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?


damz said...

it is 'öl' in Swedish :)

Henk Madrotter said...

well it's also called pilsje in dutch:)

Typically Dutch said...

This is so funny !!!
Exactly how we call it,a biertje :)

arabesque said...

haha, cerveza is a bit old i think, but we just call it beer, it's universal. ^0^
love the popeye graffiti though. ^-^

Photo Cache said...

serbesa for us, just like what you said.

Ben said...

I like the popeye graffiti ... he is one of my most favorite cartoon characters especially when he gulping down the spinach instead of biertje to save his beau :D Oh ya, i will not be updating my old blog at Ben's Slice of Life... check-out my new photoblog at Cheers!