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Cross The Sea : Event : Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2011

12 Mar

For jazz lovers, an international jazz festival was held from March 4th – 6th, 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Many international and local jazz musicians were joined this event such as Acoustic Alchemy, Bob James,  Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, Fourplay, George Benson, George Duke, Jeff Lorber, New York Voices and Santana.  

Mucisians : guitar : Chuck Loeb, keyboard: David Garfield


Musicians :  Acoustic Alchemy


Mucisians : guitar left : Miles Gilderdale, right : Greg Carmichael


Mucisians : keyboard : Jeff Lorber, saxophone : Eric Marienthal.


Musician : Abraham Laboriel.


Mucisian : Eric Marienthal.

Mucisian : Chuck Loeb.



Photographer : Adjiwibowo Suharso.

Cross The Sea : South Korea Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia

6 Mar

Dear Friends,

Willing to travel to South Korea ? or working in Seoul ? studying in Korea ? visiting Lee Min Ho or Rain ? ^^

to enter South Korea, Indonesians must have a visa.  For those who are living in Jakarta you can go to South Korean Embassy located in M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta Indonesia.

Please kindly find the details.

The Plaza Office Tower, Lt. 30
Jl. H.M. Thamrin Kav.28-30, Jakarta Pusat 10350


Telp :

021-2992-2500 (Hunting)

Konsular and Visa
– Telp : (62-21) 520-8950
– Tax : (62-21) 525-3967

Consul and Visa : Monday to Friday (9 – 12 am; 1.30 – 4.30 pm)

Konsular dan Visa : Hari Senin~Hari Jumat(09:00~12:00, 13:30~16:30)

Have a nice trip to South Korea ^^

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Cross The Sea : Photo of Kuningan View, Jakarta, Indonesia

6 Mar

Hi friends,

I just want to share the view of Jakarta. This picture was taken in Kuningan area, the Mega Kuningan view. Kuningan area is the business district in Jakarta, it is the one side of  “golden triangle” area in Jakarta, Indonesia.

I hope you will like it ^^

by Maria Margareta

OST Dream High drama 드림하이 : Maybe (Sam Dong and Hye Mi version)

6 Mar

차가운 가슴이 어느새 조금씩
chagaun gaseumi oneuse jogeumssik
녹아 내렸나 봐 니가 들어왔어
noga neryotna bwa niga deurowasso
그리고 나도 몰래 내 가슴을 채웠어
geurigo nado molle ne gaseumeul chewosso

언젠부터인가 집에 돌아오면
onjenbutoin-ga jibe doraomyon
너를 떠올리고 있는 내 모습을
noreul tto-olligo itneun ne moseubeul
보면서 내 맘 속에 니가 있는 걸 알았어
bomyonso ne mam soge niga itneun gol arasso

Maybe you’re the one
Maybe 어쩌면
Maybe ojjomyon
어쩌면 니가
ojjomyon niga
내가 기다린 반쪽인건지
nega gidarin banjjogin-gonji

Maybe it is true
언제나 너무
onjena nomu
가까이 있어서 몰랐었나봐
gakkai issoso mollassonabwa
Baby I’m in love with you

처음엔 몰랐어 내가 널 이렇게
choeumen mollasso nega nol irotge
떠올리게 될 줄 사랑하게 될 줄
tto-ollige dwel jul saranghage dwel jul
니 맘도 제발 이런 내 마음과 같기를
ni mamdo jebal iron ne maeumgwa gatgireul

Maybe you’re the one
Maybe 어쩌면
Maybe ojjomyon
어쩌면 니가
ojjomyon niga
내가 기다린 반쪽인건지
nega gidarin banjjogin-gonji

Maybe it is true
언제나 너무
onjena nomu
가까이 있어서 몰랐었나봐
gakkai issoso mollassonabwa
Baby I’m in love with you

너무 늦진 않았길
nomu neutjin anatgil
이제야 깨달은 내 맘 받아주길
ijeya kkedareun ne mam badajugil
늦게 알았지만 이제야 알았지만
neutge aratjiman ijeya arajiman
이 마음은 절대 흔들리지 않아
i maeumeun jolde heundeulliji ana

