Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dance with my father again

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around 'til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved
If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end

How I'd love, love, love

To dance with my father again
When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him

He'd make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me
If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I'd play a song that would never, ever end

'Cause I'd love, love, love
To dance with my father again
Sometimes I'd listen outside her door
And I'd hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I'm praying for much too much
But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don't do it usually
But dear Lord she's dying
To dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream


Monday, June 9, 2008



Sunting is a ceremonial prior to the wedding for the bride………it’s an Acehnese culture, aimed to give the bride safety and welfare.

First they serve a water, rice, and so on in a unique container……then the bride parents start the ceremony with splashing the water to the bride, and the rice while they speech a benediction for the bride ……then they feed a small sum of rice to the bride. Last they give the bride some of money in the envelope.

Then another time-honoured persons continue the ceremony with doing the same thing.

After that, the bride prepared for anai………it’s like tattooing in her hands and foot. It’s done by an Anai artist……usually it’s take Rp 200.000,- for three times painting. The bride has to laying down on a bed for the whole process and until the next morning.

To support this ceremony, the guests which is mostly their neighbors is coming by and bring something, like sugar, rice, or egg. They bring in a container packed with a piece of cloth.

Kebangsaan Nasional

Perahu Race…….

When I’m going back from my office, near the Baiturahman Grand Mosque I feel so surprised when suddenly the traffic was so stuck…..wow what’s happen? It’s not usually Banda Aceh have a traffic this high.

About 100 meters more I realized what makes this stuck, it’s an event held by Banda Aceh Regional Government.

To celebrate the ‘Kebangsaan Nasional’ they organized an event which consist of ; Perahu Race, catch the duck, etc………….on the Krueng Raya River.

But when I crossing by, the event is almost done……because it’s started from 2 PM until 6 PM. So when I came to that place, I see some guy hold a duck, I think he’s one of a winner of duck catching. And the boats……already come a near to the river edge………but the people still make a crowd.