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Audra Maryssa
Binte Hamblee, 10

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We choose to make dadih jelly because it is easier and faster to cook. I am usually busy taking care of my younger siblings, like changing diapers and making porridge for them. When they wake up, I would try to think of ways to make them fall back asleep. My mother is really patient to stop them from crying.

About Audra

Since she was 8-years-old, Audra Maryssa Binte Hamblee has been a caregiver to her three younger siblings. She takes on duties like cooking, feeding, showering, and getting them to sleep. What does she hope most for her future growing up?

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Have a listen to Audra's reflection in this journey of documenting her mother making this dessert or read on in the transcript below.

Interview with Audra
00:00 / 04:24

Shiyun: I understand that you have quite a lot of responsibilities to take care of your siblings. When did you have to start taking care of your younger siblings?

 

Audra: For Aqis, I think about three years old I start taking care of her. Then for Rizqi… about one years old.

 

Shiyun: So what were some of your caregiving duties?

 

Audra: Switch their diapers, make for them food and mmm…

 

Shiyun: Make them go to sleep?

 

Audra: Yeah

 

Shiyun: Make for them food… What sort of food do you make for them?

 

Audra: Porridge

 

Shiyun: You make porridge?

 

Audra: Yeah

 

 

Shiyun: Is it like those rice porridge you have to cook or those kind of cereal porridge?

 

Audra: Erm, like the rice porridge

 

Shiyun: Rice porridge… that means you have been like maybe eight or nine years old, when you first had to take care of your siblings.

 

Audra: Yeah

 

Shiyun: So you often eat just white porridge at home? Just you and your siblings. And you like it… you guys are okay with it. How often do you eat porridge?

 

Audra: Almost everyday

 

Shiyun: Almost everyday… are you the one cooking the porridge?

 

Audra: My mom and me

 

Shiyun: Is there other food your mom cook on a daily basis?

 

Audra: Maybe… rice with egg

 

Shiyun: Rice with egg… like a fried egg? Sunny side-up with rice

 

Audra: Yeah

Shiyun: So you guys eat very simple

 

Audra: yeah, if my mom cook, then later nobody eat, then waste food

 

Shiyun: Oh, it is because most of them don’t eat anyway. How about you?

 

Audra: I eat whatever my mom cooks

 

Shiyun: You eat whatever she cooks

 

Audra: Mmhmmm

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Shiyun: How did you decide to make this jelly dadih? Did you decide it on your own, or did you talk to your mom about it?

 

Audra: Talk to my mom and she said “okay can, but don’t take my picture”

 

Shiyun: Why did you guys choose dadih?

 

Audra: Cause it’s more easier and faster

 

Shiyun: Easier and faster… you guys don’t have much time everyday?

 

Audra: Mmm

Shiyun: What are you actually busy with the whole day?

 

Audra: With siblings and with my phone

 

Shiyun: With siblings and with your phone… So let's say if you recall the whole day. You wake up at 1030(am), then what happens next?

 

Audra: We get out of bed then after that we go and shower. Sometimes it’s really hard for them to go to take a shower. Really takes them so long (time) to go to shower. And we have to check them

Shiyun: What about your own time?


Audra: My own time? I play my phone and if they wake up, I have to make them go fall asleep back

 

Shiyun: Make them fall asleep back… hmmm… why?

 

Audra: Cause I want play my phone (laughs) 

 

Shiyun: So your whole day, you’re thinking of how to make your younger siblings fall asleep, so that you have your own time

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Shiyun: If you were to describe your mother, how would you describe her?

 

Audra: Very kind and nice. Erm… really patient. Because sometimes my siblings cry and cannot take it, and she has to be patient and make them stop crying.

 

Shiyun: Is there one particular experience that is very memorable with your mother?

 

Audra: I cannot remember

 

Shiyun: Cannot remember? So it’s almost like everyday you guys spend a lot of time, but it’s a lot of housework and taking care of the younger siblings. How about for yourself? Is there a memorable experience you had growing up?

 

Audra: No

 

Shiyun: Okay, how about this. Let’s not think about the family. Let’s think about yourself. Let’s say you have some hope for the future. What is one hope that you have for the future?

 

Audra: I want to be a teacher and then…

 

Shiyun: Would you want to start your own family?

 

Audra: Not sure

 

Shiyun: No?

 

Audra: No

 

Shiyun: No, you wanna enjoy your own time

 

Audra: Mm

Shiyun: What is the thing that you really dislike doing everyday?

 

Audra: Throwing my cat poop and my sister when I have to clean her poop

 

Shiyun: Cleaning the poop of small animals and small children at home

 

Audra: Yeah

 

Shiyun: So really, a lot of your daily life is about taking care of your family. But maybe it will get better 2 years later. So are you thinking about that? Just waiting for the kids to grow up, then you can find your own life.

 

Audra: Yeah

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