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The Greatest Invention: Banana Guard

My neighbor Ioana Vaetoru-Fox bought me a Banana Guard from New Zealand. It's hard. It's big. It's almost manly!


I used to hate bringing a banana in my bag because it would end up looking like Gerber's mashed banana (literally!).

But this time it's different. I can confidently bring a banana in my bag to work, or anywhere else for that matter. I am tempted to carry it in my hand. It feels good. But, what would people say if I keep holding on to this thing? :)

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When Did I Learn to Read?

Now that Noe is having full day activities at Carpe Diem, we noticed that they have already taught him basic alphabet recognition. Sometimes he would point at similar letters that appear in public domain and say "Same... same" (referring to the letters "N" that appear at different places).

What's next? Is he going to learn how to read at age 3? Is he going to start writing at age 4?

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Wawancara: Radio Singapore International

Anda bisa temukan rekaman wawancara Radio International Singapore (RSI) di Blog Bicara (klik disini).

Indra, kawan kami yang juga aktif menulis di Singapura, mengulas rekaman RSI tersebut sebagai berikut:

"Dalam program acara tersebut, Fika mewawancarai kedua pasangan blogger pengelola blog Indrani: Indi dan Rani. Topik hidup tanpa televisi dan membuat keju dari ASI yang sempat membuat pro dan kontra itu pun turut dibahas."

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Osama Making Music for Obama

Who would have guessed that Osama contributed to a great piece of music for Obama? This Osama was playing the bass, setting the blues rhythm with Pearl Jam's drummer Matt Cameron, under the direction of Bergevin Brothers and along with many other volunteers, such as the Total Experience Gospel. The hair on the back of my neck stood up when the choir started singing!

Click on the link below to watch.

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Al Jazeera 101 East: A Legacy of A Dictator

Hosted by news anchor Teymoor Nabili, "Al Jazeera 101 East: A Legacy of A Dictator" was indeed a thought provoking episode.

It started with a brief flashback of what Suharto had done to Indonesia (and its people) since 1965 and was followed by conversations among Mugiyanto, Wimar Witoelar and Emil Salim.

Wimar, as always, spoke from his heart while Emil was all over the place, unable to defend his points clearly. Mugiyanto was very consistent as well in his views.

You can watch the episode using the following links:

PART 1 :

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Our Dream Sailboat: Seawind 1160

It's been almost a year now since Rani and I started dreaming of having a Seawind 1160. This Australian-made 38-foot long (11.6 meter) sailing catamaran is definitely something that we'd love to sail together with our boys (and friends) across Indonesian archipelago.

What better way to keep the dream alive than watching this Seawind 1160 video:

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Yod Dogg

From Poughkeepsie to East Timor to Jakarta to Singapore to Down Under. Yod Dogg is comin' your way.

If you want to dig him, oye como va.

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Never Eat Alone

Since last week Rani has been in the mood for conditioning my brain before moving to Jakarta as a new professional. One of the many wonderful things she has discovered for me over at the public library is the book Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. It is a book which is not only ideal for marketeers/business developers, but also serves as a pragmatic guide for those who want to be useful for people around them.

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24 Things You Cannot Do as Government Officials

This is a list of things that you cannot do when you are a Singapore government official. When it comes to applying it in Indonesia context, each government office should have this list hung on the wall right under Garuda Pancasila, photos of President and VP. Logically, if they can afford to print full color photos of the President and VP, why can't they do the same with t

We tried our best to translate each clause in Indonesian language with a hope that someone somewhere is kind enough to reproduce our translation and make it useful among Indonesian esteemed government officials (and their families).

Here we go:

A list of "Don'ts" for Government Officials

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    What IS Corruption?

    Over the years, Rani and I have asked these questions many times:

    -Why is corruption so rampant in Indonesia?
    -Why is it that Indonesia does it much "better" than most other Asia Pacific countries when it comes to corrupt practices? See Indonesia Matters' story on Corruption Index.

    It's not until recently that we both started thinking of these fundamental yet intriguing questions:

    -Do majority of Indonesians know what the word "corruption" means?
    -What sort of activities/practices are considered "corrupt"?
    -Do you think the government officials really know which types of activities are considered corrupt?

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