Despite its modern facade, Solo is still a quaint little place by heart. Just opposite of the Novotel Hotel, lies a little village with quaint alarm. The system is erm, quaint to say the least. It's a wooden trunk with a clapper. Hit it twice for a robbery, thrice for floods, four times for a fire.
Where: Solo, Indonesia, in a street opposite Novotel Solo
Everywhere in the streets of Solo, you'll see ladies peddling Jamu, traditional herbal drinks that practically cures everything. She's recognised by her bottles of brightly colored liquids in a a huge basket. Normally the medicinal drinks are prepared at the sellers home, and are sold house to house, so this means that her customers don't know the composition of the drinks!
Where: On the streets of Solo, near Pasar Gede
Traditional herbal medicine known as Jamu spills out a shop in Kota Gede. You'll find a cure for everything and anything over here that is made from leaves, fruits, roots, flowers and bark, etc. The yellow packet that you see below contains sulphur that is mined from volcanic mountains nearby. It's rumoured to cure acne!
Where: Pasar Gede
What: Run out of Viagra? Ask for Sari Rapet if you're a lady or Kuat Lekaki (strong man) if you're a man. It's rumoured to increase your libido;p .
The Javanese are the most creative and environmentally friendly when it comes to food on the go. You'll find cute packages of food wrapped in all natural banana leaves everywhere. . Yum yes, all wrapped and ready to go, even though the vendor seems to have taken 40 winks..
Where: Pasar Gede
What: 'Bathok' is actually steamed fish/tempe/prawn/tofu seasoned with grated coconut , chopped chili, salt, garlic, red garlic and lemongrass
Not everything found in a flea market is crap. If you're patient enough to sort through the junk in Pasar Triwindu, Solo ( Central Java), you'll find a couple of gems. This piggy-shaped silver incense holder is a case in point. I found it amusing since the incense smoke will emerge from its mouth and it can be hung from its tail.
Where:Pasar Triwindu, opp of the Kraton