(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Time is Money?-Literally

Time is money?
How much money do you spend in your time?
Millions? Billions? Trillion? or Uncountable?
Use your time
Use your money wisely
Be on time
*But being on time in many cultures is not customs*

Taken time : just now
Location : home



Tangerang, 6 February 2016

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(Wednesday Reflection) : Welcome to Soekarno Hatta International Airport-Tangerang, not Jakarta

Welcome to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Cengkareng Jakarta


It has officially been replaced by using new one “Welcome to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Tangerang, Banten.” I had already read about the news since last week, when the airport officer issued a letter for name replacement and instructed to all airlines to not mention Jakarta, but Tangerang. When I heard, it’s based on mayor’s complain about the place name and based on the reality if the international airport is located in Tangerang, not Jakarta.

However, for airport code (CGK) will not be changed, as it’s already known and registered internationally. It means since now, we have to accustom to call the airport as Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta, Tangerang, Banten. Sign replacements is about to be held afterwards. In my opinion, the foreigners and also locals will confuse about the replacement. We only know Jakarta International Airport rather than Tangerang. But, as other airports, most of them are actually outside of the city. Let me take example : Djuanda International Airport is not located in Surabaya (East Java), but in Sidoarjo. And the solution is mentioning as “Bandara Internasional Djuanda Surabaya Sidoarjo.”

What I see here is actually generalization. People only know one place like Jakarta, but particularly foreigners do not understand where Tangerang is. What is Tangerang? What kind of city is it? Is it near Jakarta? And most inhabitants also tend to claim themselves as Jakartans or from Jakarta. When someone says he is from Tangerang, many people will confuse or express such face as “what kindaz of place is it.” Generalization is everywhere when people is ignorant to take care about specific things. People from Tangerang and Bekasi are considered as Jakartans, though in reality they’re from different provinces. Tangerang belongs to Banten, while Bekasi is part of West Java. Jakarta? It’s special capital region for Indonesia and its status is equal to other provinces.

I think generalization is common in all parts of the world, and maybe the changing requirement is part of dynamics. For me, it will make Tangerang more well-known than before. Though it lies western part of Jakarta, but it has got its own live and it’s so industrious region and the richest region of Banten province. Maybe for the first time, the replacement seems awkward as much as when the Jakarta government forbade all sellers for selling theirs in commuter line and raided all illegal passengers who took the train on the top. It seemed hard at first, but time goes by, all people are accustomed to be more orderly and behave in the commuter train.

So, what about other airport? Will they follow the same thing with Soekarno-Hatta? Let’s see then. So, for foreigners…from now and on, please remember that Soekarn0-Hatta Airport is not in Jakarta, but in Tangerang, Banten. (As the location is in Tangerang…trully and I swear).

Welcome to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakar….oops..no…Tangerang, Banten.


Tangerang, 3 February 2015


Bambang Priantono

(sorry, no picture)

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(Sunday Reflection) : Situ Kelapa Dua/Kelapa Dua Lake

Travelling doesn’t always mean going somewhere far away from your crib. Many people have already gone travelling abroad until the unimaginable distances, however, they do not even know about their our neighbourhood. (That’s reasoning used by one who couldn’t afford much time and money to travel far away hahaha). Actually there are many interesting places that often we pass but just be ignored for us. Even, newcomers know better about our places to ourselves as the native.

The small lake is located only 300 metres from my home, and I need to walk for about 10 minutes to reach the lake. Situ (read – see-too) is local terminology for small lake which can be found around Jakarta, Tangerang and Bogor. It functions as water pond for preventing floods and as the terminal for water flows from rivers. Situ Kelapa Dua itself used to be covered by water hyacinth or we call it eceng gondok. It is invasive plant and consume pond’s oxygen so that fish couldn’t even live in the area where it grows. Situ Kelapa Dua itself was half-covered by the water hyacinth, but since two or three weeks ago, it’s been removed and the lake has been recovered by local government. It looks cleaner, though there are still some water hyacinth residues found. It is intended to be more promoted as one of Tangerang’s family recreational destination again after for a long time hidden by the eceng gondok.

I just walked there for a while in the warm morning and relaxed by chatting with someone. That’s my actual habit and next I will visit the lake often.

Tangerang, 31 January 2016


Bambang Priantono

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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Vibrant/terang bersemangat

Vibrant is clear, vivid, visible, bright, recognized, vigorous, energetic from all sides, including photographs. Here is my weekly photochallenge’s stuff for now.


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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Laksa Seller-Optimistic

What I get from the pictures is be optimistic, wherever you are, as we don’t know where we can get ours.

