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Gates of all legacies

Twenty four years ago, in my high school library, I learned how the kings of Persia built their empire and made their legacy in the form of Parsa, the great capital of Persia. Iwas told today that it was the empire leaders – father and son and grandson – who continuously built the city greater than they …

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Travel

Welcome to Iran

“The winner is one who losses for seven (people) and stands for the eighth (person)” Masoud. Arriving at this country with a mixed feeling. It’s hard to tell whether Iranian people actually made up the country; one thing my host, Masoud, said to me, “We make and are proud of …

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Love

The best place to fall in love is wherever you go traveling

A dear friend of mine told me to go traveling and fall in love. Later, I found her suggestion was logically appropriate, if not correct. You see, for something highly emotional, like falling in love, I found the logical explanation when I was in Luang Prabang, Laos and Morotai, Indonesia. …

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Life

The Day Voltaire(s) Meet in Luang Prabang

“Friendship is the marriage of souls, and this marriage is subject to divorce.” Today, I finally purchased my return ticket to Indonesia. After spending some time with my new monk friends in their Wat Mai monastery, the question why I picked Luang Prabang and purchased a one-way ticket for this …

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Life

Detachment and Non-attachment

Two weeks ago, right before I started the trip to Luang Prabang, I finally completed my non-attachment class with a note from my teacher saying, “you have a lot of homework to catch up!” Oh well, just like other graduations, diploma or certifications, it introduced me to more responsibilities. One …

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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”.

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Life

Kurikulum Kehidupan

Entah kenapa, sejak lulus SMA, ada saja sosok-sosok baru yang muncul di hampir setiap hari ulang tahun saya. Walau singkat, beberapa bahkan tidak sempat saya kenal namanya, mereka punya satu kesamaan: memaksa saya ‘kembali mempertanyakan diri sendiri.’ Hari ini, siapa sangka saya akan bertemu Bapak Ir. R.E.J. Soesiarto, 71 tahun, …

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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.

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Society

Not A Charity, But An Opportunity

Opportunity. That is what persons with disabilities wanted. Unfortunately, due to lack of common understanding, they received more symphaty then what they need.

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Society

Ulurkan Tanganmu, Bukan (Hanya) Dompetmu

Kesempatan. Itulah yang dituntut oleh teman-teman penyandang disabilitas. Sayangnya, karena kekurangpahaman, rasa kasihan lah yang malah sering menghampiri mereka.

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