The stone market in Rawa Bening, Jakarta is like a over sensory stimulation for me. The place just full of people, various colourful stones, noises, smells, all happening at the same time.
But being an anti smoking, the place was unfortunately not that suitable for me. I had headache after half an hour walking around, being in a confined crowded place with cigarette smoke lingering around.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot in AV @ 1/50, f/4, ISO 800
On the last few days of their summer holiday, I took the kids to the old, historical part of Jakarta. Surrounded by few museums, this square was the centre of Batavia, the then name of the city of Jakarta.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10 – 22mm f/3.5 – 4.5 USM, shot in AV @ 1/6400, f/4, focal length 14mm, ISO 500
After our long summer break in Europe, we still had a couple of weeks to kill before the kids’ school started. Browsing through various museums in Jakarta and beyond, I stumbled upon “Museum Benteng”, a museum about early Chinese settlement in Jakarta.
To go to the museum, one has to pass a traditional a traditional wet market. As taking pictures inside the museum is prohibited, I ended up having some nice shots of the surroundings.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/400, f/4, focal length 67mm, ISO 500
Every morning when I wake up around 5.30, sadly this is the view which greets me. Always around the same time. Those white bubbles look too solid to be ordinary household waste. I really wonder on what level does it stand if the experts perform hazard analysis on that river.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L, shot in AV @ 1/200, f/4, focal length 24mm, ISO 500
This sombrero looking snack is one of typical street food you can find in Jakarta. It is known locally as ‘Kue Toket’, which in slang Indonesian language means breast cake, due to its shape.
It comes in 2 varieties, neutral-creamy color and this green color above. My brother always jokes that the green one is Hulk’s breast, due to its color :-D.
The vendor cook the batter on small curved pans, causing the centre part to stay soft and slightly chewy, while the sides are thin and very crispy. It is best to be eaten hot and fresh from the pan.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II, shot in AV @ 1/100, f/1.8, ISO 400
The very interesting part of coming back to the place you grew up in is, you get to revisit the places you used to visit when you are small (read : younger).
This restaurant, which is known as “Bakmie Boy”, located in the south part of Jakarta and is famous for their bakmie (noodle), while also serves very few rice menu. My mom used to take all of us there for a bowl of noodle, accompanied by meatballs or wontons. Today we went down the memory lane and revisit this place. Amazingly, the menu has never changed and the food still tastes the same up to now.
But what I find even more amazing is, their system has not changed either. It’s still the same lady (owner, manager, boss, all in one) sitting behind the exact same table since donkey years ago. On the picture above, you are able to see how the ordering and cashiering work here.
After the customers write their order on a self-made notebook (a stack of blank paper) with carbonized paper in between 1st and 2nd page, with a pencil (which obviously is sharpened by knife or cutter – no proper pencil sharpener has been used up to now), then the waiter (there’s never been a waitress here, I just realized!) will send 1 copy of the order to the kitchen, while the original goes to the lady boss. She will then clip it in between that fixed metal pieces on the table, marked with your table number.
After you finished your food, you are expected to go over to her (as other people are queueing for your seat), tell your table number, then she will add everything up (first manually, then confirmed by calculator) and you should pay everything by cash.
At the end of the day, if a system works, why change it, right?! 🙂
Shot with iPhone 4S
Located at the front deck of traditional Indonesian sailing ship “Phinisi”, this balancing triangle is called Anjong or Anjungan.
Shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10 – 22mm f/3.5 – 4.5 USM, shot in AV @ 1/5000, f/4, focal length 17mm, ISO 400