Maybe it is a surprise-
to see Erasmus of Rotterdam in Jakarta?
but you can find him-
Erasmus, the good friend with liberal views in Renaissance, a time long time before, but modern as well today
see his picture of Erasmus von Rotterdam in a coloured glass window in the entrance hall of the "Oasis Restaurant" in the Jalan Raden Saleh, See the Photo and see even the internet side of the Oasis Restaurant.
By the way, not far away of this place is the "Erasmus Huis"-
look more at the internetsite
Sri took me on a short tour of the school. We came to the Mosque. (I had never been in one and she, a Muslim, said it would be okay for me to see it.)
Out side of the prayer room there was a walkway and on the left the wash room. (Muslims wash before praying.) So, between the Mosque and wash room there was a covered walkway. We had gone no more than half way when a little old man came rushing out of the wash room yelling at us!! (Of course, I didn’t understand a word, and was shocked at the ranting of the sarong clad Imam.)
Sri, a petite, agile lady slipped the shoes from her feet and told me that the Imam’s outburst was to tell us our shoes must be off while in the Mosque!!!!
Oh! Because of my bulky size and weakened condition from illness, I couldn’t slip the shoes off gracefully, as Sri did. I needed to sit down to take them off. What a dilemma! Standing in the middle of the yellow tiled walkway, what would be the proper thing, return to the starting point and take off my shoes or continue on and exit the Mosque as quickly as possible? I chose the former, hoping it would seem more respectful. I went back, and took off my shoes, then continued on.
Once past the Mosque, Sri relieved the tension I felt, by laughing. She told me that the walkway was not part of the Mosque and she was sure the old man saw me—a westerner—and wanted to impress me. (He did, and I’ll NEVER enter any Mosque area with my shoes on again!)
Pusat Kesenian Jakarta Taman Ismail Marzuki, also known as Taman Ismail Marzuki or T.I.M., is the place for the pursuit of cultural activities in Jakarta.
T.I.M. is the largest art center in Southeast Asia, consisting of exhibition halls, theaters, an academy of arts, an archives building and a planetarium, which happened to be closed the day I visited. Also it hosts the Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Institute for the Arts.)
Sri, suggested that while she went to her art class, I should walk around the campus to see the various activities.
I stopped to watch a class of very young girls learning to move their feet, legs, bodies, arms, heads and most impressively, their eyes, to tell the story through their lovely traditional dance.
Next I came upon a sort of walled in, outdoor arena where musicians practiced for an outdoor concert to be held soon. Near the gate to the arena students were practicing their lines for a play.
Monthly, exhibitions, plays, musical and poetry recitals, dance performances, folk art and drama from the various regions of Indonesia are offered by TIM for the general public and a calendar of these events can be found at most hotels.
Also I saw Artists painting the lush exotic bit of tropical nature just outside the class room.
Jalan Cikini Raya 73
Coffee drinking is big in Indonesia and understandably so. What is more intriguing is the peculiar marketing ploy that has been released into the open to catch gullible people and make them feel good by bestowing them with the title – best coffee connoisseurs in the world! The story goes that in Dutch times the coffee was so precious that all the locals were severely restricted from collecting it for their own consumption. Some smart guy noticed that local cat-like creatures ate the coffee beans but at the end of the digestive process they were pooped out intact and ready to be picked up. For some very strange reason, what was pure misery in dire circumstances for poor Indonesians last century became snobbish appeal to the modern know-it-all...snobs. High end coffee houses offer the STUFF for you to try out and pronounce yourself on the matter!
Evening at Megacity like Jakarta- but it is recommended out side the big malls better with tour guide, or much more better together with friends.
So don´t miss to look the " MONAS" (Monumen Nasional) at central area at early evening with the great Park roundup.
It is surprising how much people walking and talking this park, in special young people, and mostly there are some music performances. or much people like "jalan jalan" (walking) together like here in north Europa. At photo is not so to see but quiet and friendly atmosphere.
