Photo walking in Kuningan

Kuningan – a neighbourhood in downtown Jakarta characterised by high-rise buildings and traffic snarls. Get on foot, and into the back lanes, and you can discover a completely different picture and a myriad of individual stories.

Photo walk Kuningan

No dearth of colour:

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80-years old, perfectly happy to pose:

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Kids at the fish farm:

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Pigeon racing trainer:

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Cock-fight trainer:

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A world view of their own:

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Just happy:

Photo walk Kuningan

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Wandering along Antasari

During the time I got lazy about blogging, I was actually rather busy, catching up with friends after everyone’s summer travels, buying a new lens, and squeezing in a few photo walks.

We’ve discovered so many photo ops around town, but sometimes we run out of ideas where to go, or we have time constraints and want to stay close to home. This time, we picked Jalan Antasari, somewhere in between Ana’s house and mine.

There is almost nothing pretty in this route. All the old roadside shops were moved away to make way for the big new flyover. There’s a small cramped enclosed market called Pasar Cipete, which doesn’t inspire too much, especially after seeing some of the bigger open air traditional markets. Still we persisted.

Then we came to a kampung behind the SOS Clinic, where we spotted a masjid. It was time for the Friday prayers, and the gaggle of kids that followed us through the kampung took us to the masjid. We waited until the prayers were over, and passed the time taking pictures. To our delight, not only did the men exiting the mosque want their pictures taken, one of the officials even gave us a tour of the place, and the kids posed away happily.

Every single photo walk we marvel at the friendly open nature of the people who welcome us strangers so warmly.

 

 

 

Some newly developed portraiture skills and willing models:

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We rewarded ourselves (!!!) with a very pleasant lunch at Yamas Greek restaurant on Jalan Prapanca Raya to end this exciting walk.

 

Hidden treasures in Bangka

It’s been quiet (read: dull) in Jakarta, with most of my friends away and nothing happening. After the gym this morning, instead of flopping about like I normally do, I dusted off my new camera and walked out into our unexplored area of Bangka. I am ashamed to state that it’s been almost 2 years in this area, and I’ve never walked around, except in the southerly direction of upmarket Kemang. So here I was, marching out of our Jalan tikus (the narrow little rat lanes of Jakarta that make the best shortcuts) into Bangka that has been traversed every day in the car but never on foot.

Walking in Bangka

Downmarket as it may be, Bangka does have its share of specialty stores – Solo Sae for batik, Borneo Chic with its pricey handbags from Borneo and Divemasters – for the ultimate diving gear and courses. I left them all behind. This is the main street of Bangka Raya that I ventured on:

Walking in Bangka

No let up in the traffic, nothing to admire; I’ve been there in the car often enough. Dodging cars and bikes was an adventure in itself. The sun was out in full force, but I was wary of guzzling water, because it’s the holy month of Ramadhan, and everyone else is fasting.

But anyway, the bravery was rewarding, as I opened my eyes to notice the pretty amongst all the ugliness.

A cafe and gallery soon to open:

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Walking in Bangka

 

Birdcages (sadly, with birds in them):

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Rusty wagons:

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More jalan tikus:

 

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Happy kids, readily swing into pose for a picture across the street:

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Colorful shops:

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And then I saw this very pretty lane:

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It lured me in, and the lady reading the Quran was happy to pose too:

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After our standard chitchat: Where are you from? What will you do with the pictures? she encouraged me to walk in. There’s more in there, she said, go and see.

She was right. It was like an art village with recycled plastic bottles put to work:

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An entire kampung (local settlement) beautified in the same way, friendly folks, showing me this lane and that:

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An initiative by the residents themselves, the decor is about a year old. Thrills me no end that it is hardly a km away from home and was a treasure waiting to be found.

Leaving you with some more artiness, while I run off to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag:

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