(Multilingual poetry) : I am beautiful, right?

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Aku cantik bukan?
Kadang lucu
Sedikit aneh
Aku cantik kan?
Bilang saja aku cantik
Pokoknya cantik
(biar hanya topeng)
Biarkan aku bahagia

I am beautiful, aren’t I? I am….
Funny in occassion
Partially weird
I am beautiful….right?
Just say
I am beautiful
(Though just a mask)
Let me happy

Je suis belle, n’est-ce-pas?
Je suis….
amusant (quelquefois)
partiellement bizarre
Je suis belle
Je suis belle
si son justement masque)
Laissez-moi heureux…

Ik ben bevallig, ja?
Ik ben…
soms grappig
Ik ben erg prachtig
zeg dat meer
Ik ben bevallig
(hoewel is gewoon te maskeren)
Laat me blij


(Okay, four first)

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(Goody Foody Indonesia) : Kripik Paria/Bitter gourd crackers


Bitter gourd from this site

I love bitter gourd, though I don’t eat it often. Among Indonesians it’s called paria (Indonesian, Bima, Bugisnese, Batak, Makassarese, Sundanese), pare (Javanese), prien (Gayo), kambeh (Minangkabau), pepareh (Madurese), peria (Malay), pania (Timorese), popari (Manado), papare (Betawian) and many more local names.

It’s widely known among Asians and Caribbeans as medical plant despite of its extreme bitterness. I used to hate this veggie, but then I think the bitterness is a sign that bitter gourd’s advantages are still in it. Reducing sugar blood, diabetes, cancer risks, keeping your kidneys healthy and much more medical goodness.

Well, recently there are so many fruits and vegetables have already been converted into crackers or chips here. From apples to dragon fruits, from spinach to bitter gourd, all can be crackerized. I often try kripik apel (apple crackers), kripik salak (snake fruit crackers), even kripik semangka (watermelon crackers) hahaha…so many fruits and veggies become crackers now.


I watched a Buzzfed video in youtube about Americans taste Indonesian snacks. Those snacks are very tied up with my childhood and I love them until now. Yeah, American taste is very different to Indonesian one. Indonesian is spicier and all tastes blend into one dish. Maybe they had said that Indonesian snacks were little bit awful for their tongues, but one day they had to try bitter gourd crackers.

I bought one in Jakarta Edutech Asia yesterday when I was visiting there. It was from Kudus, Central Java and I tried the samples, but my friend initially refused it and finally she tried it. She said that it was her first time having bitter gourd. I just laughed and bought one, with balado flavoured. There are several flavours like BBQ, balado (chili spiced), chicken and cheese. The owner said he grew his bitter gourd plantation in his homeland and created the crackers by his own. No MSG, no preservatives and fried with new oil.

I tried it, then the first time it tasted savoury, delicious and then left bitter…typically bitter gourd! But I like it, if I remembered on its greatness.

I think Buzzfeed needs to get this savoury bittery stuff. It’s good and yeach, I wanna buy it again one day.



Tangerang, 22 November 2015


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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Tiga/Trio

Trio in Bahasa can be exactly same meaning or in different vocabulary ( I mean synonym) is bertiga or tiga. So, these are my contributions for this week’s trio…threesome? Hahahaha…hell no, then!

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Tangerang, 22 November 2015


Bambang Priantono

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(Indonesian Muslim Style Timeline 2) : Hijab or Veil from 1980s-2010s

In 1980s, hijab is increasing in popularity though it wasn’t allowed to wear in public facilities as the underestimated view on the hijabers. The style at the time still slightly expose their neck, though some of them had already covered all. Burqa and Niqab were very rare. Hijab was generally still looked at down view during 1980s.

After 1990s, hijab styles changed a lot especially in the end part of 1990s. Hijab was getting more fashionable and favoured by Muslimats and some even trimmed their hijabs.

In 2000s-now, hijab has already been part of Indonesian’s fashion. Besides of covering body, it can also be fashionable, though many of them then become unruly as it still show body silhouettes and in many cases, just covering, not protecting. But at least, people should haven’t underestimated hijabistas’ existences.

Well, the timeline still continues then…


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(Indonesian Muslim Style Timeline 1) : Hijab or Veil from 1910s-1970s

As we know, Indonesians are Muslim majority nation and Islam has been integral part of Indonesian society, including the dress codes. Muslims, particularly women are required to cover most of their body parts. Most Islamic scholars refer to only face and hands that can be seen, while some minorities say that all parts of women’s body are aurat and must be totally covered. From merely sheer veil until burqa can be seen. But time goes by, and Islamic dresses can be fancier and more fashionable than before, and even Indonesia is one of hijabi fashion centres in the world.

Well, as a fake master of fashion, I just share about Islamic dresses from time to time, started from 1910s. Until 1980s, there were few women who wore full hijab and most of them are female Islamic scholars or students in Islamic schools and at the time, hijab was still considered as fundamentalists and underestimated.

Here are some drawings about Islamic dress in Indonesia from 1910s to 1970s, the rest will continue inshaallah tomorrow.


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(Indonesian Style Timeline-Part 2) : My Illustrated Women Hair Styles

After the first illustration, I continue to the second part. From 1970s to 2010s or present. In 2010s, I think it’s anything goes era where you can dress up whatever you wish as far as you’re comfortable and high esteem.

Well, this is the second part of my illustration.


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(Indonesian style Timeline-Part 1) : My Illustrated Women Hair Styles

I am inspired by a youtube‘s channel who broadcasted timeline fashion for 100 years and I still haven’t found Indonesian style after searching for a long time (or maybe I am not patient enough), I decided to draw the styles from 1910s to recent. But for the first is from 1910s to 1960s as far as I ever see from some photos and publications.

The first part remained popular even until 1950s among youngsters, and kebaya was also still trendy for the girls at least until 1950s.

But I think Indonesian ladies started to wear western dress in 1930s or combined the modern hairdos with kebaya and kain. But in 1960s, more westernized style developed including the minis.

*I am not fashion lover, but love to know its history* Enjoy my drawing. Hehehehee.

To be continued

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