Kang GURU Magazine - March 2009
Welcome from KGI
Welcome to Kang Guru Indonesia’s first magazine for 2009 –
KGI’s 20th Anniversary Year. That is absolutely right! KGI
has been in Indonesia for twenty years thanks to AusAID, the Australian
government’s overseas aid program. That means a lot of support
over a long period of time. That support has been for you, our wonderful
Kang Guru readers and listeners. The work of AusAID has always been
an important part of Kang Guru and in this magazine we cover stories
about building roads and bridges with EINRIP, the teacher exchanges
of BRIDGE, the youth exchanges with AIYEP and cultural exchanges
such as with Pak Rohman from Istana Cipanas.
Here at KGI we love to tell you about other very special Indonesia-Australia
relationships. By that we mean people to people relationships and
their activities. The strong connections between Indonesia and Australia
are often shown through these types of relationships. In this issue
we not only look at teacher and student exchanges, we introduce
you to several Australian alumni and their stories.
Are you wondering about the theme for this magazine? It is Life
Down Under - life in Australia. What is life in Australia really
like? I hope we can enlighten you a bit. Enjoy reading the articles
and the comments from both Aussies and Indonesians and hopefully
we'll help you learn more about Life Down Under.
So what’s on for KGI this year? First of all, the 20th Anniversary
is an important milestone. Staff at KGI, in conjunction with the
IALF and AusAID, will soon be making some decisions about these
you want to be told about these very special activities designed
just for YOU, then you must register with KGI before the end
of April. Register for 20th Anniversary Updates by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or by SMS, or by letter.
Starting early May, 2009, we will be very happy to tell you what
is happening for the 20th Anniversary of KGI. You can also check
the KGI website after May 1st.
Kevin R. Dalton
Kang Guru Indonesia's June 2009 magazine
In this edition you are reading about Life Down Under - life
in Australia. We hope you enjoy it. In the June 2009 edition
of this magazine the theme will be Life in Indonesia. That's
right! What's great about living in this country for you?
All of us here at KGI love living in Indonesia and we are
looking forward to telling you why we, and so many other people,
love living here.
What do you love about life in Indonesia? It is a great country
but what makes living in Indonesia so fantastic? Write to KGI and
tell us so that we can use your opinions, and maybe your photographs,
in the June 2009 magazine.
December 2008 magazine -
Dewa Ayu in Karangasem, Bali
My name is I Dewa Ayu Kristina Ratna Rutri. I’m in
Year 11, SMA Negeri 1 Sidemen, Karangasem. I was in Darwin-Australia
as an exchange student for 6 months last year. I’ve
read this Kang Guru awesome magazine. It is very interesting!
I also have read the planning ahead for March 2009 and I got
an idea for something that might be quite interesting. Please
post some Australian slang so that we can know all about that.
By the way, if it is possible I really welcome KGI crew to
come to my school, to see all around the school, and get together
with many cheerful students here.
Dewa, please check out Idioms Inggris, page 3 and we'd love
to come to your school soon, invite us!
Demy Ohoilulin in Saumlaki
I never guessed to be able to read a fantastic magazine
like KGI. Hopefully KGI can be read by all students here in
Saumlaki to improve our English. Thank you and Pak Benny so
Iin in Surabaya, East Java
G’day. My Naval academy (AAL) has received 10 Dec.
2008 issues this morning. Great thanks 4 ur kind attention.
They’re very helpful 4 cadets. Viva Kang Guru. May God
always bless u in coming years.
Shaleh Drehem at SMA AlHikmah Surabaya, East Java
Today AIYEP visited my school, I’m so excited. The people
from Australia are very nice and kind and they’re give
us a culture performance and it’s fantastic. Many thanks
to Kang Guru that makes me good in English as well.
Luluk in Pasuruan, East Java
Hi, I’m Luluk Khoirotul Munzida from SMA N 1 GRATI
PASURUAN ..East Java. When I see the cover of Kang Guru’s
magazine (Dec. 2008), I really was attracted to read the magazine.
It makes me so happy when I read the column ENTERTAINMENT
especially the profile of Sherina and Afgan. Kang Guru magazine
gives much interesting information and inspires us. CA...
Mega Ratna in Bojonegoro, East Java
My name is Mega Ratna. I am studying in IKIP Bojonegoro,
semester 5. I’m 21 years old. I am really happy if my
postman comes and gives me a copy of your KGI magazine. It
is like I received a letter from my boy friend. I think all
of parts or words in each edition are very interesting and
give me much inspiration for my life. Thanks KGI, I always
pray you can exist forever.
Aren't they fantastic comments!
A fabulous KGI 20th Anniversary t-shirt will be sent to all these
How much do things cost
According to a recent international survey on the cost of living,
Moscow is the most expensive city in the world to live in. You would
have to be almost a millionaire to live in Moscow. So, what about
cities in Australia? How expensive are they? Sydney, Australia's
largest city, came 15th in the world ranking and Melbourne in Victoria
came in 36th. It might appear to many Indonesians that Australian
salaries are very high, but remember the cost of living in Australia
is also very high. So, how much do things actually cost in Australia?
Have a look at the table below. These are some of the average costs
in Australian dollars (AUD$) for people, and for students, living
and studying in Australian cities.
you match the costs with the icons?
||$150 – $300 per week ___
||a kilo of apples
||$50.00 per week ___
||a litre of milk
||$70.00 per week ___
|an audio CD
||lunch at Uni
||$10.00 ___ a day
|a loaf of bread
||a can of Coke
|a kilo of rice
||$ 2.50 ___
||A cheap pair of jeans
||haircut (men) $20.00 (women)
All of these letters on Kang Guru
Voices are actually emails.
Thanks to all of you.
5 AM Down Under
Hi KGI, I really want to know is there any activity at 5am
in Australia? Maybe all the housewives are cooking at that
time like here in Indonesia? Thanks for the magazine - I love
it every time.
An Aceh Anecdote
My name is Zamzami and I am a student of State Institute
for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry Aceh (TEN). I had a lot of experiences
when I was studying at my boarding school Pondok Pesantren
Misbahul Ulum Paloh in Lhokseumawe. It was a conflict area
between the free Aceh movement and the Indonesian military.
Hearing the sound of shooting and bombs became our daily routine
but it didn’t make us give up studying English. In our
pesantren we always communicate in English. We can now speak
English well because of Kang Guru. Our English teachers now
have a good relationship with KGI. Our English materials are
taken from KGI. Once the army investigated our pesantren and
asked me several questions in Bahasa Indonesia. I answered,
”I’m sorry brother, I can’t answer your
question in Indonesian. We will be punished by our teacher
if we use Indonesian.” He stopped asking me again because
maybe he didn’t understand me. Thank you very much for
my best teacher Kang Guru. Always give me the spirit .............
Zamzami in Lhokseumawe, NAD
What a very interesting email Zamzani, thank you! I’m
sure your story will inspire lots of people who are reading
this KGI magazine. That is the spirit that everyone needs
to learn English! We wish you all the best and stay enthusiastic
about learning English!
Send us CD please ...
I’m glad that I met Ayu in Bone so that I got more
information about KGI and I’m more motivated. I’m
eager to open an English Club at my school. I got information
from your website that Kang Guru has CDs and cassettes. Can
I have them for my new club? Thank you very much!
Nini Salwa Istiqamah, Bone, Sulawesi
I remember you Nini. We’ll send you a club booklet
and a few compilation Kang Guru CDs for your club to use.
envelope is from Adinda Embun Firdausi in Jember, East Java
Life in Banyuwangi
I have been your active member since 2002. I was the leader
of one of your KGCCs in Banyuwangi, MINAK JINGGO ENGLISH CLUB.
