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4 Aug - Wikimania Day 1

We woke up rather late, at about 7am because we slept late the night before. I put the laundry from the previous night into the dryer and continued to have breakfast: fried rice brought from the Nine Tastes. Again, Noe was eating a lot of fried rice, food that he missed a lot while in the US.

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3 Aug - Check In at Harvard

Again, we woke up early and had a walk around the neighborhood. We had the leftover from last night as breakfast, and had great coffee made by Catherine. At 10am she drove us up to the Chocolate Factory and we had a deep discussion about chocolates along the way. In the factory, Tom then showed us around, from the unloading of raw material, storage, production, to the final packaging. He showed us the chocolate melting machine that works fast. However, once he didn't know that he had a 'tropical chocolate' to melt, and it took the machine 12 hours to melt a bar of 'tropical chocolate'. He showed us the machine for making the blueberry coated chocolate.

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2 Aug - Maine Dinner

Today I just plan to go easy with Noe and let him adjust to the new surroundings slowly. Noe woke up at 4am and I tried to put him to bed again, but couldn't. So we decided to take a walk along the peninsula, through the woods. It was a nice place with rural atmosphere. Noe ended up chasing cats.

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1 Aug - Train to Maine

Noe woke up around 3 am crying and looking for Bapak. I tried to put him to sleep again but he was so jetlagged and couldn't sleep. So we decided to spend some time eating popcorn at the dining hall. I made a skype phone call from my PDA phone only to discover Indi who was so worried about my well being. I also wrote my blog entry.

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31 Jul - Flight to Boston

I woke up at 3am, anxious about the flight. I ran everything through over and over again, making sure that I didn't forget anything. I was all set to go at 4.30, but waited for Masindi to get prepared until 5.00. However, big stormy rain poured in at 4.50 and didn't stop until 5.15. I thought I was really destined to not go this time, considering all the hindrance and disruption that I have been experiencing, from ticketing problems and visa etc. Nevertheless, we decided to call a cab at 5.20 and braved ourselves through the rain. Once we were in taxi, the rain stopped! We were really cursed!

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Arrived

noe & i arrived safely in boston after 26 hrs of grueling sardine-like flight, not to mention our luggage got lost in chicago and we had to wait 2hrs in logan until it arrived. also, the subway stations are not really stroller & suitcase friendly, but luckily people are really helpful.

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Families through Friendship

I couldn’t sleep with some thoughts running in my head, and I decided to write down some conclusion of life about friendship love and hate. You may then conclude what kind a person you are: true friend or the opposite?

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Jangan Lakukan Hari Tanpa TV

OK, coba menulis dalam bahasa Indonesia, deh.

Beberapa Blogger Indonesia, seperti Priyadi, Lita, dan Jay Yulian akhir-akhir ini aktif mempromosikan Hari Tanpa TV. Sebenarnya kampanye mematikan TV bukan hal baru. TVTurnoff Network sudah melakukannya sejak 1994 di Amerika. Kami pun turut mempromosikannya sejak tahun lalu, tapi saat itu gaungnya tidak sekencang seperti yang dipromosikan para Blogger Indonesia tahun ini.

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Zooomr

Thanks to Thalia, I'm very much tempted to try the new service Zooomr (yes, with three "o"s!). Seems like a great service, particularly with different kinds of tagging enabled there.

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Dadiah - Traditional Yogurt from West Sumatra

When we went to Padang last month, we splurged on traditional Minang food that we missed so much, such as Sate Padang, Bebek Lado Ijo (with happy seasoning), many kinds of Sambal Lado and Gulai, and the special grilled fish from Lake Maninjau, grilled banana, and sanjai crackers. We took the opportunity to get Dadih or Dadiah, traditional minang water buffalo yogurt which is fermented in bamboo container covered with banana leaf.

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