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the popularity of ace hardware

“There is an Ace Hardware at Living World.” “There’s a big one at Lippo Karawaci.” “Have you been to Ace?” When was the last time you’ve been to an Ace Hardware store in the US? I can’t remember when or … Continue reading

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maaf saya tidak orang Indonesia

“Maaf saya tidak orang Indonesia,” is one of the first phrases I learned. It roughly translates, “Sorry, I am not an Indonesian person.”  As an Asian “bole” or foreigner, people often speak to me in Bahasa Indonesian. Some have mistaken … Continue reading

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maid in america

One of the most “shocking” aspects of Indonesian culture for Americans that I heard about early on was the pembantu (housemaid). I’ve always thought that although most Americans don’t actually have “servants” working for us in our homes we actually do have … Continue reading

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pre-shock

A couple, Steve and Janet, who has been living in Jakarta for the past 4 years and is now headed back to the US, have kindly been answering lots of questions and offering to sell me their stuff. What a … Continue reading

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this could be you . . .

My Uncle John who is visiting Southeast Asia, sent this picture with the note: “This could be you, Jackie.”

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