Lifestyle and Living
The Importance of
The human body is a water machine. Without water our bodies would not
'work' properly at all. Every life giving and healing process that happens
inside our body depends on water. The human body is made up of over 70%
water. Our blood is more than 80% water. Our brain is over 75% water and
the human liver is an amazing 96% water! Proper digestion depends on a
healthy intake of water. To get the full nutritional value from the food
we eat we must consume plenty of fresh water.
If the water we drink already contains chlorine and other chemicals,
it is less able to remove toxins from our body. Our energy levels
are greatly affected by the amount of water we drink. It has been
medically proven that just a 5% drop in body fluids will cause a
25% to 30% loss of energy in the average person. A 15% drop in body
fluids causes death! In addition, water is our body's only means
of flushing out toxins. This is the key to disease prevention.
consume - mengkonsumsi
flushing out - mengeluarkan
Vegetarians and Vegans
Indonesia has some of the best food in the world. Dishes such as nasi
goreng, opor ayam and beef rendang or seafood, especially
prawns and fish, are extremely popular all over the country. But are you
familiar with the terms vegetarian and vegan? The concepts
of being vegetarian or especially vegan, are not common in Indonesia.
Someone who is a vegetarian does not eat meat, poultry or fish. People
who are vegans do not eat any products of animal origin. This includes
not only meat, but also dairy products (milk, butter, cheese), eggs and
even honey. The strictest vegans don't wear leather, wool or silk and
also avoid health and beauty products made with ingredients derived from
animals. Some people who choose a vegan diet do so because they are allergic
or insensitive to dairy products or eggs, although most choose veganism
because of ethical concerns. Most vegans have a deep commitment to ending
the exploitation and mistreatment of animals.
Healthy Forests - Healthy People
Check the KGRE website for fantastic information
from Ms Dina Satrio from the Centre for International Forestry Research
(CIFOR) who explains why forests are important for our health. Some of
the reasons include:
Forests are important for keeping our
water clean. Forests provide healthy, edible plants such as nuts, leaves,
ferns, fungus, fruits, and spices. Forests are a source of recreation,
which can also be good for our health.
*** The Australian Government, through the Australian
Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), provided CIFOR
with over $600,000 in core and project funding in 2004.
Australians Barry Marshall and Robin
Warren won the 2005 Nobel Prize for medicine recently. These two
Australian scientists excited the medical world by discovering a
type of bacteria that causes stomach problems - especially ulcers
and cancers. Millions and millions of people all over the world
suffer from stomach ulcers. Their discovery will help find better
treatment for ulcers.
A 1999-2000 study in Australia indicated that over 20% of adult Australians
aged 25 years and over were overweight. Of these 7 million people, 21%
were obese (gendut). Data collected in 1995 indicated the proportion
of overweight or obese children and adolescents aged 2-17 years was 21%
for boys and 23% for girls. Long term health conditions such as diabetes,
heart and circulatory conditions, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol
were more commonly reported by obese and overweight women and men.
and Alive on Busy Roads
On a recent trip to Madura, Kevin noticed several interesting things
on the road. In Surabaya for instance, there is a new regulation for
motorcycles. The front light of the motorbike must be switched ON
during the daytime, as well as at night. This is for safety reasons
as it makes the motorbike and rider easier to see for motorists and
other road users, including pedestrians. Did you know that this rule
has been compulsory in Australia for many years? In fact in Australia
it is impossible to turn OFF the headlight at any time when the engine
is running on the motorbike. In Madura Kevin noticed many banners
supporting this concept. Local authorities are certainly promoting
the idea and helping people to be safer on the roads. What do you
think of this idea?
Maybe you have noticed that the KGRE website has a new design. Instead
of the page buttons running down the left side of the computer screen
(browser) they are now across the top and bottom of each page. We
hope this makes it easier for you to find pages on the website.
There are also three new pages - Oz Indo Connections, Competitions,
and Interviews. During December and January KGRE will be adding
a lot more information to the website. The easiest way to find things
on the KGRE website is to use the SEARCH function. Just type in
key words and the website will find them automatically for you -
and quickly too. For example, type in words such as scholarships,
staff, Sorong, your club name, etc. and you will soon see where
they can be found on the KGRE website. It is that easy!
Remember, if you change your address please tell us here at KGRE. Then
we can change your details on the KGRE database. We have also changed
our email addresses too. The email@example.com is still valid for
general matters, but for a more personal service try these email addresses:
Kevin - firstname.lastname@example.org (website, KGCC, radio
programs, AusAID projects in Indonesia)
Rachel - email@example.com (feedback or questions
about KGRE teaching materials such as Reading Class Sets and the new
SMP Teacher Package)
Ogi - firstname.lastname@example.org (travel plans, workshop
bookings, visits to English clubs, radio stations)
Alwi - email@example.com (teacher package orders,
Tjok - firstname.lastname@example.org (magazine orders)
everyone! My name is Wendy. But my friends sometimes call me Wise
Wendy. That's because I know lots and lots of information and facts
and have a lot of general knowledge. I always have a book in my
hand because I love reading. Sometimes I even forget to eat because
I'm reading! Captain Kang Guru has asked me to help answer some
of your letters in future. So write to me at Kang Guru in Bali.
I'm a student of seminary SMA Lalian in Atambua Timor NTT. This is the
first time I have written an English letter. I read your wonderful magazine
for the first time when I borrowed one from one of my friends in my school.
I am also a member of the English club in my school. I usually join the
English club on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When I was still in junior
high school I met a tourist at the market. I tried to speak English with
him but I could not. Since then I have the challenge to study English.
I have the motivation to speak English because I want to go around the
world. In seminary I always practice my English conversation with my friends
in my class. My English teacher is Sr. Rosalia Laot RVM. If she teaches
us she tells some jokes in English. I like my teacher. Please send me
your next edition of the magazine.
Petrus Aus Gregorius Talk
Timor - EAST NUSA TENGGARA
That's a fantastic letter - we cannot believe that
is your first letter ever! Well done! It is terrific that you have an
English club to practice with. English clubs are a really fun and an effective
way to practice and improve your English. You are definitely a motivated
student to go three days a week and you obviously study very hard. I am
sure you have seen a really big improvement in your English as a result.
The KGRE crew send you, your teacher Sr. Rosalia and all your classmates
and English club friends a big, "Hello". Well done all of you.
Problem with KGRE Website
I have looked at the new KGRE website design. It's interesting and gives
a lot of information about your programs. Unfortunately it's difficult
for me to open some parts. I tried to open your latest stories but it
didn't work. A few weeks ago before having the new design website, I opened
the stories part and it worked. Kevin, is it possible if the songs in
Kang Guru package not only use Australian singers but also Indonesian
singers. For instance, Koes Plus. He's very famous in the 70s but we can
often still hear his songs. One of his famous songs is 'Why Do You Love
Jombang - EAST JAVA
Dear Fitriah, Sorry to hear about your problems with
the website but can you please try again. We have been working on the
website a lot and it should be okay now. We are always looking for artists
to feature on KGRE so thanks for your suggestion. We do play Indonesian
singers singing language songs - Marcell, Delon, AB Three, Padi, GiGi.
In the new SMP package (see page 13) we feature Peter Pan, Kris Dayanti
and Glenn Fredly.
First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Prita Prametya Kirana.
