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]

When Indonesian Theaters Goes International “Hanoman The Ultimate Warrior”

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Well as i must said personally, that at first i think theater, and drama in Indonesia isn’t one of the main thing like in France, or other countries. But, I’ve changed my mind after i saw the news about the success of drama musical entitled Hanoman : The Ultimate Warrior which was held in Jakarta several days ago. The story was originally taken from Indonesian traditional wooden puppet story. The casts are variative, from the real actor to singer. In fact, i saw that there are some  international artist that joined this event. Sadly, i don’t have any chance to see it live. But i heard that it was well composed and contained several actions stuff, and all the elements makes the harmony in this show even more  beautiful

This story was directed by Mirwan Suwarso. He said that the main goal of this story is to attract the Indonesian people to know a Indonesian’s traditional story which slowly but sure young generation starting to forget about it. July 2013, this show will be held in five differents cities in America such as Anaheim, Houston, Florida, Tampa, and San Jose. Next destination will be Europe. Some viewers recommend “Hanoman The Musical” to be watch with all of our family.

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for more info about this show, you could see it at this link www.dramasinema.com atau www.hanomanthemusical.com [aci]

*We did not own all the picture and the video in this post

 

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

Trip to the province with a thousand of temple, Bali part 2

So, many people have come to Bali. Yes, it has such a unique athmosphere and culture sensation. If you came to a region you must taste the food right? because the food is a part of the culture. Here it is the food that you must taste if you come to Bali :

1. Sate Lilit Bali

2. Betutu Chicken or Duck Bali (beware you must like spicy food to try it)

3. Lawar (it’s just llike a salad)

Actually i’m on my way searching for more info about it. I promise i’ll share it soon… ^_^

Now, it’s shopping time !! Beside, the kuta district, the ubud village boutique, we can do shopping for a bargain price in Fatmawati Market. (I’ll suggest you to make a bargain at least 40% from the original price. In fact it work for me as Indonesian, i don’t know if it really work for foreign tourist, but it worth to try).

sukowati market

You are not allowed to leave Bali before you see the dance performance. Kecak dance, barong dance, pendet dance, topeng dance, etc. I suggest you to watch the kecak dance at Bedugul temple or GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) the masterpiece of our craftman. It’s unfinished sculpture of the God named Wisnu from the beliefs of Hindunism. It’s unfinished but still it’s beautiful ! Here it is…Check it out…

Wisnu God

I found a really interesting place there, it is Tirta empul temple. People believe that it’s a place to make ourself back to the holyness. You should go there too…

Actually theres more interesting place there, but unfortunatelly i cant tell it all…Have a good vacation guys ! [aci]

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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SEA GAMES 2011

 

Here in Indonesia, we’re now having the South East Asia Games 2011. This tournament was held since 11th to 22th of November 2011. There are two host cities Jakarta and Palembang. List of Sport to be competed in Indonesia 26th South East Asian Games November 11th – November 22th, 2011.

No. Sports
1. Aquatics
2. Archery
3. Athletics
4. Badminton
5. Baseball
6. Basketball
7. Billiards & Snooker
8. Bowling
9. Boxing
10. Bridge
11. Canoeing
12. Chess
13. Cycling
14. Equestrian
15. Fencing
16. Fin Swimming
17. Football
18. Futsal
19. Golf
20. Gymnastic
21. Judo
22. Karate
23. Paragliding
24. Pencak Silat
25. Petanque
26. Roller Sports
27. Rowing
28. Sailing
29. Sepaktakraw
30. Shorinji Kempo
31. Shooting
32. Softball
33. Soft Tennis
34. Table Tennis
35. Taekwondo
36. Tennis
37. Traditional Boat Race
38. Volleyball
39. Vovinam
40. Wall Climbing
41. Water Ski
42. Weightlifting
43. Wrestling
44. Wushu

List of Sport and Venues in Two Host Cities of Indonesia 26th South East Asian Games November 11th – November 22th, 2011.

DKI Jakarta

1.   Archery                                                       Lapangan Panahan, GBK, Senayan
2.   Aquatics            Open Water Swimming    Pulau Putri
3.   Badminton                                                  Istora Stadium
4.   Basketball                                                  GOR Basket Sport Mall Kelapa Gading
5.   Bowling                                                      Bowling Jaya Ancol
6.   Canoeing                                                   Cipule, Jawa Barat
7.   Cycling              Track                                Velodrome, Rawamangun
Cycling              BMX                                 Ancol
Cycling              Road Race                       Subang Road
Cycling              MTB                                 Sentul, Gunung Pancar
8.   Equestrian                                                  Arthayasa, Depok
9.   Fencing                                                      Balairung UI, Depok
10. Football                                                      Stadion Utama Senayan
11. Futsal                                                         POPKI Sport Hall Cibubur
12. Golf                                                            Jagorawi Golf Country Club Cimanggis, Bogor
13. Judo                                                           Gedung Judo, Kelapa Gading
14. Karate                                                        Tennis Indoor Senayan
15. Paragliding                                                 Gunung Mas, Puncak
16. Pencak Silat                                               Padepokan Pencak  Silat, TMII
17. Rowing                                                       Cipule, Jawa Barat
18. Sailing                                                         Pantai Marina Ancol
19. Shorinji Kempo                                           Ciracas Sport Hall
20. Table Tennis                                               Hall A GMSB,  Kuningan
21. Taekwondo                                                 POPKI Sport Hall Cibubur
22. Traditional Boat Race                                Cipule, Jawa Barat
23. Vovinam                                                     Gelanggang Remaja Kec. Tanjung Priok, Kel. Sunter Agung
24. Wushu                                                       Tennis – Indoor Senayan

