Independent but Not

A few days ago one member of Indonesian parliament was invited as a speaker in a conference that focused on Women in Leadership and Politics.  This topic always interests me because somehow I feel as Indonesian woman there are a lot that can be done to improve the position of women in leadership, in politics…

Why Shy Away?

One major difference between Yangon and Kyiv is a close-knit diplomatic community.  It is common for the Indonesian diplomatic community to be ‘close’ to each other, but here in Yangon I feel that most diplomats from different embassies know each other, they even have a club that meets regularly.  Almost every other day during the…

Spot a Problem, Spot an Opportunity

Having free time for a person who used to have no free time may be a luxury at first.  But after a couple of weeks, your body starts to ache and your brain starts to scream demanding to be exploited.  So to satisfy the demand of my brain and body, I started to think about…

Beyond the Glass Ceiling?

I could see a Middle Eastern tent standing proudly from afar.  People crowded around the tent, trying the variety of titbits the Embassy of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered that evening.  This was my 7th diplomatic reception I’ve been to in this two months.  One thing for sure, every country tried their best…