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)

The Sociable Baker Who Can Never Get Tanned

This is the first post in the series of “Memorable People I Met in Life” on this blog. above is the girl in question: Lena dressing up as a Christmas gift for a party-bus trip on Christmas season in Lilongwe – this is an example of how brilliant and crazy she could be I shall forever remember how amazed I was when I tried her … Continue reading The Sociable Baker Who Can Never Get Tanned

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

Ethiopia: First Reminder on Perception

I’ve traveled southward across the Mediterranean Sea. After 6 hours’ flight, I arrived in the ‘political capital of Africa’: Addis Ababa. I remember well how I perceived Africa during my childhood. I knew Africa as Ethiopia, South Africa, Madagascar, Sahara Desert, wilderness, and The Lion King. South Africa is Nelson Mandela and gold, Madagascar is lemur, Sahara is hottest place on Earth (Africa is extremely hot in … Continue reading Ethiopia: First Reminder on Perception

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