Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Giant Ferris Wheel

If America has Disneyland, Indonesia has Dufan (short for "Dunia Fantasy" or Fantasy Land). It's an amusement park located in the northern part of Jakarta, near the beach, inside the complex called Ancol Bay City. Ancol has Seaworld, Water Park, and Amusement Park among other things. Although Dufan is not as grand as Disneyland, it offers quite a variety range of rides, including "Bianglala" Giant Ferris Wheel above.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Packed

Here you can see how Jakarta is packed with houses and ruko (office/store spaces).

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Higher View

You all must be bored with all the Idul Fitri pictures by now. Here's just a little view from above.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Ketupat

It is in our tradition to eat Ketupat on Idul Fitri day. Some people say celebrating Idul Fitri without ketupat is not complete. I personally will feel okay with or without them :) Oh, today's supposed to be my father's birthday... another sad moment for us :(

Friday, October 27, 2006

After Shalat Eid in Bintaro

We had our Idul Fitri prayer in Bintaro's mosque. The usual is to bring your own used newspapers to cover the streets. When the prayer's over, you'd see newspapers all over the place. People will most likely leave the newspapers behind for beggars to gather and sell later.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Shalat Eid in Bintaro

Hi, everyone! I'm back :) Thanks to sLesTa who's been posting in my absence. It was certainly a different Idul Fitri this year for me and my family, because it's the first time that we celebrate without my father. So the days have been quiet with not too much excitement. We went to pray at my father's grave after shalat Eid. That was good. Anyway, I didn't take too many pictures during my break. I'm just going to post pictures from Idul Fitri to fill my gaps :)

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

After Shalat Eid

after the eid prayer, people would rush to go home and greet their family. to ask forgiveness from the elders, parents, siblings, friends and each other. the day marks the start of the new muslim year hijriah with a clean slate.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Shalat Eid

eid mubarak! selamat idul fitri! today marks the first day of the celebration after a full long month of ramadhan. as early as 6am, we have walked out of our houses, headed towards the mosque to do the eid prayer (shalat eid). my family had our prayer in the Pondok Indah Mosque, just like previous years. since the men and women are in separated areas, my mom and i got the spot in the parking lot area, with the rest of the women. nonetheless, it was a nice spot under the tree, away from the heat of the morning sun. :)

Monday, October 23, 2006

Batik Shirts

today marks the last day of ramadhan for us in jakarta, though some have celebrated the eid today too. it's one of the traditions to celebrate eid mubarak or idul fitri by shopping for new clothes, just to look best on the eid. even though the most favorite clothes are the muslims attire, batik shirts are also an option and sold throughout the shopping places. there are different variety of them, with different price ranges also, depending on the quality of the fabric and the batik. so, which one would you like? ;) on behalf of jakarta daily photo family, i wish eid mubarak, 1 syawal 1427 H to those who celebrate it. minal aidin wal faidzin. let's start the new year with a clean slate, and forgive us for any wrongdoings or sayings we may have done. sincerely, jakarta daily photo family

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Gorengan

this is another popular snacks among indonesian, generally called "gorengan" (means fried stuff). it would include anything from fried tofu, tempe, banana, sweet potatoes, cassava, or mixed veggie ball (bakwan), deep fried after coated with flour-mix. they usually are sold on the street by the vendors, like pictured above. sometimes eaten with fresh chili, it tastes good (mostly salty), just the way it is, especially when still hot and crunchy. it's sold all year long, but for me, it's one of the good thing to have for buka puasa (breaking the fast), good compliment to a sweet hot tea or any sweet drinks.. :)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Es Cincau

this is another popular drink in indonesia. the traditional ones are sold by street vendors and most of the times, are the best ones. this is called "es cincau" or grass-jelly drink. it's sweet, mixed with syrup and shaved ice. it's a refreshing drink, perfect for buka puasa (break-fasting time).

