When my sister in-laws gave me pinky Sumedang crackers to bring home as gift for my parents, it bring my journey home wonderfully surprised with a dish that bring my mother memory back to her childhood. Our neighbourhood “tukang sayur” – vegetables vendors has bring us “ikan Pe asap” or smoked stingray meat chunks earlier that day.

Smoked stingray or “ikan Pe” meat sells around 3000 IDR or just around 3 cent USD per chunks in my neighbourhood, its a very common meals in a regular household in Indonesia.

Served fried with traditional Javanese mixture of sambal – each house have its own variation – plus a pack of fried battered tofu and tempeh, the dish guaranteed will content your lunch hunger.



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When the museum become an ash

16 January 2016 morning. I received a short message from a colleague, there’s heavy smoke came out from inside the old building of Bahari Museum, one of the iconic landmark of old Batavia.

I rush my motorcycle across the town in a hurry to get there.

Arriving at the scene, the firefighters was already at work. The thick smoke make it difficult for breathing. I take my goggles with me as I walk to the closest safe area to take picture without intruding the firefighters at work.

The Maritime Museum in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, was razed by fire on Tuesday morning, 16 January 2018, at around 8:55 a.m, an official has said.

Museum head Husni Nizar said the fire had caused damage to the collection of miniature historical navigation equipment.

He added that the fire was first reported on the north side of the museum.

Energy for the nation

The workers of Refinery Unit VI in Pertamina Balongan, Indramayu, West Java, beamed with enthusiasm when I told them that I wanted to capture a story on energy production for the country. I was among eight photojournalists invited by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina to work on a photo collaboration project to mark the company’s 60th anniversary.

These workers make up the human story behind the refinery’s busy operations. They take pride in what they do to provide energy for the country, and carry out their daily duties with professionalism. From regular staff members and safety supervisors to researchers and health officers, every worker believes in the importance of their tasks. They know that no part is too small to contribute to the entire process of producing energy.

At the age of 60, Pertamina still faces a number of challenges, but the strong dedication of its workers gives us hope that the country will have a future in terms of energy resilience amid the skyrocketing prices of global oil.

LENS CULTURE PHOTOBOOK 2016 – Goethe House Jakarta

Lakina of Kahedupa