Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Half an Hour at Kota Tua

There was this one day public holiday last week, so me and my little sister got really excited. We were planning what it is that we're going to do on that one particular day. I came up with this idea to go around Jakarta to some of the tourist spots we’ve never visited. National monument is actually the one I had on top of my head. And there are some museums near the monument that I thought we can visit too. And we also decided to add Kota Tua to the list of places we’re planning to visit.

Unfortunately, one day before holiday, I caught this stupid flu so our plan changed a bit. Well, a lot. Not only we woke up late, we also spent too much time in front of television watching E!. Oh, well.. So, say goodbye to National Monuments and the museums, we decided to go just to Kota Tua.

from Indonesia Travel Guide
“Kota Tua, Jakarta (Jakarta Old Town, also known as Old Jakarta or Old Batavia) is an area of Dutch colonization inheritance which was well-known as Batavia in the 17th century. At Kota Tua area you can see old buildings with architecture style influenced by the Dutch or European architecture style, Chinese and even some of them with combination of Dutch and Chinese architecture. Some of the old buildings at Kota Tua area occupied as museums by the governor of DKI Jakarta. Kota Tua is one of a very interesting place or area to visit when you travel to Jakarta since it’s a center of historical tourism object in Jakarta.”

This is one of the favorite spots for bride-and-groom-to-be to take prewedding pictures, especially if you’re going for that vintage romantic theme. Although, in my opinion, it’s getting really common to take pictures in this very spot, it’s getting boring and everyone end up with same pictures. Still, I intended to snap as much pictures as I could.

And apparently, about half of Jakartans had the same idea.

Yes, the place was really crowded. I mean, I expected the place to be crowded but I didn’t expect it to be this crazy jam-packed. Oh, how naïve were we. And I was pretty clueless about what to do there, other than snacking and shopping. There are quite large selections of food stall. And some booths selling anything from sunglasses, shirts, shoes to stuffed animals. It was kinda hard to snap pictures without poeple crossing into frame.

There are two museums in this area, Museum Wayang and Museum Bank Indonesia but those are closed on Sunday and public holiday (which got me into thinking, when people will ever visit museums if the museums are closed on days where family usually hang out together?). Kota Tua area is rather big, so you can rent a bike here. But since it was really crowded, riding bike would be pointless. So this totally explains the title of this post. With the heat from sun and the crowd and my flu getting worse, we only stayed for about half an hour at Kota Tua.

Some of the things you can do at Kota Tua, riding bike

Some of the bicycles for rent

Tried to catch the vintage feel from Kota Tua. Failed, apparently.

Here's my makeup on that day.

Products used:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
NARS Loose Powder
La Tulipe Blush no.09

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Slate
La Tulipe eyeshadow quad no. 03 & 14
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Silver
MUFE Aqua Eyes in 0L
Maybelline Volum' Express Cat Eye Mascara
Revlon Colorstay Eyebrow Pencil

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

Anyway, I know it's getting boring to read only posts about FOTD lately. The thing is, I really want to do a video tutorials but my camera is really acting up nowadays, I don't understand why. It's getting better lately, that I'm able to take pictures again. But I'm not really sure if I can use it to record videos. Hopefully this will over soon.


Unknown said...

you are so pertty^^

Unknown said...

love your makeup^^