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SERVANT(housekeeper)

Posted in atmosphere,people by ketela on July 30, 2008
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I think it is common, if one family has a servant for housekeeping in Indonesia. The fact that we have high population and it could low our GDP. So, only few people have high quality of life, and the other have low quality of life. Peoples who have low quality of life will work anything that support him to survive, one of them is become servant.

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2 SEASON

Posted in atmosphere by ketela on July 27, 2008
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One of the nice thing in Indonesia is, there is only two season in a year. We call it “kemarau” season (dry season) and “dingin” season (rainy season). There are no fall, winter, spring, etc.

So, we don’t experience extreme condition, such as when winter temperature fall below 0­0 C and when summer it rise more than 35 0 C. In here, Indonesia, daily temperature range is between around 21-33 0 C whatever our season is.

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BUREAUCRACY

Posted in atmosphere by ketela on July 24, 2008
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Ketela umbi : Have you take your ID-card? It has been a mount since you go to local office

Ketela akar : well, it hasn’t finished yet

Ketela umbi : What take it so long?

Ketela akar : hmm, you know, bureaucracy!!

The actual meaning of bureaucracy has been distorted. Don’t be surprise, in Indonesia, commonly, the word bureaucracy has pejorative meaning.

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Cheap and delicious

Posted in food by ketela on July 21, 2008
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Delicious food doesn’t have to be expensive.!!

We called it “gado-gado”. Eating gado-gado means we change our human nature which is omnivore to become herbivore. That’s right, gado-gado only consist of vegetables. Such as spinach, cabbage, etc.

To prepare gado-gado, we have to put all vegetables in one plate then pour it with what we called “sambal kacang”. Sambal kacang is special sauce for gado-gado. Mainly, it consists of peanut, but to get spicier we mix it together with hot chili. Sambal kacang and vegetables are just the best delicious soul mate.

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PREMAN

Posted in atmosphere by Indosandi on July 18, 2008
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In indonesia, term preman refer to bad guy or criminal.

Many people tell me that term “preman” is come from word “freeman”. That’s mean preman is man that don’t want be bound by any kind of rule. They chose to live free, just do what they like.

Explanation above is theoretically correct. But in practical, preman is just bad person that collect money that doesn’t belong to them. They operate at many places, such as traditional market, terminal, even in our neighborhood. Well, the money that is given to preman is called “uang keamanan” (security money).

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DURIAN

Posted in food by Indosandi on July 12, 2008
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Durian

Durian

Durian is one of the fruit that I like it.

Durian is big fruit with hard spiky skin. It has yellow skin. And it is as big as melon, but durian has very hard skin.

To eat durian we need to open the hard skin. It is very difficult, because the skin is so tough. We cannot open it by hand but we need tool such as knife, etc. And actually, it need special skill to open it.

The great things about durian is taste of fruit. It is very very very sweet. It is not just ordinary sweet like sugar. It has unique specific distinctive particular special sweet that cannot be describe by single word, sentence or whatsoever.

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PEACE, OFFICER!

Posted in atmosphere by Indosandi on July 9, 2008
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In Indonesia sometimes peace doesn’t refer to positive thing. For example if we are stopped by police because of speeding or we break any kind of law in the road. Then if we say “damai di tempat” (peace at this place), it means we make deal with officer that he doesn’t have to fine us, but we must pay amount of money to the officer. Or in other word the “peace” stuff means we buy the law.

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LAYANGAN(2)

Posted in games by Indosandi on July 6, 2008
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After Layangan flown by the wind, we drive it by string at ground. If we release the string, layangan will start to wobble. That is the way to change direction of layangan. When we get direction what we want, the we pull the string very fast to move it forward. That is the way to drive layangan.

Playing layangan is not just drive it at sky, but we can fight with another layangan. We fight by trying to break off the string of another layangan. Well, it actualy needs special skill but the most important is the string that we use.

There are many variety of layangan’s string. It different by their sharpness. Some of them are “kenur”, “gilasan”, “barjo”, etc. Don’t not try to fight layangan with string “gilasan” if we only have string “kenur”, our oppenent will beat us so easily.

For me, playing layangan is very interesting.
I hope kids today still know and play layangan.

TERMINAL

Posted in atmosphere by Indosandi on July 3, 2008
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Terminal is place where bus or angkot stop.

Usually route of bus is from terminal to other terminal. As I know, usually there is traditional market near terminal.

What I see from terminal is so scary, so crowded, so hot, so dirty. Wow, so scary because many stories tell me that we have to careful of thief at there. So crowded because there are a lot of bus which park there improperly .So hot because, I don’t know weather is just so hot in there. So dirty, it is really dirty, people in there just ignore the existence of word “trash can”.

someone please change this condition!