QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF THE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION
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ANZA Australia & New Zealand Association A not-for-profit organization, welcoming people of all nationalities
Contents ANZA Regulars Editor’s Message................................................................... 4 President’s Message............................................................ 5 Book Reviews...................................................................... 18 List of Activity Groups....................................................... 34
Features Rencong............................................................................... 10 Editorial................................................................................ 15 The Way I See It.................................................................. 16 Paradiso Village Cubadak.................................................. 23 History of Jakarta............................................................... 28
Our Cover: “Warrior in traditional costume” Taken on the island of Alor, East Nusa Tenggara. Taken by Sue Hewett.
Nikah Bersama, Yayasan Nurani Insani............................. 6 A Day with Sayap Ibu Children........................................... 8 Free Soccer Academy a Great Success........................... 20
ANZA in Pictures ANZA Bridge....................................................................... 19 Bogan Bingo........................................................................ 24 Mother’sDay Lunch............................................................. 26
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ummer greetings from ANZA Berita! Here we are again in the busiest time of the year with school term ending, holiday, maybe moving, packing and the people around us observing Ramadan and celebrating Idul Fitri. But aren’t we all in need of a couple of weeks of break? Whatever your summer will look like I wish you a happy time. Unfortunately my days in Jakarta are numbered. So this is my last piece as Editor for Berita, although I’ll assist as much as I can from afar for the next issue. It has been an amazing opportunity to contribute my time to the Berita magazine. In order to keep Berita alive we are still looking for someone who can continue the work. Should you have a tiny interest of becoming Berita Editor please let me or Carmel know. The specific role includes: identifying key areas of interest, liaising with advertisers, arranging information in a creative & newsworthy fashion and editing and printing of the publication. ALL YOU NEED is just passion for bringing the news to people! (No publishing experience required – though it is a distinct advantage!!) And this job can be shared between 2 or 3 people. Once again I would like to express my considerable appreciation to all authors and photographers of the articles during my time as Editor in this issue and in the previous issues of Berita magazine. These contributions have required a generous contribution of time and effort. It is this willingness to make the effort to share knowledge, concerns and special insights with the ANZA community at large that has made this issue possible. Thank you all!! Finally, I invite you to check out our online publications! As always, thank you for your support, and enjoy your summer (or winter in the southern hemisphere).
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND ASSOCIATION
A not-for-profit organization, welcoming people of all nationalities
Mr Paul Grigson Australian Ambassador
Dr Trevor Matheson New Zealand Ambassador
Mrs Nicola Grigson Mrs Nuannit Matheson
ANZA Committee President
Carmel Gleeson Vice President
Tracey Wagstaff Treasurer
Claire Jackson Assistant Treasurer
Robyn Davis & Jan Hopper Secretary
Reschelle Sullivan Assistant Secretary
Vacant – This could be you! Past Officer
Zana Kimmons Social Welfare Directors
Gilly Weaver & David Goodbody Sponsorship Director
Vacant – This could be you! Sponsorship Coordinator
Sally Morgan Marketing Coordinator
Vacant – This could be you! Membership Coordinators
Vacant – This could be you! Berita Editor
Yus Broersma Web Masters
Catherine Chaperon & Dennis Ryan House Managers
Cheers Yus Broersma
Catherine Hilder & Vikki Allan House Function Coordinators
Lisa Nicol & Catherine Anderson Bazaar Coordinator
Vacant – This could be you! Ball Coordinators
ANZA Berita Team: Editor-Yus Broersma Proof Reader-Robyn Curham Layout Design-b design Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vikki Allan, Catherine Hilder & Ann-Marie Thompson Melbourne Cup Coordinator
ello everyone, as I’m writing this most of you are away for the summer break, I hope you have had a wonderful time back at home or on some exotic adventure. Well ANZA Groovy Ball is not far away, and everyone is excited about the theme, there are lots of dress ups in the shops and no shortage of options, ranging from Austin Powers to hippies. I hope you are all coming to support ANZA in our biggest fundraiser for the year. We held a very successful Sponsors Evening at the New Zealand Embassy, hosted by our New Zealand Ambassador, Dr Trevor Mathieson, what a gracious host he was. Our function for June was Bogan Bingo, we all had a lot of fun, thank you to Lisa and Catherine for organizing a great night. We still need some help on our Berita magazine, we are desperate for an Editor so if any of you out there want to help out with this please come and see me, it’s a great way to get involved but still do so in your own time. Well I look forward to seeing you all in August for our Trivia Night, so I can hear all about your holiday as I have to live vicariously through you all. I would like to thank all our new sponsors – Telkomtelstra, Altitude Salt Grill, Australian Independent School and PricewaterhouseCoopers – and of course all our established sponsors who have signed on for another year. Carmel Gleeson ANZA PRESIDENT