I go to Al Hikmah Secondary School in Surabaya. I'm in grade seven. The
reason why I really like learning English is because of my dream. I have
a dream that I will go to King Khaleed, a very famous school in Australia.
So I must have good English. But I have a problem with English. I am good
at writing but not in speaking. I never enjoy speaking English because
I think speaking English is difficult and makes my face look freaky and
I can't be confident. Can you give me some tips that will make me more
confident? Love Prita.
Prita Prametya Kirana
Surabaya - EAST JAVA
Hello Prita, thanks for your superb letter. You are
right; your writing is really good, especially as you are only in grade
seven. What about your speaking problem? I know that everyone who reads
your letter will agree with you. Everyone who learns a language feels
like they have a "freaky face". That is such a great description.
It is exactly what your face and mouth feel like, isn't it? All we can
tell you is that, if you practice you will feel more comfortable and you
will get used to it. Try and practice speaking English with your school
friends as often as you can. Don't forget they feel exactly the same as
you. So they will not laugh or make you feel bad. Always be supportive
and encouraging of each other. Try and practice in front of the mirror
too. And you will see that your face does not look "freaky"
at all. Did you see Kevin's interview with Shanty in the August 2005 magazine?
She speaks really great English and she is really natural and fluent.
And her face is beautiful when she speaks English.
Teacher & Students!
In this letter I enclose some of my students' opinions about the
KGRE Reading Class Set for April 2005. After doing the activities
with my class, I felt satisfied with the result. It seems successful
because 98% of my students got more than 65%, which is my school
minimum pass mark. I did activities with 2 classes and got the same
good results. The most popular article was the Crocodile Hunter
and the Idioms Inggris article. The students enjoyed these activies
very much. They loved talking about the flora and fauna. Thank you
very much KGRE.
Feny Dwi F., S.Pd
Bima - WEST NUSA TENGGARA
Successful Teacher & Students!
In this letter I enclose some of my students' opinions about the KGRE
Reading Class Set for April 2005. After doing the activities with my class,
I felt satisfied with the result. It seems successful because 98% of my
students got more than 65%, which is my school minimum pass mark. I did
activities with 2 classes and got the same good results. The most popular
article was the Crocodile Hunter and the Idioms Inggris article. The students
enjoyed these activies very much. They loved talking about the flora and
fauna. Thank you very much KGRE.
Feny Dwi F., S.Pd
Bima - WEST NUSA TENGGARA
Hi Feny, thanks for your really great letter and feedback.
We really appreciate this kind of feedback from teachers and students.
It helps us to make our teacher materials better. Thanks for all your
ideas about puzzles and vocabulary too. We will try and include some of
them in the next Reading Class Set. Don't forget we will have four magazines
and four Reading Class Sets in 2006. They are still FREE for teachers!
Thanks also to your fantastic students - Rahimat Hidayatullah,
Nurhasanah, Ainurrafiqah and Wahyu Ady Sulistyo - for their letters and
feedback. We are delighted that you had fun and enjoyed the activities.
Especially because it was your first time ever to listen to cassettes
in class. You obviously did really well. We hope you enjoyed the August
Reading Class Set just as much. Write to us again soon, OK?
A very common idiom in Australia is being
under the weather. It means you are not feeling well.
"You don't look well today,
"Nothing bad really, I'm just feeling a bit under
So-so and off colour are similar to under
"How's Kevin?". "Oh, only so so.
He should really get some sleep and then he'll feel better."
"Sally won't be at the meeting this afternoon,
I'm afraid. She's gone home."
"I'm not surprised. She was looking a bit off
colour this morning."
A fiddle is like a violin. It is often
used in folk or classical music. To be played well, a fiddle has to be
finely tuned so that the violinist can make it sound really good.
"I heard your dad wasn't well?".
"Oh, he's fine now, he is as fit as
a fiddle." In other words he is 'finely tuned' - very
well and ready for action.
If you are fighting fit, then you
are at the peak of your physical and mental health. You are so fit that
that you are almost ready to fight in a boxing match.
"I would like to run the Jakarta
Marathon next year."
"Really? You will need to train
hard and be fighting fit to do that!"
If you are in good shape then you
are able to do a lot of physical activity without getting tired.
"I think I'm in fairly good shape and should
be able to swim 25 lengths of the pool this weekend."
under the weather, so-so, off colour
- merasa sedikit kurang sehat/tidak enak badan
as fit as a fiddle
- sangat sehat
finely tuned - dalam keadaan sangat sehat
fighting fit - dalam puncak kesehatan
in good shape - dalam kondisi sehat
Learning Tips - making vocabulary
We get lots of letters from KGRE readers asking for tips on learning and
memorizing vocabulary. It is very important to learn some new words every
day. If language learners do not learn a few new words every day their
progress will be very slow. Remember it is even more difficult to remember
words if they are not used regularly, especially in the few days after
learning them. Why not try this idea - it really works!
Take a topic area, such as health, and
make list of words and phrases you need to learn.
Get some paper or card.
Cut up the card into pieces about the
same size as a business card - that's about 9 centimeters long and 5.5
Take one piece of card and write a word
or phrase in English on one side.
Now turn over the card and write the
word or phrase in bahasa Indonesia on the other side.
Take another card and write a different
word or phrase in English on one side and the translation on the other
It is also very helpful to write an
example sentence in English too.
Make as many cards as you need.
Keep the cards in your bag or pockets
and whenever you have time, take out a card and look at it.
First look at one side and try and remember
the translation on the other side. Then turn the card over and check.
Do this whenever you can and you will find that you learn lots of new
words and you won't forget them
Lifestyle and Living - Healthy Lifestyles of KGRE-ites
So many people have written wonderful emails, letters and cards to KGRE
giving their ideas on how to lead a healthy life, both physically and
mentally. The suggestions and ideas have been great and we want to share
some of them with you. Most people talked about the importance of healthy
food and clean water. Many mentioned the importance of physical activity,
such as sport, while others mentioned unhealthy activities such as smoking
and drugs. It is interesting that so many people mentioned smoking as
being so unhealthy. It is not only very unhealthy for the smoker, but
also for those who are nearby and breathing in the smoke from that person
- this is called passive smoking. If so many people know that smoking
is bad for their health, then why do so many Indonesians smoke? What do
Smoking is very dangerous for our body, especially for our lungs.
Rizka Noviana Indriyani in Magetan, East Java
We should be friendly to our neighbours and to all
people we meet - giving a smile to everyone is a great idea to be happy
and healthy in your heart.
Miftah Amaliya in Kandangan, South Kalimantan
Drinking plenty of clean water is important. I drink a glass of water
before I go to bed every night and as soon as I get up each morning. It
helps my circulation.
Nur Azizah in Banyumas, Central Java
Many people like to drink juice in Indonesia. Try
this juice - banana, carrot and spinach. This juice is very good for people
with anemia. Celery, watermelon, and carrot or apple juice is also very
good. I drink these juices everyday for a healthy body.Hindra
Pramana in Blitar, East Java
I do plenty of exercise every morning. I pull up water
from the well (manually) before I go to school. I do not have a pump machine.
It is good for my body and makes me feel fit at the start of the day.
Almendo Theo Lindra, Yogyakarta
We have to eat good, nutritious food, including fresh
vegetables and fruit so that we get the right amount of proteins, vitamins
and carbohydrates to be healthy.
