I still remember when I for the first time came to see a traditional house of Minangkabau tribe in the West Sumatera province of Indonesia. People of Minangkabau tribe used to call their traditional house as Rumah Gadang, which means a Big House. The one that I visited when I was ten years old was known as Istano Basa Pagaruyuang, or Minangkabau people call it as the the Palace of Pagaruyuang Kingdom. When I was a kid, I admired how the house was constructed. Even until today, after I went together with my students to see the house for the second time, my salutation for the architecture of the palace is still there. Perhaps, by understanding the rich historical context and how the palace came into being, we can locate it as one of the wanderers of the world?
On April 30, 2016, my students and I, along with other ten colleagues from STKIP PGRI Sumatera Barat, went to the Istano Basa Pagaruyuang in Batusangkar to have a Study Tour. As I teach English writing to the students registered in 2015 academic year, I thought that it might be a wiser idea to have a field trip and study course to one of historical and cultural sites in the province of West Sumatera. We decided to go to Pagaruyuang because of its richness on cultural heritage.
For about 161 students joined the event and eleven colleagues joined as well. When we arrived there, we felt great to see it. The air at that time was good. The sun shone brightly although three hours later rain fallen, but no more than twenty minutes, the rain stopped. We started our trip at 8.30 am and we finished it at 8.30 pm. All students came home safely. At last, the event was ended successfully. Although few people viewed it from different lenses, however, againts all odds, this study tour for the students is worth doing in the upcoming years. Maybe, the students want to go to some other good places, why not?
(This note is written as the expression of my thank-you to all students of 2015 academic years and seniors who repeat the Writing 1 course. To Sesmiyanti, Belinda Analido, Edwar Kemal, Okri Ronaldo, Ahmad Nusi, Herfyna Asty, Siska, Hevriani Sevrika, and bu Riny D Sani, thank you very much for all your support. To Yendra, thank you for giving me a great lesson that a friend can give much worse time for you because of jealousy or negative thinking. On top of that, I also thank bu Armilia Riza as the Chair of English Education Study Program for the support and encouragement for me and the students)
For students who will write about Istano Basa Pagaruyuang, please download the file by clicking this link: Template Final Project Istana Pagaruyung .doc