Monday, March 2, 2015

Indonesia Delegates Sing "Laskar Pelangi"

Indonesia delegates sing Laskar Pelangi in recreation night, YSEALI United for Peace, in Mariapolis, Tagaytay City, the Philippines, last February.

Photo by Focolare Movement


"เบา เบา" Bao Bao by Thai Delegates


Thailand Delegates sang Bao Bao in recreation night, YSEALI United for Peace, in Mariapolis, Tagaytay City, the Philippines, last February.


Photo by Focolare Movement



Here are the lyrics, taken from Deungdutjai.com


Title: เบา เบา / Bao Bao (Tenderly)
Artist: Singular
Album: The White Room
Year: 2010

ใจหนึ่งใจ จะต้องการอะไร
Jai neung jai ja dtaung gahn arai
One heart, what does it need?

ให้มันมากมาย ให้มันวุ่นวาย
Hai mun mahk mai hai mun woon wai
We give it so much, we make it complicated

เพียงเธอนั้น ใส่ใจกันเบาเบา
Piang tur nun sai jai gun bao bao
Only you paying a gentle attention to it

พอให้สองเรา ได้ทำอะไรมากมายในตอนนี้
Por hai saung rao dai tum arai mahk mai nai dtaun nee
That’s enough for the two of us to be able to do so many things right now

(*)บางเวลาไม่เป็นไร ถ้าเธออยู่ไกล
Bahng welah mai pen rai tah tur yoo glai
Sometimes it’s all right if you’re far away

บางเวลาฉันเข้าใจ เธอลืมกันไป
Bahng welah chun kao jai tur leum gun pai
Sometimes I understand, if you’ve forgotten me

บางเวลาไม่เป็นใจ ก็ไม่ต้องเสียดาย
Bahng welah mai pen jai gor mai dtaung sia dai
Sometimes it’s discouraging, but there’s no need for regrets

ปล่อยมันไปก่อนนะ
Ploy mun pai gaun na
Let it go

(**)คิดถึงฉันสักครั้ง เมื่อไม่ได้คิดถึงใคร
Kit teung chun suk krung meua mai dai kit teung krai
Think of me when you’re not thinking of anyone else

ทำตัวตามสบาย แล้วเจอกันในความฝัน
Tum dtua dtahm sabai laeo jur gun nai kwahm fun
Do whatever you please, I’ll see you in my dreams

มีเวลาดีๆ ก็บอกให้ฉันได้ฟัง
Mee welah dee dee gor bauk hai chun dai fung
Have a good time, tell me about it

ไม่มากเกินไปกว่านั้น ค่อยๆ รักกันเบาเบา
Mai mahk gern pai gwah nun koy koy ruk gun bao bao
Not much more than that, we’ll gradually fall in love tenderly

เธอกับฉัน ยังต้องเดินทางไกล
Tur gup chun yung dtaung dern tahng glai
You and I still have to walk a long path

คงไม่สายไป ให้เวลากับใจได้เรียนรู้
Kong mai sai pai hai welah gup jai dai rian roo
It’s not too late to give our hearts some time to learn

(*,**,*,**)

คิดถึงฉันสักครั้ง เมื่อไม่ได้คิดถึงใคร
Kit teung chun suk krung meua mai dai kit teung krai
Think of me when you’re not thinking of anyone else

ทำตัวตามสบาย แล้วเจอกันในความฝัน
Tum dtua dtahm sabai laeo jur gun nai kwahm fun
Do whatever you please, I’ll see you in my dreams

มีเวลาดีๆ ก็บอกให้ฉันได้ฟัง
Mee welah dee dee gor bauk hai chun dai fung
Have a good time, tell me about it

ขอเธอแค่เพียงเท่านั้น ค่อยๆ รักกันเบาเบา
Kor tur dae piang tao nun koy koy ruk gun bao bao
I only ask you this, we’ll gradually fall in love tenderly

ค่อยๆ รักกันเบาเบา
Koy koy ruk gun bao bao
We’ll gradually fall in love tenderly

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Meet Muslim in Tagaytay, Philippines


Text and photo by Rio Tuasikal


Abu Bakar Hajiali (39) and Ismail Adapun (37)


At first, they were staring at us, strangely. 

"Assalamualaikum," said Rudi of Thailand.

Then we knew we are one muslim family, broke any border of our 3 different nationalities.

We got 30 minutes preaching in arabic and Tagalog here in a small mosque in Tagaytay City, the Philippines, a week ago. Muslim community here is not so big, maybe only 50 families.
Originally from Mindanao, now mostly of them work in a market near the mosque.

They are really humble and friendly.


 
 
 

Sakareeya (grey) and Foon (black) talked to two muslim boys.
Upin Ipin of the Philippines!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Riding Tricycle in the Philippines


Riding tricycle in Tagaytay is adventurous. Tthe driver brings you to the rollercoaster experience of public transportation.

Me and John Badawi from the Philippines were riding a tricycle in Tagaytay City, Philippines. We were back going back to Mariapolis. 

Tricycle is looks like becak motor in Medan, Indonesia.


When ASEAN Youths Have Nothing to Hate



For YSEALI delegates from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines



"Miiiiiiissssss Thailanddd!"

I still remember the way Sahadam Waeyusoh, one Thai delegate, yelling the phrase. His intonation  never failed to initiate laughter among us. Also, the way he was being crowned as a fake Miss Universe 2015. He's the King of Joker isn't it?

Five days of togetherness in Mariapolis, Tagaytay, Philippines, has proved that youths of the region have nothing to hate from differences. We are 30 in total, consists of 10 delegates each from  Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Most of us are students, and also activists, teacher, and journalists that have one same paradigm on how we celebrate our unsimilarities.

I remember the way I started learning Tagalog from Maan, one facilitator from the Focolare Movement.

"Magandang umaga is good morning," she explained in the airport. "What is good morning in bahasa?"

"Selamat pagi," I said.

"Selamat? Salamat here in the Philippines is thank you."

It is really beautiful that Maan and I were really excited everytime we found similar words between our native languages. Why didn't we debate on differences between umaga and pagi? Yes, the conversation told me the very essence of dialogue: find common ground.

Other participants also do the same. I remember when Thai delegates sing a melayu song from Indonesia band Wali or a pop song from duo T2. Also, we were trying to patiently listen to each other, and usually just smile if some of us mistakenly use the wrong English grammar. Here, prejudice and stigma do not exist.

We even made a fake beauty pageant consists of miss Thailand, miss Philippines, and miss Indonesia. See the video below! We came as strangers, and ended up as one ASEAN family.

Our friendship is the best start in building peace across ASEAN. Let's understand that our relation won't stop violence in various areas automatically. Now it is the time for us to once again convince people to choose the same paradigm---by our campaign.

Let's tell them our experience about friendship, fraternity, and peace in Tagaytay City. Then let people feel that peace is beautiful.

One peaceful ASEAN maybe not for us. Maybe it is for our children, or grandchildren. But the decision is in our generation.

Good luck for the national peace project, guys.***


Picture is from Ave