Enchanting Indonesia 3 2009 – Part 1

Last week, the Indonesian embassy held its annual tourism promotion exhibition for the third consecutive year in Singapore. This year event was held at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza in Orchard Road. It was held from 18 – 19 July 2009.

Enchanting Indonesia 2009 Flyer
Copyright: Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia

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I decided to take a look what they’ve got to offer. There were arts performances from Sumatra and Java. I did not manage to visit the exhibition in the morning, rumour said that there were Papuans wearing ‘koteka’ or penis gourd, traditional Sulawesi and Kalimantan clothes. Part of Indonesia that I’ve been looking forward to visit is Eastern Indonesia. There was also a couple wearing Bali traditional clothes.

Well, you can visit Kaskuser’s report on Enchanting Indonesia here.

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This is my own report.

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Quite a turnout, hoping the Indonesian embassy could make such events in the near future again.

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“Welcome to Enchanting Indonesia”, sorry for the bag and it’s not mine.

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There was a Batik fashion show, supported by Batik Danar Hadi, Batik Keris and Batik Semar.

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A replica of Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the world. I went to Borobudur about seven years ago and I was quite shock at that time to know that in 1962 (if I’m not mistaken), a mad man bombed the temple.

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A Garuda Indonesia’s Boeing 737-800NG plane diecast. Registered as PK-GEE, the real plane you can find the photos on Airliners.net.

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Solo Batik Carnival contestants were also there to live up the exhibition, here is one of them.

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Back to the fashion show

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All the girls come together, I know this may be useless or rrelevant information but two of the models are smokers. There were two male models, they have a ‘bule’-looking. ‘Bule’ is the Indonesian term for Caucasian.

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A dance performance from either Riau or North Sumatra

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There are many ways to call this carriage. ‘Dokar’ or ‘delman’ in most part of Indonesia, ‘andong’ in Yogyakarta and ‘cidomo’ in West Nusa Tenggara.

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‘Becak’ is also showcased. Too bad, you won’t be able to find ‘becak’ in Bali.

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This is the Javanese culture in miniature. Almost half of Indonesians are Javanese, I am one of them. But believe me, I almost know nothing about my cultures. I know Balinese culture better, probably because I was born in Bali.

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Batik textile is shown. At the back is a Balinese dancer statue made of wood and coins. My mother used to have that statue but smaller in size. She sold it about four to five years ago.

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‘Garuda’ statue, ‘garuda’ is a mythical bird originated from Indian folks as the transportation of Lord Vishnu.

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Some guests leaving

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But that’s not the end yet

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Another snapshot of the replica of the Borobudur temple

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It’s quite detail. You can find small Buddha statues on the replica.

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That’s the end of Part 1. Part 2 is coming up as soon as possible.

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