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Smog

The air in Singapore has been really unpleasant. When you look out the window you wouldn't be able to see really far because there is blurry fog all day long. But wait, it's not foggy at all!

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Cuban Visa

We are getting one step closer in the preparation for our upcoming Christmas trip to La Habana. When we were in Indonesia last week for our cousin wedding, we managed to obtain our Cuban visa (tourist card). Yay!

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Hutang saya pada Inong

Saya gak tau gimana menggambarkan emosi saya. Kesedihan di hati karena kepergian Inong rasanya menusuk sekali, tetapi saya tidak menangis. Memang saya tidak bisa menangis kalo sedih (Karena hanya bisa menangis di saat marah saja), tapi kali ini kepala rasanya sakit, tenggorokan tercekat, dan rasanya ingin murung terus. Masih antara percaya dan gak percaya, bisa-bisanya seseorang yang begitu ceria dan energik, masih muda, bisa pergi begitu saja. Selain sedih, ada juga rasa kecewa yang dalam kepada diri saya sendiri, karena saya masih berhutang dengan Inong. Ia minta dibawakan oleh-oleh dari perjalanan saya bulan lalu, dan saya sudah siapkan beberapa batang coklat buatan tangan. Tetapi saya selalu menunda-nunda untuk bertemu dia dan menyampaikan buah tangan itu. Saya selalu berpikir nanti saja, karena sepulang perjalanan itu memang saya langsung ditimpa kesibukan kampus. Lagipula Inong mengajak Noe datang ke pesta ulang tahun Syifa tanggal 2 September, jadi saya pikir di sana sajalah saya sampaikan oleh-oleh tersebut. Tidak disangka pesta itu tidak pernah terjadi, dan coklat masih tersimpan di dalam lemari.

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Kabar dari Harisnya Inong

Tadi pagi saya ke NUH dan menyampaikan turut berdukacita pada Haris. Berikut pesan dari beliau:

Jenazah sedang dipersiapkan untuk dari NUH.
Jenazah akan dimandikan dan disiapkan untuk dibawa ke Jakarta di daerah Kallang. Mungkin disemayamkan di sana... (informasi tempatnya ada di http://bintangmatahari.blogsome.com/ )

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Engdonesia Bahasa Kita

Selamat hari merdeka! Terlambat dikit gak papa deh, daripada enggak sama sekali. Dalam rangka tujuhbelasan mari kita membahas tentang bahasa.

Bahasa Inggris terdiri dari bermacam-macam variasi. Mulai dari Inggris Amerika, Inggris Australia, atau Inggris Ratu di negara Inggris sono. Di tempat-tempat di mana Bahasa Inggris bukan bahasa utama, bahasa ini tercampur aduk dengan bahasa lokal, contohnya di India, dimana gabungan bahasa Hindi dengan Inggris dikenal sebagai Hinglish (Hindi English), sementara di Singapura, bahasa inggris campur aduk melayu dan cina dinamakan Singlish (Singapore English).

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9 Aug - No More United Airlines Please

I woke up quite early, around 3.30am and finalised the packing. Then we head down to the lobby where we waited for a girl who wanted to share taxi with us. While waiting, we watched National Geographic channel which screened a story on the collapse of New World Hotel.

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8 Aug - OLPC, MIT and Faneuil Hall

We woke up rather late, around 8am. Perhaps I didn't realize that I was too tired the previous day. Also, I was unable to decide what to do for the day. So we just go by SJ's invitation to attend One Laptop Per Child discussion near MIT. On the way there, we stopped by the post office to post Rita's book from Singapore, then continued to the bagel place for breakfast. We had sausage wrap, which Noe really loved. Gosh, eating out is really expensive in Boston.

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7 Aug - Boston Walk

I spent the whole morning packing to move out of the dorm that day. Then we had breakfast at the Harkness Commons. A cup of coffee with a bagel for me, and Noe had apple for breakfast. I then spent the whole morning chatting and exchanging pictures with the Wikipedian (Nicholas and Dror). The participants from india and nepal planned to go to New York by bus together, before going home to their respective countries. While I was chatting, Noe was playing and running around the Harkness Common. He was quite excited with the architecture of the place, with a lot of ramps and staircases. Great design by Walter Gropius. Also, I distributed gifts to the conference committee members as tokens of appreciation.

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6 Aug - Wikimania Day 3

We started to establish a routine of waking up early and took a stroll along Harvard Yard. And Noe would always chase squirrels and birds. I would teach him how to pluck out flowers and leaves.

 

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5 Aug - Wikimania Day 2

Noe and I woke up very early in the morning, like 3.30am, because we went to bed quite early the previous day.

 

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