Reflections: Indonesia

This is the second and last part of the two-part "Reflections" series; posts that concludes my holiday. Last time I went to Indonesia, it was around 2 years ago. I spent a good 3 weeks there. It wasn't a good holiday at all. I just graduated from Masters Degree and all I felt during my… Continue reading Reflections: Indonesia


Anak Rantau Masak: Bakso

Bakso adalah makanan favorit gue di Indonesia. Apalagi bakso dekat pasar di daerah gue, wah enaknya nggak ketulungan karena kaldu sapinya benar-benar dari tulang dan tetelan sapi. Sayangnya angan-angan makan bakso asli abang-abang hilang begitu memutuskan untuk hijrah ke Belanda. Banyak restoran Indonesia yang menjual menu bakso disini, tapi kok rasanya nggak seenak bakso abang-abang.… Continue reading Anak Rantau Masak: Bakso

Putih Abu-abu

They say that high school is the best time of your life. I don't know if that's the universal truth or something people gladly conclude after watching every 80's high school movies made by John Hughes, but it certainly wasn't THE best time for me. Mine fell somewhat in-between. However mundane my life was, I… Continue reading Putih Abu-abu

Online Dating, is it bad?

So, consider this as a part two of my last post where I talked a lot about the letter from the 2014 Crystal to 2015 Crystal. It was a post in Bahasa Indonesia, but if you'd like to read it, you can access it through this┬álink. In the letter, the old Crystal gave wise words… Continue reading Online Dating, is it bad?

The True Definition of “Girl Squad”

A few years ago, one of my favorite singers launched her album called '1989'. Yes, it was Taylor Swift. Along with her fresh music in her new album, she also coined a new movement which soon became one of the most used hashtags on the digital world, #GirlSquad. It was a term to describe the… Continue reading The True Definition of “Girl Squad”

Why I Don’t Play Pokemon Go

Okay. For the past few days, everybody keeps talking about the new hype: Pokemon Go. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pokemon Go is a new GPS-related game by Niantic to catch Pokemon in real life. Yes, they will use your GPS to track Pokemons all around your neighborhood, and… Continue reading Why I Don’t Play Pokemon Go

Connecting To The Past, Nieuwe Keizersgracht Style

Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, once proclaimed an abbreviation that is hold very dear to Indonesians until present day: Jas Merah. It was the abbreviation of "jangan sekali-kali meninggalkan sejarah", in English can be translated as "Never, even at once, leave history behind". It was one of the most famous jargon of the then-president,… Continue reading Connecting To The Past, Nieuwe Keizersgracht Style

Valentine’s Day: A Hallmark Holiday?

It was February 14th. The day that was considered as sacred for most couples in the world. The day where you could do anything in the name of love, be it proposing your SO, or simply telling your crush that you liked them and you wanted to ask them out. VALENTINE'S DAY. I am not… Continue reading Valentine’s Day: A Hallmark Holiday?