Chinese new year in Lasem

I travelled to Lasem in Rembang regency, Central Java, to celebrate Chinese new year. It was my second time visiting the small town located at Java’s north coast. I only spent three days and did not explore much, other than visiting the town’s three Chinese temples (Poo An Bio in Karangturi neighbourhood, Gie Yong Bio in Babagan neighbourhood, and Cu An Kiong in Dasun neighbourhood) and photographing the ceremonies that took place at each temple.

Here are some photos I took from my Chinese new year visit.

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Happy Chinese new year!
Gong xi fa cai!
Xin nian kuai le!
Wan shi ru yi!

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

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Moderator for talkshow at UFO UGM’s anniversary

BUDI _ UFO 27 Oblo Raiyani

I will be moderating a photography talk show, commemorating Unit Fotografi UGM’s 27th anniversary this weekend. The talk show will discuss about living as a photographer, reflecting from the experiences of the two speakers, Dwi Oblo and Raiyani Muharramah. Both are senior members of Unit Fotografi UGM, as well as I am. Dwi Oblo is a respected freelance photojournalist, while Raiyani Muharramah is a full time travel photographer and writer. The talk show will be held at Auditorium FIB UGM, Saturday, 31 March 2018, 9.00–12.00.

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Riau, August 2013

I just recently travelled to the village of Teluk Meranti, in Teluk Meranti District, Pelalawan Regency, Riau Province, Indonesia, 11–15 August 2013.

Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Kampar River, Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan
Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan, Riau, Indonesia, August 2013. Photo by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

Some quick facts from Teluk Meranti:
1. Kids love to play skateboards (and they are good)
2. You can surf on the river (yes, it is a river), but it is seasonal
3. Gasoline is sold in plastic bottles, IDR 15.000 a bottle (about 1,5 litre)
4. There is only one road there which is still less than five years old (a dirt road)
5. Electricity is only available in the evening until early morning (and no fridge)
6. People are friendly (they took me around and invited me to stay in their houses)
7. Food are generally spicy (they even added chillies to instant noodle)
8. The air is very dry, you tend to get thirsty all the time (so drink more water)
9. Smoke from forest fire somewhere across the river is visible almost everyday

Oh, and they speak a specific Malay dialect to each other. Not exactly Malay, but also not Minang, not Batak, not Padang, … I don’t know. But fortunately they also speak Bahasa Indonesia :-)

Photographs by Budi N.D. Dharmawan ∎