Yes, if you on a becak behind a car, you can smell the fumes.
But what a wonderful surprise when I was walking opposite the Post Office at Merdeka Square and looked into the drain surrounding the square right in downtown heart of Merdeka.
There were the usual clot of urban rubbish but the water in the drain was clear with green growth and teeming with fish - the ferral guppies. Reminded me of Penang many years ago.
This was an indication that pollution level in Medan is still low compared with many fast growing Asian cities. Hopefully, a healthy balance will be maintained as Medan inevitably will developed from a quiet laybaid city to a thriving metropolis in the future.
SAMOSIR: SIGALE GALE DANCE
Sigale Gale are Batak Puppet Boy make from wooden and to make it move like dancing Tor Tor follow the music Gondang using string and move depend to puppeter. Tortor Sigale Gale do in Batak ceremony when parent or somebody was dead and not have child (generation).
Old time ago the ceremony called as Papurpur Sapata. And now Tor Tor Sigale Gale are dance and music ceremony for say welcome to tourist
Sign Boards Advertising
This is a very colourful way how they adverstise the going -on at the hotels, etc.
like food fair, food festivals, some performances etc
In Malaysia they have it in a fabric banner, or a solid large board with neon lights. Here it is really long and huge, and ultra colourful!!!
Use simple English
If you have to use English, speak slowly and use textbook English phrases like...
"I want to go to Lake Toba for 2 nights" and not
"We are hoping to get out of town for a few nights, perhaps you can recommend us an itinerary which includes Lake Toba"
The name of this shop caught my attention. I have heard of bakery and eatery but "cakery" for the first time in Medan.
The Cool "Marquisa" TOwn
a lovely tourist town located in the Karo highlands. The town is known fomts plantations and various kinds of flowers vegetables and fruit most famous of which is the "Marquisa" passion frult.
Its 66 km southwest of Medan and is 4.594 feet above sea level. There is a pleasant colonial-style hote with a golf course. Other new hotels can also be found. From Gundaling Hill a clear view of Mt. Sibayak and Mt. Sinabung volcanoes can be seen.