(Friday’s Photos from Indonesia) : Beauty on The Cart


You can still find this in various parts of Indonesia. You can buy any beauty stuffs from bobby pins, powder puffs, bandeaux, earrings, necklaces (surely all are imitations) and other accessories which are mostly from China. Even you can buy women’s bra on the cart and sold by moving vendors. Yeach, cheap way to be beautiful.

Location : Jakarta

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Buy me please

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(Tuesday Photo Reflections) : Rose and Jasmine/ Mawar dan Melati


In my language,
Rose is called Mawar
Jasmine is called Melati

Melati has already been part of Indonesia’s national flower and I love jasmine though I won’t eat it. I still remembered when my late great-grandmother used to spread a bunch of jasmine on her bed. She plucked them from our garden where she planted so many jasmine trees. She let the jasmines until dried and replaced it with other ones. Even a late famous Indonesian actress occasionally ate the jasmines, I didn’t know what for. I ever tried it and you see? It’s so bitter, but fragrant at the same time. Mystical nuance and relaxing at the same time.

Much alike rose too…you can give rose depends on the situation and colour. Red for love and passion, white for purity, and yellow for friendship or familiar.

I took these photos in front of my home. Jasmine and rose grow together, but I pictured them seperately. Red and white can be combined, but can also be separated. Combine it? Pinky! Hehehehe..

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(Sunday’s Photo) : Carbo on The Cart


Carbohydrate sources can be found anywhere, according to the culture and customs. There are various kinds of carbohydrate sources among Indonesians which have ressemblances to other countries and in some case, Japanese. Rice, cassava, yam, taro, corn, sago (especially in Eastern Indonesians) and much more. In many urbans, we can still find carbo on the cart (that’s my own term), you can find and buy steamed peanuts, yams, cassavas, corns, taros, bananas and traditional Indonesian cakes like ketimus (lemet), nagasari, lemper and much more only in one cart.

In Jakarta, it can only be found in particular sub-urbans, along with veggie carters who’s still common sights. If you wanna buy it, just wait from your neighbourhood and they will come at particular time.

Location : Jakarta, Last Week

Good Morning and Have a Nice Sunday!

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Grab ‘em all

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Can you grab these all?

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(Saturday Night’s Photo) : Little Gas Station


This is my first Saturday night’s photo. I took this this afternoon on the way visiting my aunt. Incidentally I found this ‘gas station’ in a housing area in Tangerang, Banten. It mimicked ‘Pertamina’ (Government owned petroleum company)’s gas station, and the name became ‘Pertamini’. Creative and funny for me.

Location : Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia

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(Saturday Night Reflection) : Gemstone Fever Phenomenon!


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Gemstone fever!
It’s the hottest and most recent trend happening among Indonesians. Gemstones are everywhere! They’re already sold even in pedestrian and one another is very close (maybe around 100-200 metres you can find gemstone sellers). Gemstones are part of human’s jewel and usually large one like agate (batu akik) is identical to men and it’s worn usually by them. Even some of them wear the gemstone rings until full of his fingers like one of the famous Indonesian comedian, Tessy (he’s now on trial because of drug abuse). His agate rings had been iconic part of his effeminate image.

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I used to wear big agate ring when I was still in high school. People said wearing agate ring can enhance your charisma (as well as particular gemstone which has magical power). Jade, emerald, sapphire, agate, ruby and many more are actually common part of our jewelry and they have got their own charisma. Gemstone fever sometimes makes me dizzy, because when I walk and meet many people, there’re increasingly more people wear any gemstones! from the cheapest until the most expensive ones! As far as I know (from my survey in some gemstone sellers), the cheapest one can be IDR 85,000 and surely the most hang necking one is almost billions. All depend on the solidity, quality, as well as its motives. More distinct, more expensive..even the rarest must be highly prized. Even now, larger is better. If your stone is bigger, the price can be raised up!

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One municipality in Central Java (Purbalingga) has got its unique news about gemstone fever. The regent required all his staffs for wearing local agate rings, and his reason is for promoting Purbalingga’s agate stone as well as for aesthetics. While in Aceh, a 20 tones jade has already found in the forest. Locals and newcomers fought briefly for getting the giant precious stone before police keep it by giving police line and protect the stone from stealing and smuggling.

My friend also told me, her 12 years old son also asked her to buy one gemstone for him. Even when her son are playing with his friends, their hottest topic is about the most beautiful gemstone, not girl, then! Ladies? They have their own trend. They also buy agate stone, and wear it as pendant for the big stone, while the smaller one becomes ring. This is the newest and hottest trend among Indonesians, and as you see many gemstone sellers are everywhere. I don’t know more how many gemstone they have already collected, either one or more than ten!

