Laskar Pelangi!

First, there was the book:

Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. It was seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read. More over, it was written based on the true story of the author! I like books and movies that were based on true stories!

Mum bought it in Jakarta and I brought it back to Beijing with me when I went back to Indo for last year’s CNY. And I couldn’t put it down until I’ve finish it. Hahahahaha

That was last year.

And the book went on to be a best seller!!

This year…

The book has been made into film!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

When I heard about that, I had already had it in mind that this is an absolutely-must-watch-movie!!

The premiere was just on September 25th 2008.

And I got to watch it today! (ok, make it yesterday, since it’s already the next day by now. lol)
with Agnes and Vero @ Kadut. Hehehehehe

And and and and and and and….

I LOVE IT!!!!! πŸ˜€

The story is about the book author when he was a little boy in Belitong, an island near South Sumatra, Indonesia. It was started with the first day of school in a waiting-to-be-closed primary school. They had to get 10 students on the first day or it’s a bye-bye to school (means it will be close down).

The clock couldn’t stop ticking, and by 11am, they still got only 9 students. One of the teacher was starting to tell the bad news to the parents and students-to-be there about the bad news when suddenly a boy and his mum came running down to the school. And he saved the day!

The story went on about the life of the 10 students in the only-Moslem-school there in Belitong. How they survived on the oh-so-fragile school building, their friendships, their daily life, and lots of funny, cute, and interesting things happened between them. The 10 students were named “Laskar Pelangi” (Soldiers of the Rainbow) by the lady teacher because all of them loved rainbow πŸ™‚

These are the 2 amazing teachers, Bu Muslimah and Pak Arpan (Ms. Muslimah and Pak Arpan)

The students called the lovely lady “Bu Mus”

The story is also about how they beat other schools with higher social standards in the National Day Carnival and in a Cerdas Cermat competition (sorry, I couldn’t recall the English translation for that. Anyone can help me? lol). It’s some kind of quiz la, but it’s about all subjects taught in school.

What I like about the book is that the story is sooooo interesting that you couldn’t put it down before you are done with it. And some parts were just touching. And the hilarious parts, it showed the naivety of the kampong kids. So cute lar πŸ˜‰

As for the movie, the story was, of course, cut short. Just like any other based-on-books movie where they cut a lot of parts from the books and excluded them in the movie. But it’s still nice tho. And I loooooooveeeeeeeeeeee the sceneries!!!!!

I couldn’t get other pictures of the sceneries in the movies (which are nicer!)
But I guess these three are enough, no? lol

Belitong (or Belitung, as how they called it now) really has MAGNIFICENT sceneries!

Seriously. Check this out!

Open the link and see the photos for yourself. You’ll be mesmerized! πŸ™‚

They have this photography tour in Belitung for you to capture the beautiful sceneries in the beaches of Belitung. Mannn I am sooo wanna go. Dad and I were planning to go actually! πŸ˜€

On a more serious note, this might be the BEST Indo movie I’ve ever seen! It’s not like some cheesy romance movie or seriously-lack-of-quality horror movies (which are getting more and more these days -_-). Although I admit I do like to watch some of the romance comedy tho πŸ˜‰

This movie is packed with moral values. I think this is the first Indo movie with so much moral values inside. There’s so many hidden messages in the movie:

1. At the starting, the kids wouldn’t be able to study in school if the number of students didn’t reach 10 because the Education department wouldn’t give the subsidized money for them. This shows the ironic condition of education in Indonesia. I bet this kind of condition still exists somewhere out there.

2. The oh-so-fragile-even-a-small-wind-could-break-it-into-pieces school building. In fact, this kind of school building DOES exist in Indonesia, especially in the kampong areas and small villages.

3. The fact that Lintang couldn’t continue to go to school because he had to be the back bone of the family as his father has just passed away while going fishing in the sea. He had to do some work to feed his little brother and sister. Again, this represents the pathetic condition of the education in Indonesia. There are LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of children out there who couldn’t continue their education (or couldn’t even go to school) because of the family’s economic condition which resulted in them becoming beggars or street-singer/musician on the streets. If you ever got the chance to visit Indonesia, especially Jakarta, do take a look when you are stopping at the traffic light, at intersections usually. In some areas in Jakarta (some are just not too far from my living area), there will be a lot of small kids (some are barely 5 y.o!!) begging for money, or singing and begging, and so on. There are some transvestites too…(ok, I’m getting out of topic. lol).

