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.