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In Search of Beauty

In Search of Beauty

If there's an adjective that doesn't belong to Jakarta, it's Beauty.  You know, in the real sense of the word.  The balance and harmony in all the senses, the sight, the sound, the smell, those sensations that evoke within us the finer feelings of awe and appreciation, piercing through the depth of our emotions and stirring the soul.  These sensations are absent in roads and streets dominated by misshapen buildings and constructions that pay no attention to their surroundings, in the jagged and twisted metals of bridges and flyovers, in the uneven tarmac and stingy pavements that shun pedestrians so they weave and wind their way between stubborn cars and suicidal motorbikes.  For sure there is no beauty in the smell, a mixture of fumes, sewage and long uncollected rubbish, as for the sound there is only cacophony.  After all, what else can the heavy traffic, loud speakers and the noise of millions of people living in close proximity and seemingly deaf produce other than discord?

Indeed, Beauty these days is a luxury.  It's not something one can readily find.  Perhaps one can stumble upon it in a passage of a book, a line of poetry or a painting hanging in a gallery.  Or in a beautifully designed piece of technology.  But beauty other than the landscape that Nature graces us with, is a rare treat for those of us living in a city that is constantly changing, perpetually under construction and becoming the repository of all our wastes and dirty habits.

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Of Rats and Men

Of Rats and Men

Be careful calling somebody a ‘rat bag’ or a ‘dirty rat’ as recent research shows that rats are not only kind and generous creatures, but they also have a sense of empath...

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The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

The perpetual learner that I am, I'm currently following a course that involves awareness training which includes learning how to listen.  This is very useful, as unlik...

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In Two Minds

In Two Minds

What with the increasing number of new-fangled gadgets I have about me, keeping me company and comforting me like little Linus' security blanket, not to mention ensurin...

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What I Want for Christmas

What I Want for Christmas

(This article appeared in the Christmas edition of the Jakarta Globe)

As the year is drawing to a close, my list of what I want for Christmas grows longer by the day.  S...

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War, Peace and Cups of Tea

War, Peace and Cups of Tea

An overcast late afternoon in traffic-choked Jakarta.  What better time to sit around in a cafe with a couple of friends over pots of Jasmine tea and hot chocolate and...

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

There have been a lot of events in the world recently that are food for thought:  Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi finally killed by his own people after being hunted d...

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The Certain Uncertainty

The Certain Uncertainty

The date in which I write this article is on 11.11.11.  There is symmetry in this row of number ones that does make you feel that there’s a significance to this day.  ...

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Nothing To Watch

Nothing To Watch

Sometimes I wonder why I work in television.  For a start, I rarely watch it.  I’ve been on it for the past two decades that is true, though appearing on television and a...

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Alkaline Diet

The Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme, set up by nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson an...

 

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The Benefits of Running

You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying...

 

Cut Your Salt Intake

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