Category Archives: Experience Jakarta

Shut down & off the hook: Jakarta Car-Free Day photos (every Sunday a.m.)

So these are the best pics I could find of “Car-Free Day” which is when they shut down 5 miles or so of the downtown every Sunday a.m. for jogging, biking and just hanging out. Oh yea. And one pic of “Car-Free Night,” just in case.

So the earlier you go the cooler it is. If you later, it’s hotter as well as less cool. Bring your camera. This may be the only time you see adult Indonesian women wearing shorts, err …

Photo of Car Free Day in Jakarta from Sudutpandangedward33 blog at blogspot photo by @rossa_indah (Twitter) Photos of Indonesia lowrider bicycles Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on "Car Free" Sunday morning in Jakarta 8107925709_835c72f6fd_z Indonesian girls in short shorts and t-shirts Car Free day in Jakarta from Aldiesyafaat.files.wordpress blog Photo of Car Free Day Jakarta, by Argo Sendy Lawu Photo by daiax at Flickr Photo of Car free day in Jakarta by daiax at Flickr daiax_8646822559_flickr Indonesia in line skate photo by Galih Setyo Putro of Hifatlobrain blog jakarta_car_free_night_by_sawungkampretz-d5rujiu Bikes and street vendors on Jl Sudirman for Jakarta Car Free day welovejakarta_com

Bule Madura meets Kuningan cowboy

My Madurese-American daughter is only 8 months old, but she found the cows pretty impressive. Unlike elephants, which I think are a little too big for her to appreciate.  But almost everyone who drives through this #partaJakarta stops to have a look at the cows.

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I heard BSD group bought land here and is building two towers. Not sure where. Needless to say, the cows won’t be around too much longer.  The cowboy will sell his land and his cows and, who knows, maybe move into a fancy apartment here in the #heartofJakarta.

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But there has been so much rain this year I almost wish I had a couple out there myself. Tons of grass. Not at all like Madura, where this time of year it’s already dry as a bone in a lot of places — like #Bangkalan.

Kuningan Cowboy | Bovine Mobile Living

Bovine Mobile_smallSpeaking of bullshit, there’s a friendly bapak who tends a small, co-ed herd of large cows in the “kampung” area between Menara Imperium and Taman Rasuna (behind KPK, not far from the Sharehouse). It used to be a swamp, then an empty grassy area and now it’s sprouting skyscrapers and most of the people who lived there (even had a mosque) are gone.

“I’ve been shot, blogged and broadcast,” he told me, shaking his head. “And I ain’t got a single snapshot to show nobody.”

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Reggae Jakarta — hit & miss

Here’s yet another reggae event I missed — the release of  Tony Q’s newest and ninth album. Tapi yg lucu, itu bukan album dan bukan CD juga  . . . mala flash drive!! Paling bisa beli disini. Tau gak bisa pakai Tiki. Cocok kalau bisa, kan.

The one event I did not miss was the screening of Kevin MacDonald’s film Marley — sangat bagus kalau benar2 ingin mengerti siapa blasteran Scottish-Jamaica ini. Besok (atau lusa ; ) reviewnya saya di pasang di blog ini. Saat nonton saya ingat bangat waktu saya tinggal di pulau2 Karibia.

Di jaman penjajahan Karibia itu disebutkan “West Indies,” sedangkan Indonesia di sebutkan “East Indies.” Nah, ada kesamaanya tidak? Banyak. Detailnya sama Ras Muhamad, bisa tanya langsung : )

Bioskop yg di Erasmus Huis (pusat budaya di kedubes Belanda) waktu itu pas dua minggu lalu penuh bangat — Indonesia, orang asing, dewasa, mahasiswa, anak reggae — lengkap.

Habis pulang saya langsung mulai belajar gerakan rasta. Tidak terlalu gampang di mengerti, tapi lama2 dapat di paham. Menurut saya, mirip agama Mitt Romney (Mormon) yg sama aja cukuk aneh. Karena adalah proyek nglokalisir pikiran asing/lama agar lebih cocok di lingkungan lokal/baru. Faktanya Bob Marley cukup senang ikut agama mayoritas — semacam kristen. Tapi habis oranya super jujur dan berani, dia ingin lebih banyak pengatauan serta pengatauan yg lebih relevan untuk situatsi dia di Jamaica jaman 1960-80.

Satu acara lagi yg saya hadir itu Selasa lalu waktu kita merayakan kematian Che Guevara bersama Ras Muhamad (on air, Radio Mustang) . Saya banyak teman dari Argentina, mana saya tidak tau siapa Che –dokter revolusioner dari Argentina tapi yg pindah ke pulau Cuba (pulau yg seberang Jamaica).

Oh ya, ada cerita Snoop Lion (mantan Snoop Dogg) jua. Jago hip hop ini pergi ke Afrika mau cari dukun. Ada dukun rasta kenal Snoo. Tapi langsung kaget gara2 namanya: “Kok bisa anjing, Snoop? Nysar bangat anakku. Pantasan cari dukun.”

“Coba aja ‘Singga Snoop’ — cocok tidak — ” kata kyia rasta itu.

Hahahaha. Gara2 itu (dan gara2 Snoop pasti mau laba di pasar musik reggae dikit) sudah bukan anjing lagi.

Jakarta infrastructure proves need for speed, Motorbikes take biggest hit

A high-profile fatality involving a Ducati motorbike yesterday reminds us that Jakarta is hard hit by infrastructure problems and motorcyclists are taking the brunt of it. Jakarta authorities have been known to address jaws-of-hell traffic dangers after they kill someone. But how often do they try to determine whether the gaping hole is part of a larger accident pattern or infrastructure lacunae, or provide fair warning of known dangers to other bikers?  Instant expat

Maybe there’s a (flawed) assumption that bikers are young males who can’t afford a car. So they’re not going to complain, vote, sue or even spend money. (Maybe this also explains why otherwise well-appointed shopping malls provide motorbike parking only as an afterthought , i.e., very inconvenient to park  a bike at some malls.) Continue reading

THR Appreciation Dinner With Kel. Guntur RW 02 Sanitation Team (4 Aug. 2012)

The pics below are from the second benefit/appreciation event the Sharehouse has done for the Guntur sanitation team. In truth, the idea was inspired by the BBC video feature: Jakarta, toughest place to be a bin man.

Aside from being one of the few houses in this area that puts rubbish in bins (true innovators, huh),  I don’t think our efforts to make the team’s work easier have succeeded. However, we communicate better with them now and continue to learn about Jakarta garbage challenges through this channel. If you’re like to compare notes, please contact us.

One benefit of our feeble garbage activism, for us, has been the opportunity to connect with like-minded Jakarta greenies and other stakeholders including the local level of the Jakarta administration, our neighborhood  Garbage Bank and Hidden Park.