I feel like every time I post a photo these days the word “juxtaposition” jumps to mind. It’s become the running theme of my experiences here in Indonesia. The modern steel and glass architecture exists right next to the brick and mortar architecture of previous decades. Brand new vehicles drive past people pulling makeshift carts. Asian fusion restaurants with valet parking are situated in the background of an “Ayam Bakar” street cart.
I took this photo because she reminds me of a lady who never fails to greet me on my morning walk to work. I also like the vision of the Coca-Cola fridge in the background while the lady prepares a meal in a burned, old pot. Modern life in Jakarta looks a little different here than it does back in Canada.
This building is old. I don’t know how old, but there seems to be little of the building left. The top floor has very little roof. But the first, second and third floors are still occupied. There are signs of life all around: open windows, electric fans, store fronts. The decay is juxtaposed with the signs of life.
I love this city.
What I’m finding the hardest part of Jakarta life is the towering architecture next to the destitute people. I’ve blogged about this before, but dichotomy is a way of life here. I want to save every one of these people who look like they need help. At the same time, I can’t always tell who needs help.
This lady looked sad. She could be really tired. Maybe exasperated. I don’t know.
This is a Catholic church that is in Jakarta, directly across the street from the Masjid Istiqlal (the mosque from my photo a few days ago). Before moving here, I was given the impression that there was tension between Islam and Christianity in Jakarta, but I’ve not found that yet. There seems, from the people with whom I’ve spoken, to be a mutual respect.
Also, is it just me, or is the ceiling a little tribute to Darth Vader? I am a huge fan of all things Star Wars, and sometimes I think I see Star Wars everywhere, but the ceiling really does look a little Vader-ish, right?
Not much to say, except that I’m not going to have time to post later today as I’m flying home to my loving and lovely wife, amazingly talented daughter and awesomely gifted son.
I’ll see you soon family.
Here’s another shot of the Petronas towers – a little ode to symmetry.