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Rafflesia Traders: Semarang, Central Java

November 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 3 Comments »

mini-rafflesia-trader.jpgSutrisno waits for customers for his plants in the Sigar Bencah area of the Central Java capital Semarang. He and other residents claim the flowers are rare Rafflesia parasitic flowering plants, known as walur among the villagers and as bunga bangkai (corpse flower) for their foul odor. “I heard that these flowers can be sold so I search for them,” said Sutrisno, a farmer, who was selling five plants on the side of the road for Rp 25,000 each. Two high school students, Heri and Mahrus, said they spent their free time looking for the flowers in the hills around Sigar Bancah.


Indonesians in Focus: Charles Saerang

September 30th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

When Charles Saerang returned from the U.S. in 1976 to join Nyonya Meneer in Semarang, he bore in mind the old Chinese saying about family business: The first generation builds the company, the second develops it and the third destroys it.


Effigies on Parade: Semarang, Central Java

September 12th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Thousands of residents lined Jl Pemuda in the heart of the Central Javanese capital Semarang on Wednesday to watch the traditional warak parade, a procession a mythological creatures combining dragons, horses and camels.


Tempeh in Indonesia

September 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Wherever you go in Indonesia, you will almost always be able to find some variety of tempe. There is, among others, tempe gembus, which is made from the sediment left over from the tofu-making process, and tempe benguk, made from the benguk bean. But the most popular and well known tempe is that made from soybeans as gastronome and epicurean el supremo Suryatini N. Ganie explains.


Madurese Barbers: Semarang, Central Java

September 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

madurese-barber.jpg Advianto Prasetyabudi was beaming with satisfaction as he rose from the chair after only 10 minutes — but looking sharper with his neatly trimmed hair. The 29-year-old Semarang resident, more commonly called Avi, had just finished at Cak Mamat’s small shop, a 2-by-3-meter kiosk bearing the sign “Madurese Barbershop”.


Teak Lasts the Test of Time

August 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Despite the current popularity of plywood, vinyl and plastic furniture, for some people nothing beats natural wood.


Turmeric: Indonesia

August 22nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Should you have time to study regional Indonesian recipes, you will see that turmeric frequently appears. Indeed, to many Indonesian cooks, this ingredient is indispensable.


August 17th, Hari Proklamasi Indonesia - Indonesian Independence Day

August 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Indonesians celebrate the proclamation of independence from 350 years of Dutch colonial rule. Festivities abound in cities and villages alike, organized by the government, neighbourhood community associations and organizations.


Terung: Indonesia

August 10th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Let us turn our attention to eggplants. In the Indonesian language, the vegetable is referred to as terung. With eggplants one can cook various appetizing dishes, traditionally or creatively prepared as gastronome and epicurean el supremo Suryatini N.Ganie explains.


Total Lunar Eclipse in Indonesia

August 6th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The people in Indonesia will be able to see a total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. The Boscha observatory will conduct a joint monitoring and observation of the total lunar eclipse along with of the Bandung Institute of Technology`s Astronomy Department.


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