April Mop!

Earlier this month, I made the delightful/distressing discovery that April Fool’s Day is indeed celebrated in Indonesia. Here it is known as April Mop.

Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed the occasional April Fool’s Day prank. The first prank I remember playing was taking all of the tissue/toilet paper/magazines/paper towels/newspapers/paper products and hiding them, after which all I had to do was wait for someone to need to use the toilet. And there was the time I replaced my dad’s Danish cookies with “gifts” left by various animals at the neighborhood pond (which he didn’t see until several days later… sorry dad!). Or my personal favorite: the time I lived in Thailand and told everyone that I got a giant tattoo on my chest, which my parents believed until I came home over a month later.

This photo is shortly after I got a henna tattoo. My poor parents believed me 100% for over a month that it was real though. Click the link above to read how I persuaded them.
This photo is shortly after I got a henna tattoo. My poor parents believed me 100% for over a month that it was real though. Click the link above to read how I persuaded them.
This police car belongs to Manggo's uncle and he was picking us up to go to a party, not to take us to jail. Still, I thought it was a funny picture to have a police car parked outside our door. The neighbors were full of questions afterward.
This police car belongs to Manggo’s uncle and he was picking us up to go to a party, not to take us to jail. Still, I thought it was a funny picture to have a police car parked outside our door. The neighbors were full of questions afterward.

For April Fool’s Day 2016, I had no pranks planned. Awhile back I did take a photo of a police car parked in my driveway with the intention of using it in a prank — something along the lines of being visited by the police for whatever reason I came up with — but I forgot about it until Manggo asked about it several days later after April 1st.

But this doesn’t mean my April Fool’s Day was uneventful. Quite the opposite: I had an incredibly stressful ten minutes when I was convinced that my house had exploded. It sounds like a far-fetched prank, but I believed it 100% because I’ve heard of gas tanks exploding and assumed that is what happened. This prank came courtesy of my friend, student, and son of my counterpart Bu Asro: Gilang. Check out the screenshots below for a blow-by-blow as this drama unfolded.

Gilang is in the group we call the "Handsome Boys" (because that is what they signed on their birthday card to me). From left to right: Risqi, Ariq, Gilang, me, Waldy, Yoga, Caitlin.
Gilang is in the group we call the “Handsome Boys” (because that is what they signed on their birthday card to me). From left to right: Risqi, Ariq, Gilang, me, Waldy, Yoga, Caitlin. This crew was also responsible for helping me celebrate my birthday in true Indo-style: with flour and eggs and a chase through the neighborhood.

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So happy April mop everyone! Thanks to Gilang for making this an April Fool’s Day to remember.

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3 thoughts on “April Mop!

  1. Ha, a personal “thank you” to Gilang for ensuring a tradition of pranksterism was upheld for my daughter Miss Kelly😄 I was remiss in coming up with a scheme this year, though I did consider trying something on this day. Hehehe Mister Fitz

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  2. I remember the time you anounced you were pregnant,. I saw right through it. I got a girl at work this year. As our doors lock automatically at 7 , she had been locked out. So she had to ring the bell for me to let her in. She’s new at the salon so she didn’t understand that I always anounce” were closed “when I come to the door. Well, she explained she worked here. I went three rounds with her saying ” were closed “, as if I had no idea who she was. I cracked myself up! I had to finally spring April Fools!!! On her. It was a bonding moment 😊

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