October 26, 2014

#INDObeavs

Introducing #INDObeavs
It might be too late but it's better than never; here's a group pic of the Indonesian beavers at Oregon State University taken at early September. We are feeling blissful to have more people from our home country at here. We hope to form solidarity bond with you all guys! Do have fun experiences here at our beautiful university! :)

October 20, 2014

JOKOWI-JK

Left: Jokowi - Right: Jusuf Kalla
Today, Joko Widodo (or what you all mostly know as Jokowi) and his partner, Jusuf Kalla, are officially appointed as the President and Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia for 2014-2019 period!

After a long disputes about the presidential election between two pairs of the candidates, finally the constitutional court decided to reject all the arguments and appoint Jokowi-JK candidates as the official President and Vice President. This decision is made after having done a lot of conferences and researches. 

Anyways, we hope Jokowi and Jusuf Kalla will do an amazing job in leading and making Indonesia into a greater country! :)

October 02, 2014

BATIK DAY

Hi everyone, it is 12am and October 2, 2014 already! Third day of school; tired yet? Energized? Good to know! But first... guess what day it is? It's BATIK DAY! Batik has been a significant part of Indonesian culture for the beautiful and attractive pattern it has. Batik is made by using a traditional technique —wax-resist dyeing.

The making of Batik can actually be found in other countries as well, however Batik from Indonesia is the most well-known one for its outstanding quality, patterns, designs, and techniques. Yes, we can't help but to feel proud!

Some beautiful Batik patterns below:

AND... A bit history of Batik here:
The technique used in making Batik —wax-resist dyeing— is actually an ancient art from which has existed in Egypt in the 4th century BC. It has also existed in China during Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), in China and Japan during the Nara Period (645-794 AD), and in Africa for the practice of Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. But among these all, the Batik in Java, one of the islands in Indonesia, is the most developed one because the materials of making Batik are all available. After a while, Batik makers from Java island migrated to Malaysia and introduce the technique to the locals there. Oh, and one astonishing fact: the Tropenmuseum in Netherlands has the biggest collection of Indonesian Batik!
Google's doodle for Batik Day!

[source: en.wikipedia.org]

P.S. Wear and show off your Batik tomorrow by posting it to our PERMIAS page -link here- we can't wait to see you guys loving our culture! :D

August 17, 2014

SIXTY-NINTH!

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It's day 17 of august, and it's Indonesia Independence Day - wohoo! How old is our dearest Indonesia now? Anybody knows? Yes, 69! It has been exactly 69 years since Indonesia has been an independent nation. Gotta be proud, shouldn't we? ;)

And... since it's obviously not our exquisite Indonesia's first birthday (ehem, 69th now), of course we have talked about some of the details of the independence day before. Please refer to here and here for some more exciting information regarding Indonesia! Below is our beloved Indonesia's national anthem. Click & enjoy!


Oh, and a bit of sidetracking, we just accidentally saw these on google and were astonished. Damn kewl!

Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY INDONESIA! HIDUP MERAH-PUTIH!

July 28, 2014

IDUL FITRI (Eid al-Fitr)

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1435H, Minal 'Aidin Wal Faidzin, mohon maaf lahir dan batin (translation: Happy Eid Mubarak 1435H, Minal 'Aidin Wal Faidzin, please forgive me for all my wrongdoings in the past)!


After a month of Ramadhan fasting, it's finally the big day! Idul Fitri! Are you excited? Your strong intention and faith to do fasting for the whole month has finally come to this moment! This is a victory for all of you. I hope you all are enjoying this moment with family and friends to cherish this special day :)

And to YOU who have no idea about Idul Fitri at all, keep reading on!
Idul Fitri is a day on where all Muslims are not allowed to do fasting but to celebrate the holiday after a whole month of fasting. In Indonesia, people go back to their hometown to celebrate together with their family (mudik). They wear nice clothes and eat special Lebaran meal, like ketupat, opor ayam, rendang, sambal goreng ati, sayur lodeh dan lemang. Furthermore, they also eat snacks, such as dodol and roasted peanuts, along with fruit syrup beverages. And on this special day, young family will usually visit older family's house, which is known as 'silaturrahmi', to ask for forgiveness. It is also a customs for the older ones to give lebaran money to the younger ones in colorful envelopes. Other than those, it is also a customs for the family to visit the graves of beloved ones several days before Ramadhan.

We hope the explanation satisfy your thirst of knowledge, and we are sorry if there's anything wrong said. Once again, Happy Eid Mubarak!