Thursday, August 31, 2006

Comfy Sofa

A comfy sofa in a cafe where I got together with friends yesterday. I like the background picture as well. It's nice to hang out with friends once in a while, just to chill and have a good time. It's one of those things that I sometimes couldn't find the time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

No Littering Please!

Tanty from Stavanger Daily Photo hasn't been back home to Jakarta for quite some time. She saw my yesterday's post and hoped that Jakarta is now clean all over. Well, I must admit that it's not as clean in some areas. It's still quite a struggle to educate environment awareness to the local people's minds. As you can see in the picture, there are many plastics, papers and other garbage thrown out to that empty land. I pass this street everyday on my way home and the condition is pretty much the same day in day out. Some people grumbled about how ignorant the government is that they didn't fix this. But I believe that being clean and care for the environment need to come from every individuals. And I mean every individuals including those riding fancy BMWs! Because I still find some of them opening their car windows and throwing cigarette buts, plastics, etc on the streets. (for you BMW riders, please don't get upset. I'm not generalizing. I know there are also many wealthy environmentally aware citizens in Jakarta.) As for me, I confess that I never join the monthly cleaning in my neighborhood, but at least I never litter :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Mahakam Street

This is Mahakam street in south Jakarta. Many cars here park for different reasons. On the left side, there's a drug store, money changer, dry cleaner, Grand Mahakam hotel. On the right side you'll find various restaurants, music store and a couple of banks. Quite a busy street.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Taxes

This sign says 'wise men pay taxes'. I took this picture because me and my friends just happened to discuss about people who own big businesses and cover it up to avoid paying large amount of tax. A tiny room located in a very dark and filthy apartment, on a small alley so hard to find. Inside are two computers with files scattered all over the place. Who would've thought the two guys there are making hundreds of millions rupiah by designing sophisticated sailboats! Their company was licensed as a small business, they don't have a fancy office building and therefore pay a small amount of tax. I'm sure this type of cover up happens everywhere. Knowing the difficulty of getting a job or opening business through a normal way, would you say it's only fair for them to do this? That you don't need to be a too honest citizen to your government? I'd certainly couldn't sleep at night. And maybe that's why I'm not making hundreds of millions rupiah :)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

3 in 1

The sign says that you're entering an area of three passangers or more in a car during those times. It's one of our government's attempt to reduce traffic jam in the rush hours. I'm not sure of its result, but it opens up creative minds of the big city survivers. During the 3 in 1 times, you'll see local people, young and old, lining up on the side of the streets, providing services to people who have trouble filling up their cars. If you're not familiar with the 3 in 1, you'd be wondering as to why there are so many people hitch hiking? If you're driving alone, with only Rp2.000 - Rp 5.000 per person or whatever you'd like to give, you can meet the street requirements. So I guess traffic jam will still be around for quite some time.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Shopping?

Nah, it's more of a window shopping to me! Ok, so it's one of those days when you don't have anything better to do but go to the mall! I find it quite boring sometimes, especially with an empty wallet...ugh, such a torture! :) Anyway, this is one of the entrances of Pondok Indah Mall 2. And I was happy to just drink some coffee there.

Friday, August 25, 2006

RSIB - another look

Here's the front part of the hospital from my previous post. I like those trees inside! :)

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Rumah Sakit Internasional Bintaro

I've been coughing for almost a week that I decided to visit my doctor last night. This is the hospital I went to. Rumah Sakit Internasional Bintaro. Why is it international? It's because of their joint venture with Ramsay Health Centre from Australia. I'm not too familiar with it. Is it a famous hospital in Australia? Speaking of doctors, there's an interesting topic about that in the Indonesia Anonymus blog, if you care to take a look.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Poins

This is Poins, a fairly new department store with apartments on top. Located just across Carrefour in Lebak Bulus street of south Jakarta. It has Giant supermarket, which is Carrefour's competitor. It's fun to watch them display banners and balloons to offer special prices or products. As if their having constant battles everyday!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Water Dispenser

