We had a wonderful time with our friends Sophie, Arif and Rifa from the Australia Indonesia Youth Association ACT (AIYA ACT) who visited us last term. They explained to us about what it is like to live in Indonesia and also taught us some Indonesian dancing and singing. It was great to have them share their expertise about what is obviously a beautiful country who are only just ‘next door’!
Indonesians love to dance and sing. The dance we were taught is called ‘maumere’ (pronounced ‘mor-me-re’; roll the second ‘r’). This is a warm up dance which is used for exercise and group activities. We had great teachers but it was a bit tricky remembering the directions in the language Bahasa Indonesia (‘ke kiri’ – to the left and ‘ke kanan’ – to the right) as well as getting the dance moves right.