Three dimensional carved wooden puppets.
The Sundanese puppet character, Cepot (pronounced “Chay-pot”), although the real star of the show is the puppet manipulator, or dalang, Asep Sunandar Sunarya. In the all- night puppet theater performances of wayang golek, Cepot embodies a boisterous and outspoken country bumpkin whose obscene language and carnivalesque humor challenge elitist social conventions and class hierarchies. Through his style of speaking Sundanese, dancing regional dances, village appearance and demeanor, and direct form of expression, Cepot has long been a site for defining the jago (macho) attitude of Sundanese males. In one modern version, Cepot can move his head up and down (as well as from side to side) and often has articulated hands. In another manifestation, he has a leg which is used in comedic dance scenes. In addition, dalang often place a lit cigarette in his mouth, which seems to indicate his almost human quality.
Cepot and Sundanese Identity
Who is Cepot? A family of clown servants, or panakawan, traditionally appear in performances of Sundanese wayang golek:
They include Semar and his sons Cepot, Dawala, and Gareng. Semar is an advisor to the Pandawa, the five heroic brothers of the
Mahabharata, and his sons assist in battle against the 99 Kurawa, the antagonistic cousins of the Pandawa. Cepot contrasts sharply with the refined classes of heroes, royalty and gods. Cepot’s style of speaking Sundanese is rough, direct, and to-the-point. In wayang golek puppet theater, Cepot appears in the middle of the night to dance, tell jokes, and deliver long monologues that critique existing social and political issues in the Sundanese language.
On the way to Tangkuban Perahu, feast your eyes on the beautiful sceneries along the routes.
Since we was travelling with our own private driver, I managed to capture a few shots of the vegetable farms. The weather & the good soil permits the activities. Some are small scale and a few on big scale. There's also a school...errr...maybe college that teach the locals about farming!
Ever a gracious driver, he stopped at the vegetables stalls and SNAP! SNAP! a few more close up shots of the fresh vegie.
Their Hollandese snacks are yummy ....
Nyonya Rumah is Indonesian lingo for addressing "a house wife" or "hostess". So being here kinda like we're going to a friend's home and get kindly welcome :) I do like their strawberry juice, apfel strudel and croissant. Plus open air lounge in the rainy days. Romantic indeed!
SAVOY HOMAN HOTEL, an ancient Building
Savoy Homan Hotel was the Hotel which established since the era of Dutch colonize Indonesia, The unique architecture was stand elegantly in Bandung's Asia Africa street and founded in around 1880 by German immigrant named Homann just before the railway train from Batayia (Jakarta) link Parahyangan
The city is congested. You must use a taxi to travel. Beggars running after you. My bad experience was my friends and I was at Hot Springs. 2 young fella selling ice cream were so friendly and offer us foot massage, we asked them how much, they said its free, but we can give how much we like.
Once we said its enough, then they start to demand so much rupiah that we thought it was more than we had paid in a massage parlour.
I stayed at Sukajadi Hotel. The menu is the same everyday. I was 3 days there. I brought the kettle from my room and use my own lipton tea sachet. I cant drink the tea in the hotel.
We were brought by our taxi driver to a restaurant. The next day he borught us to a better one. But we realised the menu is the same.
So much about Bandung. I will never go there again.