Eka Wahjuningsih in Jember, East Java
When I first entered SMK 2 Klaten I joined 'Young
Red Cross' (Palang Merah Remaja) and I followed many of their activities.
Now I know more about good health and I can help people too. I give blood
regularly too, although the first time I felt faint. I have learnt so
much from this group that now I know my life is much happier and healthier
Slamet Riyadi - Klaten, Central Java
Instead of sport like basketball or swimming, I do other things for fitness.
I usually dance, especially Balinese dancing. Dancing makes me sweat and
makes me fit. Dancing is just like exercise. Dancing is more a traditional
fitness activity. I do jog sometimes too.
Dirasandhi S. Putri in Nusa Dua, Bali
Everyone wants to have a good life, a healthy life. But not all people
can have it. It depends on themselves. If they can keep their body well
then that is good, but also being healthy in the thinking department as
Ivana Gozali from SMA Tri Ratna in Sibolga, North Sumatra
A Treat NOT A Threat!!
Hermin Halim is an Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) student.
She will begin studying Nutrition at University of Sydney early
in 2006. Hermin has this advice about vegetables in a healthy diet:
Encourage children to eat carrots
by telling them, "They are good for your eyes and skin."
Hang a large picture of vegetables
or fruits on the wall to make family members aware of them.
Serve a variety of vegetables from different
colours and cuts. For example, you could serve some slices of carrots,
steamed green leafy vegetables, and steamed or fried potatoes cut lengthwise
(resembling the well-known 'french fries') accompanied with some steak
or peanut sauce. Carrot-pineapple-tomato skewers (satay) are
also great to make and eat.
Cook vegetables in different ways every
day - steaming, boiling, frying, stir-frying, baking or grilling. If
you serve two vegetable dishes at once, make sure that the two dishes
are prepared differently - one stir-fried and the other boiled, for
By making vegetables an enjoyable dish, children will
enjoy them as a treat. They will no longer be a threat to children's
taste buds (rasa pada lidah), and no longer an annoying occasion
for parents to force, urge, and push their children to eat greens (green
Lifestyle and Living - Ade Rai
Ade Rai is a famous athlete and professional
body builder in Indonesia. After graduating from university he became
very involved in his sport. "One of the interesting things about
this sport is this sport can make you look better because you as young
guy usually you want to look better. Let's say if you are heavy you wanna
look slimmer. If you're too slim you wanna look heavier, you wanna look
athletic. So this sport can provide your need." Ade actually
became interested in physical strength through arm wrestling. He really
enjoyed arm wrestling at university and was determined to become as strong
as possible. He was soon the national arm wrestling champion and in fact
he still is. KGRE asked Adi about the time he spends on strengthening
"I don't feel
like body building is like a burden to me but I love the sport very
much. I only train one hour five days a week but the hardest part
in the sport is the dieting, because we are what we eat so if you
want to improve your health, if you want to improve your performance
and your looks you have to pay attention to what you eat."
Ade's advice for eating properly is pretty
simple really. Don't miss the important meals such as breakfast, lunch
and dinner. Eat nutritious food and make sure you eat all of the food
groups including carbohydrates, protein, fibres and vegetables - eat a
variety of food. "I eat carbohydrate, protein
and fat and fibre and vitamins and minerals. I take multivitamin and minerals
for my supplement. I eat rice for carbohydrate also brown rice oat meals.
For protein I eat white meat and red meat at the same time but one thing
for sure I try to avoid food that is fried - food that contains a lot
of fat. I like milk, ice cream, cheese but the thing is I cannot eat as
often as a lot of people here in Indonesia, but I drink non-fat milk."
KGRE met Ade during
"Pesta Raga" - a National Body Builder Competition and
Fitness Festival held in Jakarta in August 2005.
The festival also included all kinds of fitness activities such
as aerobic dance, martial arts, a fashion show and of course, body
building. Ade was one of the main organisers of the event. One of
the reasons for organising activities such as Pesta Raga is to help
overcome the lack of information and knowledge about fitness and
"My goal is to promote fitness
itself through the events and through the fitness facilities, through
the seminars, talk shows and everything."
to the sport means that he travels a lot promoting healthy lifestyles
in schools, sports clubs, malls and sporting events. He is also passionately
involved in "Badan Narkotika Nasional" and "Badan Narkotika
Propinsi" which both promote the latest information and warnings
about drugs to young people. Ade is particularly against steroids in the
sport of bodybuilding and is working hard to make sure that they do not
become a problem here in Indonesia as they have overseas. Another great
interest of Ade's is health education in schools. He is concerned about
the lack of information given to students about nutrition, for example.
||Ade believes that nowadays most Indonesians,
even those with a university education, don't understand what the
differences are between carbohydrates and proteins. What is a calorie
for example? Why do people become fat? Poor food can influence our
health. Changing the curriculum, especially for health education is
really important. Ade also spoke to KGRE about his English language
skills. He said that he has never learnt English formally but his
American fitness training partner uses English with Ade all the time.
However Ade did add that his English is at its very best when he is
talking about his main interests in life - fitness and bodybuilding.
He feels confident talking about these topics, whereas in other areas
he admits his English may not be so good. For more information about
health and fitness Ade has his own magazine called "Ade Raga"
- check it out in bookstores and newspaper shops. He also has a network
of 15 Ade Rai gymnasiums across the country.
BINGKUANG - Indonesian herb plants
(this article is the winner of Task 2 from the KGRE August 2005 magazine)
Bingkuang, a symbol of Padang, is a kind
of tropical fruit in Indonesia. It is not a seasonal fruit. This fruit
grows underground. It is similar to a potato but the difference is in
growing it. With bingkuang the plant's flower seed is planted in the ground.
Bingkuang has an off-white skin. It has white flesh. The longer it is
kept, the sweeter taste it will have. If the skin is damaged it will rot
easily. This fruit can help prevent stomach and colon disease. It can
also help to lower body temperature if someone has fever. It can help
make our skin soft and smooth. It is often used as ingredient of traditional
food like rujak and sari buah.
Written by Yurnawati
** In English, bingkuang would be classed as a vegetable.
- 'Flowers On The Cliff Edge'
by Renny Yaniar Part
Amelia's house was in a quiet place. It was a hilly
village. The garden of her house was very beautiful. Flowers with various
colours grew there. Amelia grew some roses. She's a nature lover. One
day Amelia closed her book. She felt tired after studying hard. She stood
by the window. She could see the mountain from there. It was a beautiful
"How beautiful. How wonderful it
would be if I could reach the top of that mountain without climbing."
"If you want to fly up there, follow
me," said a soft voice. Amelia was surprised.
"Who are you? Why did you come in
"My name is Yuli. My home is a bit
far from here. I want to be your friend, Amelia," said the girl.
"You know my name," said Amelia.
"I often hear your mother calling
you," Yuli answered. She reached out her hand to Amelia. Amelia shook
"Why is your hand so cold? Are you
ill?" asked Amelia, worried.
"I haven't been to school for few
days," said Yuli.
"If you were sick, why aren't you
in bed now?" asked Amelia.
"The fresh air will make me better,
Amelia," said Yuli. Yuli pulled Amelia's hand. She wanted Amelia
"Oh, no. I cannot go now. I must
do my homework."
