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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

(CTS) Tanabata

21 Feb

Tanabata,also known as the “star festival”, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet. It is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside their houses. The most common Tanabata decorations are colorful streamers. Streamers are said to symbolize the weaving of threads. Other tanabata decorations are toami (casting net), which means good luck for fishing and farming and kinchaku (hand bag), which means wealth.

Tanabata originated more than 2,000 years ago with an old Chinese tale called Kikkoden. Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh, and it’s also known as the star festival. It’s believed that Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t see each other if the day is rainy, so people pray for good weather and also make wishes for themselves.

Depending on regions, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th or August 7th (which is around the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar) in Japan. Many cities and towns hold Tanabata festivals and set Tanabata displays along the main streets. It’s fun to walk through the long streamers on the street. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river.

Tanabata festivals in Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture and Hiratsuka-city, Kanagawa Prefecture are particularly well-known. Huge Tanabata decorations fill the main streets in these cities and attract millions of visitors every year.

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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)

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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

(CTS) Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Festival)

19 Feb

“Hinamatsuri (Doll’s Festival)” is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl’s growth and happiness. It is also called “Momo no sekku (Peach Festival)” because of the peach blossom season on the old lunar calendar. May 5th is “Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day),” and this is so called “Boy’s Festival.” While Children’s Day is a national holiday, Hinamatsuri is not.

Origin and customs
The custom of displaying dolls began during the [[Heian period] hi. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. The Shimogamo Shrine (part of the Kamo Shrine complex in Kyoto) celebrates the Nagashibina by floating these dolls between the Takano and Kamo Rivers to pray for the safety of children. People have stopped doing this now because of fishermen catching the dolls in their nets. They now send them out to sea, and when the spectators are gone they take the boats out of the water and bring them back to the temple and burn them.

The customary drink for the festival is shirozake, a sake made from fermented rice. A colored hina-arare, bite-sized crackers flavored with sugar or soy sauce depending on the region, and hishimochi, a diamond-shaped colored rice cake, are served.Chirashizushi (sushi rice flavored with sugar, vinegar, topped with raw fish and a variety of ingredients) is often eaten. A salt-based soup called ushiojiru containing clams still in the shell is also served. Clam shells in food are deemed the symbol of a united and peaceful couple, because a pair of clam shells fits perfectly, and no pair but the original pair can do so.Families generally start to display the dolls in February and take them down immediately after the festival. Superstition says that leaving the dolls past March 4 will result in a late marriage for the daughter.

Most families with girls display “hina-ningyo” (special dolls for Hinamatsuri, see the photo below) and dedicate peach blossoms to them. They are usually arranged on a five or seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet. At the top are the Emperor and Empress. The next step contains three court ladies (sannin-kanjo), followed by five musicians (gonin-bayashi), two ministers (udaijin and sadaijin), and three servants ending the bottom row in a five-tiered display. There are also small pieces of furniture, small meal dishes, and other things.

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(CTS) Gamelan

17 Feb

Gamelan is a term for various types of orchestra played in Indonesia. It is the main element of the Indonesian traditional music. Each gamelan is slightly different from the other; however, they all have the same organization, which based on different instrumental groups with specific orchestral functions. The instruments in a gamelan are composed of sets of tuned bronze gongs, gong-chimes, metallophones, drums, one or more flute, bowed and plucked string instruments, and sometimes singers. In some village gamelan, bronze is sometimes replaced by iron, wood, or bamboo. The most popular gamelan can be found in Java, and Bali.

The Beliefs
In Indonesian traditional thinking, the gamelan is sacred and is believed to have supernatural power. Both musician and non-musicians are humble and respectful to the gamelan. Incense and flowers are often offered to the gamelan. It is believed that each instrument in the gamelan is guided by spirits. Thus, the musician have to take off their shoes when they play the gamelan. It is also forbidden to step over any instrument in a gamelan, because it might offend the spirit by doing so. Some gamelan are believed to have so much powers that playing them may exert power over nature. Others may be touched only by persons who are ritually qualified. In Javanese gamelan, the most important instrument is the Gong Ageng. The Javanese musicians believe that Gong Ageng is the main spirit of the entire gamelan.

