2006-08 (Aug)

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Sending Troops to Lebanon while Country Remains Poor and Undeveloped

I am expressing my disappointment in Indonesian government for spending so much money on something that I believe should be left alone.

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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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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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