Crocodile Pit

These are some photos taken at the “Lubang Buaya” complex in Jakarta, near the Halim Airport. An old military facility, this is said to be the site where seven high ranking Indonesian Army officials where tortured and murdered by “communist traitors” in an attempt to overthrow the government in 1965.

The memorial site consists of huts containing “relics” and life-size figures, depicting scenes of the capture and intimidation of the generals, the well into which the bodies of the generals were disposed of, the Pancasila Monument with a bas relief showing a sequence of events starting from Sukarnos presidency under the NASAKOM priciples until the handover of power to General Suharto, who later became president.

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Pretty impressive and haunting piece of state propaganda. The whole place is designed to give you the chills and conjure a sense of indisputable “truth”. Nearby is the “Museum of Communist Treachery”. I can imagine visiting this place as a child can have a long lasting traumatizing effect.

 

Harlem Cake

Last night I took my new camera out for the first time.  Of course I hadn’t familiarized myself with anything, so I just put it to automatic mode and snapped away (= mostly blurry photos, must do better next time)

This is what happened at Paola’s birthday party in Jakarta, Febuary 22, 2013.

Some of it.

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Needless to say, I wasn’t the most popular party guest. I was the creepy person taking candid shots. Thanks everyone, what a crowd!

Oh, this also happend:

I stole the title “Harlem Cake” from him.

All photos by @texastee

 

 

V-Day #1billionrising in Jakarta

 

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We danced. For women, against violence, for equality, against discrimination, or something.

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Strike, dance, rise.

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Dinda.

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Jump!

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She was the best dancer.

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The organizer took a minute to smile at me before an interview.

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Ibu Mardiyah Chamim.

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Metro TV crew.

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Friends.

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She did not want to be photographed.

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These guys rolled up.

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He was sketching.

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Rainbow dancers.

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We met in the crowd, smiled at each other, took this photo and each went our way.

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Pose!

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Strike, dance and rise.

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All photos by @texastee at V-Day Jakarta

 

Some nights and days of rain

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Took these on my way to work today, ca. 9am. Bunderan HI and Menteng area.

<Edit: this is just in my area, which can be considered the central business hub of Jakarta with the main roads and office towers. Now wading knee deep in water and watching traffic chaos unfold may make it sound like fun rather than a real disaster, but other areas were far worse hit, with entire streets drowned, houses flooded and electricity shut off.>