I hardly leave my bubble anymore, but today I left my house and went to the grocery store. I used to love going to the grocery store. My son did, too. “Can you take me to that place with all the things,” he asked me recently. “I like that place…


I turn 33 today. It’s strange how birthdays are these amazing, special days when you’re a kid but become somewhat of a sad occasion as you grow older. I was thinking the other day about “adulting” — how you don’t just wake up one day and suddenly, BAM! You’re an…


My alma mater, a lovely, small liberal arts college in Midwestern USA, awarded me with their 2020 Young Alumni Achievement Award! I’m a bit embarrassed, because I am a work in progress but truly, truly honored. Knox taught me A LOT — I can say without hesitation that I am the academic I am because of the 4 years I spent there. I also met my husband there. And my mom went there! So this was so awesome.

They’d compiled a video on the winners, which you can view below!


We Are Not Going Back to Normal (I Think?)

I’ve thought a lot about how covid has changed so much in my life, but the past couple of weeks have been particularly stark with this reminder.

My sister, a doctor and GP trainee with the NHS in the UK, was…


Malaysia — where I live — was able to swiftly contain the first and second waves of covid infections last year. We enjoyed months where things were (almost) normal — my son started first grade, my daughter was at daycare, and I was having work lunches with colleagues and friends…


I’ve not written very much at all this year, unfortunately. But I remembered that I had a Medium account, and that I should probably stop ranting on social media and channel it to a somewhat more structured method of information dissemination, so voilà! Here you go. …

Melati Nungsari

Economist and mother of two. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur. I write about labor economics, migration issues, industrial organization, and life.

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