Swedish Sayings I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Sweden*

Like many other countries, Sweden has plenty of expressions, idioms and sayings rooted in history and tradition. Some of them can be found in other languages, or at least share similar meaning like “Beat around the bush” and “Gå som katten kring het gröt” (English: walks like the cat around hot porridge). Some others are…

Investasi Perlengkapan Bayi

Sejak sebelum punya anak, saya sudah mudah tergoda dengan barang-barang perlengkapan bayi yang lucu-lucu, yang seperti melambai-lambai minta dibawa pulang. Belakangan ketika sudah punya anak, saya sadar banyak perlengkapan bayi yang sebenarnya enggak butuh-butuh amat untuk dibeli. Dari situ saya belajar melakukan semacam “investasi.” Membeli perlengkapan bayi yang memang benar-benar nyaman, berguna dan tahan lama,…

The writing that helped Hayu re-find herself*

The move to Sweden became a major transition for Hayu Rahmitasari. In order not to feel idle, she took up writing. Now she has released her first novel – which may be adapted into series. December 2016, Hayu Rahmitasari moved from Yogyakarta, Indonesia with her then six-year-old daughter. Her husband, Zaki, had received a doctoral…

Moving to Lund Evokes the Passion to Write*

Hayu Rahmitasari writes about life in Lund for a website called The Newbie Guide to Sweden. Recently, she published her first novel in Indonesia. I always try to see the golden edge. Hayu Rahmitasari left a good job in Indonesia to start a new life in Lund. The move was  a challenge but at the…

Menyuruh Anak ke Warung

Bagi sebagian orang tua, menyuruh anak membeli sesuatu di warung mungkin hanyalah perkara sepele. Hanya soal permintaan tolong sederhana yang tidak perlu dibesar-besarkan. Apa sih istimewanya mengirim anak berbelanja? Tapi buat saya, menyuruh anak ke warung adalah momen serius yang terkait banyak hal. Tidak hanya soal memberi kepercayaan, tapi juga soal kemandirian, rasa percaya diri…