All posts tagged: Indonesia

I Think Indonesians Should Make “Reading” Cool Again

“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters Well, don’t take the quote literally but I agree with the idea. I actually got this urge to write about it this morning, after reading a reply from a girl who asked me how to order a custom illustration. Previously I sent her a page of ‘order guideline’ which clearly mentioned how to do it. Then she just wrote me back, “So, how can I order? How do I pay?” At the end of her email it was written, “Sent from my iPhone”. I assumed she had her iPhone in English so it wasn’t about language. She just didn’t read what I sent. As a person who takes reading & writing as the best form of communication, it disturbed me. So I’m writing this, putting a risk that later you might call me smarty-pants or wisenheimer. That’s fine. Actually, the girl’s case I mentioned above happens all the time. I don’t …

A Quick Transit in Surabaya (2014)

I just remembered that I haven’t posted pictures I took during a short transit in Surabaya before coming back to Balikpapan from Ubud (29 December 2014). Actually it was my very first time stepping on the second metropolitan city in Indonesia. I only had a couple of hours and a cousin to visit. I crossed the zoo out of my option and of course the malls too, leaving me only a few tourist attractions. Surabaya is not a touristy city but it’s a nice gate for East Java (Malang, Mount Bromo, or Baluran) and other islands on the Eastern Indonesia (yes, to Bali, Lombok, or Komodo). I browsed Wikitravel, Lonely Planet and some other articles. I decided to go to House of Sampoerna, just wander around the town with taxi and eat at Restoran Bu Rudy (which is very famous for the chili a.k.a sambal). In the morning I landed on Juanda Airport and got picked up by my cousin. She told me that the airport is actually located in Sidoarjo instead of Surabaya. We then directly headed to …