Friday, February 05, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 Here is a small business. Portable in bamboo, food and hot coals all ready for street food.
 It was outside an established eatery and an eastern fantasy par excellence. Chinese and Buddhist inspired, the artifacts and furnishings were unbelievable good against subdued black or red backgrounds. The photos do it no justice. In Jl Veteran 1....Jakarta.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

And this building is not a parody.  So many of them should be a parody. (I am so judgemental).
Below. Right in the hub of lavish interior design/soft furnishings was a more humble shelter. Jakarta.
  In Indonesia, more often than not luxury equals ostentation - and how.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

 The congregation was relaxed outside the cathedral in Jakarta in front of a video relay.  It was a full house inside. Plenty of action due to large number taking roles in the liturgy, choir, assistants, vergers,
parking control men, the lot.  Then they geared up for the next liturgy on the hour.
A big population creates a lot of vibrancy. 
  The wood carvings that make up the altars and more are rather special and a reminded of Europe.  Assume that the floral arrangements, which were many, were from marriage ceremonies the day before.
  Most surprisingly food vendors were absent from the grounds.
  The vast mosque is across the road which I wished to see but trying to track down a city sights tour bus was driving us crazy.  A car free morning on certain city streets probably upset the system - and there is a system I understand.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

 The smell of spice was stong and pleasant in one part of the Old Town in Semarang.  Spice is grown in the hills.
 Respite from the jaunt was found in a highly appropriate retro cafe that was mute and cool and held a good collection of this and that.  Local timber furniture is notable for design and strength.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Five Day Battle in Semarang Oct 1945. A scene in the museum.  About colonial power and independence. 
 Below is the same location today - a frantic roundabout with monument and fountain in Semarang - a go-ahead entertaining and big city on a hilly setting that runs down to the sea front and port where there is an Old City with Dutch, Arabian and Chinese buildings that struggle to keep standing.
A new shopping mall is shown.
Few special security measures are apparent, private security is usual found around most city doorways.