Do you remember Jakarta’s 17th January gigantic flood? It is said to be Nyi Roro Kidul (Northern Sea Princess)’s wrath which drowns the land with water that came from Naga’s stomach at Pluit (or to be scientifically speaking, human’s error and God’s judgement). Aside of Jakarta, Samarinda, Lampung and some cities that are flooded this month, fortunately Bandung isn’t one of the victim. edit: I forgot today is 30Jan

usual busy day in Bandung City, Dewi Sartika St. in the morning. It was clear day, a rare sight indeed

usual busy day in Bandung City, Dewi Sartika St. in the morning. It was clear day, a rare sight indeed

There is an old legend “Sangkuriang

Leumpang aing ka baratkeun
datang ka Bukit Patenggeng
Sakakala Sang Kuriang
Masa dek nyitu Ci tarum
Burung tembey kasiangan

Here I will tell you different version of Sangkuriang from wikipedia which I heard during my childhood. Dayang Sumbi was a beautiful girl who made batik pattern in pendopo deep in the forest. That one time, her canting fell below the marquee and she couldn’t reach it. Sighed, she promised anyone who is able to take her canting back to her will be her husband. And soon after, a dog took the canting and returned it to her – she was surprised, but couldn’t break her promise. She then married the dog which was god’s reincarnation and was called Si Tumang, and bore a handsome child named Sangkuriang.

Sangkuriang born as a hunter, strong and intelligent. One day, Dayang Sumbi wanted to eat meat, and Sangkuriang gladly went to hunt accompanied by Tumang. After a while, he couldn’t even find one boar, so he killed Tumang and took it to his mother to be cooked. After eating Tumang’s heart and Sangkuriang told her that he killed his father, Dayang Sumbi was extremely angry and told her son that Tumang was his father, and hit his head with woving equipment. Then the child ran away.

After years, Sangkuriang who had amnesia went back deep into the forest. He saw a beautiful woman, Dayang Sumbi who was in reclusion and seen young, and proposed her. They fell in love with each other until the woman saw a scar on Sangkuriang’s head and realized he was her son. Unable to refuse his proposal, she made a bet that Sangkuriang should create a lake and made a boat for their honeymoon in just one night until the roosters’ crowing. Sangkuriang agreed.

Dayang Sumbi was terrified after seeing her son’s speed. He was supernatural, strong, and was helped by djinns and spirits and the lake was almost done. The woman thought and quickly grabbed a white cloth, which she waved at the roosters. The roosters fell for it and crowed, signing the new day had arrived and Sangkuriang was lost. Angried, the man kicked the unfinished boat and left the dry lake. The upside-down unfinished boat became Mt. Tangkuban Parahu and the dry lake Bandung.

Geographically speaking, Bandung was like a dry lake – a big bowl – surrounded by mountains. If the flood were to happen here in my hometown – oh – Sangkuriang finished the lake (literally, we Bandung residents are all drowned). Fortunately, God is very kind. He only gives us the strong wind and not-so-heavy rain…

….and clear blue sky for some unknown-I-don’t-believe-it reason.

Bandung, 27th January 2013.... when Jakarta was flooded, her sister Bandung got blue sky....

Bandung, 27th January 2013…. when Jakarta was flooded, her sister Bandung got blue sky….

Bandung, 27th January 2013 near Kopo St, captured by Nokia N8's camera

Bandung, 27th January 2013 near Kopo St, captured by Nokia N8’s camera

Here are some Bandung scenery I captured:

Tegallega (Tegal: Lake; Lega: Wide) Central Park in the morning January 5th 2013. Is used for jogging and market, the tugu is to commemorate "Bandung Lautan Api" or the day when Indonesian army was forced to set fire on Bandung to drive off Dutch colonials

Tegallega (Tegal: Lake; Lega: Wide) Central Park in the morning January 5th 2013. Is used for jogging and market, the tugu is to commemorate “Bandung Lautan Api” or the day when Indonesian army was forced to set fire on Bandung to drive off Dutch colonials

Tegal-Lega (Wide Lake) Central Park is often used for jogging, playing football, and a marketplace. I went there every Wednesday and Saturday with my mom (and her neighbours) to jog, after that we buy groceries. There are many kind of people and kaki-lima there, including fresh vegetables from Lembang, strawberries, avocado, dragon-fruit, fresh dairy milk, and many traditional foods. I just wish the gov to clean and manage it better.

Cikapundung Electronic Market. Just like akihabara may be

Cikapundung Electronic Market. Just like akihabara may be

You must have been new here if you don’t know Cikapundung Electronic Market. It is located in Cikapundung St, and is a place where you can buy a resistor, diode, black-and-white TV set, refrigerator, dynamo for industries, electronics supplies, technicians, microcontrollers, PLCs… no, you won’t see any jumbo-company set foot here – no there is no wireless adapter or LABView. I remember my friend made an UAV helicopter here for appropriate price haha.

Braga! The so-called "Parisj" street of Bandung. Braga's paintings are as beautiful as ever.

Braga! The so-called “Parisj” street of Bandung. Braga’s paintings are as beautiful as ever.

Braga Street, a place where foreigns and tourists often hang out. It is renovated and I don’t want to say anything about the andesit rocks ahaha But you can surely find some interesting paintings and uniques here. Braga Permai is old-fashioned restaurant which menu are inherited since Dutch colonialism. There is an information people might not know about Braga. Since Dutch Colonial, it is a tradition for newspaper publishers to drop their papers every morning in Braga Street so itinerant merchants and newspaper/book sellers, warung, or some other kind of merchants to take what they need and sell it (in roads, warung, or elsewhere). You may find them stacking the papers for sale there at 6-7AM in the morning. May be you can begin chatting with one of them too. They are quite friendly.

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