SiJundai - Teater Tradisional RANDAI

My friend, Gert, invited me to her show. She's one of the dancers in Randai show called Sijundai. Performance was prepared and performed by students of ASWARA - National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I really loved it!

Randai is a folk theater tradition of the Minangkabau ethnic group which incorporates music, singing, dance, drama and the silat martial art. It is performed as a theatre-in-the-round to achieve an equality and unity between audience members and the performers. Randai performances are a synthesis of alternating martial arts dances, songs, and acted scenes. Stories are delivered by both the acting and the singing and are mostly based upon Minangkabau legends and folktales. Randai originated early in the 20th century out of fusion of local martial arts, story-telling and other performance traditions. Men originally played both the male and female characters in the story, but since the 1960s women have also participated.
The Minangkabau ethnic group (also known as Minang or Padang) is indigenous to the highlands of West Sumatra, in Indonesia. Their culture is matrilineal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter, while religious and political affairs are the province of men (although some women also play important roles in these areas). Today 4 million Minangs live in West Sumatra, while about 3 million more are scattered throughout many Indonesian and Malay peninsula cities and towns.

Source: wikipedia :)



Wakeboarding is rad!!!

This weekend for the first time in my life I have tried wakeboarding and I loved it!!! We got a really good deal from GroupsMore. With four friends of mine we went to Mines Resort City. It's in Kuala Lumpur, but obviously we made couple of wrong turns on the way and finished running 45 minutes late! Malaysian time :P Our instructor Gary was really cool and gave a good training. After 3 hours on the lake I felt happier than ever :D But right now all my muscles are sore... There's me on the video above. I managed to wave, but wasn't able to keep balance anymore haha
If you ever have a chance to try wakeboarding then go for it!


we ♥ animals

The longer I stay in Malaysia, the closer I get to the nature. Last weekend I went with my friends to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. It's only 1,5 hour away from Kuala Lumpur and it's perfect for a one day trip.
Agenda involves visiting aboriginal village, watching a movie that shows how wild elephants are captured and transported to Taman Negara, feeding the elephants, riding on an elephant and bathing with elephants in the river. Being with elephants in the water was the highlight of the trip! It's so much fun to stroke and splash 'small' elephants and then get splashed from their trunk in return :P
Would be cool to have your own elephant in the garden :D but for now two small fish in my living room must do.. Surprisingly they survived two months in the same water and I hope yesterday's change of water didn't kill them.My friend bought a pacman frog - it's tiny, green and unbelievably cute! You see I'm so sensitive to animal beauty nowadays. This Saturday I went to see a pony race :D I like horses too.
I love animals! Just like the Crookers.

south american horned frog


Bukit Gasing

A new tradition has evolved. Every weekend, usually on Sunday, I go hiking with my friends to a nearby located hill called Bukit Gasing. Hiking track is only a 10 minute walk away from my place and somehow I wasn't aware of it for a year! Luckily now I know and every week I can get really tired and sweaty climbing up the hill. It's worth it! There's an Indian Temple at the top and panoramic view is just amazing. There's also a suspension bridge on another track, cause there are many. Obviously I love taking pictures of monkeys the most :D here's some for you!