Category Archives: Indonesia

If Mars has Water

I was strolling in the evening along the coast of Gianyar, Bali. It was low tide, and the coast was quite different compared to high tide time. During low tide, the rocks protrude from the surface of the water. To add to the surreal view near sunset, the rocks was topped by green algae.

Water on Mars

I played around with the tone of the photo at home, which results in the photo above. If Planet Mars has water, I think the photo on the Mars’ surface will be similar like the photo above.

This photo is made in response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Out of This World

Nian Gao

In Indonesia, it is known as kue keranjang, as in the old days, it was sold in a basket. The real Chinese Name is Nian Gao. And as with other Chinese name, there are a lot of meaning behind the name of this delicacies.

Nian Gao

The pronunciation of the word “Nian” is very close with the word “Nien”, which means Year. And the word “Gao”, depends on how it is said, can mean cake or high. “Nian Gao” therefore can be correlated with the meaning Year High, to wish someone to reach higher in the coming year.

The packaging of the cake itself is often decorated with good words, such as in the picture above. The common words used to decorate the cake is longevity, luck, prosperity, and many more.

During my childhood, my mom used to steam Nian Gao until it is soft, and then we will eat with shredded coconut. Another popular way to eat it is to deep fried Nian Gao with flour. Nian Gao taste quite sweet, and can be preserved for months by keeping it in refrigerator.

This post is made in response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Sweet

Street Collage

It seems that business owner in Jakarta just can’t leave a pole clean. They will stick ads for their business on the pole. Most that I can find in today’s morning run is toilet cleaning and house for sale.

Pole Ads

There are also ads for English language, with a mention that it will be taught by a Bule (local term for foreigner from the west with white skin and golden hair). And if you need to run a child’s birthday party, you can also get a Badut (Clown).

This post is made in response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Collage