It was great to get back to JIExpo Kemayoran for another year to celebrate the beginning of Spring at Holi Hai, the Hindu ‘Festival of Colours’. The laughter and happiness was infectious as soon as we arrived and got bombarded by kids with handfuls of colour.. There was no way we could sit back and be spectators for the day as people ran around with water pistols and bags of colour to celebrate together, and we did our fare share of colour bombing too. Together with delicious Indian food, music, performances and sunshine, it was another magical day spent in Jakarta..
…and the last dose of Indonesia Fashion Week for 2013….
Aaaaaaaaah, what can I say?? Martha Ellen… I’ve said it a million times over and I mean it.. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! Who would have thought when we first met at Jakarta Fashion Week in 2009 that in 2013 you would be showing your own collection at Indonesia Fashion Week in 2013!!! Unfortunately I couldn’t stop my camera shake through my teary eyes as I attempted to take photos and keep it together… but biggest CONGRATULATIONS my dearest friend and wishing you bucket loads of success always..
Another fashion fix for you all
Such a mixture of diverse designs here!
Here’s a sample of a few more talented designers at Indonesia Fashion Week…
This was my first time to attend Indonesia Fashion Week since living in Jakarta and I wish I had had the chance to attend the whole event, but circumstances left me attending only one show, which went for almost two hours! I have never been to a show that was longer than 40 minutes at the most, so it was a lot of designers to take in at once, not to mention my arms being in pain holding them up trying to take pictures that long… I ended up with the shakes but it was great to see what’s been happening in Jakarta since I’ve been in hibernation. The market booths set up by all the designers at JCC looked incredible – it was so colourful and beautiful and I hope that next year I can make it along to the whole event and will remember to take a tripod with me..
So here’s a taste of Indonesia Fashion Week….
HELLO JAKARTA!!! I realise it’s already March now and it’s been way too long between postings… Life since November has taken on all sorts of twists and turns and it’s been a complete lifestyle change for me – at least temporarily! There’s been no more of all the things that defined my life in Jakarta – ojeks, sampoerna mild, photo hunting every single day, events, events and more events, drinks in my fav watering holes, spending hours and hours in smoky cafes sipping on iced lemon tea and designing…. it’s turned into a stay in hospital, lots of visits to doctors, spending weeks on end in bed and watching every single new release dvd possible… I have watched a lifetime of dvd’s since the start of this year – let me know if you need recommendations – ha!
Finally I have been capable of getting out of bed and one of the first things I attended and couldn’t miss as always, was Brightspot Market.. I always love checking out these markets and seeing what all the creative kids of Jakarta have been up to design wise and it always leaves me feeling fulfilled and very inspired…. and I filled up on super delicious cupcakes again which is always a good thing.. It was great to see the market return to Grand Indonesia again and although I only made it to the last day, it was still jam packed with people and I am looking foward to the next one already!
So… HAPPY 2013 to everyone, I wish you all a healthy and successful year, filled with adventures and fun memories and will try to get out more once again and explore all this hustling city has to offer…
This is the second year that Treen has been teaching her students about poverty and taking them on a field trip to the dumpsite to show them first hand the conditions that some people must live and work in here in Jakarta, and also to raise money to donate to the students who attend school on site.
Bantar Gebang is located in Bekasi and is the largest landfill waste site in Indonesia and has 600 trucks offloading 5,000 tonnes of rubbish every day. On the site there are approximately 5,000 workers who work in 12 hour shifts, 7 days a week, sorting through the rubbish to search for recyclables for a mere 15,000Rp (around AUD 1.20) a week. There are villages set up in the site were the workers and their families live, and a school where the children attend each morning before helping their parents sort through waste in the afternoons. From the age of 5 the children will work alongside their parents as they can make the same amount of money which goes towards living expenses for the family. Many children will stop attending school at 10 years of age and begin working full time in the landfill and the cycle continues to repeat itself without a chance for the children or parents to dream of a different future for themselves.
As you would expect in a landfill site which covers hundreds of hectares, the place is swarming with flies and I had to contain myself from losing it as soon as we stepped out of the car into the school grounds. We visited all the classrooms and introduced ourselves to the beautiful and welcoming young students as they sat in their stifling classrooms with no lightbulbs or air conditioning. I wondered how they had the energy to concentrate at all in the heat and with no water stations for cooling down in sight, and to add to that there seemed to be a lack of teachers in some classrooms although there are up to 70 children in one classroom at a time.
We met with the principal and after much discussion it was agreed that Treen’s school would provide new desks and chairs for the students along with lunch in two weeks time. It’s a small step towards making a difference for the young students, but you have to start somewhere and I am so proud of Treen for making things happen.
Before leaving we went on a quick tour of the dumpsite and I was in shock at the mountains and mountains of rubbish everywhere and wondered how can anyone survive in such conditions and how can anyone get the chance to dream for a different future when this is the only life you are exposed to? The roads were lined with hundreds of trucks waiting to offload their rubbish for the day. This means backing up onto one of the mountains which has a line of cranes scooping the rubbish from the trucks, much of it falling onto the workers standing below, ready to sort the recyclables into the cane baskets carried on their backs.
I am now dreaming and hoping that someone may be able to help some of the school children, to offer them a scholarship to continue on at school at a location off the dumpsite. This would give them a chance to dream and find another healthier way to help to support their families, and for all of us living in Jakarta, it’s easy to start making even a small change and sorting our recyclables before we put them in the bin and they are taken to the dumpsite….