Jakarta Tours 2008 - 2007 - 2006



modern Jakarta

early Batavia
(Old Jakarta)

my initiative is
to make a unique and specific tour of Jakarta
the city where I lived
for more than 45 years

this tour
is suit to meet the ordinary people,
by local transport,
behind the
buildings and mall

not only the tour,
what we experience and what we will do
after the tour


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Tour Killian
November, 2008

drawbridge Kota Intan

inside local transport "mikrolet"

at TIM - IKJ
(Institut Kesenian Jakarta - Jakarta Art Institute
with Firman Lie,
art graphic printing class)

then we walked across Jalan Cikini Raya and Jalan Cut Mutiah, Boplo, Jalan Cemara, at Jalan Gereja Theresia we met street people, who work everyday earn USD 1 to USD 2 each day

chat and asked to each other

play chess


a little ashamed but humour

and ...


at Cawang bus-stop, we saw a man, begger and stinky . .
lay sprawled on the ground . .

touched Killian
then we brought to the Budi Asih

Tour Kota - Luar Batang
Old building and the people surround,
Kota Tua
(The Old City)

fountain in the wall of the old building

Nov 8, 2008. E-mail from jean-guy
*) see: Jean-guy Tour 15 October 2008: Kota. Jean-guy Tour 16 October 2008
Dear Ron and Parlin,
I am just come back home from Indonesia and I am very very happy .My journey was fantastic. Something inbelievable. Thanks a lot for your all you gave me in Jakarta. (the visit the exposition and discussion).
At Yogyakarta, near the Bird Market I met in Water Castel Cafe a fotographer Kompi Setyoko, who presented me the young artist Sasongko (painter and fashion). With him I visited Borobodur and Prambanam and landscape around during two days. It was fantastic. We shared about diffirent things.
Bromo and Ijen was great .
After that I visited Bali, rice field and some beaches and i passed one week in Lombok in Gilis Islands. So nice, quite and wonderful.
People are always open minded, easely going...It was one of my best trip.
I have had no problem in anyway...
All time , people are smiling and whant to speak with you. And I was surprised by the muslims. In Canada is difficult to share with them but not in your contry and particulary with the women.
Thanks also for placing two pics of me in your site. I'll prepare my fotos and send you. You 'll take all you wants for your site and for people. I just need a time to put all on my computer. I can make also a copy on a CD and post you by mail.
Along the trip I spoke about you at differents peoples. Indonesia is far away but I'll try to make best know it in my contry.
Best regards,

A women at Bukit Duri - Kampung Pulo.

library for kids at the Ciliwung Merdeka house community

VIDA Tour: Kota

VIDA Tour:
Kota. Old Batavia "Menara Syahbandar" (WatchTower)
Sarah, Bridget with Pak Maskun and Ibu Nining

VIDA Tour: Jakarta Historical Museum

Initiative Cisarua Tour

beautifull panorama

fresh air


Sabtu / Saturday - Minggu / Sunday,
18 - 19 October 2008:
Research: Cisarua Initiative Tour


Tour 20081016

(second day),

A traditional market

Jean-guy Tour: Kota
Rabu / Wednesday, 15 October 2008:

4 kids watch you


From Hotel Ibis walk to the Busway

By bicycle to the WatchTower next to Sunda Kelapa traditional harbour.
Then to Pak Maskun family in the village of Luar Batang

* Back to the hotel, by busway transport, chats, took a nap until afternoon
then --->
* Dolorosa exhibition

Anneke at Dolorosa exhibition

AYAD Tour: Jakarta Historical Museum
---> Wayang Puppet Museum
---> WatchTower Museum
---> Pak Maskun family.

