About Author

Hi there,

Dhania Albani is an anagram slash artsy alter ego of Nabilah Adani. I’m a 28-year-old Bandung-based Indonesian who’s currently working full-time as a geologist.

When not dealing with rocks, I wander around someplace new, take outdoorsy pictures, write poems or fictions in grammatically flawed ways, listen to (mostly) indie pop music, send postcards, blog-walk to discover more hidden gems, binge-watch TV comedy series or any coming-of-age movies, daydream about living in Scandinavia, contemplate about life in general, or probably just go to sleep.

I started this blog address back in 2015, but my first blog dated back to 2009 when I was still in junior high school. Writing was one of my earliest hobbies, and seemingly the only one that has survived the longest. One of my earliest dreams was also to become a published writer – apart from becoming an astronaut like another basic five-year-old. Although I’m currently working 8-to-5 as something-between-scientist-and-engineer, becoming an author is still one of my aspirations that I hope to have the chance to really work on.

If you enjoy my writings, do let me know! Your thoughts would mean a lot and it’s one of the motivations that would keep me going since I don’t always have all the time in the world to set aside in between my job, errands, and caring for my children, i.e., my adorable pet cats. I would also appreciate if you could leave a comment or any sort of trails after visiting – I love hearing whether people have similar or opposite experience or opinions to what I wrote.

To reach out to me, simply find and message me on Instagramย or LinkedIn.

Cheers!

26 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Thank you, Marlene ๐Ÿ™‚ likewise, you have your own special way with words and photographs as well! Happy to have found you as well!

  1. Hi Bila,

    Thank you for dropping by my blog, and the way you “picture” everything in your blog, our photographs as well as when you put your experience into word – (perhaps) fiction-, they make them more interesting…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Halo Mba Nabila, although this is not my first time visiting your blog (been following this super-aesthetic blog for a while), but this is my first time leaving a footprint in here. I don’t know why, but your blog (its current theme, settings, fonts, layouts, and such) has this kind of daydreaming vibes which reminds me of the latest album from taylor swift called folklore. In short, impressive piece of art!

    1. Hi thanks for such extremely kind words!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Actually Taylor and I shared the same birthday haha (but I’m not her fan, and to be very honest I think in that album she kind of ruined Bon Iver which is one of my fav artists lol. But anyway!). It means a lot because your blog is even better. You’ve been to some places I’m DYING to go to as well (read: iceland and Morocco). Thanks for stopping by!

      1. Well, she actually managed to play that Bon Iver card to earn another extra cash, aye? Haha.. Glad to know that you enjoy indiefolk/folktronica kind of music too.

        Anyway, just wait til the pandemic ends and grab your ticket to those places! You won’t regret it. Guaranteed.

        Cheers!

  3. Menulis yang diterbitkan, saya juga, dan mungkin akan saya terbitan sendiri untuk sendiri dan beberapa rekan yang berkenan membacanya, sekedar novel dengan banyak typo yang memalukan, sudah saya post di blog berjudul trush.
    Krn untuk menulis setara ilmuwan geologi, sepertinya saya jauh dr kapasitas itu. Jadi sekedar imajinasi sebatas cakrawala senja yang mengada-ada.
    Terimakasih sudah berbagi.
    Kalo cita-cita, dr kecil saya malah tidak pernah muluk, sekedar ingin menjadi guru, akhirnya terlaksana jd pendidik meakipun terbatas mendidik anak-anak saya sendiri ๐Ÿ˜

    1. Wah, akan saya cek di blognya!
      Sempat juga pas SD saya bercita-cita jadi guru, karena kok mulia sekali kedengarannya. Sampai sekarang juga masih ada keinginan bisa ngasih ilmu yang bermanfaat meski bukan sebagai guru atau dosen, entah gimana caranya. Mungkin dari blog ini, meski sejauh ini yang saya bagikan ya hanya curhat atau keluhan hahaha. Terima kasih sudah berkunjung!

  4. Hai, boleh dong saya tanya kenapa suka ma skandinavia??? Dan tepatnya negara skandinavia mana yg pengen kamu jadikan tempat tinggalmu?

  5. Hai Bila. Salam kenal.
    I am so happy to find your blog. I do love your writing. I can feel your passion in it. This blog is so aesthetically pleasing too. I will looking forward for every post you are going to update here. Thank you :).

