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Oh my. I was brought up thinking that "ronggeng" was a really sedate and innocent kind of dance form, the kind of thing your grandmother would do.

Minutes after mentioning it to TOCIC (as in "AP danced a ronggeng with TOCIC"), I googled "ronggeng" and found this youtube video!


Just look at the men putting banknotes in Mela Barbie's hands so that they can ronggeng with her!

*stunned, but not complaining*

This is ronggeng like I've never seen it done before, it is more like dangdut, I think...

This video is from Indonesia. I think that Mela Barbie is lovely, by the way.


*waits for shoes thrown by feminists to strike head*



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Posted on 08:29AM on Sep 27th, 2010
P/s: Mela Barbie has a lovely singing voice, this is exactly how this kind of Indonesian/ Malaysian song is supposed to be sung. :P

Posted on 11:07PM on Sep 27th, 2010
She is beautiful, isn't she? I know it's a bit tacky, but there is something very sweet and deeply erotic -- and dare I say it, brave and joyful? -- about her. *HUGS* -- Andrew
Posted on 04:34AM on Sep 28th, 2010
To think that this kind of entertainment is fine and freely distributing itself in Indonesia while a film festival was threatened by an armed mob because said film fest was rumored to screen gay and lesbian p0rn.

Did the story make it to Singapore AP? FPI, the self-proclaimed religious defender is again making an a$$ of themselves.

I don't mind tacky or erotic. Most people are delightfully innocent anyway and see this as exactly what it is, entertainment.
Posted on 09:31PM on Feb 4th, 2012
I am an Indonesian. And I glad you pay attention for things that happened in Indonesia.
For your intention, these kind of dance is not ronggeng at all. That is a dangdut koplo (wasn't dangdut as our grandmother known) dance. Mela Barbie only sang a dangdut koplo song called "Nyai Ronggeng".
*Sorry for my bad English :p
Posted on 02:27AM on Feb 5th, 2012

ShevaEndin, thank you for helping me out of my confusion. Yes, this kind of dancing is definitely NOT "ronggeng"!


You know, I think it is important for people like me to try and be aware of Indonesian affairs (economic and political) and also learn something about the culture. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is the country with the oldest, the deepest, and the most diverse and interesting history.

Btw, your English is very good!

Take care --

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