Tempo English Weekly

Monday, April 16, 2018

Endo Suanda’s Bamboo Instruments

AT first sight, the two unpainted guitars seemed like ordinary instruments. When plucked, they also sounded just like any other guitar. The paler one had steel strings, while the browner one had nylon strings. Their uniqueness only became evident upon closer scrutiny. Both guitars, also the kecapi placed on the living room table, were not made out of wood, but rather from bamboo strips, with rather uneven surfaces.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

A Dark Debacle in the Bay

Two weeks have passed, and the cargo ship MV Ever Judger has not left the waters of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan. This ship, which sails under the flag of Panama, should have set sail on March 30, leaving Balikpapan with a cargo of 74,000 tons of coal, headed for Lumut, Perak, Malaysia. The captain had been authorized to leave by the port authority.