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Yodhi met with Rick Astley at Jakarta airport this morning en route to Singapore. Yodhi told Rick that he was such a fan and grew up with "Never Gonna Give You Up" song, which topped the U.S. singles chart on 12 March 1988.
Finally, he took a photo with Rick and recorded a special message frmo Rick to Anggi and Indi, who were playing doubles in a local tennis tournament in Cibubur this evening.
Singapore's Victoria Hall 2003: Our band KARIB Gembira did a cover of "Moliendo Café" and "Kopi Dangdut" sung in acoustic version:
-Sax: Kirana Asih Widayanti
-Vocal: Askar Hilman
-Trumpet + Conga: Indi Soemardjan
*Check out our mariachi-style brass at 2:01
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In the process of moving to Jakarta, we’re grateful that our family and friends has been really helpful. Many well-meaning individuals, family and friends, are eager to help solving the problems that we’ve encountered.
But interestingly, many of the problems seemed to always boils down to one same solution: “You should employ a maid”.
Academics said that there are three or four stages of cultural adaptation / culture shock:
Having moved around several places in the past twenty years, and looking back at when we began to live in a new place, the theory rings out to be quite true. For Indi and I, it took us about 12 – 18 months until we (think that we) fully adapt, every time we move to a new place. We also observe similar patterns in our friends.
Finally after about 6 months, Kei's birth video is done into a 5 minutes short clip. See here:
As a staunch proponent of breastfeeding, I should be happy when the Makassar Province in Indonesia decided to draft a breastfeeding bill, right?
WRONG! I was ambiguous about it, because from the title of the legislation, it sounds that the bill is aimed towards mothers instead of the public facilities and health workers. The title of the legislation itself sounds vague: "Peraturan Daerah Air Susu Ibu". At a first glance, the title seems to "encourage" (force) mothers to breastfeed their babies... but does it imply that mothers are to be punished for not breastfeeding? It's unclear, but many interprets the law that it puts mothers in a disadvantaged position.
Vague Title, Absent Content
Anda ingat tulisan saya yang menyinggung soal Kasus Korupsi di KBRI Singapura? Nah, mereka (ex-Dubes Mochamad Slamet Hidayat dan ex-Bendahara Erizal) sudah masuk kurungan (tapi tidak kelihatan malu!). Beritanya ada di Tempo: Tersandung Sisa Renovasi.
ex- Wakil Dubes Eddie Suryanto Harijadhi, yang dulu beberapa kali main musik bersama saya dan Rani di KBRI, ternyata juga menerima uang dari proyek yang sama. Total jumlah yang mereka kantongi adalah sekitar Rp 10,1 miliar.
Today, Rani and I took Jung-Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tests, a psychometric questionnaire designed to identify certain psychological differences according to the typological theories of Carl Gustav Jung, and we found out that:
So, what does it all mean in our relationship?*
We fought hard against the #1 seeded doubles team of Singapore open. Royson's powerful flat serve and Arjun's tricky net game really killed us. They always returned our serve low over the net with a slice and the balls never bounced high.
We lost 0-6 in the first set but managed to break Royson's serve in the second set secured better loss at 2-6.
Not a bad game knowing that Royson is a tennis coaching pro at Laguna Country Club and has been playing with Arjun in many tournaments.
At least we got killed by the best!
PS: Thanks to Oom Firman, Andre, Lina, Antony and wife, Mariah, Jayson, Kae Fong and Arpita.
For the last four weeks, Rani has been taking a very good care of the kids at home during my regular tennis practice with Yodhi. Yodhi and I even troubled her by adding more to the laundry basket with our smelly tennis clothes. I felt bad that she sacrificed a lot of her time for me and Yodhi almost every weekend. From time to time, Noe came with us to the courtside and helped us collect practice balls and put them into the basket. Various Sparing matches with Andre, Widiyo, Andrew and Henry really helped us in developing better doubles teamwork.
And last night, it all paid off. Yodhi never got a double fault (100% of serves in).