From Balikpapan to Balangan #1 (On the Ferry)

By: Mr KalEng I TRAVELLED from Balikpapan, East Kalimantan to Balangan of South Kalimantan, on Friday, June 17, 2016. Saya berkendara dari Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur menuju Balangan, Kalimantan Selatan, Jumat, 17 Juni 2016. The distance between the two municipalities is roughly 312 kilometers. Jarak antara kedua kota itu sekitar 312 kilometer. In addition to carrying two…

Kalimantan’s Universities and English-Language Profile Videos

By: Mr KalEng WE DON’T always need to show any complicated and sophisticated technology and innovations to compete with other countries. Kita tidak selalu perlu menunjukkan teknologi dan inovasi-inovasi yang rumit dan canggih untuk bersaing dengan negara-negara lain. We can show our existence to them, even though with relatively simple things we have. Kita bisa…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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…