Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Like Safeway in the United States, we have this big store which claimed to be a french company. I haven't been to Europe before. So, is there a Carrefour in Europe?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


A baby born, a couple wed and a soul go to heaven...happening together as we speak. While Yogyakarta is crying, happiness filled these couple's hearts. This is a Javanese wedding ritual called 'sungkeman'. Where the bride and groom kneel down and express their gratitudes to the parents. It is in our culture to stay with our parents until we get married. The sungkeman ritual is usually very touching because it is a symbolic moment which shows that the parents need to let the children live their own lives. Unlike the parents, I'm sure the young couples are actually quite thrilled for the fact, but still... some of them cry. Cry of joy perhaps :) People of Yogyakarta also used sungkeman to show respect to their Sultan. And by way of this picture, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have given so many emotional supports and kind thoughts for Indonesia and Yogyakarta in particular. Thank you so much for all your prayers.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Earthquake in Yogyakarta

Thank you all for your concerns about the earthquake that happened in Yogyakarta. I was not able to post during the weekend, so my apologies if I have made you all wondering. But always a big thanks to Denton for helping me post my weekend pictures. As for the earthquake, we couldn't feel anything in Jakarta. My brother in law is currently studying over there and thankfully he's okay. The earthquake has severely damaged old houses and most of Yogya's suburban areas. Thousands of people died (more than 3,800 people), as you have probably seen on the news. A great loss and another grief for Indonesians after the Tsunami. Unfortunately I couldn't go out there and shoot some of the earthquake scenes. What you see on the picture today are Javanese wooden dolls as a symbol of Yogyakarta. Here is today's news from our Jakarta Post newspaper. It was so hard watching the news without shedding a tear :( My prayers are with my fellow Indonesians out there.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Nice Trade

The man: Ibu, I'm so hungry. Your crispy 'pisang goreng' looks tasty. The lady: Help yourself, I could use a glass of cold 'cendol' too :) Pisang goreng is an Indonesian snack, it's a banana covered in flour and deeply fried with oil. And cendol is a Javanese traditional drink/dessert contains coconut milk. Both are not exactly healthy, but taste yummy! One wouldn't kill you :)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Pendopo's Ceiling

Following my previous Thursday post, this was the pendopo's ceiling. I found the lines very interesting.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Buy Some Drinks

I came across this man with his cart filled with drinks for people to buy and quench their thirst on a hot day. When I got home, I wished I had asked about his age. I'm pretty sure he's younger than he looks. If you visited this blog yesterday and found no Thursday post, my apologies. I posted it today. Better late than no picture at all :)

Thursday, May 25, 2006


This is what we call a 'pendopo'. Don't pay attention to the blurry background, I know I did a crappy photoshop effects there :) Anyway, pendopo is useful for many things: to sit and get some shade, to have some food together or just hang out there and feel the breeze. This is a quite fancy one. There are much simpler ones on the rice fields, where farmers can sit and have a rest after a hard working day. Those yellow things on the poles were there as adornments because the pendopo was newly built.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Originals or Non Originals?

There have been warnings against piracy in Jakarta, but we can still find unoriginal CDs/DVDs around. Cost much less than the originals and yes, most of us are tempted. Some CDs don't have the same quality but I must say that there are people who did a pretty good job. The CDs include softwares, music and movies. Will you buy pirated CDs?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Pasar Mayestik is the market where I shot my previous picture. It is one of Jakarta's traditional market. Will try to post an inside picture next time.

Monday, May 22, 2006


These guys were very nice and they welcomed me when I asked if I could have their picture taken. I always love these wonderful people. They even posed for me! They're selling little fishes in the market for your aquarium. I think I'd buy one for my daughter next time :)

Sunday, May 21, 2006


I know many of you have shown your city's mailbox. This is how ours look like. 'Bissurat' is an old term for it, which means a bus for your mails :). But still written on all the boxes. Most people call it 'kotak surat' (mailbox) nowadays. Anyway, when using Indonesian post services, I prefer to just go to the post office and mail my letter from there to make sure it gets to the desired destination.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Look of Tenun Ikat

Following my previous post, this is how tenun ikat from Lombok looks like when it's finished.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Tenun Ikat

This Ibu is making a traditional Indonesian fabric known as tenun ikat. There are several patterns of ikat which vary from one island to another. Someone who really understand textile will be able to tell the difference between ikats from the islands of Bali, Lombok and other places in Indonesia.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Transjakarta - Bridge

This is the bridge we use to cross the streets and toward the Transjakarta bus stops. I might not successfully show the correct perspective on this picture, but it is actually quite steep.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


Everyone has its time. My father has been suffering from hepathitis C for over fifteen years and just recently been told that his illness has developed into liver cancer. Thankfully, he's still together with us up until now under continuous medication. A relative of mine just had a memorial service due to her father's death of a sudden heart attack. Neither years of illness nor a split second strike is better. We'd still never know when our time will come.

