Posts tagged Indonesian
Raising The Bar

Santa would land his sleigh on our roof, enter our house through the back door, tiptoe his way toward the tinsel and flashing lights that were wrapped around the pillars and cupboards of our built-in home bar and leave a pile of presents placed neatly atop the counter...

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The Nightly Pilgrimage

That simple meal became an exquisite engagement of all the senses - we pieced apart the flaky, buttery roti, swirled it in the rich red and oranges of the curry to agitate the spicy aromas and scooped up some egg towards our lips - all whilst surrounded by the gentle sounds of fresh batter sizzling on the hot plate...

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Staying True As A Javanese Woman

I was afraid that by identifying as a Javanese woman, I would be mistaken for being submissive, accepting and feminine. I would be misunderstood as being passive, when there is power in subtlety, courtesy, initiative, emotional mastery and consciousness...

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STEPH

It is an Indonesian superstition that figments from your nightmares are brought into the world via mirrors as you sleep. As an adult I don't believe the superstitions anymore, but I'm in no hurry to sleep with a mirror opposite my bed either...

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My Big Fat Indonesian Nikkah

I grew up with the naive idea that there was only one way to get married – someone special asks you whether you want to get married to them, you say yes, you are engaged and then you have a wedding sometime in the near future. What happened in reality was a bit different.

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I Could be From Bali

My grandmother spoke in Javanese a lot, especially to my grandfather. This was usually when she was talking about me or my sister, assuming that my attendance at an English and Indonesian speaking school meant I would not understand her...

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Recipe 4: Mi Gorgasm

My first time with said noodle was in college (granted, I was kind of a late bloomer). When I asked my friends about their first experiences, some confessed that they’d gone home to it after a first date or left parties early for it. Others boasted they’d had three sessions in one night...

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Recipe 4.5: Multiple Mie Gorgasms

You must drain the water prior to adding the sachets of flavouring to the noodles. I met a guy who told me that he would add the flavouring to the noodles boiling in the water before draining the water. This is a crime. My ears bled. He has been removed from my life...

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Embah

This visit doesn’t feel the same as the others. I’m not bubbling with excitement at the thought of reuniting with my extended family. I’m not salivating over the giddy, delicious flavours Indonesia’s food has to offer. My shoulders are heavy with sadness, numbness, apprehension and guilt.

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