Friday, October 20, 2006

Ngaso

ngaso in bahasa means "resting", and that's exactly what this guy was doing in the picture above, taken somewhere in downtown jakarta. i guess the humid weather and location don't really matter when you're really tired.. especially when fasting. in that case, his own carriage will do. ;)

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Peeling Jackfruit

jackfruit, or nangka in bahasa, is one of fruits quite popular in many parts of the world, including indonesia. it's one of the delicacy that we put inside our dessert mixed with slices of young coconut meat, avocado, and jelly in sweet syrup, usually called es teler (bahasa: es=ice teler=drunk, but it actually translate as "mixed", due to the variety of ingredients). it is quite popular during the month of ramadhan, a refreshing drink to break our fast with. but i won't put the picture of the drink here as yet.. :) cuz it's too much of a view during fasting period.. :D however, ever wonder how the jackfruit is peeled? the fruit has so much sap in it that it takes one to know a good trick to take the fruit out. picture above was taken from a corner of a traditional market in jakarta. the guy in red hat was expertly peeling the jackfruit to be sold. usually they would cover their hands & knife with oil, so they would take the fruit easily, without collecting sap. i tried it when i was young.. it was fun, but quite messy ... :(

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Lebaran Parcels

it's also one of the customs to send parcels to relatives or friends before Idul Fitri (or Lebaran in Bahasa). but the above picture is not the regular kind of parcels. it's actually part of the tidings or zakat for the muslims to give to the unfortunate ones. usually, zakat can be given in the form of cash, directly to the unfortunate ones. but it's also common to give them in the form of basic needs, such as pack of rice, sugar, fry oil, soy sauce, milk, etc. due to the rise of prices before Idul Fitri, they usually unable to buy them in large amounts, sometimes they just cannot afford to buy them at all. getting them as gifts like these would really useful to lighten up their burden before Idul Fitri and they can celebrate it like other families.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mudik

Lebaran or Idul Fitri marks the end of Ramadhan for the Muslims. It's only a week away and it has been the tradition in Indonesia, that people would rush to any means of transportation they can afford to go to their village, hometown, and so on.. so they can celebrate Idul Fitri among their loved ones. Indonesia is a country with the majority of people are Muslims. Usually a week before Idul Fitri, stations are getting filled with people who are trying to go home. The above picture is taken by my friend, Tonny (thanks Tonny for sharing your picture with us!), in Stasiun Jatinegara.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Condolences

late last nite, santy asked me to back her up for this week's posting because her dad was admitted to the hospital again. i didn't get to reply her text message until this morning. this morning, i told her that i'd be happy to and i wish her dad to get better soon. just about half an hour ago, santy texted me. she said thanks for backing her up for this week, and her dad passed away this morning. i was shocked. my deepest condolences for santy and her family. may her dad rests in peace. whatever picture i wanted to post today, doesn't make any relevance upon hearing the news. i want to dedicate this posting for santy and her dad. i'll be back with jakarta pictures tomorrow.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Shopping for Idul Fitri

Malls, department stores and markets are getting more and more crowded every second closer to the Idul Fitri day. It is in our tradition to buy new clothes, new shoes and other new things as a symbol of cleansing oneself and hopefully being a new and better person religiously. I personally believe that you don’t need to have new things in order to grasp the true meaning of Idul Fitri. I do shop like everybody else only because it is our custom, but I try not to spend too much and I don't do it every year. Some people spend their money buying food for the needy and clothes for the orphan kids, and I think that’s a better way to celebrate. Looking at that full parking lot, I just remember that one thing you need to avoid in Jakarta during the Ramadan month is having dinner out, cause all the restaurants on every corner of the streets (especially ones at the mall!) will be so packed starting 5 pm. You'll end up being put on a waiting list. So, it's best to make a reservation beforehand.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Full Parking

Looking for a place to park in Jakarta is quite a challenge, especially at the malls or exhibition center during weekends.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Indonesian Wind Chime

Our version of wind chime is made from bamboo. They create a pleasant angklung sound when moved by the wind. It's nice to have them in your house. You can sit on the porch and listen to the soothing sound of it. This house with that cute little garden is not mine, unfortunately :) Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ice Machine

I had this sweet juicy dessert called Es Campur, which has all sorts of different fruits including avocado and coconut milk. The yellow fruit on the foreground is Nangka (Jackfruit). The icy part on top is my favorite! And this particular place used that blue and red machine to shave the ice. Terribly sorry to that lady on the background for not capturing her very well :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Road Construction