I want to show you that guy on the motorbike, who is holding a dispenser. You can find a water dispenser in almost every house around here because tap water is not drinkable. I wonder what other country has the same thing in their daily life.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Empty Jakarta

after the independence day on thursday, we had a mass leave on friday, and another holiday today to commemorate the Isra Mi'raj (ascension of Prophet Muhammad). it sure was a looong weekend, hence, lots of people took time to go out of town and leave jakarta empty, literally. for once, i didn't do any travelling and opted to stay in jakarta instead. it sure was nice to enjoy the empty streets of jakarta :)

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Togetherness

And not just the kids who had all the fun playing games and decorating their bikes! The adults were also enjoying Tarik Tambang (upper left) and Lomba Bakiak (right). Actually there are many other games such as Lomba Panjat Pinang, where the players climb a greasy tree to reach prizes on top. And Lomba Makan Kerupuk where we race in eating hanging crackers with our hands behind our backs.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

The Games

In these couple of days I'm going to show you some of the games we play on our Independence Day. The one above is called Lomba Kelereng, where the player put a spoon in her mouth with a marble on it and race to the finish line without dropping the marble. Pensil Dalam Botol is the one below. The pencil, which is tied around the player's waist, has to be put inside the bottle. After they manage to do that, they can hold the bottle on their back and race to the finish line.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Fun Celebrating

These kids had a great time celebrating the Independence Day. Yes, they're the new generation. Will they bring a nice cool breeze to this country in the future? I really hope so. I enjoyed standing there and watched them play. In the midst of their laughter, I day dreamed of having all the money and power in the world to provide them the best (and free) education. A few seconds later, the hot sun hit my eyes and I'm back to reality :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Berkibarlah Benderaku

Berkibarlah Benderaku = Let My Flag Unfold We can still feel our tears falling for all the tsunami and earthquake victims. We can still feel our hearts pinched at the sight of those unfortunate ones on the streets. We still cringe at many of our government's acts. We still struggle to comprehend the imbalance of things in our country. But let our flag unfold...for we still have hope and passion to make a better day. Merdeka!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Spirit of Independence

The Independence spirit is in the air. This is an alley close to my house. My neighborhood always have great enthusiasm in welcoming the independence day. They've prepared signs, decorations and games to play on the actual day at least a week ahead. 17 August 1945 was the day Indonesia gain its freedom. Although many of us feel that actual freedom, especially freedom of speech has emerged only recently, with lots of pros and cons around it of course. I'd like to share with you an interesting blog created by Indonesians who would like to sincerely express their thoughts about Indonesia. Please welcome: Indonesia Anonymous.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Walk This Way

Here's another walkway in Thamrin street of downtown. I think people who work around here are very lucky to have pedestrian space like this, because you will rarely find walkways in suburban or residential areas of Jakarta. You will need to be very careful, walk as close as possible to the side of the street in order to avoid all those moving vehicles around. I really feel that we need more walkways. Well, among other things... :)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Towards the National Monument

sLesTa's series of 'Jakarta Kota' looked so great that I don't think I could keep up with her pictures! :) This is a walk way toward the National Monument in downtown. Anyway, I'll try my best to post daily again. But I'm sure you guys love having sLesTa around, right? :)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Museum Fatahilah

right across the street from the picture i posted yesterday, is the complex area of Museum Fatahilah Jakarta, pictured above. this building, originally built in the early 16th century, year of 1707 to be exact, used to be the capitol office of the dutch colonial government. this building is located at the heart of the town of jakarta, now known as Jakarta Museum of History (Museum Sejarah Jakarta) since 1974. here lies all the historical information of jakarta, goes back to the old batavia (batavia is the old name of jakarta) during the dutch colonialism. this building is one of the tourist spot that definitely worth your time to visit when you're in town.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Jakarta Kota

continuing the series of visiting jakarta old business district area, the above picture is the street behind the "jakarta kota station". it was taken on an early morning in weekend, hence, the empty street. old buildings are still standing tall here and being preserved as it is. it is definitely an interesting part of the city that reminds us back to the old days, during the dutch colony, with their influence on the architecture of the buildings and the structure of the area.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Stasiun Jakarta Kota