"Okay. How about tomorrow?"
"Yes, you are welcome to come back
tomorrow. My mother will make some delicious cakes for me. You must
taste some Yuli," said Amelia.
"Thanks Amelia. You are so kind."
Yuli waved to Amelia and then she was gone. Amelia's mother was puzzled
to see her daughter talking alone.
"Who were you talking to Amelia?"
her mother asked her.
"Oh, I was talking to Yuli, my new
friend," Amelia answered.
"But I didn't see anybody,"
said Amelia's puzzled mother.
"This wasn't my fantasy, Mom. Yuli
is my real friend. Her house is a bit far from here. She'll come again
tomorrow. I had promised to give her the cake you make,"
"You are a little bit strange,"
thought Amelia's mother, shaking her head again.
The next day, the sun shone brightly.
It was just seven in the morning when Amelia looked outside the window
and saw Yuli behind the fence.
"Oh, you are here. But why do you
look sad?" asked Amelia. Yuli didn't speak. There were tears in her
falling down her cheeks ...
Renny Yaniar is a children's story
book writer living in Jakarta. Renny has written 31 children's story books.
In June 2002 Renny's book 'Lautan Susu Coklat' won the Adikarya IKAPI
(Indonesian Publishers Association) award for the Best Children's Story.
1. What happened next in this story? Write
an ending for the story in 300 words or less. KGRE will choose three
winners and send them a copy of Renny's book. KGRE will print the
winning entry and Renny's original ending in the March 2006 magazine.
Entries must arrive at KGRE before January
My Sister Sif' - A
Book Review by Oceana Pastor-Elsegood
|'My Sister Sif', by Ruth Park, is a book
about a time in the life of a girl named Erika. It is fantasy story
but set in the real world which is why I really liked it. The
book is basically the story of a girl named Erika who comes from an
island in the Pacific Ocean called Rongo. Her mother is an islander
(orang asli dari pulau) and her father is a sailor who got shipwrecked
near the island. After he dies, Erika and her sister, Sif, move to
Sydney to live with their sister Joanne because their mother can't
look after them for a very special reason. But Sif gets so homesick
in Sydney that Erika decides that they have to run away. They go back
to Rongo and for a while live in happiness until the arrival of Henry
Jacka into their lives. He is a scientist who falls in love with Sif.
This is a problem for Erika because she doesn't want Henry to take
her sister away from her. However, Erika gets over her jealousy and
even starts to accept Henry as well.
The book was full
of surprises and I really liked the way Ruth Park mixes the fantasy
world with the real world. I could hardly put the book down because
there was always something unexpected to find out. The end is both
sad and shocking but it was a really good book that I would recommend
for both boys and girls'
G'day mate. My name's Whiz. I'm from
Adelaide in South Australia. I'm 15. I go to Adelaide High School.
I'm in Year 9.
My favourite subjects are science and computers. I've got one little
sister. My hobbies are skateboarding and playing computer games.
I think skateboarding keeps me fit and healthy. But my mother says
I need more exercise.
She makes me eat salad or vegetables every day, but I don't like
them. My favourite food is pizza. Do you eat salad or
vegetables every day too? What's your favourite food?
2. Write to KGRE and answer Whiz's two
questions above. Win a selection of these fabulous badges from KGRE.
Entries must arrive at KGRE before January 31st, 2006.
Hey! Hey! Kang Guru. My name is Lidya.
This is the first time I have written a letter. I am studying at Al-Hikmah
Junior High School in Surabaya. I want to give you a good idea! How about
if you add comics and some lyrics in your magazine? OK? Thank you Kang
KGRE: Hey Lidya! Thanks for your letter.We
hope you like our new character, Whiz. Listen to him on the radio too,
okay? He is really funny and interesting.
"A country man comes to a town called Medan. He was in his old car
when suddenly it broke down (mogok). He tried to find a workshop
(bengkel). He found one but the sign in the window said 'buka 24
jam/open 24 hours'. "Oh no", he said. Then he found another
one but still the same message. Then he sighed, "What funny people
in this city. If they need 24 hours to open then how long will they check
and repair my car."
Sent in by Rentauli in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra.
Q Can a kangaroo jump
higher than the Empire State Building?
A Yes, of course, because
a building cannot jump!
Sent in by Mahjati Abidah from Klaten, Jawa Tengah
The platypus looks very unusual because it has fur, a duck's bill
and webbed feet for swimming. These odd animals are usually 30 to
45 centrimetres in length. They weigh between 1 and 2.4 kilograms.
They live for about 12 years. They live in rivers and lakes in eastern
Australia. They swim with their eyes closed. They are nocturnal animals
- they sleep during the day and wake up at night. They also have poison
(racun) in their claws and can even kill small animals Their
poison is dangerous to humans but it does not usually kill them. The
platypus is not aggressive.
Amazing Fact - a platypus
can stay under water for 10 minutes. That's a long time!
duck's bill - mulut bebek,
webbed feet - seperti kaki bebek, claws
AusAID in Indonesia
Australia has been
helping with immunisation campaigns in Indonesia for many years.
Since 1995, over Aus$2.5 million has been contributed to the mass
vaccination of children in various Indonesian provinces. The campaigns
have included polio and measles, together with Vitamin A supplementation.
In 2005 Mr. David Ritchie, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, joined
a house-to-house polio immunisation campaign in South Jakarta."Shortly
after the original outbreak of polio was discovered, the Australian
Government announced we would provide AUD$1 million and a technical
expert to help support an immunisation campaign in the three provinces
nearest the outbreak. The vaccinations which I am witnessing today
are the second phase of this immunisation program, which began in
May, and have been carried out across the provinces of West Java,
Banten and metropolitan Jakarta", Mr Ritchie said.
APS Awardees Ready
for Study In Australia
The first group of Australian Partnership Scholarship awardees completed
their EAP (English for Academic Purposes) training at the IALF in Bali
in October. These awardees will commence their postgraduate studies in
Australia in January 2006. These awardees are part of a total number of
350 awardees who will be undertaking EAP throughout 2006 at the IALF in
both Jakarta and Bali.
||The EAP program is a great way for the
awardees to prepare for academic studies in Australia as well as to
meet new friends and experience a new educational approach to studying
a language. The closing ceremonies held at the IALF in October were
a time of great celebration for these awardees - but also tinged with
a little sadness as many of them will be studying at different universities
For those of you thinking about applying for an Australian
Partnership Scholarship in 2006, don't forget the 2006 APS application
round which commences on May 8th 2006 and closes on July 14th 2006. There
will be 250 scholarships available for postgraduate study and awardees
will be able to choose from over 40 higher education institutions in Australia.
The key requirement to be eligible for an APS is firstly that you have
a minimum English language proficiency of IELTS 5 or TOEFL 500 and a GPA
of 2.9. In addition, all applicants must also be either an employee in
the public or private sector and work within a field closely aligned with
the APS priority areas: Public Sector Management, Economic Governance
More information is available at www.apsprogram.or.id
or by contacting the APS office on (021)
Iodine salt is very important, especially for children's general growth
and development. If there is a lack of iodine salt in a child's diet then
problems can occur, especially in terms of physical and mental growth.
UNICEF, along with the Dinas Kesehatan Jayapura, are supervising the availability
and distribution of iodine salt in the Jayapura regency. Iodine salt is
the commercial type of salt bought in shops.