The laksa seller stood a chance for getting more customers particularly in a special event where people gather and surely with hungry face after morning sports. The laksa was great, though it’s sold by chart. That’s typically Tangerang-styled Laksa.

Such lovely theme and these are my contribution for this week’s challenge.

Tangerang, 23 January 2015


Bambang Priantono

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(Weekly Photo Challenge) : Old Stuff for Alphabet

What I just remember is my old stuff, I just took my old photo stock for representing this week’s challenge….Alphabet. Hmmm, not alphabet, I think it’s aksara.

I took in various places and here it is.


Have fun!


Picture legends

  1. Road sign in Cirebon, West Java
  2. Ciaruteun inscription, Bogor, West Java (from the 5th century)
  3. Javanese script graffiti in Semarang, Central Java

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(Reflection) : Terrorism has no religion


I hadn’t been opening my cellular during three sessions of teaching yesterday. I just left it next to my laptop for modem. I didn’t know anything about happenings outside as I couldn’t leave school until 3.45 pm. When my classes finished at 11.15 am, I just went downstairs for doing something else, and then at 12.15 pm I had my lunch in school canteen. When I was in queue, my friend said there was bomb in Jakarta many people were shot and some died. I was shocked till I said “Are you kidding?” She replied, “Yes, I’ve just read it through group messages and online media.” I didn’t believe that as it’s been a long time since the last blast in 2009.

I just said “Mashaallah, O My God.” and when my business was over, I returned to my room and checked my cellular. All reported about Jakarta blast (errmmm..exactly Sarinah bombing), many people shared lots of photo about the event, from the victims, the bombed police station till the suspects with their weapon. One of them looked calm though seemed anxious. It occurred around 11 am in Jalan Thamrin which was busy at the time. The bomb was also exploded in Starbucks’ Sarinah. There were also many suspicious informations, from the real to hoaxes. I chose not to share anything, even about the photo. Numerous complaints about the bombing photo shares to anger expressions were fulfilling my timeline.

Some dummies blamed government about the incident. Many speculations about this..from Freeport, politics until ISIS had become the trending topics here. I didn’t know which one I must believe at the time. It happened directly after Istanbul and Paris.  Done by the brainwashed foolish or other conspiracies? Only God knows about it. Indonesians have already been accustomed to terror, either phoney to real one. Even in some ocassions, it becomes like TV show where many people watch in the dangerous situation. (ironic).

But in general, Jakarta’s situation is okay. Though many schools were dismissed earlier due to the incident. Even many food sellers came to the location for offering foods to people and polices. Our president returned from his visitation earlier for seeing the location directly. Thank you Sir. Nothing must be afraid of, as I believe government had done in maximum efforts for preventing terrorism.

Terrorism has no religion, that’s what I believe. My religion doesn’t teach about spreading terror. Only some segments who did it, and they’re not part of us. I know in some countries, Islamophobia has been increasingly intense since Paris bombing and Cologne new years’ assaults and it makes me upset as before, terrorism has no religion. It conceals beneath religion, ideology even on behalf of human rights masks for spreading trauma and frighten innocent people for their own political goals. Indonesia is potential ground for it as its strategic position and important country, that’s why many influences can be found here…from the most secular to the most radicalized. We are still silent majority, majority who are proud of humanity, tolerance and love regardless of race, group, ethnicity and religion. I know most Indonesians condemn such actions since 2002 Bali bomb. It’s rooted from disappointment and shallow intolerance attitudes as well as false understanding about religion. This is what I believe.

I am Indonesian and Muslim at the same time, and terrorism has no religion, as it can be found in every single parts of the world. What we can do is developing self-respect to others, tighten family bound from the smallest part which develop to society, as well as education of tolerance and humanity along with own religions -this is I believe, if you don’t that’s your right.

Terrorism has no religion as it is akin to virus which can be found anywhere, any countries and any segments of society (including terrorism of love). What we can do is prevention, from the family to the broad society. I believe in my own country Indonesia, whatever people say…corruptions and so on. Jakarta’s recent situation after bombing shows that we’re fine and normal. No trauma, not afraid at all and life still goes on. We don’t need to say #save blah blah blah….just say #we are not afraid, we are courageous and united. Indonesia is heterogeneous and this is why I love for being Indonesian. That’s it.

I love my united Indonesia like now…and NKRI is final. Nothing else.

You know, only in Indonesia maybe you can make fun with such situation…many people did selfie afterwards…(OMG) hahaha.

Tangerang, 15 January 2016


Bambang Priantono

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