Maybe you’re the one
Maybe 어쩌면
Maybe ojjomyon
어쩌면 니가
ojjomyon niga
내가 기다린 반쪽인건지
nega gidarin banjjogin-gonji

Maybe it is true
언제나 너무
onjena nomu
가까이 있어서 몰랐었나봐
gakkai issoso mollassonabwa
Baby I’m in love with you

Baby, I’m in love with you
Baby, I’m in love with you
Baby, I’m in love with you
Baby, I’m in love with you
Baby, I’m in love with you

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Korean Drama highlights: Dream High 드림하이

6 Mar

Those who have no power to dream have no power to live
Hope is the dream of a man awake
Those who have lost their dreams
Those who are chasing after their dreams
Those who stole dreams
Those who had their dream stolen
a Symphony for them

“Dream High”

Korean Drama : Dream High 드림하이

6 Mar

Dream high is the story of Kirin School of Arts students with their unique talents, singing, dancing, acting dan modeling and from various family background, try hard to become a superstar.
This Korean Drama also tells about friendship, dedication, love and the relationship between parents and children, teacher and students. This drama also has some funny scenes but still inline with the plot.
For those who like music, this drama is worth to be seen, the soundstracks are good to listen with nice beat and melody.

Moral of the story :
1. Stay humble if someday you are already to be a success one.
2. Hard working and never give up to reach you dreams.
3. Parents, please give your children your fully support and love them always, give your empathy to your children.
4. Always love and remember your friends and always maintain good relationship with them.
5. Forgiving and forget someone who makes a mistake, nobody is perfect.

Casts :
Song Sam-Dong (Kim Soo-Hyun) lives in the country side and dreams of becoming an owner of a stock farm. He falls in love with Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) at first sight and follows her to Kirin High School of Art. There he discovers his genius like musical talent.

Jin-Gook (TaecYeon) is a gifted dancer, but a troubled student at school. The director of Kirin High School of Art ((Bae Yong-Jun)) recommends to Jin-Gook to enroll at his school. There, Jin-Gook’s talents blossom and he now dreams of becoming a global star.

Exchange student Jason (Wooyoung) comes to Kirin High after receiving the top score for new applicants. He comes from abroad and shows outstanding skills as a dancer.

Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) is the most popular girl at Kirin High. She carries herself as a confident girl, but inside hides a sad past. She dreamed of becoming a world renown classical vocalist, but after the collapse of her family she had no choice but to enter Kirin High School of Art. She is loved by Song Sam-Dong and Jin-Gook.

Yoon Becky (Eun Jung) looks up to Ko Hye-Mi, who appears to have everything. They soon become rivals.

Eria (Yoon Young-Ah) is a popular teen star. She enters Kirin High School of Art and becomes the object of admiration by her peers. She looks forward to having a “regular” school life.

TV Show: Dream High
Revised romanization: Deurim Hai
Hangul: 드림하이
Director: Lee Eung-Bok
Writer: Park Hye-Ryun
Production Companies: KeyEast, JYPE, and CJ Media
Producer: Bae Yong Joon, Park Jin Young
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16
Release Date: January 3 – February 28, 2011
Runtime: Mon. & Tues. 21:55
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

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Movie review by Maria Margareta

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[Story] Pigling a Korean Cinderella Tale

27 Feb

a Korean cinderella tale ^^

Pear Blossom had been the name of a little Korean maid who was suddenly left motherless. When her father, Kang Wa, who was a magistrate high in office, married again, he took for his wife a proud widow whose daughter, born to Kang Wa, was named Violet. Mother and daughter hated housework and made Pear Blossom clean the rice, cook the food and attend the fire in the kitchen. They were hateful in their treatment of Pear Blossom, and, besides never speaking a kind word, called her Pigling, or Little Pig, which made the girl weep often.

It did no good to complain to her father, for he was always busy. He smoked his yard-long pipe and played checkers hour by hour, apparently caring more about having his great white coat properly starched and lustered than for his daughter to be happy. His linen had to be beaten with a laundry club until it glistened like hoar frost.