Dr. Esterlina Ayuni, Head of the Health
Office in Jayapura told KGRE waht their team discovered by checking houses
and shops (sweeping) in the regency. They found that 80% of the salt being
sold and used is in fact iodine salt. That is terrific, isn't it? Esterlina
said that future plans include having the local government and legislative
make a positive rule about the availability and sale of iodine salt in
AusAID and other agencies are doing a lot of work in Asia with this problem of lack of iodine in the diet.
Australia Specialised Training Project (IASTP III)
Training is very important. On-the-job training is also important for
people who are already very good at their jobs. Perhaps they need special
extra training in a particular area or maybe in a new field. This is exactly
the sort of training that AusAID's IASTP III project does in Indonesia.
This training was put to the test immediately after the October bombings
in Bali - Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies and Disasters (HOPE).
The Indonesia Australia Specialised Training Project Phase III arranged
delivery of HOPE training for 51 medical and health professionals across
the Province of Bali in July 2005, on behalf of AusAID.
The HOPE program has been developed to provide training
in responding to/managing large scale disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic
eruptions, or bombs in developing countries where the level of hospital-based
technology, equipment and systems may not be so well organised or developed.
As a result of this training, a province-wide coordinated medical and
emergency response plan was put in place in July 2005. It involved all
major emergency service providers, hospitals and health centres.
|Sanglah Hospital in Bali was the centre
of the response. Sanglah Hospital has received attention, building
and equipment upgrades and training from the Australian Government
since the 2002 Bali bombings. HOPE training definitely made for a
much better and more coordinated and effective response immediately
after the October 2005 bombings in Jimbaran and Kuta. IASTP III is
now considering extending the training to other eastern province hospitals
in major hubs, such as Jayapura, Surabaya and Makassar.
Drug abuse is an increasing problem throughout Indonesia.
A recent community survey, although limited, indicates that 0.5% of the
entire Indonesia population are currently addicts. This equates to some
1 million people, with approximately 50,000 of those being in Jakarta
alone. It is estimated that there are approximately 150,000 injecting
drug users (IDU's) throughout Indonesia. Similarly, the Government of
Indonesia believes that there are between 90,000 to 130,000 people who
are HIV positive, of whom about 42,000 are IDU's. The Indonesia Australia
Specialised Training Project (IASTP) has been providing training on drug
information and surveillance for several years. In 2005 the direction
for this training moved to a focus on drug interventions. IASTP III has
been training two groups simultaneously, one consisting predominantly
of medical professionals, and the other predominantly of counselors and
other psychosocial professionals. The first group of courses occurred
in Denpasar and Manado in June 2005 and the second group in Batam and
Medan September 2005.
Project in Papua
Dewi Wulandari is the Media Relation Officers for Komisi Penanggulangan
AIDS Propinsi Papua. Together with other members of her team she is
working to better educate people in the Jayapura area about HIV/AIDS.
Current activities include a weekly radio program called Mari Kitorang
Bertanggung Jawab (MKBJ - Let Us Be Responsible) at RRI Jayapura.
The program began in May 2005 and is broadcast once a week - every Monday
morning for 20 minutes from 6.10am to 6.30am. Its main aim is to provide
information about HIV/AIDS, to improve people's awareness and to ask people
to be responsible about HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS is not only a government problem
or a problem for certain people, but HIV/AIDS is everyone's problem and
all people in Papua should be responsible for trying to prevent HIV/AIDS.
The program attracts many interactive callers and many, many questions
about HIV/AIDS. One special activity was to ask questions about HIV/AIDS
and invite listeners to answer via SMS messages. The program received
hundreds and hundreds of SMS messages with the correct answers, so that
was a job well done, don't you agree? People in the Jayapura area are
finding out a lot of information about HIV/AIDS thanks to the activities
of Komisi Penanggulangan AIDS Propinsi Papua, AusAID and RRI Jayapura.
Other very successful activities included
cooperation with the Panitia Pelaksana (Implementing Committee)
of the Indonesian Football League. Every match played by Persipura - the
Jayapura Football Team - is broadcast live on RRI. Volunteers distribute
information about HIV/AIDS and the football commentators announce HIV/AIDS
information to the spectators.
||On the 6th August, Iwan Fals held an
AIDS Awareness Concert in Jayapura supported by the Papuan Provincial
AIDS Prevention Commission. The title of the concert was Iwan Fals
Is Concerned about AIDS 2005. It was very successful with about
10 thousand people attending the concert at the Mandala Stadium. Iwan
Fals appeared for two hours and he sang 17 songs. One of them was
'Cendrawasih', a song which he specially composed for the Papuan people.
Iwan had a special message for the people in Papua. If they don't
want the number of HIV cases to keep increasing, they have to make
changes in their behaviour and be more responsible for themselves,
their families and their community.
Chandra Galih Permana lives in Bandung. Chandra is 26 years old and was
one of the very first people to organise a KGRE Connection Club back in
2001. In fact, The Space Club was the first Connection Club that KGRE
ever visited. He is now fully involved in a new venture - a very important
one for him. Something very close to his heart. Chandra is a hemophiliac
(orang yang mengalami masalah dengan pembekuan darah). Now he is
working to help others who have hemophilia, particularly in West Java.
On July 28, 2002 he established the West Java Hemophilia Society.
There are in fact
7 people in his family who have this disease. According to The World
Federation of Hemophilia, 1 : 10,000 of population will have hemophilia.
Hemophilia is a blood disorder and it means that a sufferer's blood
lacks the ability to clot. Even a bruise can be serious and very
painful. Medicines and transfusions are very expensive, so that's
why Chandra created Yayasan Peduli Hemophilia (Care for Hemophilia
Foundation) in March 30, 2004. He and his team hope that through
this Foundation they can help people with hemophilia to have a better
life, or at least give them the right information and give them
support. Chandra is building connections within Indonesia, for example,
with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in Bandung.
The recent increase in costs for their medicine (40%)
is not helping their situation at all. He is also working with overseas
NGOs as well. Chandra has 62 fellow hemophiliacs on his list in West Java.
For more information please contact Chandra at:
Yayasan Peduli Hemofilia (Care for Hemophilia Foundation)
Address: Jl. Pajajaran Dalam No.93 A/72, Bandung 40174, West Java.
Surfing Is My
Tipi Jabrik has been surfing almost all of his life. He started when he
was 5 years old. It was almost natural for him to go to the beach everyday
back in those days. Kevin asked Tipi why he started so early. "I
start surfing when I was so young ... we live close to the beach. We live
in Jalan Double Six and that's only like 200 meters from the ocean so
we go to the beach almost everyday." As his skills in the water
increased Tipi began to travel a lot and not just in Indonesia. He has
surfed in Hawaii and he says that was probably one of his most memorable
adventures. Besides surfing, he is also very interested in photography.
After years of having his photograph in surfing magazines around the world
Tipi has taken up photography as a hobby, but also as a part of his job
with Quiksilver. Some of his main Public Relations responsibilities are
to represent the company, take care of the media and to organise surfing
contests which Quiksilver supports. Tipi says that Quiksilver is really
a lifestyle company. He believes if people want to have a healthy lifestyle
then they need to be active and healthy and Quiksilver is there to help
them. What makes Tipi's lifestyle a healthy one?
