Laughter: The universal language

Indonesian people most certainly know how to have a good time. The line that separates serious business and ridiculous tomfoolery is thin. I’ve come to realize that spontaneous singing, dancing, and laughing are commonplace in any Indonesian social setting. So, when I heard that my high school was taking two days off to celebrate SMA…

An Indonesian birthday in numbers, flour and all

2/4: The date of my birth. 24: The number of the years I turned. In the U.S. we say “Happy Birthday” but in Indonesia the greeting, “Selamat Ulang Tahun” translates to, “Happy Repeated Year!” I never thought much about the difference in specificity between the two greetings – one emphasizing a single day, the other…