3 Days in Indonesia


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starwanderer

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In a press briefing in 1999, Singapore was once described as "a small red dot on map" by Mr. B.J. Habibie, former Indonesian president. His words caused quite a stir in Singapore. True, for city states as small as Singapore, 20KM long and 30 KM in width, Indonesia is such a giant in geographic terms. With more than 17,000 islands, 300 ethnic groups, and a population of over 230,000,000, it is literarily a world in itself.

I have been off and on living in Singapore since 1997 but never set my foot on Indonesia, the 2nd nearest neighbor of Singapore. In early January 2006 I finally got a chance to visit Indonesia. With only 3 days to spend (48 hours to be accurate, exclusive of transport ), I chose to sample only 2 cities, Jakarta, the capital,, and Yogyakarta, one of the major Indonesian tourist destinations.

Security is always the 1st concern. The haze of 1998 riot still is in mind. It's reported many Chinese shops were burned and hundreds of Indonesian ethnic Chinese women systematically raped. With more than 2 major terror bombings every year, I was forewarned to take cautions. When heading to the Changi airport I felt more or less like a war correspondent.

It turned out little to worry about. The streets of Jakarta were peaceful and the people friendly. However one can still felt tensions in the atmosphere. Luxurious hotels were checked carefully with airport means. While visiting the Monas, Indonesia national monument, I happened to see a small student group demonstrating towards the presidential place, and they were soon outnumbered and surrounded by efficient police forces.

Jakarta is hard to be quoted as a tourist city by either natural or historical standards. It is in my view a typical upstart metropolis of a developing country, skyscrapers and slums sitting side by side, pushcarts and BMWs fighting for roads. As I am used to a number of similar cities in China, little surprised me in Jakarta while walking around, except the language they speak, which left me completely in the dark. Wait, there was one surprise, some wire nettings safeguarding Inter-Continental Hotel has been moved to the lane next to the hotel and used by locals to hang laundry. This is a good demo of sense of humor of the people: bombing or not, life is as usual.


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Jakarta Street 1. Photo ID: Jakarta001








Jakarta Street 2: laundry on wire netting . Photo ID: Jakarta002







The day in Jakarta I visited Taman Mini, a huge miniature park in Jakarta suburbs. While I am not interested in anything not real, it nevertheless permits me a glimpse of the many thousands of Indonesian islands I will probably never visit, plus there is a Museum Indonesia, a 3-storey Baliness place filled with many splendid traditional stuffs, definitely worth seeing.


Roof of Museum Indonesia, Taman Miniature Park. Photo ID: Jakarta005







Museum piece1, Taman mini museum Indonesia. Photo ID: Jakarta007








Museum piece2, Taman mini museum Indonesia. Photo ID: Jakarta008

 

starwanderer

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Jakarta Street 3: roadside eating cart . Photo ID: Jakarta003








Jakarta girls







默拉比火山和日惹市郊。Mt. Merabi and Yogyakarta suburbs. 图片编号:Jogja001








自由清真寺(Istiqlal Mosque)。Photo ID:Jakarta007








Borobudur Temple 1

 

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thanks for sharing starwanderer :thumbsup:

this shot was particularly awesome!
starwanderer said:

i would really love to visit this country again (the first was just a brief working trip). from what i know of it,it is a country full of deep history, culture and complex socio-political undertones...not to mention lots of photo opportunities!

once again, thanks for the inspiring work!
 

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You kept me glued to the whole series and story telling. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!
 

starwanderer

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thank you for comments.

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While predominantly a Muslim society, the grand Jakarta Cathedral (just opposite Istiqlal Mosque) signifies the strong Catholic presence. Photo ID: Jakarta009.








Inside Jakarta Cathedral. Photo ID: Jakarta0010







Standing at the heart of Jakarta, the 137m-high phallic Monas monument is a must see for first time visitors. A lift takes you to an observation deck surmounts the monument. On top of the deck is a 14-metre bronze flame sheathed in 33kg of gold. (Monas,印尼独立纪念碑。碑高132米, 远远的就可以看见,是雅加达的地标建筑。有电梯直上碑顶,雅加达市区一览无余。Photo ID:Jakarta0010)








A view from Monas observation deck with Jakarta Gambir railway station at the bottom, a great example of Indonesia traditional architecture.









Yogyakarta street 1 (虽然语言不通,但日惹市民都很友好。这小孩可能从来没见过大相机,惊讶的看着我。)

 

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my compliments to a fantastic photographer. Thoroughly enjoyed all of this.
 

speedblade

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Courage in the line of fire! :thumbsup:

I was in Jakarta in 1999 and walking the streets was high tension experience for me!

Take Care and Happy Shooting! :)
 

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i like the shots that contrast the have and the have-nots. Only thing was the constant ringing of "becareful of snatch thieves", advice from my local friends, in my ears whenever I am moving about in the indonesian city.

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archlover

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whoa whoaaa!!!
all the photos are superb...
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AngelZhou

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your shots make me miss Indonesia so much =) Quite interesting that eventhough you visit Jogjakarta, there is not much shoot of Malioboro - art centre in Jogja.
 

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Thanks for the comments.

Angel, i wish i had a week but i got only one day to spend in Yogyakarta.




Yogyakarta street 3 : drawings on the wall. The street walls are beautifully decorated in both Jakarta and Yogyakarta. They are of high artistic standard i would say, and unlikely done by street boys.









Yogyakarta street 4 : tattoo making.









Yogyakarta street 5 : guitar boys. Lunch finished at 2pm and the flight scheduled at 4pm, so I got an hour to do street photography in Yogyakarta. The people were very friendly and approachable, despite my using of a big DSLR.









Yogyakarta street 6 : the making of Batik, Indonesia traditional craft.









Yogyakarta street 7 : a 2 inch long batik, selling at USD35.

 

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Borobudur 2, world culture heritage site, a 1300 yrs old Buddhist temple, many Muslim visitors









Borobudur 3. i arrived at 3pm, stuck in the heavy rain. closing time is 5pm, so i got an hour to shoot this magnificent place.










Borobudur 4











Borobudur 5









In Yogyakarta, equally wondeful is the 1000 yr old Prambanan Indian temple

 

starwanderer

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Prambanan 2









Prambanan 3









普然般南(Prambanan) 印度神庙4: 石雕之精美让人叹为观止。









普然般南(Prambanan) 印度神庙6: 也有非常遗憾无法复原的雕像










普然般南(Prambanan) 印度神庙7:很多石雕都是在描述一个故事

 

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Not only I am glued to your write up.
your pix tell a thousand words more.....great work! :)


Hope to see more~ ;)
 

starwanderer

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thanks ransoma22.

indonesia is a great place for photographers, i got 500 shots in 3 days, 50 are usable. will post more tomorrow.
 

AngelZhou

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if not mistaken the first pix is near malioboro. Such a pity you missed it. It's the central of art in Indonesia and very happening at night. A lot of street artist n such.

The mural was done by graffiti artists. If street boys mostly they will only draw their gank / group's name with a cheap spray paint XD

wow, i miss jogja so much.
 

starwanderer

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thank you Angel.




indonesian people are dancers and singers







corridor of Istiqlal Mosque (Jakarta). Istiqlsl means freedom. This giant Mosque can house 250,000 prayers at one time, the 3rd largest in the world.









普然般南(Prambanan) 印度神庙8








Sheraton hotel, Yogyakarta

 

drake336

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Series 1 and 4 are most impressive! Thanks for sharing!
 

starwanderer

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Yogyakarta:
trishaw 1:









trishaw painting 1:










trishaw painting 2:










trishaw painting 3:










trishaw painting 4

 

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