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Me gusta aprender las lenguas

Me gusta aprender las lenguas extranjeras porque me gusta viajar por todo mundo. Además, vivo en el centro de Jakarta donde hay muchos centros culturales extranjeros que ofrecen clases de las lenguas extranjeros, por ejemplo, el CCF para la lengua Francesa, el Goethe-Institut para la lengua Alemania, y el LBI-UI en Salemba para las otras lenguas, como el Japonés, el Chino, y el Español. Todos los centros están muy cerca de mi casa, puedo ir a pie solo en treinta minutos máximo, o puedo tomar un taxi o un bajaj solo en diez minutos. Por eso, ahora me inscribo en dos clases: la Española los días laborables y la Francesa los fines de semana.

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Polyglot Wannabe

Indi was busy right from the start when we moved here in Jakarta. I haven’t gotten a proper chance to sit down in front of my computer to write things. It’s not that “nothing interesting was happening”. In fact, there’s so many interesting things, too many of them that they got stuck in blog draft, jumbled as incoherent topics. I’m still fascinated by moving back to Indonesia, and still adapting to living here.

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Actions and Religions

People tend to see only what they want to see, they hear only what they want to hear.

This is what Indi and I have observed for a long time. We think it is quite interesting. We can’t illustrate it in a more specific way for not wanting to offend people, so let’s imagine the following:

  • Two major religions in the world: religion X and religion Y
  • Two famous good men: Mr. A of religion X, and Mr. B of religion Y
  • Two terrorists: Mr. C from religion X, and Mr. D of religion Y.
  • Our friends of religion X

Then read this slowly:

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Pesta Blogger 08

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Yodhi Won the Video Contest!

Guess what! Yodhi won the Challenge Your Hero video contest! He will fly to Qatar for the Sony Ericsson Championships in the second week of November and meet and party with the finest ladies of tennis.

Horrendous curly wig: $60
Ugly dress: $5
Online self-humiliation and get to party with Ana Ivanovic: ...Priceless!

here is the video link, again

The ladies involved in the tournament:

1 Jelena Jankovic
2 Dinara Safina
3 Serena Williams
4 Elena Dementieva
5 Ana Ivanovic
6 Svetlana Kuznetsova
7 Vera Zvonareva
8 Flavia Penetta

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Failure Is Good

My Two Friends

In the past two years, I have two friends who fell into the abyss of mental disorder (depression, schizophrenia) and their stories concluded quite tragically (please don’t ask me to elaborate on the “how it has concluded” aspect).

The thing is that both stories have similar background: Their lives were so perfect. At least it seemed so on the outside. They’re both very good looking, very extroverted. They’re both over-achievers ever since they were little kids, top ranks in schools, getting scholarships, all the way up to adulthood, successful in their careers.

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A Chat with Taxi Drivers

So far I always have good experience with Blue Bird Taxi. Their cars are always in good condition, doesn’t smell cigarette, the drivers are quite knowledgeable, good service, although the fare is slightly more expensive than other taxis. One thing about the Blue Bird, is that, the drivers that I’ve met are always happy and proud to work as Blue Bird drivers, and most of them have been with the company for many years. And I heard that the company is also quite profitable. This is a far cry from Singaporean taxi drivers who most of the time have dissatisfaction about their job or their company.

What makes Blue Bird a good taxi company? Out of curiosity, I had a quick chat with Tarsiman, on a 10 minutes ride from Noe’s school.

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Maid - The Answer For Everything

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”.

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Culture Shock

Academics said that there are three or four stages of cultural adaptation / culture shock:

  1. The Euphoric Stage
  2. The Hostile Stage, which consist of Frustation and Depression stages
  3. The Acceptance Stage

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.

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