Finally, the event we all have been waiting for.....our annual Indonesian Cultural Festival! Permias Purdue proudly presents our Indofest 2015: I HEART INDONESIA!
It was not 11am yet, but the crowd had begun to gather by our welcoming booth. Upon registering in our welcoming booth, each visitor received two tickets, one for the delectable Indonesian dishes that had been prepared and one for the Javanese calligraphy booth. As it was approaching lunch time, immediately a line was formed by the food booth as volunteers served and prepared the delicious mi ayam jamur and pempek, complemented by refreshing es teler. Curious visitors could also look around at the exhibition booths, or had their names written in Javanese calligraphy, or even play a minigame quiz (winners received more ticket to be traded for more food). By noon, the hall was packed and visitors were filling up the seats as the performance started.
After a short opening speech by our current Permias Purdue president, Vanessa F. Sukanta, the festival officially kickstarted as the talented Permias band performed a popular Indonesian pop song, Bendera (by Cokelat). Then the audience was transported to different parts of the Indonesian archipelago by the outstanding vocal group who had prepared five different traditional songs from each of the five main islands. All eyes were on the stage as drama team presented a popular folktale, The Story of Ramayana. Thundering applause filled the room as the drama casts bowed down, accompanied by another amazing performance by the band. Transporting the visitors again to different regions of the archipelago, pairs of Permias Purdue members walked down the runway, showcasing traditional Indonesian outfits of different regions. Last but not the least was the popular dance that had been performed from year to year, the Saman dance! By the end of the performance, you could hardly hear yourself as cheers and massive round of applause echoed trough the hallway.
Following our tradition, this year's Indonesian Cultural Festival's main goal is to promote and share our cultural heritage. It is an honor for us to be able to serve and entertain all the 350 attendees. Terima kasih* to everyone who had came to the festival, our sponsors, the volunteers and performers; this event would not be a success without your time and contributions. So, once again thank you! We cannot wait to see you all again in Indonesian Cultural Festival 2016.
*Terima kasih = Thank you :)
Back in Indonesia, we celebrated various different cultures and beliefs. One of them is the Lunar New Year, or better know as Hari Raya Imlek by our folks back home.
Yesterday, February 19th, marked a new beginning of the lunar calendar as we welcomed the year of the goat! Permias Purdue was given the opportunity to collaborate with Purdue's Windsor dining court on advising the specialty fares to be prepared that are synonymous with Lunar New Year celebration in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, today, the Permias family gathered to have a Lunar New Year dinner together. It was a wonderful way as we could finally have a breathe of fresh air after a long week of school and working. Being a special occasion, Permias Purdue had ordered delicious Chinese food from the local restaurant; and to show our gratitude for the tremendous efforts we have been receiving, registered Permias members were welcomed to join the food for free.
Although we are far away from home and were not able to collect our red packets, we could still gather in the warmth of the family away from home! This was the first Permias Purdue event for the spring semester and many members were able to catch up with one another. Apology to the venue host if we were a bit too loud , it was a challenge to not let the fun exploded especially as we had prepared a few minigames, including orange hunt (it's like Easter egg hunt with a twist!), chopstick challenge, and Chinese-zodiac-theme-bingo. The Permias Purdue family members sure have many talents, including cooking! The participating dishes for the cooking competition included roast bbq pork and gado-gado....yum!
Thank you everyone for celebrating the lunar new year with us! We hope you all had as much fun as we did. It's still chilly out there so stay warm and all the best for the spring semester! 谢谢你们！恭喜发财，新年快乐！
The fall semester in indeed one busy semester! On this second Saturday of November, we had our second annual food festival. The goal of this event is not only to raise funds for Permias Purdue, but also to introduce and share several of the exquisite Indonesian delicacies. Thank you for everyone who had came to Neil Armstrong Atrium today to join us in this culinary adventure!