I was elected to be a headmaster of an elementary school in
my village. Really that’s why I am always so busy.
But lately I realize that I must wake up and continue my
ambition to improve my English and my students’ English
too. Thanks to God for this month when I can help Pak Bowo
do my English activity by presenting the KGI program in Banyuwangi
on Radio Suara Habibulloh.
Abd. Muqsith, S.Pd in Banyuwangi
Dear Muqsith, why haven’t you been in touch with
KGI for such a long time! You have missed so much information
from us. But it’s good to hear that you are back on
track! Enjoy the magazine and stay active, don’t lose
My name is Fitri Fauziyah. We met Kevin in my junior high
school (SMPN 3 Peterongan) Pondok Pesantren Darul Ulum in
March 2005. I forgot that you took our picture. I saw
it on the Kang Guru website Travel Report 2005. That was beautiful
memory and the greatest experience I ever had. That year became
my special year at SMPN 3 because I was the only one who got
the perfect mark in the final English examination. Now I study
at STIE SYARIAH University, Surabaya. I still get the Kang
Guru magazine regularly. I always join the quizzes even though
I haven't won yet. Thanks for being a great magazine for me.
I am always waiting for the magazine.
Fitri, we do remember that visit and all the students
we met. Thanks for having such wonderful memory.
Iffatun Nida in Babat, Lamongan
Quite honestly, the vast majority of people, including
housewives, are still fast asleep at 5 o'clock in the morning
in Australia. Maybe dairy farmers would be awake or shift
workers going home but as for everyone else ........
Poverty Line in Australia
Talking about Life Down Under, there are so many questions
I have. I am just curious if there are local people who live
below the poverty line? Do their children need to take a job
to help support the family?
Ricki Mumpuni in Bojonegoro
Dear Ricki, like all families in Australia, children
from low income families must remain at a school (full time)
until they are 16 years of age. However many would have jobs
in their spare time.
Australia and Indonesia
I am Ahdi Hidayat Al-Qoyyimi. I am in the third year of SMPN
1 Suela, Lombok Timur. My hobbies are reading, sport, listening
to the radio, and much more. I like your programs on your
radio broadcast and reading your magazine. I always listen
to your program because it is helping me improve my English.
I think KGI is a great program to develop the relationship
between Indonesia and Australia. In 2009/2010 I will continue
my study at SMK or SMA. I know that my English is not good
enough but I hope it will get better through KGI programs.
Please add my name and my address to your mailing list so
I can receive the KGI magazine regularly.
Ahdi Hidayat in Lombok Timur
Hi Ahdi! Thanks for your email. We have put your name
in our database so from now on you will receive the magazine
regularly. Good luck with your English and of course your
This edition of the Kang Guru magazine is all about Life Down
Under. So what a perfect opportunity to explain some common words
used in Australia. If you are a regular reader or listener to Kang
Guru, such as I Dewa Ayu Kristina Ratna Rutri, a year 11 student
at SMA Negeri 1 Sidemen, Karangasem, then you'll like this part
of our magazine.
I’m sure you know how Aussies greet each other. That’s
right they say, 'G’day'. There is even a song all about this
called ‘G’day, G’day.’ Have you heard it?
Write to KGI and ask for a copy on our Different Pond Different
Fish CD. It's FREE!
Shortened words - Down
You may think your English is pretty good. However when you
try to communicate with an Aussie you kind of feel lost because
you can't understand what the person is saying. It’s
probably because many Aussies like to shorten words when speaking,
usually by taking the first part of the word off and ending
the word with either ie or o. In the Indonesian language the
same thing is also done. Indonesians tend to say lapan instead
of delapan, makasih instead of terimakasih.
Here's Sonia and Kevin have an Aussie-type chat about a BBQ
||‘G'day Sonia, It’s
a beaut day! Wanna go to the beach this arvo?’
||‘Sure do Kevin. I’ll
pack the esky and bring it along.’
||‘I’ll bring some
snags and we can put them on the barbie.’
||‘Good idea and I’ll
put in a few sangers – how about that?’
||‘And I’ll bring
See the words in the green
box below. The words in the left column are shortened from
the original words on the right. Can you match them up?
Can you match these extra Aussie shortened words
with the actual words/meaning?
What are your favorite Indonesian
Send five of your favorites to KGI by SMS before April 30th,
Maybe we can use them in the June 2009 edition of this magazine
OR interesting - excited OR exciting?
Lets look at a few more words that cause confusion. Well, no need
to worry, look at the explanations below and hopefully your English
can be fixed instantly! Study, practise and learn.
I’m interesting to go to Oz to see Uluru.
I’m interested to go to
Oz to see Uluru.
Darling Harbour is an interested place to visit.
Darling Harbour is an interesting place to visit.
He was exciting to see the koalas
at the Australia Zoo.
He was excited to see the koalas
at the Australia Zoo.
I had an excited time in Melbourne
I had an exciting time in Melbourne
We use the ing form of interest
to talk about the subject. For example –
When I was in Oz I met so many interesting people.
The road trip to the outback was exciting.
We use the ed form of interest
to talk about how people feel. For example -
I’m interested in Australian history.
Doni was excited to go on a tram around Sydney.
Life Down Under, like anywhere, is influenced strongly by the weather.
Australia is located in the world's southern temperate zone whereas
Indonesia is in a tropical zone. We know all about the tropical
zones of course – dry and wet seasons with temperatures roughly
the same all year round. However in Australia it is quite a different
story. The northern parts are more like Indonesia with a wet and
a dry season. In states such as Victoria and South Australia however
the weather is harder to describe except to say the weather can
change overnight and extremes of temperature are not unusual. Did
you read in the newspapers or maybe see on television that for several
weeks in late January and early February 2009, Melbourne and Adelaide
had day after day of above 40 degree temperatures? On several days
the temperature reached almost 45 degrees – that is HOT!
Hasbullah from Sumbawa is an Australian Development Scholarship
(ADS) student currently studying in Adelaide. In mid-January
this year, he visited the KGI office. It was actually the
day he left for Adelaide. Here is his most recent email to
KGI dated January 29th.
What you told me before I departed Bali is absolutely true.
I experienced the hottest day I have ever known cos on the
second day in Adelaide it was 43 degrees. I thought that was
the worst but I was wrong because for the last 3 days it has
been more than 44 degrees and yesterday, the temperature reached
45.7. That is terribly hot and the forecast on tv predicted
it will continue for a week. This situation caused blackouts
in several areas in Adelaide for at least 2 hours this afternoon
due to the electricity circuit system failing. This also happened
in Melbourne last night.
For outdoor activities, I am always wearing a hat, long sleeves
and suntan lotion to avoid burning. I thought I would be strong
facing the hot days in Adelaide because I grew up in a quite
hot area in Sumbawa (NTB) but it is completely different to
here. I have to sit in front of my electric fan when doing
my homework because my room has no air conditioning.
Many people say that Australia is obsessed
with big things. That is probably because you can find so
many big things all over Oz. Here is what Agung Sudiani said
about something big in Oz.
When I first went to a vegetable market in Oz I was shocked
to see how big the fruit and veggies were. The watermelons
were three times the size that we have here and the cauliflowers,
carrots, limes, ginger ... almost everything was bigger!
from the things that you can see and buy in the market you
can also find some roadside attractions of enormous size that
attract people who may be passing by.
The Big Gumboot is located in
Tully, Queensland. Tully is known as the wettest town in Australia.
The town holds the record for the highest annual rainfall
in a populated area in Australia. The big gumboot is located
in the town's park. Gumboots are good for wet weather, right?
The Big Banana
The Big Banana is located just north of Coffs harbour, NSW.