Jakarta has various types of cemeteries for people with different religions such as Christian, Hindu or Budha. This is the Moslem unit. I'll post pictures of the other ones later.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


What's better than a slice of serabi in the early morning? You must have dozens of different answers for that question, right? Well, serabi is our traditional Indonesian dessert which is quite similar to pancake. We could certainly fix some in our own kitchen, but sometimes they taste better when cooked in a traditional way like what this ibu was doing. And like Edwin from Kuala Lumpur DP, we do eat serabi or pancakes for breakfast. Right, Ed? :) Oh, in case some of you are wondering, the thing on the right side is part of a becak.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Persija Fans

These fearless kids were on their way to see one of Indonesia's soccer teams and Jakarta's most popular, Persija (Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jakarta). 'Sepak Bola' = Soccer. I understand their excitements, but still feel that they shouldn't be on top of cars like that. Accidents have happened, and yet the habit of going to the stadium like this still remains.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Downtown - Quiet

Taken from a bridge. It was not a rush hour time.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mc Donald's

McDonald's ought to use this as their ad campaign! Cause this picture says that junk food is for everyone, not just the younger generation as shown on the wall. Do you think that gentleman in a batik shirt just finished his Big Mac? Wrong. He just had a McDonald's fried chicken! I bet Jakarta's McDonald's are the only ones in the world that serve rice with fried chicken, am I right?? As much as I'd prefer a bowl of wonderful salad, I do eat Mc Donald's occasionally :) And my daughter goes there just because they have slides!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Downtown - Entertainment X'nter

This blue-red-yellow building is called EX (Entertainment X'nter or we call it just e'X) in Thamrin - Central Jakarta. It's where Jakarta's Hard Rock Cafe located. Mostly young people hang out in this mall. They usually watch movies in its exclusive theater, have some coffee in various cafes to choose from (including the regular Starbucks, of course), or get a fancy haircut in Toni&Guy salon. Oh and there's a popular fitness center called Celebrity Fitness which I think is kind of awkward because of its open space, so that people who walk around in the mall can see you do your thing on the treadmill! It's more like showing off instead of really working out. Anyway, once you get inside you can really feel the young generation vibe with the music and the type of shops they have. Sometimes they have live music as well. Feel free to check out their website to see what's in store.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Macet Lagi!

I know traffic jam is the most boring topic. And I'm facing it every morning. Usually it's not as bad, but this morning was unbelievable and I had to take a picture of it! Btw, the lines came from the car's back window and the ones hanging are electricity cables. For some reason, we never have those cables neatly installed. Always hanging from one place to another. I'll continue my downtown pics tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Downtown - Trees

Thanks to these guys, we have nice round shaped trees along the downtown road. Oh, btw...blogger was acting up this morning. Couldn't post a picture, so I used Hello. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Downtown - Hotel Indonesia

Here I just want to show Hotel Indonesia (right) and the waving statue (left) across it. Hotel Indonesia was the very first hotel built in Jakarta during the era of our first president, Soekarno. They are currently working on some refinements to the building, although the basic architechture is not allowed to be changed for the sake of its history. If you look closely, you'll see a poster pasted on the hotel. That's a picture of how the building will look like after the reconstruction. Two high towers will be added and the hotel name will be changed into Grand Indonesia. I don't know much about the statue, though. It's just interesting to see them waving like that. Hi, welcome to Jakarta! Oh, and there's our policeman with his mask and helmet again :)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Horse Statue

Well, you'll have to excuse my lack of photography knowledge here. I was trying to show the horse statue with the building as backgrounds, but now it seems that you can't really see the statue and that building on the right side is somewhat tilted as if it was struggling to look like the famous Pisa tower! Anyway, feel free to click the picture for a closer look of the statue :) Btw, this is located just across the National Monument I showed you in my previous post.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Downtown - Monas

My first stop downtown was at the National Monument park (Monas = Monumen Nasional). I couldn't get a closer shot of the tower, cause the place was closed for policemen that day. I think they were having a training or something. Will do it next time.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Leaving Blok M

This is where you take the TransJakarta busses. I took the bus from Blok M to go to downtown. So, next stop is downtown Jakarta!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Terminal Blok M - The Lane

This is how the bus lane look like.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Terminal Blok M - Bus Lanes

This was where the busses from my previous post go. They came into their lanes according to their bus numbers.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Terminal Blok M - Bus Arrivals

Busses from all over Jakarta districts came to Terminal Blok M. I know it's not the cleanest place in the world, but here is where local people come and go. The red bus is called 'Metromini', and the green one is called 'Kopaja', the bigger bus not shown here is called 'Patas' or 'Patas AC' if it's air conditioned. The exclusive 'TransJakarta' busses also start from here. I say exclusive because it has soft seats, air-conditioned, very clean, the door is always closed, slightly more expensive but convenient because of its own lane so it will never face the horrible traffic! But it has limited destinations. More shots in this terminal tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Terminal Blok M

Is that Seattle's Space Needle? No, of course not :) It's a tower at our bus terminal in Blok M, South Jakarta. And besides, we're done with the theme for now. In the next few days, I will show you around the bus terminal and downtown Jakarta.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Holland Theme?

Am I the only one that hasn't posted a theme picture yet? Sorry for the late posting. Anyway, don't know if people in the Netherlands named their bakery 'Holland Bakery'. I know for sure there is no 'Jakarta Bakery' :) but the windmill can be spotted in several places here as well. Btw, nice Jakarta theme in HK Daily!

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