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Portrait Project – 33/52

First of all, please take note that I am posting week 33 portrait, in week 33. I have finally caught up. Yay to me!

No more backed-up posts! It’s a semi mammoth effort, but I made it, folks, and I thank you for your patience.



This week’s post is to highlight the celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day. The 69th celebration was taken place at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. A formal ceremony was held, and there was singing (of Indonesian hymns and children songs) by Indonesian/Australian kids right after the ceremony.

Bright eyes and excited, the red-topped kids were herded in one room, to get ready for their performance. It didn’t matter that they had to line up and wait for a while, as long as their friends and siblings were there to kill the time.


These are the faces of our future. Dirgahayu Indonesia!


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Portrait Project – 25/52



Indonesia Presidential Election 2014 is just around the corner. Literally. On the 5th of July, Indonesians in Canberra will head to our embassy to cast our vote, to use our right to choose our president (and vice president) for the next five years; ahead from people in Indonesia, who will vote on the 9th of July.

This blog is not a political blog, it never is. It is still a photoblog, but for this week’s portrait project, I’m happy to dedicate it to this cause. People who were happily gathered in front of the Parliament House in Canberra last Sunday, despite the cold weather, were there to show support for candidate No.2 of this year’s Presidential Election, Jokowi/JK (Joko Widodo/Jusuf Kalla). We read our declaration of support, and proudly stand our position for a better Indonesia.


I’m glad I was there to capture this special moment. Everybody was just buzzing with such great energy and positive vibe which I hope I captured well with my camera.



This is the time when to be ignorant is no longer a choice. At least for me.

Let’s pray for a better Indonesia, and VOTE!

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the 100th birthday: one very big day

Monday, 11th March 2013, was a big celebratory day in Canberra, thus the name, One Very Big Day. Events, live performances, food, dances, you name it were all there around the lake Burley-Griffin.

 Canberra is a city built on words: it was created as a place for the nation to meet and communicate, so WORDS is our theme. Canberra… in so many Words.

source: canberra100.com.au

On that day I was predominantly involved in Indonesian Home project, which was a collaboration between AILSA (Australia Indonesia Language School Association) and the Indonesian embassy. In accordance with the theme quoted above, we, together with other people from diverse cultural background created our own big words, and built a fun space at the Rond Terrace filled with a ‘home’ flavour.

We had entertainments and various activities throughout the day in our Home stall. We had the kids dancing, gamelan workshop, kids’ space where you can do some arts and crafts, and trying out Indonesian traditional clothes, and many more. The day was packed that I could not venture out the area on the other side of the lake where they held the longest bubbly bar, all the yummy gourmet food and live music. I walked a bit along ‘my’ side of the lake, and I was happy to see a landscape of letters and words every where I went, though not too happy to see how long the line was in front of the ice cream truck.

The day was hot and there were lots and lots of people. The sun seemed to be on top of our heads for a very long time, it made taking photos challenging. I had to use my camera flash  to minimise dark shadows and light people’s faces and made adjustments every time.

The One Very Big Day took days to recover from…

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Day 193 #Project365

193-365 wayang golek.jpg

This is a wayang golek puppet from Indonesia. My kids had a little taste of Indonesia today on their visit to Indonesian cultural center (Balai Budaya) at the embassy. The lighting inside was pretty dim, which was my weakness as I never felt comfortable cranking up the ISO too high for the fear of too much noise. I did not want the aperture to open at its maximum width, and still want reasonable speed to freeze natural movements. This is definitely still in my ‘things to improve’ bucket.

Luckily this puppet was standing just right under the spot light, I just had to keep my hands steady to capture it with the sharpest focus. Despite the many blurry shots of the kids, I’m pretty happy with this one.

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