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What is a warung

Warung (wah-roong) : Cafe, restaurant bar and social club all under one (often ramshackle) roof. Constructed out of anything and everything and usually featuring the same colour scheme as that of the nearest project. If two Warungs open up next … Continue reading

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Expressions and signs that cannot be translated into Bahasa Indonesia

No Smoking Please remain seated until the aircraft comes to a standstill and the seatbelt signs are extinguished. Please queue behind the yellow line. No Parking Please do not use cell phones beyond this point. Only food purchased on the … Continue reading

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What is a kampung

Kampung (kam-poong) : A village perceived by most city-dwellers to be one step away from the Stone Age. To be referred to as ‘kampungan’ is a derisory expression meaning a peasant, uneducated, low class when in fact the person using … Continue reading

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Who or what is ‘Bapak’

Bapak (baa-pak) : Originally an honorific title bestowed on elderly males and meaning ‘respected father’ and indeed still has that interpretation in most contexts. However ‘bapak mentality’ is a different matter altogether and usually refers to some jumped-up minor official … Continue reading

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Wily Bule exactly what is a Bule?

Bule (boo-lay) :  A foreigner, or to be exact, a light skinned foreigner. Originally a mispronunciation of the word ‘albino’ . In more recent times it has become a generic term for fat, bald, old white men who invariably have … Continue reading

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Java …not just a cup of Coffee

Java. The most heavily populated island in Indonesia. Home to a vast array of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna. The rapidly increasing population plus the development of fabrication, petrochemical and electronic assembly industries throughout the island means there is a … Continue reading

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Hi Hi Hi …….. Welcome to the Planet Writeson

Here we go then ….author, writer, lover, fighter, dancer, romancer, reprobate, chancer, former drinker now a deep thinker, DJ remixer, broken boat fixer, bit short on good looks…but that don’t sell books…which is what I do….read and enjoy ‘From Jarrow … Continue reading

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