There was this tiny news item in Kompas. The North Sumatra Central Bureau of Statistics noticed a declining number of Dutch tourists in the region. Once upon a time the Dutch continent among tourists was the largest, now it has dwindled to a mere 4%. Other Europeans also seem to skip Medan and the rest of the province on their intercontinental journeys. The Bureau obviously thinks it is a worrying development.
Surprise, surprise, the people of Medan and surroundings are not happy they ultimately got rid of the Belandas. They even regret our absence ((+_+)). Well, primarily the missing Belanda wallets , I guess .
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There is this Dutch graphic artist and poet Armando who coined the concept of “Guilty Landscape” ( “Schuldig landschap), referring to places where major injustice took place.
Padang was sort of a “guilty city” to my family in law. In 1942, before being send to a Japanese concentration camp, my then 4 yours old wife , her three sisters and her mother stayed a week in the local prison while, without them knowing, her father was being tortured at little distance . For many years the nightmare experiences haunted their dreams.
Continue reading The Case of Padang’s “Fellas Cafe & Resto”.
I guess it’s different if you professionally sell flowers, perfumes or jewellery. But since I don’t, to me it is just a date like the other days of the year. I agree with everyone who says the Valentine fuss is just commercial trickery. So once more the 14th of February passed and my wife’s nor my own romantic status has changed. Fortunately. To us it is a total non-issue, void of any real meaning. I didn’t receive (or send) anything even remotely related to a message of secret, hidden adoration.
However I’m really grateful to Pekanbaru’s officials who did make my day.
The city’s administration has officially banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day among school students.
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No better place to live than Indonesia.
The number of indications grew lately. While we, Europeans, are suffering from winter-depressions and collectively committing suicide, it looks like a genuine Indonesian good news show is being performed in the papers. The kind of little things which make everybody happy.
Continue reading Why Indonesians are World Champions Happiness
Did you ever imagine what it’s like to be, say eh, 74?
Well, I did.
Yesterday as a matter of fact, while reading ‘”Naked” by David Sedaris. More particularly when I did hit upon a two pages’ episode at the start of the chapter called “Something for Everyone”. Here the author describes an extremely vigorous couple of seniors.
Though it’s way too complicated to explain why, all of a sudden it was absolutely clear to me that once
Continue reading Approaching the end