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The gemstone phenomenon cannot be apart of the old myth as it is believed to be medium. Medium for charisma, aphrodisiac, beauty, passion, or just merely following the trend. The truly agate and other gemstones owners will keep their collections well and even make it into part of their business, while the others are merely followers and I believe, trend is temporary and it will be changed or replaced by another more attractive trend…one or two years later. I just look at the trend, but never really follow it as I know it is not long lasting.

Tangerang, 20 March 2015

Bambang Priantono

Photo courtesy : Tessy

And the three others are my own collections

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(Saturday Reflection) : Story about Solar Eclipse /Kisah Gerhana Matahari


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1983
When I was playing outside my house. Suddenly my mom grabbed and brought me inside the house. She then locked all the doors, closed all windows and curtains and told me to go under bed. I didn’t know what happened at the time as when I asked her, She just replied “Keep silent under the bed, wait until I tell you further.” But then, I found out that outside was getting darker and darker, it’s still morning, but how can it happen? My mind wandered what’s wrong, and then on TV (at the time only government-ruled TV station was aired) reported lively about total solar eclipse in Indonesia and almost all parts of Indonesia could see it.
But, nobody could see it directly. On TV, I saw many ways to see total solar eclipse besides periscopes. Many people saw it from a large bowl of water (but it’s not suggested), or through burnt micro film. Villagers also beat mortars or anything during the eclipse. Yes, so many ways…it’s believed that seeing total solar eclipse can burn your retina and the risk is….your blindness. What I remembered then during elementary school times, I read a reading passage in my Bahasa Indonesia book which told about a girl who became blind after incidentally look at the solar eclipse on her way home. It was trully sad story and the description about her process into blindness made me scare.

Among Indonesians (especially Javanese and Balinese) there’re many myths and legends about solar eclipse as well as lunar eclipse. One of them is telling about Kala Rahu giant who wants to steal Tirta Amertha (eternal spring water) from Gods. He’s very cruel and kills everyone so that’s why he’s not allowed to receive eternal water drops from the heaven. He stole some drops by disguising into God. However, Batara Surya (Sun God) and Batara Chandra (Moon God) knew it and reported to Batara Guru.

When Batara Kala drank the eternal water, and it was still in his throat, Batara Wishnu’s chakra had cut his. His body fell into earth and became a mortar, while his head roamed around for seeking Batara Surya and Chandra. He wanted to get even with them, and he wanted to eat them eternally. Batara Wishnu then told earth people to play or beat the mortar or anything in order to protect Batara Surya and Chandra, as well as got rid the giant’s head. Since then, when solar eclipse happened, people especially villagers will beat mortars to get rid Batara Kala. It’s old myth, but still believed by some people, particularly in villages.

I never see solar eclipse directly, but I can enjoy it through television and friends’ stories. Recent solar eclipse maybe brought some effects, maybe yesterday’s rain or what. I don’t know, but I believe in God’s hands to arrange and manage all His creations as He is The Almighty and Eternal. Be thankful for all His Grace and Wonderful one.

Tangerang, 21 March 2015

Bambang Priantono

Photo courtesy : This

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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Fresh Cucumber Tree/ Belimbing Sayur Segar


Hi there! After for a while, finally I return to Weekly Photo Challenge and I won’t ever miss it then! Hehehehe.

Today’s theme is about fresh. Well, For the theme, I took the freshest photos. Why? I took the pics just now while walking around in the morning and it’s still wet after raining hard all night long. I am interested in taking cucumber tree or Belimbing Sayur in someone’s house. It also includes raindrop which make me think it fresh…so fresh like after bathing.

In various languages Averrhoa Bilimbi are called as following
Belimbing Sayur (Standard Indonesian and Betawian Malay)
Limeng Ungket (Acehnese)
Asom, balimbing, balimbingan (Bataknese)
Balimbieng (Minangkabau)
Belimbing Asam (Malay)
Calincing, balingbing (Sundanese)
Blimbing wuluh (Javanese)Bhalimbhing bulu (Madurese)
Blingbing Buloh (Balinese)
Selemeng (Gayo)
Malimbi (Nias)
Limbi (Bima)
Balimbeng (Flores)
Libi (Sawunese)
Belerang (Sangir)
Belimbing Tunjuk (Banjarese)
Bainang (Makassarese)
Caleneng (Soppeng Bugisnese)

It’s made into several dishes for giving sour effect and can be used as toothache remedial herbs and surely for our dishes. I love sour soup with belimbing sayur. Even, it can be made into preservatives as well.

Special for this challenge.

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Fresh cucumber tree / belimbing wuluh

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