Thursday, May 6, 2010

Where In The World Day 4......Jakarta

Today we are in Jakarta--home to 10M people!! Not a small city--very similar to New York or Chicgo-it is very urban with high rise living and lots of big business!
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Just like all the other stops--this place is hazey! It seems that every spring this wide spread haze just settles of most of Southeast Asia and it sits there till summer! It was about 95 and super humid--the kind where you sweat coming out of the hotel and you simply want to shower three or four times a day!
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Every place has a market--its all about how much you want to search! By this point in the trip all I want is a good shopping mall with some air condition!
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Here is the local transportation of choice--ricshaws and moter bikes--they are everywhere--I have some photos from India where you may see 8 people on one of there! NO KIDDING!
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Whenever I travel I try to get to see some histroy as well. It is amazing how much I have and how blessed I am to live in a country where I can be who I want, live where I want, I have all my needs and if you have seen my scraproom--most of my wants--and learing about the places I visit makes me find deeper meaning in the whole experiance! Learing about their history makes me want to know and understand more about ours!
If I showed all my pictures now I would have nothing to show in future projects--so I just wanted to give you a taste of Jakarta--I loved the city and hope to return next year! There is so much more to see that I could spend an entire week and still not get through my wish list!


Today's Blog Candy is a traditional art form from the region. Batik is a process where resist and dye are used to make a beautiful work of art--I had to try this in college--it is a true craftsman art. It reminds me of what a lot of people are doing with copic markers these days--
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This would make a beautiful pillow or simply framed!!

66 comments:

  1. Another interesting stop on our trip. I love the colorful rickshaw. I did some batik in school also and it is a beautiful technique. Very lovely giveaway today.

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  2. This trip is amazing. What a great opportunity to see and experience. Jakarta needs to go on my travel list. I would love to explore the shopping area pictured even though there isn't any air conditioning. Beautiful giveaway.

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  3. What a super trip all that and business to.The batik piece is just lovely.

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  4. Beautiful material. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  5. What beautiful sites you are seeing & experiencing! The Batik today is beautiful!

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  6. Thank you, Scrapguy, for taking us on this delightful tour! I look forward to checking out each day's stop.

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  7. Thanks for another great 'stop'. Don't know if you want to put it on here but what do you do that you get to travel to such places AND do you have any openings? LOL...great blog candy today as well. Thanks for your generosity!

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  8. another interesting place that you have visited

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  9. 8 people, you're kidding right? I hate when five people try to pile in my car and I have a pretty roomy car. Thanks for sharing

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  10. i love batik! it is so pretty!! i also had to do it in college...and I did not do a very good job might I add :)

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  11. I agree with you about traveling, you really
    appreciate all that you have after seeing how
    people from other cultures struggle just to get
    their basic needs met. Traveling is a great
    exercise in humility and gratitude!
    Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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  12. What a neat journey you are taking us on! Love the batik scarf.
    MCF's Mimi

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  13. Beautiful scarf! So what is it you do that takes you to such far off places so often?

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  14. Thanks for another great stop, whilst I was in Sri Lanka we travelled everywhere by ricshaws and boy do they drive crazily in those things. What a beautiful print, I loved doing batik work when I was at school.
    Kim xXx

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  15. Wow! Another amazing adventure through the eyes of the ScrapGuy. Thanks again

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  16. The Batik Piece looks AMAZING! I love the colors:) It must be sooo nice to travel to other countries for business and still be able to enjoy them for their culture.... Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! (scrapper1969)

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  17. i was thinking a little ahead of the blog writing and thinking to myself what a wonderful pillow this would make. then --- reading on --- is exactly what you said. boy - do great and creative minds think alike. thanks for sharing.

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  18. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love these photos - so cool! That batik is amazing. I am dying to work on a travel album with you - how fun would that be? These are such cool photos! HUGS!

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  19. Wow eight people in one of those!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You are lucky to have a job that takes you all over the world!! I am really enjoying your videos!! I wouldn't mind winning!! I am glad I found your blog!!

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  21. Lovely batik! I enjoyed seeing the rickshaws :)

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  22. It has been so fun going through all the countries with you. The batik is beautiful.

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  23. Looks like an interesting place to explore.

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  24. What a wonderful stop on our travels with you. The material you are giving away is fantastic.

    MShady

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  25. Oh My! Oh My! Oh My! These are some awesome photos and that batik is just beautiful! :)

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  26. This is so great!!! Take me with you next time!!!

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  27. bryan...i love what you are doing with this series of yours. great touch.

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  28. Hi Bryan, I'm a quilter and I can surely get some use from that beautiful piece of Batik fabric. Did you ever get to a maul?

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  29. I love the red on the fabric

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  30. Thanks again for another trip that I can enjoy this is so nice that you are sharing with us. I know what you mean about it is nice where we live and living the way we do we are very lucky.