"I think myself as a healthy person because I
really look after my diet. I try not to eat too much fried food. I eat
a lot of vegetables. I don't eat meat that much and I surf almost every
day to keep my body fit. Surfing is enough to make your body healthy but
... I do a lot of stretching. Stretching is very important for any activity
... to loosen up your muscles ... I like to eat sweets but I try not to
eat it too much. I drink a lot of water, that's really important."
Trip to 'Snowy Australia'
I flew to Sydney first from Denpasar with my mum and some friends. We
went to the Aquarium, Sega-World, the Maritime Museum and my favourite,
the USS Vampire battle ship. It was awesome! On Sunday we went on a plane
to the Snowy Mountains. We had to settle into an apartment first and then
rent skiing gear. But the next day we went to the snow! I took snowboarding
classes with my friend Dylan. We had four layers of clothes on top (vest,
t-shirt, sweater and thick jacket) and two layers of trousers (boxers
not included!). We wore a helmet and special snow goggles to protect our
eyes and we had stylish snowboards. A snowboard is like a skateboard without
wheels and a lot bigger. We wore special boots to clip on or strap on.
The first day was
cold, and wet, and sometimes miserable. It was freezing. With a
teacher, we learnt how to stand up on the snowboard, and do the
'falling leaf' technique. It was hard work and you have to be fairly
fit. The second day was bright and sunny. We could snowboard from
the very top of the easy slope. We took a chairlift to the top -
that was cool! It is like going up an escalator, except you are
high above the snow, and you have skis or snowboards hanging off
your feet. The third day was hard. We went to Blue Cow Mountain
by underground railway. There was snow everywhere. I went down the
slope at least 10 times or more. Overall, it was so awesome. I would
like to do it again. After my snow holiday we came back to Indonesia.
Sent in by Raditya Santosa, an SD student in
AusAID supports the Nutrition Education Campaign for NTT and NTB from
the World Food Program.They have contributed US$155,150. This program
will focus on strengthening the various parts under the nutrition education
campaign, with special attention given to NTT and NTB. The program covers
the NTB districts of West, Central and East Lombok. It assists 38,000
students in 203 schools, plus 26,000 children under 5. It also assists
8,500 pregnant women and lactating mothers in 336 posyandus.
|Sri Hastuti is an active young lady
from Bima. She is a member of AusAID's WSLIC 2 team (Water and Sanitation
for Low Income Communities 2). WSLIC 2 has been assisting locals working
in villages in the Bima area for the past 3 years to improve their
own water and sanitation services. Facilitating activities such as
digging wells and developing water systems are just two aspects of
Sri's work for WSLIC 2. Helping villagers to identify their water
problems and needs is one thing, but Sri even helps to make sure the
concrete used in the building of the wells, for example, is correctly
mixed to last a long time. Local communities are a vital part of the
team too. The participatory cooperation system being used is often
called 'In Cash, In Kind' - groups of villagers contribute to the
construction in the form of cash (4%) and in the form of work and
work material (16%).
Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses.
These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds, for example,
carry the viruses in their bodies but usually do not get sick from them.
However, bird flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated
birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and can even
kill them. Bird flu viruses do not usually infect humans, but several
cases of human infection with bird flu viruses have occured since 1997.
The Indonesian Government is naturally concerned about this situation
and so is the Australian Government. The Australian Government has provided
over $15 million in assistance to Indonesia to help fight the threat of
avian influenza in our region. This funding will help Indonesia improve
its response to a potential outbreak in key areas such as detection, diagnosis
and containment of the virus, public awareness-raising and information-sharing.
SMK 1 Jayapura is set high up above Jayapura harbour. It was one of the
schools in Papua which worked with AusAID's Makassar Tourism and Training
Project (MTTP). MTTP finished in early 2005 but the effects of the project's
work are still treasured in Jayapura. The Principal of SMK 1, Laura Holle,
is very proud of her school's involvement with MTTP. Facilities and equipment
provided through that AusAID project are still in use and in excellent
condition. On the day KGRE visited SMK 1, the students were undergoing
Competency Assessment with two competency assessors from the local industry
- Pak Budi from the Yasmin Hotel and Haris Loji from the Ermashita Hotel.
These men are both involved in the tourist industry in Jayapura and they
are the best people to really assess whether SMK 1 students are competent
Kevin was also happy to hear how fondly
the teachers at SMK 1 spoke of Francis De Silva - a keen supporter of
KGRE and a hard working member of the MTTP team. Laura studied in Australia
in the early 90s under a scheme established by the Indonesian Government
and the Government of the Northern Territory. Her Vice Principal, Ibu
Elisabeth, also studied in Australia in the mid 90s. With these two wonderful
ladies in charge of SMK 1, the school will continue to provide excellent
tourism-related training to students in Jayapura. And the school itself?
Spotless and clean and with a beautiful garden! What a great atmosphere
Over 90% of the buildings on the island of
Alor were destroyed in the earthquakes in November 2004. The Australian
Indonesian Partnership for Reconstruction and Development (AIPRD)
is assisting local people to rebuild. A brand new paramedical house
in Alor will feature this beautifully carved door. It was made by
local craftsmen to show their appreciation for the Australian funded
reconstruction work being done on Alor.
Guru Connection Club Network
KGRE flew to Palu in Central Sulawesi in late August to meet Connection
Clubs and present a Teacher Workshop. The workshop was organised by Pak
Yusri, leader of the Posisani English Club in conjunction with DIKNAS
and Ibu Marfuatun from Amalia Orphanage in Palu. When Kevin first arrived
at the workshop venue he was met by students all dressed in traditional
clothes and shaking spears at him. It was in fact a traditional welcome
presented by 25 students from the Amalia Orphanage.
|The traditional welcome continued with
a dance performance inside the venue. The students were beautifully
dressed - so bright and dazzling. The members of the welcoming group
also joined in our meeting with students from KGCC's based in Palu
- the Posisani Club and the Nurul Ihsan Meeting Club. There are two
other clubs ready to join the KGCC network - The Dolphin based at
RRI Palu and the Welcome English Club based at UNTAD in the Economics
Faculty. Hi to Pak Jojo, a keen interactive presenter at RRI Palu.
Kevin appeared on his English language program and Jojo certainly
has a lot of listeners and a lot of good ideas.
||The students at Pondok Pesantren An-Nuqayah
in Guluk Guluk, Madura certainly know how to enjoy their English language
activities (see above). Under the careful guidance of their
teachers, the students presented activities ranging from chants, dance
routines, story telling to role-plays at their recent English Camp.
The event was organised by Ibu Efa (a great job too) with support
and encouragement from her fellow teachers plus John and Margaret
Rollings, Aussie teacher trainers with ISELP working at the Pondok
Pesantren. Fellow ISELP teacher trainers (Islamic School English Language
Program), Cheryl Reid from Pondok Pesantren Sunan Drajat in Paciran
and Prue Price from Pondok Pesantren Qomaruddin in Bungah, Gresik
joined in with the fun.
