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Archive for February, 2015

Question Words in Indonesian Posted by on Feb 28, 2015

Constructing an interrogative sentence in Indonesian is much simpler than in English, as Indonesian does not recognize “to be” or tenses. However, sometimes you should memorize some expressions because they are specific to Indonesian, and they would not make sense if you translated them into English. So memorization is the best way to learn them. Following are the…

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Pawang Hujan: The Rain Master Posted by on Feb 27, 2015

In a tropical country like Indonesia, the seasonal rains are becoming more unpredictable and sometimes, they can interrupt planned events and outdoor activities from taking place. A sunny day in the morning can, all of a sudden, turn into a heavy downpour in the afternoon. In contrast to the Western culture, where weather forecasting has played an increasingly large role in…

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Prambanan Temple Video Tour Posted by on Feb 24, 2015

Not far from Yogyakarta, you’ll find the amazing 9th century Hindu temple compound of Prambanan. Dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva (the Hindu Trinity), this ancient temple was given UNESCO status in 1991 and is one of the most popular attractions in Java.

Chinese New Year Celebration in Indonesia: A Road to a New-found Identity Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

In Indonesia, the Chinese New Year, also known as ‘Tahun Baru Imlek’ or ‘Tahun Baru Cina.’ However, interestingly, the word ‘imlek’ is originally from Hokkien language, which means ‘lunar calendar.’ Along with Chinese people around the world, Chinese in Indonesia celebrates this most important holiday, which begins on the second new moon after the winter solace, with…

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Prambanan – Indonesia’s Largest Hindu Temple Posted by on Feb 18, 2015

One of the highlights of traveling across Java is a visit to the 9th century Hindu temple compound of Prambanan. The largest Hindu temple in all of Indonesia and one of the biggest in SE Asia, this impressive structure was recognized as an outstanding religious complex when it was given UNESCO status in 1991. To…

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