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Batik Renaissance

The 2nd of October is The National Batik Day in Indonesia. Batik is a heritage acknowledged by UNESCO. It is one of many ways to educate and to internalize Batik to whoever wears it.

This year my office celebrate the Batik day by organizing a photo contest. The participants are divided by department. I represent the Learning and Organization Development.

Further, I am so fortunate to get the trust by several other departments to take their pictures. I read the rules, it says it is allowed to facilitate other departments as a photographer as long as I do not share their concept to other participants.

I assume most of the pictures will be about formation and uniformity. I need something different to take photos for my own department. Recently I read about a team of mechanics who reenact the Renaissance theme for their pictures. Name it “The Last Supper”, “The creation of Eve”, and so on. They went 100 percent to capture each team member with those themes. I’m inspired to do the same. So, though it still needs improvement here and there, I’m convinced to take Renaissance influence for Batik. Here are some pictures I took and later edited by Ditya Chandra over a brief discussion.

Caption 1: The Creation of PBC Book (Principles Business Conduct)

Caption 2: Renaissance in Batik

Thank you. Happy Batik Day!


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Tauge Goreng Pak Raisan

Fried Bean Sprouts. First of all, it’s not fried in vegetable oil, rather it’s cooked in boiling water. This mixed of bean sprouts, slices of rice cake, noodle, with fermented soy bean sauce on top of it is one of many Indonesian vegetarian dish. 

This time I’m lucky enough to meet Pak Raisan, a Tauge Goreng street vendor on Suryakancana street, Bogor. He’s been selling this Sundanese traditional dish since 70’s. Even, another fact I got from him, he is one of the street food vendors who had begun this business in this particular street. 

The savoury and spicy sauce based with fermented soy bean is just perfect. It’s a home made stir fried “oncom”, fermented soy bean or we call it Tauco, sweet soy sauce, key lime juice, and other ingredients. This Tauco itself is commonly found in various kinds of Asian foods. Miso, Soybean Jiang, and Jang are known with the fermentation of soy. 

Pak Raisan then told me about the copper pan he uses and the Lipung leaf for wrapping the dish. I know where this unique aroma comes from.

He mentions that the Lipung leaf is a rare item nowadays. He’s so fortunate to have a regular supply from his friend. He says that it his mission to preserve the authenticity and the original recipe of Tauge Goreng. With styrofoam and paper based food wrap in thousands of food chains, his leaf-based wrap is an environmental friendly, also a historical value.

The copper pan, the Akik rings, and the Tauge Goreng in the making.
All photos taken with Sony A7II + Sony Zeiss FE 24-70 F/4

Kei and Coach Khim

Kei is my friend’s daughter. She is a regular student, only her extra curricular activities are beyond that I could handle. She shows determination not only for art, but also physical activities. She chooses gymnastics for weekends. 

Sometimes I feel jealous to kids nowadays for having plenty of choices after school activities. Not only something related to gadgets, robotics toys, but also physical activities.

Kei’s weekend gymnastics includes two classes at separated sports clubs. On of her favorite is at Ragunan Sports complex. Her trainer is Sekhim Hadisuyanto, a former national gymnast.

Gymnastics is a sport that requires balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, endurance, and control. What a sport! Based on my initial research, most of gymnasts start at early ages, like toddler for the youngest. Coach’s role is crucial since this sport requires things I’ve mentioned before. One single move could be rehearsed hundreds of times during exercise. Warming up and stretching is thoroughly supervised to avoid injury.

As a coach, Sekhim Hadisuyanto applies one of many fundamental principles for sports, “show them”. Slide to see how he shows front flip to Kei.

Afterwards, Kei would make several attempts to do the same move. At the end, she will get feedback by her coach.

Endurance training is also included in her menu. She climbs the vertical rope, lifting her body on a beam, also getting used to with parallel bars.

Good luck Kei!

City lights at London Bridge

It’s almost midnight when I took a stroll along the river Thames. I was intend to walk towards the Big Ben. However, I mistakenly read the map and headed the opposite.

The quiet night with only lights that illuminated the city brought a colorful welcoming for me as a first timer in London.

The steel pattern of London Bridge:

A picture of The Shard framed by London Bridge:

Metatah (Teeth Filing Ritual)

Last year I was invited to document a traditional Balinese wedding. Okay, to be honest I was more thrilled to see the Metatah, teeth filing ritual. It’s one of the religious ceremony that must be done by the Balinese Hindu adherent. Metatah is a ceremony to smooth six upper teeth of teenager by using the tight fisted.

The filing ceremony of the six teeth is a symbol of filing six human natures which are considered as enemy of human being. Those six are: Kama (uncontrollable desire), loba (greed), krodha (unmanageable anger), mada (intoxication that brings dark thoughts), Moha (confusion that lead to someone unable to finish tasks perfectly), matsarya (jealousy that cause hostility)

The dental specialist who performs this ceremony called as Sangging. There are tight-fisted, betel leaves, yellow sticky rice, turmeric, and other herbs used.

Metatah ceremony is very expensive. Therefore, the ceremony is usually done in mass.

When the ceremony has ended then teenagers whose teeth are filed will bite betel leaf. The saliva will collected in a coconut.

Below is a picture of Padanda, a Balinese Hindu priest. On an uplifted stage surrounded with offerings, a priest is guarding the whole ceremony.