Setelah dikunjungi sama mama dan adik saya selama dua minggu kemarin, ada satu buah pikiran yang masih belum bisa saya hilangkan dari benak saya.
Due to the uncertainty of my package’s arrival,
here’s one special post for you, Icha!
It’s not just white people who go on holiday.
‘Non-white faces in travel brochures are rare except as smiling foreign waiters and exotic entertainers,’ said Michael Lomotey, who is black British.
‘Perhaps it’s assumed that black people all travel to visit friends and relatives and have no interest in travelling for leisure like everyone else – a crazy business assumption.
Or is it unspoken racism within tourism industry?’
(Pattullo, et al, 2009, p. 40)
For me, the question applies to not only black but every other race.
Pattullo, P., Minelli, O., Hourmant, P., Smith, P., Viesnik, L., and Dall, A. (2009) The Ethical Travel Guide: Your Passport to Alternative Holidays. 2nd ed. London: Earthscan.
For more information about Tony Allan (one of my current favourite Professors), you can check him out here, or here.
You can also see and hear how Tony speaks and glimpse at one of his remarkable publications.
I love England in a heat wave.
It’s a different country.
All the rules change.
You know what I mean.
People are more at ease – a couple of days’ sunshine and we become Italians.
Robbie Turner in Atonement by Ian McEwan (p. 128)
“Kalian sudah besar,” kata Papi pada Mbak Wiwiek, Mbak Titiek, aku, dan Tuti.
“Papi sudah mendidik dan menjaga kalian sejak kecil, mendampingi kalian selama sekolah, sampai kalian menjadi wanita-wanita dewasa.
Sekarang, papi ingin memberikan finishing touch pada kalian berupa pengalaman dan wawasan tinggal di negeri orang,” tutur Papi.
Lebih jauh Papi mengatakan bahwa pengalaman di luar negeri, jika dihayati dan diserap saripati manfaatnya, akan membawa seseorang pada pendewasaan yang lebih lengkap pada dirinya.
Ani Yudhoyono Kepak Sayap Putri Prajurit – Alberthiene Endah (hal. 175)
For me, it’s always interesting to read anything about Islam that is written in English, because it’s either written by a Western, non-muslim writer, or it’s written for the consumption of the Western world.
That was why when I saw this in print, I immediately read it, excitedly.
And of course, aside from learning so much about so many things, both Islamic and other general knowledge, I took couple quotes that were not only written excellently, but also spoken my mind.
Here they are:
And why is it the women who have to be virgins?
Why suffer torment to satisfy an asshole?
Because the man who demands “virginity” from a woman is nothing but an asshole!
Why don’t we behave as westerners do!?
For them, since the problem of sex is resolved, they can move on to other things!
This is the reason they progress!
Embroideries – Marjane Satrapi
A man could sleep with as many women as he liked, but when it came to sex, there were still quite a few people in society who clung to the old-fashioned notion that a woman shouldn’t have too many partners,
oh, a woman could certainly have some sex – indeed, it was expected.
But there seemed to be some unspoken limit as to the number of men a woman could bed,
and having passed that limit, a woman can no longer consider “marriageable”
Trading Up – Candance Bushnell (p.14)
The modern girl doesn’t need a man. Men hold you back and let you down. A job doesn’t.
Valerie Roper in The Tennis Party by Madeline Wickham (p. 245)
Do you ever notice how all the self-sacrificing women in history, Joan of Arc, Mother Theresa, can’t think of any others, they all die alone. The men on the other hand get so much fuzz, it’s crazy.
It’s an unfair world.
House – TB or Not TB (S02E04)
Sex could kill you.
Do you know what the human body go through when you have sex?
Pupil dilates, arteries constrict, core temperature rises, heart races, blood pressure skyrockets, respiration becomes rapid and shallow.
The brain fires bursts of electrical impulses from nowhere to nowhere.
Secretions spit out of every gland.
And the muscles tense and spasm like you’re lifting three times your body weight.
It’s violent, it’s ugly, and it’s messy.
And if God hadn’t made it unbelievable fun, the human race would’ve died out eons ago.
Men are lucky they can only have one orgasm.
You know that women can have an hour-long orgasm?
Allison Cameron – House (Occams Razor S01E03)