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Risty Tagor: (JP/Indah Setiawati)
Making a name for herself as one of Indonesia’s entertainers after starring Pocong 2 (Shrouded Ghost part 2) in 2007, actress and singer Risty Tagor, 23, soon became another young entertainer looking to make television programs more colorful.
Marrying fellow actor Rifky Balweel at the tender age of 21, Risty admitted that her little family’s new entertainer was her first son, Arsen Raffa Balweel, 15 months.
“My weekly schedules are pretty much random, so I don’t have the privilege of having weekends free. Our only fixed schedule is to have a monthly getaway.
“So, whenever my husband and I get some time off, we take our son to different places for a fun vacation. It doesn’t have to be a place which is far from home. And if we have the time, we’ll fly somewhere. But we also go to some places nearby.
“Several days ago, we only had a limited amount of time, so we decided to go to Safari Zoo Park, and it was a blast.
“My son fed and interacted with some of the animals. He was so excited and happy, and that was heaven for us, because basically, our son is our top entertainer. It’s always fun to have him around during holidays. For us, it is important to teach our son about many things.
“My other hobby is reading. I’ve been raised surrounded by novels by authors such as Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
“My siblings also happen to be book lovers, so we often share books. Pram’s Bumi Manusia [The Earth of Mankind] is the only book which has made me cry. I don’t know. I just feel like the ending of the book is really sad.
“I’m curious about Pram’s creative process when writing his stories. I heard that he wrote the stories while in prison.
“What I have learned from him is that he managed to keep his imagination alive, despite being locked up.”
— Niken Prathivi