Because of its enormous size and eye catching colour it has
become a popular place to visit. People can walk around the
Big Banana's own banana plantation, go to the cafe or gift
shops where they can find so many banana-related gifts and
A very bad day Down
Under - February 7th, 2009
Indonesia is no stranger to natural disasters
whether they be volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides or
tsunamis. Australia has its own set of problems with natural
disasters. Australia does not experience volcanic eruptions
or even earthquakes on a regular basis but bushfires are top
of the list where natural disasters are concerned Down
|Eka Farida from Pasuruan emailed KGI on Jan. 8th and
asked about firestorms in Australia. Thanks Eka.
am sorry to tel you that firestorms do occur in Australia
especially in the southern states during the hot summer from
Dec. to March each year. February 7th, 2009 was indeed a terrible
day in the lives of so many australians. In Victoria bushfires,
or firestorms, killed many, many people while destroying whole
towns particularly in the southern state of Victoria.
Firestorms are when a wall of flames/fire moves extremely
fast through an area. This area is usually very dry and generally
it is bushland - hutan - or forest. Most of the areas destroyed
on February 7th were bushland areas where people lived in
small towns and on farms.
Ahwandi from Dolop-Madiun sent an SMS to KGI on Feb. 9th
- I am sorry to hear of the forest fires in your country and
I pray for the Australian people and give them my sympathy.
is a student at Universitas Muhammadiyah Palu. He wrote to
KGI and asked KGI about driving in Australia.
Australians drive on the left hand side of
the road, the same side as Indonesians. The speed limit in
urban areas is usually 50kph. If you are driving in the wide
open spaces out woop woop on outback roads for instance, the
speed limit is usually 100 – 110kph. Drivers should
always drive to the left of the road except when overtaking.
If you are trying to enter a roundabout then you must give
way to cars already on the roundabout (bunderan). Motorists
must use their left hand indicator to signal when they are
leaving the roundabout. The driver and all passengers must
wear seat belts. Babies and small children must be fastened
in special car seats at all times.
It is not unusual for Australians to drive
long distances such as 300 or 400km for a party or special
event. Because many main roads are in good condition and the
traffic fairly light this type of trip may only take three
or four hours. It is easy to do in Australia.
Service stations in Australia sell more than
petrol. There is usually a shop where you can buy drinks,
sweets, snacks, magazines and books. Sometimes there is a
fast food outlet there too. There are always toilets too.
Petrol stations in Australia are self-service. After filling
up your car you go to the shop to pay. You tell the cashier
which pump you used and he can check from a computer how much
you owe. Free air and water are always available so you can
add water to your engine or blow up your tyres. At some service
stations there is a car wash and a repair workshop. Would
you like to see some service stations in Indonesia have these
If you are driving in the outback in Australia
you should be well prepared. Many of the roads are unpaved
and dusty. There may be hundreds of kilometers between petrol
stations. You should take at least 10 litres of drinking water
per person plus blankets in case you break down. It can get
very hot during the day and very cold at night. Some of the
dangers on the outback roads are native animals (kangaroos)
but also road trains too. Road trains are huge trucks which
can be up to 55 metres long (that’s the same as twelve
Toyota Kijangs). And don’t expect your mobile phone
to work in the outback. You should have a satellite phone
or 2-way radio.
What about costs?
Petrol is about AUD$1.10 a litre in most cities. However
in outback areas such as in Tennant Creek in the Northern
Territory, drivers must pay up to AUD$1.60 a litre. Some toll
motorways, bridges and tunnels in the city areas charge up
to AUD$8.00 each time you use them.
Riding bicycles Down Under by Kevin
am from Melbourne originally but haven’t really lived
there for quite a few years. I was in Melbourne last December
and I was amazed by the number of people who were riding bicycles.
I don’t mean riding bicycles around their local area
or just on weekends for fitness and fun, but the number of
people who ride bicycles to work. I was in the center of Melbourne
in the morning traffic and there were hundreds and hundreds
of people going to work on bicycles. They had backpacks on
and I assume that in those backpacks they had their clothes
for the day at the office.
more helpful to the cyclist are bicycle paths. That’s
right, bicycle paths have been installed on the side of main
roads where only bicycles are allowed to go. They are safe
and quick. Bicycle riders have the same rights as motorists.
Caravan Park Life
all Australians live in houses or flats. In Australia, holiday
parks, caravan parks, and camping groups also provide homes
for hundreds and thousands of Australians. Residents of these
parks sometimes live in caravans, either their own or a rented
one. Some people live in rented cabins or mobile homes. Some
people are short-term
residents, perhaps on holidays (see picture below) but many
people live there almost permanently.
Park facilities often include kitchens, internet kiosks,
showers, and even five-star resort facilities including pools,
spas, restaurants and surround sound theatre systems. Some
caravan parks are more basic, especially in the country or
outback area of Australia.
How do you get to work?
In Australia, just like in Indonesia, many people travel
to work in the city from the suburbs. So how do they get there?
Many drive cars and that means there are rush hour traffic
jams in all Aussie cities! Many people also use public transport.
Catching a bus in Australia is quite different to Indonesia.
Buses, trains and trams run on a schedule. The most popular
routes may have buses every 10 minutes. Other services might
run every couple of hours. Bus drivers only pick up and drop
off passengers at bus stops. It is quite common for people
to have to walk 15 or 20 minutes to their closest bus stop.
You pay the driver as you get on. To save money and time many
passengers buy pre-paid stored value cards. They can be used
on all types of public transport. People over 65 can get reduced
rates on public transport by applying for a travel card. Passengers
are not allowed to eat or drink on public transport. No musicians
are allowed! During rush hour public transport is very crowded
and you may not get a seat. You are not allowed to ride on
A Free Ride
For the first time in Australia beginning
Jan. 2009, all students in full time education in the Northern
Territory can travel free on scheduled buses. Students must
show the bus driver their student identification (ID) card.
Life Down Under with Eva and Ifa - Australian Alumni from Indonesia
Eva Kasim is from West Sumatra. In 1998 Eva
went to Australia on an Australian Development Scholarship
(ADS). Eva studied in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural
Science at Deakin University in Melbourne for two years. Eva
now works at the Dept. of Social Affairs, Directorate General
for Social Affairs and Rehabilitation in Jakarta.
So how was Life Down Under for Eva? First
of all she was amazed by the strong academic atmosphere of
her campus and the positive environment it had. The infrastructure
of the university, staff and fellow students were a wonderful
support to her during those years. Eva was quite used to the
difficulties faced by the disabled. In Australia different
agencies provide much of the care and support needed by disabled
people. Families also help as they do here in Indonesia but
Eva didn't have her family with her at Deakin. University
and local government agencies work hard to ensure that disabled
people are provided for and are independent. Eva really appreciated
her independence. Providing infrastructure such as ramps and
wide doorways enabled Eva, like many other physically disabled
students, to get around quite easily. At Deakin there were
no restrictions. Eva, for example, was supplied with a scooter
wheel chair by the university plus special private health
insurance. No matter what country or background students are
from they are treated equally.
In 2008, Eva was awarded an Inspiration Award at the Australian
Alumni Dinner in Jakarta. Along with five other outstanding
alumni this award was in recognition of their tireless work
helping to improve the lives of others. To check the results
of the 2009 Australian Alumni Awards -
Tatum S. Adiningrum, or better known as Ifa,
went to Flinders University in June 2006 to study her Masters
in Educational Management. Her background was actually in
politics but she really needed to upgrade her qualifications
to include education. Ifa had applied for an Australian scholarship
four times before actually becoming successful.
When she and her friends arrived in Adelaide to start their
studies they were all surprised at the size of the international
airport. It was quite small. They wondered if they were actually
in Adelaide at all as the place seemed so quiet and sort of
slow-paced. Study soon took over and Ifa was writing 6–7,000
word assignments and mixing constantly with other students
and her lecturers.