    Thanks

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  31. Thanks for letting us travel virtually with you. I'm enjoying the trip around the world. :)

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  32. awesome give away today bryon! so far jakarta is my favroite of the citites you have shared..
    thank you
    marie
    mea57_98@yahoo.com

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  33. Love this Batik fabric. What a fortunate guy you are to be able to travel to exotic and wonderful places.

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  34. You're making us feel like we were right there with you. Thank you for your naration.

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  35. I want to go on this trip what fun. Thanks for sharing

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  36. I am having so much fun. Thanks for the tour. That fountain is gorgeous as is the Batik. Where will I be when morning comes?

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  37. Yes, for certain, it would be beautiful framed....and hanging in my bedroom. Thank you for taking the time to share these 'far away' places with us.

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  38. Jakata..I know nothing about that country..but sounds wonderful. I can relate to wanting to get to A/C and USA style shopping..haha.. Makes you appreciate what we have here in America. Love the fabric and design.. thnx again for sharing..

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  39. you really are blessed. thank you for sharing. this has been great. looking forward to more
    michele
    tishy34@hotmail.com

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  40. Thank you so much for taking us all along with you. I know I may never in my life time make it there so I really appreciate everything you are showing us. Thank you so much for sharing your part of your life with us!! Enjoy the rest of your trip. :o)

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  41. Another fascinating place that you have taken us. I bet you could spend days just going through those markets!
    Wonderful blog candy!
    Thanks!

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  42. The batik would go perfectly with my Asian decor in my living room or dining room! It would be tough to decide whether to sew a pillow or frame it! Thanks for the chance to win all the beautiful art.

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  43. Wow! What great experiences! My best friend is living in Jakarta! I would love to go see her! The embroidery art is gorgeous!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  44. The little ricshaws are funny. I can just picture them packed with people! :) Too funny!

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  45. Thanks for sharing. Yes, we should be greatful for living in this country, compared to the rest of the world. Jakarta sound nice to see. Thanks for sharing your adventures, and the chance to win.

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  46. Great pictures! Not sure if I could use today's blog candy as a pillow, especially not with a dog and two kids, but it would certainly be beautiful framed. And what a conversation piece!

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  47. Bryan,

    I love your travel series, but I have to admit, I missed the video today (hearing you narrate)! ;)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures,

    Jennifer

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  48. My brother and his wife have some beautiful pieces like this since she was raised in Jakarta.

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  49. Beautiful art! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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  50. I love hearing about all these places that I will never get to see. I love the fabric giveaway. mdot kdot schmidt athotmail dotcom
    I would frame the fabric, so pretty

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  51. What an amazing place. I am so jealous of your travels. It must be fun to see all of these places.

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  52. Beautiful city. We in Georgia got a taste of the humidity you where talking about this week. Nothing like rain that floods followed by 90 degree weather to make things muggy!

    Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Another great stop on your trip. Memories that you will always have. Great Job.

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  54. Beautiful!! I've been babysitting 2 of my granddaughers (cousins) 5 and 1 1/2 for 2 solid days and I am about ready to drop. I'm glad I was able to catch up on your travels. I've been looking so forward to each day.

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  55. So amazing. So many memories and so much to learn.

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip. It is nice to be able to see it through someone else eyes.

    Oh, the blog candy is great. A pillow would be nice, but I think more of the art work on the back of a nice blouse or the back of a jacket. Sorry the latin is showing. lol

    TFS.

    Kathryn

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  56. Another great stop. You certainly didn't allow any grass to grow under your feet. No wonder you were exhausted. Just love experiencing culture. So interesting!

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  57. Thanks so much for sharing it looks a like an amazing trip even if you're are working.

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  58. Have friends from Jakarta. Your pics add to the interest. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. Wow thank you for taking the time to take the pictures and videos and giving us a tour. I feel like we got to go on the trip with you.

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  60. Great pictures, thanks for sharing

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  61. Jakarta seems like such a great place--I'm with you Bryan, anywhere I travel,I like to learn a little bit of history about the place I am visiting--it seems to put it all into perspective doesn't it.

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  62. It is great that you got to experience some of these places while on work travel. It seems like when my hubby does International travel that all he has time for is the view around his office and hotel! Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful items and your stories with us.

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  63. I used to do some Batik work myself, but that was back in the 70's (high school!) when it was a fad. Nothing even remotely close to the intricate design on this piece. Gorgeous!

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  64. BEAUTIFUL!!! I would love to have this framed and on my wall!!! I have to say how amazing this is that one of us will get to share your journey by having this artwork in our home and think of you whenever we look at it. Pass on to our children with the story of how we got it!!! TOO FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!A bit surreal! :-)

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  65. so many treasures...this one would make a beautiful framed conversation piece!

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  66. The Batik is stunning. I bet you have an idea on how to mimic this on a card or layout, don't you Bryon?!

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