dark clouds over Istiqlal


The largest in Southeast Asia and the fourth largest in the world, the Indonesian national mosque Istiqlal was built between 1961 and 1978. The name, in Arabic, means Independence. Its architect, Frederich Silaban, is a Christian Protestant. His design of the mosque was chosen by Soekarno, the Indonesian president back then.

This picture was taken using the built-in digital teleconverter of X100f.

Thank you all for stopping by and have a great week ahead.

the towers of Jakarta Cathedral

Towers of Jakarta Cathedral

I was going to post it on my Instagram as part of a series, but then I thought to post this particular frame here first in full glory. Using the digital teleconverter of Fuji X100f, it did the job pretty good, don’t you think?

Have a blessed Sunday all and thank you for stopping by.

almost a self portrait


Fisrt of all, this is not a selfie. I was coaching my friend and apprentice Wendy. She wanted to get ready for her next vacation with better than usual pictures (of her and her gang, but I think mostly of her). So I brought her on a photo-walk day.

When we took a break and had lunch in this not-that-bad Historia Food and Bar (warning: they allow smokers) in the old Jakarta area, she held my X100-f and played a while with it. And took a few shots through the LCD.

This particular frame that she did, I think is one of the best she took. Not because I was in the frame, but because it captured the atmosphere of the restaurant. This frame also showed that the X100-f can easily be used by newbies, and the seven different settings that we can preset really is a big help.

And if you ask, yes, this is an SOOC frame in JPEG, acros simulation. Well, except that I corrected the horizontal level and perspective in Lr, and did a little cropping.

Thank you all for stopping by, oh and thank you Wendy for this lovely shot!


brilliant use of underwear

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One afternoon I went for a street hunting at the traditional market in Kebayoran Lama, Jakarta. At one corner a couple was selling all sorts of underwear for ladies and gents. And on top was their two months old baby fast asleep.

I asked a permission to take a snapshot. The husband asked only one thing – no flash. So I took one quick shot, said thank you to them, and continued exploring the market.

Maybe I’ll print this, go back to the market and give it to the couple.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend all!


love awakens thy soul

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Last night at the opening of One Child One Life Projekt photo exhibition, there was this performance of ukulele. What made this performances so special is the kid. While HIV has weakened his body, his recovery was aided when he found passion in music, through ukulele.

Accompanying him is Natasya Evalyne Sitorus. Tasya has been working with Lentera Anak Pelangi, the non profit organisation behind this event, since 2009 as Advocacy Manager. She is a passionate character who cares about humanity and personal development since high school.

But Tasya is not alone. In my short encounters with Lentera Anak Pelangi and its activities in mentoring those with HIV in Jakarta, I am blessed to have met some of her friends and colleagues: advisor Evadana Rachmat and program director Nita Anggriawan (whom I have known since high school), psychosocial specialist Stella Anjani, educator Rudi Mulia, case manager Nurmulyani, and its founder and advisor prof. Irwanto.

They all share a few common characters: they are passionate, they care, and they give love.

If you would also like to share your care and love to those unfortunate souls who are living with HIV, please contact Lentera Anak Pelangi.

The photo exhibition is held in Kunstkring Art Gallery, 1 Teuku Umar street, Jakarta, and is open for public until 31 march 2017.