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Thursday, April 21, 2005

I am a Man but I am a Feminist, Too

I am a Feminist, just like my wife is... except that we don't go out in demonstration or that sort of things.

We support women suffrage, just like Kartini did one hundread and one years ago today.

Let's celebrate!

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Noe is One Month Old

It has been one month since we've seen him for the first time.

Noe's Developments?
  • He is a bit chubbier.
  • A tad heavier.
  • A lot longer, used to fit nicely from my elbow down to forearm to the tip of my fingers but now I can't hold him the same way anymore.
Rani's Developments?
  • More blood flow
  • More breastmilk production, excess are cryogenically frozen for future research (just kidding!)
  • Less sleep but manage to get back to cooking (which I miss the most!)
Anyways, we're glad that we've managed to get everything under control for this very first month.

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Genographic Project Skips Indonesia?

We're all becoming more like Tiger Woods (well, at least that's what the lovely Popiah lady at Shaw Tower, Singapore said about the guy that looks like me)

Indonesia is a vast stretch of archipelago between Asia continent and Australia, but why does Spencer Wells plan to skip Indonesia when taking samples for his Genographic Project?

I thought you might like to read this:

By collecting blood samples from thousands of men living in isolated tribes around the world and analyzing their DNA, 34-year-old geneticist Spencer Wells and his colleagues discovered that all humans alive today can be traced back to a small tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago.

Blood samples will be collected from indigenous people by researchers based at 10 sites around the world: Shanghai, China; Moscow; Tamil Nadu, India; Beirut, Lebanon; Philadelphia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Paris; Melbourne, Australia; Minas Gerais, Brazil; Cambridge, England.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

How to Change Your Race Legally

Perhaps I shall share with you my experience today at Immigration and Checkpoint Authority.

I have held a blue Singapore Identity Card since mid 2004. But one thing that has not satisfied me was the fact that I have the word 'malay' written under 'race'. Why does it not satisfy me? First, I am not a Malay if we follow this academic definition:

"a member of a people inhabiting the northern Malay Peninsula and Malaysia and parts of the western Malay Archipelago"

Truly, I have no evidence that my beloved parents (Hindro and Tuti) or even my grandparents (Kismo and Yatiman, Selo and Soeleki) had any roots or heritage connection with Malay Peninsula inhabitants back in the previous centuries. If you look at me (which I am sure millions of your have), you'd see slight curly hair (which gets even more terrific curl under relative humidity level of 80%) and much more pigments than most people here to protect my beautiful and smooth skin under intense sunlight of this Archipelago. And No, I cannot be a Malay... Malay people in the region would be upset and embarassed if they see me claim my own being as one of their blood-brothers. It's like going to Harvard and claim that you are a Harvard student when you aren't.

So, to emulate from what Rani had done by having the word 'Indonesian' on her blue Singapore Identity Card, I tried to go further and deeper: I requested Immigration and Checkpoint Authority to change my so-called 'race' as Javanese - for obvious and kiasu reasons, of course. If Rani could do it that far, I should have done even better - Javanese should be the word written on my pass. And knowing that I have entered two interview rooms, I might as well ask for the furthest details in terms of race classification.

As far as the legal process goes at Immigration and Checkpoint Authority, I had to speak to two interviewers in two separate rooms, one of them was an officer who was an expert in this and he was acting as a witness when I verbally made a statement, under oath, with one hand up in the air, stating that I request to change my 'race'. Wow... that was the first time I ever took an oath, kinda cool, indeed... and this time it was relating to reinstating my origin as a Human Being. Truly, I never realized that the defintion of 'race' is so vital in Singapore (not that there is anything wrong with that, of course! Nor is the definition of religion for that matter).

When he asked if I could provide an evidence of my Javanese blood, the officer was a bit puzzled because nowhere in my passport nor my Kartu Tanda Penduduk could you find my race definition. To expedite the process, he had me write a specific reason why I shall be classified as a Javanese, and not a Malay. It was quite puzzling since I never had to prove to anyone anywhere about my Javanese blood. I was going to write: "because Javanese rule the Archipelago!" but then I refrained from doing the politically incorrect and wrote this instead: "because both of my parents are from Yogyakarta and all of my ancestors are rooted on the same island of Java".