Pak Suryadi from nearby Pondok Pesantren
Al Amien gave a presentation to teachers at the workshop about the KGRE
Connection Club network. His Pioneer English Club, based at Pondok Pesantren
Al Amien, is very active and has been a keen member of the KGCC network
for a few years now. Earlier this year KGRE joined together with the Pioneer
English Club to hold a KGCC Get Together for all clubs linked with KGRE
in the area. There were over 150 members at the meeting. The Pioneer English
Club also organised a Teacher Workshop at the Prenduan and is presently
organising language clubs in Pamekasan and Pontianak to join the KGCC
network. Thanks Suryadi! The weekend finished with a one day visit to
nearby Pamekasan to see Sapi Sonok. What a wonderful spectacle that is.
What a wonderful place Madura IS!
KGRE met teachers,
students and visited RRI in Jayapura and Sorong in August. Kevin
met students at SMK1 and SMA 5 plus 250 students from various schools
at a special student meeting held at SMK 1. There is a very strong
interest in language clubs so hopefully some new clubs will be formed
soon. Hello to Sophe (right, in the pretty pink shirt), English
language interactive radio presenter, at RRI Jayapura and to the
staff at RRI Sorong. KGRE recently received a letter from Dr Felix
Duwit at the Selebe Solu Hospital in Sorong. Felix has begun a language
club at the hospital for staff (see picture on blue background
right). That club meets every day from 1-2 pm. They also listen
to KGRE every Tuesday. As Felix says, learning English is very important
for them and for their careers. Keep up the good work and KGRE will
see you soon.
Kang Guru in the Classroom Teacher SMP Package,
KGRE and the IALF (Indonesia Australia
Language Foundation) have created a new Teacher Package to assist Indonesian
teachers of English who are teaching SMP level students. The activities
are designed for elementary to pre-intermediate level students. The activities
have been designed to complement and support a competency-based curriculum
and have been specially written to match topics in the new 2004 SMP curriculum.
The package includes three Classroom
Activities booklets, one for each level SMP 1 - 3. There is also a
comprehensive Teacher's Guide for using the activities in the classroom
and giving tips and ideas about how to create activities. There are four
CDs (or four cassettes) in the package. Three CDs contain audio recordings
to accompany the activities in the Classroom Activities booklets. There
is an extra music CD with songs by Australian, Indonesian and international
artists. The recordings offer students the chance to hear English being
used naturally by a variety of different speakers, including many Australian
Guide includes a general guide for teachers about some of the
most effective ways of using audio recordings with students. It
also includes suggestions to help teachers enhance their individual
skills in materials development. There are also suggestions and
tips to help teachers develop and extend the activities in this
package for further learning and skills integration. There are tips
for keeping students motivated and interested.
Each Classroom Activities Booklet
contains 27 activities which the teacher can take directly into
the classroom and use as the basis for either a single lesson or
as part of a series of lessons. There is at least one activity for
each topic in the SMP curriculum, plus additional activities such
as songs, idioms, cross-culture activities and quizzes. There are
very detailed Teacher's Notes, which include objectives for each
activity, all in line with the new curriculum. There are Answer
Keys and a Tapescript for each activity. The Teacher Notes include
suggestions for pre-listening, during listening and post-listening
follow-up and extension activities. Selected activities include
suggestions for project/portfolio work. There are enlarged pictures
and photos to accompany many of the activities.
To order the new package write a letter to
KGRE with your name, your school name and address and include a
pos wesel for Rp 100,000. Don't forget to say whether you want audio
CDs or cassettes.
Delivery takes 3 - 4 weeks beginning in January 2006.
KGRE is used to working in schools with teachers
and students BUT on Nov. 14th Kevin found himself in front of Majors,
Colonels, Captains and Generals. No, it wasn't a firing squad
but a teacher workshop at the Pusat Pendidikan and Pelatihan Pertahanan
in Pondok Labu, Jakarta. Colonel
Suyono Longines from TNI, in conjunction with Major Barbara Tipper,
Australian Language Advisor from the Australian Defence Forces, welcomed
Kevin to the academy. They introduced Kevin to 50 TNI English teachers
who teach English on defence bases throughout the archipelago. The
TNI teachers were spontaneous and enthusiastic. KGRE hopes to be involved
in similar activities next year.
Teachers in Papua - So Enthusiastic!
Students and teachers alike in Jayapura and Sorong are wild about English
and also wild about KGRE. Laura J. Holle (Principal of SMK 1), Eduard
Tampubolon, Edwin Karundeng and Setiasih from SMK 1 and Rianto Allolinggi
are shining examples. They organized a wonderful series of English language
events for KGRE. Many thanks go to all of them for their hard work.
||Meanwhile, Jack Rahamitu is based in
Sorong. Jack managed to organize a meeting of 50 local English teachers
at very short notice and as a result, they are now busily planning
a KGRE Teacher Workshop for early in 2006. With enthusiasm like that,
how can KGRE not go back to that rapidly growing city of Sorong? See
you all in 2006.
Music - Ello
His full name is Marchello Tahitoe but we
all know him as Ello. He is a singer and has already made one fantastic
album called 'Ello'. This self-titled album features many wonderful
songs including the big hit 'Pergi Untuk Kembali' which his father
had as a hit song back in the 1970s. Ello grew up with two dreams
- one was to be a football player and the other was to be a singer.
One has come true but as Ello explains, the other one probably never
will. "I'm so lazy to practice. I enjoy football, you know
it's not just playing you know, you need to practice and you need
to get up early and you need to jog and stuff, I cannot do that. I'm
just too lazy for that."
Ello grew up in a musical family. Ello
is from Ambon and has actually been singing since 1996. Less than a year
ago he decided to take up singing professionally. His dad is a composer
and his mother is a singer. Ambonese are well known for their musical
ability. Both Glenn Fredly, a cousin of Ello, and Ruth Sahayana are from
Ambon. Like many Ambonese, Ello and Glenn have a great vision for Ambon.
"....we both have a very great vision for Ambon, Ambonese people
because you know erm we're proud as Ambonese because their sense of arts
you know. Their sense of art is so extremely I don't know, it's very good,
you know we can build Ambon, we can make industry in Ambon with arts industry
so I think I need support from every people who's listening and you know
do something for Ambon."
Ello likes Jamoroqi, Stevie Wonder and
Maxwell. Ello is a real musician and not just a singer. He plays guitar
and piano. He would like to learn to play the trumpet, saxophone and maybe
even the violin. Ello wrote eight of the ten songs and produced several
of the songs on 'Ello'. A new album could be due next year and Ello has
already started working on the songs for that.
Ello and English? Ello started learning
English in elementary school and then high school but he also took some
language courses too. Ello told KGRE, '....but the most important thing
if you wanna be a fluent English speaker you have to speak and you have
to, you have to practice ...'. Ello also added that watching television
has helped him a lot with his English language studies. KGRE asked Ello
if he has any English language songs on his album or if he sings any in
his shows. '.... in my album not yet, not yet, I will, but in my gig
I brought some English songs like 'Waiting Fans' from Bob Marley, 'The
Most Beautiful Girl' by Prince and 'Because of You' by Kate Martin.
Juminato, a student
from Gowa in South Sulawesi asked Ello this question, "Do you
have a darling?" . Ello's answer?
"Ya Juminato, and I can
put it like this. My life for the past is like a year and a half
is full of love. You know what I mean. I mean but not like serious
thing, getting married soon or something, no, I just enjoy with
this girl seriously."
