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Hours on the Road

Indi went for a game of golf with bapak Hindro early in the morning and went back home just before lunch. We decided to borrow a car from om Kono. We then drove to Pondok Indah Mall to have lunch with the Tobings at the Indonesian Restaurant at the third floor. I forgot the name, but this restaurant serves all kinds of Indonesian traditional food. When we arrived there we bought some dolls as gift for the Tobing babies. We also went to a CD store at the second storey, where we found Nial Djuliarso at Djulliard, er, I mean Julliard, for a fraction of a price compared to buying the CD in Singapore (from Marko).

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Shopping

We went for a session in driving range again, and this time Dhana and Qika joined us. As usual, I chased Noe all over the place while the father is practicing golf. Later I managed to hit 50 yards using a PW for about ten balls in a row while Indi was taking a break. We had chicken porridge and cheese crepes for breakfast, with bottles of Teh Botol.

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Sawangan Vendetta

Indi woke up early to hit the golf course in Sawangan. I woke up a few hours later, and gave Siska her gift from ikea: a stovetop espresso maker. She then made a brew of Irian Organic Coffee, which really tasted strong, to my liking. I had chicken flavored oatmeal for breakfast while Noe had green pandan bread. At 8 am Ibu Tuti picked us up to drive to Sawangan to swim.

At the pool, I realized that I forgot to bring a towel. I had to buy the towel from the shop near the changing room. Practically not many people swim using 'normal' swimsuit. At the most, the ladies swim using swimsuit and shorts over it. Many people swim in t-shirt and shorts, even the guys. And interestingly, I saw quite a number of women wearing a muslim swimsuit. It is basically a bodysuit that covers the hair, and covered with a thin garb to obscure the shape of the body. This muslim swimsuit is of dark color to minimize the visibility. I'd say it works quite okay However, if you have a great voluptuous body, no matter what kind of swimsuit you wear, you would still appear voluptuous. Anyway, I felt I was wearing the least fabric in that swimming pool.

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Arrived in Jakarta

We flew to Jakarta for our cousin Bimo's wedding. This is Noe’s third trip to Jakarta. We flew using valuair, which we mistakenly bought three months in advance, not knowing that one month prior to departure Valuair gave special discount. Moral of the story: don’t buy air ticket far in advance.

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My Birthday

It's my birthday! don't have to say how old i am, ever since I became older than 24 year old, I started to become anxious about my age.

Of course, Indi was preparing a nice surprise for me: coffee cake at midnight. But too bad, I was wide awake until midnight and I managed to intercept Indi's preparation for the mission. Nevertheless, we were having a really great time.

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Trigger Happy People in Elevators

If you ask me how many elevators I have ever been in with how many different people since nearly four years ago (when I arrived in Singapore), I must say that I would like to divert the question into something more interesting than that.

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Noe and Toilet

Something surprising happened to us this morning. Noe walked by himself to the bathroom/toilet and pee on its floor.

(For background info, these past two weeks we let Noe diaperless and barebottomed where possible, in order to study his elimination needs. We got 50% success rate so far of carrying him to the bathroom to encourage him to do it. The other 50% were accidents on the living room floor)

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Paquito

A last minute decision, I went to Esplanade to watch Paquito D'Rivera with New York Voices as part of the Mosaic Festival. This decision only arrived 45 minutes before the show started, and I was lucky to get a taxi that rushed there.

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Easy Singapore Gumbo

This recipe is adapted from Gumbo Pages
This recipe is adapted to suit the availability of ingredients here, and to suit my unwillingness to spend five hours making gumbo broth.

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First Birthday

It's Noe's first birthday. We made a small celebration with neighbours and relatives.

This is Noe's birthday cake. Rani had to decorate it because we ordered the cake without allowing time to create custom decoration. So Rani rushed to National Library and borrowed book about cake decoration, and then dashed to Cold Storage to buy materials for royal icing. She made the blue royal icing and lay it on top of the cake, being inexperienced with cake decoration and all. And to complicate matters, the cake that Indi bought was a mango cake with jelly topping, which caused the royal icing to melt. So we had to blow the candle rapidly. Here's the picture (Photos courtesy of Judhi Prasetyo):

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