The deadline for the next Berita is
5 October 2015
Please make sure that all articles and advertisements are submitted on or before this date. Advertisers, in order to ensure that space is allowed for your material, and that your advertisement is well placed in the magazine the above deadline needs to be met. Members, if you have something you want in the Berita, please don’t be afraid to give writing a try. Assistance is available to help “polish off” your article. Meeting the advertised deadline allows the time required to do this. Articles, advertisements and photographs (on disk or flash drive) can be delivered to the front desk at ANZA House, marked Attention: Berita Editor. Photos need to be high resolution in JPEG or TIF format (please do not reduce size) If you have any questions please contact Berita Editor on email@example.com
Nikah Bersama, Yayasan Nurani Insani
urani Insani is a school in Central Jakarta which is supported by our Social Welfare team. Through our involvement with this school we learnt that children in Indonesia are not able to obtain a birth certificate if their parents do not hold a marriage certificate. Without a birth certificate,
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children cannot go to a state school, apply for a Jakarta health card or go to university. Additionally, these children are ineligible for some occupations, such as police and military. The birth certificate is free but the marriage certificate is not, making it unobtainable for many
underprivileged families who had either never been able to afford one or who were unable to buy a duplicate copy after losing the original in fire or flood. To overcome this challenge being experienced by the students at Nurani Insani, a mass wedding was organised to enable the parents to formally receive
marriage certificates. ANZA Social Welfare contributed funding along with BWA and other local charities. This was an economical and efficient solution as it enabled a social ministry representative to conduct the civil ceremony and issue certificates in bulk.
By Erica Miller, Social Welfare Secretary
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A day with Sayap Ibu children
have lived in Jakarta for 9 years and have enjoyed being part of ANZA Social Welfare. One of the projects I have been involved with is the ‘Sayap Ibu Playgroup’ which involves taking up to 10 children out for a morning every Tuesday. Seeing these children’s excitement when I pick them up makes my day. The fun day is usually alternated between Anza house and ‘the playground ‘ in Kemang and the kids have a ball.
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I will miss these gorgeous children but I’m very pleased that we have a new coordinator for the project. Thank you Vikki Allan, I know you will enjoy it as much as I did. These pictures say more than words can ever do.
By Sara Osman On behalf of ANZA thank you so much for you time, love and dedication for the last 9 years with ANZA. Good luck in your new home.
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encong is a traditional weapon from Aceh. Aceh is located in the northernmost tip of Indonesia on the island of Sumatra. People might know Aceh as being the hardest-hit region of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake with 120,000 people dead out of the approximately 170,000 Indonesians that were killed or went missing in this massive disaster. Aceh has a long history of power struggle and wars. In the early 17th century, the Sultanate of Aceh was the most wealthy and powerful state in the Straits of Malacca. The first Islam influence came with the Middle Eastern and Indian traders as well as Cham people coming from Vietnam. Aceh Sultanate was also one of the first Islamic centres in South East Asia. The Acehnese built up strong connections with other Islamic kingdoms: the Ottomans (Turkish), Indian Mughal dynasties, Safavid (Persian) empire, all to try to retain power in the region and control the trade, a counterweight to and fighting against the Europeans prowess that were very active in this region as well. In addition to its considerable military strength, the court of Aceh became a noted center of Islamic scholarship and trade. The main trade items were pepper and tin. At the end of 19th century a war broke out against the Dutch, i.e Aceh War (1873-1914) with the result of the annexation of Aceh into Dutch colonial territory. Many cases have been reported in the colonial archives about Dutch soldiers being murdered with Rencong. Probably to your surprise also women used them. During the Aceh War there was the great woman warrior called Cut Nyak Dien who led the Acehnese guerrilla against the Dutch. When the Dutch finally arrested her, Cut Nyak Dien
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pulled out a Rencong and tried to fight back. During all of the history Acehnese are known as fearless and tough warriors. This brings us to the Rencong, unlike a sword or a knife, it is a dagger, a fighting weapon.
