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!

July 22, 2014

2014 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

It has been 5 years since Sir Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was chosen as the president of Indonesia for the second time. Thus, it's time for the third presidential election to elect a president for a term of five years! Sir Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono himself, couldn't take part in the 2014 election for the laws prohibit the third period for a president. And since he has been a president for two periods, so he is not allowed to do so anymore. Moving on —the candidates are in pairs. 

The pairs are:
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  1. Prabowo Subianto (candidate for president) and Hatta Rajasa (candidate for vice president)
  2. Joko Widodo (candidate for president) and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla (candidate for vice president)
How to know which pair wins the election? In Indonesia, we use votes, and they are done publicly by the people. The people vote by using their pinkie and ink, and so they are free to vote for whoever they want. Hence the presidential election for 2014 was held on July 9, 2014. And today, on July 22, 2014, the result of the votes were finally out! *drumrolls*

Here are the details for each region!
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As you can see from the pic slash chart above, the pair who won the election were Joko Widodo and Muhammad Jusuf Kala with 53.17% votes while Prabowo Subianto and Hatta Rajasa got only 46.83%. 
However, surprisingly, Prabowo Subianto, the defeated candidate, declared that he was withdrawing himself from the presidential election on July 22, 2014 with the reason that this election was unfair and that he felt cheated. Moreover, he was clearly against General Elections Commission (KPU). He states in his speech, "We are going to use our constitutional rights and we are rejecting this presidential election, which is legally flawed." Afterwards, Joko Widodo, the elected candidate, responded to Prabowo's actions. It was such a long and complicated story, of which you can read here for the details, if you want. 

Some background about the newly elected president and vice president: 

Joko Widodo, widely known as Jokowi, was born in Surakarta, Central Java on June 21, 1961. He is an Indonesian politician who was once a governor of DKI Jakarta and also a mayor of Surakarta (Solo) from 2005 to 2012. Jokowi's politic career started when he became a mayor and started to be well-known around Indonesia as he successfully turned his hometown, Surakarta, into a successful city. After that, he was chosen as a governor of DKI Jakarta, and thus he was mentioned in a lot of news media. In the end, his popularity and his enthusiast in improving Indonesia resulted in him being one of the candidates for the presidential election. [source]

Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, was born in Watampone, South Sulawesi on May 15, 1942. He was a former vice president for the period of 2004 to 2009 and a chairman of  Golkar Party works in the same period, 2004 to 2009. Jusuf Kalla was once a minister in the administration of Abdurrahman Wahid but was dismissed due to a reason related with corruption. He later became a Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare when Megawati Sukarnoputri was a president. However, he then resigned and became a candidate for vice president, together with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, as a candidate for president. He was a chairman of the Party of Functional Groups since December 2004 until October 2009. And currently, Jusuf Kalla was elected as the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross 2009-2014. Futhermore, he was also elected as the chairman of Central Board of Indonesian Mosque Council for the period of 2012-2017. [source]

...So, congratulations to Joko Widodo and Muhammad Jusuf Kalla for winning the 2014 presidential election! The elected pair will be replacing the current pair on October 20, 2014. Please do a great job in improving Indonesia to be better in the future! :) #salamduajari 

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May 10, 2014

INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL 2014

Hi fellow readers! Yes, we are back into blogging around about Indonesia and of course, about PERMIAS at Oregon State University! Oh, don't worry, we know you all miss us ;)

Okay, where are we now? Let me count the weeks. Oh wow, we are almost halfway done with Spring Term; we think life is a racer car, it literally flies! Wait, is it Spring already? Yep, and it means... *drumrolls*
  INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL!

