Fred went a wandering.

The main road is amazingly busy 24/7 with sometimes up to 10 cars passing in a single day.[/url]

Many of the houses need a little attention ... and electricity ... and running water ...and a toilet

The village has two water supplies, the one from the national water company (That dries up in the dry season), and the well dug and maintained by the locals (That dries up in the dry season).

Basically, there's very water in much of the dry season, so you have to be very careful how you use it.

The well looks like this, including the pump system that fails with a power cut, and they happen at least once a week because of the electricity saving rota the national electricity company enforces as demand exceeds supply.

To explain the differences between the dry and rainy seasons, take a peek at these two photos I took in 2009.
Same lake, taken from the same place.

That duff building in Bintaro is about to be no more.
The press and emergency crews are in place, as are the explosives, and all are waiting for 10pm this evening

He's never going to ride on the road like that, is he?

Yep, he sure did.

That duff building in Bintaro is coming down piece by piece.

But this wouldn't be Indonesia without a bunch of guys collecting scrap metal that has come away during the demolition, regardless of how unsafe the place they're standing is.

(Sorry about the poor quality of the last picture; I only had my 24 X optical zoom compact so I had to resort to digital zoom).

Village life changes very slowly,  the pace of life equally so.

This village shop is new

Every village has a graveyard, and they all have far too many tiny graves.
Life without cash means no medical help so a sick child often becomes a dead child.

Doggies are not especially popular in Indonesia because their saliva is considered unclean in Islam. However, there are a lot of pet shops selling them over here, but some "shops" tend to be a little more portable.
Menteng (Where these were taken) is one of the posh parts of Jakarta, full of embassies and seriously expensive buildings, unless you wander down the side streets.

Streetside furniture shops and micro factories are in every town and city here, often clumped together in rows of shops all selling about the same stuff.
This example is in Glodok, just south of the Jakarta's old town.
Business is business so they're normally make anything you want in any size you want.

Newspapers are normal all over the world, but these sellers in Glodok near Jakarta's old town are a little multi culti in their business. They have papers in several languages to suit the diverse population in that area.

Selling papers from a bike is also pretty common here.

I don't much bother wandering into tourist areas because it isn't really my cup of tea and there are millions of snaps of Jakarta's old town (Kota tua) on the internet. However, it's worth a brief mention.

This is the old well that supplied the Dutch colony's water.

People go to the old town for various reasons, but they mostly involve looking around the museums, riding the old hire bikes, listening to music (Sold by the song performed live) and to wear hats they'd never get away with normally.
The chilled dudes you see performing were pretty good.

This visit was with intent, mostly to get a few shots of something very rarely taken, that being the mysterious activities of school and university "Bule" (Foreigners that look a lot like they might speak English) hunters.
English teachers and lecturers send their students off in hunting parties  with the aim of viciously interviewing foreigners and capturing interviewees on film.
Knowing there were very likely to be tribes of these hunters around, I went to shoot a few of them, totally ignoring the danger of being interviewed in order to get these rare photos of ESL learners in the wild.
I was interviewed several times but managed to escape alive after cleverly going to a shop to buy a life saving bottle of water so I could manage to answer their questions without dehydrating.

Note to the teachers and lecturers - Dudes, try some more imaginative questions - You're boring as hell.

I wandered through Bintaro sector 9 this afternoon, where I came across a chap whose roof had suffered in the recent bad weather.

I apologise for the poor quality but they were moving quickly and there was little time to get a shot.
Yes, they're carrying a tree on a motorbike.

Liquid nitrogen is at around minus 196 degrees centigrade - That's cold enough to freeze your hand, mouth or stomach as soon as it touches.

Anyway, on an entirely unrelated subject, who fancies a snack?

A dude making kids' snacks

Hang on ... what's this?

Ah, nitrogen. Maybe he has a side business pumping up tyres for high performance cars.

No, he's pouring a -196 degree liquid onto the snacks

Sometimes he puts some in a cup and pours it on

And the finished product

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