Three Malay Dances at Merdeka Walk

After tasting Waroenk Nenek’s pecel lele (fried catfish with chili sauce), the sky looked occasionally throwing lightning. As if announcing to earth inhabitants that soon it would drop rain which it couldn’t hold anymore.

It seems I never heeded the announcement. The green button “Order GoRide” has already been touched and invited a online taxibike driver to appear in front of me in 4 minutes. Motorizing along 4.5 km, I got off at right in front of “Pos Indonesia” building. “Anno 1911” was precisely wrote above a old window with four columns and three rows shutters, had became a birth certificate of the building, it is meaning that the building is 109 years old now.

The colorful gates of Merdeka Walk which are only 150 meters from my dropping point, I approached it by walk. This time, I passed next old building which had become “Bank Indonesia” office and next to it I found an elegant Old City Hall which was doused in yellow spotlights from its roof.

Arrive at a big T-junction, right in front is my next destination and at the south side is “Bank Mandiri” Building.
Old City Hall in north of Bank Mandiri.

I slowly tread into Medan’s culinary center. Large trees became the first sight which catched my eye’s attention. How shady it would be if I arrived at noon, the assumption which I immediately imagined.

Let’s come in!….Don’t just stare.

Long rows of tables and chairs which were arranged lengthwise following restaurants direction which lined up parallel to Balai Kota Street greet me. I wasn’t counting but I heard that Merdeka Walk provided 700 seats for visitors.

Hang out there seemed good.

This place also provides menu variety from Asian food to European food. But yes, that’s how I am, you can certainly guess….I never once sat and tasted food in this place.

Sitting there is fun also…Looks like again.

Two Merdeka Walk restaurant sides will be centered in a field area called the Center Piece. That night, this area was transformed into a red carpeted stage which was functioned as a catwalk. Loud music delivered by backstage sound system was welcomed by swinging footsteps in one straight line. Child models were able to stylish like an adult and experienced models.

At the Center Piece there was also a local TV shooting activity.

Not long after, the sky really poured heavy rain. I couldn’t imagine, they who quickly sipped hot coffee or they who chewed their food which have just been served with a high tempo too….amused to see it. While me?…. Easy…. Just ran away and took shelter in an closed restaurant then waited for rain until finished.

What’s behind of Merdeka Walk?

The night began to move, in the soft drizzle I went down some stairs at back of Merdeka Walk to saw activities at Merdeka Square. It seemed that this field is an children choice area which allowed them to free run around or just drove around in cars which were glittering with colorful lights.

Medan Hall.

Then my steps came to a large hall where several families gathered while laying mats and enjoying dinner together with a dinner basket from home. A harmonious family.

And when I intended to end my visit on Merdeka Walk, I hear a faint Malay music which was followed by someone’s voice which I guessed as MC. The sound was sourced from north. I rushed over

It turned out to be a free performance of Malay dance.

For a moment I enjoyed three Malay dances which were held right in front of the yellowish green “Tourist Service” building.

Beautiful closing night in Medan because on next day I would go to Toba Lake….I couldn’t wait.

Tiga Tarian Melayu di Merdeka Walk

Selepas mencicip pecel lele khas Waroenk Nenek, langit terlihat sesekali melempar kilat. Seakan mengumumkan kepada penduduk bumi bahwa sebentar lagi dia akan menjatuhkan hujan yang tak mampu ditahannya lagi.

Sepertinya aku tak pernah mengindahkan pengumuman itu. Tombol hijau “Order GoRide” sudah terlanjur kusentuh dan mengundang pengendaranya hadir dihadapanku dalam 4 menit. Bermotor sepanjang 4.5 km, aku turun tepat didepan gedung Pos Indonesia. “Anno 1911” tertulis tepat diatas jendela tua dengandaun kolom empat baris tiga, telah menjadi akta lahir gedung itu, artinya usianya telah beranjak 109 tahun.

Gerbang warna-warni Merdeka Walk yang hanya berjarak 150 meter dari titik turun, kudekati dengan berjalan kaki. Kali ini aku melewati gedung tua berikutnya yang telah menjadi kantor Bank Indonesia dan disebelahnya lagi kutemukan Old City Hall yang elegan tersiram lampu tembak berwarna kuning dari atapnya.

Tibalah di pertigaan besar, tepat di depan adalah destinasiku berikutnya dan di seberang selatan itu adalah Gedung Bank Mandiri.
Old City Hall di Utara Bank Mandiri

Perlahan aku menapak memasuki pusat kuliner kota Medan. Pepohonan besar menjadi pemandangan pertama yang menarik perhatian mata. Betapa rindangnya jika tiba di siang hari, perandaian yang kubayangkan seketika.

Yuk lah, masuk!….Jangan bengong aja donk.

Deretan panjang meja dan kursi diatur memanjang mengikuti arah tenant yang berbaris sejajar dengan Jalan Balai Kota menyambutku. Tak menghitung tapi mendengar bahwa Merdeka Walk menyediakan 700 kursi untuk para pengunjung.

Nongkrong disitu enak deh kayaknya.

Tempat ini juga menyediakan variasi menu dari makanan Asia hingga ala Eropa. Tapi ya begitulah diriku, kamu pasti bisa menebaknya….Aku tak pernah sekalipun duduk dan mencicipi makanan di tempat ini.

Duduk situ juga asekkk….Sepertinya lagi.

Kedua sayap tenant Merdeka Walk akan berpusat pada satu area lapang yang disebut Center Piece. Malam itu, area ini disulap menjadi sebuah panggung berkarpet merah yang berfungsi sebagai jalur catwalk. Musik keras yang dihantarkan oleh sound system di belakang panggung di sambut dengan ayunan langkah kaki-kaki kecil dalam satu garis lurus. Model-model cilik itu mampu bergaya bak model dewasa dan berpengalaman.

Di Center Piece juga sedang ada aktivitas syuting TV lokal.

Tak berselang lama, langit benar-benar menumpahkan hujan dengan derasnya. Tak kubayangkan, mereka yang menyeruput kopi panasnya dengan cepat atau mereka yang mengunyah hidangan yang baru saja disajikan dengan tempo tinggi pula….Geli melihatnya. Sementara aku?….Gampang….Tinggal lari dan berteduh di sebuah tenant kosong lalu menunggu hujan selesai.

Ada apa di belakang Merdeka Walk?.

Malam semakin beranjak, dalam gerimis lembut aku menuruni anak tangga di bagian belakang Merdeka Walk untuk melihat aktivitas di Lapangan Merdeka. Sepertinya lapangan ini menjadi area pilihan buat anak-anak yang memungkinkan baginya untuk berlarian dengan lega atau sekedar berkendara keliling dengan mobil-mobilan yang bergemerlap lampu warna-warni.

Pendopo.

Kemudian langkahku sampai pada sebuh pendopo besar dimana para beberapa keluarga berkumpul sembari menggelar tikar dan menikmati makan malam bersama dengan bekal rantang dari rumah. Sungguh keluarga harmonis.

Dan ketika bermaksud mengakhiri kunjungan di Merdeka Walk, aku mendengar sayup musik melayu yang selang beberapa waktu terdengar suara seseorang yang kuduga adalah MC. Suara itu bersumber dari utara. Aku pun bergegas menghampiri

Ternyata pertunjukan gratis tarian Melayu.

Sejenak aku menikmati 3 buah tarian Melayu yang diselenggarakan tepat di depan Bangunan “Tourist Service” yang berwarna hijau kekuningan.

Malam penutup yang indah di Medan karena keesokan harinya aku akan menuju Danau Toba….Tak sabar rasanya.