(Travelling Photos) : Glodok Chinatown Jakarta prior Lunar New Year


These are some photos I took during my Lunar New Year trip. This year, I intentionally visited Petak Sembilan in Glodok area, West Jakarta, where it is a very large Chinatown particularly in Jakarta. There are so many old Chinese styled buildings, distinctive marketplaces, temples and surely Santa Maria de Fatima church whose architecture remains intact….

(Saturday Post) : Diverse in Ways but One in Celebration


For two days, I have already experienced two kinds of Chinese New Year celebrations during my journey inside Jakarta’s famous Chinatown, Petak Sembilan in Glodok area. Buddhism and Confucianism in the temples and Catholics in Santa Maria de Fatima Toasebio Church still in the same street. Diverse but still one. May the rites are different, may…

(Hello There) : Meet Malaysian Javanese


It’s been more than a month for my hiatus from blogging. I’ve lost my focus on blogging and confused what to do. Thanks God finally I’ve got idea for writing again and for now on I’ll write regularly again. Meeting Javanese in Malaysia? Yes, I did! I went to Malaysia between 2-5 December 2016 for…

(Monday Reflection) : Lion Dance/Barongsai/舞獅


In China it’s called 舞獅 Pronounced differently in Chinese languages. Mandarin will say wǔshī Cantonese will say mou5 si1 Southern Min/Hokkien will say it as 跳獅 (thiau sai) Vietnamese will say múa lân Korean will say sajachum Japanese will say it as shishimai Malaysian will say literally as ‘tari singa’ and Indonesian adopts barongsai (the word ‘sai’ is clearly…

(Tuesday Reflection) : Chinese influences in our languages


I think there have already been many articles or posts about this topic, but sometimes I still want to talk about it more, at least in my point of view. Since hundred years, Chinese have spread to around the world, through trading and immigration. Its culture and terminologies also followed especially in South East Asia…

(Monday Reflection) : Sticky Sweet Life as Kue Keranjang (Nian Gao-年糕)


Sweet but sticky Sticky and sweet Sweet things are always part of any celebrations. Such sweets as dried dates, snow white, nastar (pineapple filled bites), rose biscuits, candies, dodol and much more in Eid Celebration. While the same things are also available in Christmas celebrations. Sweets are everywhere since it’s invented centuries ago. Dodol (or Javanese…

(Cultural Revival?) : Typing Javanese Characters in My Computer


Javanese character? never be confused with Java programming system, meh. Javanese character has got two names : carakan and layang hanacaraka. It was derived from Southern Indian styled Brahmic writing system along by Indian merchants and missionaries at the time. Javanese script is under the same family with Sundanese, Kaganga group (from Batak to Lampung),…

(Explore Tangerang) : Tehyan Player


One thing I like when visiting Pasar Lama Tangerang (Tangerang Old Market) is three old men who sit down on the pedestrian and playing music. One plays guitar, another plays kecrek and one more plays Tehyan. Tehyan is a two stringed bowed instrument or spike fiddle. It is descendant of Erhu of China which was…

(Weekly Photo Challenge) : The Balinese Ogoh-ogoh


This week’s challenge is about symbol, and suddenly forces me to search my old files. Then, I found those two photos I consider okay and representative for the challenge. Here are Ogoh-ogoh, an art tradition which is always performed one day before Nyepi. It represents Bhuta Kala from the word Bhu (Nature’s power) and Kala…

Travel Theme : Topi / Hat – Kopiah


This type of hat is common among South East Asians, particularly among Indonesians, Malaysians, Southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Philippines. It has got many names, such as kopiah (I think it was derived from Dutch word kopje), songkok, or peci. Mostly it is worn in special events or decreasingly daily basis, not just among…

(Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge) : ONDEL-ONDEL MERAH JAMBU / THE PINK ONDEL-ONDEL


Special for this week’s challenge, I’d like to share one photo. Just one photo, as I just wanna share one (what did you say, Nono?). This is a pink ondel-ondel. Ondel-ondel is typically local performing art which fluorished in Jakarta and its surroundings. The ondel-ondel usually takes form man or woman and represent ancestors which…

A Word A Week Photo Challenge : Intricate / Rumit


Front Intricate, according to Mr. Dictionary means : very complicated, tangled, complex, detailed etc. For this week’s challenge, I’d share two two years old photos I took in Semarang China Town. I was so lucky to see directly paper house burning or called Co Kong Tik ( I don’t know its Mandarin equivalent). After 100…