Tetenger Baru Tangerang, Jembatan Cisadane Berendeng


“Satu daerah selayaknya mempunyai satu tetenger (landmark) yang patut dibanggakan.” Mimpi bisa melintasi jembatan kaca? Ke Cina? Jauh…Berat di ongkos pesawat, visa dan tetek bengek lainnya! Sementara untuk mampir ke Jembatan Kaca di Kampung Warna Jodipan Malang juga jauh dan tunggu musim liburan (kecuali yang tinggal di Malang dan sekitarnya jangan ditanya juga, bisa berkali2…

Danau Biru Cigaru, Primadona Tangerang Yang Mulai Bersolek


Terkadang yang ditinggalkan manusia itu menjelma jadi keindahan baru, walaupun awalnya hanya berupa bekas penggalian, namun atas kehendak-Nya jadilah tempat yang indah. Maksudnya adalah, seringkali bekas penambangan yang tak terpakai lagi itu lambat laun akan tergenang dan menjadi danau-danau baru yang kadang menjadi atraksi wisata baru dan menarik banyak pengunjung. Memviralkan sesuatu juga ada dua…

(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…

(Weekly Photo Challenge) : In Tangerang (Local)


Calung street musicians in front of Tangerang Station, Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia. Calung is a bamboo-made traditional ensembles. It is known in West Java and western part of Central Java (Banyumas region) with the slightly different versions. The picture above depicts Banyumas version. I often meet this group everywhere around Tangerang, and I like it so…

(Reflection) : Halal Bacang (肉粽) or Zongzi (粽子)


Bacang (肉粽) or Zongzi (粽子) has already been well-known in Indonesia along with Chinese immigrations hundred years ago. Then, the dish -which is still one roof with lemper, lontong, arem-arem etc- derives into two versions in accordance to the condition and religious reason. The first is surely traditional bacang which in many ocassions is filled…

(Saturday Reflection) : Heritage


Next week, the school where I am teaching now will celebrate its 115th years. From Tiong Hwa Hwe Koan in 1900 to Sekolah Terpadu PAHOA nowadays takes a very long journey. It also experienced the gloomiest  time when it faced closure by New Order Regime in 1966 and since 2008, PAHOA had been reborn. It expands…

(Sunday Reflection) : Happy Chinese New Year


Happy Chinese New Year for those who celebrate it tonight! It’s already been the 17th years after the day is allowed for celebration after 32 years New Order regime. This year is called year of monkey (tahun monyet, or colloquially called Lebaran Monyet). The temples are full of people who want to pray and wish…

(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…

(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…

(Explore Tangerang) : KELENTENG BOEN TEK BIO/ BOEN TEK BIO TEMPLE


For this week’s challenge..I just share this part of my Tangerang journey. Yes, I visited the second oldest Chinese temple in Java, Boen Tek Bio. It is in Pasar Lama Tangerang, exactly intersection of Jalan Bhakti and Cilame. Well, it locates inside the wet market, but it’s very crowded by visitors especially Tri Dharma followers….

(Explore Tangerang) : The Legendary Ketchup


Another side of Tangerang Old City is its legendary traditional ketchups or soy sauce. There are still two operating ketchup factories around Old City. One in Pasar Lama and another in Pasar Anyar. One is Kecap Cap Istana (established since 1880s) and SH or Kecap Benteng (since 1920). The first one is produced sparsely and…