As a child, who was your favorite relative?
That would be, my aunt; mom’s younger sister. She is still my favorite till now. She is one of adults that I can be playful with. We can make fun of something together and she never mad at me, because we can talk as friend, always. And she is fun, most of the time.
When I was kid, she once dyed my hair brown, because she wanted to do that with her hair, but she needed to make sure it would look good. And because at that time, I was her only niece, she did it to me. I don’t understand anything about coloring hair, so I didn’t argue much when she took me to her room to do my first touch with fashion trends rituals—all I said was, “what if Mom got angry?”, and she said—I remember it well—“I will take care of that”.
Of course, my Mom got angry and told her to dyed my hair to back to black.
I have to go to school with brown hair for a week because of her, and my school isn’t allowed colored hair, so my Mom had to talk to my teacher about it. Being a 2nd grade with high school aunt who’s aware of fashion trends sometimes means having no authority over your own hair.
If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?
I want to be any kind of tree—I don’t care what kind of tree I am—as long as I stay in the deep-untouchable-forest in Papua Guinea. I want to stay the way I am, and I don’t want to see people around me. I don’t want people to touch and pick my leaves.
Or plant with feet, so I can always run after people who want to tear me down, and crushed their body with mine so no one will mess up with me. So I can also protect the jungle with all of my plant and tree and animal friends in it. Human can suffer wherever they are without our woods, as long as the jungle and everything in it remains the same.
As a plant or tree, I would have an enormous love for the Mother Earth, therefore I will take care of myself and my friend all together with my forest home because that’s what my love is for. That love will keep the whole world alive, so all the human who disagree with that could leave the planet and plant their own trees just to cut them down when they need it.
If I am (as a tree) is safe, means better place to live in for human too, so all I need is support.
Now, I wish I could wake up as a tree tomorrow.
What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?
Awake before dawn, actually. But, I always awake before noon. Life could be so cruel sometimes.
God, why is it so hard to be a morning person?
Would you like to sleep in a human size nest in a tree or be snuggled in a burrowed spot underground?
Human size nest in a tree. There are a lot of ants and worms underground, I don’t want them to feel uncomfortable share a spot with me. And tree is place to build a nest (birds do that to them), so I just put everything in their own place.