The weekend 24th and 25th of June

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A circus workshop at the Harris Batam Waterfront resort hotel

Iris knows well Romain, the French manager of the hotel next to the Marina. He invited us to have an improvised circus workshop, during a busy weekend. It was a great oportunitie to make photos, and restart the networking for getting partnership with the Tauzia chain, which has hotels all over Asia.
Let’s see later what kind of partnership this action will evolve … Paid services or sponsorship? We don’t know yet!

Saturday 24th June

All of us by the pool of a luxury hotel, we will have our first free circus workshop for wealthy families childrens’, unlikely but true!We installed the workshop at midday, slack line, carpet, juggling bowls,… and we try to attract the attention by some clowning exhibit, so that the parents register their children in the session planned at 4pm. Almost all of them said that they will go shopping.
We canceled the registration and we come back around 3:30 pm to see who would be there.
Finally, few young chinese, and a small and clever indian boy are there. Followed by a couple of French teachers from Singapore with two adorable childrens. The workshop finally takes place in an playful rather than pedagogic way. But given the holiday context with lot of attractions around, difficult to do otherwise. Childrens and parents are happy, and us too!

Sunday 25th June The Hari Raya

It’s how to call in Indonesia the day after the fasting month (Ramadan), at the new moon, the equivalent of the Aid in Arabic countries.  Tradition wants it that everyone goes to greet his neighbors and especially the elders. Every families has food and drinks to share. Childrens also go from house to house, where they are offered money, candies and drinks!
The symbolic of this day is to be born again like a newborn, after having washed its sins during the month.
We were lucky and honored to be invited by Ima, Iris’s friend from Java, to lunch. Then went around the neighborhood with Ima and her husband. A great welcome, with delicious things to taste! After five houses, not to mention the hearty lunch, our stomachs were struggling to keep up!
It was a super great day! It made us feel close and in touch with the local peoples after many endless work days on the boat!