You need not be a Christian to sympathize with the Biblical principle which says you should give 10 percent of what you get back to charity, give it away to help other people. And actually nobody can or will deny there are a lot of serious causes out there in the world related to [...]
I’ve grown slow. I crave for a nineteenth century society characterized by slow food, slow communication, slow dancing, slow reading, well slow living actually, including slow transport.
These months I’ve been many times to HUB Amsterdam-Schiphol for arrivals and departures from and to Jakarta. I’ve been busy saying and kissing welcome and goodbye to [...]
Triesti Prabawati sent it as a present. After I had finished reading “The Dancer“, I sincerely regretted I didn’t immediately put it on the top of the pile of books already waiting to be read. It is a great novel (trilogy actually) and a great, valuable gift. I can see why Dian Wijayanti wrote [...]
Recently I had to pay € 3.- for a liquid that remotely resembled coffee. It had been put on my table in a plastic cup.
We started to go downhill when we first drank Kopi Tubruk in the early fifties. Then Italy conquered our coffee-world: latte, espresso, cappuccino. Next Starbucks Americanized the market and [...]
Feby, Britt, Pnin, Gunnar and I saw an excellent, chilling and disillusioning film in ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht, last night.Taking the semi-documentary serious, we, discussing Joshua Oppenheimer’s masterpiece afterwards, couldn’t conclude but “Indonesians generally are great, Indonesia is extremely beautiful, Indonesia’s cultural heritage is rich, the republic’s economy is booming, but Indonesian society is [...]