Ube (Purple Yam)

February 1, 2015 @ Wikipedia

We’re here in Jakarta munching purple yam chips, yum yum…Purple ice cream the other day was yummy too.
Have you ever tried PURPLE YAM anything ? They’re really popular here in SE Asia, you may find them as chips, ice-creams, jellies etc, and always yummy.


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Shooting Colors in Indonesia

January 23, 2015 @ MoC

We spent few weeks in Jakarta this January, shooting colors and hunting Indonesian words for our ColorCorpus. It was an interesting experience. Jakarta in itself is not a colorful place (one of the main reasons might be that it is currently under construction). However, and in contrast to the dull surroundings, Jakarta men and especially women are quite colorful. And for those who insist there are always some hidden treasures here and there. On the other hand, this is the birthplace of batik, so when we visited the Textile museum, we couldn’t miss joining the batik workshop taking place that day, it was mostly rewarding ! We didn’t have time to further explore the country and the countryside and the many islands, maybe in the future.

And oh, there is Batik Air too !


Strict Sharia Forces Gays into Hiding in Indonesia’s Aceh

January 31, 2015 @ Reuters

“We are more afraid, of course,” said a 31-year-old transgender person who, along with three other members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group, Violet Grey, burned the pamphlets, group records and other papers.

“As an institution, Violet Grey went as far as removing all documents related to LGBT. We burned them all,” said the group member, who declined to be identified out of fear of being arrested.

The province’s tight-knit gay community, estimated by some at about 1,000 people, has become increasingly marginalized since Aceh was allowed to adopt Islamic sharia law as its legal code.

After the anti-homosexuality law was passed in September, Violet Grey began warning its 47 members to keep a lower profile and for gay and transgender people to avoid going out together as couples in public.

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Ayam Cemani

September 16, 2014 @ IncredibleThings


This is the extremely rare Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia. The poultry is black, inside and out. Like, everything about these birds is black — from their feathers, skin, beak, tongue, to their meat, bones, and organs. Needless to say this funky chicken comes at a price. We’re talking to the tune of $2,500 …

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