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Picnic and Reunion

Last week we had a picnic and a reunion with an old friend.

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We arrived home from West Sumatra and found our website full of spam, thousands of them, and the mysql table crashed. This is crazy! Indrani.net has a quite low readership, so the spammer is making bad judgment by trying to hijack this website.

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Jakarta in Google Earth

Wow, I'm so late, I just found out that Google Earth now have high resolution image of Jakarta, Bandung, and even East Timor. The image is from 2003, and has been online since late march / early april 2006.

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Balut and Others

This is a long overdue post about Balut, Vietnamese Spring Roll, and Square Watermelon. But first of all, I got to know Michael Ohlsson, another weird food connoisseur, who lives in China, through my entry about weird food

Back to Balut. It has been years since the last time I ate balut. My dad used to live in Manila, and he’s the one who introduced me to Balut, a traditional delicacy of the region. Balut is essentially duck egg with duckling in it. Baby ducks. Duck Foetus. He taught me to eat it freshly boiled with salt. Unlike ordinary eggs, this egg has crunchiness and meatiness in it. The boiled egg would also have a bit of duck broth in it. For me it tasted delicious. But for some people, the very concept of eating foetus really turns them off. Well, you wouldn’t know unless you try.

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Hot White Mojito

Last weekend, I was quite successful in my first attempt to become the bartender of my household. I made mojito, a traditional cuban drink, out of fresh ingredients. I got the recipe from Bacardi. How flattered I was when Indi and Yodhi complimented my mojito!

Although the recipe asks for Rum, you can make the drink as virgin mojito, and it'll be thirst quenching for hot Singapore weather. However, today I tried to make a hot variation of mojito, which would better suit for cold climate/weather. This one is without lime juice.

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Gmail for my domain

Yay! indrani.net have received approval for "Gmail for your domain" beta! I found out about it from James Seng, like, so long after it has been launched (in february). Nevertheless, I tried to apply as beta tester during the last week of may for six email accounts, and three days later, I got approval for 25 accounts. Yup, this means, I gotta make 22 more babies in order to utilise the quota to the full extent. I won't put screenshots, there are many of them online already.

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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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Kecap Purwodadi

It really tastes better than Kecap Bango

See wikipedia on Kecap.

Kecap Purwodadi
Mrs. Oei Hok Hoo or Ms. Eniwati
Toko Wijaya Baru, CV Sarana Cipta Kasih

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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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West Side Story

Indi and Noe and Yodhi gave me a ticket to the best seat for West Side Story in Esplanade. I was really excited about that!

Oh this photo below was taken by Indi during his turn to watch WSS. He got the cheapest ticket but with best balcony view too.

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