Small Shop in a Small Town

Not as small as it may looks,
the making of the shop took all my heart in it.
Really love to see how it becomes
and hope it will grow in many years to come :-)
this is how it started

After some sleepless nights, the shop's finally done. It's a mix of style: colonial, shabby chic, retro-art-deco and other things, as well, but I think the eclectic style makes this shop homey... uh, well, it's you to judge... so, come over, and tell me what you think :-)

The Living Shoppe - Home Essentials & Beyond
Jalan A Yani 125 - Magelang, Central Java


Pasar Gede

Shopping in an old-fashion way, 
don't you miss that?
Pasar Gede Solo, formerly Hardjonagoro market, was built in 1930 by an architect named J. Karsten who also designed Johar Market in Semarang. A mix of Art-Deco and Javanse style, it's a must visit: whether you're looking for exotic and delicious food, shopping paradise,  javanese real culture, or just to admire the building. 

 Pasar Gede:  Jl. Urip Sumoharjo, Solo, Central-Java


From Outside The Palace Wall

Seeing what remained from such a grand palace,
Imagining what happened through centuries.
If only walls could talk.

Inner Sanctum, Lamp outside the gate,  detail of a facade 

Since February 17, 1745, King Susuhunan Pakubuwono II and his family had occupied the new palace or karaton located along the banks of Solo River, the longest river in Java. The former karaton in Kartosuro (10 km west of Solo) had been abandoned due to severe damages. It was not a proper karaton for the Susuhunan (king) anymore, after being ransacked on 1742 by the invaders. Pakubuwono II with all his family and subordinates made a day long royal procession from Kartosuro to Surakarta. The city of Surakarta could easily connected to east Java main coastal centers such as Gresik, Tuban via Bengawan (river) Solo.The name Pakubuwono itself means 'the center of the world' (paku : nail, buwono :world).

The old traffic light on the back wall of the palace

The Royal Crest

Panggung Sangga Buwana, the mystical tower in the inner sanctum

Naive Signage

A photo studio in Old Banten, West java
It always brings me smile, looking at these naive vintage  signage.
Honest, simple, funny and beautiful in their own way!

Bandung, West Java

Solo, Central Java

Magelang, Central Java

Kota Gede, Yogyakarta

Bandung, West Java


Resting Awhile

After a long ride, it's time to rest the tiring foot..

Mr. Parking Man

When you take a closer look,
you'll see the trace of sun and hard life on their face...
This might not be the best pictures I've taken
but I post this is to celebrate 'Pak Parkir'
and their work that has made life much easier.

Days of Our Life

A few snapshots of life in Java
A reminder that life is not always easy,
and when life reach to its sunset, would it be easier?

Pardon me for I've been busy with things these days, with a lot of work and thoughts. So today I decided to get a day just for myself and feeding this blog I've been forgotten for quite sometimes. When I started to select some photos, I stuck in these pictures,  some pictures that made me wonder,  gave me a question that remains unanswered.

 “It comes so soon, 
the moment when there is nothing left 
to wait for.” 
 Marcel Proust


A Simple Thanks (From The deepest of My Heart)

For my blog has reached over 6,000 hits! It seems small for many, but it's a huge number for me!
So thank you,  because I won't be here without you guys. Hope I would share you more in the near future.

It's such a hectic week for me, and I haven't got any chance to update the blog,
but I promise you this; I would do  it as soon as I can...
and let's keep in touch!

 much love