Anyways, I was advised by Immigration and Checkpoint Authority to wait and sit tight until the request to change of 'race' is approved by the higher authority - since it apparently involves a lot of paperwork behind the scene. I was also told that there is a chance that when it gets approved, I will have to have Noe's birth certificate reissued.

To conclude:
  • Having to reissue a blue Singapore Identity Card: $S60
  • Having to reissue your son's Birth Certificate: $S70
  • Having the word 'Javanese' written on your blue Singapore Identity Card: Priceless

PS: Tell me if you agree that asking for someone's Race or Religion is like asking for the specified length of someone's penis during erection. I will reward you if you do agree :)

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Celebrating Life at Home Without TV

Rani and I made a good choice of not having TV in our home.

After nearly two and a half years, we realized that life has been much more fulfilling and enjoyable without it. Here are some of the benefits you might like to know:

  • We've read more books.
  • We've entertained more guests (really, we had meaningful conversations and played musical instruments).
  • We've copulated more often.
  • We've tried more interesting recipes.
  • Now, we've got all the time in the world to take care of Noe.
Of course, we have sparked questions in people's minds, like "What? No TV?", "What do you do at home if you don't have TV?", "Isn't boring at home?".... Obviously, Rani and I wore them out, and they never asked no more. They have accepted it.

Anyways, I thought you might like to know that we have millions of supporters in this KYTV movement. This Practical Hippie could not agree more.

Trust us.

Kill Your TV.

PS: We do have a DVD player, though :)

Get ready for TV-Turnoff Week-- April 25-May 1, 2005!

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

New Oxford Singapore Dictionary

No, I did not author this lingo thing below - but, thank you for your intended compliments.

I lily want to sow you what I am cirrus-ly considering to learn.

Here we go:


Subject: New Oxford Singapore Dictionary

So you Angmohs will finally understand us Singaporeans.

Angmohs =( ang - merah , moh - rambut in teochew ), jadi angmoh itu ya...bule

1) LILY - adverb. extremely, really
Wah, you lily can sing well ah!"

2) VALLEY - adverb. extremely (same with lily)
Look! My Versachee belt, valley nice hor?"

3) GORGES - adj. stunningly beautiful, normally found with valley Wah!
Ah Beng's girlflan is valley gorges leh!"

4) CORAL - verb. to bicker
Why, you not happy, ah? Want to coral, is it?"

5) REEF - (normally followed with coral) to argue with
"You lily want to coral reef me ah?"

6) ALTITUDE - adjective. a disagreeable demeanour
Ah Lian Lily got a bad altitude ploblem".

7) CIRRUS - adjective. certain
You cirrus or not? Dun bruff!"

8) CANOPY - phrase. impossible
He bought new handphone? Canopy lah! Where got money?"

9) OLDLADY - adjective. completed
" finish oldlady ah."

10) SUIT - verb. to project forward
"Suit! Suit! See goalkeeper come out oldlady."

11) SOW - verb. to reveal
"Sow me, sow me your new ting."

12) LOAD - noun. a path normally made up of gravel & tar
"We go Orchard Load leh."

13) BLINK - verb. deliver, send
"What you blink for me? Sow me, sow me."

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Friday, April 08, 2005

Noe's First Set of Photos Ready For Viewing

For those of you who are keen to see the most recent photo set from our humble home, please feel free to click here

Click on Noe's Nose to Launch Slideshow

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Poo-Poo missile

You know that baby boys will spray all over the room like firemen do, right?

Guess what...

You also need to look at Noe's ability to launch a poo-poo missile, too. It was perhaps a record breaking one in all baby's history which took place yesterday evening when Nenek Airiza was changing his diaper after a much smaller gooey and smelly squirt. As he was being wiped clean a 1 fistful of poo-poo, solid on the outside and gooey on the inside, blasted off more one meter away towards Nenek but she managed to dodge it. Dang! Who would have guessed that a 3kg baby could deliver such a lethal missile?

