Wednesday, July 08, 2009

21st SIGA Jogja Indonesia (1 May 2009-4 May 2009) report

Apologies for the belated update...

At the beginning of all the H1N1 madness, 29 participants from Brunei (16 ex-BPYs and 13 host family members) led by the Deputy President 1, flew to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and joined 300 other participants from all over ASEAN and Japan from the 1-4 May 2009. This was the biggest SIGA in terms of participants ever held and congratulations to SI Indonesia for hosting what was indeed different to many other previous SIGAs.

The participants mostly stayed at the Jogja Plaza Hotel. However, almost all the events were not held at the hotel itself. Instead of a ballroom, the Opening Ceremony was held in the open air at the Bantul cultural village with many activities held there afterwards. The participants even had the opportunity to watch an amazing cultural show with the Borobodur as the backdrop (which is only performed 4 times a year) in the evening.

Bruneian contingent at the Opening Ceremony

Some members of the Bruneian contingent at the Jogja Plaza Hotel

Bruneian contingent in front of the famous Borobodur

A good time was had by all! Well done SI Indonesia!
At the end of the proceedings, the hosting of the next SIGA was handed over to the ASSEAY Thailand. ASSEAY Thailand announced that the 22nd SIGA 2010 would be held in Ayutthaya, Thailand! Ayutthaya is a World Heritage City over an hour by car from Bangkok. Next year's SIGA is tentatively to be held from 30 April - 3 May 2010, so mark your diaries now!
For more information, check out the ASSEAY website here.
Royal Brunei Airlines flies to Bangkok daily from Brunei.


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