(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…

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


Salam Mabuhay! 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…

(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…

(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…

(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…