Thursday, August 30, 2012

INDONESIA- Position Among the Stars

Selamat Pagi
   means Aloha in
 Indonesia!
Cinta Terakhir by Ari Lasso on Grooveshark 
Note: All photos are my own, shot
here in Hawaii. Click to enlarge.

According to
" Indonesia
 is a vast equatorial archipelago
 of 17,000 islands
 extending 5,150 kilometers (3,200 miles)
 east to west, 
between the Indian
 and Pacific Oceans 
in Southeast Asia. "
The modern nation
was born
in 1945
with independence
from the Netherlands.












Due to the posts
of my wonderful
Indonesian 
blogger friends,
my interest
is growing.

 I am learning
that Indonesia
is a sort of 
Super Hawaii:
We are a small state,
 but Indonesia is
the world's fourth 
most populous nation!
Like Hawaii people,
 Indonesians are joined
 by the sea
 living on neighbor islands.
Oahu, 
our 'gathering place' 
has fewer than 
1 million inhabitants.
Java 
can claim around 130 million!
that's some 60 percent
 of the country's population.
It helps that the island Java 
is approximately the size 
of New York State!
 Sumatra, the other 'big island' 
is much larger even than Java.
But fewer than
 a third of Indonesians
 live there.









As in Hawaii,
 outer areas of the archipelago
 sometimes feel
 misunderstood
and mismanaged
by a government
all the way over 
 on  Java
(or Honolulu),
  The Moluccas. 
The island of Bali,
 Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), 
Sulawesi, 
and the Indonesian part of
 New Guinea 
(known as Papua or Irian Jaya)
are also
INDONESIA.








We Hawaii people 
are used to ethnic
and cultural diversity,
but we are relatively
 homogenous
 when you consider 
Indonesia's
 more than 580 languages 
and dialects!
 Thirteen of those,
 boast more than
 one million speakers.
Today I saw
an absorbing film:
"Position Among the Stars"
filmed with a real
Indonesian family.
The very human stories
of family, aging,
making a living,
coming of age,
living with momentous
change,
all in a setting
so very different
yet so familiar
quite touched my
heart.
I highly recomend
that you view the film
if you can.
Currently
it is running
 on HBO.
A 'Trailer' for the film
is below.


Here are a few Indonesian [Malay] words
 that we use in English everyday:
Ketchup,
Bamboo
Mango
Cockatoo 
 Orangutan
Sarong
and our friend
Gecko.

 
Thanks for visiting!
                 Warmly, cloudia 

18 comments:

Leovi said...

Beautiful sky and clouds charming. Excellent photos. Greetings.

the walking man said...

Living on an island city I can relate.

Brian Miller said...

huh had never heard of the film...will check it out...some interesting stuff on indonesia as well....580 languages....sheesh

aloha from va

The Elephant's Child said...

Indonesia is one of our near neighbours but I did not realise that it had quite so many languages.
Wonderful post - as always. Thank you.

Dave King said...

A super Hawai? The mind boggles, but I like where you are going with this. Fascinating post.

TexWisGirl said...

i follow another blogger that worked several years in indonesia, farming mushrooms. it looks like a beautiful country - with lots of people!

ladyfi said...

Those are lovely shots.

I'd like to visit Indonesia one day.

Stephen Tremp said...

I haven't seen Position Among The Stars. Sounds like a series I would warch as I like to visiti other places, cutlures, and peoples.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Will keep my eye open for the film Cloudia, nice little comparison here, I've been to Indonesia a couple of times, lovely people. Couldn't watch the video, not available to me here in Oz.

FrankandMary said...

Ketchup has a residual matter look to me, but it is interesting to know where the word came from.
~Mary

Erika said...

Thanks for your interesting informations. Your sky is wonderful.
"Ciao" from Italy.
Erika

Rudolph Aspirant said...

Hello, I have come again to relax and get sustenance from this wonderfully "nourishing" blog, and I was not disappointed by the gourmet quality of this photo-article on Indonesia ! I had an uncle who worked at one time in Indonesia, and I remember when I was little he brought many great cultural travel stories about these islands from the other side of the globe (from my vantage point at that time).

SandyCarlson said...

You teach me plenty, my friend. Thank you, my friend.

A said...

Never been to Indonesia -- hope to go visit one day.

Charles Gramlich said...

So many wonderful places I need to know about and learn about. But I don't know much about Indonesia unfortunately

Small Kucing said...

Selamat Pagi means Good Morning in Malaysia. It's a Malay language.

Indonesia and Malaysia are very close by this the Malay language and Indonesia Language is very similar

RONW said...

are you planning a trip there. Airplane maybe.

Cloudia said...

Thank YOU my friends!!!