Functions of Gamelan
Gamelan is a way of linking individuals in social groups. Gamelan music is performed as a group effort, and so there is no place for an individual showoff. Traditionally, gamelan is only played at certain occasions such as ritual ceremonies, special community celebrations, shadow puppet shows, and for the royal family. Gamelan is also used to accompany dances in court, temple, and village rituals. Besides providing music for social functional ceremonies, gamelan also provides a livelihood for many professional musicians, and for specialized craftsmen who manufacture gamelan.

Today, although gamelan music is still used for ritual ceremonies and the royal family, it is also performed as concert music at social and cultural gatherings to welcome guests and audiences. Gamelan is also used to accompany many kinds of both traditional and modern dances, drama, theatrical and puppetry. In modern days, gamelan can be kept in places such as courts, temples, museums, schools, or even private homes.

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Picture Credit: Dr. George (Jim) Henry (above)

(CTS) Batik_Javanese Indonesia

14 Feb

Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪʔ]; English: /ˈbætɪk/ or /bəˈtiːk/) is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique.

Javanese traditional batik, especially from Yogyakarta and Surakarta, has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese conceptualization of the universe. Traditional colours include indigo, dark brown, and white, which represent the three major Hindu Gods (Brahmā, Visnu, and Śiva). This is related to the fact that natural dyes are most commonly available in indigo and brown. Certain patterns can only be worn by nobility; traditionally, wider stripes or wavy lines of greater width indicated higher rank. Consequently, during Javanese ceremonies, one could determine the royal lineage of a person by the cloth he or she was wearing. Now, batik is used in many events, and almost Javanese girl use it (batik) with kebaya in their important moments such as school graduated and wedding.

Other regions of Indonesia have their own unique patterns that normally take themes from everyday lives, incorporating patterns such as flowers, nature, animals, folklore or people. The colours of pesisir batik, from the coastal cities of northern Java, is especially vibrant, and it absorbs influence from the Javanese, Arab, Chinese and Dutch cultures. In the colonial times pesisir batik was a favourite of the Peranakan Chinese, Dutch and Eurasians.[citation needed]

UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009. As part of the acknowledgment, UNESCO insisted that Indonesia preserve their heritage.

Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are also found in several countries such as Malaysia, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Singapore. Malaysian batik often displays plants and flowers to avoid the interpretation of human and animal images as idolatry, in accordance with local Islamic doctrine.

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(CTS) Peking Ducks Recipe

12 Feb

Peking Ducks Recipe


1 Peking duck 4 1/2 to 5 lbs head intact
6 cups Water
1 teaspoon Honey
4 tablespoons Rice wine
2 tablespoons White vinegar
5 tablespoons Cornstarch slurry mixed with water
Vegetable oil
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Boiling water
1 tablespoon Cold water
Sesame oil
Scallion brushes and Hoisin sauce as accompaniments

