Meissy Sabardiah is currently working with a development project in Jakarta on anti-corruption. Her mother came from West Sumatera, the last matriarchal culture in the country, which is fascinating because Indonesia is such a patriarchal society. She grew up in the company of strong women where the word “feminist” is unrecognised, but women excel in every aspect of life and lead the way. Her interests include books, movies, music, politic, law and travelling.
I was born in…..the rainy city of Bogor, West Java…..I have spent most of my life in…..Bogor and now I live in….Jakarta. My favourite local films (films from my country) are….Tjoet Nya’ Dhien, Pintu Terlarang, Sakola Rimba, Tenggelamnya Kapal Van Der Wijk. My favourite book / novel by a writer from my country is ……Aku by Sumandjaja. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to …..my guilty pleasure, PeterPan. My favourite time of the year is..…March-May (medium cool temperature but warm enough you still feel you’re in a tropical country). My all time local hero is…..Mohammad Hatta (one of Indonesia’s founding fathers). He’s a brilliant man who helped established the foundations of this country. My favourite local phrase is …..Dimana bumi dipijak, disitu langit dijunjung (wherever the ground is stood on, the sky is held high). My favourite words to live by are….carpe diem (seize the day). What I love most about my home (country) is….the breathtaking scenery, warm weather, multiculturalism and friendly people. I haven’t yet explored every corner of Indonesia, but I will spend the rest of my life doing so.