KGRE spoke with Ello on the morning of
one of the biggest rock concerts that he had ever performed at the Soundrenalin
Concert on Pulau Serangan. Kevin asked him if he was nervous. "I
always get nervous every time I go on but what makes me even more nervous
coz this gig, this event is you know kind of rock thing and I don't do
rock, I do pop, R & B". Other artists at the gig included
Slank, Peter Pan and Iwan Fals.
When you see that Ello is coming to your
town, it doesn't mean he is coming on his own. In fact he may have up
to 10 or 12 people with him including assistants and technicians plus
the band. "Ya I have this concept in my head that solo artist
like me will be better if they use their own band you know. I have my
own band. Six of them. There is bass player, guitar, keyboard, percussion,
and another keyboard." One further interesting point that Ello
spoke about was how he tries to give his audience something different
each time he performs. "You know people buy my tickets not to
hear just the album ya. They need something new, maybe I'm gonna put the
rap thing then in the middle of the song. I don't know, something different.
I always perform everything differently". If Ello is coming to
your part of Indonesia make sure you go and see him. (At their interview
in Bali, Ello told Kevin that he loves watching television).
Did you know there will be four magazines
in 2006 - March, June, September and December. KGRE is sure going
to be busy! Please write to us with any of your ideas and information
that you think would be good for KGRE's March magazine - the theme
for the magazine will be Youth Culture.
Did you know that even people in other countries tune into KGRE? There
is Kenji Hashimoto from Nirasaki City plus Masashi Sugiya and Takahito
Akabayashi from Tokyo in Japan, Ronald Howard from Monterey in California,
USA and Ron Killick from Christchurch in New Zealand. Peter Goldfinch
in Western Australia and Swopan Chakroborty from Kolkata in India
also tune in when they can.
December Magazine Cover
The 2005 KGRE Photograph Competition Winner is KGCC # 093, Sandhy Putra
English Club in Bandung - the photograph shows two school girls buying
fruit at the market. Now that is a healthy choice for sure! Congratulations
and a brand new Samsung digital camera is coming your way. Runners Up
include Sugiyarti from Yogyakarta (preparing a healthy meal), Excellent
Club #026 in Jombang (ready for a healthy activity - football)
and Amrullah in Sumba (cleaning up their environment). Each of
those three entries will win a non-digital camera.
|| Idul Fitri Competition
On October 19th, KGRE announced a special Idul Fitri FORUM Competition
on the KGRE website. Over 500 people checked out the competition.
KGRE is happy to announce that everyone who posted a reply between
Oct. 19 and Nov. 6 is a winner. They have all won a brand new KGRE
long or short sleeved t-shirt plus a copy of the newest cassette from
KGRE - a Different Pond Different Fish/Aussie Song compilation.
Different Pond Different
Fish - Lain Lubuk Lain Ikan
We have something a little different for
you today on Different Pond Different Fish. Try our Cross-Culture Quiz.
DON'T look at the bottom of the page yet! Read the questions below and
try and guess the correct answers, a, b, or c. Then check your answers
at the bottom of the page! Have fun!
If an Aussie says "Let's go Dutch" when they
invite you out to dinner, they mean:
Let's go to a Dutch restaurant.
Let's wear Dutch traditional costume.
Let's pay for our meal separately.
You are walking down the street with
an Aussie friend when she/he slips on the pavement. Would you:
Laugh because you are embarrassed.
Give them your hand and ask if they're
Pretend not to notice.
You are at a party at an Aussie friend's
house when someone offers you a beer. You are a Muslim. Would you:
Say 'yes' out of embarrassment.
Explain that drinking alcohol
is forbidden by the Koran.
Politely refuse and ask for an alternative.
Drink While Driving
In a car with a group of friends one day in Melbourne I saw a big banner
in the street which read 'If you drink and drive you are stupid.' I said
innocently, "Of course people can drink while driving." All
my friends responded, "It's you who is stupid, not the banner,
Siti. It means if you drink alcohol before or while driving."
I didn't know that 'drink' in that context means 'drink alcohol.'
(Siti, a teacher from IALF Bali)
Basic Health Care System in Australia
by IALF's cross culture teacher,
Visiting the Doctor
In Australia, people on a very low income are entitled to free medical
care. If you are approved for this you will get a "healthcare card".
With this card you can visit the doctor and also get medicines for free
from the pharmacy. Everyone in Australia is entitled to subsidized health
care called "medicare". Medicare means you can go to the doctor
for treatment or buy medicine and you do not have to pay the full price.
For example, if you have to buy medicine you will only have to pay 25%
of the cost.
|Going to Hospital
In Australia everyone can get free treatment in a public hospital
as a public patient. That means you can visit the emergency department
or have an operation or have treatment for an illness without paying
for it. However, there are often very long queues and waiting lists
for public patients. Alternatively some people prefer to be private
patients. Private patients can get treatment more quickly than public
patients, but private medical care is very expensive. That is why
many people choose to have medical insurance. Health or medical insurance
is asuransi kesehatan.
Many people get a salary and medical insurance
from their employer. But if their employer doesn't give them insurance
they usually get their own insurance with a private company. They usually
pay some of their monthly salary directly to the insurance company. Then,
if they get sick or have an accident they don't have to pay for treatment.
Many people have life insurance too. So if a husband or wife dies, their
spouse will receive some money.
English Language Interactive Radio Presenters' Network
|On August 4th, 2005, seven eager and
hard-working radio people met at IALF Bali for a two day meeting.
All seven present English language interactive radio programs in their
respective cities. They were invited to meet with each other, and
with KGRE. The main reason for the meeting was to begin the process
of forming a KGRE English Language Interactive Radio Presenters' Network.
In the past KGRE has assisted and encouraged English language interactive
radio programs in many parts of Indonesia. KGRE wants to encourage
more radio stations to further develop, or even introduce, their own
interactive program. KGRE plans to produce a set of 'Hints and Suggestions'
to help radio stations and their interactive presenters to do this.
On Day One of the workshop each participant
described their own programs and talked about some of the difficulties
and successes they had experienced since beginning their programs. It
was interesting to note the variety of differences between programs. The
seven enthusiastic participants considered many interesting questions
about their programs and about KGRE.
What are the most common problems in
presenting interactive programs?
How were, or how can, these problems
How can members of a Presenter's Network
help each other?
What makes an interesting interactive
How can we make English language interactive programs interesting and
appropriate for language
learners in our listening audience?
Final sessions were based on the how KGRE and the participants
can best develop a Presenters' Network during 2005-2006. How can KGRE
help you AND how can you help each other and how should KGRE go about
'selling' English interactive programs to other radio stations? The involvement
of participants is going to be important in this part of the network's
goals. If you know of, or if you are, an interactive radio presenter (English
language) then why not ask them to contact KGRE. Maybe they too can join
this new and exciting network of people helping people across Indonesia.
Hobbies and Leisure
Write to KGRE about your absolutely favourite hobby or leisure activity.
Tell KGRE why you are so interested in that activity, how often you do
it, what are the benefits you get from it and how important is it for
your happiness. Maximum length - 250 words. Please send a good quality
photograph of you doing your favourite activity. Five winners will win
a selection of English books on Hobbies and Leisure from Australia. Many
of the letters, emails or postcard entries will appear in the March 2006
KGRE magazine. Entries due before Jan 31, 2006.
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