(Weekly Photo Challenge) : In Tangerang (Local)


Calung street musicians in front of Tangerang Station, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia.

Calung is a bamboo-made traditional ensembles. It is known in West Java and western part of Central Java (Banyumas region) with the slightly different versions. The picture above depicts Banyumas version. I often meet this group everywhere around Tangerang, and I like it so much as they never disturb anyone around. I like street musicians as far as they’re creative and play it professionally. Even though…need money for survival.

This is local photo.

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(Wednesday Writing) : Indonesian-Filipino’s False Friend


I am not good at Filipino, but I like to explore its similarities with my own language. As we are part of Austronesian grand family, no wonder there are many similarities though we’ve been separated more than centuries or even millenia. Root can’t lie. Besides of the similarities, there are also some false friends.

False friend itself means two likely similar words from two or more languages (or letters in two alphabets) but has different meanings.

So, this is my own list for Indonesian-Filipino false friends below.

Word                             Indonesian                     Filipino
Kaya                                 rich                                   can, able to
Tanaman                        plant                                 garden
Bunga                              flower                               fruit
Halaman                        page, yard                        vegetables
Sarap                               insane, crazy                  relish, delicious
Balita                               toddler                             news
Alam                                nature                               know
Ilang                                 lost (hilang)                   wilderness
Parang                             dagger                              supposedly, field
Asin                                  salty                                  salt
Bukid                               Hill (bukit)                      farm
Sikat                                 brush                                popular
Bata                                   brick stone                     kid
Usap                                  wipe                                  communication
Ulat                                   caterpillar                       report
Salin                                 copy                                  translation

Maybe I miss many words, but that’s what I can share here.
I haven’t seen Pinoy bloggers passing, but it’s okay. One day may they find this posting.

See you,



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(Sunday Writing) : Indonesian-Filipino Similar Words Recalled.

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) is a standardized of High Malay officially recognized in Indonesia, meanwhile in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, it has a slightly different standardized forms eventhough still have large mutual intelligibility. In general, all are actually dialectical variations and if it’s called different language, it’s about nationalism and political aspects.

Filipino or standardized Tagalog (Wikang Pilipino) is one of official language in The Philippines and belongs to the same big Austronesian family with Indonesian and Malay though different branches. Among us, there are many similar words found and recognized in different pronunciations or contexts. I am not good at Tagalog, but I love exploring languages. Well, in my computer I’ve already made lists between those languages. But I concentrate to the similar sounded words (at least prefix) only.

I don’t talk about numbers…okay?

Tagalog                                                  Indonesian                               English
Kulang                                                      Kurang                                         Inadequate
Ulan                                                           Hujan                                           Rain
Mata                                                          Mata                                             Eyes
Tainga                                                       Telinga                                        Ears
Kulungan (jail)                                       Kurungan (cage)                       Jail (Penjara in Ind)
Kambing                                                   Kambing                                     Goat
Kambal                                                      Kembar                                       Twins
Gunting                                                     Gunting                                      Scissors
Niyog                                                          Nyiur/Kelapa                            Coconut
Usa                                                              Rusa                                             Deer
Tumawa                                                     Tertawa                                       To laugh
Bumili                                                        Beli, membeli                            To buy
Tulong                                                        Tolong                                          Help
Masarap                                                     Sedap, enak, lezat                    Delicious
Buwan                                                        Bulan                                            Moon
Alak                                                             Arak                                              Alcoholic beverage
Bathala                                                       Batara, Dewa                              Deity
Balita                                                          Berita                                             News (Balita =toddler)
Patay                                                           Mati                                               Dead
Bangkay                                                     Bangkai (for animal)                Dead body
Daon                                                            Daun                                              Leaf
Bituin                                                          Bintang                                         Star
Langit                                                          Langit                                            Sky
Hangin                                                        Angin                                             Wind
Bato                                                             Batu                                                 Stone
Magbigay                                                   Bagi, beri                                       To give
Buka                                                            Buka                                                Open
Kanan                                                          Kanan                                             Right (direction)
Bago                                                             Baru                                                New
Baboy                                                          Babi                                                 Pig
Dugo                                                            Darah                                              Blood
Pulo (besides Isla)                                   Pulau                                               Island
Mababa                                                       Bawah                                             Low, down
Mataas                                                        Atas                                                  Up
Sakit                                                            Sakit                                                 Sick
Takot                                                           Takut                                                Fear, afraid of
Taon                                                            Tahun                                               Year
Lambak                                                       Lembah                                           Valley
Upahan                                                       Upah                                                 Pay, rent, tenant
Utang                                                          Hutang, utang                               Debt
Anak                                                            Anak                                                  Child
Balik                                                            Balik, kembali                                Return
Kami                                                            Kami                                                 We (exclusive)
Ako                                                              Aku, saya                                         I
Ikaw                                                             Kau, engkau                                   You
Niya                                                               Dia                                                    He/She
Kalapati                                                       Merpati                                           Dove
Kuto                                                              Kutu                                                 Leech
Puto                                                              Putu                                                 a kind of rice cake
Sumpa                                                          Sumpah                                         Oath
Magkasama                                                Bersama, sama-sama                Together
Galang                                                          Gelang                                             Bracelet
Paa                                                                 Paha                                                 Limb
Lalaki                                                            Lelaki, laki-laki                           Man
Mura                                                              Murah                                             Cheap
Mahal                                                            Mahal                                              Expensive
Manipis                                                         Tipis                                                Thin
Pinto                                                              Pintu                                               Door
Diwa                                                               Jiwa                                                  Spirit
Mabigat                                                         Berat                                                Heavy
Sangkot                                                         Sangkut                                          Involved
Sulat                                                               Surat                                                Letter
Puti                                                                 Putih                                               White
Apoy                                                               Api                                                   Fire
Itim                                                                Hitam                                              Black
Ulang                                                             Udang                                              Prawn
Mangga                                                         Mangga                                           Mango
Inumin                                                          Minuman                                       Beverage
Guro                                                               Guru                                                 Teacher
Gumulong                                                    Gulung, menggulung                  Roll
Maasim                                                         Asam                                                Sour taste
Palay                                                              Padi                                                   Rice grain
Pag-asa                                                         Asa, harapan                                  Hope
Magtanim, tanim                                      Menanam, tanam                         To plant
Samantala                                                    Sementara                                      Meanwhile