Poor Pigling had to perform this task of washing, starching and glossing, in addition to the kitchen work, and the rat-tat-tat of her laundry stick was often heard in the outer room till after midnight, when the heartless mother and daughter had long been asleep.

There was to be a great festival in the city and for many days preparations were made in the house to get the father ready in his best robe and hat, and the women in their finery, to go out and see the king and the royal procession.

Poor Pigling wanted very much to have a look at the pageant but the mother, setting before her a huge straw bag of unhulled rice and a big cracked water jar, told her she must husk all the rice, draw water from the well, and fill the crock to the brim before she dared to go out on the street.

What a task to hull with her fingers three bushels of rice and fill up a leaky vessel! Pigling wept bitterly.

While she was brooding thus and opening the straw bag to begin spreading the rice out on mats, she heard a whir and rush of wings and down came a flock of pigeons. They first lighted on her head and shoulders, and then hopping to the floor began diligently to work with beak and claw, and in a few minutes the rice lay in a heap, clean, white and glistening, while with their pink toes they pulled away the hulls and put these in a separate pile. Then, after a great chattering and cooing, the flock was off and away.

Pigling was so amazed at this wonderful work of the birds that she scarcely knew how to be thankful enough. But, alas, there was still the cracked crock to be filled. Just as she took hold of the bucket to begin, there crawled out of the fire hole a sooty, black imp named Tokgabi.

“Don’t cry,” he squeaked out. “I’ll mend the broken part and fill the big jar for you.” Forthwith, he stopped up the crack with clay, and pouring a dozen buckets of water from the well into the crock, filled it to brimming so the water spilled over on all sides. Then Tokgabi bowed and crawled into the flues again, before the astonished girl could thank her helper.

So Pigling had time to dress in her plain but clean clothes. She went off and saw the royal banners and the king’s grand procession of thousands of loyal men.

The next time, Violet and her mother planned a picnic on the mountain. So the refreshments were prepared and Pigling had to work hard in starching the dresses to be worn—jackets, long skirts, belts, sashes, and what not, until she nearly dropped with fatigue. Yet instead of thanking and cheering her, the heartless woman told Pigling she must not go out until she had hoed all the weeds in the garden and pulled up all the grass between the stones of the walk.

Again the poor girl’s face was wet with tears. She was left at home alone, while the others went off in fine clothes, with plenty to eat and drink, for a day of merrymaking.

While she wept thus, a huge, black cow came along and out of its great, liquid eyes seemed to beam compassion upon the kitchen slave. Then, in ten mouthfuls, the animal ate up the weeds, and, between its hoof and lips, soon made an end of the grass in the stone pathway.

With her tears dried, Pigling followed this wonderful brute out over the meadows into the woods, where she found the most delicious fruit her eyes ever rested upon. She tasted and enjoyed, feasting to the full and then returned home.

When Violet heard of the astonishing doings of the black cow, she determined to enjoy a feast in the forest also. So on the next gala-day she stayed home and let the kitchen drudge go to see the royal parade. Pigling could not understand why she was excused, even for a few hous, from the pots and kettles, but she was still more surprised by the gift from her stepmother of a rope of cash to spend for dainties. Gratefully thanking the woman, she put on her best clothes and was soon on the main street of the city enjoying the gay sights and looking at the happy people. There was tight rope dancing, music with drum and flute by bands of strolling players, tricks by conjurers and mountebanks, with mimicking and castanets, posturing by the singing girls and fun of all sorts. Boys peddling honey candy, barley sugar and sweetmeats were out by the dozen. At the eating-house, Pigling had a good dinner of fried fish, boiled rice with red peppers, turnips, dried persimmons, roasted chestnuts and candied orange, and felt as happy as a queen.

