Fun fact: ‘Mor’ is also the Romanian word for death, so they are extra terrifying.
And there’s a k-pop song about growling to help you pronounce UH REU REONG

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Protesters clash with police forces during a demo against fuel price hikes in Makassar, Indonesia, on November 27, 2014. (PressTV)

GLOBAL INDONESIAN VOICES | President Jokowi’s Efficiency Policy Faces Open Opposition in Makassar

Makassar, GIVnews.com – President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s policy breakthroughs to tackle government efficiency have faced an open opposition from hotel workers in Makassar, the provincial capital of South Sulawesi.

THE JAKARTA POST | One dead in protest against fuel price hike

A protester died Thursday as a stone-throwing crowd clashed with police in central Indonesia during a demonstration against a dramatic increase in fuel prices, police said.

PRESS TV | Clashes between protesters, Indonesia police kill 1

Clashes between anti-government protesters and police forces have left at least one demonstrator dead in Indonesia.

The fruit of Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree native to the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia.

This tree is now widely cultivated around the tropics. It is a dioecious, and the female trees produce a fruit that contains two valuable commodities: both once so sought after, various European colonial powers fought wars over their extraction.

These products are:

  • Mace: derived from the red aril
  • Nutmeg: derived from the brown seed

Most spices that are traditionally consumed during Christmas celebrations in the West are a result of histories European imperialist violence: cloves from Indonesia, cinnamon from Sri Lanka, and ginger from India and China, to name a few festive selections.

Nutmeg is no exception: in 1621, the Dutch forces and Japanese mercenaries brutally massacred over 14000 native Bandanese people in order to gain a monopoly on the Spice trade, and forced the mere 1000 survivors to work as slaves on Dutch-run nutmeg plantations. [x]

Not only a valuable spice and folk medicine, nutmeg is also a hallucinogen when consumed in large quantities. [x]

It’s all something to think about when you sprinkle a little bit on your eggnog this holiday season.

Read more online: “Nutmeg - The Unsavoury History of a Tasty Spice

Books: Indonesian Banda: Colonialism and Its Aftermath in the Nutmeg Islands

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Sea slug - Doto bella 

This little critter is a tiny sea slug with a cute scientific name: Doto bella (Nudibranchia - Dotidae). Sometimes, sea slugs in the genus Doto are called donut nudibranchs because of the  shape of their cerata or papillae (dorsal and lateral outgrowths on the upper surfaces of the body).

The length of these animals is usually 5-l0 mm, and the papillae set on each back margin vary in number from 5 to 7 with age. The largest papillae are provided with 4 circlets of globose tubercles which are arranged 4-5 in each circlet. 

D. bella has only been reported from Japan and Indonesia.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Benjamin Naden | Locality: Bali, Indonesia (2014) | [Top] - [Bottom]

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If you’re a fan of pole action (not that kind of pole action) then it’s looking like “Golden Cane Warrior” might be one to watch.
Here’s the brand new trailer for the Indonesian film. It looks like it’s a nice blend of action, drama and beautiful cinematography. The trailer doesn’t show a lot of action set-pieces but what’s on display is definitely nice.