Before going to the main topic of this post, lemme tell you sth. I am not a type of juvenile that loves reading a lot. Like reading novel, comic, magazine or such as. No particular reasons to be mentioned. I just abhor. Haha. I like watching better. Somehow, wackiness stroke. This book emitted wizard and attracted me to read.
Actually that was already a few months ago. But, while I was thinking of what-to-post, abruptly this idea popped up in my mind. And here I am typing to share with you guys sth regarding to the book.
This happened while I was spending my holiday at my hometown, Siantar. Having nothing to do, I just looked for sth to do. Looking around, I accidentally glanced at a book titled 'Bule Juga Manusia' on the desk. I was confused whose book it actually is. Since neither my siblings nor I love reading. I asked around. And I was shocked when I knew that's my brother who bought this book. Being curious of what the hell reason that can make my brother buy this book. I decided to read this book.
'Bule Juga Manusia'
Overall, it's sort of interesting book. Kinda funny. And the most important thing is that the fact that the 'Bule' is so in love with Indonesia. He even can speak Indonesian and write in Indonesian. He is from Australia actually. Adelaide, exactly. There he wrote that in Adelaide Indonesian Language is also learned. Which so surprised me. *feel a lil proud for my own country* Hahaha. And he is also a blogger. Here is his blog address http://bulengehe.blogdetik.com/. He wrote everything happened to him when he was traveling in Indonesia. And eventually he made a book about his funny experience in Indonesia. What make me surprised more is that he actually writes his blog in Indonesian! :O
Anyway, here is some spoilers about his book 'Bule Juga Manusia'.
Pertama kali menginjakkan kaki di Indonesia, perut gue udah terasa mules. Setibanya di rumah teman di Makassar, gue kebelet boker. Langsung saja gue menuju kamar mandi dan menunaikan 'urusan' gue. Setelah selesai, gue baru sadar kalau di toilet nggak ada tisu, hanya ada gayung/timba, ember, dan air. FYI: Orang Australia dibesarkan memakai tisu kertas atau kadang-kadang tisu basah untuk cebok. Soalnya, di Australia, 99% rumah tidak menyediakan selang air atau bak mandi, apalagi gayung, buat cebok.
Bang Ridwan, temen gue bilang, "Tisu versus Air - a serious clash of civilizations." Bagi bule, air dan tangan itu kombinasi yang najis, sementara buat orang Indonesia, cebok pakai tisu itu haram.
Anyway, akhirnya gue berusaha memakai gayung untuk menyiram air ke pantat. Alhasil - kaki dan celana gue basah. Gue putus asa dan... pelan-pelan mulai memakai tangan gue sebagai tisu WC.
Ini najis. Saat itu, gue pengin nangis.
Richard Miles a.k.a Bule Ngehe yang jago berbahasa Indonesia ini memiliki segudang pengalaman konyol saat berkunjung ke Indonesia. Berbeda dengan bule lain yang tertarik kepada budaya tradisional, bule yang satu ini justru tertarik sama grup band Sheila on 7 dan Gigi. Lewat buku pertamanya, Richard tidak malu membuka aib-nya sendiri, mulai dari pengalaman pertama berhadapan dengan WC jongkok hingga tragedi busway yang membuatnya trauma. Tapi tetap, Richard cinta Indonesia.
Hope you can enjoy my post. Ciao!