I Suddenly Know How to Speak Indonesian

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”. 

Nelson Mandela

Last Wednesday, I tagged along a group of composers, musicians from The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur on a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village.

There, I decided to interview an Indonesian composer Yohanes Subowo.

To my own surprise, I found myself conversing with him in broken Indonesian Malay. For your information, there are differences between Indonesian and Malaysian Malay such as in accents, verbs and vocabulary.

I was bumped that I couldn’t speak fluently with him and beat myself for at least equip myself with a bit of Indonesian vocabulary beforehand.

But thankfully the interview went well and I pretty much got what I want from him.

Pak Bowo, Terima Kasih bapak!

Check out the article how well I translated his Indonesian into this English article.

Note to self: Learn to speak more languages from now.

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The Twilight Saga

Why do you think teenage girls are in love with the Twilight Saga?

It is because Stephanie Meyer managed to build an alternative fantasy for them to escape. Bit of them are insecure and seek for that extra ordinary in their lives in which they can see in Bella.

Then they are long to have male figure who yearn for them above anything else in this world, even if it is beyond human comprehension just like Edward wanting Bella.

Because teenage girls also wanted to believe they must be special in one way, a hidden talent or gift so out of the world just like the ‘shield’ in Bella’s mind.

These are why teenage girls love Twilight saga. It feeds the insecurity and ego.

In ten years’ time, it comes in the name of Fifty Shades of Grey.

So here is The Weeknd’s OST for the movie.

Jon Winokur of the Day

I followed Jon Winokur from AdviceToWriters.com on Twitter and absolutely inspired by his tweets. He shared motivational quotes from famous authors daily.

So I’m going to share which of his tweets inspired me.

Affirmation as Motivator

After working day in and out, it is good to be affirmed of your writings.

More than a month ago, I met a German lady who stayed in Kuching and selling organic soaps.

I thought it was a good story so I wrote a feature on her.

Here is the link to the article.

Then she sent me an email thanking for the job well done.

I really appreciate it.

As a journalist, most readers are ready to shoot you down for any mistakes rather than build you up.

Affirmation