How to Tune a Didgeridoo (and other things I’ve been up to)

It was a cacophony. An accordion bellowing, djembes beating, the dambus strumming, a KORG keyboard wavering on a note played by a determined big toe. Even the resident Sanggar cat yowled to her own beat. Was it music or noise or….? I sat on the corner of a cigarette-stained rug, swaying in the sound and … More How to Tune a Didgeridoo (and other things I’ve been up to)

The Flood

News of Indonesia rarely reaches the U.S. unless something sensational like executions or elections happen. For this reason, I doubt that the disaster that afflicted my home here last week made the news overseas. Bangka island and Pangkal Pinang — the provincial capital and my home here in Indo — experiences the worst flood in … More The Flood

“How do you know this address?”: A Case Study in Why We Keep Our Doors Locked

When Caitlin and I first arrived in Pangkal Pinang, we were told to lock our doors at all times… using all four locks on each door. There are three doors to get in our house: two in the front and one in the garage. The front gated doors have two locks and a sliding bolt … More “How do you know this address?”: A Case Study in Why We Keep Our Doors Locked

Indonesia Blog 50: Remember to Love: A Response to Islamophobia from a Non-Muslim Teaching Assistant in a Muslim-Majority Country

Originally posted on All for the Love of Wandering:
I read the news of the bombings in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris on my smart phone.  And not for the first time, I wished I had better access to internet or access to a paper newspaper in my native language, because the news was simply too…

Asking for the Moon: Thoughts on the Start of the Second Semester

***Safety check*** The bombings that rocked Indonesia’s capital city two days ago are a tragedy. My friends and neighbors are upset by this event but everyone I know who is in Jakarta is safe and well. The AMINEF mid-year conference in Jakarta is still scheduled to continue next week as planned. *** Halfway to where I’m … More Asking for the Moon: Thoughts on the Start of the Second Semester

Belitung

Last Two Three Tuesdays ago, I was asked by my school (Ibu Evi, specifically) if I had ever been Belitung. Last Two Three Wednesdays ago, I was asked by Ibu Evi for my full name. Last Two Three Thursdays ago, I was taken on a surprise visit to Belitung with Ibu Evi and Ibu Kun, my headmistress. It was a … More Belitung