the 100th birthday: one very big day

Monday, 11th March 2013, was a big celebratory day in Canberra, thus the name, One Very Big Day. Events, live performances, food, dances, you name it were all there around the lake Burley-Griffin.

 Canberra is a city built on words: it was created as a place for the nation to meet and communicate, so WORDS is our theme. Canberra… in so many Words.


On that day I was predominantly involved in Indonesian Home project, which was a collaboration between AILSA (Australia Indonesia Language School Association) and the Indonesian embassy. In accordance with the theme quoted above, we, together with other people from diverse cultural background created our own big words, and built a fun space at the Rond Terrace filled with a ‘home’ flavour.

We had entertainments and various activities throughout the day in our Home stall. We had the kids dancing, gamelan workshop, kids’ space where you can do some arts and crafts, and trying out Indonesian traditional clothes, and many more. The day was packed that I could not venture out the area on the other side of the lake where they held the longest bubbly bar, all the yummy gourmet food and live music. I walked a bit along ‘my’ side of the lake, and I was happy to see a landscape of letters and words every where I went, though not too happy to see how long the line was in front of the ice cream truck.

The day was hot and there were lots and lots of people. The sun seemed to be on top of our heads for a very long time, it made taking photos challenging. I had to use my camera flash  to minimise dark shadows and light people’s faces and made adjustments every time.

The One Very Big Day took days to recover from…


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