But don`t forget: So after 9 usually the smaller side doors of the monas park garden are closed, so exit is able only at the south main gate. The Monas park is quite big!
At day - here a photo seen at high noon from Monas up down:
All is very quiet, the little pond is empty -
nothing remembers at the colourful live at MONAS malam.
If you are up at viewing platform at the Monas look to the west side- you can near see the white RRI-Buildung with the Antenna- since long time is it at this place.
The RRI- "Radio Republik Indonesia" has a lot of stations from west to east all over the indonesian islands. And there is also an external service- via shortwave to different nearby and some far countrys. The editorial offices of "RRI- Voice of Indonesia - Oversees Service" are there.
For an Short Wave Listener (even in this internet time) is of great interest to hear a far station real "on Air" and to get and to collect the "QSL-Card" of the SW-Station. Here as second photo here let me show an very nice QSL-Card I got from RRI external service "Voice of Indonesia" some years before.
Creating an publicity advertisement has always been the fastest, best and upmost effective way for a commercial product to become, also very popular in Indonesia. This is especially true for publicity cosmetics and toiletries I noticed. Posters and billboards do attract passers-by without being perceived ...
I know a wide range of beauty salons are available in Indonesia. I've seen the small one-chair business to accommodate some friends, and the international standard establishment that uses brand name products. Most well-known names are Martha Tilaar, Mustika Ratu and even Nyonya Meneer is doing well.
The Mustika Ratu got my special attention because of the Solo Kraton and the Princess BRA Mooryati Soedibyo, who was born in Surakarta. The considerable talents of BRA Mooryati Soedibyo made the lady well-known (included the Jamu according to traditional recipes and formulating her own Lulur - body scrub). She had mastered the art of herbal making and making up faces. In 1975, the company of Mustika Ratu was launched in earnest with just 10 employees and, got to an outstanding reputation within and outside Indonesia.
If you are at afternoon in center of Jakarta and have a good taxi driver, make a stop at the Independence Monument -
the "Monumen Proklamasi".
Let the driver wait and see the memorial.
Place and monument remembers at the foundation of Indonesia, so to Mr. Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia and Mr. M. Hatta.
Not so much tourist know this place.
In the afternoon like here, children of neigbourship play a little football -
and the greater boys use the place as welcome free space for prove their sideboards - see at photo, so like in every great citys.
The second Photo is seen the table with the text of independence declaraton.
If at holiday in Jakarta usually, it is much time at the day-
but it is recommended to wake up early so to use the fresh wind of the morning,
make some seeings before the sun gives the heat of the day.
Here in photo a view to east, from a hoteltower in central Jakarta (the time at camera is yet not correct WIT -Time).
See at photo the mostly flat traditional buildings of the typical Jakarta neaby the city areas.
A visit to the Istiqlal Mosque is certainly worth time and money.
Being just before the entrance of the Mosque, I was looking around a bit uncertain to see if it was okay to enter the mosque just for having a look inside. One of the guard saw me and approached me asking, whether I would be interested in visiting the mosque. There is no entrance fee, only you are required to register yourself and to to take off your shoes.
The name of the Mosque means independence. It is quite a modern building, very unlike the traditional mosques, I am used to see. It was designed by a non-Muslim. Maybe, that why the mosque is different. I actually cannot directly recommend it because of its beauty.
The reason for recommending a visit to the mosque is, that by showing interest in the religion and culture, the people in the mosque get curious about you. People are happy you are open-minded enough to come in and have a look inside. This of course is probably especially true for people from the western half of the world. But for me, I met some nice people, who normally would not directly approach me to talk to me.
And do not forget to give a small donation at the end of your visit.
In old Batavia are also many modest looking houses, dating from the 18th century, bordering the streets, but, even they keep some charm, they really need some renovation; I am not for systematic renovation, but here, it really would be worth, before the pollution and the humid climate finish their destructive job; a bit renovation, nice colours (as they seem to have had in the past), and these houses (picture 1) could look nice and elegant with their closed wooden balconies. It seems some of the houses are undergoing some renovation (picture 2); let us hope they will soon look neat! This house here (picture 3), at the corner of Jalan Kali Besar and Jalan Bank has been renovated, but is closed. . . Traffic and pollution do not help. . .
