Sunday, February 25, 2007

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Jakarta 2007

Hi again, it's been a while. Key Elements just returned from a performance in Jakarta A cappella Fest '07.

Here's an update on the trip.

KE before take-off 1
Group photo before take-off

That's our flight
And this is the plane that took us to Jakarta

Houston, we have a lift-off
Houston, we have a lift-off

Floating on cotton wool

Absolutely love this, it's like floating above a sea of cotton wool

Some of us just couldn't care less about the scenery =P

I managed to capture a beautiful sunset while they were snoozing.

Stormy Weather
When we arrived in Jakarta, it poured, and it lasted 12 hours, causing serious flooding. And because of the flooding, Friday morning's programme has been cancelled. We spent the morning rehearsing in the hotel and then went for lunch at Kafe Pinang. They have quite a good spread of food for their buffet and their orange was sweet.

A good way to serve your orange.

Then, we headed down to JIS for sound check in the afternoon, where we met Voxessential and Joint Sound. By then, the rain had stopped, just in time. Apparently, some of the Joint Sound members as well as members of the audience were stranded at home due to the flood and couldn't make it that night for the show. The first night was more like a warm-up for us, there were some bloopers, but we managed to pull it off. Here are some snapshots of the groups in action.

Voxessential, a teachers' group.

Joint Sound
Joint Sound, student's group made up of 9th-12th graders.

Joint Elements
Joint Elements

Day 2 of A Cappella Fest

Mah Nah Mah Nah

It's Raining on Prom Night

Joint Sound members doing a 'Shinamoto'.

The festival ended on a high note.

Senaya City
The following day is a day of rest for Key Elements. We actually had sunlight for the first time during our Jakarta stay. We went out for a bit of shopping and lunch. It's the first time we actually stepped out of our hotel for leisure and not have to go to school. Really.

Surprisem surprise, shops in Jakarta were all decked up in gaudy red to welcome the Chinese New Year.

After a stroll in the Vivo City look-alike mall, we adjourned to Risotto, an Italian restaurant in the Shangri La for our post-concert celebratory meal.

Absolutely fabulous appetizers

And there's more!

Ooh... check out the dessert counter.

Freeflow of juices.

And freeflow of wine =)

Spinach Tagliatelle with Pigeon meat
The Spinach Tagliatelle with pigeon, even though it's green, it tasted pretty good.

Happy after lunch.

The flood
On our way back to the hotel, we passed by a flood scene. And guess what we saw? A man looked like he's bathing and children taking off their clothes and jumping into the water to play. I guess we have a lot to learn from these folks where optimism is concerned.

And on the streets were the noisy old buses that looked like this. We have them here in the 70s but it's a sight you don't find in Singapore these days.

Large billboards like these adorn the streets of Jakarta.

Another sight you don't see everyday here.

People selling there wares in the middle of traffic. They go from car to car, knocking at your window and making their sales pitch.

Keropok, anyone?

KE and Larry
Back at the hotel, Larry came to bid us farewell.

Smile no. 56
We had our last coffee at the Jakarta airport.

before boarding
And it was home sweet home.

For more pictures of Jakarat visit:

That's all for now. Cya.