Serengan Quarter located on south side of city of Solo, Central Java, might not as popular as other urban settlement such as Kauman or Laweyan. However, the narrow alleys and crowded houses presents an interesting story. The dense region is known as Kampong Blangkon, a nickname for place-based community which many of the resident make a living as blangkon artisan. Blangkon is traditional javanese headdress worn by men and made of batik fabric.
It’s a common sight to find drums and firewood pile in front of a house. Those are mark of home industries of alcohol ran by the house owner. Bekonang, a small village in Mojolaban district, Sukoharjo regency, Central Java, Indonesia, is an old legend for generations to liquor lovers especially in Central Java and beyond thanks to its ciu (local liquor). It is a bold statement from the residents of Bekonang, one of them is Mujiman, 68, an alcohol producer titled Ngudi Rejeki.
Bandung, the West Java capital is a communal area and popular destination at a time. It has hectic street just like other big cities. Almost no time for calmness. Hard, dusty and noisy. It is a melting pot which leads to high risk of conflict. Yet it offers living for those who made a try, the strong who dear to face the risk of working on the street. Messy weather and the ruthlessness of street are classic problem that always set to say hello at the most unexpected times. Street is no place for the faint-hearted. Here are some of the Bandung street fighters
Many events took place in 2015. The most memorable was the born of the new center of universe, my baby. As his presence, a new challenge yet spirit has emerged. In other side, my understanding of photography become deeper than before. Instead about the camera and other technical terms, it’s actually about how to master the patience, aware to detail and moment, endure the persistence, find different perspective, communicate with people, respect the nature and many more. For those who have a passion about life, photography provide almost everything beyond our imagination.
The joglo (javanese traditional house) seems to be nothing special at glance, just an ordinary house. Yet there’s something inside. Looks messy but sightly thanks for an artistic touch. The most interesting is the activity takes place. The house which located on the outskirt of Salatiga City is a workshop place for upcycling waste into products with a environmental, functional and aesthetical value. And above all, economical. Not plastic, bottle, glasses, paper nor some other material which commonly used for recycling, it’s inner tube waste.
Some say, it will transformed into a modern superblock. Colomadu already found its first doom almost two decades ago. Now the ex-sugar mill which is located at Karanganyar regency, Central Java is waiting for the second one.
Boring. That’s most likely firts look of Indonesian schoolbook. Almost no significant improvement even compared to a few decades ago. Now let’s take a look at the imported one. It may has the same content but definetely also has a profound difference, colorful and full of pictures. This visual graphics is a very important feature to help kids easily understand the subject matter. So fun yet feast the mind. Even it’s still interesting for the adult. This could be one of the causes of lack quality of education in Indonesia.
It’s early in the morning when Nurhuda and I ride our motorbike from Bandung to avoid the morning commute. Thank God the lucky is on us. An hour later we reached our destination in Gunung Puyuh region, Southern Sumedang. It’s a unique house. Instead of a flat land, the wooden house actually built on the slope of a hill. Our host also a friend, Ismi Rinjani Adriani greeted us with hot tea, tahu Sumedang and lontong. The owner of Rumah Baca Imajinasi library gave us some spot options to explored. Huda and I agreed two of them and soon our bag are on our back.