Bekakak, A (More Than) Tradition Far Beyond The Time. (Terus Lestari Tak Sekedar Tradisi)

Once upon a time in Ambarketawang, Gamping, Sleman around 1755 Ki Wirosuto and his wife which were a royal servant at Yogyakarta Palace and also limestone miner died in an accident while working in the mine. The tragedy sadly took place for several times further. In the past many locals took a living as miners since the area was a landscape of limestone (gamping). The king Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, who resided in Ambarketawang while waiting the completion of his palace, soon ordered to peform a ritual to avoid the grief continues.  A procession called Saparan Bekakak held annually every Sapar month in javanese calendar or also called Safar in islamic calendar.

The Grand Mosque Kauman. Between art, culture & spiritual (Antara Seni, Budaya & Agama)

Originally named Mosque of Kagungan Dalem Kraton Ngayogyakarto Hadiningrat, the worship place was built in 1773 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as the first sultan (king) of the Sultanate of Mataram Yogyakarta with Kyai Faqih Ibrahim as the first headman of the palace and with the help of Kyai Wiryokusumo as the architect.

Nyekar (Visiting The Ancestor)

It’s a customary for Muslims in Java to visit graveyard of the ancestors in the month of Sya’ban, the month before Ramadhan, the fasting month. They believe that in the Sya’ban, or so-called Ruwah in Javanese calendar, is a time when Allah opens the door of pray so wide for the people who have died. That’s why it is called Ruwah, which comes from word “roh” (the spirit). Various activities carried out, mostly such as cleaning the grave, sowing flowers and praying for the deceased.

A Cup of Warmth in Tak Kie (Secangkir Keakraban di Tak Kie)

I’m not a coffee lovers. But immediately I felt in love with this coffee shop. A few months ago I came to this place for the first time just to hang out with my friends. Many believe the coffee shop is the oldest in Jakarta, Tak Kie, located on Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan, behind the Gloria shopping area, West Jakarta. For me, Tak Kie is part of the Jakarta’s past glory that still remains.

Mini Adventure in Mataram Canal (Petualangan Kecil di Selokan Mataram)

In 1942, Japan armed force pushed into Indonesia and began to build strength through the forced labor known as romusha to the Indonesian people. To prevent this miserable work,the king of Mataram Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX argued to Japan that the land was dry and needs watering. Japan agrees and Sultan immediately ordered to build a long water channel well known as Selokan Mataram (Mataram Canal).

The Forgotten Bumi Geulis (Bumi Geulis yang Terlupakan)

10 pass 5 minutes, the snakey iron started to leaving Bogor station. Bumi geulis ,that it was given a name. Not as popular as other trains such as Argo or even with it’s brother, Jakarta-Bogor commuter trains. Understandably, it’s operation area are not so kind of busy. The train was first inagurated in December 2008 by the Minister of Transportation at that time, Jusman Syafii Djamal, serving Sukabumi-Bogor route in return, which is taken within 2 hours.