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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Khemal A

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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

This is actually a very very late post, I categorize it as dibuang sayang (read: wasteful not being posted). Bengkulu, a province in the western side of Sumatra Island is a place where I grew up around 1994. One day, this place had successfully called me to go there again after 9 years. Actually it was my photo album that made me want to go to Bengkulu. At March I visited this place, not much I can remember about the streets but I can relate for sure. Sure it changed a lot.

With Indian Ocean bordering its west side, I can truly feel the beach calls everybody to go there after school or work. It is so much different from Greater Jakarta, where everybody will go to mall or home directly after long day in school or work. Here in Bengkulu, you will find not much traffic and relaxed life. After work, people rushed to the Pantai Pandjang beach. It was for sure the first place I visited.

Trying out bike ;)

My relatives Kak Yuni and Tata (from left)

The trees at Pantai Panjang

The trees at Pantai Panjang are still preserved since I was living here in 1994

My Bike

The bike I chose was pretty descent though the rest of it were in bad conditions

You will find many hotels/motels/bars in the opposite of the beach. i stayed at Horison Hotel, it was quite good. A night cost around 750k rupiah. The main attraction in Bengkulu for sure is Pantai Pandjang. Well I picked the wrong time to bike, it was 2 pm!! The sun was burning at that time. By 10k rupiah you can bike all day, though some vendors rent it for 1 hour only for the the same price.

The bicycle track is long enough, it stretches along the coast

Sea, sand and pines as long you can see

Ant view

Indian Ocean

In the late noon, I saw many people will come to the Beaches and just had sports (football, jog and bike). This is the thing I really want to happen in Jakarta. We want to enjoy our city outdoor, not from inside the malls. Well one big coconut for sure quenched my thirst.

One big green coconut ;D

After the temperature chilled, the people were coming to the beach to enjoy after school/work. Shot in B&W

Same scenery

Right trough Indian Ocean

I myself, enjoyed the beach. behind was Tata

This beach, since located in the west side of the island, has the good view of sunset. Well I must admit that I enjoyed the sunset and the sound of the wave. Well done Bengkulu for providing a stress relief for its people. I will continue for another post also from Bengkulu. Bye all.

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Ma, how are you today? I hope you are alright and healthy. Firstly thanks for welcoming me home when I got back from work in Kalimantan. I know you worried so much when I always think you are so fussy towards everything. So, I am sorry for thinking you are really annoying while you just love me so much.

Then you talked with me after I felt full from the delicious lunch you prepared. One thing that I never thanked. Forgive me for that one again. When you want to talk about what I have been missed during I was far from home at work, I seemed to ignore you and even told some words that I did not mean to hurt you while you felt it. Mom please don’t shed those tears. I was a fool saying those things. I am a idiot.

For every sweat and tear you sacrificed during this 22 years more, I never place you in my top priority. Oh mother can you forgive me for not showing those loves.

When you miss your children and can’t afford to call for just not wanting to disturb our busy time. Then you just text  “Da apa kabar?” which means “Son how are you doing?” . The ignorance of the son is to big, sometimes I reply very late. Mom I am terribly sorry.

Mom I love you for eternity, thank you for everything.

No matter how unimportant things people talk, my mom always teaches me to be a good listener. Be there when people you love need you. Sacrifice your pleasure for someone’s happiness and smile. Mom I am wishing you a high place in this world and for eternity surrounded by people who love and care about you.

With love

Your son,from the room across your’s.

17 August 1945 is Indonesia’s Independence Day, so it has been 68 years since the founding fathers proclaimed our freedom from occupation. My office hold a ceremony of Flag-raising Ceremony in the morning. Yes-yes raise Indonesian Flag and raise our nationalism high.

Indonesia Flag raising in 1945. The flag called “Bendera Pusaka Sang Saka Merah Putih”.

 

Below is the compilation of pictures from my company’s Indonesia’s Independence Day Celebration. Maybe I am the only one shouting to everybody, Happy Independence Day!! Maybe they think that I am kind of holiday freak. But to be true I want everybody feel the spirit of Nationalism. Like everyone says in every Flag-raising ceremony : “Use this moment as the time to increase our nationalism, to remind ourselves of our heroes effort to achieve freedom from Occupation”. I want this country to be seen as a country who apply honesty, peace, tolerance, a-never-ending-creativity in daily life, so Indonesia will be seen as one of the country that WOW others.

Here in VICO we celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day!!

Here in VICO we celebrate Independence Day!!

 

As Roy said (Indonesians need common enemy), he thought probably it could be neighboring country haha. But yes we have common enemy (illiterate people, left behind any technology advancement, government’s commitment to prosper the people and desire to be number one). May good God always be with Indonesia. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY INDONESIA!!

 

 

The sun and the moon are bound by a fixed calculation and the vine and tree both prostrate. Truly, I swear by the moon and by the night when it goes back, and by the morning when it becomes bright. It is one of the greatest things, as a warning to mankind.

So when the eyes will be dazzled, and the moon will lose its light and the sun and the moon will be joined together. On that day man will say “Where to escape?” Never! There will be no refuge at all. That day will be your destination towards Him.

Now I am listening to a song that reminds me of past time.

The song title is Yamaha by Delta Spirit. This first time I heard this song was from Warm Bodies movie. This song is absolutely great. But I don’t want to write about this song thoroughly, I want to write the moment when I heard the song. This song made me feel lonely at the time. I understand my life has been changed quite a bit. Now I work for a company and I work with different working days, so it requires effort to meet up. I know I miss my friends, my old room, coming late to class, stay up late studying for exams. 

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The cards above are our department’s administration access. This card acts as presence signs for final project seminar. We had to have 20 presences in seminars or other people’s final project seminar. 5 of us have been in the same class from 1st year (bridging program) till the next 3 years (in Petroleum Eng. department). Not only five of us, there are around 11-12 people in the gang.  

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There you go, the graduation in July 2012. For me, I always pray all the best for everyone, I’ll be very happy to help my friends whenever they need. Friends are special for me. They have the spot in my deepest memory that won’t fade. We constructed friendship, and the skyscraper stand still till now. You know what everybody need is friendship preservation. Give a random call, or email them. Ask what are they up to. Feel lonely, call them. 

Wish you all be happy and till we meet always!