(Photos of The Day) : UPCOMING EID AROMA


It’s already the 13th day of Ramazan, I don’t know how much I’d done so far. But I believe Allah knows best all about mine. Nusantara’s tradition for celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr (Idul Fitri or colloquially Lebaran) is about to be…ketupat. The traditional typical Eid dish that must be available in every Nusantara’s houses (Nusantara consists of what we call now Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Southern Thailand and The Philippines-particularly southern), along with various dishes (usually greasy and spicy).

Eid is about to come
We’re about to celebrate
But…also to be sad
As Ramazan is about to leaveWhat have we already done in this holy month?

Only Allah Knows

Date : 1 July 2015
Location : Kelapa Dua Market, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia
Taken by : Smartphone

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Take me please!

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Wanna buy?

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Ketupat covers

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(Monday’s Reflection) : Muscovy Duck / Menthok/ Entok/ Itik Manila


Though its origin is from Central America, but the muscovy duck has already been part or local poultry and totally domesticated. Sometimes people have it for fun or taken its meat and eggs alike duck. As its meat is thick and its nature for incubating its eggs, muscovy duck is sometimes mated with duck to produce a hybrid called tiktok (itik-entok) or blengong or beranti or pandalungan etc.

While muscovy or barbary duck itself has various names according to locals such as
Menthok (Javanese)
Entok (Sundanese and Banyumas Javanese)
Bebek Manila or Itik Manila (Indonesia). How come it gets the Manila? from Manila? or transferred from Manila? Wallahualam, only Allah Knows, or I need to call Doraemon to check it by its ‘anywhere door’. Hahahaha.

Well, these are some photographs about muscovy duck or bebek manila or menthok.

DSC08886On the rock, after bathing..now…sunbathing

In Javanese children song, there is a song about muscovy duck and a rooster. The rooster has fun with the duck on her walking way and here is the lyric

Menthok, menthok tak kandhani (muscovy duck, muscovy duck, I’ll tell you)
Mung lakumu angisin isini (your behaviour is awkward)
Mbok ya aja ngetok ana kandhang wae (Don’t just stay in your own hatch)
Enak enak ngorok ora nyambut gawe (Sleep over doing nothing)
Menthok, menthok mung lakumu (muscovy duck, muscovy duck, your walking way)
Megal megol gawe guyu
  (sway over, it makes me laugh)

In Central Java, muscovy duck meat is also eaten generally as satay or rica-rica.

DSC08884Its my turn….no! It’s mine, fine other ways ducky!

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I feel fresh now!

I like its way to walk and though its meat is not commonly sold like duck, the taste is quite different and if you eat blengong (the hybrid between muscovy and common ducks), it has less fat and thicker structure than its parents.

Tangerang, 29 June 2015/ 12 Ramazan 1436H/ 12 Pasa 1948 Saka

Bambang Priantono

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Weekly Photo Challenge : My Photo Muses/ Renungan dari Foto-Fotoku


Everything in the world gives us a muse or reflection as well as wisdoms. Even the smallest and widely ignorant things can give us a muse. These are photos that muse me everytime and special for this week’s challenge.

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This is the place where I should go for worshipping. The place where I try to go there every prayer callings (though mostly I just pray at home..hehehe). I do my best for praying there even though not anytime but for Friday prayer, it’s a must for Muslim males.

DSC08931Sometimes I enter other religions’ worshipping places, I just do it for strenghten my own faith as well as knowing each other. Knowing each others for me can develop tolerance and peace. Anyone seeks to be happy by different ways they consider correct and best.

DSC08959This place also amuses me everytime. When I was there, I will spend my time for thinking and let my imagination flows along with uncountable water drops. Feel the cold sensation, let the water flows sensation pass through your legs, and fantasy goes on. Lovely and refresh me by bringing muse inside my heart.

DSC08946Everything has its end. Day also…..sunset on a beach always muses me. I love to see it sets step by step till all nature are totally dark, replaced by stars and moonlight. Feel the sea wind before sunset and listen to the natural sea music from waves.

I just say, Alhamdulillah or Thanks God for all His graces, that’s why human can feel all this beautiful things….if there’s no hatred and anger….

Tangerang, 28 June 2015

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenges : Houses/Rumah


Hi Cee!
After vacation, I am back! Here is my collection (sssttt..I forgot where my flashdisk is, it contains of lotza homes! aarrgghh).

