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Specks of Indonesia in the Solar System

(This is a part of Martian Series (Planet series?) I’m queueing in this moment)

Looking through this map which I have previously mentioned in this article, a crater’s name lit up my interest. Tomini Crater? Is that the same Tomini with the Tomini I know? After shifting through Martian Crater name list, I found 4 of craters with Indonesia-related names. Apparently this has been caught interest of other Indonesian article writers as proven by these articles. Are there other features in out solar system with names based on Indonesian culture and mythology? Apparently they are. Shifting through IAU Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, there are few familiar an unfamiliar names with “Indonesian” in their description.

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Unrelated but let me put this picture of Pratiwi Sudarmono (Whoa there’s a Hanacaraka writing of her name in her Wikipedia entry)

 

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Indonesia, with Allergy and Dietary Retriction: Short Guide

So I… have just realised after I travel abroad, although for me it’s easy to have food to eat in Indonesia, for people visiting… not really. The concept of allergy is not something widely spread in Indonesia. Though most food (esp. Java and Sumatra) are definitely halal, but I think it won’t be that easy for vegetarians, or people with peanut-free diet, for example. And… as an Indonesian, I know that some vegetable-based food in Indonesia have animal product or egg hidden inside. I believe reaaal pure vegetable dishes can be counted although there are a lot of vegetable-based dish. Though the number of vegetarian restaurant is growing, for example, you want to be eat in local food establishments. Going to fast food joints when you go abroad, I believe, should be the last choice. So! Without further ado, my short guide for easier eating in Indonesia with dietary restriction. (Note: no research, just based on my own knowledge. Food’s mostly Javanese, “typical Indonesian” and what I thought when I wrote this. Including the diet, so please correct them for mistakes. Doesn’t have every allergy there is)

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Indonesia’s Postal Service Rates

I have heard once, my friend from Australia, complaining that sending domestic packages there is more expensive than getting something sent from abroad. I guess some countries have them more expensive than the others.

Anyway, I did send quite a lot of postages back then, and finding this chart pretty useful. It’s a chart of Indonesia’s Universal Postal Service Rates (the most friendliest set, price-wise. Non-EMS, untracked, haha). It is the chart in IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). Right now (when I’m writing this, ofc) 1 USD is about Rp 13.000,00. Usually I just round it up to 15000 or down to 10000 to make calculation easier in my head.

tabel tarif pos per 2013

Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Regulation No. 29 of 2013: Universal Postal Service Rates (Standard. Above: Global, Below: Domestic) (source: denissapostcard.wordpress.com). I believe Zone I is including ASEAN and Zone III is including West Asia/ Middle East. Not that sure, really

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Asean Korea: Give me cookies, Cookies for Ied in Indonesia

This July, Muslims all around the world were doing the yearly fasting month, the ninth month of Islamic calendar, Ramadhan. The first day of the tenth Month, the month of Syawal, celebrated as the day of winning, or Ied (Eid al-Fitr). This is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in Indonesia, as opposed to a few countries that celebrate Eid al-Adha more.

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Silaturahmi (pikirarakyat.com)

Previously, Ied, or Idul Fitri in Indonesian has been blogged in previous articles such as here and here. In this article, we will talk about the special food for the occassion. In Idul Fitri, one tradition that’s done usually is Silaturrahmi, the term of visiting one another’ house and shaking hands as a symbol of forgiveness. Done after doing the Ied prayer together, while visiting the houses, it’s a tradition to offer food and cookies for guests, and it’s customary to take at least one.

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Asean Korea: Unique Food Stalls and Sellers

It’s a quest to satisfy your hunger in the middle of the night or under the scorching sun. It’s either it’s too hot, the restaurant has already been closed, or there is no mood left for cooking. In Indonesia, no worries, these unique food seller could provide yummy food to your crying stomach, anytime, anywhere. (You’ll seriously appreciating them after you go abroad and suddenly realise that there’s no mie dokdok sellers outside to holler by while you’re hungry in the middle of the night)

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Gulali (pixoto.com