On the evening of 19th March 2008, about 200 students and teachers of Bahasa Indonesia attended the special event named “Pelangi di bumi Indonesia”, which means “the rainbow in the Indonesian earth”. It was a 2 hour event held at LT 8 At the event, different groups presented on stage various items symbolizing part of Indonesian culture. These items include musical items such as Singing, Angklung and Kulintang, dances such as Javanese Dance, Maluku Dance and Saman Dance, as well as presentation of other programmes such as Batik making, cooking, Jumputan, Indonesian folktale play and a display of traditional Indonesian costumes.
The MCs for this special night..
Ibus and students alike eagerly awaiting the start of the programme..
Logistic March 26, 2008
The logistic team is vital in ensuring the success of the whole project presentation. Some of the tasks that the logistic team is responsible for include doing the decorations, creating the banner, compiling the scrapbook and creating this website.
This is what some of the logistic members said:
“It was fun and interesting and we learnt how to make origami.” – Weiling
“It was refreshing to get a first hand experience at doing preparation and background work for a big event. Learning to work with a group of strangers and helping each other out was certainly a great experience. And I never expected to be able to make a ketupat all by myself!” – Rui Qing
“What I enjoyed most is the experience of making new friends and working together in the tasks at hand. Also, enjoyed learning to make ketupats. It was overall fun and fruitful.” – Celeste
Cooking March 25, 2008
Before the presentation night, students went to houses of various’ Ibus to learn how to cook traditional Indonesian dishes. Some of the dishes include Agar-Agar Gula Merah, Bakwan Jagung, Klepon(Sweet rice balls), Talam Ebi, Kue Cantik Manis and Tahu Isi. It was an intriguing experience for many students who have no cooking experience prior to their lessons. Though some found it tedious, many enjoyed the learning process and replied that they would cook such dishes for their loved ones in future.
Agar-Agar Gula merah :
Klepon(Sweet rice balls):
The group that made Bakso Sayuran and Kue Nangka
Kue Cantik Manis
Kulintang is a traditional instrument which origins from Southeast Asia countries like Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. A group of 4 students from our bahasa Indonesia class has attempted to learn how to play this instrument. Luckily, all 4 of them have some background in music and are able to grasp the skill easily. Furthermore, their tutor is friendly and is patient in teaching and correcting them on their mistakes. As a small group, they build a closer bond and are able to contact each other easily after lesson. They have fun during the lesson and find it fulfilling as they manage to pick up a new skill.
The Kulintang group performing
Saman dance is a traditional dance from Sumatra. Performing the dance requires a lot of hand-eye coordination and chemistry with the other performers. The performers all feel that doing the dance movement was the hardest but catching the dance beat was also difficult. In addition, building rapport within such a short period of time among everyone was not simple. Some even complained that their limbs hurt after each rehearsal. However, everyone enjoyed in learning to perform the dance and had a great time.
Javanese dance, an amazing dance with graceful and delicate movement. The dance allows audience to immerse into a state of relaxation and peace. Needless to say, to be capable of dancing such a remarkable dance would require dancers to possess the abilities to coordinate both hands and legs simultaneously.
On the day of rehearsal for the dance, with each sweep of their hand and each step of their feet, the ladies of Javanese dance together with the guidance from Ibu Christina and started working on the steps and hands movement for the dance. Over and over again, they practiced their movement to the rhythm and beats of the song “Jararun”.
Toward the end of their practice, they proceed to choose the outfit to be worn on the actual day of performance. Determined to display out their best in the performance, the ladies had chosen for themselves the most beautiful kebaya. When ask what had lured them to Javanese dancing, the ladies replied with a heartening answer, “because it is interesting”.
Indeed, the dance had not only provided the ladies the opportunities to learn a traditional dance, it has at the same time given them a chance to be involved with a foreign culture, one that is truly priceless. Seeing the dancers practising with such passion and drive, the audiences would sure to be charmed by their mesmerising dance on the day of performance.