Jalanan Jakarta: A final stroll

All I can say is thank you, miss Jakarta… You’ve been great to me. You’ve offered everything a traveller like me wishes for. Color and vibrance, kindness and nothing but good vibes from your people. Simple things, but important to me… You’ve also been a fantastic gateway into Asia… Makes me excited for what lays ahead…

The weight and the movement

Motion…

She keeps her cool…

Just another afternoon in Jakarta

Get on the bus…

In his defense, Michael Jackson was playing…

Cigarrette Break

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Sumatra: The Aftermath of gempa bumi

I arrived in Palembang, Sumatra… Nice town, busy and frantic like Indonesia is. After an insane cab ride with Hard Tecno Pop as a soundtrack, I get to my Hostel and I’m greeted gently. In my room I turn on my laptop and I find out that there has been a massive earthquake in Sumatra… Wait a second, that’s where I am, right?!? But outside…wait a sec, outside life goes on, everything is normal as Norman… “gempa bumi here no, very safe here!” So close, but so faraway… Strange feeling…

Jakarta Dances and prays…

The rhythm in Jakarta is pretty chaotic. I haven’t yet seen an empty street, day or night… and I’ve walked quite a few. In the middle of all this apparent randomness, there’s something that seems to set somewhat the pace, the chanting from a nearby Mosque. I was talking to some locals, that showed me a few places of worship. “It’s our faith, but it’s just that… we just want to pray, and then go on with our lives…”

Elevation…

Skapur Sirih dance…

Little dancer…

After the cult, life goes on…

Jakarta: Seni Senium

Jakarta is intensity. The city’s colors, smells and babel-like sounds are inebriating, especially for a newcomer like me. All that is true, and very thrilling, but I have to say that what I enjoyed most were the interactions with the people… Such kindness and such smiles…

A man and his passion for fruit…

A boy and his whip… Kuda Lumping ceremony in Jakarta

I think his name was Wira… not sure, but he was a real character… Truly a happy guy…

“Hello Mr.”

Yes, they were happy to drive…

Gema smiles…

Inside an Angkot, a mini van where 10 people hardly fit, I met Lina. Nice lady, hilarious husband…

The universal language of a smile

I wake up in Jakarta to the sound of a nearby Mosque. I step outside, enjoying my first rays of Asian sunshine, while this blazing heat melts me into dampness. A man in blue passes by, throws me a smile from the other side of the road. “Hello Mr.” I answer back in English, which makes him smile even more. He shrugs his shoulders and his grin gets bigger… Just then it hits me… For the first time in my life, I’m in a country that I don’t know the language… I can’t tell you how excited this realization made me… The beautiful glory of not being understood and having the universal language of a smile!

Farewell Australia

Farewell Australia! You always attracted me with the easy going and laid backness of your people, with the way your casual lingo sheds sun into Shakespeare’s tongue. Your vastness and quasi limitless dimensions materialize into gorgeous landscapes and sights… they took me, and I was driven away with it. I’ll be back one of these days… I promised Jim, my septuagenarian travel buddy, that
I would come back to see his hometown Perth. I intend to keep the promise… Right now I’m off to Asia… 1st stop Jakarta! The cultural revelation should be amazing… Can’t wait!