Posted in Going Places

Romantisme Toko Buku Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare and Company adalah nama toko buku di kota Paris, tepatnya di Rue de Buchery, Left Bank. Sudah lama toko buku ini masuk ke daftar tempat yang ingin kuintip seandainya punya kesempatan ada di Paris. Di akhir musim semi lalu akhirnya kesampaian juga menyambangi toko buku tersohor yang salah satu pengunjung tetapnya adalah Ethan Hawke (aktor idola hihi).

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Posted in Raising the Boy

Now You Know

Tiga bulan terakhir ini banyak peristiwa terjadi di Inggris. Awalnya di bulan Maret ada serangan teroris di jembatan Westminster di London. Tidak lama kemudian, ada serangan bom di Manchester. Lalu ada serangan malam hari di London Bridge. Seminggu setelahnya, terjadi kebakaran hebat flat 24 lantai Grenfell Tower diikuti dengan serangan terhadap komunitas muslim di London Utara. Nyawa manusia yang melayang ya banyak, belum lagi korban luka-luka. Continue reading “Now You Know”

Posted in Random Thoughts

Joan of Arc dan Suara Tuhan

Saat keliling-keliling sebuah kota, apalagi sambil jalan kaki biasanya ada hal-hal yang membangkitkan rasa ingin tahu. Beberapa waktu lalu di Paris nggak sengaja lihat patung Joan of Arc. Pertama kali mendengar nama Joan of Arc adalah ketika nonton film tentangnya. Mungkin sekitar 25 tahun yang lalu deh. Aktris Mila Jovovich memerankan sosok pahlawan wanita yang jadi jadi inspirasi hingga saat ini, ratusan tahun setelah kematiannya. Continue reading “Joan of Arc dan Suara Tuhan”

Posted in London Life

There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

Despite being one of the world’s most expensive cities, London still has the magnet to attract visitors from around the globe, including families with young children. Most visitors would say that everything is costly in London. That’s true, but there is good news for families with children. Up to the age of 11 years old, children have many privileges in the UK’s capital, something that parents should know especially if they are on a budget holiday. Continue reading “There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch”

Posted in Language and Culture

New Cultural Citizenship: Sohelia Najand and the Possibility to Solve the Problem of Multiculturalism in the Netherlands

Multiculturalism has over four decades been floating as a persistent issue in the Netherlands, a critical issue that needs delicate handling. It was a result from the major labour immigration in the 1960s bringing people from mainly Spain, Marocco and Turkey into the Netherlands (Source: Study Package Multicultureel Nederland).  The two latter mentioned countries are known as Moslem countries and naturally those immigrants came into the Netherlands along with their cultural attributes including what they believe (religion), what they respect as their daily guidance (values and norms), what they eat (cuisine), what they listen to (music) and so many other things to mention, creating an ethnic diversity within the Dutch society that used to be mono-ethnic. Continue reading “New Cultural Citizenship: Sohelia Najand and the Possibility to Solve the Problem of Multiculturalism in the Netherlands”