Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Must Be Stopped :(

Ready and salted: A worker shows salted rays in Muara Angke, North Jakarta on Tuesday. The salted rays were distributed to traditional markets in Java and sold for Rp 15.000 (US$1.32) per kilogram. (Antara/Zabur Karuru) Found here

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's Art-Food-Movie Weekend, Not Necessarily In That Order

Hello kind people of the Internet,

How is your Friday? I hope you have a fabulous Friday. I received six postcards today, with two of them bearing train photos. Happy!

And here are several events that may interest you...

Movie Screening: Terraferma (Dry Land). March 14 (tonight), 7 p.m. Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta.

Food Festival: Fatahillah Food Fest. 13-16 March. 17.00-22.00. Fatahillah Square. Check the Fatahillah Food Fest Facebook page  for more information.

Art Exhibition: ARTE Indonesia, Indonesia's best Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Visual Arts, Film Festival, Art Market and Music Performance. March 14-16. Assembly Hall, JCC. Check for more information

Have a good one :).

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Mystery Continues

Hoping for the best: This picture taken on Monday shows students at Hailiang International School lighting candles to pray for the passengers on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Zhuji, in China's Zhejiang province. Relatives of Chinese passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 were still clutching to faint straws of hope for their loved ones on March 11, four days after the aircraft went missing. (AFP) Found here

Last Friday, I watched Non Stop, an action movie starred by Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. It's a good one, by the way. Then I woke up on Saturday morning with news about the missing Malaysian aircraft. Kinda gave goosebumps. I hope they will soon find the plane and the passengers.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

When Going Out With M&D

This Is What Happen In The Morning
Situation: I'm ready to go to office
Me: Ok, I'm going now. Assalamualaikum.
D: Wait, I'll take you to the station. I just need to go to the bathroom for a bit.
M: Wait, I want to go to the market too, I'm going with you too.
(30 minutes later)
D: Wait, I think I should go to the bathroom again.
M: Does this headscarf match my outfit?
This is why I would never come early to the office.

When Going Out, Always Wear Make Up
Situation: On a Sunday afternoon, I was accompanying M for a quick afternoon walk.
M: Have you put on powder and lipstick?
Me: What for?
M: Well, a woman should always look neat and polished. Who knows who we may meet during the walk.
Me: -_-

Let's Go Out
Situation: The kind of conversation M&D usually have before going out in the weekend
D: Do you want to go out? Let's go out.
M: Ok. Let's go to Jatinegara Market. I want to buy new bed sheets.
D: No, I don't want to go there. Let's go to Senen Market instead, I want to buy new books.
M: -_-
PS. In the end, they usually go to both places, D would drop M off in Jatinegara then he continues driving to Senen. He would pick her up when she has finished with her shopping.

Like Father Like Daughter
Parents' friends: Hello, long time no see.
M/D: Yes, it's been long time. Oh, this is my daughter.
Parents' friends: (look at me for a while) Well, she takes after her daddy, isn't she?
Me: (smiling while thinking,"Is it wrong to look like my dad?")

Monday, March 10, 2014

How D Met My Mother :)

Thirty five years ago today M&D got hitched:).

Thirty five years is quite a long period, and during the 30-something years I've lived with them, I know that it takes more than just love to build a marriage and a family. M&D do not have many things in common. For example, D likes to joke, while M is very serious (I think this serious attitude comes from my maternal grandparents because M's siblings are all serious). D likes eating out, but M prefers cooking to spending money on delivery/take-away. D buys books, while M is captivated with clothes (but she will turn to me to consult on what to wear, she's not a fashionable person. On the other hand, D is quite fashionable).

I'm totally amazed at how two different personalities can live together (quite peacefully, I must add) for decades. When I asked them how they met, each gives different answers (as expected), but I think I know which has the near-truth answer :D.

How did you meet?
D: My best friend and her best friend got married, and then they played matchmaker for both of us.
M: His friend and I worked in the same office. During the office gathering, his friend invited him to come along and introduced us.

What was your first impression of him/her?
D: She looked so small and petite, I thought she was still a teenager.
M: He had this long curly hair down his back, wore chunky eyeglasses and carried several packs of medicines in his pocket. It was not a good first impression. But he was persistent. He came to my house for, like, everyday since that day.

What day? What happened?
D: I went to her house and that was all
M: He came to my house, I mean the house where I lived with my brothers. At that time I lived with my second brother and his wife, and two little brothers. He brought a bag of pears and told my brothers that he was my friend. I was not home yet, so my second brother talked to him, at first it was out of courtesy but then my brother got really interested with him. And then I arrived at home, nodded to my brother and him, who I presumed as my brother's friend...and I went straight to my room. My brother's wife asked very loudly,"Girl, isn't that guy your friend?"

How did he propose?
D: We both reached this phase where we realized that we needed each other. Oh wait, she's the one who couldn't live without me.
M: I was going to Kebumen for a short holiday. My little brother gave me a ride to Jatinegara station. When we got there, guess who we saw? Him! He already bought the ticket! How could I tell him not to go? My little brother just grinned and said,"I didn't know he was coming." Well, neither did I. When we arrived in Kebumen, it seemed my father and him had this conversation where my father asked him flat out,"What is your intention on my daughter?" I think he was happy that he got the question, because that way he didn't have to find an opening sentence.

Why did you agree to marry him/her?
D: Because she was nice to me
M: Because he was the only man who had the guts to approach me. The others were a bit intimidated by my brothers, I guess (M is the only female among the eight siblings).

Dearest M&D, happy anniversary! May you both stay blessed, happy, healthy and that you both get to see your only daughter marrying a decent man and applying the life lessons you both have taught her:).

Monday, March 3, 2014

Life Once Removed, A Work By Susanne Heintz

After getting the same question from her family and friends ("Why aren't you married?"), American art director Susanne Heintz spends 14 years with mannequin family, taking them everywhere and doing all kinds of the family pictures.


Here's excerpts of her words on the project:  

We love & obey the formatted image of a well-lived life. So deeply ingrained is that strange auto-grin we put on when a camera is present. Do we live our lives with a keen awareness of how it feels, or just how it looks?

If I pass through life without checking off the boxes for a wedding ring and a baby carriage, I will be missing the photo album, but not not the point. When I take my photos, others stop and stare, then they ask, "why are you doing this?" They, at that moment, are starting to get the point too

I thought it is only difficult being single in Asia, but it seems that being married, building family and having kids are the norms worldwide. Even in America.

See more photos/her work here.