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Aku adalah binatang jalang yang menghembuskan angin kedinginan. apa pun bisa kita lakukan, biarkan Hayal mu melambung tinggi menikmati sensasi lambda sehingga hayalmu menembus batas, bangun ketika kau mulai lelah akan semua, bakarlah dinding-dinding yang membuatmu tidak mempunyai waktu untuk membuka sensasi Lamda. masih ingatkah kita pernah bercerita tentang puncuk-puncuk lambda di ketinggian 200Hez aku telah menemukan seluk beluk lambda. Mari bersama menembus batas normal, yang akan membuka tabir mimpi menjadi kenyataan. aku lambda yang membagunkan dengan Argumentum ad populum, wujud nyata, ilusi, melayang maya membuka tabir biru menjadi sir Lamda

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Engaging with something green

Our Kid and I set out yesterday to discover a little haven of peace in this “hostile setting” and we found it. However, it wasn’t exactly “living and ever-changing” because it’s a cemetery, the oldest one in Jakarta in fact.
I was alerted to Taman Prasasti Museum by Thomas Belfield on his recent visit to Jakarta from Hawaii where he is doing his masters degree in urban studies (of Jakarta).. Much of what he told he then he has subsequently posted on his blog and we were looking for a “world of big trees, cool shade, singing birds, and the quiet of Batavia’s dead.”
And that was what we found, a little oasis with a fascinating glimpse into what Jakarta, then Batavia, once was.
Mahandi Syonata posted this picture from the 1860′s.
He has a keen interest in Indonesia’s ‘social’ history and on this page he has posted photos of many of the tombs of deceased Dutch dignitaries and their family members and translated many of the epitaphs.
Brits may be interested in the grave stones of two Merchants and a Doctor of Medicine who died nigh on two hundred years ago and whose 
We were brought back to the present by the arrival of a fashion shoot and a model was photographed draping herself over and around a plinth. She was not as poetic as this one.

School Breaks

No, this isn’t yet another polemic about the faults of the Indonesian education – by which I mean schooling – system. Mind you, I do wonder how come not one child in grade six in Jakarta ‘failed’ the recent national exams – a 100% success rate is nigh on impossible in any other sphere of life.
Our Kid is at home as he awaits the jump up into senior high school. Like many teenagers, he is somewhat adrift, so I’m planning a few trip around town to pique his interest. Mind you, they’ve got to be low cost because new schools are bloody expensive!
Tomorrow, for example, we’ll head for the Taman Prasasti Museum (TPM), a cemetery opened in 1797. On his recent visit to Jakarta, Thomas Belfield told us about this quiet sanctuary, and he’s posted his thoughts on his blog here. He also gives a link to a wonderful blog I hadn’t come across before – My Odyssey, by Mahandi Syoanata, who visited TPM six years ago and put together a really fascinating account.
For parents who enjoy varying dining experiences and are stuck in the city, I’ve posted a couple of articles by the late David Jardine on the archive site of his writings we’ve set up here. They’re about Eating Out in Tebet and in Menteng.
For those parents who want to get out of Jakarta, the following is an article I put together for the most recent edition of the newly revived free magazine, Jakarta Expat.

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