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Archive for January, 2016

Ojek – the fastest mode of transport against traffic gridlock Posted by on Jan 31, 2016

When you are in Indonesia, you will often hear people saying “Macet total. Naik ojek aja.” Which is translated “Well, it is a total traffic gridlock. It would be better to take an ojek” , “tidak ada kendaraan umum ke (daerah) itu. Naik ojek aja.” (as the area cannot be reached by public transit; it…

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Gili Meno Posted by on Jan 26, 2016

Our trip around the Gili Islands continues, as we head from the “party island” of Gili T to the most laid back of the three – Gili Meno. If you’re bouncing between the islands, it’s a simple 15-minute boat ride from one to the other. The Honeymoon Island Gili Meno is the middle island in…

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My Indonesian Speech (Video) Posted by on Jan 21, 2016

At the end of our first semester studying Indonesian at Udayana University of Bali, we had a closing ceremony. I was asked to give a speech in Indonesian for my class. Watch the full speech with English translations here, and then check out the previous post to study the text in Indonesian.

Streets, Beats & Eats – Gili T Posted by on Jan 18, 2016

The largest of the three Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan is an awesome place for a vacation. Spend your mornings diving with sea turtles, your afternoons exploring the island on a bicycle, and your evenings feasting at the night market and dancing the night away at one of the tri-weekly parties. Tour this cool Indonesian island…

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Giving a Speech in Indonesian Posted by on Jan 11, 2016

After a semester of (sort of) studying Indonesian in Bali as part of the Darmasiswa program, I’ve been asked by a lot of people how my Indonesian is progressing. To be honest, it’s not quite as good as I had hoped it would be. That’s partly because my classes aren’t exactly rigorous, and also because…

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