Monthly Archives: August 2017

Keep ‘Em Coming

Keep ‘Em Coming

“How was it?”

“How was what?”
“Was it good?”

“What do you think?”
“Was I good?”

“How do you want me to answer that?”
“What about you?”

“What is about me?”
“How do you feel?”

“Why don’t you tell me?”
“Are you okay?”

“Are you okay?”
“Is it okay then to say that we are okay?”

“Is there a “we” now?”
“Do you want to file a motion against that?”

“Is it something worth doing?”
“What is worth doing to you then?”

“Why don’t you find out?”
“Is that an invitation?”

“Why don’t you just accept?”
“What is the risk?”

“What is life without taking a risk of not knowing anything ahead?”
“Is that how you describe this whole thing?”

“What whole thing?”
“What do you think has happened?”

“Why the questions are getting longer and more complicated?”
“Why do you keep answering my questions with questions?”

“Why do you still continue doing that?”
“Why do you think I keep up with you?”

“Why do you think I keep up with you?”


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Posted by on 08/23/2017 in Blog


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Exceptionally Exceptions

Exceptionally Exceptions

Have you been considered exceptional?
Or do you think you are an exception?

There’s always an exception in everything. Especially in every big picture of a society.

I am always intrigued by certain findings in polls or surveys. There have been numerous “researches” that indicate, for example, people of my age in the country I live in:
• hardly walk
• hardly read books
• hardly exercise.

Meanwhile, as I look around, or perhaps as I stumble across social media feeds of people I know, I see them running (be it for “status updates”), reading (be it for “status updates”), and exercising (be it for “status updates”, but why wasting sweat for just as such?) in various locations.

Of course it is easy to say that I do walk, read, exercise and not being asked in surveys. But if the surveys and polls indicate that they present great pictures of how a society is and does, then we shall wonder on who were surveyed? How these surveyed people represent people at large? And if we do not see ourselves in the surveys, are we all exceptional exceptions?

Sometimes, I could not help wondering about these ‘anomalies’.
We often tend to see a whole society from these big-picture perception. Or, labels.

I used to think, unfairly, that majority of Colombians must be involved in illegal drug business. I fail to zoom in possibility that there must be artists, literary thespians, professors in the country, and definitely religious professionals not involved in dirty politics.

People often think that Indonesians are not well-versed in literature. I am often amused to see number of books stacked in bookstores in Indonesian, and writers keep coming up to prominence every year.

I used to think that all people in Western countries are sophisticated. That is until I realize that wherever in the world, richness and poverty go together, literacy and illiteracy go together, different choices of life and in life do happen.

Sometimes I also wonder, there must be a fellow cinephile in Zimbabwe, or a fellow avid reader of English books in Papua New Guinea. I have not met them yet.

My wondering sometimes extends to the possibility if these exceptions to the ‘presumptive big picture’ has to live based on the ordinary norm of their present surrounding. Maybe that’s the case here, and everywhere else.

We can only wonder and ponder.

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Posted by on 08/11/2017 in English, Personal


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