Location : Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia

This is the most iconic building in Semarang called Lawang Sewu (Thousand doors). In the early 20th century, it was functioned as railway office until World War 2. During Japanese occupation, it was supposedly used as underground jail and killed many people over there. This building was left in 1994, and for more than 10 years, it was abandoned as there’re rumours about various ghosts and urban legends related to Lawang Sewu.

Though it has got scary reputation, but nowadays it has already been restored and becomes one of Semarang’s icon along with Old City and Tugu Muda.

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Bambang Priantono

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(Goody Foody Indonesia) : Semarang Styled Lunpia & Bomb Lunpia


DSC00647Semarang-styled Lumpia

Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb everyone!

Bello there!
After away for a while, let me reappear in this holy month. For Muslims, I’d like to greet you ‘Ramazan Kareem’, while for others I say ‘Have a Nice Day’. Well, I want to share about my experiences during my off-days. Sorry, It’s not offensive especially for those who’re fasting (so am I), but if you cannot handle it, please open this itchy scratchy article later after iftar, okay? Hahaha..

Well, during my off-days, I spent my days in Purwokerto, a small city in western part of Central Java province and around 433 km from Jakarta. There are many precious and delicious foods over there and friendly priced so you don’t have to grab your wallet too deep. One of the eye catching culinary stuff in Purwokerto is what we call as Lumpia Bom (Bomb Lumpia).

As we know, Lumpia or Lunpia (潤餅) has already been well-known in Indonesia since a long time ago, brought by Chinese migrants and eventually assimilated in accordance to local taste such as eliminating pork as the main filling element and develop into distinct styles. Sometimes I consider Lunpia has got many sects and cults…The most famous one is Semarang-styled lunpia, as it’s also part of cultural melting between Chinese and Javanese, started by a Chinese merchant who came into Semarang during the 19th century and sold pork (If I’m not mistaken) and he fell in love with a Javanese woman who sold bamboo shoot next to him. In short, they got married and developed a new variant of Lunpia with deleting pork and add bamboo shoot. Their descendants still continue the business by various trade marks.

Okay, after I encountered to Lumpia Bom of Purwokerto, I finally compare it with Semarang-styled one and I believe it’s another cult of Lumpia itself.

So, this is my analysis.

1. The traditional Semarang-styled Lumpia consists mainly of bamboo shoots, chicken, shrimp and eggs (I found the new variant with milkfish filling), while Lumpia Bom consists of various such as chicken, mushroom, meat, seafood, squids and many more without bamboo shoots.

2. Lumpia Bom (It doesn’t contain of bomb, then) has larger size than Semarang-styled lumpia. Maybe you can eat it till drop then. But the similarity is the filling can make you satisfied….full!

3. Semarang-styled Lumpia is eaten with sweet sauce, while Lumpia Bom is commonly eaten with hot and spicy sambal.

4. Semarang-styled Lumpia is not commonly eaten with rice, but Lumpia Bom can be eaten with rice like common food.

5. Semarang-styled Lumpia is generally sweet, while Lumpia Bom is not.

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This is the kind of Lumpia Bom (Purwokerto-styled Lumpia) I ate during my vacation. You can eat it single with sambal dip, or complete like this….with rice, sambal, hot and spicy noodles, cucumbers and krupuk (crackers) as above. Lotsa carbohydrate with some vegetables, but you can skip the rice if you want to have it less calory.

I love to have this lumpia as I love Semarang-styled lumpia. As far as it’s Halal, all will be eaten by myself…but, because of age restriction diet, I have to control it all hahaha…

Thank you and have a nice fasting for all Muslims!

Wassalamualaikum

Bambang Priantono
24 June 2015/ 7 Ramadan 1436 H/ 7 Pasa 1948 Saka

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(Today’s Quote) : NEVER BE JEALOUS


Never be jealous to a successful person or high-positioned one, as you may not know how many or how much things have already taken from them and how deep the miseries they got.

Be realistic when you’re not successful yet.

Be consistent with what you’re struggling about right now and never give up.

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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Vivid – Jelas


In Bahasa Indonesia, Vivid is translated as ‘Jelas’, ‘Tajam’, ‘Tegas’.
It’s related to pictures or something visible and imaginable, especially when you take some pictures. Some are very clear and vivid, while in other ways are blurred and abstract.

So, these are my weekly challenge for you all

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Yummy, but vivid, right?

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The wild berries on the palm

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Iguana : Please, don’t disturb

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