socio-cultural

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SBY: Political Hero, Coward, Fool, Or Genius?

I bet by now millions of you have heard about this:

"The final decision on closing the case against the 84-year-old Suharto lies with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)"

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When A Talk Before Sleep Gets Recorded on the next Day

With the rising popularity of writing about anything on any web surface like my wife and I do, I have often asked my self:

"Am I really blogging if I only blog when I want to? (instead of more regularly like some bloggers in blogging universe do)"

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Indonesian Music Concerts and Tobacco Go Together Like a Horse and Carriage

I am a passive observer of Indonesian music industry and a great admirer of live music performances. However, I find it very hard to understand why large music concerts (jazz or rock or indie-pop or dangdut) in Indonesia are mostly sponsored by tobacco companies.

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Maternalistic World

Let's write a futuristic story together!

My brain was numbed by the ongoing work and exam, so I tried to refresh my brain by taking a quick break and starting a fictional draft story of a futuristic scenario. You can participate in expanding this fictional scenario too, by editing the wiki. Or please leave a comment below on your suggestions in expanding this scenario. Please do give your suggestions!

The writing is triggered by a question on how would the world look like if women dominates the world and its social structure? Would it be a better place compared to the present paternalistic society? Or not? (Surely the zealots will be irritated by the very concept of female-dominated world). Here, I'm not talking about women dominate the world by becoming more masculine (like most feminist movements pursue currently), but how women dominate the world through its own feminine values.

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Do Most Singapore Drivers Stop at STOP Signs?

My answer:

No, most Singapore drivers do not stop at STOP signs. And they don't care. In fact, failing to stop at STOP sign is highly dangerous (and could be deadly) especially to crossing pedestrians.

Surprisingly, I rarely see anyone follow the STOP sign rule in Singapore. If you do see drivers making a full stop at the sign, please give them two thumbs up. But if they don't, please yell at them (some friendly gestures which I have done many times on the driveway outside the JTC Summit building).

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Swim and Election

Last week's Labor Day holiday we went for a morning swim at Natasha's place. Luckily the water was really warm. We went to this shallow pool where the babies could roam around freely. Noe managed to master the skill of walking through water.

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Bimo's Wedding 1

Today is the big day for Bimo. We woke up very early in the morning, since we had to arrive at the venue at 5.30am to dress up. Eyang putri bought Noe a set of Javanese traditional outfit, while uncle Eko bought a blangkon for Noe.

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Bimo's Wedding 2

After the religious wedding oath ceremony, the event continued with javanese traditional wedding ceremony.

The groom arrived at the bride's "house" and ushered into the chamber. The groom stepped on an egg and the bride wiped the mess out.
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Shower Ceremony

It's Bimo's shower ceremony, a traditional Javanese purification rite held one day before the wedding ceremony. I would let the photo essay talks.

This is the prayer session.

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Sawangan Vendetta

Indi woke up early to hit the golf course in Sawangan. I woke up a few hours later, and gave Siska her gift from ikea: a stovetop espresso maker. She then made a brew of Irian Organic Coffee, which really tasted strong, to my liking. I had chicken flavored oatmeal for breakfast while Noe had green pandan bread. At 8 am Ibu Tuti picked us up to drive to Sawangan to swim.

At the pool, I realized that I forgot to bring a towel. I had to buy the towel from the shop near the changing room. Practically not many people swim using 'normal' swimsuit. At the most, the ladies swim using swimsuit and shorts over it. Many people swim in t-shirt and shorts, even the guys. And interestingly, I saw quite a number of women wearing a muslim swimsuit. It is basically a bodysuit that covers the hair, and covered with a thin garb to obscure the shape of the body. This muslim swimsuit is of dark color to minimize the visibility. I'd say it works quite okay However, if you have a great voluptuous body, no matter what kind of swimsuit you wear, you would still appear voluptuous. Anyway, I felt I was wearing the least fabric in that swimming pool.

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