Jakarta: The Metropolitan City of Indonesia (via Amalia Suryani)

I have always thought of writing about Jakarta for a long time, but I couldn’t find a way to sum up such a big city into a single post. Luckily my friend already did it. So please read away… It’s Jakarta, baby…!!!
(I also dedicate this reblog to my husband -who always insists on saying that Bangkok is a bigger (and better (probably true)) city than Jakarta) 🙂

Jakarta: The Metropolitan City of Indonesia I was a bit surprised when a friend asked me: “Do you think you can live in Bangkok? It is such a big city and dangerous for a girl to be alone, isn’t it?” My jaw dropped and at that very moment I promised myself to post something about my beloved capital city of Indonesia :-). Here it is. First of all, Jakart … Read More

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Pork For Lunch

PigWhile blog walking, I found this very interesting post about a discussion on why eating pork is haram. This is dedicated to people who keep asking me for explanation about it. Read up. 🙂

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He said, “Why are pigs haram?”
I said, “Because it’s not clean, and our religion likes cleanliness. A lot.”

“Why is it unclean?”
“Because pigs don’t sweat. They don’t have perspiration glands. So all of the dirty stuff that’s supposed to be excreted from the body as sweat, are actually mounded under the skin as fat, a.k.a lard; the thing that makes New Orleans dishes so tasty. It’s actually the same thing that makes canine snouts unclean, because that’s the ‘sweat’ orifice.”

“So why can’t we eat dogs? If it’s just the saliva and snout that’s unclean, why can’t we eat the rest of it?”
“Because dogs are carnivores.”

“So?”
“Carnivores eat raw meat. Raw meat contains blood. Blood is unclean because of all the medical reasons why you can’t just transmit blood between people without testing it first.”

“But we eat poultry! Poultry eat worms and bugs!”
“And worms and bugs don’t bleed the way a prey would when hunted by carnivores.”

His reaction was so cute.
First he made a nod/shrug.
Then he mumbled “makes-sense-to-me-and-this-I-can-buy.”
Then he finished his lunch thinking about Saksang.

*Note: Saksang is an Indonesian dish, consisting of pork meat, cooked in pig blood.

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PS: Original article can be found here. Credit to Hning’s Asia.

 

The love of …… Money!! (via jawatimurman)

A great view of the need of money from a man who was poor, and then rich, and fell poor again, and came back up again… 🙂

I started this blog with the noble intention of trying to put into words my understanding of money.  How do I define its' status in my life?  As I wrote, the whole piece turned into something which harangued life in Africa and I lost sight of the main motivation for writing it in the first place.   Africa is, however, a place worthy of intense investigation when considering money.  The people seem to have little regard for their fellow man, are q … Read More

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