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Gabriel García Márquez, RIP

Remember well. 
Adieu, you magical creature. 
Kids, Jakarta Selatan

Al Jazeera has a story on ‘the flowers of the street’, three street buskers in Jakarta. The film Jalanan won the best documentary award at the largest Asian film festival in South Korea. 

Neigbours, Jakarta Selatan

These beautiful masks we wear

Willard A. HamaPuputan of the Raja of Boeleleng"Le Petit Journal". Reproduction in "Bali Chronicles"France (1849)
The standard story of what happened is a mass suicide. Indonesian history bears to differ:

Image - “The King of Buleleng killing himself with 400 followers, in an 1849 puputan against the Dutch.” Le Petit Journal, 1849.
Contrary to what is seemingly depicted in the illustration above (and Western perception), puputan does not mean mass-suicide. Puputan means to fight to the death, rooting from the Balinese word puput that means ‘died’, ‘fall out’, ‘broken off’, ‘finished over’. This means all people regardless of their caste or social status are urged to do every means of resistance until their last breath.
What happened in Buleleng in 1849 was the Dutch intervention against the kingdom. The Kingdom of Buleleng had a maritime law called hak tawan karang, which placed foreign ships, docked or wrecked at the Buleleng harbor under the kingdom’s authority. 
The Dutch reasoned that the law was against international law and decided to subdue Buleleng by power. It was considered as a massive expedition as the Royal Dutch Army deployed 100 ships, 3000 sailors and 5000 well-trained soldiers. To evade the Balinese resistance in the mainland, they detoured the route by attacking Klungkung and formed an alliance with Lombok, whose troops were sent on Dutch ship to ambush Buleleng leaders. The King, who personally led his army, and his prime minister the famed I Gusti Ketut Jelantik, were killed. Jelantik’s death, also the top Balinese war commander, landed a huge blow on the Balinese side. The Buleleng’s fierce, fight-to-death resistance was then called the Puputan Jagaraga War.
Something your teacher probably did not tell you:
Puputan Jagaraga is not the only puputan war that ever happened in Bali. See source [Indonesian - I plan on translating it later].
The Dutch did not take Buleleng easily. They suffered disease because of the weather and climate…
More importantly, Klungkung did not fall that quick. It was the sister of Lord of Klungkung (only known by his title - Dewa Agung) who conducted a night offense against the Dutch in Kusamba. She killed Andreas Victor Michiels, the Dutch commander for the mission. Sadly her name remained unknown.
TL:DR; Indonesian women, we are soft but deadly!

From Ode to Lumpy, Pout Melody (animation by Lilli Carré, sound by Alexander Stewart). Drawn on 20 pieces of paper. The full film with sound can be viewed here.

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