 

Sumatera Selatan

1.   Athletics                                                     Jakabaring Complex
2.   Aquatics             Diving                              Jakabaring Complex
Aquatics             Swimming                       Jakabaring Complex
Aquatics             Synchronize                    Jakabaring Complex
Aquatics             Water Polo                      Kolam Lumban Tirta
3.   Baseball                                                     Jakabaring Complex
4.   Billiards & Snooker                                    Arena Billiard Jakabaring
5.   Boxing                                                       Gedung Basket Indoor Kampus
6.   Bridge                                                        Hotel Swarna Dwipa
7.   Chess                                                        Hotel Jayakarta
8.   Fin Swimming                                            Jakabaring Complex
9.   Football                                                      Jakabaring Complex
10. Gymnastics                                                Jakabaring Complex
Artistik dan Ritmik                                      Ranau Gymnastic Hall
Aerobik                                                       Dempo Hall
11. Petanque                                                    Jakabaring Complex
12. Roller Sport                                                Jakabaring Complex
13. Sepak Takraw                                            SPC Jakabaring
14. Shooting                                                     Jakabaring Complex
15. Softball                                                       Jakabaring Complex
16. Soft Tennis                                                 Jakabaring Complex
17. Tennis                                                         Jakabaring Complex
18. Volley Indoor                                              Sport Hall Sriwijaya (GOR Kampus)
Volley Beach                                              Jakabaring Complex
19. Wall Climbing                                             Jakabaring Complex
20. Water Ski                                                    Jakabaring Complex
21. Weightlifting                                               GOR Dempo Jakabaring
22. Wrestling                                                    Gedung Serba Guna Jakabaring

As the main host, Palembang will concentrate the game in Jaka Baring Sports Complex which covers an area of 45 thousand square meters and also at the sports center Gelora Sriwijaya Palembang. In Jakarta, competition venues will be centered in Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK). This stadium is the largest and oldest stadium in Indonesia which is very historic for the people of Indonesia which is located in the capital of Jakarta and has seating capacity of about 88 thousand spectators. For the SEA Games to be memorable especially for Indonesia and all participating countries, one of the impressions building efforts is done by specifying a logo that depicts Eagle with the philosophy of “Garuda Flight above Indonesia Nature?. As a symbol of the country, Garuda in the global sphere is well known and directly associated with Indonesia. SEA Games Organizing Committee (INASOC) ensures that they will make the 26th SEA Games memorable also by choosing November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11 to hold the opening ceremony. The opening and closing ceremonies will be spectacularly managed along the banks of the Musi River and historic building, Kuto Besak Fort. The country whose compete are :

1. Indonesia

2. Brunei Darussalam

3. Cambodia

4. Thailand

5. Laos

6. Myanmar

7. Singapore

8. Philippines

9. Vietnam

10. Malaysia

11. Timor Leste

Here is the mascot, inspired by the famous komodo’s dragon.

Source and more information please visit : http://seag2011.com/ [aci]

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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Trip to the province with a thousand of temple, Bali (unfinished)

I think many people have known Bali as one of the best tourism spot in the world, but i think some people don’t know that Bali is located in Indonesia. So, last time i went there and i’ll do some review for you :). For you who have been to Bali, you all guys must be know about Kuta. Yeah, for you who likes to do clubbing and hangout with your friends in a bar or cafe this is the right place for you guys. This area filled with bar, club, cafe and shopping area. But, before we do shopping, why not spend some of or time to grieve for the victims of Bali’s Legian Bomb at the Bali-Bomb Monument.

Tired? dont worry…you could relax for a while and enjoy the sunshine because at the end for the road you will find the famous kuta beach and there’re some people who offers you some massage.

The closest hotel to the kuta beach are mostly the five stars hotel like Hardrock Hotel Bali, Mercure Hotel, Inna Kuta Beach, etc. For you who like to do some activities with a big adrenalin, you must try slingshot there which is located near the Centro mall Kuta.

For you guys who like to have a wonderfull quiet and romantic  honeymoon spot  or you need some peacefull place to do yoga or refreshing your mind, i think i’ll suggest you Saranam eco-resort (http://www.saranamresortbali.com/). Located in the Bedugul mountain which is surounded by the beautiful ricefield.

About 30 minutes from that hotel you will find a beautiful temple which is located in the side of a lake, name Bedugul temple. If you’re lucky or come in the right time, you’ll see a traditional occassion of the people there.

 

the review is to be continued…. [aci]

Scenery of Indonesia at a Glance

I got this video from my friend. This video will show you the scenery of Indonesia at a glance. The maker is from Egypt, so the music sounds very Egypt for me ^^ [sel].

Braga Festival Bandung

Last week,  Bandung celebrated its 201st  birthday. Many events held to support it such as cinema bus, carnival, and also Braga Festival Bandung. It called so, because it was held at Braga street, which is one of the old place and landmark in Bandung history.

There, most of artist participated to show their aspiration and hopes about this city with their own way. This event is held in 23rd until 25th of September every year. So, if you want to come here and see it,  you know when is the right time, right? haha…

At the Braga street you will see mostly painting, traditional songs, traditional musics, etc. There are also contemporary art such as photography and the sculpture which is made by garbage and it criticism the government.  You could see the atmosphere of the festival from this pictures :

 

Hungry? There’s no need to worry, because there are also an old bakery shop and restaurant where you can find an old school cake with a unique atmosphere named Sumber Hidangan. Need something refreshing? There’s a cafe that sell a very good ice cream named Canary, at Canary  you can buy a little traditional snacks too.

Well, we’ll see you next year guys ! ^__^ [aci]

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