Jumat / Friday, 10 October 2008:
AYAD Tour: Jakarta Historical Museum

At the Train to Kota Station


Kalimalang street

Rumidjah and Bakti:
" The Eye of the Day ", poster

Senin / Monday, 25 August 2008:
Tour Juliette

Juliette and Bakti

Juliette at Kampung

Minggu / Sunday
24th July 2008:
Juliette Tour: Kampung
Jatinegara Market.
Ibu Suminah.
Jatinegara Station , by train --->

Sabtu, 23 Agustus 2008 11:30 WIB

Pernahkah anda menyaksikan bagaimana warga miskin kota di metropolitan Jakarta melihat diri mereka sendiri dan kampungnya?. Oasis kali ini mengajak anda untuk menyaksikan "sisi lain" dari wajah Jakarta, yaitu sebuah wajah yang tenggelam dan tersuruk ke belakang oleh modernitas dan globalisasi yang membuat perkembangan wajah Jakarta, ibukota Indonesia, mirip kota-kota besar lainnya di Barat."Wajah Jakarta yang tersembunyi" ini terlihat dari potret kampung kumuh dan berpenghuni padat, Bagaimanakah warga miskin kota bertahan hidup di kawasan ini?. Bagaimana mereka mengatasi masalahnya?. Bakti dan Ronny, menyajikan "Wajah Jakarta yang Tersembunyi" itu dengan membuat semacam "tur" buat siapa saja yang ingin menyaksikan kehidupan kampung kumuh dan berpenghuni padat itu dari dekat. Jarang orang yang tahu, bahwa diperkirakan 65 persen warga Jakarta tinggal di kawasan semacam itu dan kehadiran mereka seolah "terhalang" dari pandangan mata seiring menjamurnya gedung-gedung tinggi dan modern di Jakarta.

Rabu / Wednesday:

Camille : no news ..

Selasa / Tuesday,
19th August 2008:

Discussion about the Tour with: Manuel, Ardjuna, and Dolo.
' why make a tour to the poor, why not to the rich . . '
Dolo: another life of Jakarta . .

Senin / Monday,
4th August 2008:

Meeting with Christina and Rayani from

a traditional market

Minggu/Sunday, 27th July:
David dan Sarah (second day)
from Australia

Minggu, 20 Juli:
David, Sarah, Graeme, Ryo Tour

Rabu/Wednesday, 16 July 2008:
Tour Lois: Kota - Luar Batang

Jumat/Friday, 11 July 2008:
Sebastien Blanc, AFP

Kamis/Thursday, 10 July 2008:
Tour Anna, Nicole, Sebastien, Adek:
Kota - Luar Batang
Jalan Sudirman with Kopaja ---> Senen Station ---> Kota Station
---> just pass the Museum and cafe Batavia ==-> by Bajaj via Drawbridge ---> Watchtower Museum ---> Public wood=bridge ---->
Keluarga Pak Maskun . . . aduh, sudah pindah . . .
---> Padang resto

7 July 2008:

Shooting MetroTV 1st day:
METROTV: Hadi, Venus Tour

Jumat/Friday, 13th June 2008:
Tour Robert (research)

(Sanggar Ciliwung Merdeka, Eretan, Kampung, Ate cooked rice with boiled chicken.
---> Jatinegara Station ---> met Anneke and Parlin ---> Kota Station ---> Fatahillah park
---> Fine Art Museum ---> Puppet Museum ---> Drawbridge --->
WatchTower Museum ---> Maritime Museum


---> Maskun family: Pak Maskun, Ibu Nining, Sri, Budi, Indra.

Ibu Nining (Pak Maskun's wife) and Indra (son)
when we came, they already moved to this room rental from Menara Sjahbandar,
and today
they asked our help for transport households to the next rental house

Eva Tour:
Saturday, 20080510

---> Jakarta Institute of the Art
---> Kampung

Thursday, 1st May:

With Robert ---> Atrium --> Rel KA --> Idris --> Becak --> Bakti ---> Tempe Tahu ---> Tanah Tinggi apartment ---> Miss Tjitjih: traditional Sundanese drama performance

(Research TOUR with Robert)



30 April 2008:
Baru temu lagi dengan Ardjuna & Dolorosa. Temu Yudhi. Temu Eva dan David. Rob & Pinta. Ngobrol dengan Djuna & Dolo dan temannya.
Ngobrol dengan David Parssons: - Republik Indonesia - Seni Budaya.