What is its origin? Before Rencong was known, the people of Aceh had been using a weapon called Siwah. These weapons do not have handles, so it’s quite difficult and inefficient in the battlefield, especially when the weapon is already covered with blood, then it becomes slippery and the grip is easily loosened. One of the Sultans ordered a blacksmith to change it. The blacksmith added an A-shaped handle in the Siwah. Since then the weapon is known as Rencong.
Design Rencong has a sharp blade, shaped like an L, but if you look more closely it looks more like the half calligraphy of the Arabic letter ‘‘( ‘بB’), which is the beginning of the letter in Bismillah (meaning: In the Name of God). A blade can vary in length from 10 to 50 cm. The unique shape of the blade is neither straight nor features any luks (‘waves’) like in Keris. It is slightly curved with a pointed tip. Though an old Rencong usually bears a Pamor (inscription or design) pattern, most Rencong made in the late nineteenth century featured no Pamor and were made from high quality steels or brass. This was the time when the function of the Rencong altered from a ritual dagger to a practical weapon, thus the quality of the material became more important than the beauty.
During this time under the colonial government, the Dutch enforced a law which prohibited Indonesians to carry swords, daggers, knives, and any other traditional weapons, a desperate attempt from the Dutch to disarm the rebellious nationalists. The Acehnese cleverly bypassed this law simply by changing the shape of the hilt of the Rencong. The conventional design of the so-called ‘Cugek’ hilt with an angle bent to 90 degrees was then replaced by the ‘Pudoi’ hilt. Basically, the 90 degree angle was cut or sawn off which made it easier for the people to hide the Rencong in their sarong. Rencong is placed in a scabbard or sheath that is made of wood, ivory, horn, or sometimes even silver or gold.
There are 4 types of rencong. (Meu)cugek, for archery, easy to handle and not easily separated when stabbed into the body of the enemy. (Meu)pudoi, “impressive but not yet perfect”, with a shorter and straight handle. Symbolically Pudoi means still lacking something. (Meu)pucok, used for decoration or as a tool for jewellery, the handle is made of metal that is engraved or ivory or gold inlay, much more elaborate. Usually, this Rencong is used in official ceremonies relating to the problems of customs and arts. (Meu)kuree, different from others due to the eye, it looks like a snake for example, and is deemed to have magical powers.
We can conclude that the main functionality is a weapon to defend and fight the enemies. In addition, it also used as the completeness of the local traditional costume. Aceh people wear it by putting it in the folds of the sarong around the wearer’s stomach. It is still being worn during traditional ceremonies such as; wedding, Meugang, Peusijuk, Tung Dara Baro, and in any other important events. It is also used in Pencak Silat, a martial art of Indonesia containing both fighting and self-defence with performance aspects in it as well. The Rencong gained the symbolism as a heritage weapon to show the spirit of the Acehnese, it became a symbol of identity, courage, and strength of parts of Aceh. Recently they proposed it as a world heritage item. Aceh is also known as “The Land of Rencong”.
Bibliography - The weapons and fighting arts of Indonesia, Donn Draeger. - History of Sumatra, William Marsden (also available online and e-book http://www. gutenberg.org/files/16768/16768-h/16768-h. htm). - Rencong, Aceh Traditional Weapon (www. goaceh.com). - Traditional Art, Rencong traditional weapon from Aceh (www.traditionalartweapon.blogspot. com). - Keris Indonesia (www.keris-indonesia.com/ knowledge-base/articles/rencong-dagger).
By Annemarie Hellemans
Pics taken from Museum National Jakarta by Claude Lavelle/Janneke Koster.
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Friday 11th September, 2015 Tickets on sale weekdays at ANZA House
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Editorial Strategies to develop learning readiness in young children The basic of learning readiness Principally, early childhood environments must be carefully designed to provide wide variety opportunities for children to explore their environment with their sign, hearing and touch. The curriculum goals of school should be established to focus on making sense of children’s concrete world, which offers a variety of learning through play and hands-on exploration.
