Saturday, September 30, 2006

One of the Props

And, here's one of the comedian's wig, all clean and bright waiting to get dry. I'm not sure if they're wearing wigs all the time like clowns or just on special performances. I shot the pink and red wigs as well, but my daughter loves this one and so there you go :)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Comedy Cafe

Still the same location as my previous post, here's another place called Comedy Cafe. The people who work there were busy cleaning their props. It has the sign Makan Minum (eating, drinking), Nyanyi Nyanyi (singing), Ketawa Ketiwi (laughing). I've never been there so I don't know whether they're actually funny or not. I personally prefer live music than comedy in a cafe :). Do you have a comedy cafe as well in your country? Anyway, Happy Friday everyone! A laugh is always good for the soul. And I think Ame from Santa Clara DP probably have a VERY healthy soul, right Ame? ;)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Ayam Bakar Wong Solo

The restaurant, Ayam Bakar Wong Solo, located in Tenda Semanggi of Sudirman street in downtown Jakarta, is now being renovated. There was a very controversial story behind it in the year 2004. The owner of Ayam Bakar Wong Solo did a press conference once and declared himself as a man who strongly believe in poligamy. He has four wives and ten children. He encouraged other Indonesian men to follow his lead. He even named one of his beverages as 'poligamy juice', and also created a poligamy award (huh?). The food, which is specialized in grilled chicken served in traditional Indonesian way, actually tastes okay, but ever since his public announcement people stopped going there. Many women do not approve of him (including me!). A friend of mine who's totally against poligamy said that she would never ever go to that restaurant again. :) What do you think of a man having more than one wife?

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bicycles

Pasar Rumput from my previous post also sells a variety of bicycles with reasonable prices. They're not those fancy geared bikes, but most of them are in good condition. They provide used and new ones too.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Limited Budget?

How about buying used sinks or toilets? With heavy duty cleaner and polisher, they will come out as good as new. The place where they sell this is called Pasar Rumput, in Manggarai area of Central Jakarta. If you can't afford new ones, then this is a suitable place for you to work on your bathroom with a small budget. Bargain hard, be very careful, pay attention to details and check everything to make sure it's still working well. But if you have the cash, why bother with such a hassle? Just buy new ones! :)

Monday, September 25, 2006

Breakfast?

No, it's not breakfast. It's break fasting time for the moslem community. Fresh coconut tastes incredibly delicious after approximately thirteen hours of no food or drinks! During the fasting month, many coconut sellers appear all over the sidewalks. There are also other vendors selling juice, sweet traditional drinks or cakes. By 5 pm, these vendors are busy attending customers. I think that young lady only had some dust in her eyes and not because the coconut had some funny smell :)

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Fountain at Downtown

This shot taken on Medan Merdeka street looks as if there were only those two high rise buildings in downtown Jakarta. Well, actually you'd see more of them if you go further down the road. I like this part though, cause you get to see more of the sky :)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Wood Carving

This was taken from my mom's antique wooden table. I think it's a beautiful piece. So much respect shown by those ladies with hair tied up in buns, bowing to each other. Although it might as well be a scene where a helper met the land lady. My late grandmother used to say that a helper was forbidden to stand or sit on the same level as the lady of the house, and they must not say a word unless a question being asked to them. In the old days, they have to sit on the floor and never look at their land lady in the eyes. I have a helper and enjoy daily conversations with her and treat her as part of my family, although my mom still believe that her only job is to mend the house, period. Hey, she's human too. And freedom of speech is entitled for her as well, right? Anyway, what do you think the story is?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Security

How's security around where you live? We have these little huts called Pos Satpam, which are posts for when the security guards take their break. These posts are spread out in every few blocks. The guards take turns in checking the neighborhood on their bicycles. They always carry pentungan, a small hollow wooden block which they hit on certain time during the night to let people aware of their presence. It's interesting how they hit it accordingly... One hit at 1 AM, two hits at 2 AM and so on. I guess they're meant to tell the time as well :) There are good and bad side of having security guards around. My friend's house was broken in one day while the whole family's gone out of town. Apparently, one of the security guards knew that no one was in and he worked together with the burglars to swept the house empty. Cases like that don't often happen, but I guess it's better to always keep your house look like it's occupied. You know, like turn the lights on or even the radio. Perhaps mannequins? Nah, let's not be too paranoid :)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Terong, Pare, Timun

