Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Trumpets

Colorful trumpets of different shapes and sizes are the staple of New Year's celebration here. Made from paper with - I must say - remarkable craftsmanship, they have already been offered for sale on the streets since a few days ago.

As anywhere else in the world, tonight revelers will get together on the streets and in many other public places here to celebrate the coming of the new year. Trumpets like these are what many of them would bring to help them in the noise-making hullabaloo typical in new year's celebration.

Being a person who doesn't like crowds and noise, I would just be celebrating it at home, having a barbecue with family and friends and then some reflective moments on my own about the year that has passed and the resolutions for the year ahead.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Jumping, Walking Stilts

This young man was striding towards my direction just like that, briskly and fast, when I was taking pictures at Dago Car-Free Day last week. Frankly speaking, I was quite surprised by the gear he was walking on: stilts!

These stilts were not quite like any I'd seen before though. A friend of mine told me later that they were jumping-walking stilts, which he said was becoming a trendy curiosity among some young people here.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Book Wrapper

A book wrapper at work at Palasari Book Market. This man and a couple of others in the area would help you wrap (put paper and/or plastic jackets) on your books for a small fee.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Does Dog Like Coke?

Apparently it does.

Like humans, dogs like sweet drink like coke. Unfortunately, coke is bad for dogs. It can cause tooth and other serious health problems for them.

Photo taken at Alun-Alun Bandung (Bandung City Square).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An Eager Customer

A street vendor offering colorful balloons, a mom and a child. What's going to happen next?
Photo taken at Dago street on the Car-Free Day last Sunday (18/12/2011).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Stage Act From Bandung Youth Band Festival 2011

The stage act of an independent-band singer taking part in Bandung Youth Band Festival 2011 held at Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk) yesterday (Sunday, December 18, 2011).

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bandung Ice Skating Ring

Back in 2008, I posted a story about ice skating in Bandung. The ice-skating ring that was located in Istana Plaza featured in the story was unfortunately closed in 2009 and so for a while Bandung did not have an ice-skating ring.

However, that did not last long. In September 2010, a new and bigger ice-skating ring was opened. Located at the roof top of Paris van Java or PVJ on Jalan Sukajadi, this new ice-skating ring occupies a floor space of 40 x 20 meters. This facility is bigger than the previous one. It is also better equipped. Called "Garden Ice", the premise is home of Bandung Skating Academy - a training facility for those who are interested in doing ice sports. Two kinds of ice sport are are taught here: Figure skating and ice hockey.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bicycle Market

Looking at this photo, you might think that this place is a bicycle parking area. No, it isn't. It's a road-side bicycle market. Located at Jalan ABC (ABC Street) at Banceuy in the center of the city, the open air market sells all sorts of bicycles: new, used, and reconditioned. If you know how to ask, you can even find old vintage bicycles. As in any traditional markets here, prices are negotiable and are usually less expensive that those at regular bicycle shops.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mobile Recycler

A private trash collector? A mobile recycler? A scavenger?

I suppose you call him all that. This man collects garbage - well, the useful part of it - and sell it to a collector for recycling or reprocessing. Photo taken at Andir market area.