The thing she found so wonderful about Life Down Under was
the informality both at the university and even in social
situations there. Ifa says that lecturers didn’t look
‘scary’ often dressing quite casually for work.
Talking to them was also informal, relaxed and helpful. There
seemed to be no gap between them and their students. University
was a friendly place and not at all intimidating.
Ifa works at the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation
in Surabaya as an External Relations Officer. You can hear
Ifa on KGI later this year talking about how her study in
Australia is really helping her now with her work in Surabaya.
|For the past few months KGI has been
asking people this simple question - What is great about
Life Down Under? One group of people who know first-hand
about life in Australia are the 18 Indonesian participants
of the 2008-9 Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program
(AIYEP). KGI met and interviewed some of them recently
in East Java at Pondok Pesantren Al Fauzon near Lumajang
and at SMA 15 in Surabaya. During their time in Australia
the participants stayed in both Sydney and Macksville,
both in New South Wales.
Opan is studying English literature
in Makassar and particularly enjoys the work of authors William
Wordsworth and Shakespeare. He loved living and working in
Australia and often felt like it was his second home. He loved
the Life Down Under. First he worked at a Muslim radio station in Bankstown,
a suburb of Sydney. It was a community radio station that
broadcast in both Arabic and English to the thousands of muslims
who lived in the area. In Macksville he taught bahasa Indonesia
and it was there that he got to know his students. He found
students to be keen to learn bahasa Indonesia and about life
in Indonesia. He was also quite amazed at how tolerant Aussies
were of other cultures and religions that weren't the same
Things you shouldn't do when you're
in Oz, either people consider them rude or they are
against the law.
- making physical remarks about people - you look
fat / thin, etc.
- burping in public
- spitting in public
- saying 'G'day Mate' to a female
- asking someone's salary
- stopping a bus anywhere on the street
- pinching someone's baby on the cheek
- being late
- visiting someone without any notice
- riding a bicycle without a helmet
- jumping the gueue
Wiksana is from Gianyar in Bali. He really loved the
food in Australia. Food is a terrific part of Life Down Under
according to Hari. One of the interesting functions to do
with food in Australia is the BBQ. Hari told KGI that at BBQs
people talk a lot and enjoy themselves, tell jokes and get
to know each other better. BBQs are usually held in the afternoon
and evening and Aussies love them. At one BBQ the AIYEP Indonesian
participants introduced satay to the menu and of course the
Australians loved that. hari says that through food we can
get to know other cultures quite easily. As a part of his
AIYEP experience Hari, who is training to be a doctor, worked
with NSW Drug Users & AIDS Association.
Sydney - written by Tiwie and Harry J.
Each and every AIYEP participant had the experience
of enjoying Life Down Under living with super-friendly host-families
and having internships at Australian institutions and/or companies.
The AIYEP program aims to achieve a mutual cultural understanding
among the participants and everyone they are involved with as they
experience each other’s lives.
used to think that Aussies (that’s how they call themselves)
in Sydney were urban metropolis individualistic people and egocentric
just like anybody else who live in a super big city. But I was wide
of the mark. Aussies in Sydney are super-duper friendly creatures!
For a country girl like me, this was a surprise.
One morning when I waited for my bus on the way to
my work placement, most of the commuters greeted me with a warm
“Good Morning” or a crispy “Hello”. They
had ear to ear smiles with every greeting. They didn't even know
me. I wondered if it was Greet Me Day all over the country? What
is going on? Everyone greets each other even if they don’t
know each other? They greet and smile everyone they see. Just like
in Indonesia actually.
are courteous and grateful people when receiving or paying for their
services. They say goodbye or see you when they leave home and hello
or hi when they return home. They do such things to let people know
what they’re doing and these comments or expressions bring
them even closer together. Aussies like to chat. That makes it easy
for anyone to start a conversation and make friends with a newly-met
Australian. You can start a conversation with the cricket score
from the match yesterday OR how sunny it is today OR how bad the
traffic is, or any other trivial happenings and Aussies will respond
to you enthusiastically.
Lastly, I am grateful to be born and raised as an
Indonesian in a culture that places courtesy and appreciation first
as well as being open-minded. That made it easier for me to socialize
with Australians during my stay in Australia.
Australia and Indonesia
have been development partners for many years, with
a strong and active relationship going back to the
1950s. AusAID, the Australian Government's overseas
aid program in Indonesia, will provide an estimated
A$462 million (IDR 3.6 trillion) in Official Development
Assistance (ODA) to Indonesia in 2007-08. But it isn't
just the development activities that makes the Australia
Indonesia Partnership strong. It is also the people
to people contacts that develop as a result of the
associated activities, and as Kang Guru always said,
"Good Neighbours (do) Make
Last December KGI told you about BRIDGE - Building
Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement
Project. Did you read that story in the AusAID section on
page 8? If you did, then you will know that during 2009, BRIDGE
participants from Indonesia are going to Australia to work
with Australian teachers and students in their schools. After
three weeks in Australia the ninety participants will return
to their schools here in Indonesia to develop sister-school
relationships between their students and the students they
met in Australia. The Indonesian teachers will develop project-based
learning activities with their Aussie counterparts.
In late January the first group of thirty participants
arrived at IALF in Bali to begin their pre-departure BRIDGE
training with Kang Guru. Participants arrived from West Kalimantan,
East Java, Mataram, South Sulawesi and Bali to find out more
about BRIDGE, the exciting task ahead of them, and to work
on their computer and internet skills. The BRIDGE project
relies heavily on the ability of teachers and students, both
in Indonesia and Australia, to work together through the internet.
Aaron O'Shannessy from AEF in Melbourne was there to give
the participants the latest news about the project. Josephine
Ratna from the Australian Education Center in Surabaya dispensed
valuable visa and passport information.
BRIDGE is presented by AusAID in collaboration
with the Australian Education Foundation (AEF) based in Melbourne,
the Myer Foundation, and the Australia Indonesia Institute
Australia Indonesia Youth
Exchange Program 2008-9
If you think about what it would be like to live in Australia
for a couple of months on a student exchange, perhaps then
the AIYEP story is a good one to follow. KGI has been telling
you about AIYEP for many years in places such as Barabai (2007)
and Mataram (2008). This year the participants lived and worked
together in Lumajang and Surabaya, East Java, after their
two month stint in Australia. Did you know that the 18 Indonesian
participants always live and work in Australia first? Then
they meet up with the 18 Aussie participants and all 36 of
them come to Indonesia to work together in a village and a
city environment. Interesting, don't you agree?
Kang Guru visited them in mid December 2008 at Pondok Pesantren
Al Fauzan, Lumajang. The school is an Australia Indonesia
Basic Education Program school (AIBEP) opened in 2007 - just
one of the 2,000 SMP schools being built across Indonesia
by AIBEP. The school looks fantastic and from what we saw
on the day of the AIYEP visit, it is going to grow and develop
into an excellent school. Classrooms are full of childrens’
work, including many examples of their English language skills
talking about their lives and their brand-new school. Students
at PP Al Fauzan not only learn English and Indonesian but
like many other pondok pesantren schools, they also learn
Kang Guru gave the school a wide selection of merchandise
and materials and Pak Muhammad, a young teacher at the school,
was keen to hear how Kang Guru will continue to send magazines
and materials to them in the near future. Pak Mahammad (above
right) was also surprised to hear that KGI can be heard every
week on radio in Lumajang - Radio EZHA FM every Monday at
15.00 WIB on 103.90 MHz.
KGI also caught up with the AIYEPs again at SMA 15 in Surabaya
in early February (see below) this year where there were more
cultural performances and a football match. Several of the
teachers at SMA 15 are involved with the BRIDGE program so
KGI caught up with them too. It was a great day so be sure
to check it out on the KGI website.
out all the pics and news on KGI's Travel Pages -
(check Lumajang 2008 and Surabaya 2009)
Understanding and Awareness Through People to
People Exchanges and Journalism
Journalists are an important part of today’s world.