4. How Bu Mus and Pak Arpan taught the students patiently and with love, of course, even though their salary is not that much. In fact, it probably is so small. Again and again, this portrays the reality of teachers in Indonesia (oh why does this movie has to portray so much of our education life..). Teachers, more specifically those who teach at public schools, I think la, is one of the lowest-wage-receiver in Indo. Their salary is seriously low that they have to do side jobs to boost up their income. And no, I’m not kidding.

5. ….

(Damn! Why suddenly I forgot the story line?!)


They have to see the reality in our society where there are still a LOT of homeless kids and those who cannot pursue their education (let alone they keep on campaigning “WAJIB BELAJAR 9 TAHUN” (“Compulsory 9 years of education). If you think it’s so important for the anak bangsa to get a good education, then why don’t you start on doing it?!

Well, they have started tho. I heard that now, primary school students do not have to pay for their school fees. Hmm..not bad as a starter.

But the most important thing is: STOP THE CORRUPTION LA!! It’s nice huh, enjoying your richness, luxury cars and homes, eating at expensive restaurants most of the time, and bla bla bla where the money is the CITIZEN’S?

Where are the subsidized money you supposed to send to the schools in the kampongs or villages? Why don’t you fix those oh-so-fragile-even-a-small-wind-could-break-it-into-pieces school buildings so the students could study better? Why don’t you provide them with text books?

Ok ok I gotta stop here. I sound so emotional already, eh? LOL.
Need to stop also la. Later the government block my blog pulak. Kacau leh. Hahahaha.

Lastly, the soundtracks!!!

At first, I couldn’t believe it…NIDJI was the band who will sing the OST of Laskar Pelangi! cos…I don’t like their music, to be honest. It’s just not my taste.


This time, they were succeed in making me like their music. LOL. The soundtrack is quite nice, especially the lyrics….It’s so meaningful:

“Laskar Pelangi” – Nidji

Mimpi adalah kunci
Untuk kita mewarnai dunia
Berlarilah tanpa lelah
Sampai engkau meraihnya

Laskar Pelangi
Takkan terikat waktu
Bebaskan mimpimu di angkasa
Warnai bintang di jiwa

Menarilah dan terus tertawa
Walau dunia tak seindah surga

Bersyukurlah pada yang kuasa
Cinta kita di dunia selamanya…

Cinta kepada hidup
Memberikan senyuman abadi
Walau hidup kadang tak adil
Tapi cinta lengkapi kita

Laskar Pelangi
Takkan terikat waktu
Jangan berhenti mewarnai
Jutaan mimpi di bumi

Menarilah dan terus tertawa
Walau dunia tak seindah surga
Bersyukurlah pada yang kuasa
Cinta kita di dunia selamanya…

Ermm..should I translate it?

Ok ok, here it is:

“Soldiers of Rainbow” – Nidji (wooo sounds so cool in English…Soldiers of Rainbow! Lol)

Dreams are the keys
For us to color the world
Run towards it without any hesitation
Till you can grab them

Soldiers of Rainbow
You won’t be tied up with time
Free your dreams up to the sky
Color the stars in your hearts

Keep on dancing and laughing
Although the world isn’t as beautiful as heaven
Give thanks to the One
For our love in this world forever

Love gives an eternal smile to our lives
Although sometimes life is unfair
Love always completes us

Btw, every time I listen to this song, I always imagine the scene in the movie where the kids were running around around big rocks, smiling and laughing happily. Or a bunch of kids running around happily. I dunno le. Izzit that affecting until I always imagine like that? Lol.

The other nice soundtrack is “Tak Perlu Keliling Dunia” by Gita Gutawa, daughter of one of Indonesian famous composer, Erwin Gutawa. Her name is getting more and more popular among the Indonesian music community.

*Music coming soon. I can’t find the good quality one to post here*

“Tak Perlu Keliling Dunia” – Gita Gutawa

Kapur putih pucat
Terasa penuh warna
Dan pelangi yang enggan datang pun berbinar

Kertas putih yang pudar
Tertulis seribu kata
Dan ku ungkap semua yang sedang kurasa

Dengarkanlah kata hatiku
Bahwa ku ingin untuk tetap di sini

* Tak perlulah aku keliling dunia

Translate again ar? Aiyah..

Ok la ok la (actually it’s just me who’s itchy hand want to translate :p)

“I don’t need to go around the world” – Gita Gutawa

The pale white chalk
Feels colorful
And the hiding rainbow came along


I’m off now. Time to sleep! Ciao!

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