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

October 01, 2013

INDONESIAN CUISINE RECIPES

 Hello, fellas, finally we meet again in this blog yey! In this section, PERMIAS will share about some tasty Indonesian foods. They are Satay Padang and Pisang Goreng. Dared enough to make them? Alright, I don't wanna make you wait longer, so, here they are!


1. FRIED BANANA

Fried Banana or we usually call "Pisang Goreng" is one of delicious and famous snack from Indonesia. You do not have to worry because it is really easy to make!




Ingredients:
  • 1 ripe black-skinned plantain or 4 small finger banana (make sure that the banana is sweet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 6 Tbs. flour
  • water
  • a pinch of salt 
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
Steps:
  1. Place flour in a deep mixing bowl. 
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour, and add egg, sugar and salt. 
  3. Add water little by little. 
  4. Whisk vigorously until batter is evenly smooth for coating and not too thin. If it is too thin, add more flour.
  5. Peel plantain or banana and cut in half lengthwise and then cut again with 4-inch width.  
  6. Dip into batter to coat generously.
  7. Heat oil in a wok or deep fryer until moderately hot. 
  8. Place coated plantain or banana in the wok or deep fryer and fry slowly until golden brown and crispy. This usually take approximately 10-15 minutes. 
  9. Remove bananas from oil, drain on paper napkins and dry well. 
  10. Serve while still warm.

 



2. SATAY PADANG 
Satay Padang or we usually call "Sate Padang" is one of delicious foods from Indonesia. This cuisine is originally from Padang, West Sumatra. I believe, after you taste it, you will be in love with it.



Ingredients:
  • ½ cup sliced onion
  • cloves garlic, sliced
  • tablespoons peanut or corn oil
  • veal or beef hearts, quartered
  • lbs. beef chuck, cut into 4-inch chunks
  • 1½ lbs. veal tongue, cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 lb. beef tripe, cleaned and cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh red hot chili, blended into a paste
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • tablespoon fine chopped ginger
  • 1½ tablespoons coriander
  • teaspoon ground cumin
  • pieces of jeruk purut, or 3 square inches of lemon peel
  • salam leaves
  • 1 piece of laos
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 stalks lemon grass
  • 3 cups coconut milk
Sauce:
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • Reserved meat sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ ripe tomato, sliced thin
  • Bamboo skewers
Steps:
  1. Fry the onion and garlic lightly in the oil in a large sauce-pan. 
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the coconut milk and mix well. 
  3. Cook with covered pan for about one and one-half hours or until the meats get soft. Then, add the coconut milk and cook for thirty minutes. 
  4. Remove the meats and reserve this meat sauce which should measure about 2 cups.
  5. To make the sauce, mix the coconut milk and rice flour into a thin paste.  
  6. Bring the reserved meat sauce to a boil and add the rice flour paste, salt, and tomato.  
  7. Cook and stir for ten minutes over a low flame until the sauce is well mixed. If it becomes too thick, add ½ cup water during the cooking. The result should be a thick, creamy, and spicy. Keep it warm.
     8.  Put 5 cubes of different meats on each skewer so that you have a contrast in textures.
     9.  Heat the skewer briefly over a charcoal fire, gas or electric broiler.
     10.Then dip it liberally into the warm   rice sauce. 
     11.The satays are usually eaten with rice rolls / rice cake. 

Alriiight, those are the recipes that we could share. What are you waiting for, buddies? Go grab your kitchen stuffs and ingredients!
Do not forget to keep yourself updated because we will come back with one more dish! ;D 


September 11, 2013

APEC CEO SUMMIT - 23 Days To Go!

Hola! We're back to bring you an exciting and happening news from our beloved home country :)

Indonesia is delighted to be hosting APEC CEO Summit Indonesia 2013. The Summit will be held on 5-7 October 2013, in one of the world's most beautiful islands, Bali! <3

What is APEC?

"Initiated in 1996 the APEC CEO Summit provides an opportunity for business leaders in the Asia-Pacific to engage in discussions with APEC Economic Leaders, policy makers, academia and other CEOs on issues facing the region."(from www.apec.org) 

"The Summit’s theme of ‘Towards Resilience and Growth: Reshaping Priorities for Global Economy’ will provide enriching discussion by policy makers, business leaders and innovative thinkers on securing inclusive sustainable growth and achieving the aim of shared development and common prosperity for all." (from http://www.apec2013ceosummit.com/about-overview.html)

As in past Summits, we look forward to the participation of many APEC Leaders taking part in the program. In addition, global states persons, thought leaders and CEO's of international companies will be taking part in robust and dynamic discussions.

and here is a sneek peek of Speaker Line-Up for APEC CEO Summit Indonesia 2013.
We are so honored to welcome them all! :)

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (President of Indonesia)
Barack Obama (President of the United States of America)
Xi Jinping (President of China)
Vladimir Putin (President of Russia)
John Key (Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan)
etc.

Diane Brandy (Senior Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek)
Linda Yueh (Chief Business Correspondent of BBC)
Wang Hongzhang (Chairman of China Construction Bank)
John G. Rice (Vice Chairman of General Electric Company)
and Many More!

We hope APEC CEO Summit Indonesia 2013 will bring many brilliant results and create positive impacts for Global Economy and the World.

We'll catch you guys later with more upcoming news from around the world!
so stay tuned and keep yourself updated guys :)





Bali! :)