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The ubiquitous Lanzhou beef lamien

“There is no way one eats Lanzhou lamien without beef chunks and beef broth. What kind of lamien without beef?” my new friend Michael Ma asked me. “Vegetarian lamien,” I suppose.

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Journey

There’s always the first time of everything

The Yellow River, emerging from Kunlun Mountain and ended in Pacific Ocean was central to ancient Chinese culture. The river halved the City of Lanzhou, a significant communication centre along the ancient Silk Road route. According to archeological findings, soldiers, envoys, merchants, monks and poets who travelled along the ancient …

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Journey

Be grateful

His name was Li. I was sure he had a full name but he refused to mention it. As a deliveryman wearing Santa costume, his SoP required him to smile to people. Surprisingly, he said to my guide, “I hate this job. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I make money …

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Journey

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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