It's been a very tiring month.
Physically and Emotionally.
So tired that sometimes I couldnt sleep well because of weird dreams.
On the upside,
I've meet interesting people.
Learning a lot.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
It's been a very tiring month.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Unlike in any other Islamic society, in Indonesia we celebrate the end of Ramadan bigger than the Idul Adha (Offer festival). As the end of Ramadan is getting near, people are preparing to mudik, going home. Just like every where in the world around at certain time of the year, people booked that overpriced transportation to see their folks because it's tradition.
When I was little we used to be part of that crowd, traveling more than 1200km from one end of Java to one end of Sumatra where My maternal grandparents lived. I hate the journey. It still takes longer to get there because of the traffic. Very crowded. Not to mention we have to cross the Sunda strait for hours.
Each year, you hear bad news about people who mudik to their villages, especially those who are using motorbikes. Babies/toddlers who died once they arrived at the destination because their parents took them on hours of bike ride. I dont get why people wants to risk something like that just because it's a tradition. The price is too high. Why cant they wait for another time? It's not like they cant share their emotion/feeling at all if they are not mudik. There are technologies to help us connected with our love ones. Almost everyone has a cellphone, even in the tiny village.
On the other hand, I enjoy Jakarta more when people are mudik. The traffic is so much better.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Yesterday I got home to a very delish vegan satay that mom bought. I absolutely love it, and asked our maid to make it today.
Turns out it is easy to make.
You need oyster mushrooms, some Indonesian kecap and butter. That's it.
After you clean the mushroom, boil them with a bit of salt. Dried the mushroom, then mixed it with kecap and butter. After putting them in skewers, grill them on the barbie.
It can be serve with or without peanut butter sauce.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
When patient is close to death, your doctor's religion influenced his/her decision according to the new study.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Mom's eldest sister, Tante O, is a veteran athlete. Last July she won gold medals at Indonesian athletic tournament in Bandung for 200 meter sprint and long jump, plus another medal for 100 meter sprint. She's 74 years old, but I wont be able to beat any of her records.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
In the last 50 years there is this tiny thing that change the world: anti conception pill. It is so profound that it is simply known as the Pill. While it helps women in some ways, I think it also change our relationships for better or worst.
Friday, August 20, 2010
In the Islamic teacher, if I am not mistaken, there is this belief that God locks up all evil spirit in hell during Ramadan which this year started on August 11 to (maybe) September 11. Therefore Moslem can fast and pray more easily during Ramadan with less temptations.
I know, I know, flash mob has been done before. This one is a bit different as it is done using Sign Language by CODA, child of deaf adult, to highlight the importance of Deaf culture for hearing children of deaf parents.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Story like this broke my heart. The thieves stole 81 pieces from the museum, including a precious golden mask from the 8th century, allegedly given by King Hayam Wuruk of Majapahit to his grandmother Queen Gayatri.
If the second biggest museum in the country has this problem, I wonder how many pieces we lost in smaller musea across the land.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I think I might had sexual harassment the other day. I was in a packed busway home when I felt this hand kept on moving in front of the area of my pubis bone, I tried to move away. By the next stop, that bloke was standing behind me, and I felt his hand on my behind. I then tried to move away again. The thing is, I wasnt sure if he was really trying to grope, since he was holding his bag. Then again it might be his MO, Modus Operandi. If I were him, and I felt someone's pelvic area while holding my bag, I would've put my hand in a more appropriate position.
I experienced rush hour commuting in other countries before, but I'd never experienced any sexual harassment. Only in Indonesia I experienced it, and no one helped me back then. It sucks being female in this place.
Dicky told me to see '3 idiots' movie and convinced me that I would like it. I do. It's the highest-grossing Bollywood movie, and I can see why. It's funny, entertaining, enlightening with some emotional moments. I love its message to follow one passion. I also like the fact that they show case some of India's inventions by lay persons such as bicycle-powered sheep clipper invented by a barber. They also put a Moslem, a Hindu together, something that, from what I understood, is 'not natural' in India.
The story is about friendship of three students/roommates of Imperial College of Engineering in India who come from different backgrounds and have different motivations for studying Engineering. The antagonist in the story is the ICE director, nick named ViruS, who is very strict, competitive and a disciplinary. Ever since the first day, he finds Rancho, the leader of the pack very annoying due to his unorthodox way of thinking.
Of course this movie is not perfect. The second part of the movie is too long. The birthing scene is a bit stretched, I mean vacuum cleaner? Plus, I could live without the typical Indian sing song scene, no matter how catchy the tune was.
It is one of the movies I wouldnt mind watching it again eventho it takes about 2.5 hours.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Indonesia is hosting SEAGAMES next year in Palembang. However, they have a bit of budgeting problem up in Palembang, so the government is lending USD 67 million from the education budget to 'supplement' the over budget project. It is in fact a bigger share than the allocated budget. Really, they need to sack who ever did the budgeting.
It's another tainted milk case in China. This one is tainted with hormone, resulted in premature puberty in some babies. Some of them has premature breast growth.
Perhaps it's better to sell them to American ladies as a non surgical alternative for boob job. After all there are more boob jobs done in that country than in any where else.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I wonder the real reason behind Indonesia's government insistence that Blackberry has to have a server in Indonesia. Is it security or money?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I've been complaining about this 'kingdom of evil' while worshiping the altar of another evil. Guess what? As of yesterday, I have to put good words on that kingdom of evil. Oh goody! Cant wait!
This adventure's turning very interesting indeed :)
Saturday, August 07, 2010
The older I get, the more I listen to my gut feeling than before. Unless I feel a 'good vibe' from a new person, I tend to keep my distance. Therefore after meeting me, for some people, I am perceived as aloof bordering arrogant. Well, you cant please every one, right?
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I was planning to go straight to the hospital from work yesterday, but mom wanted me to go home first then go with her & my aunt to visit my sister-in-law at the ICU. So, I did. After trapped in a deadlock traffic for a while I tried to get home as soon as I could only to tumble in front of the mall near our place. Good thing I stopped myself in time from falling into the busy street.
U tried to educate me about wine. Red wine to be precise. Let's just say I only know if it was a good summer, chances are we have good wine from that year, and that EU wine can be added with sugar to increase its alcohol level.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I wanted to read this book ever since I read it's review a year ago when it first published. Last June with the help of her aunt, A sent me this book with such wonderful cover. Today I finally finished reading Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan who before migrated to the US of A when he was 16, Erick spent his childhood in Indonesia. I find this background is very prominent in his enchanted story centered on the life of Meridia, span for about 3 decades.