How can you gear your child to be school ready? Focused engagement helps young children develop lengthier and stronger attention spans. When activities (play-based and project-based) develop around children’s interests, they will be motivated and will be able to concentrate for a longer period. Nevertheless, you can prepare your child long before he/she start school to ease the first-day-at-school fever:
You may select and read a story on regular basis on a topic of particular interest to your child. Include the child to choose what kind of story does she/ he like to read today, and also include the child to plan to make book shopping list. Such books help children develop focus listening skills and motivate them to expand their attention span. Gradually, you can choose longer, more detailed text for further extends the child’s attention span. You may provide an unusual combination of simple toy materials to stimulate children to think about old ideas in new ways. Creating toys rotation schedule on regular basis is a smart way to give your child alternation in exploration. They will see, hear, touch, create and spend longer of time engaged in creative and critical thinking, and in enhancing fine motor, social and language abilities as they connect new way schemes to old one. Consistently provide physical activity and outdoor play as outlets for children’s natural energy. In such activities, children integrate fine and gross motor skills, develop hand-eye coordination,
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organize ideas and practice social and language skills. Young children who exposed to plenty of exercises are better able to focus attention and on other activities. You may also train your child to develop the ability to screen out distractions in the environment by play background music during story time and playtime. It is recommended for you to organize play date with other children in the same age to expose with class-style setting and engage in multiple social experiences with peers and adults. Schools, educators and families should collaborate to promote appropriate expectations and avoid early childhood educational environments that focus on skill-based performance, assessment
and rote learning. The basic foundation of learning readiness is creating an early childhood environment in which young children engage in appropriate hands-on activity and connect social, emotional, physical, and cognitive experiences through: Repeated meaningful social and distinct interactions, Multiple situations to use imagination to wonder, dream, and expand notions of the real world and complex abstract concept, Varied opportunities to integrate play with learning experiences and link old and new knowledge.
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The way I see it Moving to KL?
ell here I am, one year on. We left Jakarta and arrived in KL in August 2014. Looking back, I realise the transition was relatively seamless, though it felt manic at the time. We settled into our apartment after being unable to find a house in a gated community, in close proximity to the boy’s school. There are numerous apartment blocks studded all over town with easy access to the city and highways leading out of town. A few older homes remain on huge blocks of land, many in disrepair, but clutching to their existence, as if to remind us of another era, a different KL. Most have been swallowed up by progress and replaced with residential apartment blocks to accommodate a growing population wanting to live closer to town. The law has recently changed in our area, making it illegal to keep a pet (specifically a dog) in an apartment block. This has made our dog Bella’s life a little uncomfortable. Although she’s not a ‘barker’, taking her for a walk has become like a scene out of a spy movie. We’ve had to adopt ‘cloak and dagger’ methods to get her in and out of the apartment without detection!! We found generally, property prices in KL are slightly less expensive than in Jakarta, which we welcomed! Few people have drivers, as many expats drive here and they drive on the same side of the road as we do in Australia, which makes it seem more ‘normal’. I was quite surprised one day in our local mall, to find ‘The Reject Shop’, ‘Harvey Norman’ and a ‘Spotlight’ store! I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t back at Highpoint shopping Centre on Chadstone!! In all my years as an expat, I’ve always carried a jar, and more recently, a traveler’s tube of Vegemite with me when traveling. My kids have grown up on it and it’s what they miss most when we’re on holiday. It’s a widely misunderstood condiment. When I lived in the Philippines, you could buy it - if you could find it!! They never knew where to stock it in their supermarkets. Eventually, it was placed next to the ‘shoe polish’ in the cleaning isle. I stumbled across it by accident, to my delight, but that was a long time ago! I’ve never seen Vegemite on the buffet selection at any resort (understandably) until I came to Malaysia. There it was, at the Shangrila
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Penang buffet breakfast, proudly nestled between the peanut butter and the honey. Ah, it is a small world! One of the things I love about living in KL is the proximity to the jungle. You can be in the heart of the city, jump in your car and hit jungle within 45 minutes. It’s even closer from some suburbs. Many neighborhoods back onto protected forest land that’s full of monkeys. I’ve encountered many on walks near my home and my sons’ school has several resident monkeys that crawl over power lines onto rooftops to see what’s going on. The evidence of the closeness to the jungle is everywhere. Many of the neighborhoods have several species of monkeys that wander freely and are quite comfortable around people. But they’ll still go for your sunglasses, cameras or any food that you may be carrying, so you always have to stay guarded around them. There’s a lot more English spoken in Malaysia than in Jakarta, which makes things easier in every respect. I remember living in Vietnam and having to draw pictures of what I was looking to buy in some stores and relying on my charades skills to make myself understood. I was reluctant to use what little Vietnamese I knew. The tonal challenges of the language meant you could be thinking you were asking directions to a particular place, when in fact, what you were really saying, was that you wanted to kiss your Grandmother’s horse!! KL is a beautiful city brimming with fascinating architecture. I love living close to the city and being able to get around without crippling traffic and having to pack supplies for the car journey. Food is very important in Malaysia. KL is a melting pot of cuisines, and restaurants are plentiful. I’m also enjoying the climate here (as a person who doesn’t function well in the heat, that’s not something I ever thought I’d here myself say) It rains a lot, sometimes every day for extended periods. The weather changes frequently and dramatically and we’re often treated to spectacular lightening displays. It’s also very hot, especially early in the afternoon. The abundance of rain means the city, dotted with trees and green areas is always vivid and lush. So if you’re thinking of moving to KL, I would encourage you to come for a visit and explore the city. And if you do, look me up!