Without them the latest news and opinions on what’s
going on today would not be available.
Kartika Sari is Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs with
Rakyat Merdeka, a popular daily political newspaper here in
Indonesia. She has a strong interest in developing understanding
and improving communication between Indonesia and Australia
and has previously written about political dialogue between
the two countries. Sophie Morris has a keen interest in improving
her understanding of the challenges facing Indonesia in agriculture,
fisheries and forestry, food security issues, education, and
the role of Australian development assistance.
Kartika and Sophie have recently been awarded Elizabeth O’Neill
Journalism Awards from the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade and the Australia-Indonesia Institute. The awards are
given annually to two journalists, one Australian and one
Indonesian. It is open to print, radio, television and internet
journalists. They will each spend up to three weeks in-country
meeting government officials, academics, industry representatives,
non-government organisations and community members, to build
a stronger understanding and appreciation of the issues facing
contemporary Indonesia and Australia.
The program aims to assist journalists develop expertise in
areas such as foreign and trade policy, development assistance,
culture, people-to-people links, and education.
Have you ever thought of becoming a journalist? Just like
many young Indonesians, many young Aussies also dream about
working in the media as journalists. Many of those are really
looking forward to becoming foreign correspondents and working
overseas. In January 2009, thirty-three journalism students
from Australia undertook a six-week program in Indonesia which
began with Indonesian language classes at Atmajaya University.
Then they had a chance to practice their journalism skills
as interns at some of Jakarta’s foremost media organizations
including Tempo, MetroTV, RRI, Radio 68H, Jakarta Globe and
The Jakarta Post.
Marcus Ross and Simon Johnson, both studying Graduate Diplomas
in Journalism, were two of the visiting journalists. KGI interviewed
them in Jakarta at the recent Australian Film Festival and
you can hear them talking about their experiences in Indonesia
soon on the KGI radio program. Simon and Marcus will also
be featured in the June 2009 magazine talking about why they
love visiting Indonesia.
|This innovative program, sponsored
by the Australian Department of Education, Employment
and Workplace Relations and the Australia-Indonesia Institute,
was organized by the Australian Consortium for In-Country
Studies in Indonesia (ACICIS).
training equipment in NTB
Mothers and their babies are very important - true or false?
I am sure we would all agree with that statement – it’s
TRUE. New equipment in the Midwifery Department of Kupang’s
Health Polytechnic School will be used to teach students to
care for women during labour, manage emergencies and resuscitate
new-born babies. Recent Indonesian statistics show that for
every 100,000 live births in Indonesia, 228 women died as
a result of childbirth and almost 40 in every 1,000 infants
die before their fifth birthday. Australia is providing more
than Rp 260,730,000 worth of midwife training equipment to
help save the lives of pregnant women and their babies in
Nusa Tenggara Timur. Funded under the A$49 million Australia Indonesia Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health.
Australian Centre for International
Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
On January 19th, 2009, Australia’s Ambassador to Indonesia,
Mr Bill Farmer, congratulated the Australian Centre for International
Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in Indonesia on their 25 years of
partnership activities in Indonesia. ACIAR is investing nearly A$11
million this year in projects and training activities. ACIAR’s
work ranges from improving export market access for commercial Javanese
mangosteen growers, through to improving basic food security for
subsistence highland communities in Papua. ACIAR has also supported
over 50 Indonesians to complete post-graduate study in Australia,
many of whom are now making a valuable contribution to Indonesia’s
economic and social development.
For many years Kang Guru has promoted the work of ACIAR. In past
editions KGI has told readers about cocoa production in Sulawesi,
peanut disease research in Malang, cattle fattening and maize production
in Makassar with SADI, shrimps in Java and soil conservation in
Lombok (SEARCH KGI website for more information). All of these stories
were possible because of the assistance given to KGI by Mirah and
her team. Mirah has worked with ACIAR for 17 years. During those
17 years Mirah has made regular trips to Australia - Sydney, Darwin,
Melbourne, Brisbane are just some of them and of course, Canberra,
where ACIAR’s headquarters are located. So what does Mirah
love about the life in Australia – Life Down Under?
||‘Excellent agricultural products
have become my interest. At the end of official trips, I usually
spare some time on my own to explore the traditional markets
in the cities of Australia. It is really impressive to see and
learn how such good quality products are produced and distributed
throughout the country. Without doubt, there must be a comprehensive
and efficient post-harvest handling along the way from farms
and Truckies and Places
A big part of Life Down Under are truckies and the trucks
they drive taking goods and services all over the country.
Australia, just like Indonesia, is a big country. Indonesia
relies heavily on trucks to deliver goods, right? There are
trains in Java but for the rest of the country the truck is
the main method of transportation for goods and services.
Good roads and bridges are important for heavy trucks.
The Eastern Indonesia National Road Improvement Project (EINRIP) is supporting 25 major road and bridge improvement projects
throughout Eastern Indonesia. The Directorate General of Highways
(Bina Marga) has already called tenders for 6 packages of
road and bridge works, and one tender for the supply of fabricated
steel bridge units. A contract has been awarded for the Tohpati-Kusamba
project in Bali, and construction is expected to get underway
during March 2009. Contracts for other packages already tendered
are expected to be finalized in March 2009. Tenders for the
other 19 packages will be called progressively during 2009.
Construction work will continue through 2011. For more information
Just like many other countries around the world,
Australia has some pretty unusual names for some of
its towns. What about a name such as Boggbilla? Or what
about Mullumbimby or Birindabella or even Woolloomooloo?
They are even hard to pronounce for many Aussies. Many
years ago on Kang Guru radio we featured a song by Australian
artist Lucky Starr called "I've Been Everywhere'.
Australia is one of the countries that helped Indonesia when
the country was hit by tsunami and earthquakes in Aceh and
Nias Islands, North Sumatra. “The Australian military
provided humanitarian assistance and A$1 million in assistance
was made available. Eleven Australian soldiers died when they
gave assistance to Nias. This is part of partnership between
Indonesia and Australia, where the two sides help each other
in need,” said Presidential Spokesperson Dino Patti
Are there any towns in Indoenesia which you think have
funny sounding names? Send them to KGI by SMS before A[pril
30th, 23009 so that we can include them in the June 2009 KGI
||English teachers: check
'I've Been Everywhere' out in the March 2009 'Listening and
Reading Class Set'. See if you and your students can complete
the 'strange names' task. It will be a lot of fun for sure especially
with the Aussie vocabulary included in the song.
The Socceroos in Jakarta
Australia Day, January 26th Ms. Louise Hand, Deputy Australian Ambassador
to Indonesia, was accompanied by members of the Socceroos football
team to the final day of the Australian Indigenous Film Festival.
Ms. Hand chatted with not only the Socceroos but also with people
attending the Balgo Art Exhibition and the film festival. The film
festival attracted hundreds of people as did the Socceroos.
KGI interviewed Australian Socceroo Nikolai Topor-Stanley (see
bottom right) and you can hear that interview on KGI radio in April
2009. Nikolai Topor-Stanley is a player in the Australian Socceroos
He is 24 years old. His father is from Mauritius and his mother
is German/Polish and he has a Russian name – how multicultural
is that! Nikolai plays as a defender for the team and was a member
of the Australian team at the 2008 Olympics in China. He attended
the Australian Indigenous Film Festival along with other members
of the Socceroos team and KGI sat down with him for a chat. Nikolai
and his fellow team members were in Jakarta for a match with the
Indonesian National Team for the Asian Cup Qualifier. He has traveled
a lot as a Socceroo, going to places such as North Korea, Uruguay
and Iran. Traveling is a real bonus for Nikolai and he loves seeing
other countries and of course playing football in them as well.
