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Cardi Lorenzo

Cardi Lorenzo

News from Singapore

Chinatown, Singapore:

I remember from my university lessons, during Politic Geography, one lesson about Singapore. The lecturer told us that Singapore is one of the most powerful countries in the world, and I always been curious to know how it is possible that such a small island has so much influence.

One of the first think that you realize since you arrive here it's the multiculturality, for example I spent the night talking with an Australian guy and a Korean girl, in a Mexican foodshop owned by a Phillipine guy... a great "campur"! (and I also had the occasion to try “ramen” the dish of Naruto:))For that reason English is a very widespread language, you can see group of Singaporean young people everywhere talking English with friends even if they are not European. It was to funny when I was with a group of Indonesian young people in the underground from the airport, on the way to town. I made the trip with them and when they realize the situation they were in the mood like "ooh, wow, everybody here speak English! So, ok lets try to speak in English! - Uh, here is very very beautiful!- " with your typical wonderful Indonesian style. :)

Exepct for the poeple that I have to admit, are not as much friendly and smily as Indonesian people, Singapore is really an impressive town. Unfortunately everthing here is very expensive, so, I’m a real “Londo Kuere” in here. But despite it I anyway had some walks throught the town. I lost myself into the chaotic Chinese market of the confusing Chinatown, I had spent some time in the musilm quarter (because I was missing muslim) and I’ve spent one evening visiting “Marina Bay”, and it’s gardens. The “Gardens by the Bay” are a huge complex in the bay, where there are some really high cement pillars, used as base for growing trees and plants in the outside,as well for the inside, where the gardens are organized like “museum”. These gardens are something I always wanted to visit, and now I can say that are amazing! So, was worth to come to Singapore, even only for this. But as I said the people are not so friendly as in Indonesia, they think more about work, and be cool and fashion for the high level dinners and parties of the evening, the children don’t use to play with mud and the ball but with twitter, so is not a place for me (but i had to come and stay here for some days for a new visa), that’s why I’m coming back to Indonesia…

…next stop Bali!

P.s – One thing made me really angry. There’re in the gardens some corners about the problems of pollutions and global warming (so they try to be sensible of the environments problems) and the last weeks they had problems with a huge cloud of smoke coming from the burning forest of Sumatra, so they were complaining with Indonesia about it…. But the companies that made that in Sumatra are all from Singapore! Mah….

Goodbye!

I'm in a Cafè in the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, while I write this article, but the "ngopi" doesn't taste the same as usual.

Fortunately I have a nice month of travelling in Singapore, Bali and Java Timur in front of me, and I'm looking forward also to see my family and friends, but the main mood now is the sadness because of leaving all of you and so Troso, place that I had to work hard with myself to solve daily diffuculties to get adapted, and this difficulties made the experience deep and so close to my heart. And it's here that I have to think about from I learned from your culture, in the way you look to the future in a positive way, saying "belum" instead of "no" or "kapan-kapan", for not closing my contacts with all of you.

I want to say thanks to all of you for this wonderful experience, for the good moments with you students and for all the other good times (thanks for the farewell party, I really enjoyed it!) so, see you "kapan-kapan"!!!


P.S. - In the meanwhile in the next period in will write here some of my daily experiences during my trip and my first days of my coming back home... (I also wanted to write some articles about my last period in Indonesia, about selling tenun with mas Qiqi and Pak Asad in a mall in Semarang, about the class meeting, but it has been quite a confusing period because of leaving :D)

A matter of point of view

You can change shirt if you want
and if you feel confidence you can change shoes...
If you have new shoes you can change street
and by changing street you can change ideas
and with ideas you can change the world...
But the world doesn't change often
so, your real revolution will be to change yourself!

My prayer for you

I want to share with you all this song that I’m listening in the last period. The singer is an italian songwiter, Franco Battiato, that created wonderful music that goes from pop, to progressive rock, and electronic and classical music for orchestra.

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