Another way to spend your vacation in Indonesia “Green Vacation”

fnpf NGO

A friend of mine inspired me to write this post. At the moment, she works at this NGO. And after i know it, i would share it to you guys about this organisation if any of you don’t know yet about this. Personally i found it very interesting. I would do it myself if i have a chance. But sadly, again i have such a hectic life right now. Okay, now let’s straight to the point.

She works in FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation). It’s a local Indonesian NGO that was founded in 1997 by a group of veterinarians, and conservation / community minded Indonesians.

This organisation create and run community-based conservation that respects the interdependence of wildlife, habitat and local community. It have saved the Bali’s emblem bird and one of the world’s rarest birds, the Bali Starling, from becoming extinct in the wild, relocated dozens of Orangutans to safety from the palm oil plantations to Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve, and have improved the well-being of hundreds of local community members.

You could imagine how this NGO try to save the world, especially Indonesia. This NGO have a volunteer program for you guys who might be have some interest to save the world or who love animal or maybe who need an unique way to spend you time to some extraordinary experience.

So, for more info about this NGO and their program, or may be you want to become a volunteer and be a hero, you may open this link http://www.fnpf.org/ [aci]

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Kerupuk as our one of the other complementary dishes

Left : kerupuk "Emping" made from melinjo. Right : kerupuk made from shrimp

Here in Indonesia, we have some snacks maybe you called it named Kerupuk. We usually eat it as a complementary with our main food or we can have a little dip the kerupuk with you sambal if you like spicy food. There are many kind of kerupuk here and also many kind of making it. As i know, kerupuk are made from a tapioca flour, several spices and fish or shrimp. Here, people like it sooo much. Especially here in Bandung where we live, you can find it almost in every traditional food restaurant. You should try it when you go here. In Indramayu a region between west java and central java are well-know for its shrimp kerupuk.

Kerupuk made from the dried cow skin

Many kind of raw kerupuk. You must fried it before you eat it... ^__^

Spicy tapioca kerupuk

Kerupuk made from tapioca flour

So guys, after you taste it make a comment for us okay? hahaha… [aci]

Kerupuk and one of our traditional fried rice (nasi goreng) yummy !!

Eating in Indonesian Manner

I remember my friend’s story.  She has a friend who has a foreign friend. The foreign friend of her friend came to Indonesia and very shocking when saw Indonesian using hand to eat. Not spoon, fork or knife or chopstick, only hand.

Yes, Indonesian people use their right hand to eat.  It’s their culture and tradition. They wash their hand before eating of course. The feeling of using hand when eating is good.  You should try it.  You can find Indonesian eating with hand in many restaurant here, specially restaurant with traditional food menu and several fast food restaurant.  How if Indonesian eat soup, do they use hand too? No, they use spoon.

Spoon, fork and chopstick are very popular among Indonesian. At their home, they can eat with hand, spoon, fork and chopstick according to what they eat. Knife is not too popular as spoon and fork in here at their home (except for cooking). But in a restaurant with steak menu, they will use knife and fork as western people do.

In meal time, the food are served in a big plate and stored in the middle of table. The plate can be more than one.  It can be vegetable soup, fried chicken, or fish or rice.  So everyone can take the food from that big plate to their own plate.

How if  you want that last fried chicken on that big plate? If you want  it,  you should  ask everybody there,  whether anyone want that fried chicken or not. If no one want to eat that last piece, you can take that last piece of yummy fried chicken. but if there is someone want that last piece, you should divide the food into 2 pieces, for example, or if you are too kind, you can give it to him/her. This is what we called politeness and the art of sharing.

When you are dining out with Indonesian in here, and the waiter do not serve the food at the same time,  Indonesian will wait until all the food out so that everyone can eat together. It’s also a form of politeness. Indonesian usually said “bon appetite”  before beginning to eat.

How if you are really starving to death, and your food (spaghetti) already  in front of you  for 15 minutes, but your Indonesian friend’s food has not out yet? can  you eat first? yes you can, but you have to ask everyone. For example : “may i eat first? i am very starving”. Usually the answer is “Yes”.

In Indonesia, burp while eating is not polite.

