Aussie Lingo

Aussie Lingo

Australian English is different from British and American English in that it has a bias towards invention, deception, profanity, humour and a classless society. The story of Australian language, from 1788 to the present day, is actually the story of the Australian nation. Kel Richards, author of the book, The Story of Australian English, explained,…

Indonesia Meets Australia

Indonesia Meets Australia

On 24 January 2017 I was Invited to speak at a Business Sundowner organised by a new body, Access Indonesia Australia, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth, Western Australia. The theme was Bilateral Competence in Indonesia Australia Business Partnership. To me, Indonesia and Australia relationship topic has become like a broken record…

Meeting Dr. Milton Bennett

Meeting Dr. Milton Bennett

I finally met Dr. Milton Bennet at the Second Asia Pacific International Forum: Intercultural and Global Citizenship Education in March 2016 in Perth, Australia. It felt so bizarre cause I just met Dr. Janet Bennett in January 2016 in Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr. Milton Bennet is the creator of The Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity…

Meeting Dr. Janet Bennett

Meeting Dr. Janet Bennett

Attending Dr. Janet Bennett’s Public lecture on ‘Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World: Intercultural Competence for Social Justice’ at University of Groningen on 13 January 2016 is the highlight of my visit to Groningen, in The Netherlands. Dr. Janet Bennett is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific…

Doing Business and Being an Expat in Singapore

Doing Business and Being an Expat in Singapore

Between 1963 and 1965, Singapore was an integral part of the Federation of Malaysia. On August 9, 1965, due to political differences and racial tension, Singapore was separated from Malaysia and became the Republic of Singapore. After the separation, the fledgling nation had to become self-sufficient, and faced problems including mass unemployment, housing shortages and…

The Balinese Community System

The Balinese Community System

There are seven things that wrap the Balinese that creates collectively strong oneness among the Balinese community: Hindu Religion, Pura or Temple, Dadia, Banjar, Caste, Subak, and Indonesia Government System. Hinduism Indonesian Individuals identify strongly with their religion and the attitude is such that everyone belongs to some religious grouping—Muslim, Hindu or Christian. Hinduism in…