Monthly Archives: April 2012

Article: The gardens of learning

First published in The Jakarta Post Weekender, May 2012 issue.

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The little (feisty!) angels of the Garden

[Bahasa Indonesia]

First published at the Rainbow Reading Garden’s blog

Seeing is believing
Reading is bliss
And sharing is even more so

“Seeing is believing.” Cliché, I know, but that’s the most appropriate expression I could think of about my recent visit to The Rainbow Reading Garden in Flores. I have heard about the Garden for the longest time. But never could have I imagined the view, the feeling, and the impact it has on me until I visited the gardens myself and saw them with my own eyes.

It was raining cats and dogs that Saturday morning, when we slowly came to stop after driving for about an hour from Labuan Bajo. We have arrived at Kampung Roe, which hosted one of the 23 Rainbow Reading Gardens (to date).
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“No need to do anything. Just be. Just surrender.”

[Bahasa Indonesia]

a.k.a Longing (II)

There were five of us
He spoke of sincerity, of acceptance, of returning to purity
Of the Truth that we forever long for
Whether we know it or not

I sat in silence, eyes closed
Trying to sense the feeling that exists
That doesn’t feel like it exists
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