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Wonderful Indonesia

Sunday, October 28, 2012

From time to time, my office features a country to get to know it better. There is a program to open the "exhibit" and after, a buffet of food native to that country. I've never attended any of the previous programs but this time, I was very interested because it's P's country.

I was surprised how interesting it was. There was a fashion show, talk from people who lived and worked there, and performers from their tourism ministry. We enjoyed the performance especially the one with audience participation, playing songs with the Angklung. Everyone who attended had a souvenir, an anklung. It's a musical instrument made of bamboo. It makes a sound when you tap or shake it depending on the tune.

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The fashion show was a hit. The native costumes were very festive and colorful. I took a picture but it wasn't clear because of the lights on the stage. Too bad. The clothes were amazing.

Of course we enjoyed the buffet after.

My friend Becky with her Batik bag and me with the souvenir with the angklung inside.

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This assorted dish is so delicious. See the dilis on the left side? That's Ikan Bilis. P always brought back Ikan Bilis with him when he went to visit Indonesia. I love it!

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This is a mixed vegetable dish. It looks boring but it's really full of flavor.

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Chicken Satay.

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Some of the clothes on display.

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It's just a preview of Indonesia's rich culture. I'm looking forward to seeing the more historic places in the country.

Fun Facts:

Java is one of the earliest places the ape-man lived. The skull of the ape-ma who lived at a time when most of Europe was under ice was discovered here.

Almost everyone in Bali has their teeth filed down. They believe that the essence of the six vices, jealousy, anger, confusion, drukenness, desire and greed, enters the body through the top six teeth. By filing the top six eeth, they are filing away their "demonic" ends. The entry of the vices are thwarted and entry to heaven is guaranteed.

Top places to see:

Bogor, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Borodubur Temple, Tagunan Zoo in Jakarta, Istiqlal Mosque, Bali and Medan.

Happy foodtripping and traveling weekend everyone!

50 comments:

Luna Miranda October 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

the food look appetizing, especially the one next to the chicken satay.:p i have a friend who works in Indonesia and she always brings me something interesting. i got the batik blouse the last time she was home for a vacation.

Jellybelly,  October 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM  

yes, i noticed their culture is very much present in everything.

margheritarocks,  October 30, 2012 at 2:19 AM  

Anklung! Angklung!

Tetcha Figuerres,  October 30, 2012 at 2:51 AM  

The assorted dish (first food photo) looks interesting, and the chicken satay, too!

Jellybelly,  October 30, 2012 at 3:36 AM  

Are you singing? :)

Rosemarie- Pinay Singlemom November 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM  

wow!! the foods look deli.. I wonder how to play the anklung instrument.. visiting from ComEx Nov6

reese November 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM  

the foods looks so yummy! i love batik - i have batik bags and malongs

Mommy Maye November 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM  

Presentation palang kakagutom na. Love it!

Ditas November 7, 2012 at 12:51 AM  

Wow! you have such a cool office for hosting this kind of events. Your photos makes me want to try Indonesian food. Know of any restaurant here in the Metro that serves them?

Jellybelly,  November 7, 2012 at 12:56 AM  

There's Nasi Lemak in Rob Galleria and Banana Leaf. It's Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian.

Jellybelly,  November 7, 2012 at 12:57 AM  

Just shake or tap it :)

Pinay R. November 7, 2012 at 4:24 AM  

Our Indonesian neighbors have a very bright and interesting culture and many of the things we see in Mindanao also are their influence! I love the pictures of the clothes, the bag and FOOD! BUT, I haven't been to Indonesia....

Jhari November 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

Indonesia is such a beautiful city. But I wish to go to Singapore first hehehe! CE 11/6

Daddy Allan November 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM  

the food looks delish. hope I can visit here too.

promding chamimay November 7, 2012 at 8:04 PM  

definitely this is in my list!!! :-)

Dominique Goh November 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

The food looks really yummy. I've tried playing the angklung before it's really fun.

Meikah YbaƱez-Delid November 8, 2012 at 1:46 AM  

Indonesia is on my bucket list, especially that my name Merdekah is taken from their term meaning freedom. Isn't it that they have the Merdeka Palace, the counterpart of our MalacaƱang? I want to see that place, and all other places/streets named Merdeka. :D

aby November 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM  

Nice post! :) interesting fun facts!

max November 8, 2012 at 6:34 PM  

love the foods...sarap

sanna November 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

Its a wonderful experience to sample the rich cultures of different countries. You get to try the food plus may souvenirs pa.