This picture was taken by Mike, a good friend of mine who wanted to contribute his pictures of Jakarta to the Jakarta Daily Photo. Here's what Mike has to say about the shot: Road construction seems to be a constant in our large metropolis. Though the projects are big, resources for workers are minimal. These men are part of a crew tasked with widening the road. Though the task is large, they work only with hand tools, cutting each individual brace to hold up the form used to support the concrete. Yes, these men are working outside during the fasting month of Ramadan. Their goal is to finish the project so they can be paid and go on leave before the Idul Fitri/ Lebaran holidays. I am humbled when I look at their work load compared to mine. Great shot, Mike. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Inside Senayan City

Remember Senayan City? Well, I got a chance to picture the inside. That stiletto escalator is the longest one in all our Jakarta malls! I guess the architect had a wild idea when creating it. Standing on it feels like going up on a rollercoaster, except here you're not sliding down :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Gelora Bung Karno - Ticket Booth

I've shown the gate on my previous post, and now you see the ticket booth of Gelora Bung Karno. The word 'Selamat Datang' on the blue banner means Welcome. There's a quite funny thing on this picture which I didn't realize when I took the shot. It's how the bicycle went through the motorbikes lane on the left :) And yes, there goes the blue taxi again. What a coincidence, eh? Large blue sign, blue banner, and blue taxi! :)

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Warung Si Doel

Here's a wider view of the restaurant from my yesterday's post. Some of you might noticed the name 'Doel' and wondered how to pronounce it. Well, it's like when you say 'pull'. In the old days we spelled 'oe' for the letter 'u'. Remember this post a while back? :)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Another Look of Ondel-Ondel

This huge puppet called Ondel-ondel is the icon of local Jakartans (Betawi people). The shot was taken in front of a restaurant called Warung Si Doel which is owned by a famous Indonesian actor, Rano Karno. Doel was his character name on a TV series (or sinetron as we call it) entitled 'Si Doel Anak Sekolahan' (Doel, The Graduate). The sinetron was very popular in the year 1996. Although the restaurant isn't quite as busy these days. I have posted a picture of Ondel-ondel before.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Apartment Living

Are you an apartment person? Well, here's a fairly new one in south Jakarta, The Pakubuwono Residence. Apartment living is getting more and more popular for the upper class Jakartans. I personally like living in a house with my own back yard, where I could have relatives come over without having them left their IDs on the front desk and being checked by security :)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fruits

Here's one of our fruit stalls. Don't know where the fruit seller went though :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Daring Men?

I know it's not a sharp enough picture, sorry. It was taken late afternoon from inside my car (no, I wasn't the one driving!). I was quite intrigued by the way those men managed to stay on top of that moving truck with a load of leaves! Not safe at all.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Jakarta's Future Monorail

This is what currently looks like along Senayan street in south Jakarta. An ongoing construction of Jakarta's first monorail. Well, it's a way of overcoming our terrible traffic. We shall see what result comes out of this. I hope it's a project that could make Jakarta a more convenient city. And hopefully it's not one of those things that will discontinue in the middle of construction and being ignored without any follow ups.

Monday, October 02, 2006

On a Hot Sunny Day

I am fasting, he's fasting. I'm working in a nice comfortable air conditioned room all day, and he's out there in the hot and humid. Anyway, fasting month or not and regardless of what your believes are, sometimes it only takes a good look around to feel more grateful of what you have.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Daily Photo Theme - Taxis

Daily Photo Theme is now back with... taxis in our country. When you're in Jakarta, choosing a good taxi is important. Some taxis cheat on their meters or have filthy interiors, there even some taxi drivers who mug their passangers! One reliable taxi company which has a very good reputation of being a safe and convenient public transport, is the Blue Bird Taxis. People trust them so much that they don't want to get into taxis other than the Blue Birds. Which then gave ideas to other taxis to paint their cars the exact same blue color. During the night, you can't really tell the difference. Another thing that applies to all taxis here is the fact that it's better for you to know your way if you don't want being driven around and around just so your meter gets really expensive. Because there are two possibilities: first, the driver really doesn't know the way (weird, but that's how it is sometimes), second is if he knows a straight way but knows that you don't know it and then drives you in circles! I know it's hard for tourists, but I guess try to bring someone with you who knows the city, or at least a good map :) Come and find out about taxis in other countries by clicking on 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 -42

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