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Archive for the ‘Random Shots’ Category

Bowing Down to Local Culture

Monday, 25 June 2012

One thing that struck me the most while I was making an omra pilgrimage to The Holy Land last week was how English doesn’t have traction in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For the whole eight days I was there, I barely met three people that spoke acceptable English. The rest just had terrible, broken […]

Random Snapshots #5

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

I tried Kemiri @ Pejaten Village last Friday, and this was what I ordered for lunch. IDR 28,000. Now, this one is my drink. I had a sore throat, so I ordered a Sekoteng, warm ginger drink. To prepare for my upcoming master’s degree course, I’ve decided to purchase a copy of Windows 7. This […]

If PITA is Already Cheating Now, I Wonder What Will Happen Next

Monday, 26 November 2007

This morning near The Office, I saw a huge banner advertising a national congress of a political party, PITA (Partai Indonesia Tanah Air Kita or – loosely translated – Our Homeland Indonesia Party). You see, they abbreviate their party’s name to PITA, while I think it should have been abbreviated to PITAK. They’re trying to […]

Random Snapshots #4: Rest Room Slash Space Shuttle

Friday, 25 May 2007

Coming from a country where the public rest room usually looks like this, I was amazed at how modern and hi-tech Japanese public rest rooms are. Let’s have a look at some of them. This is the one located at Takashimaya Times Square at Shinjuku.The toilet has a multitude of washer modes, and it has […]

Random Snapshots #3: Engrish Is Practiced Here

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

I’ve often read about the use of Engrish on the Web, but never thought that I’d be in Japan to experience it first-hand. So, here’s some I came across while I stayed in Tokyo last week. This is seen on a handbag sold in the Ameyayokocho Market. The text reads “She is a friend of […]

Random Snapshots #2

Saturday, 7 April 2007

This was seen on a Mikrolet I went to work on. The pamphlet on the Mikrolet’s door said “At Alfa Group; Only your ID is required; We provide loans for furniture and electronics; give us a call: Dicky; Cell phone no. 0815 74060 XXX; Please save the number on your cell phone?; Please don’t take […]

Random Snapshots #1

Thursday, 22 March 2007

One of several reasons I bought my new cell phone was because I wanted to be more free to take snapshots wherever I bring it with me. Alas, it proved to not much of a reason. To date, I only managed to take a handful of candid snapshots with it. Which one of these should […]