Click image to analyze the physics

Nenek immediately called us in when I was entertaining 9 guests in the living room. Rani and I quickly ran to get Mas Judhi's DV Cam and managed a short video coverage of the aftermath. I did an interview of this massive launch with Noe; when asked why and how it happened Noe only looked at me in the eye innocently and continued sucking his mitten - I think he meant to give Nenek a bonus before she flies back to Jakarta.

What a blast off!

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From Siska

My sister Siska gave a beautiful poem as my birthday present. Thank you Mbakyu, it really touches me.

*hari ibu*

hari ini hari ibu
satu april jumat pon
hari ini perempuan bertanya
bisakah aku?

hari ini juga
jawabannya ada
pada beban nurani

hari ini hari berdebu
hari kemarin, hari esok juga
hari debu beterbangan

tapi saban hari ibu ada
untuk menepis yang tak perlu
dan menyulam mimpi baru

--rempoa, 1 april 2005--

she added a foot note:

"rani, selamat menyusui, selamat bertatapan mata dengan belahan jiwamu" -siska: si pujangga musiman ^_^

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Saturday, April 02, 2005


Perhaps you knew that Noe did a strike and baulked at nipple last week for several days. It truly broke my heart when he did not want to drink breastmilk. After three days of a "strike" and Noe couldn't nurse at all, we have been feeding him by spoon.

After two days of "strike" I came to Mrs. Doris Fok, the most senior lactation consultant in Singapore. Luckily I came to her. She was really patient and taking her time to analyse the problem thoroughly while also correcting the breastfeeding technique. She was not trying to rush to wrap up the consultation session. Her patience and empathy also comforted me and she also keeps in touch with her patients. I think she is a really good lactation consultant and I would recommend her if somebody have lactation problems. Anyway, she diagnosed me with OMER - "Overactive Milk Ejection Reflex". This simply means that the breastmilk flow was so oversupplied and overflowing that Noe became shocked by its flow and could not take it. It is not that Noe did not want to drink, but he could not handle the flow and quantity. Mrs. Doris commented that she never saw a breastmilk flow like this before, and that many people would wish that they have my problem. Indeed, both too much or too little milk is a problem of its own. OMER should be a temporary condition, and now I should use the opportunity to pile up my freezer with pumped extra milk.

But on my birthday, I received the most beautiful birthday present ever, that is, Noe started to suckle and nurse again! Yes, with Mrs. Doris' recommendation to find a feeding position that works against gravity, it seems that Noe can now handle the milk flow. I am so happy!

And Indi did a small surprise party for me at home. At midnight of 1st of April, e woke me up in the middle of my comfortable sleep. I was a bit angry because I needed to catch up some sleep while Noe is taking a break. To my surprise, the whole family was in the living room with big chocolate cake and 27 candles! I was so happy and touched by my family's lovely gesture!

And when everybody sang "Happy Birthday", Noe slept peacefully because he's full. I hope Noe would never be hungry again.

I was caught by surprise in this midnight celebration!

2 Big candles and 7 smaller candles to make up 27!

A chocolate hazelnut cake from Prima Deli makes the world go round and round...

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Friday, April 01, 2005

Yom Huledet Same'ach!

It's April Fool's Day and Rani's 27th Birthday...

So let's start with the shortest greeting first lah:

Eku Ojobi!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in Abuja today.

Hau`oli la hanau!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in Kona today.

Janma Divas Mubarak!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in Gujarat today.

Yom Huledet Same'ach!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in Jerusalem today.

Maligayang Bati Sa Iyong Kaarawan!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in the Manila today.

Wszystkiego najlepszego zokazji urodzin!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in the Warsaw today.

Ick wuensch da allet Jute zum Jeburtstach!

That's what Rani would hear if she is in the Berlin today.

Anyways, I am so happy to celebrate LIFE with Rani today. She is worth it lah! :)

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