I also found many similar sounded words with other Indonesian languages, such as between Sundanese and Javanese, then. This is just what I know.

Filipino                                Sundanese                Indonesian               English
Matamis                                Amis                            Manis                         Sweet
Ngayon                                  Ayeuna                        Sekarang                   Now

Filipino                                Javanese                 Indonesian                English
Paglangoy                             Nglangi                    Berenang                     Swim
Lindol                                     Lindu                       Gempa bumi               Earthquake
Ulang                                      Urang                      Udang                            Prawn, lobster etc
Harap                                      Ngarep                    Depan                           Front
Mapait                                    Pait                           Pahit                             Bitter
Kili-kili                                  Kelek                        Ketiak                           Armpit
Tulog/Pagtulog                    Turu                          Tidur                             Sleep
Ilong                                        Irung                        Hidung                         Nose
Aso                                           Asu                           Anjing                          Dog

Indonesian and Filipino have some different grammatical systems and loan words. Indonesian’s loan words derived from Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and recently English, also loan from local languages. Meanwhile Filipino loans word from Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, some Portuguese, Chinese and massively English as well as the respective local vernaculars. Just for example.

Gusto ko mangga (Phil)
Aku/saya suka mangga (Ina/Mal)
I like mango

Sumagot siya sa propesor (Phil)
Dia menjawab (pertanyaan) profesor (Ina)
He/She answered the professor

Mahal kita (Phil)
Aku mencintaimu (Ina)
I love you

Fine, I think is enough for this moment. Once more, I am not good at Filipino, but sometimes I watch Pinoy channels through internet and gradually understand it step by step. Pssstt…not just Tagalog but others at least in the lowest level. I intended to write it besides for fun, I also hope that Indonesians/Malaysians will have more understanding to this distant cousin language, as well as The Pinoys/Pinays if you wanna know more about your neighbour’s language too.

Terima kasih banyak
Maraming salamat po
Thank you very much

Tangerang, 9 Oktober/Oktubre/October 2016


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(Sunday Photo) : Two Ethnic Faces (eemmm..not really) of Me


Several weeks ago I tried to photo myself wearing two head dresses. One (left) was variant of Javanese one, while another one was Sundanese. Javanese and Sundanese live side by side in the same island, but they develop their own culture despite of many similarities. Javanese and Sundanese have already been related since early times. Influences each other and cultural exchanges sometimes occur time by time.

Sundanese tends to have fairer complexion
Javanese tends to have brownish complexion

I am inspired with youtube videos about dress up time to time and inspired also by 100 years of beauty. However, I know I am not model and look un-handsome at all (LOL) and even I don’t want to take off my glasses, so the results are like this. In my bedroom and not really selfie look.

Maybe it’s better if you give me Indian headdresses too and I’ll display it to you. Do you?

Let me make it better in the future.

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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Childhood Peppermint Drops

Hi there!

It’s been weeks I have been away from WordPress. Recently I was in the intersection between two things, and I had to solve them all but finally all are overcome, so I could post here again.

Talking about nostalgia, I was directly reminded to my favourite candies (but now I had to avoid it). When I was a child, I love to have some peppermint candies in my mouth and enjoyed every moment when the candy melted and ran into my peristaltic. Even at school break, I always bought my favourite peppermint drops in canteen. The trademark was Winston and I heard it’s been existed since 1930s. The elders love it so much up to now, and some said it’s already been their lovely tongue fresh sweeteners from their childhood.

In every region, particularly in Java, each has its own peppermint drops. In East Java, particularly my hometown, there’s Winston. In Central Java, Davos…while in Jakarta or West Java, there’s one called Miami. All are since pre-independent era and still existed. Having it made me fling into my childhood again.

That’s for this week’s challenge.


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(Sunday Reflection) : Together-Bersama

Keep silent
In the silence
Only two
Just stay in silence
Ever after



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(Saturday Reflection) : Cultural Exchange – Tukar Budaya

Indonesians learn and in many cases adore Japanese cultures
Japaneses learn Indonesian cultures as well

However, not many Japanese learn Indonesian cultures, not as many as Indonesians love Japanese ones.

Why? Japanese has got great marketing and pride as well as their distinctive pop culture. We, Indonesians still follow, not produce yet, particularly in pop culture. Well, I don’t know when Indonesian culture can be trendsetter, if it’s not supported by its bearers.

Think it over.



Japanese women performed Javanese dance

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