Year 9 and 11 Indonesian Consulate & Restaurant Excursions
An important aspect of learning a language is to immerse yourself in the culture of the language. It has been nearly a semester since 9I has commenced our venture in trying to grasp onto the Indonesian language, but we'd had yet to encounter anything similar to an authentic experience. Luckily, it wasn't so long until we were presented with an opportunity. On Wednesday 23rd May, the entirety of 9I, Pak Knock and Mori Sensei were fortunate enough to pay a visit to the Indonesian Consulate-General, as well as enjoy some traditional Indonesian food at a nearby restaurant. The previous week, the Year 11 Indonesian classes at both Mac.Rob and Melbourne High School had joined together to participate in these same experiences.
The Consulate was only a short tram ride and walk away and it didn't disappoint. Inside, we were introduced to Bu Risa (Ms. Risa), who gave us some fascinating information about Indonesia and its connections to Australia. She also challenged our skills by asking us to introduce ourselves with our name, age and hobby. Pak Ragil (Mr. Ragil), an professional gamelan musician from Indonesia, then took over, using simple instructions to teach us two songs, which we mastered by the end of our short gamelan class.
From the Consulate, we took a brief walk that lead us to our lunch destination: a small Indonesian Restaurant called Café Batavia. There, we were exposed a typical Indonesian meal, which consisted of delicious dishes such as gado-gado, mi goreng, nasi, ayam goreng, ikan goreng, rendang sapi and krupuk. Finally, with our the new knowledge we learnt and our incredibly full stomach, we concluded our excursion, satisfied.
Berdarmawisata Ke Konsulat Jendral Republik Indonesia dan Restoran Indonesia
Oleh Emma Davies dan Emily Nguyen, Kelas 9I