Memories are Inspirations (3): College Life

By Yohanes Berchmans Rosaryanto, OSC “Memories are Inspirations-2” (MAI-2) consists of two parts. What I am going to write now is the second part: stories from my time in universities. In the first part, I wrote about my experiences from the time when I was in Kindergarten until my high school years. A friend once…

Memories Are Inspirations (2): K-12 Education

Written by Yohanes Berchmans Rosaryanto Translated into English by Thomas Kristiatmo My bicycle gave me a lot of life lessons. Not only did I learn about myself and how to persevere in all my endeavors, I also learned about humility and respect towards others despite differences (see First Memory: Bicycle). As a matter of fact,…

Memories are Inspiration (1): Bike

Written by: Yohanes Berchmans Rosaryanto, OSC Translated into English by Thomas Kristiatmo Reminiscing my childhood, for me, always evokes a lot of new passion in my life. Of course I can’t remember everything and I can’t even remember which is the earliest memory from my early life, but I can certainly recall quite a number…

Thick Mustache to Impress Girls

Written by Api Sulistyo The teenage years hold tons of memories, both fond ones and those that should be forgotten. However, any memory about romance  is usually interesting to be shared. As a teenager, I wanted to feel close and to be accepted by girls that I was attracted to. Those that I had feelings…

In One Ear, Out onto Paper, and Out the Other Ear

By Tami Sulistyo I went to Beijing to learn Mandarin with a study abroad program during college. I can’t say learning that language came easy.  In fact I think it had been easier studying Chinese  back when I was four years old living in Singapore. At that time the pale blue thin and flimsy paper…

Stay Away From Those Gypsies

Written by Tami Sulistyo I never wanted to study the German language. But I am half German by heritage, so I felt obligated. After learning French for five years, which was music to my ears, my preconceived notion followed the stereotype that German was guttural and rough sounding, quite uninteresting. Of course, I fell in love with German…

Pluralism (2): In the International Community

Written by Yohannes Bosco Isdaryanto, SVD Translated by Tami Sulistyo  The SVD Community in Ireland Prior to going to study in Rome I was given the opportunity to improve my English in Ireland. It was in January 1991. The winter months are indeed downright cold in Ireland, especially for me, who comes from a tropical…