Realizing my Paradise

“I bet these people never realize that they live in such a beautiful place,” says aroonh82 or whatever name of the person whose comment I happen to read under a Youtube video, some years ago when I was still living in Albany. That day I was missing Holland’s parks, canals, trams, trains and all the […]

Biking in Bali

RELIEVED! That’s how I felt when I first reached my office by bike. It was only my second day of work here in Bali and at that time I just came back from the US after living there for some years. I was not afraid that I’d be lost, but I realized I was not […]

Hoensbroek Castle

What country in Europe has the most castles? Please don’t be tempted to say it’s Holland, just because I’m blogging a lot about it. As always, you can consult Master Google for the right answer, but I’m telling you now that it’s not Holland. However, that doesn’t mean that Holland is not the home for […]

It was Holland: a Poem by a Friend

Today I’m going to share a poem written by a friend of mine, Rilda. The two of us shared some similar things. We both are Indonesians who got scholarships to study in Holland. We both studied Women, Gender and Development at the same year. And I don’t know if it was a fate or mere coincidence, […]

Vincent van Gogh and the Story of Pain and Passion

One of the things I learned from living in Holland is this: whenever the weather gets nice, we better go out and make the most of it. Holland’s weather is notorious for being dark, cloudy, and wet. So anytime the sky is clear and the sun is out, the Dutch knows that they need to […]