Galeri Foto: Desa Sade, Lombok, 30 Agustus 2008

Sasak girl
A shy Sasak girl grooming her nails
Sasak woman in fron of her house
Waiting for tourists (read: customers) to buy their Ikat
Lumbung
Lumbung-style house
Sasak kid
A Sasak kid selling her souvenirs
Old woman
Going home after washing clothes
Famous ikat Lombok
Specially made for tourists?
Weaving
Sasak women skillfully weave threads to produce ikat
Old woman
A humble old woman selling her wooden necklace
Shelter
A Sasak woman shelters under the straw roof
Thatched roofs
Rows of thatched straw roofs
Buffalo heads
Hung in front of the house. To keep away bad spirits?
Sasak girl
Traditional toy
This wooden instrument produces frog sound
Ikat
Ready for sale
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Thoughts
Being a minority

When a nut meets its proper bolt or the two pieces of puzzle properly attached, things may seemed ideal. And this ‘ideal fit’ can be quickly perceived as truth. Worse, like a bird born in cage believing that flying is bad, a person born and grew up with given idea will believe that it is the only true idea. Traveling to places where I became part of its minority challenged me to re-question and redefine what constitutes to true and ‘truth.’

Travel
Jangan Jual Keramahan Kami

Pertanyaan ingin tahu seperti “Sedang apa di sini?”, “Penelitian ya?” atau “Jual apa?” mewarnai perbincangan saya selama perjalanan di Nusa Tenggara Timur. Terlalu sering hingga kadang bikin saya bosan menjawab. Padahal keingintahuan ini ternyata tak lebih dari keramahan orang NTT. Ternyata yang dibutuhkan sungguh sederhana: lepas “kacamata turis”.

Travel
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Cerita dari Secangkir Nasgithel

Hidup itu meriah. Penuh warna. Penuh rasa. Penuh pilihan. Tak heran, ketika traveling, sebisa mungkin saya melarutkan diri dalam kebiasaan penduduk setempat minum teh atau kopi. Teh dan kopi pula yang berada dalam daftar oleh-oleh kuliner saya. Tak hanya aroma dan rasanya yang layak dibicarakan, tapi juga beragam kebiasaan, sejarah hingga romansa yang larut dalam panas, legi (manis) dan kenthel (nasgithel) nya kedua minuman ini.