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  • ross1948 12:12 on July 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bintang beer, chador, , , , malveiling, , , , ,   

    Well-Being in Jakarta, Mal-Veiling in Tehran! 

    My week so far has turned out to be quite an acceptable blend of sloth and sociability, both pursuits facilitated by Jakarta’s weather continuing magnificently hot.

    Having had an adequate sufficiency of sunning myself out front once my weekend visitor had gone home, into town it had to be.

    To ensure company, I smsed around, and managed to rouse a couple of former colleagues from their post-Ramadan torpor. We met up in Ya Udah, where the food is always good and the beer still affordable. A big Bintang costs Rp.44K, which is less than you’d pay for a small one in some of the posh Kemang hang-outs where the moneyed expats slake their thirsts.


    yaudah bistro jakarta Ya Udah


    And although the excellent Makronen, a kind of Teutonic macaroni and pork dish, seems to have disappeared from the menu, I can happily recommend the Krakauer – a hefty pork sausage, with ‘side-dish of your choice.’

    I think the price is Rp.54K, again not at all bad for downtown Jakarta these days – not a patch on my still-shuttered warteg, of course, but even when that fine little eatery re-opens, probably next Monday, there’s not a cat in hell’s chance they’ll have beer for sale!


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    • warteg
    • —————-
    • Mbah M, who runs the place, never has, catering instead to hungry office-workers, who are obviously not interested in a beery swill before returning from lunch to face their gaffers – this ain’t London! In any case, the fragrant liquid is increasingly hard to get outside big supermarkets, thanks to the present government’s Creeping Shariah mind-set.

    Anyway, the afternoon turned into night, and not having seen my companions for months ( in one case) and three years (in the other) there was much to catch up on.


    But I didn’t over-do it, a mere quartet of Bintangs enough to satisfy my needs, and left in time to get the Busway home – and, oh, yes, the traffic in and out of town was very non-Jakarta, only the occasional red light causing delays in progress.

    On the subject of red lights, I was impressed to note that, in contrast to many Jakarta civil servants, who are oft-reported as taking unduly long breaks after Ramadan, several ladies of indeterminate age had got back to work already after the long weekend holiday, greeting me in friendly fashion as I made my ten-minute way from the bistro to Sarinah Busway stop. 


    I politely replied to each and every one, that after four big Bintangs, going home alone was my only serious option (had it been eight, who knows!) and they in turn regaled me with amiable banter as I passed along Jalan Wahid Hasyim.

    A good outing, altogether.

    So yesterday a sultry, soporific day, no long treks anywhere, except to buy some mince and spuds, then cooking and eating them.

    And I have to retract my previous recent cavilling about tv holiday movies here, since I sat enthralled to Die Hard 1,2 and 4, plus, last night, Hercules, good Achaean action, and there’s been some vintage stuff like Close Encounters and The Wild Bunch.

    Tomorrow, a grand visitor to enhance my festive mood.

    And today?

    Not sure yet..

    ….local prowling to try alternative food sources, of necessity, but only after I have woken up properly


    ….but had to laugh over my second kopi jawa, as I pondered the morning, bright and promising (the morning, not me!) for I spotted an amazing item in a UK newspaper. 


    A senior Iranian cleric has warned women they risk ‘illnesses of the intestines and the stomach’ if they fail to cover their bodies from head to toe.

    Seyyed Abolhassan Mahdavi issued the warning on Monday, and said primary school children must be educated about chadors – a type of robe – so they ‘grow up with modesty.’


    baghead_garbage What a load of garbage!


    ‘Currently, our brain guides us toward the chador which is the best dress for women in Islamic society since it covers the body of women from head to toe and does not draw attention,’ he told state-run Fars News Agency. 



