An alphabetical love letter to Jogja

So I’ve been thinking I really need to write more on this blog, and throughout my time in Indonesia there have been countless missed opportunities and thoughts in my head which haven’t made their way to paper or screen. The pandemic and imminent ending of my Master’s (along with them an uncertain vision of theContinue reading “An alphabetical love letter to Jogja”

A Mollo Celebration – Lakoat.Kujawas celebrates their fifth birthday

Three years ago, Dicky Senda came to speak at UGM about his project involving young people in his village, Taiftob in Timor. The project was called Lakoat.Kujawas and its mission was to revitalise the local traditions and boost local pride of the Mollo people. Dicky spoke about the development of a library, creative writing classesContinue reading “A Mollo Celebration – Lakoat.Kujawas celebrates their fifth birthday”

Karimunjawa reflections

Back from a few days in Karimunjawa. A rest from the city and the noise and laptop screens. This is the third time I’ve been to Karimun, a tiny outcrop of islands in the middle of the sea between Java, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. Its central position is highlighted by the different communities who call theContinue reading “Karimunjawa reflections”

Love in the Time of Corona

They were both sitting on the sofa. In the background, the clock ticked, a gentle reminder that time was actually moving, and a few cicadas called out as if to prove life still went on without them. It was day twelve—perhaps already thirteen—of self-isolation, and the initial novelty of cooking and cleaning and pretending toContinue reading “Love in the Time of Corona”

Tales of the Pandemic: The quiet before Ramadan in Yogyakarta

I live on the outskirts of Yogyakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. To the north, travelling through small settlements, food outlets and rice fields, one reaches the now (alarmingly) puffing Mount Merapi. To the south lies the centre of the city: the tourist attractions of the Tugu statue, Malioboro Street, the palace where the Sultan lives –Continue reading “Tales of the Pandemic: The quiet before Ramadan in Yogyakarta”

Reflecting on 2019: Indigenous languages and religions

2019 marked the United Nations’ Year of Indigenous Languages, a year designed to “recognize and acknowledge the range, diversity and global value of languages as well as the critical and endangered status of many individual languages around the world, the vast majority of them being indigenous languages”. Language is not solely about vocabulary and grammar structuresContinue reading “Reflecting on 2019: Indigenous languages and religions”

Sentimental Moments, Shared Songs and Ngayogjazz

For me, one of the best ways to get to know a place is to know what songs everyone in a group can come together and sing. In the UK, it’s probably Mr Brightside by the Killers, a handful of Queen songs, Gloria Gaynor, or perhaps Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis. Whether weContinue reading “Sentimental Moments, Shared Songs and Ngayogjazz”