Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
High on cheroot
Saturday, September 27, 2008
In God we trust
The general trust in God and that he/she is always there to bless a fastly growing population that has the highest smiles per capita on this planet.
Photo somewhere close to San Juan, Batangas, Philippines, March 2003.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tanked moray eels
Thursday, September 25, 2008
God's two right hands
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The problem with odd numbers
If you are not aware of that as you followed your bellboy and went straight to the bar afterwards, can you imagine the challenge? Half-drunk you return, have reached your floor and now you stand next to your hotel room, let’s say 3404, you get your key card out because 3405 will be the next room to give you access to your private loo (another even number) desperately needed by then. All you see is 3404 is being followed by 3406, you go further to see 3408, and the same even numbers such as 3414, 3416, …3434 are to be found on the other side of the floor. By then people hear you swearing out loud. You walk back, feeling the pain in your bladder to learn that next to 3404 is 3402…. Then you walk faster to try another floor, but same even numbers and not yours. Can you imagine the pain by now? After a few more minutes you run to the reception, but shortly before you see a sign next to one of these even room numbers providing you with the direction to odd room numbers. You walk faster now, and by then you are terribly pissed by such a hotel.
Odd photo from Westin Hotel,
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Inside Jakarta's Sikh temple
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The photo above shows that eggs force scales apart which would make it even more difficult for fish to swim backwards.
Photo taken after eternal nightly intakes of drugs (ie Ramadan whistling, drumming, chanting, preaching and other holy things), Jakarta, September 2008.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Swimming? Bring your shoes!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
SOS in Ancol
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Traces in the sand
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Artist with his creation
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Pray and eat at night and rest (and pray) during the day
The longer I am awake the more I think that the real Mecca is Jakarta.
Photo from Jakarta, September 2008.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Running up the palm tree
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Purely accidental encounter...
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
The artist and himself
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Fast or food: How to shape yourself?
That Ramadan can be good for the gourmets was noticed earlier; but what about the health conscious, those Muslims who have also adopted fitness or body building as a lifestyle? Well, there is something for them in Ramadan, too.
Assalamu'alaikum Ade Rai,
I am a Muslim who has also adopted fitness as a lifestyle. In regard to the fasting month, I am concerned I might risk losing the fitness level I have built up over the past year.
Are there any tips you can offer your Muslim readers, so that we can still fulfill our religious duties and maintain our fitness? Thank you in advance for your kind reply.
-- R. F. Hidayat
Thank you for writing in. The fasting month of Ramadan is actually a great time for Muslims to lose some fat. Here are some things I recommend you do to minimize your worry and maximize your obligations during the holy month:
At sahur time, have a nutrient-rich meal that gives you enough slow-releasing energy to last throughout the day. High-fiber complex carbohydrates are essential to provide constant energy and blood sugar levels.
You also need to consume lean proteins to support muscle repair and prevent muscle breakdown. At this point in time, you also need a good dose of healthy fats from peanuts or olive oil. I recommend you finish your sahur meal with a handful of peanuts to help you hold off hunger longer during your day.
Do your cardio workout 30 minutes before breaking your fast. That would be around 5.30 p.m. Do light aerobics that bring your heart rate to 2 pulses per second, and maintain it for at least 20 minutes. This is to capitalize on the low-blood sugar levels in your body; an ideal condition for your body to utilize fat as its source of energy.
Break the fast with a few korma (dates), then a similar meal to that of sahur time. A multivitamin and mineral supplement after the meal is also recommended. I think it is quite risky to break the fast with sweet foods like kolak (banana stewed in coconut milk and brown sugar), sugary syrups or softdrinks as you will experience a quick rise and drop in blood-sugar and insulin levels, which will leave you sluggish and drowsy within a couple of hours after the meal.
After Tarawih prayers, you are primed for your workout. All the nutrients you took in when you broke your fast will have settled and absorbed by the body. This may be the best time to do your workout.
After your workout, have a simple carbohydrate drink to replenish your body, a few dates, a good electrolyte drink and a protein shake. Then, 15 minutes after that, have a regular meal with a nutrient content similar to that at sahur time. About one hour after that is the most ideal time to get a good night's sleep.
Allow me to take this opportunity to say "Happy Holy Ramadan".
I always thought that religious life is too formalized and regulated already, but putting body 'fitness' onto it would make life even more faithful. Anyway, have a ‘good night’s sleep’ as Pak Ade wishes but note that during Ramadan the faithful hordes (at least in this part of the Java) start drumming at 2:30AM to get you out of your dreams. As Ade said, Happy Holy Ramadan.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Fast or food, what comes first?
In theory, at least. Or maybe so it was thousand years ago in the desert…
In present day Markets and supermarkets are full of korma (dates), timun suri (a type of cucumber), and blewah (a type of melon), popular fruits for the traditional breaking of the fast with a sweet snack.
What food for buka puasa (breaking the fast), where to break the fast, the price of food, the variety of food, the abundance of food, the richness of food.
Newspapers advertise buffets, a way of breaking the fast together with colleges, friends or family. Ramadan time in
Markets and supermarkets are full of korma (dates), timun suri (a type of cucumber), and blewah (a type of melon), popular fruits for the traditional breaking of the fast with a sweet snack.
Photo from Jakarta, September 2008.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Where nature meets
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Horse with veil
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Drumming your way into Ramadan
Ramadan in most Indonesian cities started early in the morning of September 1st. The fast began in the morning just before sunrise (imsak), and will be broken at maghrib, just after sunset (17:55PM precisely for Sep l).
In our neighborhood, young boys walked around at about 2:30AM, beating on drums to awaken the faithful (but also us...) who are fasting so that they would have ample time for a meal before sunrise. The whole late night (or was it early morning?) the faithful were singing and praying, only to be interrupted by the morning prayer at 4:45AM.
Very tired on my way to work at 8AM I listened to Roger Water's 'What God wants, God gets...'
Monday, September 01, 2008
Since our house is only some 100 meters away from such a (well hidden and very active) musholla, there will be no escape from any Ramadan activities. So we will share them…
In non-Ramadan times, our day starts at 4:45AM with the first call to prayer (2/3 minutes). Sometimes, chanting starts at 4AM to warm people up for the coming prayer call but it usually happens after the first call to prayer and mostly stops before 6:30AM. During ordinary days, musholla activities are reduced to the prayer calls (last one at around 7PM).
During the week the busiest days are Thursday and Saturday when the musholla transmits the entire preaching and chanting between 6:30PM and 9PM, with a short interruption of approximately half an hour. Saturdays is usually a bit less active and recitations could be finished by 8PM.
However, we often experience exceptions to the ‘rules’; last Saturday for instance, chanting started at 7:30AM all the way to 9:30AM.
Diversity is also guaranteed, the muezzin is not always the same, and we are offered quite a bandwidth of voices from melodic, inflammatory to calm.
We call this series Kampung Islam since it is mainly about mushollas which often are quite ordinary houses within the kampung (= neighborhood) with a big hall, a non distinguishable roof apart from the loudspeakers on top as shown in the above picture.
Whether our Kampung musholla belongs to Muhammadiyah or Nahdlatul Ulama (