22 May 2014

Europe on Screen 2014

Ahh, Europe on Screen 2014 (EoS 2014) was over. This European film screening is definitely my favorite event of the year. This year they showed 71 movies all for free, for 9 days in 8 cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta. In Jakarta itself, there were 7 venues showing those movies. Of course I couldn't watch all of them, because they were screened in the same time in different venues, and most movies were screened before 5pm on weekdays (during office hours). In fact, the total movies I could watch in EoS 2014 is only 14 movies. There were many other interesting movies in EoS 2014 I'd love to watch, so I downloaded them from internet. Now I wanna share my experience going to this festival.

Film Screenings Schedule (click image to enlarge)

About the Venue
Out of 7 venues in Jakarta, I went to 5 of them. I didn't go to Universitas Tarumanegara (UNTAR) because it's quite far from my home; neither to Epicentrum XXI because it's for the Opening Film (Philomena) with invitation only. The 5 venues are:

1. Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC)
Going to this place really brings back memory. When I was in the university, I took Italian Language class in my campus in Bandung for about 2 years (but if you asked me now about the language, I've forgotten everything). I don't know how it goes now, but at that time Italian Government was keen to spread Italian Language to universities, so they provided really cheap classes for students to learn Italian Language with a native teacher. Only 100,000 Rupiah (~9 dollars) per semester, can you imagine? Once a year they screened Italian movies in campus, or held a free trip and event to IIC Jakarta. 

The room for movie screening was a big class room, with a not-so-big and not-so-high screen in front of the class, and many movable chairs with the same level of floor. So, if you sit in the middle of the room, you can only see the heads of people in front you, and half the screen. I watched several EoS2014 movies here, including my first movie: A Hijacking (Kapringen) from Denmark. It was screened on Sunday 5pm without so many people attending. There was no seat number in the ticket so we could choose any available seats. At that time I got the front seat and watched the movie comfortably. In the same venue, I then continued watching the next movie at 7.30pm: La Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty). This Italian movie had a good rating and won Best Foreign Language Film in Oscar 2014, no wonder there were many people came to watch it. The ticket was finished; many people were in waiting-list. Thirty minutes before the show, people already started queuing to get inside the room. Since I was pregnant, I didn't join the queue; I sat somewhere else until it's time to enter.

12 May 2014

Tasting the Unique Indonesian Foods

Last week I went to Festival Jajanan Bango (FJB). It is Indonesian traditional culinary festival made by Bango, a local soy sauce brand from Unilever. FJB has been held every year since 8 years ago, but this is the first time I've been to this festival.

After parked our car and paid no-receipt parking fee to the illegal parking man (this is so common if you visit a big event complex in Jakarta such as Gelora Bung Karno Senayan and Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, you have paid the legal parking fee on the entrance gate but you'd be asked for additional illegal fee inside the complex), we walked inside the festival where a big ship decoration welcomed us. The entrance alley was filled by exhibition stands showing the making process of soy sauce, especially Bango brand, and a stand to buy other Unilever products.

Further inside, the main alley ended with a big stage, where some performances were held. One of the performers singing there was Project Pop. Several small alleys were branched out from the main alley. Each alley had about 8 food stalls and seating place. They were divided into 3 parts: West Indonesia, Central Indonesia, and East Indonesia. We didn't research first which special food we want to try in this festival. Any food would do, but that made it harder to choose among those 65 foods! There were some stalls having a long queue, such as Tahu Petis Semarang and Sate Klatak Yogyakarta. We knew then that these foods were legendary, but we didn't really want to queue.

First, we tried one of the foods from the East side of Indonesia. Randomly we chose Mie Kering Titi from Makassar, Sulawesi. Just like its name, Mie Kering or Dry Noodle, it was formed as a crispy noodle, spread by thick soup consists of veggies, beef ball, and chicken meat. The taste was a little bit salty for us.

After that, we tried one of the foods from the Central side of Indonesia: Tengkleng Klewer Ibu Edi from Solo, Central Java. It's a soup with meat, ear, tongue and all kinds of inner part of goat (or we called it Jeroan). I am not really a Jeroan eater, but my husband is. He really enjoyed this food, while I only tried the soup, and it was delicious. Turns out it's one of 25 legendary Indonesian culinary.

The third one was from the West side of Indonesia. We tried Sate Ayam from Bangka, Sumatra. It was delicious, but not really unique, because we could find this kind of chicken skewer in all parts of Indonesia. Even my friend from Bangka doesn't know there is a special Sate Ayam in Bangka.

We would like to taste more foods, but 3 portions were already fulfilling. I guess when coming to this festical, it's better to come in a group of many people rather than 2 people only, so we could taste a little bit but many kinds of food. Each dish cost 20.000 Rupiah (~ 1,8 dollar), and we got bonus of one 85ml sachet of Bango for each dish. Bango bottles were placed on every seating place, so people could add it into their dishes. In the middle of festival area, Unilever demonstrated its water purified machines. This was the source of free drinks on that night. But if you don't want a free drink, there were also many drink stalls throughout the place.

Before going home, I bought a snack for my family at home: Risol Setan. Risol is a kind of small croquette from Indonesia, filled with veggies, thin rice noodles and meats. This dish comes with a peanut sauce where you can dip the Risol in. But beware, the sauce is damn hell spicy, that's why it's called Setan (means Evil). I guess this dish comes from Jakarta (Betawi).

If I come to FJB again next year, I will make sure to try better and legendary foods!