I contacted my dear friend sLesTa yesterday and asked if she wanted to post a picture today. Unfortunately she's not feeling well and has to visit her doctor. She must be working too hard. But we still get a little bit of sLesTa today, which is one of her shots from the market: Pare (foreground), Terong or eggplants (the purple one), and Timun or cucumbers. I know a lot of people are familiar with Terong and Timun because they exist in many countries. I'm not sure about Pare. It tastes very bitter. Do you have a similar vegetable where you live?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Water Delivery

Here's another use of motorbikes in Jakarta. Oh, gosh...we run out of water at home. Hey, just call your neighborhood's grocery store and they'll deliver.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Lazy Afternoon...

This is a quiet scene around Pondok Indah neighborhood. During rush hours, this street can not escape the flooding cars. As a result, people who live here close their main road at certain times. Some might say 'these rich people think they own the streets! they can't just close the road!' But I personally can relate to the fact that it sucks having your neighborhood full of cars day and night, with honk noises and dirty fumes coming out of them. Having said that, I now feel grateful to live in a small alley :)

Monday, September 18, 2006

Donuts

One happening thing in Jakarta right now are donuts! Jakartans are being spoiled by Krispy Kreme and J.CO Donuts. You wouldn't believe the line of people trying to buy these donuts. A friend of mine stood in line for half an hour. It's crazy! The picture you see here was the other donut place that I went to (can you guess where?). I picked up my donuts in 5 minutes there, my daughter was happy and I didn't have to waste my precious time. Next time I will try to grab a picture of those people lined up. It's totally mad, I tell you! I saw the look in their eyes after carrying dozens of donuts. They looked so satisfied as if they've accomplished something big. It's like me when I managed to bargain for a nice blouse! Maybe those people would say that I miss out on something. Oh, well...guess I'm not a true fan of donuts :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Pasar Pagi

Pasar pagi = morning market. Basically a flea market which shows up only in the morning, usually during weekends. They sell various things from traditional food, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchenware, all sorts of stuff. And children can have a ride in one of those carts pushed by a horse which we call delman. When me and my daughter go there on Sundays, she will definitely ask for a delman ride and a bottle of bubbles. It's our favorite place :)

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Veggie Man

There are still some who walk and push their vegetable carts around the neighborhood. This guy is making his life easier and he's lucky to have a motorbike.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Teh Botol Sosro

Now here's a survivor! Teh Botol Sosro is a bottled tea, a non carbonated drink. Teh Botol to Indonesians is like Coca-Cola to Americans. It's been around for ages, even before I was around :) Sosro, the long established company, manages to win the local market in the brutal competitive world of softdrink. Happy Friday, everyone. There's nothing like a cold Teh Botol on a hot afternoon! Ok, now they need to give me a year's supply of bottled tea! :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Three in One

Three in one? I should say 'four in one' with that box on the front. But then they also have plastic bags on the front and back. This is an everyday sight in Jakarta. You can even find a motorbike with three children! Somehow they're able to squeeze them in. Dangerous, eh? It's actually quite a sad view especially with children being cramped in, inhaling dirty smokes, battered by the wind, sun and rain. Why not use public transports? I know our busses are not convenient enough, but I think the reason people use motorbikes is mainly to avoid the hideous traffic.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Senayan City

Ok, here's the front look of Senayan City. The taller part on the right is an apartment building attached to the mall. Looking at tall apartments made me remember my mom's comment about not wanting to live in any apartment ever, because she would definitely miss calling the tukang roti, tukang bakso, tukang kelontong, tukang cendol and other door to door sellers! well, she got a good point. I wouldn't want to miss them myself :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sidewalk Senayan City

This is the sidewalk along the new mall, Senayan City which is located just across Plaza Senayan in South Jakarta. Apart from my bewilderment on these newly built shopping malls (as if we need another one!), I'm so glad they planted those new palm trees. Can't wait for them to create nice comfortable shade.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Socks and Uniforms