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he May 2015 ANZA book selection was the Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng. This book was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2007, the year of its publication. The author attended the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, which is why this book was picked by our readers. The book is historical fiction that takes place in pre-World War II Penang, an island off Malaysia that was colonized by the British at that time. The story follows the life of the main character, Phillip, who is a teenager that comes under the tutelage of an Aikijutsu (martial arts) master named Endo-San. Endo-San just happens to be a spy for the Japanese and so the story goes as Phillipâ€™s blind devotion to his master leads to difficult situations as the war and Japanese occupation arrive at the island. We thought the book was detail-filled and well researched, as one would expect from a lawyer turned writer. It had a mystical side: prophecies of a fortune teller came true, old legends abounded, and unusual stories of the past became unhidden. The plot was rather slow, as many of these mystic side tales distracted from the action, but overall it was
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acceptable and interesting. It brought to light many familiar themes to Jakarta expats as it described colonial life and diverse cultures living side by side. No one absolutely loved the book; it just did not catch that fire in our imaginations like a truly great book. Still it was interesting and we learned about Penangâ€™s colorful past. Seems like a good place to visit!
by Karen Gunderson
id you know learning bridge is a stepping stone to improved mental agility? You certainly can keep learning forever with bridge. Bridge has been played in one form or another for hundreds of years. Such longevity proves its ability to stimulate and entertain.
Outline Bridge is a game for 4 players, playing as 2 partnerships. An ordinary pack of 52 cards is used. Cards are ranked from the ace (highest), then king, queen, jack, ten, nine and so on down to the two. The rank of suits is spades, hearts, diamonds then clubs. Each player receives 13 cards. Once the cards are dealt there are 2 main parts to the game: the bidding and then the play. You bid to commit your side to win a specified number of tricks and to choose a suit to play in. You then play to make as many tricks as possible, while considering the strength of the trump suit.
How often should you play? When you start to play bridge it is important to play or practice regularly. Practice is the best way to ‘slot the information in to place’. Supervised sessions where you can ask for help are
beneficial as well as using many of the ‘apps’ that are now available. A novice can have fun with an experienced player and vice versa, there is always an opportunity to learn something new with every game. Since Bridge is so popular, a large number of Bridge books for beginners also exist. Bridge is always fun because of the variation in the hands and the decisions you need to make, whether declaring or defending.
ANZA Bridge ANZA Bridge on Friday’s at 1pm welcomes all levels of player, if you’d like to watch a few games, are visiting and would like to play a game or if you would like to learn or practice, we welcome you. The atmosphere is a casual, friendly learning environment. The American 5 card major system is used. If you want to ‘brush up’ on your skills and play more often we can also assist with finding other bridge clubs in Jakarta. If you are interested in finding out some more information or wish to come along and join us one Friday please contact Henriette or Yuko firstname.lastname@example.org
by Deborah Hufton
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Free Soccer Academy a great success
free Soccer Academy has just been started for disadvantaged kids. This Academy has been set up by the inspirational Pak Firdaus, the founder and manager of RMD (Remaja Masa Depan), an orphanage, education and drop-in centre for street kids, in the Tebet area of Jakarta. Pak Firdaus, once a street kid himself, is always looking for ways to improve the lives of the children in his neighbourhood and has a knack of coming up with great ideas. Pak Firdaus saw that there was a need for youngsters in his area to have a constructive activity
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as they didnâ€™t have much to do and had lots of energy but no space to really play in. Most soccer clubs in Jakarta are way out of reach financially for the kids in his area so he had the idea of setting up a free soccer academy. So far more than 70 children, aged 6 â€“ 12, are coming to two hour training sessions twice a week. They aim to increase this to 100 children with four sessions a week very soon. I went along to a session recently expecting to see a group of kids having a kick around with a few soccer balls. What I saw was a lot more than that.
