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Hi all, good morning. Peace be upon you all. So I want to share you about my city, Bekasi. This city is part of Metro Jakarta that includes 28 Million people. Metro Jakarta itself consists of cities and regencies from 3 different provinces, is called Jabodetabek. There are Banten Province, DKI Jakarta Province and West Java Province. Bekasi, in West Java, itself is place where 2.5 million people reside.

So while Ilisten to The Black Keys song – Stop Stop, I uploaded these pictures. Here is one of the mosque in Bekasi city. It is a new mosque opened in 2013, in this new residential area, Summarecon. The mosque itself is relatively small. This mosque was designed in a mix styles between modern design and traditional red brick exterior. This mosque was designed by Ridwan Kamil, the Mayor of Bandung city. I lived there during college time.

 

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Like I said the mosque is somehow modern and traditional in the same time. There is only one minaret,and calls to prayer are voiced here. So here is the interior of the mosque. I guess at Zuhr time it is kinda quite. In

A woman was preparing herself before taking ablution

A pathway to connect the ablution/toilet area to the mosque

People are taking voluntary prayer before the compulsory Zuhr prayer

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There is no Air Conditioning inside the mosque, the mosque itself make use of its open air building system to stay environmentally friendly (The air really blows quite enough not making you sweat). So after I prayed Zuhr, I try to take some pictures of the mosque’s calligraphy. This calligraphy better seen in silhouettes.

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Besides five daily preyers, there are many activities to boarden knowledge about Islam, it is open to public. Every Sunday at 07.00 am, there is a 2 hours sermon with specific theme. And also a class in Quran reciting. I hope you can enjoy my pictures. Peace upon you all.

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So I want to write about this eccentric cafe in Gambir Station. Occupying two levels space, this cafe also gives every customer excitement to take at least selfies. Please forgive me for not reviewing the menus, I can assure you all that is all good and halal (the food is kinda overprice I think). Located in the central Jakarta, this restaurant must caught your eyes while you are here. I personally were curious to visit this place. While in ground floor it occupies smaller space so it seems very crowded with customers. You can take their private lift to upstairs. The lift itself feels off. It lifts you slow, but you can notice how unique this restaurant by noticing the lift is decorated with plants.

Bugis Kopitiam Level 2 @ Gambir

 

A view to Gambir’s main hall, all travelers are roaming

 

One thing beside the glass wall is classical decoration. With chandeliers, antique mugs, vintage souvenirs and framed-pictures I can’t resist to take pictures. The room is full air-conditioned. And also there is outdoor space for smokers. While the uniform for men they us Peci (how to pronounce it is like saying PAY and CHEE (from cheese)). Peci is similar with Fez (cap from Morocco) and Songkok in Malaysia. Songkok is a cap widely worn by Muslims in South East Asia. Peci itself still used by Muslims in Indonesia in prayer and also used for national ceremony by the government even though they are not Muslims.

The waiter with his Peci

Smoking space and a traditional window ornament

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You can tell that the owner is both wanderer, religious and nationalist. As you can see The Quran, first Indonesia’s president photo and souvenirs from traveling abroad.


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With this interior, I can say it is one restaurant that you have to pay a visit in Gambir. While for sure I can’t tell other restaurants to be visited to please the eyes.

 

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Well there you go, may you enjoy my pictures. And I hope I can write consistently and better. So please visit this restaurant

Too bad, I can’t find the official website, but I found the phone number. Reservation is unnecessary I guess.

 

Bugis Kopitiam

Stasiun Gambir, Lobby Selatan (Medan Merdeka Timur Kav. 19-27), Jakarta

+6285885353589, +6287788650801