The selfish Violet had stayed home, not to relieve Pigling of work, but to see the wonderful cow. So, when the black animal appeared and found its friend gone, it went off into the forest. Violet at once followed in the tracks of the cow that took it into its head to go very fast, and into unpleasant places. Soon the girl found herself in a swamp, wet, miry and full of brambles. Still hoping for wonderful fruit, she kept on until she was tired out and the cow was no longer to be seen. Then, muddy and bedraggled, she tried to go back, but the thorny bushes tore her clothes, spoiled her hands and so scratched her face that when at last she got home, she was in rags and her beauty gone.

But Pigling, rosy and round, looked so lovely that a young man from the south, who saw her that day, was struck by her beauty. As he wanted a wife, he immediately sought to find out where she lived. Then he secured a go-between who visited both families and made all arrangements for the betrothal and marriage.

Grand was the wedding. The groom, Su-Wen, was dressed in white and black silk robes, with a rich horsehair cap and headdress denoting his rank as a gentleman. Charming, indeed, looked Pear Blossom, in her robe of brocade. Dainty were her red kid shoes curved upward at the toes.

So with her original name now restored, and henceforth called Ewa, or Pear Blossom, the daughter of Kang Wa was to be Mrs. Su-Wen.

Leaving her home in a palanquin borne by four lusty bearers, Pear Blossom went forth to live amid rich rice fields of a southern province. Her home was with a father and mother-in-law, who, having no other children but their one son, became very fond of their new daughter. Summer after summer the pear trees bloomed and Ewa, the Pear Blossom, lived ever happily.

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[Cuisine] Sikhye 식혜, a Sweet Taste of Korean Dessert

26 Feb

Sikhye, nice taste and you should try ^^

Sikhye식혜 is a traditional Korean rice drink made by pouring malt water onto cooked rice. It tastes sweet and you can feel ginger flavour also. Sihkye always served as a dessert.

The malt water steeps in the rice at typically 150 degrees Fahrenheit until grains of rice appear on the surface. The liquid is then carefully poured out, leaving the rougher parts, and boiled with sugar. Ginger or jujube are often added for additional flavor. It is served chilled.

In South Korea and in Korean grocery stores wherever Korean communities are found, sikhye is readily available in cans or plastic bottles.

One of the largest South Korean producers of sikhye is the Vilac company of Busan. Atypical of most canned beverages, each can has a residue of cooked rice at the bottom.

Homemade sikhye is often served after a meal in a Korean restaurant. There are several regional variations of sikhye. These include Andong sikhye and yeonyeop sikhye or yeonyeopju, a variety of sikhye made in Gangwon province. Andong sikhye differs in that it also includes radishes, carrots, and powdered red pepper. Also, it is fermented for several days as opposed to one. It is important to note that the crunchy texture of the radish is kept despite the longer fermentation process, since a soft texture would indicate an inferior product. Andong sikhye is appreciated as a digestive aid and sikhye also helps in digestion because Lactobacillus bacteria yeast.

This is how to make a home made sikhye ^^


1 cup korean rice

1 ½ cup Malt powder

21 cups (5l) water (10 cups (2.5l) in warm water)

2 cups caster sugar

2 slices ginger

1 tablespoon pine nuts for garnish

Preparation method

1. Mix the 1 ½ cups Malt powder with 10 cups (2.5l) warm water and let sit for 12 hours.

2. Make steamed rice with 1 cup rice and 1 cup (250ml) water in a rice cooker.

3. Pour only the clear liquid from the malt powder mixture over the cooked rice, separate the rice using a spatula. Set the rice cooker on warm and leave it for 2-3 hours. (About 10-15 minutes later, the rice will be flow to the top.)

4. Put the rice into a large pot, add the remaining 10 cups (2.5l) water, 2 cups sugar and 2 slices of ginger. Cook for 20 minutes in medium high heat. While boiling, remove the bubbles on the top of the pot.

5. Put in a 1 litre jar (gallon). Keep in the refrigerator and serve cold with a few pine nuts for garnish.

6. This drink will be good for a week in the refrigerator.

Source :

Maria Margareta with personal experience.

