Peanut, here we call them as kacang tanah.

It is very simple to prepare, just boil them in water with a bit of salt. 

It is nice to eat, and healthy ..

(Jakarta, 2016)

Food Photography, Fotografi, Macro / Close-Up

Health Food: Peanut

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After a tough and rough election process, a President is elected for the 2014 – 2019 term:

Pak Joko Widodo – President
Pak Jusuf Kalla – Vice President

Looking forward to October, the day you will be sworn to office.

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We Have An Elected President!

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This is people just relaxing and waiting for official ceromies during the Cap Go Meh in Hok Tek Bio, Bogor.

Video taken by iPhone and uploaded direct to the blog.

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Drum And Dance At The Temple – Short Videos

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Walking along
In the shadows
Of the alleys
At the outskirt
Of Old Batavia.
Learning History
Is important.
[Batavia 2014]

Street Photography

In The Alley

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Baby sleeps
After flying a whole day.
In batik cover
A soft and nice
Traditional cloth.

[Jasmine, 2014]

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Baby Hand And Batik

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Fotografi, Street Photography

Chinese New Year In Jakarta: Learning History

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This year I join a group of cultural and heritage lovers to go around Jakarta’s Chinatown. We were accompanied by a very nice lady, Ernawati Santoso, which is a City Council member and a prominent figure in the chinese community in Jakarta. Also accompanying us was a historian, J.J. Rizal, which fills us with the role of the chinese community in Jakarta history.

We visited this following places:

1. Santa Maria Fatima Catholic Church, where the catholic chinese community held a Chinese New Year Mass. So the tradition of celebrating CNY is really celebrated across the community. The Archbishop of Jakarta is serving the Mass.

2. Toa Se Bio, a temple which was first build around the year of 1550, before the VOC – Dutch Trade Company ruled. The name indicates that it is build for a Chinese Ambassador. But the initial temple burnt down during the 1740 chinese massacre. Only one incense burning place was found intact and remains to be the original part of the temple.

3. Dharma Bakti Temple, not far from Toa Se Bio but built around 1650. This actually is a complex of several temples. And now is where most people go.

4. Chandra Naya Building, a heritage building build by the Family of Mayor Khouw. Only one that survived from 3 buildings build. Now it is actually framed by a hotel and apartment.

5. Luar Batang Mosque, a place where Habib Husein Abubakar Al-Aydrus was buried. He is one of the first scholar that brings Moslem teaching in Indonesia around the year 1746-1756. The place is outside of Old Batavia, that is where the name Luar Batang originates.

6. Tomb of Kapiten Souw Beng Kong, a prominent chinese that was asked to build Batavia by J. P. Coen (VOC Governor General). He lives 1580-1644 and become Kapiten (leader of chinese community appointed by VOC) in 1619 when they begin ruling.

All photos taken by my iPhone.

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Mistakes Could Really Be Due To Force Majeur

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Last week we had an assignment in Indramayu, a town about 4 hours drive from Jakarta where I live. The schedule is to leave on Friday morning, so we can rest a bit at the afternoon. The next morning is a whole day wedding event starting early in the morning. And the plan is to return on Sunday noon time after a bit sight seeing and have lunch in order for us to reach Jakarta before night.

Monday to Wednesday, we already have another assignment schedule in Jakarta. A corporate job, making portraits of employees of an international market research company.

If all went as planned, the schedule is tiring but manageable and just normal. Also that it is just a normal car ride in a main national road. But a force majeur condition made it a disaster for us and many others.

Continuous heavy rain for several days along the north coast of Java Island, resulting in flood along the main road to Jakarta. Some areas even had about 2 meters of water, making even the trucks could not pass. And it happened on the day we planned to go back to Jakarta.

Then we start to look for alternative road, going up through the mountains avoiding the flood. It was a good plan. And we thought it will add only 2-3 hours of travel.

In the beginning everything seems okay. But after we are already on the mountain road, then we are just stuck there for hours. It seems that all traffic was directed to this road. And resulting a very slow progress for us there, moving just a little each time. And it is for both direction.

In the end it took us 15 hours drive to reach Jakarta and home. An additional 10 hours from the plan. And it means reaching home at 3 am.

Luckily we are able to negotiate a half day rescheduling for the corporate assignment. Which started a bit late as well due to traffic jams in the city due to flood conditions. But as duty calls, we have to perform well no matter what happened.

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