It was indeed a long eventful day! As the door of Purdue's France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, co-rec, opened at 8 this morning, it also marked the registration for our annual Purdue Cup. Indonesian students from various parts of the Midwest region began to crowd the co-rec to prepare for the games which started at 9 a.m.. In total there are seven teams competing in this year, many whom had spent hours driving to the humble West Lafayette town this weekend.
This year, we had the privilege to hold all three of the sport competitions, badminton, basketball, and soccer, in the 3rd floor of the co-rec and Turf Recreation Exercise Center for the soccer final match. There are six teams for each competitions, divided into two pools. The teams in their respective pools will compete for the first and second places before they're able to face the teams from the opposing pool in the semifinal and final match.
Aside from being able to mingle and strengthen our friendships with each other while having competitive yet friendly games, today's attendees were also able to indulge themselves in the delicious lunch meal of nasi ayam telur balado + bakwan; or for others who prefer lighter snacks, homemade cheese danish. Priorities were given to those who had pre-ordered, or depending on the availability, for those who missed the pre-order deadline.
The following are the results of each competition:
Last but not least, we would like to thank Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (or KJRI) in Chicago for being our generous sponsor this year. We really appreciate your support. We hope that we can maintain our relationship and work together again in the near future.
Congratulation to all of the winners and the rest of the teams who had given their best! Thank you very much for the all of the participating school, this event will not be a success without any of your support. We really appreciate for the time and efforts everyone had poured in.
As the host for this Purdue Cup, we realize that there are still many flaws and areas to improve on. Sincerely, we apologize for any dissatisfaction. Moreover, please feel free to contact us if you have any critiques or feedback.
Once again, thank you and we hope to be able to meet with everyone again in the near future. Safe trip to all those driving back to their respective destination, all the best!
On July 19, a crowd of the various Permias Purdue members gathered in Urban Kitchen, Plaza Indonesia, for our annual Jakarta callout. Current and incoming students, alumni, and family members were able to meet up and catch up with one another.
This callout helps to introduce the incoming students to the Permias family. The students and also, parents could ask questions or advices from the current students and alumni. The laid back atmosphere was also crowded with laughters as the party talked and recalled their various experiences in Purdue.
Thank you everyone who had came to the callout last Saturday! We hope we'll be able to meet again soon, keep in touch and boiler up!
Summer is just around the corner! On this sunny Saturday, we gathered at Happy Hollow Park to have our annual end-of-year-BBQ.
Although it is on the Saturday before dead week, thank you for everyone who had made time to meet up and have a study break with fellow Permias family. We hope that you all had a great time and satisfied tummy. Good luck everyone for finals!
It's that time of the year again for our annual Indonesian Festival. Upon entering, the visitors are welcomed with the delicious smell of traditional Indonesian cuisines. Pempek, mi ayam, nagasari, es teler, are just a few of the various delicacies available for sale. For those who doesn't feel like eating immediately, they could look around at the exhibition, take a picture at the photo booth, or go to Javanese calligraphy stand to have their name written in traditional Javanese for souvenir.
At 2 p.m., the crowds had assembled in front of the stage, looking forward for the performance by our very own students. The first performance was a play which is based on Indonesian legend based in West Sumatra, Malin Kundang, with an opening speech by Andriana Supandy, the Consul General for Indonesia in Chicago. The play was then followed by a traditional dance, Saman dance. Both the play and the dance performance drew large applause from the audience of different backgrounds and ages. The Permias Purdue Band, No Turn on Red, also entertained the visitors with both Indonesian and American songs until the festival ended. Audience were also welcomed to join singing with the band.
Thank you everyone for helping out and coming! We hope all of you had a lot of fun, and keep alert for our next event!
Happy Chinese New Year! 祝你新年快乐！
To welcome the year of the horse, Permias held a Chinese New Year potluck dinner at The Cottages on Lindberg.
After a long week of school, everyone had the chance to gather and catch up with one another. ..............