Sunday, April 17, 2011


A man was passing by a Popeye cartoon figure lifting a glass and saying "biertje" - the Dutch word for beer - in front of a closed bar on Jalan Braga.

One of Bandung's icons for its historic past, Jalan Braga (Braga Steet) and its vicinities have a number of bars that mostly serve foreign visitors (tourists). Most of them only open at night.

Beer is called by different names in different places. It's biertje in Dutch, bir in Indonesian, Malay and Arabic, la biere in French, and birra in Italian. It's called serbesa in Filipino, serveza in Spanish, and serveja in Portuguese. What is it called in your language?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kampung Daun, Culture Gallery and Cafe in The Jungle

Can you really dine in style and enjoy cultural performances in the jungle?

In Bandung, you can.

And here's the place that has received so much rave from critics and cafe connoiseurs: Kampung Daun .

Kampung Daun (lit. leaf kampong), claimed by the owners as culture gallery and cafe, is located on Jalan Sersan Bajuri, about 4.7 kilometers to the northwest of Setiabudhi street in Bandung. It is literally a cafe nested in a valley amidst the jungle. The design of this gallery and cafe is such that it retains much of the natural elements and atmosphere that the valley has.

Let me take you in a visual tour of the place.

Here's the entrance to the place.

And as you enter, here's what you're going to see.

Further inside, you'll see the path branches. These paths lead you to the huts where the visitors are seated like you would in a restaurant.

And here's one of the huts that's located by the stream.

This is what the smaller huts look like inside. As you can see, you won't be sitting on a couch, bench, or chair here. Instead you'll be sitting on mattresses and pillows.

And here's the waterfall creek/stream that's located further inside the this cafe. I took the photo from one of the bridges that crosses it.