WPC: Kite Season

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

When the sunny sky embraced Bandung for last few days, the people know it’s time to do something fun outside. Playing kite was one good choice. Then, the game begins. In afternoon, kids and adults play on the street. When it’s too crowded, there’s still other place: their roof.

I used to play kite when I was 8 or 9. The playground was wide field, higher degree of freedom. It’s hard to imagine people here can do something like playing kite within narrow spaces. Of course it has some consequences. They have to accept undesirable fact that their kite will always stuck somewhere. From my house alone, my friends and I have collected 4 fine kites. However, it didn’t stop them. So, I’ll see some more kites among cables, tangling strings, and battle of kites.

This kite season it’s a bit weird. I can say that this is a season outside its usual season (can we define it as off-season???).

Anomali cuaca Bandung dalam satu tahun terakhir

Daily mean temperature of Bandung since last year.

One week ago, we still have rain in Bandung. Now the sun shines like it’s directly above our head (in fact, it is). It can bee seen from graph above that significant temperature deviation happened since earl 2015. That’s why no one can conclude what season it is right now. The real kite season should have begun in April. But in Bandung we had constant rain in April. It caused shifting in many minor seasons, especially in agriculture. So, many things are off-season here.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid Skies

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

‘Cause you’re a sky, you’re a sky full of stars
Such a heavenly view
You’re such a heavenly view
(Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars)

When I look up, all I see is lovely, sunny, tropical sky. Vivid at all day. Always like that, especially in these times. Hot days. Wish you all safe summer.

Langit Pantai Depok Yogyakarta

Clear sky in Yogyakarta beach

Langit di atas taman Bandung

Clear sky above Bandung park. Not much different, right?

Foto taman bandung sore hari

Same park, in the evening

Pemandangan sunset di ITB

Taken at my campus. Sunset light between trees and buildings.

Foto apartemen Cihampelas Bandung

Sky and brand new skyscraper apartment in Bandung


Broken Sugar Cane Lorries

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

More about my WPC submission here

Kereta lori pabrik gula pagotan madiun

Home of sugar cane lorry

Behind broken fences
of Sugar Factory of Pagotan, East Java
lies a century old lorries
stand still, collecting rust
waiting for special moment
carrying sugar cane during harvest
throughout the rail track
on hectares of sugar field
some lorries aren’t lucky enough
got broken with age
maybe they will be missed

or maybe not

Lori pabrik gula pagotan

Broken lorries


Enveloped By Cloud

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Enveloped.”. Check more of my WPC submissions here.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

I don’t know what that means. But I know that cloud may create interesting effect.

Here I have two images.

Bulan purnama Bandung saat subuh

1. Full moon at dawn

The first picture is obvious. It is photo of full moon, just before it sets. I took it at 5 a.m from my house in Bandung.

Matahari tertutup awan

2. Afternoon sky with sun

The second picture looks similar to first one. However, it was taken at afternoon. So that is picture of sun, enveloped by thick cloud so the light intensity was significantly reduced.

Interesting effect. At least for me.


Geometric Intricacy

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Intricate.

When I first read the “intricate” term, I imagine the beauty of complexity around us. Both natural and artificial. In this post, my choice went for intricate works in geometry.

First one, wooden puzzles. They are precise, beautiful, yet frustrating.

puzzle kayu

Fine craftsmanship, delicate intricacy, fun challenge

tetris puzzleThen, architecture. You can some exquisite ornaments of Turen Mosque in Malang, East Java. (Read my old post about Turen Mosque for more pictures)

Islamic architecture

Indoor ornaments of Turen Mosque.

Seni dan arsitektur Islam

Outdoor ornaments of Turen Mosque

Finally, special geometric display. Both pictures were taken on my campus, Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Karya mahasiswa ITB

This one is huge

sains teknologi seni ITB

Geometric installation on campus


Little Floating Creatures

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Afloat.”

