Begin Again

Never crossed my mind before that I would have to learn a totally new language when I’m already 30+. I mean, I’ve been doing just fine with my English skill. I don’t find any difficulty to communicate here in Sweden as most people speak English fluently. I also mostly work in English environment, so there…

Menu-menu Gampang di Perantauan

Salah satu hal yang sering dikeluhkan ketika tinggal di luar negeri adalah soal makanan. Lidah Indonesia yang terbiasa dengan nasi dan makanan yang dibalut berlayer-layer bumbu membuat makanan luar jadi seolah tak berasa. Tidak mengenyangkan. Atau minimal membosankan. Makanan adalah juga salah satu hal yang kerap membuat orang Indonesia homesick, alias kangen rumah alias tidak…

Lund, Jogja dan segala sesuatu di antaranya

Pulang tahun ini bisa dibilang sedikit di luar rencana. Awalnya kami berniat pulang ke Indonesia di akhir tahun, sekalian mengungsi dari musim dingin Swedia yang ajaib. Juga menunggu tabungan agak ”mendingan” dulu setelah libur panjang musim panas tahun lalu 😅. Tapi dua kabar baik di bulan Maret membuat kami menata ulang semua rencana perjalanan. Pertama,…

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…