Graph of the Indonesian Women in Politics from 2010 to 2018


Background

I created this graph using Pandas and Adobe Illustrator. The data is taken from the Statistics Indonesian or BPS (Biro Pusat Statistik) and there is a Null calculation for the percent change as Kalimantan Utara (North Kalimantan) does not have any women representatives in the parliament in 2010. So, I took out this province and cleaned out the null value. If you want to use this graph, please ask for my permission. (utamid.kusumawati@gmail.com)

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Thanksgiving at Lincoln


My first Thanksgiving celebration at Lincoln. Had three places to visit, missed the fourth one and ended to engage in a long deep conversation with a group of fun and lovely people. Lucky enough to skip the Black Friday madness shopping, though 🙂

With Korean superstar, a.k.a my little brother Paulus. 😎😎

Having Thanksgiving at the Fortune Place with Inez, a fellow Indonesian who works at Lincoln.
With Carlos Riera and Hector Palala. (photo taken by Chelsea Hampton)
It’s us! (Left to right). Carlos Riera, Hector Palala, Christopher, Gaby, Chelsea, me, Valerie and Ivan. (photo taken by Gabriella Palomo)
Two versions of Turkey. American and Cambodia. (Photo taken by Utami Diah Kusumawati)
Turkey, green beans, mashed potatoe and gravy.

Super delicious Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Coconut Cheesecake. OMG. I love them so much!!

House of dream


I dreamed about you.

About a house where you live. 

A house that has a table with lots of thick-page books, a dim light yellowish room with a standing lamp, several big teakwood  opened windows, and a comfortable red couch.

In that dream, I was standing outside that house, playing and talking with my friends. They spoke about something and we were having fun together. While you were studying inside the house, drowning with the reading. Suddenly you appeared and interrupted us.  

I saw your face, popping out from one of the big windows of that cozy house. And you smiled at me. 

I looked back at you and then, we talked and laughed and talked and laughed and talked and laughed until my friends’ face got disappeared one by one. Until the sun went down and we forgot about time.

And everything started to felt connected and reduced into a small world of us. I felt that you were so familiar to me. Your comfy house, your activity of reading the books on the table, your red couch, your smile and maturity, and the way you carried yourself. Your life, my life, and our crossed path. 

All that smile that I saw on the first time I knew you at that event I could not mention. I felt like I had known you for years and years. 

And, I woke up. It was still dark outside. There was only shadow of trees from my one and only window, and a light bulb. But, the feeling lingered on.

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Dingin yang Tiba di Bulan Oktober


Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tuesday, October 10.

Musim perlahan berganti. Kini, cuaca tidak lagi sehangat saat pertama kali aku datang ke kota ini. Meski masih masuk ke dalam periode Musim Gugur, namun suhu sudah menurun drastis. Salju bisa tiba-tiba saja datang di tengah bulan Oktober ini.

Setiap hari, dari pagi hingga malam, udara terasa dingin. Kamu tahu seperti apa rasanya?

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Fear of losing you


Lincoln, Nebraska.

12:21 AM

Sometimes, I feel like I have lost you inch by inch.

Each time you speak or write, I am always afraid that I will find the fact there is too much difference between us that is not meant to be together. Threads that do not cross one another.

And that you do not want to unite those threads because it will require too much effort, too much time, in the end.

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