Don’t be surprised when you see your Indonesian friend taste food of her/his friend. it’s very common if the relationship between them is very close.

for example, you dine out with you Indonesian friend. Her name is Yulia. Yulia bring her best friends Tasya (female) and Rigil (male). In a restaurant you order fried rice, Yulia orders  spaghetti, Tasya orders “Lontong Kari”, and Rigill orders “Soto ayam”. Suddenly you hear Yulia want to taste “Lontong Kari” of Tasya. She put her spoon on Tasya food and taste the food. and Tasya taste Yulia’s food. The Rigil want to taste Tasya Food too, then he put his spoon on the bowl and taste it. After tasting Tasya’s food, Yulia also taste Ragil’s food.  It’s common among Indonesian doing that, with notes “very close relationship”.

I hope this information will help you when you come and stay in Indonesia 🙂

[Sel]

One of the most delicious food in the world comes from Indonesia – Rendang

Have you all heard about rendang? I heard from the news that this is one of the most delicious food in the world. Have you all taste it? Not yet? why dont you make it yourself. I hope you guys have the ingredients there because we need a lot of spices and herbs to make it. ^__^ So, let’s do it then…

Before we cook, here is some tips to make Rendang :
– Rendang Meat is much better served if the meat is tender. To be easy meat soft, try to boil the meat first and then crushed it.

– You need to be patient because we need a lot of time to make it. I prefer to make it in a big portion since once you make it, the expired date of rendang is quite long. About 3 months without any ‘preservative’ things. But, if you find it already in different taste before 3 months, just throw it away (^-^)v (#peace)

Meat Rendang Recipe Ingredients:

– 500 gr of beef, cut into pieces about 3 cm long
– 1000 ml thick coconut milk
– Coconut milk 1000 ml liquid (coconut milk 3 eggs and liquid from coconuts)
– Serai 2 sticks, crushed
– Kaffir lime leaves 5 ​​pieces
– 1 sheet of turmeric leaves, torn
– Acid kandis 2 pieces

Seasoning Recipes:

– Red chilli 250 grams
– 4 cloves garlic
– 10 grains of red onion
– Ginger 1 cm
– 2 cm turmeric
– Galangal 4 cm
– Salt to taste

How to Make Rendang Meat:

->> Boil the liquid coconut milk, lemongrass, lime leaves, turmeric leaf, tamarind, spicescooked until it boiled.

->> Insert meat that had been cut into pieces, and cook again until thick coconut milk.

->> Enter the thick coconut milk then cook it with a low heat. Cook until almost dry. Stir until browned and greasy rendang.VOILA !

The result? it should be like this :

So guys ! If you made it share with us ! hahaha ^__^ [aci]

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Gayung for Bathing

Hello there, i am gonna tell you about Gayung. What is Gayung? Well, i don’t know the meaning of Gayung in English. So i am gonna tell you the function of Gayung. It’s mostly used for bathing in Indonesia. Do you want to know how its look ? Here it is :

Gayung

 

Hmm…looks familiar?

Most of family in Indonesia has Gayung in their bathroom. They take water with this tool and pour it to their body. Can you imagine it?

Some place like expensive apartment or hotel or maybe a house with western concept  use only  shower on the bathroom. But there is also a house that have both  shower and  gayung  in their bathroom or just Gayung. In a bathroom which use Gayung, usually has “bak mandi”  a place to hold water. Something like this:

Bak Mandi

 

Or, if they don’t have “bak mandi”, they will use bucket.

Maybe you can watch this commercial tv. This is about village people in Indonesia who dance with Gayung.

This commercial tv is happening here now.

And this is traditional gayung.. I called this “gayung jawa” or “siwur” :

Gayung jawa or siwur

 

So, if you are visiting Indonesia and found Gayung in one of  the people’s bathroom, you know what to do with it 🙂   [Sel]

 

Indonesian Traditional Games

On this era, for some kids traditional games do not look attractive anymore,  they prefer playing the Internet, video games, Play Station etc. Whereas this traditional games can form the character of the child to be creative, innovative,socially minded, cultured,  and faithful. So sad that this traditional games slowly become extinct.

