Achievement Unlocked

Beberapa bulan lalu, saya mengirimkan naskah cerita bersambung (cerber) berjudul Klub LDR ke Majalah Kartini. Tak lama kemudian bagian redaksi mengkonfirmasi bahwa cerber saya akan dimuat tapi untuk tanggal pastinya masih menunggu antrian. Saya pun tak ambil pusing. “Oke, akan saya cek kapan-kapan,” batin saya. Pagi tadi sambil menyiapkan sarapan, iseng saya mengecek aplikasi HIGO…

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…

#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…

How to Save (a little bit of) Money in Sweden*

It’s a common knowledge, I think, that living in Sweden is not cheap. According to a data from Numbeo (2018), “Cost of living in Sweden (rent is excluded), is 15.47% higher than in United States.” However, thanks to the Swedish ways of life, there are some things that we can do to save a little…

New Kid on The Block*

I can still remember, vividly, the first moment when I got off from Öresundtåg at Lund’s Central Station. The cold winter air was slapping on my face like waking me up from a long dream, and I whispered excitedly to myself: “Okay, this is real.” But then, I stepped out outside the station and that…