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September 18, 2011

A Wedding

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 3:26 pm

Yusuf’s daughter got married this weekend. He very kindly invited our family to the weekend celebrations. His house is not too far along Supratman Road. Lisna and Ario were married at 8 o’clock this morning and as we arrived just after 11 o’clock the bride, groom and both sets of parents had been standing for several hours. Yusuf had taken over his street. The colour purple seemed to play a significant part in the wedding. Shona received a favour in the shape of a purple flower. Purple maids of honour sitting everywhere. Purple cloth was draped along the street outside their home making a very convenient marquee. We were ushered past the couple and their parents and then offered food. It was delicious; sticky rice, grated spicy potato and fresh fruit. The only thing we couldn’t contemplate trying was the milky-coffee drink with what looked like floating mushy peas. The road in to Yusuf’s area marked with a large palm- sculpture and a sign naming the newly weds. Feel very honoured to have been allowed to attend. Yusuf is the proud father to the right in the picture.

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September 9, 2011

A Bill Murray

Filed under: A Bill Murray,Signs — scotsabroad @ 9:58 pm
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My favourite. Buy one, Get One. Well… Yeah.

 

 

 

September 2, 2011

Kite Museum

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 5:59 pm

We have just had a wonderful visit to the Museum Layang-Layang Indonesia. When Lucas was told we were venturing out to find the Indonesian Kite Museum, and all that it displayed were kites, his response was, boring. Even if we did manage to find the museum we only knew from a guide-book that it displayed – a collection of kites, traditional and modern from all corners of the archipelago as well as from other countries. 

Once we had paid our admission ( a $ each) we were shown to a room to watch a video. Not a great start but interesting in parts. We walked  through the courtyard to the museum itself. Housed in a couple of rooms were kites and memorabilia from kite festivals. Incredible sizes and designs. We are shown the instrument ( a wind harp) that is often attached to a kite producing sound as the wind passes over it. The sound is the same as the drone we often hear outside our apartment when somebody is flying their kite. The noise could be recreated (see Cairo below) by moving the harp quickly through the air. 

Then it all becomes magical. We are asked to sit in the museum courtyard and kite making materials are given to the boys. The frame is ready-made but they have to glue the paper on to the frame, make their own design and attach the strings. Both boys delighted with the results. Lucas still out flying his kite around Country Woods. Beautiful setting and as I check the toilets…  I anticipate a Year 1 visit.  

Does this child look bored?

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