A little bit of both. This is on the corner where Kemang Raya, the main street in our neighborhood, breaks off into two one-way streets. The graffiti, as you’ve seen in the last few days, is in the wreck of a former building. Adjacent to the old building is an old hotel. It sticks out because it is one of the taller buildings in this part of Kemang.
I’m a comic geek. Not a surprising confession to most who know me, but for those who don’t know…I am a comic geek.
There’s a plaza near where I live called Plaza 88. It has the most demented sense of design I’ve ever seen. Outside the plaza are three (I think?) horses in a fountain spewing water from their noses. The horses continue inside the mall – decorative horse heads act as supports for each floor above the ground floor. There’s a deer (?) with big antlers above the entrance. There are soccer balls and basketballs all over the interior.
The stores inside the mall continue the eclectic theme with a Baskin-Robbins, a coffee shop, an illegal DVD store (which I love and frequent and feel like a giant hypocrite when I watch them), and a woodworking shop with pieces from Lombok.
So…what does this have to do with comics? Outside the mall, crawling up the wall, is Spiderman. Hulk and Superman are hanging out inside the mall, and there’s this guy, the Spiderman above, crawling up an interior wall. It looks like it was put together by children with great imaginations.
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.
PHD is Pizza Hut Delivery. They are delivery only. There are Pizza Hut restaurants all over South Asia, but in Jakarta there are Pizza Hut Delivery joints that are delivery only. That sounds like a good idea, but the pizza is kind of dodgy. The all-meat pizza has “sausage” on it, but I swear it’s hot dogs. The stuffed crust is pretty good, but I’ve yet to find a really good pizza here in the Big Durian.
I do, however, love their delivery guys. They fly around Kemang Raya (for those just tuning in, that’s the big road we’ve got going on here) delivering pizza very quickly riding on this fleet of red motorcycles, as you can see above.
Pretty typical scene on Kemang Raya, the big street near my house in Jakarta. Two guys on a motorcycle. A myriad of shops in the background. A small mosque (masjid). Some construction. Yup. Daily routine right there.
Tiga. Number three. The third part of my commute. Here it is…no words.