Talk Toilets: Bill Gates Vs Odesa Indonesia


“Peace, a word from a Merciful Lord” was faintly heard repeatedly when my steps approaching a small mosque at 07.33 am this morning. Indeed, what was heard is in Arabic version as سَلَامٌ قَوْلًا مِنْ رَبٍّ رَحِيمٍ (Quran Surah Yasin Verse 58, Arabic). In native version, Sundanese, the verse is transliterated as “Salamun ka ahli…Read more »

Linguistic difficulties (an introduction)


A primary student answering the President Jokowi challenge by mentioning the names of fish. “Ikan Teri (anchovy), Ikan Lele (catfish), Ikan K*nt*l (literally, penis fish)…”, said the kid. The president silent for a time and seemed finding an answer to the situation. Exhibiting his comical expression to the kid, the president asked him again to…Read more »

Sunny Sunny Sunflowers


Nadhifa, a third grade student of Sophos School met me in the kitchen. She talked about her homework with enthusiast. This time about growing sprouts of Mung beans. The way she telling her experiment, not so different to her story about other full of curiosity works. Fun, detailed, and acts as if she is a…Read more »