P. L. Malasan

Growing up in other country that have different cultures and habits might make this particular friend of ours quite unique. Meet Prananda Luffiansyah Malasan, or Panda. He is Morrie’s friend in college while I’ve known him since 2009 when we were in FOLD up until now in House The House.

Spent his early 7 years of his life in Japan (Maebashi, in Gunma Prefecture, was his neighborhood) making him fluent in Japanese. We always thought he was born there but Panda was born here in Indonesia, precisely in Krueng Geukueh, a small district in Lho’Seumawe, Aceh.

According to him, the experiences and educations he got in Japan is what shaping him now. Discipline is his everyday things, because since elementary school he used to go to school in the morning within 20 km’s with the train ride (Japanese trains and schools are 2 things, beside pretty much everything, known to be always on time in Japan). Even when he’s still at elementary school, he could memorize all the stations names in its path by heart. That is why, he grow fond of the train, until now.

The coolest thing about him, other than growing up in Japan, is having Bosscha Observatory, one the largest telescope in the South East Asia in the backyard. His father is a professor in astronomy and Panda said that his father always encourage him to study and learn new things.


“Wabi-sabi is The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated and trimmed away.” – Tadao Ando, Architect


Wabi-sabi is the Japanese’s concept of appreciation and acceptance of imperfection and impermanence (from Kinfolk vol. 8 “Wabi-Sabi Peace” by Louisa Thomsen Brits). This philosophy is applied by Panda in every elements of his life, even in his job and work. Together with his friends from Metronome, Panda is trying to understand that design isn’t mere the end product but there are still processes before that he’s trying to learn and understand. How he can used and maximized the materials as it is, humanized humans, etc. And Keuken act as a medium where he, as a project leader, can experiment with cultures, the human interactions, and design, along with the philosophy itself in it.

When we asked who’s Prananda L. Malasan? He replied “Prananda is just Prananda, who always tried to learn about everything and do something for what it is”.

To us, he is an easy-going but responsible person that always concerned about culture, humanism, and design in a different perspective than to most people. Panda has a dream to become a lecturer and as of this writing, he is on his way in getting his master’s degree on contemporary festivals in Indonesia. Good luck, Panda!

P. L. Malasan

Bosscha Observatory

P. L. Malasan

P. L. Malasan

more photos after the jump!

"When Life Gives You Lemons"

Everyone has a bad day sometimes, when you’ve been let down or you need to move on with your life you can use a little emotional pick-me-up every once in a while. Somethings that works for us are to either have some ice-cream in the afternoon, go on a random stroll while snap some pictures with our analogues or watch a hilarious tv series on cable (Modern Family, for example :p).

You might never know, inspirational quotes will pop out somewhere unthinkable when you most needed. It’s not hard to find those inspirational quotes, but you may have to read a few before you find one or two that strikes a chord with you. Our favorite is a “When life gives-slash-hands-slash-throws you lemons” quotes. It’s fun yet witty and sometimes so true it hurts (whoops!)

Here are some of our favorites lemons-related quotes we found – hopefully, this list will help to turn your bad day around and make it great!


“When life gives you lemons, ask why it can’t give you money instead?”

“When life gives you lemons, keep them, because, hey! free lemons!”

“When life gives you lemons, mail them to God and ask for you.”

“When life gives you lemons, throw them at life and see if life will make the same mistake again.”

“When life hands you lemons, ask ‘Where do you get all these lemons from?’ Actually, don’t ask. You really don’t want to know…”

“When life give you lemons, don’t forget to ask it for salt and a Corona.”

“When life gives you lemons, ask yourself how exactly an anthropomorphic personification of something immaterial like life can give you a fruit.”

“ When life gives you lemons, find a new life that is willing to supply vodka.”

“When life gives you lemons, it is probably because it gave all the oranges away to other people.”

“When life gives you lemons, make grape juice, sit back, and watch the life wonder how you did it.”

“When life gives you lemons, question the existence of an entity called life.”

“When life gives you lemons, run! Your not supposed to take things from strangers.”

“When life gives you lemons, sell them on Ebay.”

“When life gives you lemons, you’ve got potential for a lemon quote.”

“When life gives you lemons, don’t complain, say thank you for the free lemons.”

“When life gives you pineapples ask, ‘What happened to the lemons?’”

“When life gives you lemons, chuck them at your enemies.”

“When life gives you lemons, squirt them in life’s eyes and run away screaming.”


aaand, we save the best for the last, taken from Phil Dunphy’s “Phil’s-osophy” (Modern Family S04E02 – Schooled) .