Selasa / Tuesday,
8th April 2008:
Pertemuan dengan Robert baru tiba.

March 2008:
CODA Tour:
Jeremy, Jared, Naomi, Nick, Zoe

Kampung Ciliwung River

29 Pebruary 2008
Akte Yayasan Interkultur

Dengan Leonard temu Paul dan Willem di Erasmus Huis
gave some brochures

Leonard, Sri, Bakti lipat-lipat brosur yang dicetak sudah jadi 1000 lembar:
"Jakarta Hidden Area Tour"
With Leonard, Bakti, and Eric to Jalan Jaksa street.

Wednesday 20080109 & Thursday 20080110 :
With Leonard, Eric, Bakti to Jalan Jaksa,
lihat bule-bule while prepared leaflet/brochure
"Jakarta Hidden Tours"

With Leonard, Bakti, Vina, Eric ---> walked around Kampung, took photos:


December :

from Goethe-Institut at Jalan Sam Ratulangi walked to Stasiun Pasar Boplo.
By train to Stasiun Kota.

Walked to Taman Fatahillah.
By Bajaj via Jembatan Jungkit Kota Intan to Menara Sjahbandar watch tower.
See Pak Maskun family.
Then back home stop by to Cafe Batavia for drink.



Ciliwung & Kampung

A women at Kampung

Children at the Freedom Community, Kampung Ciliwung.

Ciliwung Merdeka Community
music for kids


Tour Sabine:


Tour Hagen:
Monas (Monumen Nasional - National Monument),
a specific tour

Ferry, Kuwada

at the top of Monas
(Monumen Nasional - National Monument)

National Monument
Jl. Medan Merdeka Central Jakarta
The National Monuments one of the many monuments built during the Sukarno era of fierce nationalism. The 137-metre tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kgs. of gold, and represents the people's determination to achieve the freedom. It towers over Merdeka (Freedom) Square, and serves as Jakarta's most prominent landmark. The monument is open to the public and houses a historical museum and meditation hall. An elevator carries visitors to the top, offering a bird's eye view across the city to the sea.

This monument, symbolizing the nation's independence, is situated at the center of Taman Medan Merdeka (Medan Merdeka Square). Its architecture is designed as a Lingga and Yoni, The Hindu symbol of fertility. The Lingga reaches a height of 137 meters and is topped with a flame wrapped in 35 kilograms of pure gold. An elevator rides to the top of the monument and from its viewing platform visitors can get a bird's eye view of Jakarta. The basement houses a museum depicting the nation's history. In the Hall of Silence visitors can hear the original voice of Soekarno reading Indonesia's Proclamation of Independence. Near the monument is a statue of Prince Diponegoro on horseback. This hero fought the Dutch in the Java War (1925-1930). After his capture he was jailed in the town hall of Batavia before being banished to North Sulawesi.

MONAS is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, until 7 p.m.

(official tourism text)

(we also can make this very populair tour style like other "tourist " style, but
with our specific documentary approach: we interviewed participants with local Indonesian at the location , about Jakarta)


Tour 2006 August:
Tour Kota

kids at early-Batavia watchtower "Menara Sjahbandar" museum

Sri, Indra, Budi

Aernout, Sum, Nining

Aernout, Sum, Nining, Sri


the initiative is to make a unique and specific tour of Jakarta.
I dont remember when the first time I started.

Tina Schott, Tim Hoppe, (1998),

Leonard Retel Helmrich (1995-1999),
and make

"Eyes of the Day"


"Shape of the Moon"

documentary film

Herve Dangla (1994-1995),
3 weeks around Jakarta and
"Belantara Jakarta"
photography exhibition

Dodo Karundeng,

Helke Misselwitz,
Sabine Ohle,
some others . .


Simda Calapa, Sunda Calapa
Iacatra, Xacatara, Jacatra
Djakarta, Jakarta
(photo: Dodo Karundeng)

the initiative is to make a unique and specific tour of Jakarta
the city where I lived

I am interested with the history of Jakarta, where
I lived my years in Jakarta since 1953