I think it’s fair to say that the past year has been hard on everyone. But it’s harder for some than others. I feel fortunate enough that I’m part of the group where the pandemic hasn’t affected me severely.

Though my dad passed last year due to cancer, my life outside of that grief isn’t, well, terrible. Despite the ongoing, rising cases of COVID in this country, none of my immediate family has been severely sick. (Whether we contracted COVID or not, that’s another question.) Despite people losing jobs, I’m actually earning money. Not a lot of money, but enough…


This week, after the airing of WandaVision’s 7th episode, a lot of articles popped up about WandaVision’s runtime. We know that there will be 9 episodes and that there will be roughly 6 hours of content. With 7 episodes so far never reaching the one-hour mark, lots of people were speculating about how long the final two episodes are going to be.

But that’s not what caught my attention. See, every article I’ve read mentioned that the longest episode so far is Episode 5, “On A Very Special Episode” with a run time of 42 minutes. …


Do you remember this scene from Beauty and the Beast? (No, not the original animated one, but the remade live-action one.) Belle had rigged up a machine so that a donkey can do the washing while she sits and reads a book, while other women of the village hand-wash their clothes. I bring this up because I want to talk a little bit about automation and its impact on human lives.

I was watching this video on how Disney was creating a robot with programming to do stunts and how it can change the industry. Instead of seeing comments on…


The idyllic seaside life is one that many aspire to. Unlimited access to the sun and the ocean plus that special breeze in the air makes it desirable to many. Ghanaian artist Kwame Acheampong perfectly captures the essence of his seaside town, Jamestown, Accra, with his camera. Using bold colors and composition, Acheampong records the spirit and soul of the people from his town. They’re both playful and hard workers, but also not entirely devoid of their own misgivings and troubles.


Let’s talk about Raya.

For those not aware, Raya is Disney’s upcoming movie about a girl named Raya who seeks to save her land by searching for the last dragon. A few days ago they just released its second trailer, and with it, announced a few more cast members other than Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina. This is where I started to raise my eyebrows.

As background, I’ve been a little wary of Raya. I am Indonesian. I’m one of the people this movie is supposed to represent. I have a lot of interest in this. I also know how…


In an attempt to quell this brand new hyperfixation I have, I want to write about Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new installment, WandaVision. What follows will be a barrage of words, barely edited, about this mini-series. Continue at your own risk.

Before I begin, I want to point you to one of my favorite episodes of Legends of Tomorrow’s season 5. The episode, titled “The One Where We’re Trapped On TV”, sees The Legends galivanting through their own versions of popular TV shows. There’s a reason why they’re trapped in TV and there are references in there that outside lies a…


In 2017, I discovered a musical podcast called 36 Questions. It was like a revelation. Listening to cast recordings of Broadway musicals was, in a way, like listening to a narrative podcast. Through songs, we listen to the stories being told, no visuals necessary. 36 Questions, performed by Jonathan Groff (Hamilton, Spring Awakening) and Jessie Shelton (Hadestown, Waitress) with music and lyrics by Chris Littler and Ellen Winter, stuck in my mind and would spark a new movement of musical podcasts. Or so I thought. …


For the past year, since my visit to my cousin’s roastery in late 2019, I’ve picked up the habit of drinking coffee almost every morning. My history with coffee is different than most, I believe. I can’t remember the first time I tasted coffee, but I do remember that when I was in college, coffee didn’t seem to have the effect that it was supposed to have. It didn’t keep me up at night. I do enjoy the taste, though, but I never regularly drank it.

In comparison, I grew up with tea. Having grown up with a Sundanese family…


It’s 2020 and I have a job.

I understand what a privilege that is, considering the level of unemployment due to the pandemic. But somehow, it still baffles me.

It’s not that much pay, to be honest. But I get paid in US dollars and once that’s converter to Indonesian Rupiah, I make a decent amount of money. For about 5 hours/week, I make the same amount of what some people here would make working a full week. And I don’t even have to change out of my pajamas.

It felt like I lucked on to this job. It’s not…


I went back and forth on whether I should write and ultimately publish my thoughts on Kamala Khan and the upcoming Disney+ Ms. Marvel series. There’s nothing that I can say that hasn’t been more eloquently vocalized by other, smarter people than me. At the end of the day, I think that Kamala is near and dear enough to my heart that I do want to write a little something. (Spoiler alert, it’s not so little.)

Cover of Ms. Marvel #11 by Kris Anka

First appearing in 2013 and debuting her solo series in 2014, the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, is often attached to the names of…

Dea Ratna

Aspiring visual and literary creator. Currently based in Indonesia.

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