Pictures of the minaret of Samarinda's Shirathal Mustaqiem Mosque, taken between 1900 and 1940, left, and in 2013, right. Image credit: Tropen Museum and Febi Rahmadani

Shirathal Mustaqiem, Samarinda’s Most Historical Mosque

By: Mr KalEng THE MOSQUE of Shirathal Mustaqiem is considered the oldest mosque in Samarinda, the capital city of East Kalimantan province. Masjid Shirathal Mustaqiem dinilai sebagai masjid tertua di Samarinda, ibukota provinsi Kalimantan Timur. “Shirathal Mustaqiem” is an Arabic term literally means the “straight path”. “Shirathal Mustaqiem” adalah istilah Arab yang berarti “jalan yang…

Established in the 16th century AD, or the 9th century AH/Hijri, Banjarmasin's Sultan Suriansyah Mosque considered the oldest mosque in the province of South Kalimantan. Image credit: Bocah Petualang

Ramadhan and the “Mecca’s Porch” of Kalimantan

By: Mr KalEng EACH Indonesia’s local government has its own policy and cultural approach ahead of and during the month of Ramadhan. Tiap-tiap pemerintah daerah di Indonesia memiliki kebijakan dan pendekatan kultural masing-masing, menjelang dan selama datangnya bulan Ramadhan. Likewise Kalimantan. Demikian pula Kalimantan. The provincial government of South Kalimantan asked the owners of food…

The western entrance gate of Al-Karomah Mosque in Martapura of South Kalimantan, photographed in 2008. Image: Mr KalEng

Thank God We can still Meet, Again, Ramadhan

By: Mr KalEng Believers! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain Taqwa (God-consciousness). — The Qur’an, Al-Baqarah:183 Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! Diwajibkan atas kalian berpuasa sebagaimana diwajibkan atas orang-orang sebelum kalian, agar kalian bertaqwa. — Al-Qur’an Surat Al-Baqarah: 183. CAN’T believe a year went by…

A male orangutan at Camp Leakey of Tanjung Puting National Park, West Kotawaringin regency, Central Kalimantan. Image credit: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

They are One of Your Closest Living Relatives…

By: Mr KalEng THEY are reclusive. Mereka adalah penyendiri. They live a pretty solitary life. Mereka hidup menyendiri. They don’t live in groups. Mereka tidak berkelompok. They naturally don’t need friends. Pada dasarnya mereka tidak butuh teman. They prefer to live alone, eat alone, and stay away from the hustle and bustle of life. Mereka…

ASMIN LAURA HAFID NUNUKAN KALIMANTAN ENGLISH

Asmin Laura: the First, the Cutest, the Youngest

By: Mr KalEng IT’S BEEN said that a woman born in the year of the ox is strong-willed (and a bit stodgy). Konon, perempuan yang lahir di tahun sapi itu cenderung keras kepala (dan agak kolot). But when it comes to love, she definitely has something to be proud of: FAITH-FUL-NESS. Tapi kalau sudah menyangkut…

Poster by Mr KalEng

Kalimantan and English-Language Media? Why not! — Part 2

By: Mr KalEng “IS THERE anyone in Kalimantan willing to read English-language news reporting?” — an argument we sometimes heard from publishers for not running local English-language media. Adakah orang di Kalimantan yang mau baca berita dalam bahasa Inggris? — demikian argumen yang kadang kita dengar dari penerbit pers yang enggan membuat media lokal berbahasa Inggris. A…

Poster by Mr KalEng

Kalimantan and English-Language Media? Why not! – Part 1

By: Mr KalEng I START this essay with a question: “Where the hell are all Kalimantan’s English-language mainstream media hiding?” Saya awali tulisan ini dengan sebuah pertanyaan: “Di manakah gerangan media-media arus utama berbahasa Inggris dari Kalimantan bersembunyi?” Breathing the same air, living in the same place of Borneo Island; so why our neighboring countries…