challenge yourself to wake up early morning and meet creative jakartans on creativemornings jakarta at conclave, september 11, 8am.

let’s share how empathy will give different voice into our works and makes us not only becoming a better creator but also a better human.

#Repost @cm_jakarta.
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Windy Ariestanty has a 10-year experience as an editor-in-chief and director of GagasMedia Group, which houses 2 leading publishers for young people, GagasMedia and Bukune.
In early 2015, she decided to enter a new field—creative communication for the publishing industry by handling 27 publishers under AgroMedia Group umbrella. She is currently developing Writing Table, a pop-up creative writing school run together by several young Indonesian writers.
Windy is also an author. Her writings convey different point of views and angles on traveling. Instead of talking about places, she dug her topics into human interaction issues. Life Traveler, her first travelogue, which contains of narrative travel stories was shortlisted at Anugerah Pembaca Indonesia or Indonesian Reader’s Award in 2012.
Windy Ariestanty on Empathy
Friday, September 11th, 2015. 8am onwards.
Conclave Co-working Space, Wijaya.

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menangis

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Aku sudah lama tidak menangis.

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Kemarin, sambil menyetir, aku berusaha mengingat-ingat mengapa aku tak kunjung menangis dalam tahun-tahun belakangan ini.

Dua hal yang aku ingat membuat aku menangis dalam tiga tahun terakhir adalah:

Ketika aku terbangun pada pagi hari dan mendapati diriku tidak bisa bergerak sama sekali. Aku menangis karena menahan sakit sekaligus ketakutan membayangkan akan lumpuh seumur hidup. Continue reading “menangis”

• the sang dragon girl •

someone in inle told me that sang dragon or burmese rosewood is the national flower of #myanmar. the yellow flower blooms during april with a fragrant scent, which is also when myanmarese celebrate their new year.

for myanmarese, padauk or padouk (common name for this flower among the locals) represents youth, love, and romance, while the tree (is used for furnitures) itself symbolizes strength.

remembered that information, when i saw this girl who was wearing padouk as the crown, i approached her. she looked extremely charming with that sang dragon flower on her head and thanaka on her face. a young burmese girl that captivated my eyes and heart.

‘do you like that flower?’ i pointed her head. she looked at her mother who was preparing their drink kiosk by the irrawaddy river. her mother said something to her that i couldn’t understand.

‘may i take your picture?’ i shooked my camera. she smiled and gave me this look. i didn’t wait any longer to take her photo. when she saw her picture on my camera, she took the flower and handed some to me.

oh, #myanmar, your people are so kind and i am massively in love with you.

#bagan #newbagan #asia #southeastasia #sea #travel

captured with my sony dsc-rx100

kisah cinta #1 *)

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Jadi begini. Aku akan memulai cerita dengan menegaskan kepadamu; tidak semua kisah cinta di muka bumi berjalan baik, bahagia, dan tanpa pengkhianatan.

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TEMANKU datang pada suatu malam dengan mata sembab. Ia mengaku sudah berhari-hari susah tidur dan kehilangan semua gairah. Lelaki yang dinikahinya sejak tiga tahun lalu kedapatan selingkuh. Ia dengan penuh kesadaran memutuskan untuk bercerai. Surat cerai sudah ia layangkan seminggu sebelum ia tiba-tiba muncul di rumahku.

‘Kau sudah memutuskan?’ tanyaku pelan-pelan. Ia mengangguk. Ia tak merasa perlu mempertahankan seseorang yang sudah tak memperjuangkannya juga katanya. Berita yang ia bawa mengejutkanku. Kupikir selama ini semua baik-baik saja. Aku sebenarnya kurang paham mengapa orang harus berselingkuh. Kenapa tak katakan saja dengan terang-terangan bahwa kau jatuh cinta kepada yang lain. Kau tak perlu bersembunyi. Kau tak perlu jadi pengecut. Tentu akan terasa sakit. Namun, rasa-rasanya lebih sakit disodori kenyataan pahit yang kau ketahui dari orang lain. Ini terasa seperti pengkhianatan bertubi-tubi.

Aku sering pikir mengapa ketika jatuh cinta kita berani mengatakannya, tetapi ketika sudah tak cinta, kita menjadi begitu penakut mengatakannya?

Continue reading “kisah cinta #1 *)”

• the beauty of simplicity 2 – we read therefore we are •

i love to see them building their own world through reading. this is another my fave shot in the golden land.

kindly captured with my sony dsc-rx100.

#yangon #myanmar #southeastasia #sea #asia #travel

• the beauty of simplicity •

i actually didn’t want to post this photo to my ig. this shot isn’t perfect perhaps. this shot is lack of techniques in photography. but somehow this is one of my fave shots in #myanmar. i just showed it to several people, told them how much i loved her expression. told them that everytime i saw this picture i would smile.

the story behind this picture wasn’t heroic, it was just an auspicious coincidence. i was sitting at the bus station near sule pagoda in #yangon, #myanmar, waiting for my friends. we wanted to go to the market after pacing in some alleyways of the city of yangon. there, in front of me, was a bus full of novices. they were about to go back to their monastery after visiting the pagoda.

she was there, sitting in silence meanwhile the temperature on that day was over 40 degree celsius and the bus had no air conditioner. some of her friends read books, some talked to each other with a low tone of voice.

i snapped without looking at my camera’s screen. i just didn’t want to lose her expression–the expression that reminds me of the reason why i am in love with #myanmar.

myanmar is beautiful in its simplicity. just like her.

#southeastasia #sea #asia #travel

thanks to my sony dsc-rx100 for capturing this picture.

april dan hal-hal yang belum selesai

 

April sudah lewat, namun ia masih menyisakan hal-hal yang belum selesai.

ORANG pertama yang mengucapkan selamat ulang tahun adalah papa saya. Bagaimana tidak, ia salah hari. Ia mengirimi saya SMS selamat ulang tahun pada 1 April—dua hari lebih cepat dari hari jadi saya, yang sama sekali tak saya balas.

Pada hari ulang tahun saya, ia kembali berkirim SMS, beralasan bahwa ia sengaja mengirimkan ucapan selamat sejak tanggal 1 April karena khawatir ketika hari ulang tahun saya tiba, saya tidak menerima SMS-nya sebab berada di tempat yang tak ada sinyal. Continue reading “april dan hal-hal yang belum selesai”