in Sweden

When I first noticed that the slogan of IKEA, the Swedish-originate-Dutch-based home furnitures, kitchen appliances specialist, is: “Home is the most important place in the world,” I started to think that it’s indeed the best way to describe how house is generally perceived in Sweden (and also a smart persuasive message for the customer of…