Category Archives: Activities

The Pintongers – Season 1, 2008 – 2010

It was all started from coffee shops. My life in Banda Aceh would not be the same without my good friends. We were not just good friends, we are family, until today. I love you, guys!


Lombok Trip, December 2013

A long week-end holiday with the girls, away from work. It’s all about friendship and having fun 🙂


Togean Island 2013


My favorite Bob Marley Quote

I wish I could read this in person to Polar Bear…

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more.

You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement.

They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all.

A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby.

Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.

You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”

— Bob Marley


Kita Memang Jago

Last week, the Communication Team had a team retreat in Ciwidey, Bandung. It was inspiring and super fun!


In love with the Javanese Dance

 

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I am simply in love with Javanese dance. I’ve been practice dancing since 2003. I had to take few years off while I was working outside Jakarta. But when I came back, I continue my routine practice Javanese dance once a week. Recently we had a great performance. It was was very exciting for me after a few years break. And what made me more happy was that all my good friends are watching the show 🙂

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And here is the review from the Jakarta Post on our last performance.

 

Lelangen Beksan focus on grace and beauty

Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Culture | Mon, May 27 2013, 12:45 PM

Nine women clad in white and red chinoiserie wowed the audience as they performed the Kumolobumi to close the Lelangen Beksan, a Javanese dance show recently staged at the Taman Ismail Marzuki in Cikini, Central Jakarta.

In about 25 minutes, the women successful interpreted the traditional dance with grace and agility.

Unlike other Javanese dances, the Kumolobumi featured several Chinese elements, ranging from hairstyles and attire to red paper hand fans, music and hand movements.

The chinoiserie was designed to support the story of the dance itself, which had a Chinese character.

Kumolobumi, created by Rury Nostalgia, tells the tale of the struggle between two warrior princesses, Adaninggar from China and Kelaswarara, the princess of Prabu Kelanjati from the Kelan kingdom.

In the story, Adaninggar comes to Puser Bumi to serve Jayengrana, while Kelaswara comes to the kingdom to seek vengeance from Jayengrana for her father’s death.

Battle is inevitable, as the princesses are involved in a fight to defend their principles. The dance included distinct fighting movements that evoked a silat (martial arts) film.

The dance also surprised the audience when in the middle of the show, the gamelan players and their accompanying sinden singers suddenly stopped performing, leaving the dancers to show their ability to sing in Javanese.

Kumolobumi was not the only Javanese dance that entertained the audience at the Teater Kecil.

Highlighting beauty and gracefulness, Lelangen Beksan, organized by the Padnecwara Javanese dance troupe, also presented four other performances: the Sekarputri, Sukoretno, Retna Pamudya and Sancaya Kusumawicitra.  

In Javanese, Lelangen is derived from the word langen, which means beauty, while beksan is a high Javanese word for njoget (dancing).

In Sekarputri, creator Retno Maruti portrayed women as characters who were soft, graceful, but also lively. The dance was arranged from two Javanese classic pieces, Gambyong and Sukoretno, and was performed by six women.

The second dance was the Sukoretno, performed by eight dancers.

Sukoretno, created by the late Kusumakesawa, tells the tale of a young girl just becoming a woman as is told through slow and graceful movements.  It is also a dance used to develop discipline among the performers at the keraton (palaces) of Java, and, while it was smoothly, that Sukoretno performed was also dynamic.

In the third performance, the Retna Pamudya, six dancers portrayed a picture of a strong, elegant Javanese goddess.

Kusumakesawa originally devised the dance in the 1950s for a lone performer. The Retna Pamudya was the first solo dance influenced by the dancing style of Surakarta, Central Java, that was developed outside the area.

Retna Pamudya tells the story of Dewi Srikandhi and her fight against Resi Bhisma in Bharatayudha. The dancers were equipped with bows and arrows to support the character of a fighting goddess.

The fourth dance in the Lelangen Beksan series, the Sancaya Kusumawicitra, was the highlight of the show. The dance was performed by two male dancers and told the story of the battle between Prabu Sancaya from the Nusarukmi kingdom and Prabu Kusumawicitra of the Memenang kingdom. Both characters are taken from the Wayang Madya puppet story.

The kings had opposite characters: Prabu Sancaya was pictured with stout movements, while Kusumawicitra was more elegant.

Although it performed by men, the dance was still very much relevant to the main theme of beauty and gracefulness. The dancers of Kusumawicitra succeeded in bringing elegance to the dance without putting aside his heroic side.

Costumes of bright pinks, greens and red complete with gold ornaments enriched the performances, which were staged simply against a black background.

Retno, who is the founder of Padnecwara, said that the Lelangen Beksan was organized to preserve Javanese dance and as a place where members of Padnecwara could show off their talent after regular training in class.

“The dancers who were involved in the show are a combination of those who have maturity in their movements, feelings and rhythm and those who still need to further improve their potential,” Retno said.

Lelangen Beksan was staged for the first time at the Teater Luwes at the Jakarta Art Institute (IKJ) in 2008 and then at Teater Salihara in 2009.

“I expect it to be an annual show, so we can keep producing new talent and preserve the culture at the same time,” Retno said.

— Photos by JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

Direct link: Lelangen Beksan Focuse on grace and beauty

 


Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

“What inspires you to blog?”

It is really an interesting question that I never really think about before. Having that question in mind made me look back to the moment when I was creating my blog. It was simple, I just want to wrote my feelings, my random thoughts about things and my experience in life. Some of them are expressed through words or video, and many of them are captured through pictures.

There are few things that inspire me to blog. For me, each moment is special, I can’t redo that moment. Writing those special moments in a blog is helping to keep those memory fresh. And since I am really into photography, I also like to capture things through pictures that speak. I do really hope that people who see my pictures that I posted in my blog could see or feel something beyond what it shows. For example, when I took pictures of someone’s face I could also see and feel what this person is feeling. Through pictures, I also would like to share the beauty of my Indonesia – the landscape, the culture and the people. I do posting some songs from youtube. I think song is perfect to represent my particular feeling and memory.

I see my life as a long journey. If I could sit and watch life pass from the side line, I would say that my life is full with the ups and downs. There are a lot of unique experience in that I could share in my blog through my own perspective. For example, my work allows me to travel in remote areas across Indonesia and it changes my point of view about certain things differently. One last thing that inspire me the most to write my blog is friendship. Having experience living away from your family, made me appreciate more the value of friendship. My friends are my family, I do nothing and everything with them and to have them around have made my life more colorful and interesting.


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