He has been to Indonesia twice before so is well acquainted with
Indonesia. What does Nikolai love about life in Australia? KGI asked
him and his response included the weather and that there are always
things going on.
|In late 2008, KGI said goodbye to the last two
Kang Guru Connection Clubs (KGCC). The KGCC network had been
running for over 7 years but as they say in Australia - all
good things come to an end. And as for final Get Togethers,
what a great ending those two events were.
Sue and Ayu traveled to Mamuju in Sulawesi on 28th November
2008 for the Final Get Together there. On the big day there
was a huge crowd already waiting for them at the venue –
it was fantastic. There were students from SMP, SMA, universities
and English Clubs. After a short opening greeting from Kahar,
the leader of Excellent English Conversation Club, each group
came to the stage and gave a performance in English. Sue and
Ayu listened to songs and poems, then Yell Yells, followed by
club members introducing themselves. Dramas followed and everything
was in English. Everything!
The students were enthusiastic and really tried hard to perform
their best. Some teachers also came to the stage and gave their
opinions about Kang Guru. One of the teachers, Mr Alauddin from
Pulowali, had traveled over 6 hours with two cars full of students
to be at the event. Over lunch Sue and Ayu and all club members
listened to some bambu suling music from a local school and
watched traditional dancing from a professional music troupe.
After lunch it was Kang Guru’s turn to supply the entertainment
until 3pm. The KGI activities went overtime but no one complained.
A great day was had by all.
Thanks to Kahar, the leader of EECC English club and friends,
Burhanuddin, Imran, Liun, and Anty who accompanied Ayu on her
school visits and who helped make her stay unforgettable! Ayu
stayed for two extra days to present a KGI Teacher Workshop
and visit some schools in Mamuju. Ayu visited SMA 1 Mamuju,
SMPKN Rangas and SMPN1 Kalukkuk.
||The Lombok Get Together was held
at IAIN Mataram on 22nd November, 2008. This KGCC Get Together
was attended by members of ALFA English Club, Gado-Gado English
Club, Sasak English Club and L’GENDA English Club. The
clubs presented performances including poems, songs and dances
for everyone to enjoy. Several club leaders gave reflections
about their club and the involvement they have had with KGI
over the past years. They talked about how KGI has helped their
clubs grow and develop and that now these clubs were more prepared
to continue for many years to come. The good news is that Pak
Fadel, a KGI Champion, has developed the Lombok English Club
Network to keep these, and maybe others, active and vibrant.
Kevin and Ayu were there from KGI and special guest was Mr.
Geoff Crewes, CEO of IALF. The Rector of IAIN Mataram, Dr. Mansur
Mahsum, and Pak Mushinin, both Australian scholarship alumni,
attended the opening ceremonies to show their support of local
language clubs. Mushinin is the Coordinator of AusAID's LAPIS-ELTIS
program in Lombok. Sultan, from the Sasak English Club, was
the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
A note from Ayu:
Well they were the last Kang Guru
Club Get Togethers. Although the KGCC is no longer active,
we know that these clubs amongst others will stay active.
Once again I’d like to thank you all for being part
of the Kang Guru Connection Club all these years. Stay active
and we wish you all the best! Please keep in touch with us
and you know we will still help you if you need ideas and
Read about KGIs latest free CD offer
(on inside back cover) of English language materials, not
only for language clubs, BUT for anyone who is studying English.
KGI sent the JOEYS to Australia for 6 days! By sending
the JOEYS to Oz we hope that the JOEYS can learn something new about
Life Down Under and experience the Australian life style. The JOEYS
stayed with 6 different host families in 6 different states.
Look at the Joeys map of Down Under. You can see 18 animals,
can you name them?
Here are some clues to help you :
Now it’s time for you to create a story (like
Natalya and Samuel in Task 2). You can choose either
to write about Budi, Fatimah or Sinta. Don't write too
much - 10 sentences maximum, okay!
Budi : Darwin, Northern Territory, bush walking, Kakadu National
Park, Uluru, camping, tent. (you can add more!)
Fatimah : Melbourne, Victoria, shopping, drink hot chocolate
(look at the picture for more clues).
Sinta : Hobart, Tasmania, trekking, trees, river, cold weather,
Look at the map and complete the paragraphs. Write your
answers from a to x. You can find all the answers on the
The Joeys flew to Australia by Q_________ (a). Each of them
spent 4 days in different states and they met again in _________
(b) before they flew back to Indonesia.
Ali went to Perth, it’s the capital city of _______
_______(c). Ali went f______(d) in Fremantle. He saw many
black _______s on the river (e). He went trekking in the _______
Sandy _______ (f). He also visited ______ ______ (g), it’s
an unusual rock, shaped like a giant wave.
Samuel went to Queensland (h). First his host family took
him to C_______ (i)and he went sn______ (j) on the Great Barrier
Reef. Samuel needed a mask, a snorkel and flippers to do this.
Samuel was amazed to see thousands of different varieties
of fish. His next trip was to the A_____Z_____ (k). This place
belongs to the family of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve
Irwin. Samuel loved touching and feeding the k______s (l)
and e____ s (m). He also visited the famous beach on the G_____
C_____(n). It’s called S______ P______(o). He went swimming
and s______g (p) just like Australians love to do. Samuel
said that many people love going to p_____s (q). He saw people
reading books, sleeping, relaxing, having a chat with friends
or even studying there.
Natalia went to ______ _____ (r). The capital city is called
Her host family took her around in a c______ (s). It’s
like a house on wheels. They stopped on the way and spent
a night at a c______ p_____ (t). There were so many other
c_______s (u) there.They had dinner outside and her host family
also had______ (v). They cooked steak and sausages for her.
The next day they took her to the B_______ V_____(w). It’s
1000 hectare farming area full of _______s (x). This is a
place where they produce wine. They showed her the process
of making wine. But of course she didn’t try! It’s
only for adults!
and Subagia, instructors at IALF Bali, and Ayu from KGI have
recently returned from extended teaching exchanges in Aus-tralia.
One of the things they talk a lot about are school excursions
in Aus-tralia. Students often leave the school to visit places
of interest such as museums, zoos, parks and factories. Going
to see museum exhibits is a very popular type of school excursion
in Australia. These excursions are always educational activities
where students have to work and often complete assignments.
It is not a holiday or a day off! But these days are also
a lot of fun.
Pak Rohman, an Endeavour Award Alumni 2008 (see page 8, March
2008 magazine) told KGI something very interesting about this
excursion aspect of education Down Under.
One of the great discoveries he made to do with his work
was how museum staff in Australia look after the children
who visit museums. Australians generally like to visit museums
and historic buildings. At Vaucluse House for example in Sydney,
museum staff provide special learning activities for school-aged
visitors at the end of each tour. Making models, drawing pictures
and answering quiz questions are just three examples of what
museum staff provide for their young visitors after they have
seen the museum or exhibits. Rohman would like to see this
introduced into Cipanas Palace so let’s hope it can
be done for the Indonesian children who go not only to Cipanas
in the future but the other presidential palaces too. Isn’t
this a great way for Indonesian school children to learn more
about the history of Indonesia?
Both SMP and SMA packages are currently being revised
by KGI. These new packages will be ready and available
later this year. If you want to order these, it may be
a wise idea to order after the newly revised packages
are available, okay?
The Singapore CLaSIC Conference
December I traveled to Singapore to present a paper at the
third CLS International Conference (CLaSIC 2008). It was held
at the National University of Singapore. I was amazed at how
organized every thing was. Registration was very efficient
and took less than 5 minutes. Instead of a heavy conference
book to bring home with us all the abstracts had been put
onto a CD.