[Cuisine] My Korean Culinary Experince at Mu Gung Hwa Jakarta

26 Feb

Last week I went to Mu Gung Hwa, Mu Gung Hwa is Korean supermarket located in blok Q Santa Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta. I found a small tiny canteen near the beverages refrigerator inside the supermarket, so I went inside the canteen. Some Koreans and Indonesians enjoyed their meals. I had seen they ordered ddeokbokki and noodles.

There were kinds of Korean dishes such as ddeokbokki, do you know ddeokbokki ? ddeokbokki is a most popular Korean snack food which is selled at the food street vendors. Bibimbap … I am sure you are all know this menu ^^ and also other various of menu such as kimbab, noodles and fish cakes.

I ordered dolsot bibimbap and ddeokbokki while I was waiting for them, I got  served free kimchi for an appetizer ^^.

Then my orders was coming. My point is you should try ddeokbokki. Fresh chewy rice cakes mixed with delicious fish cakes and vegetables, with thick spicy red souces. So nyummy. This ddeokbokki has got 9 points of 10 points ^^

Then I tried dolsot bibimbap, for me it’s standard, nothing special for dolsot bibimbap in Mu Gung Hwa. but it was nice.

Some tips, if you’re so hungry or very very hungry or you will come with friends, you may order 2 or 3 menus. But if you come alone, please choose only one menu or your stomach will get full. Hahahaha.

After meal time, I went back to the supermarket and bought kimchi, frozen mandus and bottles of rice juice to take home ^^

The picture of ddeokbokki ^^

Writer : Maria Margareta

Bali, The God’s island from Indonesia

19 Feb

People in the world know about Bali. Called as the God’s Island or in Bahasa we called “Pulau Dewata”. It is a part of Indonesia in South East Asia. This island has so many beautiful beaches and mountains view with religious Hindunesse population.

You can go to Bali by international flights or domestic flights, Almost flights especially international flights set their destination to Bali. International flights such as Korean Air, JAL, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Lufthansa, Airasia many more or by domestic flights such as Garuda Indonesia etc. or if you come from East Java island, you can go Bali through the Bali strait by ferry from Ketapang port East Java to Gilimanuk port, or from Lombok island through Lombok strait to Padang Bai port Bali.

You can find very nice local people and beautiful places with a lot of activities. if you are an adventurer you should try the adventurous sports like mountain bike, hiking, rafting, surving, diving, snorkling or even walk into the sea are  interesting activities to do ^^. Shopping is like in heaven in Bali. A lot of international brands such as Billabong etc are available. Tourists are also interesting to buy some local products such as snacks, Bali snake fruit, manggis fruit, any kind peanuts or woodcarving, silver jewelry, paintings and garments. The interesting point that I am so proud when I saw the Goong movie setting, there was a woodcarving of the Javanesse wedding couple called Loroblonyo and also ducks wood carving from Bali. Those are from Indonesia ^^

Bali has an Hindunesse traditions and so religious. There are many traditional event held in Bali. you can watch Kecak dance in Ubud or Uluwatu with sunset background. So gourgeous. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all of things in Bali ^^

It’s nice to spend your holiday in Bali. Many international hotels from 5 stars grade into backpackers style inn are available. you can choose and arrange your budget. Bali is the one of destination for honemooners or newlyweds to spend their romantic honeymoon, or family holiday. If you are still single, this is an interesting place to hang out with your friends.

Here is some interesting places in Bali, I recommend you to go :

Beaches :

Kuta Beach (Hardrock cafe and Hardrock hotel)

Legian Beach (so many clubs and night life)

Jimbaran Beach (to enjoy seafood candlelight dinner in the beach, so romantic ^^)

Tanjung Benoa (water and marine sports)

Dreamland (surfing and night life)

Lovina (Dolphins activities)

Paddie fields :



Lakes :



Temples :

Tampak Siring (The bigest Hindunesse temple in Bali)

Uluwatu temple (you can watch kecak dance in the sunset)

Tanah Lot

Tirta Gangga

Shopping :

Art, wood carving and paintings : Ubud.

Barong shirts, souvenirs : Pasar Seni Sukowati.

and many interesting places to go in Bali.

by Maria Margareta