The sessions are very well run and I was impressed with how motivated the kids are. At the start of each session they organize their own warm up exercises while the coaches set up the skills tasks. The kids are divided into groups by age and there is an elite high skills group. The coaches are very professional and take the kids through intensive skills training during the sessions. So far they have had several ‘friendly’ matches with other soccer teams and look forward to more of these. RMD is one of ANZA Social Welfare’s regularly funded projects. To support this excellent program
we are also helping pay the soccer field rental costs. The children have few resources so any extra help with equipment such as used soccer boots and playing kit is really welcome. Several of the international schools in Jakarta have started collecting for them and are also keen to organize matches with RMD in the new school year. Such a great idea and so positive for the youngsters.
By Gilly Weaver Co-Director Social Welfare
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Enjoy The Best Heritage Resort in Central Java Hills Joglo Villa (HJV), at Ungaran, near Semarang, offers a 20% reduction of its meeting, accommodation and food rates to ANZA members during 2015. Enjoy this striking destination and experience a slice of Javanese culture in this Villa of nine Joglo houses 100 to 300 years old. We offer: • Superb Javanese, Oriental and Western Food served in your fully serviced antique carved teak Joglo house or in our beautiful gardens or swimming pool area nestled in natural environment at the foot of Mt Ungaran. • Gallery with over 2,600 catalogued ceramic objects ranging from Indonesian terracotta ware to Chinese, Vietnamese & Thailand import ceramics from 200AD to 1800 AD. • Over 100 oil paintings by Indonesian landscape and portrait masters of the naturalistic Indonesian Moie indie school. • Learn Javanese cooking. • Extensive padi fields & forest used by local school children & tourist ship passengers to learn about the fascinating local ecology. • Let us help you visit Yogyakarta, Borobudur, Prambanan, Dieng Plateau, Solo, Coffee or Tea Plantation and nearby eco-walks.
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Paradiso Village Cubadak
e recently visited Paradiso Village, on Cubadak island off West Sumatra, for a long weekend (3 nights). If you want the feeling you have a tropical island all to yourself, this is one of those places. A 2 hour flight from Jakarta to Padang, then a 2 hour drive through interesting villages and a brief 15 minute boat trip will give you just that feeling. Run by Dominique and Marco, a delightfully friendly French couple who have been there for 8 years, you feel almost instantly at home. Marco supplies your snorkeling gear and then you’re on your own. Apart from turning up to the delicious 3 meals a day included in the tarriff, your time is totally your own. Some excellent snorkeling is available to you from the ladder on the jetty, no hauling in and out of boats required – you just have to decide whether to go left or right. Warm, still, clear water, very nice corals and an array of fish keep you in there for hours. If you get bored with all that snorkeling (we didn’t) you can take one of the 2 jungle treks, use a canoe or small sailing boat, or arrange for Marco to take you diving. Spacious, comfortable wooden chalets with traditional thatched roofs won’t offer you generic 5
star luxury, but will add to your sense of a tropical island adventure. Enjoying a cold Bintang on your balcony, or a cocktail in the jetty bar, with the sights of the reef fresh in your mind and the squid boats and hills of the mainland before you, is a very relaxing way to end the day. If you’re lucky you might see the resident lion fish floating near the bar in the evening lights. Sit quietly in the late afternoon and watch the coconut crabs come out of their holes, dotted through the gardens. Monkeys occasionally play in the forest edge. The chalets have loft bedrooms, screens, fans and mosquito nets, as the cool nights mean there is no need for air-conditioning. Communal dining and afternoon tea offer the company of other guests (yes, you do have to share the island, but not with many). All the water on the island is provided by a natural spring – what a treat to drink straight from the taps! There are 10 bungalows plus a family bungalow set amongst lawns and coconut palms along the beach, and a ‘honeymoon’ suite built out over the water. For more information check out www.cubadakparadisovillage.com
by Sue Hewett
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An Outstanding School in Jakarta for 40 Years Situated in Bintaro, south-west Jakarta, the British School Jakarta houses a series of uniquely designed buildings set in extensive grounds and providing an attractive, well-planned, healthy environment where fresh air and open space abound. Classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, Apple TVs, laptops and iPads, making for a stimulating environment. Other facilities include a wellequipped Performing Arts department; workrooms for Design and Technology; Language centre; science laboratories; a state-of-the-art theatre; modern secondary library; IT Services Centre; Olympic-size swimming pool with touchpad time recording equipment; tennis courts and ample playing fields. These resources support a demanding and successful academic programme. The British School Jakarta follows the Early Years Foundation Stage from the United Kingdom for children 3 to 4 years. Children in Years 1 to 6 follow the International Primary Curriculum and the Numeracy and Literacy English National Curriculum. In the Secondary School the English National Curriculum is followed for students in Years 7 to 9, the IGCSE for students in Years 10 and 11 and the International Baccalaureate programme for students in Years 12 and 13. Guided by highly qualified International and Indonesian teachers, with the emphasis on providing students with the very best educational environment, equal to any school across the world and creating happy and responsible citizens of tomorrow who share our values. We continue to inspire, challenge and nurture for excellence as we have done for the last 40 years.
