Balonku Ada Lima – Indonesian Children Song

It must be part of Indonesian school curriculum to send off their students to practice their English language skills by way of interviewing tourists. Whenever I set foot outside, I am being approached. An endearing memory of one of these interviews happened a couple of weeks ago when five giggling teenagers approached me in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, and asked me questions like where I was from, why I was here, and what I did. All five took turns in asking questions and in between consulted with each other in hushed voice, thus overcoming their fear of speaking in a foreign tongue. Upon discovery that I was a singer, they asked me to sing them a song, but instead, I did what I have done all over the world, and asked them to teach me a song from their country. What happened next brought back memories of when my Brazilian friend Nuncia taught me Estrela do Mar on our morning walks in beautiful Angra dos Reis, and a Vietnamese hairdresser in San Diego who closed up her shop to teach me one of her countries popular songs. Balonku Ada Lima (I have 5 balloons) is a popular Indonesian children song and just about as popular as Twinkle, twinkle little star, or La Cucaracha.

Indonesian Children Songs