Selasa, 13 Juni 2017

Ratoh Duek Dance (From Indonesian Day 2017)

Ratoh Duek posted here is a variant of Saman dance (I guess? just with two males) performed during Indonesian day and dinner 2017 last May. I'm posting it here because I love the choreography so much and that accompanying song is forever stuck in my head. For the full version of all performances, check out my previous post titled "Indonesian Day full performances"

Credits goes to PPI Groningen

Jumat, 09 Juni 2017


I am a privileged young woman.
I have lived in comfort most of life in which I always get more than I deserve
But what comforts me was not wealth, nor residing under a waterproof roof,
Nor being driven across the city in a red Mazda 2, nor to have enough balance to purchase something I long for.
It's family. And I have taken myself 12000 km away from my own comforts

I am mad enough to leave my lifelong comfort in trade for such uncertainty, blinded by naive dreams of becoming a researcher.
I am mad enough to leave my most cherished thing in life for such glorified hardship, unaware of how far can it changes me

However, this hardship is not a hardship. For I am a privileged young woman.
And I don't deserve to feel sad. I am not entitled to make complaints.
I do not recognise what hardship is, thus how can I say more about it?


I was raised as a studious Swann in a controlled environment,
Now thrown into a cage of wolves that this world is always like
I am too soft to be living, too fragile to be assertive
Too spoiled in an independent world, disgustingly mellow and dependent

I have been low for 5 months and my failures are not helping me.
I am a shame, a disgrace, worth nothing more than a token 18-year old Indonesian

What I've been feeling is vividly real and yet my problems are not.

I have a cowardly mentality
I have a weakened will
Everyone else has it worse than I do
I am not trying hard enough
I am one ungrateful bitch

It's all in my head


Minggu, 04 Juni 2017

Kamis, 01 Juni 2017

Awesome 4-hands piano arrangement

This is the four seasons complete movements. These two did a great job, I think you should check it out!

Minggu, 21 Mei 2017

Other rehearsed songs, actual performances and fellow angklung players

So these are the other songs we performed for Indonesian Day 2017. These are not the actual performance but is the rehearsal the day before the event.

Songs are Jessie J - Flashlight and Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E

Regarding the actual performance during the event, I only found a video that's very short. 


But hey, my hair was nice

And we, as angklung players, are very cohesive as a group


I was elated that we did it and I'm thankful that we ever met! 😀 (gak full team :(, unfortunately)

Indonesian Day 2017- Medley (full version)

When we were performing this song yesterday, we stopped midway because people were singing along and we got confused so we ended up singing along instead  in case anyone is curious how the medley sounds like in Angklung only, this is the video. The playing was not perfect because we were still in rehearsal in this video. Even we had somebody taking over because one of the player didn't come (The most right next to me).
Enjoy the epic messiness 
The song is a medley of regional Indonesian songs from Maluku island : Nona Manis- Ayo mama- Rasa Sayange

Rabu, 10 Mei 2017

Gadis Melati

Gadis Melati

Siapa gadis berselendang putih itu?
Yang berpapar seri dan berkalung rangkaian melati
Yang cahayanya meredup dan tersedu-sedu
Menghitam disinar sabit yang sirna setelah matahari

Nyawa untuk nyawa, ujar mereka
Sang kuasa kami bela, ujar tuan tanah
Penguasa cukup berkuasa, ujarnya
Apadaya kau berpantang amanah?

Kakinya melayang berpapasan dengan surau tua
Tampaknya adalah api dari gereja tetangga
Dan kuil-kuil yang tanah-rata, porak-poranda
Terserak penggalan filsuf dan penggalan berhala

Wahai saudara sedarah
Tak berpeluhkah kau marah?