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Kue Gemblong and Kue Ketan

Delicious caramel and black sticky rice cakes

Citrus Breeze

Refreshing orange juice with cold sensation.... Bbrrrr

Ketupat [Indonesian rice dumpling]

A packed rice, wrapped in a woven palm

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Batik

Indonesian high quality fabric with beautiful traditional patterns

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kota Tua [Old Town]

Yesterday I went to Mangga Dua Mall to buy a len's filter. That mall is well known of its cheap prices for electronics and cameras. I went there with my mom and my lil nephew, and we had planned to visit a historical place of Kota Tua after I got what I searched in the mall.
Kota Tua or also known as Old Town, is a small area of the Dutch colonial era's legacy. It is located in North Jakarta. The buildings there look so old, as well as unique! That make the place as a target for the photographers for having pre-wedding or portrait photo shoot.


Kota Tua is close by the train station Jakarta-Kota. This is the last stop of station in Jakarta. I went here by train, and it took an hour from Depok [the city where I live] to arrive here.


When you come out the station, you'll see a big bank of BNI

Walk forward the street and you'll find the area of Kota Tua


So here we are in Kota Tua! This building used to be a government's office.

It's actually a big and high building, but my camera couldn't capture the whole as it is, due to distance problem. My lens is a fix lens and there was a bazaar where many stands built everywhere in the area, so I couldn't take enough space to take a photo.. sigh :(


 Even when there's no bazaar, you'll still find so many stands selling various food and souvenirs. Tourists and even locals love to shop here because the prices are quiet cheap.


 If you see those round stones, you'll see more when you walk through the whole area.

 Beautiful bags.... simple, yet look attractive


 Feeling thirsty? No worries! you can refresh your throat by drinking this pure iced coconut!


 If you're interested with body art.. there's a stand offering for body painting.. 
No, no i didnt try it, i'm not into that stuff.
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 Here's another art.. drawing, by the talented unpublished street artist. 

 Traditional simple souvenirs that you can take home with good price.

There's an outdoor photo studio where you can take photos with an old bike or antique car which provided by the studio's owner. I tried this once with my friends, longtime back.


Here's the photo of me and my friends that was taken last year on 2011


Traditional Indonesian food 'Gado-gado'... made of mixed vegetables with rice dumpling and peanut sauce. I saw a couple of tourist eating this... maybe you should try it too if you visit my country :)



Now you can see my nephew whining to get that shawn the sheep rubber toy... lol


Bicycles! Now this is the fun part of Kota Tua! There are old antique bicycles that you can rent to explore the area. We call these bikes as 'sepeda onthel'. 

You'll also get a hat when you rent the bike. 

He's ready to go with the bike!

I didn't ride a bike for years, all I remember, I was still in senior high school when I rode for the last time, yikes! I almost lost the balance when I tried to ride a bike again. See how nervous I was in this pic? and Oh poor baby, my nephew held my waist so tight, guess he knew that his aunty might bring an accident, lol...


Okay fellas, I need more practice and enjoying myself exploring the area... so see ya! 
luv

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Otak-Otak

My favorite snacks! Made of fish with spices like garlic,shallots and coconut milk, and wrapped with banana leaf. These is cheap snacks, yet they taste really delicious. The vendor usually grills these over the charcoal fire. Well... you can't resist the smoky fish aroma,can you?

Hot, dry, tasty, dipped in spicy peanut sauce.....
luv

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