The Philosophy of Ketupat

Every Eid ul-Fitr day, in muslim’s house there is almost always ketupat. It is a staple food made from rice, wrapped by coconut leaves. I thought it is from Indonesia. But in fact ketupat or kupat also can be found in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and Philippines. It is not also served only in Eid ul-Fitr. In Bali, ketupat is also used as ceremony presents. Continue Reading →

The Singer that Alerts Mentawai to Any Disaster

Juvenile bilouThis primate exclusively lives on Mentawai, the islands with 16,000 inhabitants, West Sumatra Province. Bilou or Mentawai Gibbon (Hylobates klossii) is from Hylobatidae (gibbon) family. It is similar to siamang with the same black fur, but is considerably smaller and lacks the siamang’s typical throat pouch. Bilou reaches 44 to 63 cm in length and about 6 kg in weight. Continue Reading →