One of my besties named Sari, she lives thousands miles away from island where I live. Around 1 hour and 45 minutes if it is converted into flight time. I met her for the first time in Bandung, thanks to Australia Youth Exchange Program that made this happen. I knew she would be my best friend after came across her well-crafted writing. She can’t stop proofread any sentences she found, exactly like a grammar police. She is super witty, hilarious and sharp. These traits beautifully paint my serious life. Every time we met, we are not good at telling something on the surface, we dive deep, touch the ocean floor and make it into the Earth core. We share our books, our family and our friends, those things that we both treasure.
Now our friendship is about 8 years old, a few months ago she visited me to celebrate that special age. We celebrated it 7 days and night in row by traveling around Lombok. We hiked 1,900 m asl hill like a pro climber, we tried street food and secondhand clothes like a hippie, we walked along the old town of Ampenan and dined in five stars resort like a posh. Hand in hand we have tasted bittersweet of trips in different part of the world. And I would like you to know little bit about her, in this little screen through this interview. Happy reading!
On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about life right now?
Describe yourself in a hashtag?
If you could do a love scene with anyone, who would it be?
If your life was a musical, what would the marquee say?
This girl sucks at musical
What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
What’s your wakeup ritual?
Thinking “what day is it?”
What’s your go to bed ritual?
Thinking and plotting dialogues I should’ve said to people
What’s your favorite time of day? 5PM only. No alternatives
Dream country to visit? Iran
What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had? Life in general? LOL
Heels or flats/sneakers? Oxford and ankle boots made of artificial leather
Vintage or new? VINTAGE!
Who do you want to write your obituary? My cat
Style icon? Some random girls on Instagram and any 80’s or 90’s movie stars
What are three things you can’t live without? Book, Music, Humour
What’s one ingredient you put in everything? Can I do 3? Salt, Garlic, and cabe rawit
What 3 people living or dead would you like to make dinner for? Pasta for Haruki Murakami
soup (with a little bit of shroom) for Amy Winehouse, Frida Kahlo, she doesn’t need dinner though, cigarettes and coffee would do.
What’s your biggest fear in life? To feel the long pain before dead
Window or aisle seat? Aisle, not to pee, but to run fast when accident happens
What’s your current TV obsession? Can I do 2? Atlanta and Insecure
Favorite app? Spotify, although their catalogue is not comprehensive
Secret talent? Writing? Hahaha
Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life? I think went on paragliding. Anything could go wrong, but I did it anyway
How would you define yourself in three words? Observant, Weird (like everybody else), Particular
Favorite piece of clothing you own? All of my oversized outers (jacket, cardigan, blazer, coat)
Must have clothing item everyone should have? Outer
Superpower you would want? To be invisible
What’s inspiring you in life right now? My paycheck, I can do heaps of things with it LOL
Best piece of advice you’ve received? Jangan dipikirin (Because I overthink everything)
Best advice you’d give your teenage self? Don’t study natural science
A book that everyone should read? We should all be feminists – ChimamandaNgozieAdichie
What would you like to be remembered for? A writer of at least 1 book
How do you define beauty? Being confident and liberated in your own skin
What do you love most about your body? My original eyebrows
Best way to take a rest/decompress? Bengong and sleep
Favorite place to view art? Music festival/ concert where people get to express their freedom
If your life were a song, what would the title be? “Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep” (This is actually Fran Lebowitz’s quotes)
If you could master one instrument, what would it be? Electric guitar
If you had a tattoo, where would it be? Inner wrist
Dolphins or koalas? None of them
What’s your spirit animal? Cat
Best gift you’ve ever received? Any hand-written notes
Best gift you’ve ever give? Any hand-written notes, books, and a playlist
What’s your favorite board game? I don’t do board game
What’s your favorite color? Black, it’s not a color.
Least favorite color? Orange
Diamonds or pearls? Never wore any of them
Drugstore makeup or designer? Drugstore or anything cruelty-free J
Blow-dry or air-dry? Air-dry but I do blow-dry for work, no time for air-dry
Pilates or yoga? Yoga
Coffee or tea? Coffee. But I need to change to tea anytime soon
What’s the weirdest word in the English language? Fish. Why can’t we say fishes? Why is it uncountable when we can say dogs/ cats as countable and hair and beard, why can’t we say hairs but we can say beards? Aren’t they on similar degree? Weird
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Not a chocolate fan, but might go with chocolate milk
Stairs or elevator? Hahah you got me! Elevator! No second-guessing about it. haha
Summer or winter? Summer/ Spring/ Fall. Hate cold, hate winter. You geteclecticised when in contact with anything made of steel with your winter coat. I hate that feeling.
You are stuck on an island, you can pick one food to eat forever without getting tired of it, what would you eat? Spaghetti aglio olio
A desert you don’t like? Any drinks made of banana, like why?
A skill you’re working on mastering? Cooking vegetarian/ vegan meals J
Best thing to happen to you today? Knowing that life is going in a mundane rotation, but once in a while you get to hang out with your best friends or watch your favorite musicians performing near you.
Worst thing to happen to you today? To trip and fall in front of public, which I did in the past, not fun
Best compliment you’ve ever received? That I have good taste in music and books and movies lol
Favorite smell? Sandalwood and food smell haha
Hugs or kisses? Both
If you made a documentary, what would it be about? The life of regular people; housewives, young workers who just moved from their hometown to big cities struggling urbanistic lifestyle, grandparents, construction workers, high school girls, unsuccessful artists/ musicians, KRL train operator, maids and baby sitters, should I go on?
Last piece of content you consumed that made you cry? Kind encouragement from my colleagues
Lipstick or lip gloss? Matte lipstick
Sweet or savory? Savory
Girl crush? SZA (American singer)
How you know you’re in love? I’ll know when I do, cause I’ve never been. Ha!
Song you can listen to on repeat? Too many songs. Please head over to my Spotify account J
If you could switch lives with someone for a day who would it be? Anyone from the great golden era of the 60’s and70’s and watch the 1969 Woodstock
What are you most excited about at this time in your life? Going places, watching concerts, meeting my friends
Your go to for having a good laugh? In conversation with my best friends
Your affirmation for today? “Besok dicoba lagi.”