In meinem Deutschkurs haben wir ein Blog über Thema „Stadt Oder Land“ geschrieben. Hier is meine Meinung über das Thema.
Schließlich muss jeder Mann entscheiden, ob er in der Stadt oder auf dem Land leben soll. Ich lebe lieber in einer Stadt. Es gibt viele öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, mit denen ich in viele Orte gehen kann. Ich have kein Auto, deshalb ist das öffentliche Verkehrsmittel sehr wichtig. Man kann in der Stadt viele Dinge finden und kaufen. Es gibt viele Elektronikgeräte und auch viele Variante zum Essen. Wenn ich italienisches Essen möchte, kann ich zum Italiener gehen. Wenn ich japanisches Essen möchte, kann ich zum japanischen Restaurant gehen. Es gibt auch viele Veranstaltultengen in der Stadt. Wenn ich mich langweilig fühle, kann ich ins Kino oder zum Themenpark oder in die Mall gehen. Das Stadtleben hat auch Nachteile. Der Lärm in der Straße ist sehr laut, die Luft ist schlecht, und manchmal gibt es Überschwemmung. Zum Glück hatte ich keine Überschwemmung in der Nähe von meinem Haus und Büro. Obwohl es Nachteile gibt, lebe ich lieber in der Stadt.
Back in 2010 when I was in Japan, I had a presentation in a class about Japanese snacks. At that time the World Cup 2010 in South Africa was being held. So I took that opportunity to also include the World-cup-themed snacks. Japanese is known for its various unique things, which includes food flavors, shapes, or packages. I posted some posts about the unique snacks from Japan in this blog too. This year the World Cup 2014 was held in Brazil, and unintentionally I found some World-cup-themed snacks also here in Indonesia.
Japanese Calbee World Cup Snack
In several big cities in Indonesia where there are many Muslim people, for example in Jakarta and Bandung in which I’ve stayed for quite some years, the one month of Ramadhan usually has different and unique phenomenon. Since many people are fasting, most food stalls on the streets are closed, only several places are open, for example the restaurants in malls and some warteg. There are not many lunch choices during this fasting month. Some restaurants which are open also put on some curtains or blinds on their windows.
Curtains on a restaurant
An interesting psychology book that I found and bought from a heap and pile of books in a bookstore near my office was The Optimism Bias – Why We’re Wired to Look on The Bright Side written by Tali Sharot. This book is about the tendency of human to have some degree of bias towards optimism. The writer wrote that most people have tendency to hold some bias of optimism about themselves, they picture their lives to be better in the future, they picture themselves to be able to overcome crisis while other people are swept away in crisis. The writer also wrote about the power of hope, how hope can enable people to try to achieve something in hope of getting something better, and why Friday seems better than Sunday in relation with hope. The writer also wrote about the accuracy of human memories, that human memories of an event might not be 100% as accurate as the facts. The level of human confidence of their memories on certain events might also be dependent on the intensity of their emotions toward the events.
The Optimism Bias book cover
Continuing my previous post about unique flavors from Japanese snacks, besides KitKat there were also unique flavors of snacks which actually did not originate from Japan. They were Pringles potato chips and Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Maybe Japanese people like limited items, or maybe it was the business strategy from the Japanese company, there were usually time-limited items which were available only during certain period labeled with 期間限定 on the products.
Besides the regular flavors, there were limited flavors of Pringles in Japan. I managed to find and buy three of them: the beef kebab flavor, crispy pizza flavor during Halloween, night star flavor during Christmas. It was not very easy to find Pringles with these limited flavors.
When someone asked me what kind of souvenir I would recommend from Japan, the first thing that came into my mind would be Japanese KitKat. KitKat is a product from Nestle, which is not a Japanese company, and yet the flavors of these KitKat chocolates from Japan were unique and different from Kitkat from other countries and some were somehow “bizarre” making people curious and want to try them. Japanese KitKat has a wide range of flavors, some of them are produced and sold in limited time, some of them are sold only in specific region as some kind of specialty souvenir from the region. They even have a KitKat flavor map in their website.
Japanese regional KitKat map
Half a year ago when I was browsing for a new book to read in the bookstore, a book displayed on the table caught my eyes. The title was very simple: Quiet. It was just one simple word, silent yet strong enough to attract my attention. The subtitle of the book was “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. This book was written by Susan Cain.
Quiet book cover