Thursday, September 19, 2013

Getting Crazy at Jember Fashion Carnival 2013

From Jombang and then head back to Surabaya via bus to team up with a few couchsurfers to share car rental, an Avanza, to Jember, just to see a fashion carnival. The total trip took almost 10 hours on the road.

Was it worth it?

Apart from getting to spend a night on a beautiful beach (Papuma as blogged here), I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Picture taken hours later after that spectacular sunrise at Papuma Beach.
We headed to Jember a wee bit after 10 am. Got lost trying to locate the house that belongs to a friend of my Surabaya CS's host. Sadly I forgot his name. But he has a big house and many bathrooms. We took our own sweet time recharging all our electronic devices and taking bathes ( we haven't bath since yesterday morning! hahaha!)

Recharged, bathed, watched some TV, have eaten.... We only came to the carnival's venue just after zuhur. And lo and behold! The crowds that gathered were overwhelming!

I can't see how a parade is going to pass here without being harassed. hehe. 
We actually walked from my friend's house to the roadside above which is situated near the end of the 3.6km route for the catwalk as seen in the picture below - Jl. Gajah Mada. Most of my friends were near the starting point of the catwalk so we met some where in the middle. :)

Not shown in the picture were the many food stalls and walking salesmen selling stuff to the big crowds by the roadsides. They even managed to set up small tables and seats for potential customers. Hehe. So creative!
The routes were closed to specifically allow the models garbed in their costumes to do the 3.6km catwalk! [source]
So all we did was to wait for the models to come.........

... and I was in for a BIG surprise!

I didn't imagine that the costumes would be this BIG! 
Imagine these models walking 3.6KM with a heavy thing on their backs! I was filled with high respect for their sheer dedication in making this carnival successful. And the models were all SMILES despite the weight, pushing crowd and heat from the afternoon sun! ^__^

Thankfully, some models had some help which involves wheels and some pushers. Hehe
I believe he was showing an artistic expression. *thinking*

Some including myself, thought the backs of the models has much more to offer. Haha.
There were several themes of this fashion carnival, each accompanied by a truck with loud audio-speakers and a mixer. So through-out the parade, we'll be hearing loud music. Different according to each theme.

The sound master at his mixer on top of the many trucks that spun past me.
The only theme that I could remember correctly (since it's featured on the official webpage. Haha) is the Bamboo theme! And also because the colors reminded me of my mother whose favorite color is green.:)

Still all smiles even when he's nearing the end of the catwalk.
That is one large bamboo themed costume. Hehe
With that I end my post on the vibrancy of Jember Fashion Carnival 2013.

And guess what?

I'm certainly coming back NEXT YEAR! InsyaAllah. :)


Alid Abdul said... [Reply]

Why don't you put the picture I gave to you with the talent?

this is the 3rd times I went to Jember for JFC. Wrote 2 articles hahaha...

Sud I comeback next year?

Belilah VIP tix :p

hlga said... [Reply]

itu orang-orang yang nonton di pinggir jalan terlalu dekat dengan pemeran kostumnya ya.
hahaha kasian.. said... [Reply]

wow...nice...i love it.

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@ alid abdul... I don't usually use other people's pictures on my blog unless I didn't take any. hehe

jomlahh ke sana lagi tahun depan!!! =P

@ helga... memang kesian hel. tapi mereka semangat!! :)

@ MKL... thankyou :)

Yunus Badawi said... [Reply]

bulan berapa tahun depan carnival ni?

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@ yb.. bulan ogos jugak.. kena selalu tengok website dia. heheh

Farikica said... [Reply]

Hi Jard!

Eerie la plak tngk costume tu.. sngtlh mystical...but it's so nice when u can really stand close to the models....

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@ farikica... hehehe. tp kesian la kat model. tiada ruang mau bernafas

Henry Lee said... [Reply]

wow u get to see them upclose, not bad... but no police keeping the crowd away from them... so kesian :(

Khai said... [Reply]

Wow! Seriously wow! Masa baca tajuk, tak expect pun fashion show ni macam ni! Macam perarakan kat Brazil tu dah rasanya. Apakenamaentah? Tapi, memang wow! Kreatif!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Saya indonesia tapi belum perna datang kesana :) jadi malu sama warga malaysia hehehe

ainun said... [Reply]

yeyy balik lagi ke jember aja taun depan, hore-horean lagi :D