In Cicalengka-Bandung Train

Purwa Aswa Purba Monument

The economy class train is always an opera to me. Many things to see here. And this is a characteristic of Indonesian trains, I think. I used to go from Cicalengka Town to Bandung City, and vice versa. From Cicalengka Station, I take the economy train called KRD Ekonomi. The ticket costs 1,000 IDR from Cicalengka to Ciroyom Station (a small station after Bandung Station), or 1,500 IDR from Cicalengka to Padalarang. It’s very cheap, but the train will stops at every small stations.

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Membangun Tokoh Sadomasokistik

Manohara showing her woundStory of O, Blue Velvet, Secretaire, and many more fictions already tell about BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) life. What about BDSM in real life? I’d been in a BDSM community as a researcher, I see it pretty similar with the depiction on fiction. Regardless the Safe-Sane-Consensual motto within BDSM community, there are three kinds of sadism according to A. Hesnard: criminal (as a psychopath), pervert (as in the novels of marquis de Sade), and moral sadism (as a hazing). If a sadomasochist becomes the first one, that means s/he commits a crime, because it’s usually without consensus among the doer and the victim. It is condemnable. In fiction, many antagonists have been characterized like that. But rarely the second (where the victim likely to be tortured).

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Menulislah Seperti Bicara

Oral cultureThe literate culture is not quite popular in Indonesia yet. Oh, sorry, I think it is not merely in Indonesia. Say, people everywhere love to talk more than write. In particular, this oral culture has been supported by the television and the movies. So to match this, the writers should write like they talk. Whether it is fiction (novel, scriptwriting, advertisement) or non fiction (news, sales letter, memoir) the formula could make your craft pleasurable to read. Also communicative.

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Disappointed Evolution of Indonesian Badminton Culture

By: Brahmanto Anindito

If you love badminton, you must know that Indonesia is one of the giants in this sport. But as a badminton lover and an Indonesian, I noticed some changes have been occurring, both in the athletes and the spectators. The disappointed changes. Let’s start from here:

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Geng Nero dan Dampak Sinetron

By: Brahmanto Anindito

Seminggu ini kita digegerkan oleh berita tertangkapnya anggota-anggota Geng Nero di Jawa Tengah. Nero yang merupakan akronim dari “neko-neko, dikeroyok” (macam-macam, kita keroyok) ini dianggotai oleh cewek-cewek ABG. Mereka bisa menyeret, menghajar dan menampar korban (cewek juga yang biasanya lebih muda) hanya lantaran membenci tingkah laku si korban. Proses itu mereka dokumentasikan dengan kamera ponsel. Geng Nero lalu menyebar-nyebarkannya dengan bangga. Asli mafiawati.

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Imagining Indonesian Movie without Mystical Genres

According to my note, about 20 or 41% of Indonesian films released on 2007 could be categorized as horrors. The trend is then continuing until mid 2008. In this month, we are screening Sumpah Pocong (the translation could be “oath taken while dressed in a cadaver’s shroud”), Pulau Hantu 2 (could be “ghost island”) and Hantu Perawan Jeruk Purut (could be “virgin ghost of citrus fruit”, don’t laugh!).

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