Aris memotret seorang model yang sedang membuka pintu sambil melayang di sebuah rumah di kawasan pondok, Minggu (18/11) pagi.(del/inioke)
Dua model sedang berlevitasi di depan gedung Bank Indonesia di kawasan Pondok Padang. (del/inioke)
Sebelum melayang, Chyntia berhias dulu, layaknya model. Mahasiswi Agribisnis Universitas Andalas ini bergabung dengan Levitasi Hore Padang. (del/inioke)
Cynthia yang bergabung dengan Levitasi Hore Padang, saat pengambilan foto di Kawasan Pondok, Kota Padang, Minggu (18/11) siang. (del/inioke)
From right to left: Dr Rebecca Fanany, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Associate Professor Ismet Fanany, Director, Centre for Teaching Asian Languages and Cultures; Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice Chancellor, Deakin University; Nasrin Zaher, Indonesian Teacher
During the holidays I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to go to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, with a group of twenty other year ten Indonesian language students from across Victoria. The trip was to improve our Indonesian language comprehension skills, pronunciation and to introduce us to the friendly Malaysian culture, a close neighbour of Indonesia.
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur on the 3rd of October at around 9.30pm and were greeted at the airport by our tour guide Dora, who told us everything there is to know about the city and all the best places to shop. [Some of the shopping malls have more than ten floors and one even has a massive rollercoaster!]
One of the first things you notice when you step outside is the humidity; the next is how friendly the locals are and how excited they become when they find out you can speak their language. It’s an awesome feeling when you can have a conversation in a foreign language and actually understand what is being said to you.
For the first night, we stayed in a hotel right in the centre of the city. The city is so beautiful at night and all the main roads have orange lights to separate them from the less busy streets which are brightly lit with green lights. From the air, the view is spectacular. It is such a contrast of modern westernized buildings and small traditional stalls on the side of the path where locals sell handicrafts and encourage passersby to try the fish massages. [Where you put your feet into a fish tank and the fish gently eat the dead skin cells from your feet. Personally I wasn’t game but some of the other Australian students tried it and apparently loved it.]
I got to experience Indonesians first hand and learn about what an amazing culture and language they have, right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at Sekolah Indonesia Kuala Lumpur, an Indonesian primary and secondary school. I stayed with the kindest lady I’ve ever met; her name was Elslee, she was also the principal of the school that I attended for a week.
Studying at Sekolah Indonesia Kuala Lumpur was an amazing experience and culture shift. At school I took part in Indonesian lessons, I learnt how to play the Angklung, a traditional Indonesian instrument. I learnt the Poco- Poco dance, was taught some Indonesian pop songs which we performed, took Indonesian lessons and signed autographs for the adorable prep kids who for some reason thought we were cool enough to sign their books. The most pronounced cultural difference I found during my time at Sekolah Indonesia Kuala Lumpur was the amount of respect students have for their teachers and the way that they greet them by taking the teacher’s right hand and placing it to their forehead whilst slightly bowing their head down. All four hundred students passed by the teachers after assembly to do this. During the assembly the school Captains march in harmony, resembling soldiers as they proudly raise the flag for their country. The students also participate each Friday morning in stretching exercises for the whole school, for about twenty minutes. The community in this school is strongly felt as the school Principal [my host mum] steps up to the microphone to say a prayer and welcome us to their school and country.
During our stay, we visited the Petronas Towers, Kings Palace (where the Malaysian Sultan lives), National Monument, beautiful mosques, the Merdeka Independence Square and we enjoyed the panoramic view of the city from the KL Tower. We learnt how to make batik and we created master piece pewter bowls. We also did a lot of shopping and visited Pasar Seni, the local arts market.
My stay in Malaysia was the best thing I’ve ever done and my language improved dramatically because we were constantly challenged by our Indonesian classes and conversations with locals. I highly recommend everyone to visit KL and also Indonesia if you ever get the chance because the people are the kindest you’ll ever meet and the culture is fascinating.
Thanks heaps Mr Barlow for helping me so much during the application process. I really appreciate it. Terima kasih sekali. (*)