I’m loving the motorcycle. It gets me to roads and places I’ve not been to before. This is an alley I have been down, but I’ve never come down it from this direction. Good times.
I’ve found some new-found freedom here in the Big Jak. I’ve been driving my motorcycle a lot this week, now that I finally have licence plates for it, and it’s given me some ability to get around and snap photos that I’ve not had the opportunity to take.
This girl, painted on a wall at a corner on a one-way section of Jalan Kemang Raya, watches me every time I go by her. Today, I got out and took her picture. I like her headband-ears.
Now that I’ve got mobility, I think it’s time to find some more street art.
I don’t know what to say about this. How about, “Take that, Gangnam Style!” No?
He works on the corner of Kemang Selatan V. It’s a lovely little street, with little traffic. He has few teeth, but an incredible smile. I see him on my way home in the afternoon. I call out, “Selamat sore,” and he smiles this grin that makes his eyes all squinty and returns the greeting with one a little louder and more excited than mine.
We barely know each other, but I feel like we’re friends.
Alright. After today’s post, I’ve got to start shooting, and posting, some new stuff. Here’s the end of my walk to school:
One quick note here. I love these guys. Our school has a security guard on practically every floor, and they greet me as I enter the building. I’ve struck up a bit of a rapport with a few of them, Pak Setyo especially. He and I have agreed to trade language lessons. He learns English from me, I learn Bahasa from him. It’s a nice trade-off, but I like the relationship more than the lessons. The security guards are one of the many joys of working at SPH International.
I can see my school from here. I walk to work each morning, and lately I’ve been taking this new route. It gets me off of Kemang Raya, a major road, and onto some back alleys that zig-zag me through the neighborhood. It’s quiet and calm and I’m meeting some new local people. When I get near the end of my walk, I can see my school building looming over the neighborhood.
“Looming” makes it sound ominous, which it’s not, but it certainly is a major contrast to the surrounding areas.
I took photos on my entire walking commute today, to show you what life looks like from home to work in the morning, but I’ve not finished processing them yet, so you’ll have to wait. But soon…