Thursday, August 25, 2016

Magelang, Java, Indonesia

Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist temple. It was built in the ninth century and functioned for five hundred years. Then, it was abandoned and engulfed by Java's tropical forests. Now, it is Indonesia's top tourist destination, a focus of Buddhist pilgrimage, and a World Heritage site. [2016]

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

Yesterday was the kick-off of Jogjakarta's Kesenian (Art) Festival, and what better way to begin than with a parade down Jalan Malioboro. Among the most colorful performances was the one provided by the dancers commemorating Bali's traditional cultures. [2016]

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

The Cali Code originates in the springs of Mount Merapi, one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes. Here it passes through the core of Jogjakarta, with its population of over two million. Of course, if the river brings water to "Jogja," it will also bring the down-slope flows, such as lahars, that accompany volcanic eruptions. [2016]

Monday, August 22, 2016

Batam Centre, Batam, Indonesia

How many people does it take to play a game of chess? Here's a case where the coaches outnumber the players. Don't these men realize there are apps that would allow them to play online from the comfort of their homes? [2016]

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Batam Centre, Batam, Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the world's badminton powers. In fact, they won their first Olympic gold medal in 1992 playing badminton, and they've been winning ever since. It is no surprise, therefore, that birdies fly in all of Indonesia's urban open spaces: raquets rented ringside; no nets needed. [2016]

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Singapore, Republic of Singapore

See the tail? So, we know she's a monkey rather than an ape. At the Singapore Zoo, monkeys are among their specialties. Various species share the same habitat. If you are a human visitor, just look up and you might find yourself face to face with a Howler monkey. Or, a Capuchin or a Colebus. This one, though, looks like it has a mouth meant for howling. [2016]

Friday, August 19, 2016

Singapore, Republic of Singapore

It's only August, but Chinatown is getting ready for the mid-autumn festival, which starts in two weeks! Lanterns (yes, this is a lantern!) are sprouting up all along New Bridge Road setting the stage for a "street light up" that will bring traditional Chinese culture to life. As for autumn: yet another exogenous culture trait brought to Singapore by the Chinese. [2016]