My daughter was so delighted to see all the pink socks. She can still enjoy wearing colorful socks to school. When she gets to grade school, she'll most likely need to wear plain white. The majority of our schools here require students to wear uniforms and white socks with black shoes. Although not as strict for the socks and shoes. Usually they apply the 'white socks black shoes' on Mondays. As a former student in this country, I feel that wearing different uniforms each day can somehow help build self organization. The use of uniforms itself can show that all students are there for the same purpose, which is to learn and therefore avoid the gap between students with branded outfits and those without. Yep, some kids here are still brand minded, thanks to their parents :) and it could sometimes be a quite peer pressure. Anyway, what do you think about wearing uniforms at school?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Cappuccino, anyone?

Oh, look at those yummy snacks on the menu! But the cappuccino's good enough for me, thank you very much :) Oh, just curious...do they serve coffee with large paper cups in....say Paris? Cause I know some places use small cups like shown on that napkin. I didn't ask for a takeaway and yet they still gave it to me in a paper cup. Perhaps it's easier for them cause they don't have to worry about washing cups. Anyway, I don't mind too much really. How about you? Do you prefer your coffee in paper cups or porcelain?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Hellow

Ring Ring...Stop. Take the call. Good choice! I can still see some who're busy trying to take out their cellphone while riding their bike. Big no no, people!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Happy Friday!

Aah...some flowers for friday. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wedding Reception

This is considered as a quite empty reception area. Jakartans, or I believe Indonesians in general, usually have weddings packed with people. When I say packed, I meant 200 to 300 invitations for the average people and could reach to around 1000 guests for the rich and famous. Some people do a one night party at a hotel ballroom, some do a three days in a row party at home. You see the red carpet on the picture there? Before helping themselves with different types of food, people were lining up there to congratulate the bride and groom who were standing on the beautifully decorated platform. The lines could get very crowded that some guests would say 'oh, let's get some food first then congratulate them later.' And let me tell you, it's no fun at all for the bride and groom to stand for more than two hours, shaking 100 or more hands, put a smiley face all night and wrapped in a somewhat uncomfortable traditional outfit! Yep, been there done that :) Don't get me wrong, I loved my wedding reception but I loved it even more when it's over! Lucky for couples who can negotiate with their family to have a smaller wedding.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Many Ways

Many ways toward success and happiness. Choose your path wisely.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Little People Event

VIP seats! For children watching sing and dance performances. And there was also a model hunt for kids. There are quite a number of Jakartans who like to register their kids as models. They're cute, they love the camera, hey...they could probably make tons of money being models! Some parents do it for the money, some to boost their child's self esteem. There are of course plus and minuses in it. I think it's good so long as school's on top priority.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Colorful Building?

Yes, it obviously is. Although I'm not too crazy about the color combination there. This is a type of building known as Ruko (Rumah Toko). There are many ruko in Jakarta. The first concept of ruko was for people to have a home business, where you live upstairs and have a store downstairs. But apparently not many people want to live above their store/office, so they eventually rent a ruko for business purposes only. So I guess the colors were meant to attract customers. It would work well if you open a candy store, no? :)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Waiting Area

We went to Pelni Hospital in Petamburan area of West Jakarta, showing condolonces to our friend who just lost her father. I came across these chairs and thought the wall behind them look pretty cool.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Pretty Ceiling

These lamps were on the ceiling above me when I was around the comfy sofa. I said to myself 'oh, how pretty, I better take a picture of it' :) So, what do you think?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Daily Photo Theme - Doorways

Here comes the Daily Photo Theme again. This time we are showing you doorways from all over the world. I really would like to take credit for this picture, but I'm just such a good friend that I don't have the heart to do so :) My friend's husband took a picture of this entrance which leads to Losari coffee plantation, where they both went on their vacation. It's not located in Jakarta, but Semarang city of Central Java. Discover more doorways in different countries, by visiting these links: 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 -29 -30-31 -32 -33 -34 -35 -36 -37 -38 -39 -40 -41

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