Not too serious, please, Sir!

20. September, 2009 General 8 comments

I got an email from one GNFI reader, and she is….9 years old and lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She said something like this:

Sir, I visited your blog at least once a week, and my sister said that she visits your blog every other day. My father work for Indonesian company here in Ho Chi Minh City, and I would like to know more about your country, because my father wants to take me to Indonesia next year. However, I do not understand your blog as it is for adult and old man. Can you please write something for children, so that readers like me can be your segmented market too? I speak English a little, my sister translates this letter for me. Sorry for your inconvenience.

Srey – Ho Chi Minh

I was laugh-fully shocked to have that letter, and then realized that GNFI has been “too serious” for long. Well, I will try to fulfill her request, or maybe, your request, too? Here we go…

  • Indonesia is situated in Southeast Asia. It stretches from Sumatra in the west to Papua in the east.
  • The archipelago is roughly divided into Greater Sunda Islands, Smaller Sunda Islands and East Indonesia.
  • Indonesia is a republic, with an elected parliament and president. Its capital is Jakarta.
  • The biggest island in Indonesia is Sumatra, which is a part of the Greater Sunda Islands.
  • Of the ten largest islands in the world, three are located in Indonesia.
  • Indonesia is the fourth largest country of the world, in terms of population.
  • Indonesia is counted amongst the largest producers of nutmeg in the world.
  • The local name of Indonesia is ‘Tanah Air Kita’, which means Our Land and Water.
  • The national motto of Indonesia is ‘Unity in Diversity’.
  • Indonesia is the largest archipelago the world, comprising of five main islands – Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua.
  • Indonesia boasts of thousands of islands, out of which around six thousand are inhabited.
  • Indonesia is home to some of the rarest creatures in the world, including miniature deer, fish that climb trees to catch insects and spiders that catch and devour small birds in giant webs.
  • Indonesia spreads over “Ring of Fire”, situated in Western Pacific. It has over 400 active volcanoes and bears over 3 earthquakes per day.
  • Java Island of Indonesia is one of the initial places in the world where ape-man lived. Even the skull of an ape-man was found buried in ice there.
  • The highest point in Indonesia, Puncak Jaya is situated in the highlands of Papua.
  • The islands of New Guinea and Borneo are amongst the largest islands in the world.
  • ‘The Sangiran Early Man Site’, situated in Indonesia, has the status of a World Heritage Site and has served as home to around half of the world’s hominid fossils.
  • Marco Polo was one of the first Europeans to visit Indonesia.
  • Indonesia is home to Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world.
  • Indonesia has a lot of Good News and also full of Achievements!

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  1. Musa

    9 / 20 / 2009 6:40 pm

    Good response brother, but the ring of fire part is lil bit scary for kids…hehe. Cheers


  2. Alitha

    9 / 20 / 2009 7:08 pm

    Haha, that’s awesome. I’m 14 years old myself, but obviously, by now I should know all the serious vocabs on GNFI. But 9 yrs old? And she’s not even Indonesian! That’s amazing.


  3. leni

    9 / 21 / 2009 10:22 am

    hey, hey hahaha, she’s great :D
    we often forget that we have to be not too serious sometimes.. (ah bahasanya gak efektif)
    thanks for the inspiration
    thinking about making one simple post like this too :D

    ~Leni, Indonesia Berprestasi


  4. Ian

    9 / 21 / 2009 10:21 pm

    Leni, forgot it, but just added it above :D


  5. Akhyari

    9 / 21 / 2009 10:32 pm

    @Musa: Yeah, that kind of scary even for me. May God bless us with no more natural disasters.

    @Alitha: Hey, how proud GNFI is to have such reader like you. Wish you a bright future!


  6. alisyah

    10 / 27 / 2009 3:20 pm

    She also might need some info about location that she & her father (& her family maybe) are going to visit :-)





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