One Month of Mysticism Class

In February I started working part-time at my university. It was a little frightening because I haven’t had much social interactions and “working” sounds like a daunting task especially since I was used to being at home. I was previously hired as a freelance staff so I already know the people I work with but coming to an actual working place is quite different than sitting at home. I was terrified of course, mostly because of my physical constraints (and I could not help but shudder at the thought of virus and bacteria running around the campus haha!). However, the people that I work with understand my condition and have been kind and helpful to me.

Up until now, I am still adjusting to working. I have flexible hours which is great but often I get extremely exhausted. While I know this is normal, sometimes it scares me and I start overthinking. However, the most important thing is that I enjoy it and being in a campus environment really helps me ignite my passion for learning again. So when I saw that CRCS (Centre for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies) of UGM opened two intercession courses for its students and the public in July, I was intrigued. I read that the programme was basically a “summer” programme so it only lasted 5 weeks with 10 meetings, twice a week.

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Finding Treasures in Portugal

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

Just incase you didn’t know. I am in love with Portugal. I don’t know why I didn’t come sooner to this stunning country where the food is just amazing, the people are as warm as the summer sun and the scenery makes me breathless.

And to add, Portugal is just full of treasures. By treasures here I mean art treasures, or better known as street arts. I love a decent street art that adds beauty in a place. I love it when they are painted in bright colours and contain bold statements.

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Body Acceptance

Long before cancer and all that, I had always been very self conscious about my body. I was never confident with my body and had always been the fat friend. Before I knew I had cancer, my weight dropped drastically. I didn’t know it was because I was sick, I was of course delighted and when I took some pictures of my “new” body, friends took their time to compliment me, saying how much prettier I look now that I’ve lost some weight. Finally, I was not the fat girl anymore.

When I found out it was because of cancer, well, my world came spiralling down. I lost so much weight that I was stick thin, that even a size S was too large for me.

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Summer in Mykonos

This is an old post, originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander.

I am not a big fan of beaches. I grew up in Yogyakarta, only an hour away from some nice beaches, yes a contradiction. However, these beaches are barely swimmable as they are located in the south and the south sea is known for its vicious waves hence swimming isn’t recommended.

Also, I remember when I was a kid, I went to one of the “friendlier” beaches and during my stay there I heard a news of a young, married couple who were dragged by the waves into the sea. It was a pretty scary experience as you can imagine.

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