Komunitas Hong (Hong’s Community) is a group of people who concern with this matters. Mr. Zaini is the founder of this community.This community has 150 member with all stage of age, start from age 6 until 90 years old. Children group is an actors on the game, and adult group function is as sources and toys maker. This community tried to reconstruct and research  the traditional toys from oral and literary tradition such as ancient script.  For more information you can visit this site:

http://kaulinanbudak.multiply.com/journal

Indonesian traditional games , such as:

Gasing

“GASING” we can found it in almost all region of Indonesia. Gasing commonly played by boys with age 7 – 17 years old, and it could be played in group. Gasing was made from woods, formed with a taper section in the bottom. This is a competitive games, testing  skill on rotating the Gasing.

Congklak Board and The Seeds

Girls play Congklak

CONGKLAK” played by 2 people. Congklak need Congklak Board (Papan Congklak) and 98 seed/clam shell/little stone or marble. The game started with one people take any  seed from any hole and put it on the next right hole and so on. If the seed is run out in the rival small hole, we can take all the seed on the hole.  And if the seed run out in our side of the board, we can take all the seed in opposite hole. The game can be considered over if there’s nothing left to be taken (all seeds are in the 2 big hole). And the winner is a person that get the most seeds.

Balap Karung game

 “BALAP KARUNG” is one of the popular games in Indonesia. Players must be put their feet on the sack, and jump to race on until finished line.

Galah Asin Game

“GALAH ASIN” consist of 2 groups, and each time have 3 – 5 players. The point of the game is facing the opponents so the opponent can not pass through the last line back and forth, and to win the game, the entire group should complete the process back and forth within a predetermined area of ​​the field

Egrang Game

EGRANG” this game can be categorized as child games. Commonly the game played with boys, age 7-13 years old. And the players are 2-6 people. [riri]

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Komodo, the biggest lizard in the world

Komodo (Varanus komodoensis) is the biggest reptile in the world lives in an island named Komodo Island, located near Flores region, East Nusa tenggara province. The people in the region called them ora. It could growth until 3m (9.8 ft) and weighing up to around 70 kilograms.  Their group behaviour in hunting is exceptional in the reptile world. The diet of big Komodo dragons mainly consists of deer, though they also eat considerable amounts of carrion. The scientist say that they have found the fossil of Komodo in Australia. In fact, that they already exist since 3,8 million years ago.

Mating begins between May and August, and the eggs are laid in September. About twenty eggs are deposited in abandoned nests or in a self-dug nesting hole. The eggs are incubated for seven to eight months, hatching in April, when insects are most plentiful. Young Komodo dragons  take about eight to nine years to mature, and are estimated to live for up to 30 years.

BEWARE for their saliva because it’s poisonous !

For you who would like to go there and see them with your own eyes, you should visit the pink beach too. There’re only 7 pink beach in the world ! Then you must go diving and the other beach activities ! It should be fun guys ! There are pleanty of place you should visit beside the komodo national park. ^_^ [aci]

This is the official site : http://komodonationalpark.org/

May i ask you one thing? Please vote for our komodo to become one of the new seven wonders by voting in this link http://www.new7wonders.com/vote-2?lang=en Thanks everyone ! ^__^

Have a nice day and God bless you !

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Royal Wedding of This Year

The youngest daughter of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana X, Gusti Raden Ajeng (GRAj) Nurastuti Wijareni (GKR Bendara) maried Achmad Ubaidillah who is not from a royal family.  Their wedding is royal wedding of this year in Indonesia.  I will tell you that… formerly, long…long ago….Indonesia consist of area which rules by several kingdoms.  After Indonesia become a republic, royal families still exist and blend with society. Some royal family usually concern in maintaining royal culture and culture, and some has own profesion…for example as a lecturer, entrepreneur, etc.

Ok…Back to their wedding… Their wedding was held for 4 days  from 16 – 19 October 2011 in Keraton Yogyakarta.  The Sultan gave royal tittle to Achmad Ubaidillah, it is Kanjeng Pangeran Harya (KPH) Yudanegara.  Oh, by the way GRAj Nurastuti Wijareni was a finalist of Miss Indonesia in 2009.

