My friend and I learned a lot about the rich value of Indonesian culture through the various displays of wayang (puppets) with the guidance of Daniel, the owner of the Musuem Wayang.
These shadow puppets were used by Daniel when he performed a show in South Africa through an invitation of the United Nations. I remember the time when he shared this memorable experience; I saw how his eyes were expressive and very emotional. He said that if there’s a country that really needs the help of the world that would be South Africa. He hasn’t seen such a difficult life until he went there. People are already struggling but they continue to have more and more kids and this is the reason why the UN invited him to perform. The UN had this program to teach the locals of family planning through the use of birth control contraceptives. The organization believed that through puppet show, they will get the people’s attention and be able to understand the importance of family planning.
Fondest memory: When you look at the picture, a wife (pregnant and has a basket of children at her back) and husband (carrying a wood with 2 baskets hanging full of children) wayang kulits carry a number of their kids which portrays the current situation in South Africa. Daniel highlighted in his performance what the locals’ future might be when they continue to have more kids.. the husband and wife might not be able to survive, to get up and carry their family. Daniel said that the locals were very amused of the presentation but he’s happier to know that they were able to get the message of it and hopefully, the idea will stick on their minds.
See the battleship at the New President's Museum. "KRI HARIMAU" launched to support Irian Jaya freedom mission in 1962.
I'm use to living near one of the largest Naval bases, Eleventh Naval District and the Pacific Fleet, in the USA, San Diego bay is full of battleships, aircraft carriers and others, so it was very interesting to see this Indonesian Battleship dry-docked at the museum.
However, the most interesting aspect for me was to learn that Sri's father and mother were freedom fighters when she was a little girl!
Jakarta offers an abundance in museums. Your best bet for information would be the tourist information desk at your hotel. The Maritime Museum, the Wayang (Puppetry) Museum, the Textile Museum, the Jakarta Museum and Central Museum are all places worth paying a visit.
Fondest memory: Spend a day to visit Bogor! In Bogor you should visit the famous Botanical gardens, dating back to as far as the early 1800’s and founded by British Governor – General Stamford Raffles. Bogor is also home to the Bogor Palace, once the official residence of 38 Dutch and one British Governor – General from 1870 till 1942.
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