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So 28th Jan, I arrived at home from Balikpapan from my 14 days work. I decided to go for night drive around Bekasi city, a city inhabited by 2.3 million people, and I tried to drag my sister to join but she refused. It was 8.30 pm. I don’t know whether she has turned into a baby or everyone’s tired but not me.

So initially I want to go to a mall to find a snack but I thought of saving money for other purpose. I headed to Bekasi Station. On my way for no-destination drive I was amazed to see the development of this city with new stadium, parks and many new shopping malls. But I could not resist to comment on the behaviour of the cars drivers, motorcycles riders and pedestrians. Eventhough there was no-stop or no-parking sign along the road, they still stopped their cars or even parked it and also people crossed the street anywhere and anytime they want. Dunno whether they were heedless or just being lazy.

Then as usual the street to Bekasi Station was crowded. Traffic.. Good now I was stuck and left with half empty fuel at the car’s meter. So trying to save fuel, I turned the AC off and opened the window. Shamelessly I increased the music volume to get the approval of the passing through motorcycle riders’ that I had a good taste of music. I played The Generational’s Alix album throughtout my drive.

Thinking of myself after spent 15 minutes stuck in the street that I had to see everything in positive manner that God willing I wiould see something new. Then out of nowhere I saw 2 guys who I taught were the station officers happened to be 2 white Mormon missionaries. I was pretty sure after I googled their typical uniforms and realized that 2 guys I met outside national library in Melbourne were Mormon missionaries. Still a new experience to see this stuff in Bekasi.

After I passed Bekasi station, I learned that Kartini street and Proyek area are the best place to have many culinary options at night. Also the square or Indonesians called as Alun-alun remained full of people, young and adult from different communities. Choices of food sold at Alun Alun was lesser than the one’s at Proyek.

Not yet sleepy and still starving for city strolling I continued heading to an intersection at the map below. There was a seafood stall that was crowded for weekday time I thought. This place will be my next place for culinary trip in the city.

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I figured out that Bekasi was lacking with higher education institution. I found that Cut Mutia street filled with two or three higher education istitutions the only big university was Unisma in other area. I saw many students roamed Cut Mutia area at night but not many food stalls for those students. So I continued driving, soon I had to add Kemang Pratama area and Galaxy area for those who were hungry during night. Galaxy area was more alive than Kemang Pratama at night. Only fewer shops opened at Kemang Pratama during night. I bought porridge from Bubur Ayam Jakarta for 14k rupiah.

So that was my night drive I guess. There are many areas I want to explore at night. See you.

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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 wasΒ designedΒ 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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Khemal A