Jellybelly,  November 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM  

Yes, the audience had fun with the angklung :)

Vera November 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM  

It's nice to have events like this. I've seen the Angklung before, there was a church in Manila that had a youth group that played these wonderful instrument. Katuwa ang tunog. :) Sarap siguro magcollect ng mga national costume no? yung wearable talaga

Lady Anne November 9, 2012 at 2:11 AM  

The mix platter and the chicken satay look so delish! =)

tet November 9, 2012 at 2:19 AM  

given the chance, I would also love to visit Indonesia one day and experience everything there. Food, culture, everything!

Farida November 9, 2012 at 2:22 AM  

I love your photos of the food! I think Indonesian and Malaysian food are somewhat similar.. anyway, I enjoyed the display of food which I'm sure was delicious!

Jellybelly,  November 9, 2012 at 3:37 AM  

Yes very similar along with Singaporean. The food presentation was so nice that we hated eating it :)

Jellybelly,  November 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM  

Oo maganda din to wear other countries clothes. Wearable naman ang batik. I have a Laotian skirt from when I visited Vientianne. Hindi ko masuot :)

Singlemom Reviews November 9, 2012 at 3:59 AM  

I read somewhere that Indonesia is one of the cheap country to visit, I hope to visit the country in the future..visiting from ComEx Nov6 linking to my second blog..

WAHM Blog November 9, 2012 at 4:08 AM  

The bag looks so cute and the dishes must be yummy! I miss working in the corporate world. Hayyyy. No more events and exhibits for me now.

verna,  November 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM  

It's nice learning different cultures.
The only thing I know about Indonesia is that it is where Bali at. And although Satay wasn't a stranger to me, I never it originated there.

ceemee November 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM  

What a nice activity for your office! It's very enriching in terms of food and knowledge. :-)

January November 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM  

The foods looks so delicious and I love that batik bag, so cute. :)

From ComEx 11/6

RonLeyba November 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM  

Those Indonesian foods looks awesome. Love to try them out soon.

RonLeyba November 9, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

Those Indonesian foods looks awesome. Love to try them out soon. Hopefully very soon.

The Joyful Crafter November 10, 2012 at 3:46 AM  

I'd like to visit their country... and I also love their food!

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Eterna-Pinay Mom's Care November 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM  

Anklung is like bamboo instruments here in my place. They called it "karatong". Mostly seen in during festivals parade

Riza November 10, 2012 at 6:05 PM  

the food looks delicious and the clothes are attractive with their bright colors and decorations :) and your friends' bag is really cute too :)

Nails and Kolours November 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM  

I love the batik bag. So cute! :)

Mommy Belle November 11, 2012 at 1:32 AM  

Wow! I so love the food and the art works too. How wonderful is your place.

Khim November 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM  

I love the mixed vegetable dish. Wanna try it.

tyna November 12, 2012 at 1:46 AM  

Interesting culture. I'd love to try their delicacies.

Olga November 12, 2012 at 2:09 AM  

I remember our prof bringing an anklung and playing it during a Humanities class back in college. :) I do hope we can take the kids to Indonesia someday. They're still very young so we still have plenty of time to save for travel expenses.

Daddy Yashiro November 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM  

Indonesia trip! Great! I like the picture of the foods.

kat November 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM  

I am interested in that platter with a green mound at the center. :D

Mylene November 12, 2012 at 7:16 PM  

I haven't tasted any Indonesian dish yet but I think they are worth trying. They look delectable.

Louise Antonette|Mommy Practicality November 12, 2012 at 8:32 PM  

I LOOOOVE INDONESIA!! It was my home for at least 4 months when I worked there. I miss those times!!!!! :)

Claudine | My Kimcheed Life November 13, 2012 at 4:30 AM  

Your line of work (despite not knowing what it is) is soooooo cool! I really enjoy learning about other cultures.

Grace | Domestic Diva November 13, 2012 at 7:31 AM  

this is one of the colorful places in Asia that I wish to visit aside from Singapore.

XyeXyrus November 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM  

I hope to be able to visit Indonesia in this lifetime. :)

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