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Christmas memories

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#savehajilulung

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If you are wondering why in the world #savehajilulung is in twitter worldwide trending topic, here are some clues.

A little bit context for non indonesian readers, Indonesia is in 118 world’s most corrupt country from 174 countries listed. Not an achievement. Not proud at all. And just later last year Indonesia appointed a new Jakarta Governor. He is previously the vice governor who is now taking role as the governor since the previous governor is elected as the President of Republic of Indonesia, Jokowi, people call him.

Now this new governor Basuki Tjahja Purnama or “Ahok” is now standing in the white zone fighting corruption in any possible ways. He is of minority race, chinese, and he is of minority religion, christian, to top of that he is expressive, hence all the fuss. Yesterday, he went on a dialogue with the Jakarta’s House of Representative accommodated by the Ministry of Domestic Affairs to discuss about the suspected-to-be-manipulated Jakarta 2015 budget, note on 12,000,000,000,000 IDR (12 trillions just incase i miss some zeros there, converse to your own currency if you please) for UPS allocation fund for high schools in Jakarta. To make the story short, the dialogue did not work as intended to be. The “fighting” parties are Ahok versus Haji Lulung (Haji is a moslem title).

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Carnivore @Carnivor

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Mi piace il cibo italiano

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Durian Cafè

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imageBorn and live in tropical paradise of Indonesia, I came to know lots of wonderful things that half of the world could never imagine seeing them. Of course I am referring to Durian. You might already knew it. It’s a tropical fruit found in SouthEast region of Asia. The famous hard-skin covered with spikes is the idea of Singapore Opera House, not that any durian every comes from Singapore. Sorry to say. Probably the most well breed durian is the Thailandnese, Monthong. But my friend will argue about this since she said her all time favourite is Penang durian (I forgot the name) which I have never tasted before. So, no point of arguing since I am not in the position to compare. I am easy to please person. So, I am good with small Indonesian under breed durian which taste absolutely amazing. And here, in Jakarta particularly, we dont just eat them fresh. We make them into dishes. How clever are we? 😋

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Bakmi Aloi

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Hong Tang

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Working at Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) for the past (almost) four years, I feel the urge to mind what people say about foodism at PIK. One of the names I often hear is Hong Tang.

imageAccording to some people, Hong Tang is a dessert shop from Taiwan. Other brands will be Black Ball, Honeymoon Dessert, Honey Bean and some more names that I cannot understand. And among them, Hong Tang is said to be the best.

So me and my friend went there last Tuesday. It took only 10min drive from our school to this shop. It was quiet but people kept coming in when we left around 12 am. I asked the waiter to point out their specialty. So, the best sellers are Grass Jelly 29, (something) 41 and Hong Tang 80.

We ordered Grass Jelly 29, just with different ice cream flavour. So here is mine with Matcha (green tea) ice cream. It was great. I love it. But maybe next time, I’ll try not to be health-freak and order different ice cream flavour.

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