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August 2, 2015
by Jack Lato

The Story of Tea in Indonesia

By: Jacobus E. Lato

Tea has been a traditional beverage for Indonesians for over 200 years, particularly among village women. Men tend to prefer black coffee; enjoying its taste mingling with the aromatic blend of a kretek cigarette, before starting their daily routines early in the morning. The serving process runs smoothly almost like a traditional rite; early in the morning and in the evening alike.

An old woman in Solo in her early 80s told me once;  “When I was a child, my mother always served tea. We had to drink tea before starting our activities in the morning.” Her past and joyful vivid memory seemed to have lived on in her life, as witnessed by her automatic and ritualistic current practice of serving tea: “Until now I always drink tea, as well as my children with their own family members. It is healthy as well,” the lady told me and then recalled her husband as the best man anyone could wish for, preventing her to ever get married again. Her husband passed away when she was not even forty yet.  “My marriage was great and there is and will not be no one like “him” in my life,” she proudly told me.

Actually I wasn’t aware of how our random conversation brought us into intimate family affairs. Later on I realized, the lady was possibly triggered by the advertisement that was running on television at the time. On the screen the tea was served; ending up the family conflict; it supposedly improved their communication as well as avoid any miss-communication.

July 25, 2015
by Latitudes

Latitudes at World Expo Milan

Expo 2015 is being held just northwest of Milan's city center under the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. It is the first world's fair with a food theme. Unlike previous expositions where smaller countries or countries with fewer resources would be grouped together geographically, Expo 2015 is creating food-theme clusters that will allow countries to address various issues that are not necessarily bound by geography. All of Milan is in the mood for Expo 2015.