i'm taking you to see the area of the old business district area in jakarta. the area is part of the landmark and there are tons of old buildings still stood here. stasiun jakarta kota (= jakarta city station) is one of them. this station is actually an old train station in jakarta. this station is one of the oldest station in jakarta, originally built around 1870, mainly designed by dutch architect frans johan louwrens ghijsels. the station was renovated in 1926 and re-opened in 1929. the design of the station was a combination of technique and structure of western architecture and local styles. this station was appointed as historical and cultural landmark by governor of jakarta in 1993.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Jakarta Sunrise

this is taken on a very early morning in one of the inner city highways. people wake up very early in jakarta, just to avoid the early traffic jam. sometimes people leave before the sun has risen, just so they can catch the empty roads on the way to work.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Masjid Istiqlal

as promised, this is the picture of masjid istiqlal. built on top of 9.5 acres of land in the heart of jakarta, the mosque was actually designed in 1912 by a protestant architect named friedrich silaban. the mosque was finished in 1954 and has been standing tall for the last five decades. a historic landmark and pride of the indonesians, it is said that around 13 thousand tourists - domestic and foreign - would visit the mosque every month.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Cathedral Church

hi, all! i'm back! santy is okay, but will be tight up with work this week, so i will fill in for her. this is the cathedral church. designed in a neo-gothic style, this cathedral was completed in 1901, after almost a decade of idle time due to financial difficulties. beautifully decorated with holy pictures and figures, it is said to be the largest and most unique center of Catholicism in Jakarta. if you wonder why there are so many people dressed in Muslim-clothes, that was because i took this picture from parking lot area of the next-door neighbor, which happens to be masjid istiqlal (masjid = mosque) - said to be the largest mosque in indonesia and southeast asia. i'll post the picture of the masjid tomorrow.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Djakarta

This graffiti is shown under one of the bridges downtown. You can see the word Jakarta starts with a letter D there. Jakarta was spelled Djakarta until around 1972, when the government established Ejaan Yang Disempurnakan (EYD), which modified spellings of Indonesian language. Before EYD: c was written tj, j was written dj, u was written oe, y was written j. Now, that doesn't mean this graffiti was drawn in the 70s. People still write Djakarta occasionally just for the fun of it, or perhaps to reminisce the old days.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Mampang Under Construction

This is Mampang street of South Jakarta. It's currently under construction. Please excuse that foreground cable, not very pretty...I know :)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Gelora Bung Karno

Ok, so which one of them will go down first, you think? :) This is the gate from Gelora Bung Karno, our multi-use stadium. It's usually get crowded on weekends, where people do their walk and jog, aerobics and other excercises. The stadium consists of various sport fields. Professional athletes do their daily training here, but it's also open for public. And when it's crowded with people, the flea markets and street food stalls will immediately show up! I love to go running here early in the morning and have a bowl of hot bubur ayam (chicken porridge) afterwards! burn a few fat and gain some more, how smart is that! :)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Farewell My Friend...

I dedicated this post to my late friend Leon Yamin, who died yesterday due to his severe illness. He and his girlfriend Dilla was planning to get married soon. I've been friends with Leon since Middle School. The news was devastating. He was a good man... may he rest in peace.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Statue in Downtown Jakarta

This statue is located in Sudirman street of downtown Jakarta. I'm not quite sure of its name, but after asking several friends of mine, they said it's the statue of West Irian Jaya Liberty (Pembebasan Irian Barat). Ok, so my history of Jakarta is not that good...sorry :) Oh, and lots of people call it the pizza man! :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Another Public Transport

Here's another of our public transportation. We call it Kancil. You won't find many of these around Jakarta as they are fairly new. I myself haven't tried it.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Daily Photo Theme - Self Portrait in Favorite Place

My favorite place in Jakarta is actually the Japanese restaurant called Sushi Tengoku, located in Radio Dalam street of South Jakarta. I love sushi! But at the moment, the one and only place I love to visit is my parents' house. Where I could spend as many moments possible with my dad, try to make him feel safe and calm, helping my mom -- the greatest woman who in the past 15 years has been so brave in taking care of my ailing dad with all her heart. And I'm sure it's my daughter's favorite place as well, because grandpa and grandma say ok to everything! :) Today is a theme day for Daily Photo blogs. The numbered links below will take you to different cities with the same theme. Please do visit the links and see self portraits of them in their favorite places. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28

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