|Pic was taken a few days before Lebaran|
|Mosque in Dong Dun Street is locatedstrategically. See the blue gate of the Mosque? Building on the left is Sheraton Hotel. Building behind it is Caravelle Hotel.|
|Idul Fitri decorations in Jakarta.|
- At the beginning of Ramadan most of the shopping malls and hotels are already decorated with beautiful Islamic decorations and music, as if there is a competition to win the best décor. One 5 star hotel in South Jakarta had Middle Eastern decoration in their club house. Guests can enjoy Buka Puasa (break the fast) sitting in the Middle Eastern style rugs/carpets and round cushions. Decoration became perfect with Aladdin oil lamp, lanterns and even a camel..! Food is variety between Indonesian and Middle Eastern dishes. Guests including non-Muslim enjoyed both food and its ambiance.
- Please do not try to walk in to a restaurant for Buka Puasa without reservation. Most likely you would be put on a waiting list with an uncertain waiting period. Because most restaurant is normally full, both lower-class restaurants and upscale. Many companies use Ramadan as an occasion to networking with their clients or to gather with their employees.
- Closer to Lebaran, ibu-ibu (housewives) started to prepare delicious dishes like Ketupat (rice cake), Opor Ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk), Rendang Daging (West Sumatra beef curry/beef cooked in coconut milk), Sambal Goreng Hati Ayam (chicken liver cooked in red chili), Vegetable Curry, etc… mmm… #air liur netes #drooling
|Left: Kolak Pisang. Right: Es Kelapa Muda|
In Vietnam, I could not find any sign of the sweet tasty dishes for Buka Puasa such as kolak pisang (braised banana in palm sugar sauce), bubur sumsum (rice flour pudding), es campur (mix of shaved ice, fruit, syrup and condensed milk), es kelapa muda (coconut juice), etc. Juga tidak ada tanda2 rombongan orang mudik, kecuali orang Indonesia yang tinggal disini mudik ke Indonesia.
|Ready to eat the fish and shrimp curry|
|Left: Lumpia Semarang. Right: Ayam Penyet|
|Three flags on top of the Mosque|
|Pic was taken in Nov 2010 during a Halal Bihalal (ex Amex reunion) in Jakarta. I was at the back wearing green top.|
(Far right side) is me and others are my ex colleagues in TCI. Mohon Maaf Lahir & Batin.