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My Favourite NOFX Song

If someone asked me what my favourite NOFX song was, the top-of-my-head answer would probably be Linoleum.

NOFX in Melbourne, 2014

NOFX in Melbourne, 2014

Not that I think it has the best lyrics – Franco Un-American has better lyrics. And for tunes, I actually like Liza and Louise or The Brews more.

It probably has to do with the fact that it was the first song they played in their first gig in Indonesia seven years ago, in 2007.

I can’t remember how many attended that concert, but an online report says it was about 5.000.

In a city of around 20 million, it wasn’t that much. But it was more about the sheer excitement of seeing a major punk band that the audience have been listening since they were in their early teens.

Back then, there had not been many international punk bands holding concerts in Indonesia, and I still can’t imagine how exciting it would have been for major fans of NOFX.

As I did not manage to get there super early, I wasn’t anywhere close to the stage, so I think there were about 3.000 people between me and the band, plus barricaded area in front of the stage.

So in a typical scenario, that would ensure me being untouched by whatever slamming, pushing or other shenanigans going on in the mosh/circle pit.

But when the first tune played, and yeah, I am pretty sure it was Linoleum, I felt myself being pushed backwards and basically swallowed by waves of human bodies. I can only imagine what it was like near the stage, but if I could feel the impact from that distance, it must be pretty mad.

I recently had a chance to watch NOFX again, this time in a closed venue in Melbourne, with probably a third, if not less, of the number of audience in the Jakarta gig.

It was sweaty, and packed as well, but this time there was a much bigger chance for me to get closer to the stage, and that I did.

Also, I have learned from experience that as a woman, mosh pits in Melbourne are generally safer compared to Jakarta. there are more women in Melbourne’s mosh pits, to begin with, and so far no one tried to grope me. Maybe things are better now in Jakarta, I don’t really know.

But I certainly got a better view of the band playing this time, and was more able to express my appreciation for their set (by jumping around and getting shoved, body-slammed, and headbutted) better as well.

So that was good.

But of course nothing can replace that gig in Jakarta, when half of my excitement was actually fueled by the awe and excitement of my friends.

It was a shame that there were some ugly rumors and happenings surrounding that concert. It was badly organized, for a start, and the waiting time for the gate to open was too long. I heard that there were troubles with their gig in Bali as well. My guess is the event organizers were young, reckless, and did not bother to check in with the scene.

Ah well, that is in the past. See? I am having trouble remembering the bad stuff yet getting all nostalgic with the good ones.


Urap, the yummy, coconut-y veg concoction

I cooked sometime last week. It was one of my favorite dish: the urap, a lovely Indonesian answer to cooking the greens.I actually think it’s better than gado-gado because it’s crunchier, lighter and less messy.

You can use a variety of vegetables for the ingredients but I would recommend ones that are slightly bitter. I used bunches of spinach, cassava leaves, pakis (edible leatherleaves), bean sprouts, and Chinese long beans.This is variable. Just three kinds of vegs will do actually.

Other ingredients:

About four chilis (I used more)

2 shallots

4 garlic cloves

2 orange leafs

grated coconut from half a coconut- medium, not too young or too ripe, slightly drained of its juices

To make urap:

Spices first, grind (for me it’s mortar-and-pestle time but maybe you can use more modern ways?)the chilis,  shallots, and garlic cloves. add around 4 centimeters of orange leaves.

snap the leafs and young stems from the stems of vegs, snap the long beans to around 3 centimeters pieces.

Boil the vegs in water sprinkled with about one teaspoon of salt until they are slightly limp. this may take around 1 to 2 minutes for each veg. depending on what you’re cooking. beansprouts take only seconds to cook. drain the vegetables.

mix the ground ingredients with the grated coconut a bit before throwing the mix into a wok-no oil required- adding the rest of the orange leafs and blending them further until the coconut changes color.

You can choose to throw in the vegetables into the wok as well or serve them separately and mix it up in one’s own plate just before eating. Usually, this is served with fried fish but tempe or tofu will do just fine.

Have I said this before? I LOVE this dish. It’s great on a sunny day. Mmmm.oh, you can reduce or even omit the chili entirely, of course.