For further information about the British School Jakarta, please contact the Admissions office at Tel: (62-21) 745 1670 • Fax: (62-21) 745 1671 • E-mail: email@example.com • www.bsj.sch.id
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History of Jakarta
n 22nd June 2015 the city of Jakarta celebrated its 488th birthday. This date marks an event in 1527 when Fatahillah, a commander of the Sultanate of Banten, gave the name Jayakarta, meaning perfect or glorious victory, to the place previously known as Sunda Kelapa. Fatahillah, together with an Islamic army from Cirebon area, was able to drive out the Portuguese who were attempting to build a fort at Sunda Kelapa. Portuguese ships had first arrived at Sunda Kelapa port in 1512 and established a foothold enabling them to trade in spices, coffee and other commodities from Java. The first known reference to a settlement at the mouth of the Ciliwung River at the current location of Jakarta dates back to the 12th century when Sunda Kelapa was mentioned as a port for the Hindu kingdom of Pajajaran, the capital of which was located near present day Bogor. In 1522 the kingdom of Pajajaran sealed a treaty with the Portuguese in the hope that it would afford the kingdom some protection against neighboring Muslim sultanates. Pajajaran, ruled by the Siliwangi dynasty, was the last surviving Hindu state in West Java and came to an end in 1578
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when the last Siliwangi king and his followers were defeated by Muslim invaders from Banten. Fatahillah, the conqueror of Sunda Kelapa, was a Muslim scholar from Aceh, North Sumatra. His home town of Pasei had been invaded by the Portuguese, so to seek revenge he joined the Islamic ruler of Demak in plans to attack the Pajajaran and Portuguese alliance. Fatahillah led 1,452 troops from Demak and Cirebon in 1525 and first conquered the prosperous port of Banten. Two years later they achieved victory over the Portuguese at Sunda Kelapa. Dutch traders first visited the ports of Banten and Jayakarta in 1596 and a couple of years later a second expedition was able to send cargoes of spices back to Holland earning very lucrative profits. In 1602 the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC), or the Dutch East Indies Company, was formed in Amsterdam. Dutch merchants frequently helped local rulers of the Spice Islands in their struggle against the Portuguese in return for trade commodities or concessions for trading and their influence grew more powerful.
In 1610 the Dutch obtained permission from Prince Jayawikarta to build a godown or warehouse and a small settlement in the Chinese section of the town of Jayakarta. However eight years later they broke their agreement by turning the godown into a well fortified stone fort, known as Kasteel Jacatra. The following year Jan Pieterzoon Coen, Governor General of the VOC, ordered the razing of Jayakarta and founded on its ruins the city of Batavia, heralding the start of Dutch territorial rule in Java. The city of Batavia expanded outward from the fort along the banks of the Ciliwung River. A series of canals was constructed to drain swampy areas into the river and gardens were created on the east bank around the Kasteel Jacatra. The remains of Jayakarta, Chinese settlements and English warehouses were located on the west bank of the river. Between 1635 and 1645 the city wall of Batavia was built, the only remaining part of which forms the front wall of the present-day Maritime Museum at Pasar Ikan. During the 17th and 18th centuries the city of Batavia grew and prospered due to its important
role in trade with Europe. In 1799 the VOC became bankrupt, its decline resulting in part from the rise of England as an international power during the 18th century. Increasing corruption amongst VOC bureaucrats also contributed to the company’s downfall, while staff who were underpaid traded privately thus undermining the company’s monopoly. The Dutch government bought out all the remaining VOC shareholders and established a colonial administration in the Dutch East Indies. By the end of the 18th century the old walled city of Batavia had become an unhealthy place to live with the prevalence of diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid as well as malaria. Most of the population moved further inland and Governor General Herman Willem Daendels ordered the demolition of many of the buildings inside the city walls and moved the seat of government further south to Weltevreden (today’s Lapangan Banteng, the large square directly across from Hotel Borobudur). Nowadays all that remains of old Batavia are some warehouses and shipyards and the Menara Syahbandar, a three-storey lookout tower at Pasar Ikan.
