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Showing posts with label Indonesia. Show all posts

The Celebration of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day and Indonesian Armed Forces


Hi everyone..

National Day or the celebration of our nation’s independence day is always be special. Commemorating the struggles of our ancestors and heroes, this day marks the new beginning in the life of the nation.

Ambassador Fientje Suebu with H.E. Deborah Geels from MFAT, Marja Lubeck, MP from Labour Party from Indonesian descent, and Defence Attache and spouse

For the celebration of the 77th Anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day and Indonesian Armed Forces this year, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia held a Diplomatic Reception on October 12th, 2022. 




After postponing similar celebration for the last 2 years due to COVID-19 pandemic, this time we had been able to have a proper celebration.



After the flag - hoisting ceremony that we did on August 17th, this time we had the double celebration at New Zealand National Library in Thorndon, Wellington. 


We invited around 200 guest and 150 people came and joined us that night. It was really a wonderful celebration showcasing our pride as a thriving country, surviving COVID-19 and continue to make progress in terms of economic development, infrastructures and political stability.


With Nusantara, another word to call our homeland Indonesia, as the theme, we presented a little journey to Indonesia that night. We changed the national library into Indonesian corners, with decorations from different parts of Indonesia adorning the hall we used. 

Not to mention Indonesian delicacies such as kue lapis surabaya, kue lumpur, pastel and risol, as well as our signature rendang, sate ayam, gado - gado, vegetarian fried noodles, and fresh fruits. For our guests who drink alcohol, New Zealand wines and Indonesian beer, bir Bintang, were also available.

We also have Nasi Tumpeng, the famous coned yellow rice, presented to our Guest of Honour, Ambassador Deborah Geels, Deputy Secretary for Americas and Asians of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand. We also had free souvenir of Indonesian traditional woven syal for all our guests. 



The night got even merrier with the performance of Tari Piring, a traditional dance from West Sumatera and a medley of Indonesian songs, like Apuse, Sinanggar Tulo, Cublak - cublak suweng, dan Sajojo. The opening dance was Isolo from Papua.

It was really a lovely night and here are some more photos we have from the celebration.

Lapis Surabaya, everyone..

some of our guests while arriving..

Frits with Isolo dance from Papua 


Noken and Papuan arts and textile as part of the decoration

I was wearing my gold and purple Tapis Lampung, with kebaya sulam usus in the same colors. Good thing I bring the complete set of the Siger Lampung from home.




So, what do you think? We really have so much fun and hope we can have more engagement as well as exposure of Indonesian cultures in New Zealand.


Cheers.


Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends



What a week we have here!

We celebrate the 77th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on August 17th and in the weekend before that, we had our last sport activities, the bowling tournament. We all went to Bowlarama and my son Bo got the 3rd prize in the teenagers category. As for the National Day, we had a ceremony inside of the room as the weather didn't permit us to do so outside. 




Too bad as my daugher Nadine was chosen as one of the members of  Paskibra, Pasukan Pengibar Bendera or the flag - hoisting troupe, and they had practices in the last two months. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful celebration with some special performance from the Indonesian community in Whanganui. 

We cut down the celebratory part as well at the same time, as our big family in Wellington Embassy is grieving. One of our staff has just lost his wife. She was very young, at 29, when she got the heart attack and passed away at Wellington Hospital. Our deepest condolences for almarhumah Anggi and her bereaving family.




Days before that, I celebrated my 45th birthday with family and friends. Yup, I am officially 45 years old now. I am so glad that my hubby has arrived from Indonesia on August 10th so that we can spend some times together in windy Welly. We had a gathering at the office so the birthday cake was presented to me during that day. Later in the evening, we had family dinner and this time we went to BurgerFuel, one of my kids' favorite food corner. We went to the one in Lower Hutt and had a good laugh together. Well, all and all, it was a super busy week, a bit of emotional roller coaster, yet it's also very fulfilling. I will definitely share more stories on the 17th of August celebration but for now, let's have a Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends.

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WW: The Bali Sensory Experience at Wellington Railway Station, New Zealand




 Hi everyone..

A couple of weeks a go, I joined the Bali Sensory Experience which was held at Wellington Railway Station, New Zealand. For the first time, this Balinese performance is conducted in the public sphere like the railway station in Wellington.

As you know, Bali, the island of Gods and Goddesses, has been suffering a lot from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we are in better situation in controlling the pandemic, Bali as well as the rest of Indonesia is open for visitors. We are happy to welcome everyone to our beloved home.



So in order to ensure that, we are trying to promote Bali and Indonesia in general in various occasions, including like this one. 

We had Gamelan Bali and some Balinese dances, including Tari Rejang Renteng. The performance is done by Mekar Bhuana group, a Wellington - based Balinese troupe led by Mba Putu Evie and her hubby, Vaughn, whom we dearly call Bli Pon. Both of them, together with their kids, Semara and Prana, have been promoting Balinese amazing cultures, particularly through gamelan and dances. Bli Pon lived in Bali for quite a long time indeed as well. The event was supported by NZIIA as well.

I joined the dance and I wore my favorite purple kebaya with Songket Bali accent that day. Together with Nadine, I also joined 
Mekar Bhuana and has participated in one of the 8 classes that we will have. 






Bli Pon giving introduction

Getting ready for the performance


I love learning and playing gamelan for sure! Here's is the complete instruments that we are going to learn and explore more. Super excited indeed!



I have a live coverage on this event as well on my YouTube channel. Check it out!



Cheers and wait for more stories about our Gamelan exercises yaaa. Will be back with more fore sure and meanwhile, stay healthy everyone!


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WW: Batur Lake and Hulundanu Temple, Kintamani, Bali

Batur Lake and Hulundanu Temple, Kintamani, Bali


From my last visit to Bali in October 2021, I visited Batur Lake and Hulundanu Temple, located in Kintamani, Bangli, Bali. Together with some friends from Bali Local Guides, we chased the sunrise in Pinggan Village as you can read here : Enjoying Sunrise at Pinggan Village, Kintamani and then headed to Batur Lake, located not far from there. 

Lake Batur is indeed huge and this volcanic crates lake is indeed famous for amazing views we can enjoy while exploring the area.

From here, you can get access to Trunyan, the unique cemetery where Trunyan villagers laid down under the trunyan tree without being buried underground. The unique thing is the bodies can decay until it gets white bones without causing unpleasant smell. I will share more stories about this place.

the green paddy fields and shallots

Here are some of the photos I took there. Enjoy!




the entrance of the temple

the guardian... 


the majestic Batur Mountain

it was a solemn morning indeed

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