    Warning: Seyyed Abolhassan Mahdavi has warned women they risk becoming ill if they don't wear a chador

    ‘Mal-veiling brings such frenzied emotions into the souls of people…according to doctors, illnesses in the intestines and stomach begin as a result of such frenzied emotions and spread to other organs of the body. Therefore if people care about their physical health, they should wear the most appropriate dress which is the black chador...proper dress for women in society is a black veil so that the rights of others are respected…’.


    No comment!


    Heck, why not comment on this sorry old simpleton?

    ‘Respect for the rights of others?’

    Let’s get real!

    How about the rights of others to appreciate the beauty which God bestows  on women? And their right, if they choose, to display that beauty?

    But that’s just my opinion – how about you?

    Do you prefer these three in the photos above, or the sad sacks?

  • ross1948 09:43 on July 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bintang beer, , , , left-lib, , , TGIF,   

    TGIF…and… Howzabout This Gluttonous Guy? 


    Recovering from the shock of Bintang beer going up by Rp.3000 at Giant supermarket…



    I have had to sleep quite seriously, but have now arisen!


    My awakening is being facilitated by an article in Fortune magazine, which has a go at everyone involved in the Greek crisis, but especially delighted me with this paragraph, exposing the bloated hypocrisy of at least one of those who rant and rave about plutocratic privilege.

    ‘End privilege of ship owners, military and church’ …

    …former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who delivered a clinical and damning analysis (posted here on Verhofstadt’s Facebook timeline and well worth a read) of how Tsipras might have spent the last five months better, namely by passing concrete measures to end the clientelism that has rotted Greece’s political system for years.

    • 6e6cb-hypocrisyofoursociety
    • Fine sentiments indeed. A shame, then, that such a good lecture on clientelism should have to come from someone whose career on the Brussels gravy train has resulted in emoluments of over 12,000 euros a month from various interests such as a Dutch pension firm, a Belgian investment company and the European Institute of Public Affairs.


    Guy – I believe the Walloons of Belgium pronounce it to rhyme with ‘flea’  – has featured but rarely in our blog…


     ‘Gender’ Gibberish – MEPs’ Arrogance on Display, AGAIN!! 


    …but he is a left-lib Eurocrat of the worst sort, so deserves this mention today.

    In case of zombie apocalypse, the most important thing is to know what you're working with. Identify your tools and figure out what type of undead you're up against. You might be prepared to tear a zombie in half with a machine gun. Effective against a 28 Days Later zombie. Not so effective for a Romero zombie. Which conveniently brings us to the list:  Crawler - These are often zombies torn in half by stupid people with machine guns who don't get the "destroy the brain" concept, but these can also be zombies who had accessibility issues in life. They don't move very fast, but if you forget to look down, you'll regret it.  Shambler - In all likelihood, this is the sort of zombie you'll be up against. Remember: you move faster than they do. Aim for the head. And if you're going to back yourself into an alley, make sure it's well-stocked with ammo.  Walker - Despite the sneak-attack powers of the crawler zombie, the Walkers are the sneakiest of the bunch. That's because they look normal. Maybe slightly green. As if they have the stomach flu. And you're all, "Oh hey, Bob. How're you doing? You wanna help me with the.... OH MY GOD!!! YOU'RE NOT BOB!!!" We recommend offing all your friends named Bob now to avoid the problem in the future.  Runner - Nitpickers will point out that these are often not actual zombies but infected humans. Others will point out that the nitpickers probably aren't currently being chased by said zombies and so should shut their traps.  Thriller - The dangerous thing about Thriller zombies is their coordination. Sure, any other type of zombies will eventually gravitate to form a mob, but Thriller zombies will eat your brains as a matching synchronized horde.  Tee on Duxter.com

    In case of zombie apocalypse..

    And that photo reminds me of why, despite the absence of the dreary working week that used to enslave me, Fridays still carry a certain thrill.

    They’re when Fox cable tv has a mid-evening horror series, currently Wayward Pines, but soon to be once again my favourite, The Walking Dead.


    Would you run away from this zombette?

    Have a Fun Friday!

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