My presentation introduced the audience to the many types
of media Kang Guru presents and how Indonesian teachers and
learners of English have access to these. About 18 people
attended. There was quite a lively discussion afterwards which
continued on during break time.
Mr Shun Chone Liaw from Penang, Malaysia wished there was
a project like Kang Guru to help students in rural Malaysia.
There were several Australians in the audience too and they
were very interested in how Australia is assisting Indonesian
learners of English.
At the conference I listened to presentations on many different
topics associated with using media (the theme of the conference),
especially the new electronic media such as You Tube. Many
of the presenters lived and taught in Asian countries such
as Singapore, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and of course Indonesia.
Others came from further a field including Australia and South
Africa. Some presentations were more relevant to the Indonesian
situation than others. The most interesting presentation I
attended was about students who made digital diaries and presented
their thoughts, fears and expectations in a short film. The
whole conference was a very interesting experience.
Sue Rodger, ELT Material and Training Coordinator at
Letter from Novi, a teacher
l Hello, I’m Novi
Haryati, an english teacher from Jember, Jawa Timur. I would
like to say Happy New Year 2009 and wish u all the best. By
the way I also would like to say big thanks to Kang Guru.
I always use Kang Guru magazines in my classes. I motivate
my students to follow all tasks in it. Actually I use the
magazines for assignments. I love to see their enthusiasm
in doing the tasks. They enjoy them very much.
Through your website we know that some of them (6 students)
won KGI competitions. I am glad to know that. As you know,
they are very happy. It is not only because of the gift but
also because it was their own success. Thanks for everything
that you did for me and for me to see the happiness of my
student is everything to me.
SMPN 10 Jember
do you think a movie titled ‘Australia’ is about? The
title is pretty clear, right? It is about Australia and if you watch
it you will see amazing sights of the Land Down Under especially
the northern and outback areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Have you seen this movie yet? If you want to see what Australia
is like, especially the outback areas, then this is the movie for
‘Australia’ is an epic romantic action adventure, set
in Australia just before the start of the Second World War. The
story is about an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley, played
by Aussie actress, Nicole Kidman, who travels from England to the
faraway continent of Australia. She does this to take charge of
a large farm. After she arrives in Australia and her new outback
life, Sarah meets a rough-hewn local, played by Aussie actor Hugh
Jackman. They do not really like each other but nevertheless Sarah
agrees to join forces with him to save the land and farm she has
inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across
hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving
terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by
Japan in 1942.
The 2009 Australian Indigenous
In late January, celebrated Indonesian film-maker and Australian
alumnus Mira Lesmana and Australian Deputy Ambassador Ms. Louise
Hand launched Dreaming Stories, the Australian Indigenous Cultural
Festival. The festival
included classic Aussie movies such as Rabbit Proof Fence; The Tracker;
and Australian Rules, a film about Australia’s own football
game. All these films were subtitled into Indonesian.
At the same time as the film festival, BALGO, an exhibition of
contemporary Aboriginal art from the Balgo Hills region of remote
Western Australia was presented at BlitzMegaplex. BALGO presents
a range of stories and ceremonies of the mythic Tjukurrpa (Dreaming)
that Balgo artists paint in a new and vital art form. It blends
the ancient with the contemporary; the abstract with representations
of landscape; the spiritual with the political. Two Balgo artists,
Aunty Joan Nagomara and Aunty Imelda Gugaman were there to talk
to visitors and tell them about their indigenous art.
Anita Lee Hong accompanied the exhibition on its first international
staging in Jakarta and spoke with Kang Guru about the artists themselves.
Anita said that they really loved Monas and were especially surprised
when asked to pose for photographs there. Both artists had a nice
feeling about Jakarta. Of course indigenous Australians have been
mixing with Indonesian people for hundreds of years through trading
across the oceans. However their community is nothing like Jakarta.
Balgo is really in the middle of nowhere – 6 hours by 4 wheel
drive on dirt roads from Broome and over 4 hours from Darwin by
plane. It is hot and dry but the desert is where they felt the most
comfortable living – their traditional homeland. Residents
live a fairly traditional life. They collect traditional food for
example and they are able to engage in one of their great loves
Traditional art is very important as the paintings not only tell
a story but they illustrate the DOs and DONTs for the community
and they maintain the history. The works of art keep the traditions
alive. Balgo art uses bright colors. It is quite distinctive. Visitors
to the exhibition were thrilled at what they saw and the two artists,
Aunty Joan and Aunty Imelda, couldn’t quite understand this
interest. They giggled a lot and couldn't quite understand why people
are so interested in them and their art. What do you think?
(check out pages for 2009)
KGI Champion Ririn and her three daughters
helping out at the Australian
Film Festival in Jakarta. Thanks Ririn for your support and
Actors: Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett,
Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe
Singers: Kylie Minogue, Peter Garrett,
Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem
People: Don Bradman, Cathy Freeman, Casey
Stoner, Harry Kewel
In the Past: Ned Kelly (bushranger), A
J Patterson (Banjo Patterson) 1864-1941: Wrote the words
to Waltzing Matilda, The Man From Snowy River andThe
Man From Iron bark, Steve Irwin, Heath Ledger
In Australia, there are so many ‘queue management
systems’ that lead to more orderly and polite line behavior
at stores, post offices, banks, etc. Queues in Australia are
a social requirement in all public places.
Once I went to a bank in Adelaide but I didn’t realize
that all visitors should take a queuing ticket before proceeding
to their seats to wait for service. An old lady, who was also
at the bank, suggested that I should take the queuing ticket.
“What number do you have,” the old lady suddenly
asked. I replied, “159.” “Mine is 158,”
she said. Then, surprisingly she continued,”You can
use my ticket. Go first to the cashier”. “Why
I should I?” I wondered. “Because I know you came
first. You have a right to go first. No, thanks, Mom. Ladies
I was trying to convince her that it was okay for her to
go first to the cashier, but failed. She would not take her
own turn. Expressing many thanks to her, I took her turn,
proceeding first to the cashier, who then resolved my problem
in less than one minute. Fantastic!!
Sugiono, in Paiton, Probolinggo
Birds, birds, birds .........
When I was in Sydney I went to Manly on the ferry. Sydney
Harbour is a wonderful place with beautiful water and lots
of boats and lots and lots of birds. I couldn’t believe
how many birds there were on Sydney Harbour. There were seagulls,
pelicans and so many other types too. Some of the birds followed
my ferry all the way from Circular Quay to Manly. They sat
on the masts and on the ferry itself and some birds seemed
to just fly along with us. I have never seen so many birds
in one place. I wondered, ‘Where are all the birds in
Rohman, a 2008 Endeavour Award alumnus
Pedestrians are respected
I enjoy using public transport in Adelaide city because
it is on time and convenient. I love walking around the city
too because the traffic is not really crowded and it is managed
very well. I think it is amazing to see the city scenery which
is very clean. If you walk through the city you would not
find any rubbish on the street. Australian drivers respect
people who walk on the street. They are pleased to wait allowing
people cross the road. The most surprising thing I saw was
when I woke up in the early morning at 5am. I saw a car stopped
waiting for the green traffic light, even though it was the
only one car on the road. I was so surprised because it never
happens in Indonesia. Maybe in the future? This is my first
experience going to Australia and also my first time abroad.
I am almost three weeks in Kangaroo continent but until now
I have not seen such creature yet.
Hasbullah, ADS in Adelaide
Is it camping or moving house?
When I was at school in Indonesia I used to
go camping with the school scouts. Camping, as far as I remember,
always full of inconvenience with very simple tents which
took hours to erect, no sleeping bags, no nearby toilets/bathrooms
and often no lights. For cooking we had to take our own kerosene
stove. I never enjoyed it at all.
