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Victory of Wilders = The Death of Freedom

Geert Wilders– a politician who is ridiculously paranoid of Islam and Islamization in Europe – had his biggest victory along with his PVV (Party for Freedom) in Dutch Parliamentary Election a few days ago. He won 1,5 million votes (15,5% of the total votes), making it the third-strongest political force in Netherlands with 24 seats in the parliament. It is indeed a big win for Wilders as he only had nine seats last period, but definitely a big lose for Dutch and the idea of multiculturalism and liberalism that they always  proud of. Are Wilders and his party just smart enough to brainwash the Dutch (who voted him) to follow the fear and hatred that he promotes all this time? Or people who voted him are just starting to become chauvinistic, by thinking one ethnicity is more superior than the other?

Suprisingly with this fact, 1 in 10 Dutch that we meet (those who seem embracing the idea of diversity) actually did make a vote for him! What an irony…

Considering the quite significant power that this party has (24 out of 150 seats) as well as the possibility of coalition with other parties, Muslims should be ready to do the counterattack when Wilders, with his discriminating policies againsts Muslims take place in the future. Some of the well-known policies including to stop immigration for Muslim countries (not from other countries), reduction in social benefits for new immigrants, and no-hijab country (if one still wants to wear, one should pay the religious tax of 1000euro or more). That’s just some of the examples, many (unexpected) more would come.

Whatever the reason is, I feel sorry for those who have completely lost their insanity, who listened to what Wilders says instead of what their hearts…

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Cooking for living :)

Ketika hidup di negeri orang dimana terdapat perbedaan yg cukup signifikan antara  nilai tukar mata uang kita, Rupiah, dengan mata uang asing, kita dituntut untuk hemat dan cermat dalam mengelola keuangan kita. Meskipun 400-450 euro per bulan untuk biaya akomodasi yang bila dilihat dari Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) kota Rotterdam bukanlah suatu angka yang besar dan masih masuk asuk dalam taraf wajar, akan tetap terasa berat, terlebih bila kita mengkonversi angka tersebut ke dalam Rupiah. Namun ketika biaya sewa kamar (akomodasi) tidak dapat lagi terhindarkan, kita dituntut untuk lebih cermat dalam memaksimalisasi budget. Untuk transportasi, bagi yang bisa, biasa dan mau bersepeda adalah suatu solusi untuk berhemat karena sistem transportasi di Rotterdam cukup kompleks, selain itu juga hitungannya seperti taksi (setiap km di charge, somehow it’s fair, karena kita kena charge terhadap apa yang kita gunakan). Namun bagi mahasiswa yang bermobilitas tinggi, transportasi yang dihitung per km seperti taksi tersebut terasa cukup memberatkan, karena semakin aktif kita, semakin besar pula uang yang dikeluarkan.

Selain bersepeda, cara lain untuk berhemat adalah dengan memasak sendiri. Di kantin kampus, misalnya, untuk sekali makan (roti+kopi/coke) menghabiskan 5 euro, di restoran atau kafe-kafe tentunya jauh lebih mahal. Bila kita makan at least 2x sehari, maka kita menghabiskan sebesar 10 (belum termasuk cemilan, susu atau jus). Sedangkan bila kita masak sendiri, mari kita hitung 🙂

Today’s menu: Ayam Goreng Mentega, Brokoli tumis bawang putih dan Sup Jagung Manis.

1st Menu

Ayam Goreng Mentega (Total 1.3 euro)

1. Paha (atas dan bawah): 2 euro per kg, pakai setengah, 1 euro
2. Bumbu-bumbu dan minyak: +- 30 cent

Brokoli Tumis Bawang Putih (30 cent)

1. 250gr brokoli (80 cent per kg): 20 cent
2. Minyak dan bumbu2: 10cent

Sup Jagung Manis (70 cent)

1. Jagung kalengan: 1 euro per kaleng, pakai setengah: 50cent
2. 1 butir telur: 17 cent
3. garam dan lada: +- 3 cent

Total 3 jenis makanan bergizi untuk sehari: 3.3 euro + Nasi 30 cent: 3.60euro..

and guess wat?  it can be served for two people 🙂 so if u share it, u only need to spend around 1.80 euro per day..
Jadi jauh lebih hemat daripada makan di kantin/restoran kan?

…dan uang sisanya bisa untuk beli jus, susu atau coklat, hehe atau ditabung buat jalan2:p

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