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Learning the Meaning of Father’s Day from the Prousts

There is no man of literature that can describe the most humbling father-son relationship than French great novelist Marcel Proust and his father, Adrien Proust. Two days before 26 November 1903, Adrien experienced a massive stroke attack while teaching in … Continue reading

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If Jakarta Sinks…

Asian Boss has asked several young Jakartans what they think of the recent discourse of moving the capital to a new city outside Java Island. If I were one of them, I’d say: “It should’ve done long time ago. It … Continue reading

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Foreign Language (Mis)Used as the Most Efficient Politeness Maker

My hometown is one of the least towns on earth you are likely to find scantily clad women on ads. We observe the Islamic laws and morals and ethics. Veiled women are everywhere to see. The atmosphere of conservatism and … Continue reading

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Jakarta as a Tranquil Ghost City Is Right around the Corner

Three more days to go to Eid here in Jakarta. And the holiday vibe is in the air for not only a week but five weeks!!! How come? So the countdown has started since the beginning of Ramadan. Everyone is … Continue reading

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My Life Purpose Is…

Many. Am I too greedy? But really, I want to achieve many things in life. Researchers as quoted by NPR.org stated that living with a clear sense of purpose may help us live longer. Living long is just a life … Continue reading

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Funding Globetrotting Lifestyle for Non-Bourgeoisie Members of Society

Let’s be transparent. Do you think globetrotting is possible for everyone on earth regardless of their economic status? No. It is very sad to see that some people are still disillusioned by this misleading campaign from European backpackers and digital … Continue reading

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Living Carless in Jakarta

There are times when a relative told me to go home by car on Ied el-Fitr. I am bothered a bit because I am no car person. I have no willingness to spend my money (and have no substantial money … Continue reading

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“The Happy Prince”: The Not-So-Happy Life of an Irish Literary Giant

When I watched “The Importance of Being Earnest” movie in my junior year as an English Literature undergraduate student back then in 2004, little did I know that the author whose name was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Will Wilde was in … Continue reading

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Unstoppably Spreading the Love of Extensive Reading

I’ve been living in Japan for 37 years. Prior to that I had been teaching English in America for 5 years. I’ve been doing Extensive Reading (ER) for at least 35 years. And I’ve been teaching in my current university … Continue reading

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Teachers Who Changed My Life

It is May, which is the national education month in Indonesia. The second of May is celebrated as the national education day.   So I took time to ponder for a minute or two, trying to come up with the … Continue reading

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