Many famous people came to the wedding reception, even our president and vice president. Journalist who came to cover the news might wear traditional wear of  Java. Society of Yogyakarta also happy with the wedding. Some people of Yogyakarta gave food to royal family too. And of course the princess and the prince ride a royal cart to meet the people outside Keraton (the palace). Because of this royal wedding, hotels in Yogyakarta were full-booked, many tourist from abroad or domestic came just to see this awesome wedding.

Here is some pictures that i take from this website: http://kratonwedding.tumblr.com  and  http://twitter.com/#!/KratonWedding/media/slideshow

Invitation Card of The Royal Wedding

B'doyo Manten dance (this dance only perform in the wedding of Sultan's family and the dancer should be a virgin)

Beksan Lawung Ageng dance ( this dance was created by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana I . The dance tell about combat training)

The prince and princess met Yogyakarta people

Beksan Lawung Ageng Dance

Bedhaya Sangaskara dance (somebody told me that if you can perform this dance very good, you are a truly dancer)

the prince and princess watching the dance

The Princess

The Prince and Princess in their wedding reception

The Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana X and his wife.

The Prince and Princess in their rings exchange ceremony

Now you may kiss the bride 🙂

Fiuuuh, you can see more pictures on the link i gave you above. Oh you also can see the tv streaming of their wedding here  http://www.okezone.tv/tag/14125/ v-ubaidillah

and you can follow the twitter @kratonwedding. It’s  official twitter account of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Royal Wedding GKR Bendara & KPH Yudanegara.

And hey,….i have interesting website for you if you want to know more about kingdom ( specially in Indonesia, and widely kingdom in the world). The website is in Indonesian and English. Check this out : http://www.kerajaannusantara.com/id/page/about

[sel].

Where Indonesian Ancestors Came From?

I read a  history book of 7 grade a while ago, and i found the topic about Indonesian ancestor.  I think it’s interesting topic to share here.

Ok, where Indonesian ancestor came from?

They came from  Yunnan, South China. They brought neolithic culture. Their arrival in Indonesia was divided into two  waves. The first waves was Proto Melayu, which is divided in two race : Papua-melanesoid and Austronesia.  They came around 2000 B.C . Papua-Melanesoid,  which brought  “kapak lonjong”,  spreaded from Yunnan to Philippines, North Sulawesi, Moluccas and Papua , while Austronesia  brought “kapak persegi” and spreaded from Yunnan to Malaya, Sumatra, Java, Nusa Tenggara and another islands.

In Indonesia this two races assimilated  and become Papua-Melanesoid race, but  some were still maintaining the authenticity of their race.

The second wave is  Deutro Melayu which is Austronesia race. This race spreaded  from Yunnan to Thailand, West Malaysia and several places in Indonesia.  This wave came around 500 B.C. They brought  Metal culture from Dongson, North Vietnam.

After they all arrive in Indonesia, race of papua-melanesoid, austronesia and austro-melanesoid  assimilated  and produce many  tribes which spreaded all over places in Indonesia.

Indonesian ancestors are recorded as agricultural society, they love art, they good in maritime and sailing over the sea and very religious. [sel].

Angklung Beat The World Record

What is Angklung? Angklung  is a musical instrument  from West Java, Indonesia, made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. Both two tubes will produce sound by shaking the frame.  There is several notes which is produced by Angklung : Pelong, Salendro, Pentatonis and Diatonis.

Salendro and Pelog mostly use in traditional Sundanese music. While Pentatonis only has note of Da, Mi, Na, Ti, La, Da. And Diatonis note is introduced by Daeng Soetigna in 1938 and has common note : Do, re Mi, Fa, So, La, Si, Do.

In the early ancient time, Angklung was used in a ceremony which is related to rice, in order to honor Nyai Sri Pohaci as a Rice Goddess. In Sundanese Kingdom, Angklung was used as encouragement in battle, After Islam came to Indonesia, Angklung was used as entertainment and used to spread Islam. A couple months ago, Indonesia breaks Guinness World Records for the largest angklung ensemble in Washington DC. [sel].

You can read the full article from here :

http://www.indonesia.travel/en/news/detail/437/indonesia-breaks-guinness-world-records-largest-angklung-ensemble-in-washington-dc
You also can see the video of that event in here:

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