There are a few funny buildings from the thirties in tis area, in a bit art deco-art nouveau style, like the Kota Tua hotel or this insurance office building (picture 4) nearby, also on Jalan Kali Besar.
It is a bit a pity to see the old buildings collapsing or just rotting (picture 5) on the streetsides, as they could be beautiful!
Jalan Kali Besar and surroundings
Walking on Jalan Kali Besar (Kali Besar means great channel) from Pasar Ikan towards Taman Fatahillah, you can have a look at old Batavia; there are the big VOC warehouses, some patrician mansions, and streets bordered by more modest houses with typical colonial architecture.
Walking along the Kali, south of the VOC Gulangan (second picture) building you can discover another VOC warehouse, U shaped with a big yard (first picture), with a restaurant on the north side (Raja Kuring restaurant). Very close is this strange staircase (picture 3), a bit like a boat mast; behind you see a typical roof of a Sundanese pavilion, like there are in the yards of the VOC warehouses areas.
Going further North, on Jalan Kali Besar, you also see houses and warehouses which look to be under renovation, but since long time, apparently (picture 4) and as a big contrast, when you arrive at the southern end of Jalan Kali Besar, you arrive at Jalan Bank, and as a contrast the palace of the National bank seems very well maintained! On the fifth picture is a view of the backyard of the bank.
North Jakarta, Jalan Kali Besar area.
Walking in the streets of old Batavia is a very interesting and enjoyable thing to do; the old buildings, the people around, the quiet atmosphere when you just left the heavy traffic in the nearby streets, all is here, to relax a little bit! Many people, professionals and amateurs come in these streets to make photographs and I “stole” a few pics of a model who was posing for three photographers there.
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara has been laid out as a pedestrian area, where it is very nice to stroll, and it is very interesting (in some way) to look how the street has been renovated, but the buildings are still in their initial state, with lots of charm, with their almost ruined walls. . . . just nice to walk!
South and west sides of Batavia old square (Taman Fatahillah); a few small streets.
It is in the historical building hosting the Wayang Museum (first picture) where you can meet the founders of Batavia (the conquerors of Jayakarta, a little village which became Batavia); in north Jakarta are a few buildings remaining from the Dutch colonial time, but there is almost nothing left of the former colonialists (statues, monuments, plaques. . . ) in public areas.
In the lower level of the Wayang museum is a small garden, between high walls and a few plaques, gravestones are kept there. On picture 2 you see a commemorative plaque from the 19th century dedicated to Jan Pieterzoon Coen, general administrator of the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie , United East Indies company), the founder of Batavia, on the ruins of Jayakarta, in 1619.
A few tombstones (picture 3) made of black basalt, of Dutch dignitaries are displayed against a wall in the garden, some nicely decorated with the arms of the Dutch families (picture 4). On the last picture is a plaque displayed in the Fatahillah museum, the former town hall of Batavia, plaque dedicated to two governors of Batavia, who built (one began, the other finished) the town hall. The big buildings of Batavia are in fact what the former rulers of Batavia have left. . . . few Indonesian remember the names of the former rulers. . . . and understandably, colonial times were not nice for everybody. . . . .
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 Jakarta Barat 11110
(021) 6927289, 6929560
09.00 - 15.00 WIB
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Entrance: Rp. 2.000
In Jakarta at good weather you can`t see much of southern stars- the air pollution and light pollution is too strong. Everytime new seems discussions (see TheJakartaPost) what should to do, but it seems no solution yet- to much cars and so on....
So If you interest in Astronomy like me, you must go outside for to see the bright southern sky with the southern cross ....
But there is one place in Jakarta, where you can see clear skys every evening: Inside the planetarium.
Inside is since 1998 installed a modern "Carl Zeiss Universarium MVIII" -.
For the moon and the bright stars one can of course use a telecope- see the Photos.