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Mini Umbrellas

June 2017

 

 

I left the statistical institute in Tokyo in 1979, after almost five years. The driver, mr. Kuzuhara, gave me as memento a handmade mini umbrella. He made this umbrella whilst waiting for his boss and when there was no work for the administrative department.

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Giving in

April 2017

Giving in, no car accidents in spite of heavy traffic

Many foreigners are startled not seeing car accidents in Jakarta where the traffic is heavy and chaotic. Traffic congestions (or macet in Indonesian) are daily recurring irritations for people moving by vehicles from early in the morning till late in the evening. Heavy traffic also holds in many cities in the country.

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The woman and her son

September 2015

The woman and her son

Every evening a young woman with her son wrapped in a cloth on her left arm passed the terraces of cafes in the old city of Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The weather was good and the evening was clear enlightened by the moonlight. Locals and foreigners, enjoyed their food, drinks and snacks till midnight.

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My uncle said so

September 2014

My uncle said so

Every morning the young man warmed up the car. It took him around fifteen minutes before we could go. Those were fifteen minutes of contribution to the air pollution around the small village we stayed, just outside the city Yogyakarta (Central Java, Indonesia).

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Virginity Test

November 20, 2014

Indonesia: Virginity test to confirm cadets’ morality: Police

The National Police has confirmed that the virginity test on female cadets is used to measure their physical fitness as well as their morality. Head of the National Police law division, Insp. Gen, Moechgiyarto, said Wednesday that the virginity test, which is conducted only by female physicians at police-operated hospitals, is the norm in the force.

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Blood pressure in warm and cold regions

 

November 1, 2014

Blood pressure in warm and cold regions

The first time I visited a health clinic in Indonesia, the medical assistant said to start with my blood pressure should be tested. This procedure was done in every clinic. I got a kick out of this service. So wherever I saw the instrument to test blood pressure such as a pharmacy, I dropped in and paid a small amount for the test.

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Sweeping

October 7, 2014

Sweeping the garden

Every morning the woman taking care of thehouse sweeps the front garden. Indeed leaves are falling during the day and night. These are small green-yellowish leaves from the Flamboyant tree (Delonix regia), and some bigger ones from a mango tree, and a clump from bamboo trees. They are scattered on the nice, brown-blackish colored soil. The scenery of fallen leaves is pleasant to look at as it reminds me of some paintings of the Impressionists.

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Recounting

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September 26, 2014

Recounting

Zimbabwe suffered from skyrocketing inflation during my visit to this country in November 2007. The hyperinflation noted over 66,000 % and the IMF expected a rise till 100,000 % by the end of the year. This development took place notwithstanding the government’s statement that inflation was illegal. The highest denomination was Z$ 500,000 by July 2007, valued at about US$16 at the official exchange rate.

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Tapeworm

images (2) September 9, 2014

“Tapeworm cannot leave human body”

The experienced midwife responsible for the health center at the slope of the fierce volcano Merapi, not far from the city Jogyakarta in Central Java (Indonesia), added that typhoid will also remain in the human body. The health center is a vital pillar of the Indonesian health system.

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