There were a handful of other visitors too, and something I've not mentioned before is that people here have been fascinated with Bridget and have asked to take photos with her, lots and lots of selfies, while we are out and about. They seem quite bewildered that she has very dark, almost black hair, but such fair porcelain skin. People stare at her and seem fascinated with her. It's kind of nuts and certainly not something we are used to. I don't think they have a clue who she is (meaning Annie stuff), they just are mesmerized with her looks. It's very strange.
After we visited the museum, we were ushered down an alley/marketplace, and were taken to the puppeteers studio where he creates some of these masterpieces. He was so warm and friendly and put on a show for the kids (see a clip below of part of it), even included references in his puppet show to the USA, Obama, and Justin Bieber! It was hysterical and the kids loved it! Some of these puppets he made are flat, but movable, and told us that they are created on water buffalo hide, and then holes are punched through to create the design, and then natural dyes are used to help the color stay longer. One of the puppets on the wall of his studio was created 120 years ago and some of the color is still in tact. So incredible. He said that if he makes a mistake punching the holes to make the design, then he has to start all over again. There are symbols on the flat puppet he showed us, with Heaven being on the front side, and hell being on the other side. The tiger on the front is the symbol of ambition, the Buffalo is a sign of strength, the monkeys are for wisdom, the dragon for luck and then the branches are a symbol of family. It was so beautiful! The holes are placed in the puppet so that when light is cast in front of it, it creates shadows and those are the shadows that are seen through the white screen, it was truly fascinating. The puppeter maker's first name is Aldi, but he had 60 last names. I guess it's tradition with every Indonesian generation to add another last name. He started saying them all and our mouths were wide open. But thankfully we just had to call him Aldi and not worry about remembering his last name. LOL
Overall it was a fantastic day, and the kids enjoyed it, as well as their parents. :-) I've posted more photos on the Annie Tour Pics link so check them out! Tomorrow will be our last full day before heading into a 5 show weekend, so we might take it easy a bit and just go swimming and enjoy some downtime. Thanks as always for tuning in. It's so hard to communicate back home with such a big time difference, so this blog has been a wonderful way for all of us to connect. Feel free to leave comments, etc., we love hearing from you!