Last year, I decided that I wanted to make “handle criticism better” a New Years resolution. It’s never really been such a big issue for me, but I find times where I get so bummed out and bothered for days on end. Those scenarios that somehow come at you right before sleep, you know? AtContinue reading “Criticism sucks, but it doesn’t have to… I guess”
Southeast Asia’s largest textile market, Tanah Abang, has always been a popular place to visit ahead of Eid celebrations. With Eid coming in just a few days, pictures and videos showing how swarmed the market place was on the 2nd of May went viral. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed that an estimated 87,000 people visitedContinue reading “Mass Crowds Gathered in Tanah Abang: A Mix of Responses”
Every Christian is called to be a witness of God in this world. Being a witness of Christ means knowing the work of Christ, that is of God the Father who loved us, sinful humans, to the point that He would sacrifice His Only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save us.Continue reading “My Thoughts on Christian Youth and Their Perception Towards Social and Political Issues”
The Relevance of God and Religion in Today’s Life
By 2026, Jeff Bezos is set to become the first “trillionaire” on earth. According to Comparisun, Bezos’ wealth is on the verge of increasing by so much that he’ll pretty much be leapfrogging the other contenders of the ‘soon-to-be-trillionaire club’ quickly. Putting that into perspective, Bezos is now 36% richer than the British monarchy andContinue reading “A Pandemic Perspective: Should Billionaires Exist?”
Severe monsoon floods have occurred throughout Jakarta for the last few weeks. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, these floods were caused by heavy rains that overflowed several rivers around the city and to the surrounding crowded housing complexes. A statement put out by Sabdo Kurnianto, the acting head of Jakarta’s National Board forContinue reading “Jakarta: the future Lost City of Atlantis?”
As an Indonesian, it is inevitable how post colonialism and globalization has shaped our perception of beauty and aesthetics. Without question, teachers, parents, friends of parents, and our very own friends help solidify certain meanings on beauty and it unconsciously became a definitive truth for us. Typically, what is most looked down on for IndonesianContinue reading “A Conversation on Colorism and Beauty Perception with Anya Zen”
We’ve heard world leaders, scientists, and health care officials tell us about the prospect of having a “normal” life once we’ve taken all the right steps to contain COVID-19. Dubbed as “the greatest vaccine effort in history”, vaccine programs have started to be implemented in various parts of the world. The question we’re all thinkingContinue reading “When will life return back to “normal”?”
“The difference between the Dutch and Indonesians is that they are hardworking, unlike Indonesians who are mostly lazy.” “If Indonesia wants to become a first-world country, they have to follow the footsteps of the Europeans.” Some of you might think that these remarks came from some racist, pretentious, white guy who whole-heartedly believes in theContinue reading “Decolonizing the mind: coming to terms with my internalized colonial mentality”
Last week, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office resident cat, Palmerston announced his retirement from his duties so that he could spend more time away from the things going on in the world. He also promised to still remain as an ambassador for the UK and the Foreign Office also published “his” resignation letter. This letterContinue reading “Happy Retirement, Palmerston!”
As if the fact that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic isn’t enough – this weird rebellious nature of not wearing a piece of cloth should be the last thing we have to worry about.
Only when I came back home to Jakarta a year after where I reexperienced all the cultural norms, the subtle barometer that a collective holds, and genuinely felt the pressure to be performing do I fully grasp the totality of it. So, this is my best attempt of understanding Baudrillard’s theory through the ‘object’ and lifestyle that I am most exposed to Upperclass Chindo Lifestyle.