Sunday, November 30, 2008

into the grey of winter

at the latter part of the day, a small walk was done.

Friday, November 28, 2008

port meadow

well, if i look at the way i finish my homeworks this week, i think i have most of the things i wanted to do done. the priorities, the secondaries, tertiaries and quaternaries... are all well arranged in time. leave the rest for another week. thanks to the planning. this weekend i may have time to take benny's offer of doing a short hike across the countryside.

visiting the trout sounds very tempting to me.

legend has it that the trout has the most delightful setting by the bridge with a large terrace looking out onto the river thames. to stroll up the port meadow in the late afternoon sun and have a picnic while nestling on the banks of the thames is going to be one of the most memorable things to do in oxford.

let's pray the sun will be on our side.


"she keeps some moet and chandon in her pretty cabinet...."

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


i kinda need to dilute this idea out of my head with a lot of water. so i took a glass of cold water and drank it. but the idea is still there. as solid as it was before. i took another glass of water, this time warm. and drank it. but it's the same. the idea stays there. i wonder then, if idea is not dilutable in water like sugar usually is. even if they both sometimes taste similarly sweet.

Friday, November 21, 2008

come to where the flavor is

this coming saturday will be asia pacific food festival day in corpus christi college. after a week full of intense assignments, here comes the fun part. all indonesian students in oxford are united to contribute to this delicious event. there are less than twenty of us but we will entertain at least two hundred portions of special dishes from our homeland.

many other asian students unions will participate too. our decision to penetrate the event came in the last moments. and so the competition for the menu started earlier as we must avoid cooking the same dish presented by other groups.

the supreme council of kitchen duchess already decided what our menu will be. the other crews will do their best to make sure their decision on nasi goreng bali (fried rice), dadar gulung (rolled coconut pancake), gado-gado (vegetable mix) and sate reign on saturday night.

ah, i can already smell the food in my mind...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

the one that's coming next

it is about the time for me to revisit southeast asia, at least in thought if not in physical form. i have always been carrying the idea since the day i depart, and it seems that the interest have formed a more recognizable shape nowadays. a shape that's not always present. but when it is, there is an appetite to make it closer to me. it's like a warm pillow you find next to you when you wake up in the morning. you know you can't take it all day with you, but it feels justified to hug it for the last few seconds before you go taking shower.

as to revisit southeast asia, if the decision is made, it will bring further consequences. it's like many other decisions we make, basically. but to revisit it, even if merely in thought, has two contradictory directions. one leads me to additional works of reading and preparation to write something - hopefully; and the other one takes me to a state of temporary peace - also hopefully. which one comes first doest really matter. they both are like two next stops from this point to get to southeast asia. ah, what a curious roadmap.

i find the situation is challenging. the clock is ticking. each second comes and goes whether you are aware of it or not. night is getting longer. but sleeping time is not. i pray that before weekend comes i already have a clue.

oi, oi, oi...

Monday, November 10, 2008

another kind of rain has just poured down

heavy wind has caused this.
the blanket of green is now half yellowed.
by the falling leaves.

and here is another perspective of the park
right in front of the house where i reside:

"ah, look at that bench over there, what a perfect spot to have a picnic lunch isn't it?"

Sunday, November 09, 2008


all that you touch
all that you see
all that you taste
all that you feel,

all that you love
all that you hate
all you distrust
all that you save,

all that you give
all that you deal
all that you buy
beg, borrow or steal,

all you create
all you destroy
all that you do
all that you say,

all that you eat
everyone you meet
all that you slight
everyone you fight,

all that is now
all that is gone
all that's to come
and everything under the sun is in tune,

but the sun is eclipsed by the moon...

"there's no dark side of the moon really. matter of fact it's all dark."

Sunday, November 02, 2008

isis and iffley

if you walk under the rain, it is easy to think for a bowl of hot noodle soup. hmm…

last saturday i walked alongside the river isis, from the floyds row in south oxford, downstream to the village of iffley. with ben and rangga. three of my countrymen trying to defeat the cold shower of november rain. no one carried any umbrella.

on our left hand side, the river. rowers from different colleges were seen practicing hard to get prepared for the next month's championship. all wet. on our right hand side, meadows. cows, horses, swans and empty fields with occasional bushes. the horses are bigger than those you see around ganeca street of bandung city.

we walked to reach the site of a very old water mill of iffley. built in the 11th century, survived for eight hundred years of grounding malt, barley, corn and other cereals, the mill was burnt down in 1908.

at the end of our trek, we arrived at a lock next to a small chapel where the mill used to be located. it’s called mill lane, close to the site of the 12th century norman parish church st mary the virgin.

i know that not everybody loves rain. but among those who love it will understand how it feels to smell the crisp air. the sound of raindrops, the dark misty sky, the chilly air and the good companies… the place has just some resemblances to an empty street i used to visit in lembang of west java. some pine trees would make it looked more similar.

niki, you would love to be here.

isis is the origin of thames river. if you follow the stream, it will eventually take you down south, there where you can find london town...