Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A day at the museum

Visiting museums has always been my passion whenever I go. No matter however old and obsolete a museum can be, there is always something interesting to see and learn. The National Museum in Port Vila may look dull from outside, but it becomes interesting inside since it displays various collections of the Melanesian art and culture as well as the early history of the country under the reign of French-British condominium government. With entry fee of 500 VT or equal to IDR 44,000, the visitors will be entertained with the sand drawing show, a traditional custom of Pentecost island, done by the museum guide. As he creates a very beautiful drawing, he tells the story about what he draws continuously without even pulling his finger off the sand.

Sand drawing

Cute turtle

On my first visit, I was surprised as I found a set of angklung (traditional musical instruments made from bamboo tubes originated from West Java) displayed at one corner of the museum, marked as the gift from the infamous Saung Angklung Udjo in Bandung, my hometown. Later, on my next visit, I learnt that the "Angklung Workshop" was organised thanks to the cooperation between the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, Australia. Not only that, when I accompanied my friend coming from Suva to visit the museum, we had the chance to see the performance of children playing Vanuatu's national anthem and Indonesia Pusaka song...wonderful!

Angklung instruments from Saung Angklung Udjo, Bandung

After enjoying the two main shows, the visitors can see the museum collections, including totems, shells, traditional weapons, as well as the Vanuatu custom stories, one of which reminded me of the Balinese custom in the past, where the families and wives of the great Melanesian chief called Roi Mata are obliged to follow their dead husband to the grave in order to show their devotion and therefore, they will be buried alive together with the corpse in an island now called Hat Island (as it has the shape of a hat). Due to the history and its importance value in the Melanesian culture, the sacred Chief Roi Mata Domain in Hat Island is given the status as World Heritage Site of UNESCO in 2008 making it the Vanuatu's first world heritage site.

Melanesian totem

The National Museum is located in front of the Parliament Building, about 10- minute walking distance from downtown. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

2,5 months to go...

Yesterday morning, our good friend left the country, back to France. I was sad but I know she is way too happy to be back and be with her beloved ones again after 15 months. As for us, in less than 3 months, it is going to be our turn. Am I happy or sad? I can't say at the moment, not yet.

Soon, my days will be filled up again with packing activities, sorting things out, making lists of things to be sent, etc. Besides, I have to finish my work at the office before end of this week and we already planned three trips between June and August, then leaving Vila at the end of August. Plenty of things to do within 2,5 months. Allez Pungky!

Time surely flies...

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Rainbow at the lagoon

This is what I saw from our balcony after few days of incessant rains in Vila....such a beautiful painting made by nature. It lasted for at least ten minutes and it was so huge, really really impressive!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

What comes out from the kitchen

Today's finger foods for tea time, Vietnamese fresh spring roll (Nem Cuon) and a cake that goes perfectly with mint tea :)

Vietnamese fresh spring roll favorite

Recipe for the spring roll is taken from here.
Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Start from the scratch

Here comes the newbie in the blogging world...
First try was 5 years ago and the last time I updated my old blog was nearly three years ago!!!
I wish this new one will last longer than let's just wait and see..