Dayeuhkolot and me

Standing in front of the mirror of my parents’ cabinet, I’m seeing the shadow of myself. I am definitely much older. It’s been seventeen years since I left this house for good. Now I am a different person with my own life, different than and separated from the life I had in this house. The …

Being Lim

After standing in line for hours, it was finally my turn. I was one of thousands of high schoolers who were queuing to register for the national entrance examination for public universities. I wished to be admitted in the best technical university in Indonesia. My very smart eldest brother, who applied to the same university …

Just Valentine

In case you need some "#activist" and "for #justice" pick-up lines for the #Valentine week, here are some I made for you. Enjoy Baby, I tell ya direct action beats inaction. Let me distribute my love equally all over you. Do you believe in oppression at first sight? Let me be your Wall street, babe. …

[Quote] On social media

Facebook asks what's on my mind. Twitter asks what I'm doing. Instagram asks what I'm seeing. Foursquare asks where I am. Social media is like an obsessive ex-boyfriend. In this place you have a profile picture and what you do is just sitting around, making friends with strangers, bragging about life you don't have, and …

Really Random Quotes

New research says that social media users tend to believe any statement that starts with "new research says". Five years ago I proposed that "coconut is mammal". After years of further in-depth observation, today I declare that "Coconut is indeed mammal: it is bony, has fur, and produces milk." In 2013, I warned those who …

Professor-ing

One of so many fun dialogues from today's reception. I was there as a singer. Guest (G): Madame, what a great singer you are! It was beautiful. Me (M): Thank you, you're very kind. G: Where do you usually sing? M: Nowhere... I am new to Ottawa, haven't performed that much. G: Oh? Really? What …