indonesia chronicles: surabaya street

surabaya street is a well-known flea market in central jakarta.  after hearing mass at the cathedral, i took a cab and told the driver to drop me off at jalan surabaya.  the indonesian driver was a cheerful local who speak english started a small conversation asking where i was from:

me: well, guess where i’m from.

driver: singapore? (maybe a lot of tourists in jakarta are singaporeans?!)

me: nope.  guess once more.

driver: taiwan? (is he serious?!)

me: wrong.  i’m from the philippines.

driver: ohhh…  christian bautista! (lmao! was he that famous in indonesia?!)

we reached surabaya then i handed him idr 15,000 (was idr 11,000 in the taxi meter) for the fare and thanked him.  a few tourists were also looking for bargains as i walked beside the shops where the locals are seated at the curb either polishing brass or fixing items that they are selling.

there were a lot of items being sold like these antique-looking brass items.  my ma actually have a small collection of small brass vases but hers came from india.

i am not sure if the stuff they sell are authentic, anyway i was only there to look and take pictures.  one caucasian woman actually bought one of these supposedly world war II diving helmet made of copper and brass material.

then i passed by these wooden stick puppets which caught my attention.

i was hooked.  though i never had any plan to buy anything, these puppets are too artistically crafted that i wanted to bring one back home.

for idr 300,000 (about $30.00) i got these wooden stick puppets of rama and sita.  i think it was worth it having one for myself.

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16 responses to “indonesia chronicles: surabaya street

    • .. hi pauline! thanks for dropping by.

      .. there’s another one, a pinay singer named maribeth. i love those puppets too, i’m glad i bought them.

    • .. he’s a filipino singer and tv host quite well-known in philippines bert. i remember him as one who forgot the lyrics of the philippine national anthem when he sang it during one local boxing match (may lagnat ata sya nun!). :D

      .. i tip pag di pure bu**sh** yung taxi driver, kahit saan naman kasi may bwakaw sa kanila e.

  1. uy rob, wala ka talaga sa sirkulasyon sa showbiz, hahaha. sikat na sikat dyan si christian bautista, as in.. mas marami pa syang concerts and shows yata dyan na over na over ang mga tao kesa sa pinas e. napansin mo rin na may mga words na kapareho ng tagalog sa indonesian language?

  2. souvenir shopping is my kind of shopping. i like little knick knacks.

    yap, who is christian bautista? i believe i’m completely out of the showbiz loop. anjan pa ba si sharon?

    • .. yung mga taga amerika di yata siya kilala na, haha. andun pa si ate shawy, si ate vi, ewan ko lang si ate guy asan na! :D

  3. sa cambodia naman, marian at dingdong! the helmet looks too pretty to be authentic IMHO. and mygash di ba nakaka-highblood mag-convert? o ang lakas maka-yaman na nagbabayad ka ng 15000 for the fare?

    • .. in demand siguro ang mga teleserye nila dun?! nakakalito ang pera nila, andaming zero! 15000 is like a dollar and fifty, hehe.

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