Despite pressure from and active persecution of minorities by some of the more hardline religious groups, Indonesia has managed to preserve its reputation for religious tolerance in these internationally troubled times. Yesterday's holiday was an example of this spirit of acceptance. Tuesday was Hari Waicak (or Vesak), in honor of: (1) Siddartha's birth, (2) his enlightenment (nirvana) as Buddha under the celebrated bodhi tree, and (3) his death and ascension.
Sri Maha Bodhi in Sri Lanka, supposedly grown from a cutting of the ficus religiosa that shaded Buddha during his enlightenment.
Not only does ACE Hardware have this distant outpost, the Grand Indonesia incarnation is bigger and better than the one near Kate and Robert's apartment in North Wales, PA:
I should also admit here that before we were leaving the apartment for the mall, there was another camera crisis. Déjà vu. I was afraid I had tertinggal (left behind) kamera saya (my camera) ketika mengobrol (while chatting) with Monica over lunch at a great Indonesian restaurant, Dapur Babah*, the day before. It's becoming increasingly clear that I can't talk (or wash my hands) and look after my possessions at the same time. However — this time I got lucky. The camera had merely fallen onto the floor of the car. That's bad enough, but at least it wasn't quite so much my fault. In my opinion at least. Michael may think otherwise.
* dapur is kitchen and babah is an elderly Chinese gentleman; a second noun following the first denotes possession.