Lost In Translation

I think I'm pretty good at English. I read newspapers, I devour novels, and I watch TV and movie, I speak and write quite well and make only small mistakes or have little trouble spelling difficult words. English is - I think - a language that I  to … [Read more...]

7 Things I Notice About Perthians

Moving to another English speaking country, which basically is an almost exact copy of United Kingdom, shouldn't be too shocking for mr.mck and I. Especially since I have lived in Australia before, and mr.mck has had visited the country for many … [Read more...]

Hot Shop In The City

Two months a go, when I was enjoying my (another) holiday, I bumped into Bart in Cazbar at lunch time. The last time I saw him was probably in our wedding, as he had relocated to Bali and we moved to Scotland, so it was a nice surprise to see him … [Read more...]

Scottish, English, Indonesian and Malaysian Myths

I read in disbelief when Catherine Brown, the food writer, revealed her discovery that haggis, a very unique Scottish dish, in fact, appeared first in an English cookbook 171 years before Robert Burns even mentioned it. I was still in shocked when … [Read more...]

Defacing Bible

“If you feel you have been excluded from the Bible, please write your way back into it.” The above notice, alongside with a container of pens, are put by the open Bible at an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma) in Glasgow. The exhibit, … [Read more...]

Homecoming Scotland 2009

I was surprised that I haven't mentioned about the biggest event in Scotland yet. Homecoming Scotland 2009 is a series of events designed to attract people of  Scottish ancestry to visit Scotland. The campaign, organised by EventScotland and … [Read more...]

Mackintosh Is NOT Apple

Whenever you hear about Mac(k)intosh, you instantly think about personal computer or notebook designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. But it is Macintosh - without K. I am talking about Mackintosh. Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Those who … [Read more...]

Let’s Get This Party Started

Bigger is better. More glamorous is better. More people to attend is better. Longer train, heavier make-up, and higher hair, are better. The more expensive is better. The more famous people, from caterer, hairstylist, until the list of guests, are … [Read more...]

Is Our Ministry of Tourism Sleeping? (2)

Not long ago Rasa Sayange song has sparked a rift between Indonesia and Malaysia because the song is believed to be created by Indonesian (hence, belongs to Indonesia) but was used to promote Malaysian Tourism industry. Now Indonesians are upset … [Read more...]

Personal Commitments: “Jam Karet” and Keeping Promises

I know that our nation is unbelievably clueless about time concept. The term 'jam karet' (or rubber time) is very famous, and this particular thing has been the best jokes among expatriates who happen to encounter this annoying culture (or habit?) … [Read more...]