    1. Kemarin-kemarin ada anon question nanya ini juga, was that you by any chance? Versi singkatnya suka karena mostly alamnya dan semua negaranya punya happiness index tertinggi di dunia!

  6. Hi Nabilah!
    Thanks for following my blog! I love and envy the beauty of your blog and writings and wish I could be more artsy and prolific with mine. I’m sure you have what it takes to be a celebrated author! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Mba Tanti, we seem to have much in common based on your About Me section except I’m not a salsa dancer, lol. Wish I had the talent for dancing though, I really do. Thank you for the sweetest words dan salam kenal! โ˜บ๏ธ

      1. I will add one more thing we have in common: having a purring child (well actually it’s my sister’s) and working full-time in a petroleum sector. Salsa is a piece of cake, all you have to do is move your hips ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Awe I’ve only met only very few people working in petroleum sector through blogging so you’re among my rare list! Well, I think it’s just one of a traits of a cat or dog person to claim their sibling’s/relative’s/even neighbor’s four-legged children to be theirs too lol ๐Ÿ˜

  7. Hai Mbak Nabila, salam kenal.

    Saya pikir karena pekerjaannya seorang geologis blog-nya bakalan serius semua isinya macam journal ilmiah ๐Ÿ™‚
    Saya menikmati hasil foto-foto jepretannya, mbak. Menyenangkan.

    Terima kasih sudah berbagi.

  8. Hi Nabilah, Yoni here from CS. What a lovely website you have. So soothing to read your articles and let my wonderments go astray (in a good way). Please keep finding the time and headspace to write and share. Your website definitely inspires me to keep my own blog going and makes me think how I can expand it creatively. I have a thing for hard copy photo albums. After every trip I collect my impressions and make a photo album. They are my most precious things on my bookshelf. Haven’t yet made the connection to digital yet, but perhaps I should. Thanks again.

    1. Hey Yoni, thanks for stopping by! Thanks for such a lovely comment – definitely boosts my willingness to find the time and headspace to write more regularly again. Hope the same goes for you and your blog. Will be looking forward to seeing your digital photo album if you ever decide to make one!

  9. Hi Nabilah, sorry for the late reply. I’ve been considering where best to reach out, and just decided to do it here.

    Thank you for the kind words, it brings me happiness when someone enjoys what I’ve written. I’ve looked into your blog as well, and I’ve enjoyed reading through it that it inspires me to revisit writing once more – you’ve noticed I’ve fallen out of it, as you’ve already noticed.

    As I’ve unfortunately put more thought into *how* to reply instead of *what*, you’ll have to forgive me as the next few sentences are a bit brief in context.

    Scandinavia is fun, I think road trips there are wonderful as there are a lot of places you can simply stop by and enjoy the sights, but that might just be me who has a weird obsession with Japanese late night bus stops. I hope the dream to live there will soon come true, and this is from someone who shares the same dream. Seeing a professional is fantastic, and criminally undervalued at least where we come from. I hope you find someone who fits you, as from my experience, professionals can also have tendencies and some biases (as all humans do), and it might take some shopping around. Try not to settle, mental health is important, and professionals are not cheap. Sorry if I’m being presumptuous.

    Lastly, I’ll continue to enjoy your writings and poetry. I don’t know about you, but traveling does gives you that inspiration, don’t you think?

    Godspeed.

    1. Oh hi, thanks for stopping by! Not sure what to call you, I can obviously see your email with your presumably full name but probably not the best idea to make an assumption on your nickname.

      Now that I have four pet cats since the pandemic, honestly I’m kind of torn apart regarding pursuing the dream to settle in Scandinavia – I haven’t figured if being away from them is worth the moving. Although it would still be fun to travel around there for the entire month annually, for example.

      Yes, I’m lucky I’ve immediately found two counsellors I felt immediately clicked with the moment we started our sessions last year. Although this was not the case when I made my first appointment few years ago. That one did require lots of shopping around.

      Hope you manage to find the time and headspace to keep writing! Especially if it feels like a form of therapy in itself, like it does to me. Also undelivered love letters are my thing – so I’d definitely look forward to seeing more of them. The number #1 is still my favourite since somehow it reminds me of bits of the Before Sunrise movie (albeit the different mode of commuting) which, as cheesy as it sounds, is still one of my favourite dramas by far. And because it involves travelling, which you were correct about how it usually gives me the surge of inspiration to write more. And #8 – she sounds like an interesting someone I’d like to get to know well.

      Take care!

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