It is our greatest pleasure to share with you our newest series, called Homelife. It is a collection of candid stories about the life of people at home. Every home is unique and shares different stories, values, and rituals. Homelife can be comforting, messy, loud or beautiful. It captures our dreams, fears, regrets, and hopes. Gives us a space to pause, reflect, and envision life. So in the first edition of Homelife, we would like to take you briefly to a home turned into a playground by Diana Rikasari. As she currently lives with her family in Lausanne, Switzerland, homelife while living abroad can be a little different than in her hometown. When people are urged to stay at home during the pandemic, she quickly transformed her home into a playground. Creating a safe space for her family to play, grow, and find harmony in the midst of chaos during the quarantine.
"I’m falling in love with my kids through these small moments that I missed while they were at school. It is lovely. Everything is a blessing in disguise." - Diana Rikasari
How would you describe your home life in one word?
It is chaos. The moment I heard about my husband working from home, my first thought was, “Let’s make this house into a playground!” I am usually a neat freak, but with this situation where all of us have to stay at home all the time, I realize I need to let go. I immediately rearranged furniture around the house and created a space for our children to run around safely. I bought a trampoline along with some other toys before the stores closed down. I made my house into a playground 24/7. I need to let loose and not be angry if the house is a mess. Life has been interesting at home. Initially, I imagined how stressful it would be, but turned out after the 3rd day, I started to enjoy this process.
Before the quarantine, I don’t see my kids in the afternoon because Shahmeer is at school and Daria is at the daycare. But now that they’re home during the day, which is the time where they have the most energy, I get to see their imagination, them doing role play, and a lot more. They are the cutest. I’m falling in love with my kids through these small moments that I missed while they were at school. It is lovely. Everything is a blessing in disguise.
"I made my house into a playground 24/7. I need to let loose and not be angry if the house is a mess." - Diana Rikasari
How do you like to start your morning routine?
I try to wake up earlier than the kids. Having 30 minutes to an hour to myself in the morning give me a moment to settle in to face the day.
What is your favorite home cooked meal?
The most favorite food in the house would be the famous Nasi Briyani. My husband would say to his friends that I make the best Nasi Briyani. Whereas for my parents, when they come to Switzerland, they always want to try my spaghetti sambal matah. It is just something that I experimented with and they love it. So those two would be my signature dishes.
"My therapeutic time has been sewing and being productive. It is an outlet for me to express my sadness. So rather than finding entertainment, I release my emotions by creating something."
- Diana Rikasari
How do you make time for yourself while at home and what do you do for your “me time”?
During the day, I usually let my kids to have their independent time in a safe space that I created for them to play around, without me having to worry. Usually I will sew in my room for an hour.
In the night, I apply sleeping time for my kids at 8 PM. After my kids are asleep, I like to watch a movie, write a blog, take pictures, read, or sew. But since the pandemic and during this quarantine, honestly it is hard for me to enjoy a movie. My therapeutic time has been sewing and being productive. It is an outlet for me to express my sadness. So rather than finding entertainment, I release my emotions by creating something.
Text by Arani Aslama
Photographs Courtesy of Diana Rikasari
Creative Direction by Kania Anggiani