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During the period of the Napoleonic wars in Europe the Dutch East Indies came under British rule between 1811 and 1816, after which Dutch authority was restored. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles was the British Lieutenant Governor of Java and its dependencies. The most significant legacy from this brief period of British rule is the convention of traffic driving on the left hand side of the road. Most of the historical sites and buildings from the colonial era have been destroyed and only a few have been restored. Some of the most interesting landmarks that still exist today are the old Stadhuis or Town Hall built between 1707 and 1710, currently the Jakarta History Museum, and the square in front of it now known as Taman Fatahillah, the Hoenderpasarbrug (Chicken Market Bridge) an old drawbridge across Kali Besar, the former National Archives building on Jl. Gajah Mada, a beautifully restored mansion dating from 1760 and originally built as a country residence, the Schouwburg theater opened in 1821 now known as Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Playhouse) at the corner of Jl. Pos and Jl. Gedung Kesenian near the entrance to Pasar Baru, and Istana Merdeka or Freedom Palace on the north side of Medan Merdeka (Freedom Square), which was constructed in 1879 as the official residence for the Dutch Governors General and is now the Indonesian President’s official residence. In the early years of the 20th century nationalistic
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aspirations began to grow amongst educated Javanese as well as in other regions. Significant dates in the nationalist movement are the establishment of Budi Utomo (Beautiful Endeavor) freedom movement in 1908 and the Youth Pledge in 1928 which declared that Indonesia was one people, one nation with one language. This was the first time that the concept of a national language was introduced and it became a significant factor in uniting the diverse ethnic groups with over 300 different languages and dialects. This occasion was also the first time that Indonesia’s national anthem “Indonesia Raya” was sung. From 1942 to 1945 the Japanese occupied the Dutch East Indies during World War II. During this period the name of Batavia was changed to Jakarta. The Japanese surrendered to the allies on August 14, 1945 and the young nationalists led by Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta seized the opportunity to declare Indonesia’s independence on August 17, 1945. The declaration of independence was read out at Sukarno’s residence in Jakarta, which is now the site of a monument to the two men who became Indonesia’s first President and Vice President. The Dutch did not want to let go of their colony so easily and a period of struggle ensued between 1945 and 1949, when the Dutch eventually ceded independence and Indonesia became a republic with the city of Jakarta as its capital.
Sukarno led the nation for 22 years under a system of Guided Democracy. In the aftermath of an attempted coup in 1965 President Sukarno relinquished power to General Soeharto, who in 1967 became Indonesiaâ€™s second president. After 32 years in power Soeharto was forced to resign in May 1998 amid a severe financial crisis and massive student protests, and his vice president B. J. Habibie became president until the end of his term of office the following year. This was followed by the relatively brief presidency of democratically elected Abdurrahman Wahid, who was replaced by his vice president Megawati Soekarnoputri (the daughter of Sukarno) in July 2001. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was president for two terms between 2004 and 2014 and was the first president to be elected directly by the people. The current President of Indonesia Joko Widodo, usually called by his nickname Jokowi, took office in October 2014. After 488 years Jakarta has developed into a vibrant metropolis with a population of over 10 million people. It is home to a blend of international, modern, traditional and tribal communities. Jakarta is one of 33 provinces that make up the nation and its Governor is Basuku Tjahaja Purnama, commonly known as Ahok. The city is divided into 5 municipalities: North Jakarta: bordering the Java Sea, Jakartaâ€™s
main port of Tanjung Priok, Ancol recreation area, marina for boats to Pulau Seribu, industrial zone and Chinese business district. West Jakarta: Airport, shopping, residential, light manufacturing. East Jakarta: Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, residential, light manufacturing. Central Jakarta: office buildings, government offices, embassies, international hotels, restaurants, shopping, medical facilities, apartments, old established neighborhoods. South Jakarta: favored by expatriates, planned residential areas, apartments, schools, shopping, restaurants, hotels, hospitals & clinics. From June through August the city is decorated with banners and colored lights and residents flock to various events held to celebrate Jakartaâ€™s birthday. The annual Jakarta Fair took place for one month at the Jakarta Fairground in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, presenting business exhibitions, cultural shows and other entertainment. Bargain hunters also enjoy the month-long Jakarta Great Sale at the many malls and shopping centers throughout the city.
By Marilyn Ardipradja
Thanks to Colliers International for the use of this article
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