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History is made by mixing facts and interests

Today, I met Alibek Yeginbay, a historian born and grown up in Kazakhstan but has called Xi’an home for five years. Like me, he’s one of the doubters that Marco Polo actually took the trip as mentioned in the traveler’s book, The Travels of Marco Polo. Polo’s description of ancient …

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Life

Menjadi Keran

Saya kenal arti investasi jauh sebelum saya fasih apalagi terbiasa mengucapkannnya. Tak begitu jelas kapan saya mulai menghayati kata ini. Bisa jadi ketika saya diminta presentasi ‘mempertanggungjawabkan masa depan’ di depan orangtua saya, selang beberapa hari setelah diwisuda Oktober 1999. Berbekal coretan di selembar kertas A4, kemudian dilanjut dengan slide …

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Life

Home Was Not As It Used To Be

When I call a place or a house home, I might expect them to remain the same as to when I left them. When I call a bunch of people home, I might expect their attitudes toward me to stay the same. The fact is, as much as I wanted to, they will never remain the same

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Life

“So, you want to experience death?”

I remember my guru told me that when awareness is released from its physical host, a strange sensation usually occurred in one or more of the sensing organs. Probably, in this dive, because I closed my eyes, I sensed the burning all over my skin.

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Life

Will A Scar (Ever) Hide the Wound Beneath?

It’s certainly easy to talk about the scar when you do not have one snapped on your face. But one has to decide whether to curse the grief or take it as a stepping stone to move forward.

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Life

Being senseless

Thank you old blind man. You may be less perfect than me, but you have shown me how not attaching to one of your senses are actually possible to continue life.

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Thoughts

Being a minority

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.’

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Thoughts

Walking, meditate on the move

With all the body senses required, walking is an active, focused and concentrated action. Waking is, to me, meditative.

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Life

Happiness is only real when shared

Happiness is only real when shared.

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Thoughts

You can be your real (and only) self when traveling solo

One of the reasons I enjoyed traveling solo is to meet strangers. Not only to learn about their life but also to re-learn about mine.

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