Happy Birthday Ati

Today is my grandma “Ati”‘s birthday, and she would have turned 100 yo today. I am forever grateful to this remarkable woman. She taught me what it means to fight for what is right and how to be persistent, and […]

2 January 2022

Overcoming Learning Disability

This story is a tribute to Ati, my grandmama, a woman who believed in me and taught me how to have the persistence of a bulldog. I was struggling as a child with a learning disability. I actually quit school […]

31 January 2021

A Memoir of a Teacher

A story of a little girl’s fight to become a teacher during and after the Dutch occupation in Indonesia. Note: Today would have been Ati’s 101st Birthday. Ati is how I called my grandmama, the first woman in my family […]

31 January 2021


“Sidney, you told me that you wanted to be a writer more than anything in the world.” He suddenly had my attention. “That was yesterday.” “What about tomorrow?” I looked at him puzzled. “What?” “You don’t know what can happen […]

31 January 2021

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can […]

31 January 2021

A Knight

I am a member of Chivalry Now, a non profit organization started by Dean Jacques. Years ago, one of the members posted a poem that I really like. The poem above is an adaptation of the original poem posted on […]

31 January 2021

Depression part 1

WHAT DOES DEPRESSION FEEL LIKE “ … it felt like I was trying to climb up a steep gravel incline and no matter how hard I spun my wheels, it was impossible to gain any ground. I’d just keep slipping […]

1 November 2020

Melt-in-your-mouth Chocolate Coffee Cake

WHAT TO GET: For the cake: – 190 g dark chocolate – 4 eggs, separated – 100 g sugar – 190 g unsalted butter – 2 tbsp espresso – 60 g cake flour For the chocolate fudge glaze: – 200 […]

1 November 2020