Madam Goh’s Spectacular Dance ‘Returning’ Marks a Special Evening at Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015

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The second edition of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) had its opening performance RETURNING, graced by Guest-of-Honour, Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and Second Minister for Communications and Information of Singapore, at the Drama Centre Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Continue reading

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Betawi Food Festival at Mercure Simatupang Jakarta

Iga Bakar Condet smlOn 22 June 2014, Jakarta will celebrate its 487th anniversary. Many events are held to celebrate the culture of Betawi including its diverse culinary heritage. Renown as the native people of Jakarta, Betawi culture is actually a lot influenced by Portuguese, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Chinese cultures as well as other cultures within the archipelago itself. This interaction has given birth to a rigorous process of assimilation to produce various culinary taste in Betawi.

Starting last June 9, Biztro Graffiti serves 6 traditional Betawi main courses to celebrate Jakarta’s anniversary. Local hearty cuisines such as the legendary Soto Betawi, Iga Bakar Condet, Ayam Panggang Jatinegara, Nasi Ulam Kemayoran, Gurame Pesmol Marunda and Sate Asem Tanah Abang are ready to delight guest’s palate. Get to know more about some of those delicious dishes before you have a taste. Continue reading

Weekend Culinary Feast at Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival 2014

jfff6 The annually held Jakarta Fashion and Food Festival is here again! The venue still remains at La Piazza Kelapa Gading and I had a chance to go there last weekend. It was Saturday and when I had arrived there it was pretty hot and humid.

Since I have only very little interest into fashion, the food festival automatically became my main destination. Just like last year, the food festival which named “Kampoeng Tempo Doeloe” (old time village) is held outdoor right outside the mall. There are plenty of small stalls lining up around an outdoor area which is decorated to resemble a night market with ferris wheel miniature in a distance. Continue reading

Illuminate Ramadhan with Lampu Colok Festival

Colok in Malay language means light. Malaysians today often refer colok as “pelite”
or “pelito”. It is a kind of lamp made from tin and uses kerosene as its fuel. Lampu
colok used to be used as traditional lights to illuminate rural villages. Usually it is
made from bamboo or tin. Some are also made from used drinking cans and used as
flashlights. Continue reading

Celebrating Songkran Day Amid The Busy Jakarta

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Suk san wan songkran, Happy Songkran Day. This is what Thai people say to each other during Songkran festivity. Originally celebrated on April 13th through 15th every year, Songkran festival is Thailand traditional new year celebration. More than that, Songkran is commonly used by Thais for family reunions, temple visits and also annual house cleaning. Just like “pulang kampung” tradition during Idul Fitri in Indonesia, most of Thai residents in Bangkok travel back to their hometowns to celebrate Songkran with their family and loved ones. Continue reading