The Spring Festival has actually passed; it was held on last Sunday, May 4th 2014 at Memorial Union Quad. Curious of what we did on that day? Let's scroll down a bit to peek!
Starting off the pic by emphasizing who we are - we are proud to be Indonesians! :)

Spring Festival 2014's theme was storytelling —each student associations told local stories (or legends, perhaps) from their home country. And as for us, PERMIAS, we chose three stories to be told:
  1. Tangkuban Perahu
  2. Bawang Merah dan Bawang Putih (Shallots and Garlic)
  3. Malin Kundang
Curiosity kicks in again? Google the stories if you want to know more about the stories other than their titles :P

As you can see on the picture above, there was a guy holding a big and wide board. If you observed more, you could see the large title "Bawang Merah dan Bawang Putih," and you could also see all the colorful cute pictures. The board was a media we used to tell the stories; other than for "Bawang Merah dan Bawang Putih," we also made other two boards for other two stories. All of them were done by our very own Indonesian peers —good job, guys! :)

To make the event more fun and exciting, we decided to play games on that day after we were done with the storytelling. Our officers picked two games out of all other interesting local games played in Indonesia —no electricity nor sophisticated technology needed, just unused water bottles, ropes, pens, spoons, and marbles/pebbles.

First game:
It was quite a challenging and humorous game. You had to compete with other players to place the pens, which were tied to the ropes, into the water bottles without using your hands or legs. So basically, you were only allowed to move your waists and hips. How to win? Simple. Be the quickest one to do it, and congrats, you are the winner! It was a fun game, and it is always humorous to see people moving their waists and hips and half-squatting; it was impossible not to laugh out loud when you see people playing this game!

Second game:
So... What comes first to your mind when you see the picture? A game to eat the thingy on the other end of the spoon? Nah, guess again. Give up? It was a game of survival! You had to run to the other marked point while holding the spoon with marbles/pebbles with your mouth and return to the starting point again. However, players would be disqualified as soon as they dropped the marbles/pebbles, so do your best to not drop them! Also, the winner of this game was the first one who made it back to the starting point without dropping the marbles/pebbles.

Other than the storytelling and the games, we actually also served an Indonesian drink called Soda Gembira (translation: Happy Soda) in two flavors: Rose and Vanilla! It was a drink originated from Java Island, and it was very popular there. Soda Gembira was a drink made of condensed milk, club soda and syrups. It was best when served cold, so we also used ice blocks to make it more refreshing! Our line of the day when we promoted our drinks was: "Drinking Happy Soda will make you happy. We guarantee you happiness by drinking it. And if you are not feeling like it, come back and we will make you another one!" *added a big big smile* 
(Too bad there were no pictures of the Soda Gembira sobsss. But just imagine it... Cold pastel pink and white soda-ish drink *gulp*).

As you can see, it was quite an interesting event, wasn't it? Feeling regrets now because you did not visit the event? DO NOT WORRY! This time, regrets do not come late! This event is an annual event, so if you were not there this time... SEE YOU IN INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL 2015! :D

November 13, 2013

5 CM IS AT INDONESIAN MOVIE NIGHT 2013

Hello, guys! How is your fall term going so far? A lot of stuff to do? Have a quiz every week? So, we bet that you need to relax and watch a movie so it can be your sweet escape :P

PERMIAS will have INDONESIAN MOVIE NIGHT on Friday, November 15th 2013! YAY! And "5 cm" the movie is gonna be shown here!

"5 cm” the movie is adapted from a novel  “5cm”  by Donny Dhirgantoro . This film is directed by Rizal Mantovani. Furthermore, over 500,000 spectators had watched this movie within five days. 5 cm also got The Best Film AWARD in the Festival Film Bandung 2012. In this film, you will see a famous basketball player  who takes the role as "Arial" and Igor "Saykoji"- a great Indonesian rapper who takes the role as "Ian". How special this film is!
 
Genta , Arial, Zafran, Riani, and Ian are five adolescents who have been friends for a couple of years although they have different characteristics.

Once upon a day, Genta feels bored with his kind of friendship and he decides to do something different. He tells all of his friends in that gang to not meet each other for about three months. After three months being apart, a lot of difference has happened in their lives. Right after the “moment of silence”, five of them with Dinda (Arial’s younger sister) are reunited and celebrate their meeting by having a journey to Semeru Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Java located in East Java. This journey is full of struggles and also makes them love Indonesia more.

This film is really breathtaking and we believe that you guys are going to love it so much! You will see the real Indonesia with many fabulous views that you are not gonna see in another country!

So, what are you waiting for, guys? Go set your date for coming to our upcoming event! November 15th will be your memorable night! This marvelous movie will accompany you on the rest of your day! We cannot wait to see you in Joyce Powell, Memorial Union OSU!

Here is the trailer:
 
source: youtube.com