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Snake fruit (Dsc03469)

Snake fruit (Dsc03469)

The snake fruit or "Salak" in local parlance. Each fruit is the size of a fig, and the aromatic flesh is a subtle blend of sweet and sour. Unripe snake fruit is made into a spicy salad in Indonesia.


Bajaj (Dsc03475)

Bajaj (Dsc03475)

Bajaj - passenger transport vehicles in Jakarta, powered by motor-scooters, and painted a hard-to-miss bright orange. Fares are determined through bargaining.


Wooden schooners (Dsc03483)

Wooden schooners (Dsc03483)

Traditional cargo vessels in Sunda Kelapa harbour, Jakarta.


Laden schooner (Dsc03494)

Laden schooner (Dsc03494)

According to my tour guide: the wooden ships are made by the Bugis (master woodworkers and shipbuilders) and carry lumber from Borneo. The sea journey takes about 3 to 4 days. The lumber is manually unloaded (no cranes!) at Sunda Kelapa Harbour docks while cement bound for Sumatra is loaded on later. Later, small trucks haul the lumber out of the port. After Sumatra, the ships make their way back to Borneo for more lumber. Each ship is manned by about 10 crew and is powered by both motor and sail.


Wood from Borneo... (Dsc03501)

Wood from Borneo... (Dsc03501)

... unloaded onto the Sunda Kelapa docks, awaiting transshipment to factories and worksites by truck.


Another view of the schooners (Dsc03507croppedjpg)

Another view of the schooners (Dsc03507croppedjpg)


River bank in Glodok (Dsc03511)

River bank in Glodok (Dsc03511)

Glodok (the Chinatown in Jakarta) is prone to flooding... and no wonder. This is a photo of the river, strewn with so much rubbish that it seems almost solid.


Effluence in the midst of upcoming affluence (Dsc03515)

Effluence in the midst of upcoming affluence (Dsc03515)

Glodok (Chinatown): the amount of effluence at the river mouth is appalling and tends to choke off the opening to the sea (centre of photo). Flooding in Chinatown is quite common during the rainy season. Not far from here, on one side of the river, is the construction of many luxury shopping centres and apartments. The building works raised the road level on its side of the river and, as a result, Chinatown on the other side of the river is even more prone to severe flooding than before.


Coconut seller in small fishing village (Dsc03517)

Coconut seller in small fishing village (Dsc03517)

The village is very close to the Sunda Kelapa Harbour.


Mobile vegetable stalls (Dsc03521)

Mobile vegetable stalls (Dsc03521)


Fishing village near Sunda Kelapa Harbour (Dsc03528_1)

Fishing village near Sunda Kelapa Harbour (Dsc03528_1)


Becak (Dsc03531)

Becak (Dsc03531)

Becak - this form of transportation was banned from the Jakarta city centre in 1994 as it tended to clog up the traffic. This photo was taken in the fishing village near Sunda Kelapa, the traditional harbour.


Fresh water (Dsc03534)

Fresh water (Dsc03534)

There is no running water in the fishing village. The villagers buy potable water from vendors who supply the water in these large blue canisters.


Fishing village (Dsc03537)

Fishing village (Dsc03537)

The fishing village near Sunda Kelapa Harbour. You can see the boats in the harbour in the background.