Barely visible to naked eyes, there are floating creatures roaming around. Either looking for dinner or just enjoying life.

macro image of butterfly

Weightless butterfly is having some rest on tall grass.


Little spider walks on single thread

Look for more submission here. For my other photo collections, click here.

EF#14 Weekly Challenge: Wargreymon

I hear your call, and this is my submission for EF#14 Weekly Challenge: Favorite Cartoon Character

Digimon generations

Digimon generations, by KoujiGirl

It’s really exciting to talk about childhood memories of course. When the phrase “favorite cartoon character” came up, I immediately remembered some cool cartoons to watch on Sunday morning. I and my brother used to watch TV together. We were amazed by vibrant storyline, fresh humor, little weird voice acting (as if some characters were played by one voice actor), and most importantly bad-ass characters.

The TV shows in 90s didn’t involve crappy love story, swaggin’, and some other nonsense stuff like these days. Even though most cartoons are nonsense, 90s cartoons had important values to learn. Dominantly about friendship and determination. So at least I was taught something useful.

When I was trying to decide featured character, I had a bit of dilemma Baca lebih lanjut


Life is Ephemeral

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ephemeral.” Click here to look for more.

Nothing lives forever. We have several decades of lifetime in average. More creatures live even much shorter. In my opinion, one must always realize that he/she is ephemeral relative to vast universe.

I am weak, ephemeral creature made of mud and dream. But I feel all the powers of the universe whirling within me. (Nikos Kazantzakis)

By watching ephemeral existence, we learn how to apreciate life.

Jamur mulai muncul saat musim hujan

Early stage of mushroom life on a tree. It’s so small that I couldn’t get good focus.

Jamur tumbuh di pohon saat musim hujan

Mature stage of mushroom life on the same tree.

See more of my WPC submissions at Weekly Photo Challenge menu or click here.


Wall of Old Batavian Bar

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Wall.”

Foto Kota Tua Jakarta Batavia

Old bar in Old Batavia. The old signs on the wall are classic. The bar is not operating anymore, though.

This is a wall of building in Old Batavia or Kota Tua Jakarta. The place used to be capital of Dutch Colonial Government. Old Batavia was busy with port activities. Life was hard. Fortunately, bar always brought cheers to people. Time had flown away. Now only the building and signs (at least most of them) remained. Indonesian flags are waving.

Other submissions for Weekly Photo Challenges: Wall are here.

NB: I tried to edit my old submission, but the connection was unstable. Then my earlier post went wrong and I can’t fix it. Sorry.

[EF#7 – Weekly Challenge] Snap and Tell a Story – When It Rains

This post is a response for Blog English Club EF#7 Challenge. The community here is great and I want to join it. Writing together is always better.

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

Langston Hughes

Foto pemandangan perkebunan Jawa Barat Bandung Subang

When it’s raining hard when you are on the road, find yourself a shelter and enjoy it

It was about a year ago, in rainy season like these days. My friend and I went to tea plantation in borders of Subang and Bandung. We were preparing for initiation of Student Activity Unit newbies. The unit’s name isn’t shown here to make sure future generations will not find it :P. You know, college students have such tradition. Some would say that college initiation is inhuman and useless. I’ll tell you, the days where oppressing seniors rule the college were long gone. Our target was to pass down all cultural and organizational value in difficult situation. We understood our duty and responsibility. We made sure everything run safely and smoothly. That’s why we were willing to ride motorcycle 40 km away.

Back to the main story, one day we were on the road while raindrops are starting to fall. Gentle at first, then it turned out furiously dangerous. Strong winds and intense rain were too much. Raincoats were useless. Unfortunately, we were in tea plantation area. No shelter around. My friend pulled the motorcycle faster. Thank God, we could find traditional coffee shops and rest area after few hundred meters.

We ordered some coffee, then having conversation. Feeling bored after waiting for almost an hour, I took a picture of tea plantation around. One picture above is my favorite.

So that’s my story. Just remember to bring good raincoat, or suffer in this rainy season.