1. Remove wing tips and feet from duck. Neck skin should be intact with only a tiny hole made about 2 inches above the base of the neck. Remove cavity fat and discard. Rinse the duck and massage the entire body by rubbing the skin back and forth, loosening it from the meat. Make sure skin is not punctured. Insert a bicycle pump hose into the neck hole. Keep cavity closed as you pump air into the duck — inflating it until the skin is taut, rubbing and rolling the skin as it is being inflated to distribute air evenly. Insert a meat hook through the neck bone and hang to dry, in a cool place, for 1 hour.
2. In a wok combine the boiling water, honey, rice wine, white vinegar, and cornstarch slurry, and stir until lightly thickened. Hold the duck by the hook and dip it in and out of the boiling water, turning it from side to side, while ladling water over the skin. Do this until the skin is well coated, about 1 minute. Then hang duck up to dry for at least 12 hours or overnight in a draft near a window or other breezy place, spreading paper on floor to catch drippings. If no cool area is available, hang duck from back of a chair and blow a fan on it for several hours. (Alternatively, set duck, unwrapped, on a rack with a pan underneath to catch drippings. Refrigerate, turning occasionally.)
3. If your oven is large and tall, remove all racks except the top one. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
4. Cover a large pan with aluminum foil to reflect heat and to catch drippings and place the pan in the bottom of the oven. Hook the duck vertically over the top rack in the center of the oven over the drip pan. Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and roast for 1 1/4 hours.
5. For the pancakes: Mix the flour with the boiling water until combined, and add 1 tablespoon cold water to mixture. Knead the dough for 4 minutes, or until soft and smooth. Let it rest for 30 minutes, covered with a bowl.
6. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and knead it until smooth. Roll one portion into a 16-inch log and divide it into 16 pieces. Repeat with the remaining dough. Take each piece and stand it upright on the heel of your hand, round off the dough and then flatten it with your other hand into a circle 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Paint surface of half of the pieces with pastry brush dipped in sesame oil; place remaining pieces on the oiled pieces, making 16 pairs.
7. Using rolling pin roll the pairs into thin pancakes about 6 to 6 1/4 inches in diameter, rotating circles frequently to insure even thickness.

8. Heat an unoiled frying pan until hot. Add 1 pair of cakes and fry 1 minute or until light brown spots appear underneath. Lift up the edges to check for spots. Turn them over and allow them to puff up, indicating they are done. Separate each pair into 2 pancakes. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
9. Transfer the pancakes to a steamer and steam them for 5 to 10 minutes.
10. To finish the duck: Put the duck in a wok with 4 to 6-inches of oil, heated to 375 degrees. Ladle the oil over duck. Cook the duck in this fashion for 2 1/2 minutes per side to crisp the skin. Put the duck on a cutting board. Disjoint the wings and drumsticks and place them apart at either end of serving platter, outlining the form of a whole duck. With a razor-sharp knife carve the skin on the duck with a very thin layer of meat, trying to make slices as large as possible. Transfer them to the platter. Remove all the meat from the carcass and cut it into strips about 1 to 2 inches long. Arrange the meat strips in center of platter and then cut the strips of skin crosswise into comparable pieces. Lay these over meat.

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(CTS) Sashimi

11 Feb


Sashimi is an important element in Japanese cuisine, where it is often served at the beginning of a meal as a palate cleanser and appetizer. It is often compared to sushi, another popular Japanese dish, although the two are actually different. Sashimi is raw fish sliced very thin and served with a variety of garnishes and sauces. Sushi is served with rice, and often appears wrapped in specially treated seaweed known as nori.
Sashimi is always made with saltwater fish, because many freshwater fish species contain parasites which could cause intestinal distress if eaten. In addition, the fish used for sashimi is fresh and of the highest quality, to ensure optimum flavor and healthiness. Many restaurants keep their fish alive in saltwater tanks, ensuring that the fish can be prepared to order. When going out for sashimi, pick a reputable restaurant with an obvious supply of fresh, high quality fish. When preparing sashimi at home, make sure that your fishmonger knows that you intend to eat the fish raw, so that he or she can recommend the most safe and fresh specimens:

Sashimi is often prepared at a bar so that customers can watch the chef. This tradition probably stems from a desire to make sure that the fish being used is fresh and of the highest quality, but it is also very interesting to watch sashimi being prepared. Chefs use a very sharp knife to fillet the fish, removing potentially dangerous bones along with the skin. Then the fish is sliced very fine and beautifully laid out on a platter along with the garnishes and sauces of choice.
Common garnishes for sashimi include pickled vegetables such as ginger, shredded daikon radish, and toasted nori. Sashimi is usually also served with soy sauce and wasabi, and some cooks add ground ginger root to the soy sauce for an extra dimension of flavor. The sashimi and condiments are arranged so that consumers can easily pick up pieces of fish and garnish with chopsticks before dunking them in the sauce.

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