The Return of the Photo Walks

After a long hiatus, I’m back at photo hunting with my good friend, Rajbir. She is determined to let me have my Indonesia farewell through as many photo opportunities as possible in these last few weeks. I am ever so grateful!

Sunda Kelapa, where I first started exploring in Jakarta. The ancient port that is still functional, with the traditional phinisi boats, transporting cargo between the islands of Indonesia. The boats at the dock weren’t our target this time. We were looking for a strip of solidity on the water, to plant our tripods and make some pictures.

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The boatman who brought us here was only too happy to extend our ride further out on the water, to spot some boats, old and new.

The sun has been playing spoilsport on some of the photo days, but on this occasion, I was literally ‘saved’ from disappointment when it stayed hidden at sunrise. See, I was meant to wake up at an absurdly early hour and get a taxi to pick Rajbir and head to the pelabuhan. Only, the phone accidentally was set on silent, and I slept through the alarms and the cabdriver’s calls! We got there well after all the exciting light, but thankfully no sun, and no guilt.

And for old times’ sake, a clichéd photo of the harbour:

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The water may be murky, but the boats look grand.

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Jakarta Old Town

There’s something about old heritage structures, whether spruced up or decrepit, that makes me admire a city. I guess, for me, that’s the ‘character’ of the city.

I was convinced that Jakarta was soulless, but after reading about the old Dutch quarters of Kota, there was some hope. Convinced Souvik to wake up early morning today, and head out to Taman Fatahillah and the port of Sunda Kelapa. Early morning on a weekend is definitely the best time to drive around Jakarta; the less traffic there is, the more you can admire leafy lanes and colonial-style villas. We reached Kota in no time, and imagine my delight at finding this:

Yes, a big wide open square, with bikes for hire! Of course, this being the early hour, we were among the first to wander around, but this could be my favorite hangout place!

So we hired a couple of these rickety bikes (most of them had dysfunctional brakes!) minus the pretty hats, and set off to Sunda Kelapa just a km away. The route is not pretty, but the port is interesting. Apparently nothing has changed here in a hundred years! Nice 🙂

 

We cycled a little through the old quarters to spot my favorite kind of old buildings.

Just that we’ll have to get out there much earlier, to avoid all the unpleasant traffic.

We ended our little excursion at the very colonial Cafe Batavia, full of old world charm and excellent music.