Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Buddha statues

Monday, January 26, 2009

Ceramic Elephant

Ceramic elephant I saw at the Matahari supermarket located at Dalem Kaum.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wayang Golek

Wayang golek are wooden doll puppets that are operated from below by rods connected to the hands and a central control rod that runs through the body to the head. The simple construction of the puppets belies their versatility, expressiveness and aptitude for imitating human dance. Little is known for certain about the history of wayang golek, but scholars have speculated that it most likely originated in China and arrived in Java sometime in the 17th century. Some of the oldest traditions of wayang golek are from the north coast of Java in what is called the pasisir region.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Skywatch Friday > Rainbow

Late evening. Raining. Cloudy. But something beautiful was emerged above horizon. It was a gerat moment to took my picture for Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kampung Daun: leaves

Talking about Kampung Daun Restaurant, this is a picture of my favorite corner! Just a great environment!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kampung Daun: serving

We, Patricia and I, sit in one saung at Kampung Daun Restaurant, and we ordered typical Sundanese foods. Grilled golden fish with soy sauce, fried water spinach with shrimp pasta, fresh vegetable with peanut sauce called karedok, tofu and tempe, and fresh chili sauce were our picks. So, that's our foods're coming!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kampung Daun: Saung

This is one of Saung, a small bungalow made of bamboos and palm leaves, a place for all guests sit and enjoy their traditional Sundanese foods at Kampung Daun Restaurant. There are more than 50 Saungs available, and each can be used by 4-6 peoples. If you prefer to sit on the chair, an open large hall is also available.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Kampung Daun: Sugar Flower

Inside of Kampung Daun garden restaurant, there are several traditional snack street sellers. One of my favorite is this sugar flower seller. Watching him working to prepare sugar flower just send me to my childhood time, when I used to enjoy waiting my sugar flower in the evening, in the front of my house. That time, I was always trigged by rich caramel scent produced by sugar flower seller like this.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kampung Daun: Chariot

Yesterday I posted a picture of Kampung Daun gate. In the front of Kampung Daun gate, I noticed a small traditional 4 wheel chariot used for transportation in small village. A bigger version of this chariot is still used in some streets in Bandung. People still use this kind of chariot for short range transportation.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Kampung Daun

Kampung Daun which means village of leaves is the name of exclusive Sundanese restaurant located at Cihideung, to the north of Bandung. It has a great environment and, of course, great food. The best time to come to this restaurant is inthe night, the time when you'll be surrounded by brilliant traditional lanterns.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Sky Watch Friday > Great Sunrise

I found another photo that I took in the beginning of this month, slightly different from the first one I posted on January 2. I walked a bit to another position, and I noticed different perspective. It was one of great sunrises I ever experienced.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bandung's Holland Bakery

This building was built in 90's to taste the colonial style, a signature shape for Holland Bakery. Holland Bakery is one of leading bakery in Bandung, selling variety types of breads for Bandung's people. Although I, personally, prefer to go to Setia Budhi Supermarket to have my bread, Holland Bakery providing great choices for Bandung.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yogyakarta Handcrafts Expo #3

This handmade bag corner was one of great spot in that expo. These bags are made of leather and beads, showing a great creativity which emerged from small clusters of simple business.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yogyakarta Handcrafts Expo #2

Yesterday I posted the event of Yogyakarta Expo held in Bandung promoting small handcraft businesses. Characters emerged in this exposition were genuine and refreshing as can bee seen in those traditional masks.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Yogyakarta Handcrafts Expo

This event of Yogyakarta Handcrafts Exposition was organized by Yogyakarta and Bandung City Councils to promote the tourism and traditional small business in Yogyakarta. It was nice to explore this expo when you've been in Jalan Malioboro Yogya, since you could find high quality simple arts in this expo, compared with what you could see in that street.
Not many people visiting this expo though, I noticed. It's quite strange since this expo was held in one of noticeable landmark in Bandung, Bandung Indah Plaza.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hi-Tech Chicken Soup

Wanna a chicken soup? Easy, just send a short message via your cellular to a chicken soup street seller at Jalan Merdeka, you have a sophisticated delivery service!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Purple scene from ITB's West Hall

Those purple flowers show their crowns in this prosperous not-so-wet rainy season. This scene was taken from the ITB's West Hall (Aula Barat) when those purple crowns were shining even under that grey sky. It's quiet, but hey, it's Saturday!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sky Watch Friday > Sunrise at Cipageran

Cipageran is my small village, 3 km to the north of Cimahi, outside of Bandung. Clean air and clear sky are the main reason why we moved to this area three years ago. This brilliant sunrise was taken yesterday morning, when I woke up because of Chiquita's barks.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Elephant Grass

Rainy season is a prosperous time for most of creatures, including elephant grass. During this time they grow VERY fast and hide that small walking track.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


This is our new girl. Her name is Chiquita, a naughty ordinary brownies. Her temper just opposite from Aita's, our older girl. We had her last month, and since then we have two clowns in our home. During these times, we have been introducing her to our favorite walking place, pines forest.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ferns season

Ferns (Bahasa Indonesia: paku-pakuan, Latin: Pteridophyta) grows everywhere in this monsoon season around Bandung. And now, this time, our backyard is full of these ferns! I took this photo from my bedroom wondow yesterday morning. That time the sky was already heavy, and rain came a bit early.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Coffee fruits

Our sub ordinate is located at north-west of Bandung. It's about 3 km from the center of small satellite city of Cimahi. So, practically, it's out of busy Bandung. Closed to our house, there's a big garden, in which a lot of wild coffee trees grow. It's a picture of some coffee fruits taken yesterday morning.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Wooden Cart

Farmers use this kind of wooden cart to transport branches and grass they collect in the forest. They put all things on that cart and push it from the forest down to their village. They use a "wired hand-break" attached to the handy stick to control this cart when they walk down to the village through the stiffy hill.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Collecting pines branches.

This family, a father and his daughter and son, are collecting pines branches from Cikole forest. They use this wood and pines fruits for cooking. We met this family when Patricia, Aita, Chiquita (our new naughty puppy) and I walked at Cikole forest yesterday. It was a great walk, at beginning of year.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Sky Watch Friday > First morning

The first morning of 2009, I took this amazing sunrise from my backyard. It was yesterday's photo, that I captured several minutes after the first picture I posted yesterday. It's a new beginning, new hope!

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

Colours shimmer in the light
And shapes begin to unveil.
The trees and flowers separate,
With the dawn light rosy and pale.

The sun climbs higher in the sky.
It's light shimmering and warm.
All things now are clearly seen.
A new day has been born.

Taken from "Sunrise" by Jacqui Thornton, 2002