I remember when I first went to Oz, an Aussie
friend took me camping. Oh no, I thought! When I heard the
word camping I felt sick already because I remembered all
the hassles of camping.
Twelve people (campers) went on this trip in
three different cars. When we arrived at the camping ground
everyone unloaded the cars and put up a tent. I was shocked
first because they put up the tent next to the car. We could
have just slept in the cars! It only took them a few minutes
to erect the tent though. Then they pumped up something which
turned out to be a very comfortable, huge air mattress. They
also brought a grill with them to cook on, an electric esky
to keep food and drinks (especially dairy products) cold,
folding chairs, a table and a tent heater (to make it warm).
They brought everything that a whole house would have. Amazing!
I was still in shock. Is this camping or moving house? Not
only that, the camping ground had hot shower and good toilets.
I love camping Down Under!
Ayu from KGI
Madrasah Tsanawiyah Nurul Huda
Connecting people with people through sport
for example, is such an enjoyable way of helping people to
learn more about each other. The Aussie Socceroos played
against Indonesia on January 28th but guess what they did
the NEXT day? The Socceroos took the time to conduct a football
clinic with children from Madrasah Tsanawiyah Nurul Huda,
West Java. Wasn't
that fantastic thing for them to do!
"It was a marvellous opportunity for both the players
and the students to learn more about each other’s culture
through their shared passion for football. It gives me great
joy to see our national team reaching out to connect with
the children from Madrasah Tsanawiyah Nurul Huda - a school
which was built with support from Australia.”
You can also be a winner with KGI
Five lucky winners of an SMS task in the September 2008 magazine
recently received their brand new MP3 players from KGI. Artif
Rivaan (Mataram), Retno Dewi Pamungkas (Ngawi), Ketut Siundana
JP (Klungkung), Danni Hartadi (Magelang) and Yudhistira
Ramadhan (Yogyakarta) are now connected up with music of their
own. Congratulations to all of you AND readers, be sure to
check THIS magazine for more great tasks and competitions
from KGI. You can be a winner too but you have to enter, okay?
KGI radio programs now
Here’s something new for 2009. The technical team
at KGI - Darmika, Mahendra and Gung De - have created a new-type
of audio CD from KGI's weekly radio programs. With these new
free CDs you can listen to any KGI radio segment you like
because all the radio segments are now tracked. That’s
right, tracked! You can choose the segments and songs that
you want to hear and hear them at the touch of a PLAY button.
Order a complete series of KGI radio
programs (60, 61, 62 or 63) and KGI will also send you complete
tapescripts and a KGI keyring. Send an email or letter to
KGI. Tell us in 75 words why you want these tracked CDs.
KGI Champion Keyko and Yogyakarta's IVED
All seven of the KGI Champions work hard as volunteers for
Kang Guru. They visit schools and students, and help to organize
teacher workshops as they promote KGI all over their provinces.
In January, for example, Keyko from Semarang joined with former
KGI Connection Club members from Student English Activities
– Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (SEA-UMY) - to
run their 12th IVED from Jan. 19th – 24th. There were
over 170 participants and 59 teams plus adjudicators and organizers
involved in the series of language activities. Keyko interviewed
several of the participants and guess what? The KGI magazine
is very popular in Yogya and the parts they love the most
are Idioms Inggris, Quick Fix and DPDF.
Hello, I'm Rahma from SMKN 1
Magetan. Do u know I have sent my answer of KG quizzes both
by SMS n email hundreds times and
I never got the prize! Actually, I just wanna get the KG T-shirt
so I can show to my friend that I'm 1 of KG members. N here
I have an idea, how about produce the KG T-shirt, n all of
KG members can buy it? I do hope my idea get responses in
n feedback, thanks so much before.
KGI's 20th Anniversary t-shirts - Kevin
It is simply amazing. We have received hundreds
(and hundreds) of requests for KGI's brand new 20th Anniversary
t-shirts. KGI would love to give everyone a free t-shirt but
we are really sorry, we just can't do that. I hope you understand.
BUT if you would like to buy a t-shirt for Rp. 50,000 - that
is at cost plus postage - then you can have a t-shirt for
sure. Just send a letter to KGI (not email or SMS) and tell
us in around 50 words why you really want to wear a KGI 20th
Anniversary t-shirt. Send your short essay (remember to include
your name and address!), your t-shirt size and transfer slip
from your bank transfer and before you know it, you'll be
wearing a new KGI 20th Anniversary t-shirt. Bank Details are:
Nama account: IALF
Bank: BCA Cabang Hasanudin, Denpasar
No Account: 040-1-470-289
A Melting Pot - that
Sums Up Life Down Under
Australia is a great example of multiculturalism. The population
– penduduk - consists of lots of people with different
origins. In fact almost a quarter of the population was born
overseas. You can find people from Morocco, Greece, Italy,
India, Nepal, Scotland, Norway, Russia, Japan, Indonesia -
you name it, they all live Down Under!
In Australia not everyone speaks English at home. Italian
is the most popular language other than English spoken in
Australian homes followed by Greek, Cantonese, Arabic and
Vietnamese. Australia’s melting pot of cultures
is reflected in the great variety of restaurants and cafes.
You can find food from all countries including Indonesia.
originally from Colombia. I moved to Australia because most
of my relatives live here. My older brother asked me to help
him run a small coffee shop in Sydney so I came and I love
living in Australia. I miss home sometimes. Working in the
coffee shop is always busy. People here adore drinking coffee
and tea. They spend hours and hours in the coffee shop.
I’m Truls and I’m from Norway. When I came
to Australia for the
first time in 2000 to study, I fell in love with Australia
straight away. Every single person here is a hard worker.
They work, work and work - time is money. Usually people meet
up for a drink after work and go out on the weekend.
Hefni, I’m originally from Banyuwangi. My husband is
Australian. I have been livin' in Oz for 12 years and I have
one daughter. Being a mom in Australia is quite tough because
you have to do everything by yourself. There are no pembantus
here in Oz.
I have to do all the housework including taking my daughter
to school. But what I like about Oz is the clean air and the
parks. People here go to the park to read, have a picnic,
meet people, play with their children or just to relax.
Jaspreet, I’m an accountant and I’m from India.
I moved to Australia 10 years ago with my family. We migrated
and I have become an Australian citizen and I just love it.
There’s not so much pressure being an Australian. Most
of my relatives have moved here and there are so many good
Indian restaurants here. That’s why I never miss home.
Phone me first!
In towns and cities across Indonesia the number of shops
selling new and used hand phones, accessories and pulsa is
phenomenal. At the weekends the mobile phone shops are packed
out. It seems everyone wants to own a handphone.
In Australia plenty of people have mobile phones too, but
the way they buy them is quite different to Indonesia. Many
people have a prepaid or postpaid plan. The operators such
as Telstra, Optus and Vodafone entice customers to buy their
plans by offering a ‘free’ telephone in the package.
The more expensive and up to date the model you choose the
more expensive the plan.
- With a post paid plan the phone users pay a bill at the
end of the month for the services they have used. The different
networks offer different deals but the bill includes a charge
for the phone.
- A prepaid plan is similar to buying pulsa or credit in
Indonesia but included in the plan is a charge for the telephone.
The plan and the phone are a packet.
You can get the most up to date phones with these plans.
You can choose the plan which suits the way you use your phone.
These plans can be for a month or up to two years. It can
be very expensive to change a plan so people must think carefully
before choosing the one they want.
Reminder about KGI's 2009 Writing Competition for the 20th Anniversary
of KGI in Indonesia. Have you entered yet? Check the December
'08 magazine. Entries MUST be sent to KGI before March 31st,