On the Metro Mini This Evening

14 November 2014 On the Metro Mini (Jakarta’s city bus) this evening, a street singer told a story. He said he couldn’t continue going to school for he had no money. He said we are lucky. Literate, educated, employed. Unlike him, his friends, and his surroundings whom have to “work on the streets, sell their pride, and sleep on the shops’ front doors”. Unable to … Continue reading On the Metro Mini This Evening

The Borrowed Life (The Letters – Part 2 – end)

Dear Friend, How are you? I hope the sun is shining outside your window and the dog is sleeping peacefully on your foot.. Those small things that make life deserves to be cherished! I wrote to you about my life recently. About how I had been living a life that I borrowed, from Life itself and from the people who own it.. It has come … Continue reading The Borrowed Life (The Letters – Part 2 – end)

The Borrowed Life (The Letters – Part 1)

Dear Friend, How are you? I hope everything is still as great as you told me the last time we talked. It’s been more than a month now, since my ankle bone broke. I may forget the date and how the accident happened in detail, but I don’t want to forget the life experience and lessons it’s given me. This is why I’m writing you, … Continue reading The Borrowed Life (The Letters – Part 1)

Pak Pram: What I’ve Learned from Him Since the First Encounter (About Myself and Pramoedya Ananta Toer)

(Bahasa Indonesia version: https://amellina.me/?p=286) It was around 2001. I was about 13 years old, an 8th grader. I went into our family library at home, trying to find something new to read after I had finished reading a book. My eyes caught a vintage-looking book. It was a paperback with white cover; the title looked like it had been written with the help of a ruler … Continue reading Pak Pram: What I’ve Learned from Him Since the First Encounter (About Myself and Pramoedya Ananta Toer)

Dreams Don’t Just Come True

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a dream. A number of times I’d just wake up in the middle of the night finding myself in bed and thought, ‘oh, this one is real.’ Other times, when I’m either at field work or at a meeting listening to other people’s curious remarks, I’d listen to my own voice telling myself, ‘wow, I’ve actually been dreaming … Continue reading Dreams Don’t Just Come True

This Year, Ramadhan is Something New

I come from the country with the most Muslim population in the world. But since the end of last year I’ve been living in another side of the world, where another belief is majorly practiced. This is not my first time fasting outside my home country, but this is indeed the first time doing it in another country for a full month. Fasting here, in … Continue reading This Year, Ramadhan is Something New

Why Do Muslims Fast? – Part 2

And what are those wisdom and power? Here it goes.. The question “why”! Theoretically, we fast for the faith, respect, and love for God. He tells us that fasting is good for us, it brings us wisdom and piety, and therefore we must do it. When people, all the philosopher and religious thinkers, even us the common people, think of it, there are lots of … Continue reading Why Do Muslims Fast? – Part 2

Why Do Muslims Fast? – Part 1

According to the Hijria calendar, last Friday (July 20th in international Gregorian calendar) was the first day of the Ramadhan. In Islamic teaching, it also means the first day of Ramadhan fasting. In this holy month, all Muslims adult, who fulfill certain requirements, are obliged to do the Ramadhan fasting. I have been asked some questions regarding this holy activity, which tempted me to share what … Continue reading Why Do Muslims Fast? – Part 1