Up From The Streets

Willman on September 16th, 2011

While living in Indonesia, I was always surprised to find something that seems so out of place in a predominantly Muslim country. So imagine my surprise to see a somewhat risque T-Shirt on a guy riding the train somewhere on Java. I couldn’t get a picture, but here’s what it said:   “Your boyfriend is [...]

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Willman on July 14th, 2011

We were in Jakarta recently visiting a few museums. While Jakarta is a major city, its public transport systems are in pretty bad shape. The city has a bus system that may eventually get you to where you want to go. Angkots – mini-buses that have fixed routes – provide a cheaper, if slower alternative. [...]

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Willman on April 11th, 2011

Poorly translated signs are generally always fun. They can be found just about anywhere, including in the United States. This particular sign was found on Bali, at a wonderful facility called Tirta Gangga, or Water Palace. It’s a beautiful garden with ponds and other water features. It was restored through the guidance of an American, [...]

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Willman on March 4th, 2011

Before Bluetooth headsets, crafty entrepreneurs in the U.S. tried to find any number of ways to make cellphones hands-free. But as Ockham’s Razor tells us, it’s usually the simplest conclusion that provides the best answer (okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch – but you get the idea). And so it is for hands-free [...]

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Willman on February 1st, 2011

This was found recently in the kid’s section of one of our local supermarket chains, Giant. It’s the label from a children’s blanket. I’m not sure, but might it refer to how the child was conceived?    

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Willman on December 30th, 2010

Another great business. It seems the t-shirt companies really try the hardest to stand out. Read the yellow one:    

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Willman on September 25th, 2010

One of the best things about traveling overseas is having the opportunity to learn about other cultures. And of course a large part of any culture is the food.We love Indonesian food. Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Mie Goreng (fried noodles) and so much more – it’s been a culinary joy to be here. I went [...]

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Willman on September 19th, 2010

A real business in downtown Bandung. They even have a website: It appears that one of their brands is called “Black ID.” Its slogan? “Every day is hell.” Enough said.

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