to bollywood with love

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“To Bollywood with Love” begitulah mereka menamai festival malam ini. Acara ini adalah rangkaian kegiatan BrisAsia Festival yang digelar oleh Brisbane City Council selama sebulan penuh di kota Brisbane.

Ada yang berbeda malam ini. Lantunan lagu India serasa menyulap kota Brisbane menjadi kota Bombay. Orang orang berpakaian ala India. Ditengah jalan terdapat sebuah panggung besar yang menampilkan setting pengambilan gambar serasa berada didalam filem India.

Wah serasa berada di salah satu film “Shahruk khan”….. mimpi kalee yaaa…!!!

Menjadi bagian dari performa malam ini adalah sebuah kesempatan langka. Tak kuasa rasanya menahan diri untuk tak mengikuti irama lagu yang berdendang. Puluhan orang berdendang dan bergoyang mengikuti irama music didalam sebuah lingkaran yang besar tepat didepan panggung. Sebuah pertunjukkan klasik sedang di pentaskan. orang orang diluar lingkaranpun turut bergoyang sambil mengabadikan momen langka ini.

Ada yang menarik dari pertunjukan satu scene berdurasi sekitar 30 menit ini. Setiap orang yang turut serta dalam pertunjukkan itu sebelumnya harus mendaftarkan diri mereka. Kemudian mereka diberi pelatihan singkat gerakan yang akan mereka peragakan ketika music telah dilantunkan. Lalu mereka diberi dua carik kain yang akan mereka pegang saat mereka menari. selanjutnya mereka memasuki arena pertunjukkan dan bersiap-siap menjadi bagian dari cerita pernikahan ala India yang diiringi alunan musik dan tarian. Saat music diperdengarkan dan adengan dilakonkan, para pesertapun secara serentak mulai menari, meliukkan badan mengikuti irama music. Sungguh sebuah pertunjukan yang luar biasa.

Saya berkesempatan menyaksikan 2 babak pertunjukan itu sambil mengumpulkan data (survey) mengenai¬† pendapat orang mengenai event tersebut. Berbekal sebuah ipad, sebuah tas berisi informasi, sebuah botol air mineral dan sebuah ID card bertuliskan volunteer yang saya kalungkan dileher, sayapun memulai petualangan saya menjadi seorang surveyor. “Lumayan bisa nambah pengalaman sambil turut serta dalam lakon,” pintaku dalam hati.

Brisbane, Pebruary 2014

Asri Toldo talks about his life at university in Brisbane

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Asri Toldo is an Australian Award Scholarship recipient, and an alumni of IALF. He is currently studying in Brisbane and he loves his life there. Read what he has to say about life on campus.


My Campus Life in Brisbane

Live on campus or off campus is same when semester begins. No matter what level you are in: under graduate or post graduate, you are bachelor, master degree students or Phd candidates, your life will be same, ruined in the middle of joy and sorrow filled with thousand words and hundreds articles that take your time day by day until you forget your pains. In some occasions, you may not be able to differentiate the time anymore. It seems to be the same except the time for praying and going to toilet. sometimes time for eating is not included on the schedule. so you can imagine how about time for bathing. It is totally out from the list as the winter is coming soon.

When semester is almost end, I noticed something different especially when due date becomes a hot issue in everyday conversation. At this moment, suddenly life at uni becomes more enjoyable. Everybody seems busy with their own business. Learning center suddenly becomes the most comfortable place to stay in the world. In fact, it is free, safe, warm and full facilities. In some moments, if you are lucky, you will be entertained by people who cheer up themselves with music, jokes and books. So, don’t be so surprised when you are walking down to the street and meet someone smiling, singing and talking alone happily. It is a normal life on campus. Or, in the late night, when you hear a loud music shaking the entire world coming from a place next to your window in almost every Tuesday night and a night in the end of the week, then you might think it is the end of world. You might say to yourself wow.. Is this a heaven? Then you have to avoid all the distractions and keep thinking straightly to complete yourself papers. This is the life at uni, and it only happens when you are here sitting in the middle of thousand books on the selves thinking about your future. This is the life that you might experience differently than others and only occurs once in a lifetime before you finally accomplish the journey.

When semester ends, life suddenly changes. All the stories during semester are kept tightly in mind. A new hope is waiting in other part of world to explore.

Like an eagle, flying highly to the sky, then dropping in a rock in a top of the mountain, looking at the beauty of its creation on the beach and enjoying a rest of the nights with a glass of tea and waking up in the next day with a happy face. This life is more exciting than playing a roller coaster, more dramatic than cast away and even more romantic than Indian movies. This life is a miracle that is only felt when you experience it. That is the life that I will miss someday when I have finished my study and returned to my real world somewhere in the middle of the forest in Borneo. The life where my son and my friends will follow by their own ways to taste the experience in the future.

Asri Toldo in Brisbane – Monday, June 2, 2014 at 11.15 pm.

Bersamamu Aku Bisa (Bali, 0612-0313)

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“Bersamamu Aku Bisa” is a short reflective video with my friends in undergoing a process of self-preparedness and transformation to face a new experience. This short video illustrates how this friendship is built up and wrapped in a joy and sorrow togetherness to achieve our mutual expectations.
“Bersamamu AKU Bisa” adalah video reflektif pendek dengan teman-teman saya dalam menjalani proses kesiapsiagaan dan transformasi diri untuk menghadapi pengalaman baru. Video singkat ini menggambarkan bagaimana persahabatan ini dibangun dan dibungkus dalam suka dan duka kebersamaan untuk mencapai harapan bersama.

Reflection (2)

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Just for Fun:
Learning does not mean “has to be fully studying”.
Having fun with mates might be the way out to kick the stress out.
The video below was taken in Bali (2012) at BBQ event. What a really solid teamwork (salute to 9mbers)
Belajar tidak berarti “harus sepenuhnya belajar”.
Bersenang-senang dengan teman-teman mungkin adalah jalan keluar untuk menghilangkan stres.
Video di bawah ini diambil di Bali (2012) pada acara BBQ. Sungguh sebuah team yang benar-benar solid (salut untuk 9mbers)