I wished I saw this before. It reminds me of my Dutch and German Classes.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Last night I was thinking that I havent been laughing as much as I used to since I dont know, perhaps since I moved back here, or maybe even before that. I used to laugh a lot every day, but not nowadays. There are times when I hang out with my cousins that I laugh out loud, even just days after dad died (I have this feeling that was part of our family way of dealing with someone passing, I know most people would frown on hearing us but it works for us), but we dont see each other that often.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Today, I played the waiting game. First, I waited for a photo session, then I waited for my meeting. It was a slow but informative day. By the time I was able to leave, it was already the beginning of rush hour. Some commented in the elevator that there are traffic jams every where according to his BB, Blackberry.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Apparently Jakartan Government has this idea of banning motorcycle around some areas during peak hours. It is one of their 'solutions' to Jakarta's traffic problem. This is on top of the idea of applying Electronic Road Pricing like in London, and making schools start earlier. The governor also talks about getting Mass Rapid Transit and Bus Rapid Transit.
If you can't forgive, then you can't dance, you can't sing and you can't smile
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I was one of those people who thought a cough is just a cough, I'll get over it if I get plenty of rest/drink/etc. The fact that my GP in NL kept telling me to rest each time I had some cough didnt help my nonchalant approach toward coughing. However, now I am more cautious about it.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I just finished reading Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi, an alumnus of Pondok Gontor, a famous Islamic boarding school in East Java. His time and friendships at Gontor are the inspiration for this hard to put down book.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I guess since next month is Ramadan, fasting month, it means there're weddings to attend this month. I've been to weddings every week. The last one was tonight, with a Lampungese theme. I really pity the bride with humongous headdress, she must have had a headache from it. I heard it weights more than 2kg, and since it was a huge reception (I think more than 1000 people attending), I think she stood there at the stage for at least 3 hours to receive congratulations from the invitees.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I go by three names: my first, middle, and the last part of my name which when I am abroad functioned as my family name (even though it is my name). Most of Indonesians pronounced my first name wrongly. So, I tend to introduce myself using my middle name to Indonesians, which is very common. I had to get used to answering to my 'last name' ever since I moved abroad. It consists of two separate words, the last part of it is also a common girl name in Indonesia. However, no one called me with that last part of my last name. Until today that is.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I have a thing about translation. Not that I am flawless in translating things, but I always take cultural differences into account. This article in Guardian talks about cultural gap in translating Arabic.
As soon as I got back home from out of town I heard this constant screaming day and night from the neighbor's Siamang. It's a type of gibbon. I feel like living near the jungle or something. I have no idea which neighbor has it, but it's only since a couple of days ago. My hunch is the one with a huge plot of land near by, as it sounds from that area.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
The story on Jakarta Globe is not the first and sadly wont be the last. I heard it many times over. Some poor family had to 'sell' their baby because they couldnt afford to pay for the medical bills. It is said they are not registered for Jamkesmas. Based on my experienced, there are a lot of people out there who are not registered because the head of their village refused to do that for some reasons.
They are supposed to be registered.
In reality however, tells a different story. One needs money to be registered. Something they dont have in the first place. It is something that we need to sort it out together, without interference of our own ego/fanaticism/sentiments. Just sit down together and put those in needs first.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
There's a book fair down at Senayan at the moment. I went there after a meeting near the area. I have soft spot for books, so I came prepare carrying a rucksack with wheels.
First, I headed to Mizan's stand. I must buy Indonesian-English Dictionary published by them. Then I went around the place looking for 'Serat Centhini', a translated book from ancient Javanese, with no luck. However, I met this guy who said he's going to contact me if he could find it at his warehouse. When I bought 'Babad Tanah Jawa' at his booth, he asked if I was into Javanese thing. Well, actually I am just interested in reading old Javanese literature at this moment. I heard about those book growing up, I think it's about time to read them. I bought several more contemporary books, and dictionaries. I am settled for the next several weeks.
I notice that almost all booths sell religious books, Koran or Bible or both. Some were selling audiobooks and they were playing them pretty loud. Horrible. In the rare books booth, they only had comics. I found one booth selling 'The little house on the prairy' collection. I remember enjoying reading them when I was little, wondering how the snow feels, how the maple syrup tastes. At one point I tried making candy from syrup on the snow like Laura, but using our freezer:)
After walking around and emptying my wallet for three hours, I decided to go home, with a detour for a pizza in Grand Indonesia.
Monday, July 05, 2010
That's the subject of a friend's email today. Apparently his friend wanted to see me about something we talked about last month. His office tried to contact my cell since Friday, but couldnt get through (something is terribly wrong with my cell, it looked ok but no calls get through). They thought I was out of the country. Finally they emailed me today.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
I never said a word when I met someone who looked like a pregger, unless I knew that she was really pregnant. I've seen it happened. Someone asked when the baby's due, when there was no baby, just fat. Awkward.
I have a thing about teeth, and occlusion for that matter. It was a big thing actually. Big enough to get me 3 retainers, 2 fixed braces (the first one with an external head gear) and an orthognathic surgery, two surgeries if you count the time they took the plates and screws out. So, yes, teeth matters to me. A lot.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
I was at this party tonight with a friend and was introduced to his friends/colleagues. There were these two ladies amongst them, one of them was wearing a beautiful kebaya, the other was wearing long-sleeves batik with trousers. Interesting. We chatted a bit, then they excused themselves. I was later told that they were a couple.
I dont normally watch football, but I watch some matches every now and then. Last night the Dutch football team kicked Brazilian team from the World Cup. It was a great game. I was teasing a friend of mine who is a fanatic Dutch supporter 10 minutes in to the match. By the end of the match he lectured me about having a little faith. It was fun.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Mom has been kinda sick for sometimes. It started after two of my uncles died last month. First, it was her blood pressure, then some dizziness even though her blood pressure was almost normal. Last week she complained about joint pain, that she couldnt perform certain movements. Each time I offered to take her to the hospital she flatly refused.