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]

How buddhism people in Indonesia celebrate their waisak day

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the monk in the temple

Hello everyone? long time no see… it’s been a while since our last posting. Several days ago, the buddhism people celebrated their Waisak day. In Indonesia, when the Waisak day is come, people are gathering to Borobudur temple. Well, as i said in one of my posting about Borobudur temple, the temple itself was built in the 8th century, and the tradition about Waisak was held eversince 1953 by The Boan An or Bhikkhu Ashin Jinarakkhita as the ancestor of the Budhist in Indonesia. About 1000 lanterns was carried by all the people to illuminate the west area of Borobudur temple. The athmosphere was so unique and the view was beautiful. Just like the other years before, there’re about 10.000 buddhism whose celebrated Waisak in Borobudur temple. In 4-5 may 2012 the eternal flame was taken from Mrapen Kabubaten Grobogan, and the holy water was taken from Umbul Jumprit Kabupaten Temanggung. Here it is the picture that i took from googling… :)) [aci]

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Richard Gere in the Borobudur Temple

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the lantern in Borobudur Temple

Our well-known and authenthic food from a long time ago

After i posted the “Kerupuk” one, it make me hungry. So, i want to share the nasi goreng recipe the food which is very well-known since the colonialism even there is a holland song inspired by it…

Okay, after hearing the song let’s try to cook it and taste how delicious it is…

500 g rice
200 grams of boiled beef, cut into long thin
100 g wet shrimp, peeled
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cooking oil for sauteing
Javanese Fried Rice Seasoning recipe, puree:

4 red chilies, seeded
1 tsp shrimp paste
6 pieces of red onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp coriander
½ tsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Complementary Java Fried Rice:

2 chicken eggs, make it like omelette
2 pieces of cucumber, peeled, cut into pieces
Prawn crackers (kerupuk)
Fried onions

How to Make Fried Rice:

Stir-fry ground spices until fragrant. Give 3 tablespoons water and soy sauce and stir well.
Insert meat and shrimp, stir briefly. Add rice, stirring constantly until blended wellover low heat, remove from heat. Serve with a sprinkling of fried onions, scrambled eggs, sliced ​​cucumber, and shrimp crackers (kerupuk).

BON APPETIT ! ^___^ [aci]

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].

Indonesian Batik’s Day

Howdy all !

Today, we Indonesian are celebrating  Batik’s Day !

Do you all know batik? I’ll tell you a brief  about it.

Batik is a traditional art just like painting in a fabric. It’s so unique! In fact, each region in Indonesia has their own types of design, history and characteristics. In traditional way, the pattern/motive is made by candle which was melted before and the artisan use them for drawing in the fabric using a tool that we named canting. Beside making pattern in handmade, Batik also can be made by printing. But the price of  printed batik is cheaper than a handmade batik. Some people know how to distinguish  printed batik and handmade batik, and some people do not.

Here it is some pictures about batik. [aci]

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Piring Dance from Minangkabau

This dance used to be the dance to praise the God for thanking the harvest times at the region named Minangkabau in the West Sumatra since about 800 years ago. It was very famous since the era of Sriwijaya kingdom. But, when Sriwijaya kingdom was beaten by the Majapahit, this dance spreaded to Malaysia. But as time goes by, the religion is came, today it’s only a ceremonial dance such as in marriage, etc. This dance is accompanied by the song that is played with Talempong and Saluang, that where the movement is done quickly while holding the plate in the palm of their hand. [aci]

You could see the dance here :

 

and here, if you want to see the dance when it perform in marriage event. You will see the west Sumatra traditional clothes and bride and bridegroom dress.

How Buddha and Hindu come to Indonesia?

In Indonesia there are so many believes and religions:  Christian, Catholic, Islam, Hindu, Buddha, etc. Hindu was came together to Indonesia with the Buddhism. Both were the first religion came here  by the trading relation between Indonesia and several country like India, China (Tiongkok) and Central East. At the 5th century, the Hindu and Buddha kingdom was started with the Kingdom of Kutai, Tarumanagara and continued by the Sriwijaya, Kalingga, Mataram Hindu,  and Majapahit Kingdom at the 16th century. [aci].

"Prambanan" Hindu's temple

"Borobudur". Buddha's temple.

One of The Biggest Budhist Temple in The World

Budha's Stupa

This temple called Borobudur Temple which located in a village named Magelang, Central java. This Borobudur Temple was built in Syailendra dynasty  by Samaratungga, King of the Ancient Maratam Kingdom. This second of the largest temple after the Angkor Wat Temple in Kamboja was built by the stones without any cement to glue all the constructions things. The size is 123 x 123 meter. This Budhist Temple has 1460 reliefs and 504 Budha’s Statues in this area. There are 10 levels in this temple. Each level represent the step of the lives of the human. The ground level named Kamadhatu, Rupadhatu, Arupadhatu, and the highest level named Arupa which is symbolizing the nirvana where’s Budha rest. [aci].

I remember when i did an interview with the best history lecturer in Indonesia for my project, i asked about this Borobudur temple. He said, based on his research, probably  long ago  Borobudur temple painted in white and floated in an artificial lake, so it looks like white lotus floating in the water. They made the temple first, then dam up the  Progo and Elok river. Isn’t it amazing? [cel].

Our Independence Day

Indonesia was very famous with the spices. The spices made Portuguese and Dutch wanted to colonize us long ago. The Dutch successfully made Portuguese retreat, and then conquered the spices and herbs in Indonesia. The longest colonization is by Dutch. It’s about 3, 5 centuries. So, no wonder if some aspects still influence Indonesia now, especially in our Law and language.

In 1942, came Japanese. Japan bombed Tarakan, as the largest Dutch oil refinery in Indonesia. After that, they continued attacking some area in Indonesia and finally forced Dutch  to give all their power in Indonesia to Japan.

Until the tragedy of the bombed city in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan surrendered to the alliance. In 16 August 1945 the young men pushed Koesno Sosrodihardjo , well-known as Sukarno, and Mohammad Hatta to announced the independency of Indonesia. They did it in 17 August 1945, after a long and hard discussion. Because formerly, old men wanted to wait Japan government gave the independence to Indonesia (as they promised Indonesian to give independence before), while young men wanted them to proclaimed it as soon as possible. Now, every year in August 17, Indonesian celebrates their independence day.[aci,cel]

This is Soekarno. Our First President.

This is Mohammad Hatta. Our First Vice President.

Sukarno (front) and Mohammad Hatta (left) proclaimed independence of Indonesia. At that time, Sukarno got fever, but he ignored it for the sake of his country independence.

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