On June 30th afternoon I’m supposed to meet up with a friend to do a project (will share it later when it’s done :D), but too bad she got sick and the whole plan was cancelled. Being suddenly idle, I got some nice idea to spend the rest of Sunday; seeing Jakarnaval. Jakarnaval is a part of Jakarta’s 486th birthday celebration. It’s a parade started from Balai Kota – Monas to Bunderan HI, the whole street was closed for this event. Mostly it’s about Betawi culture (Jakarta’s traditional culture) and all about Jakarta. Costume parade dominates this event. The governor, Mr. Joko Widodo a.k.a Jokowi intended Jakarnaval to be ‘pesta rakyat’ where every citizen without exception could enjoy it. Enough saying, here’s some photo from Jakarnaval 2013, enjoy!
Too bad I was unable to make it until the end, due to my camera’s battery life & I needed to leave at 5:00 pm (I left my grandma alone at home). But I was lucky enough to see the rest of the parade on my way back. I literally walked on foot from home (Pecenongan) – Bunderan HI – home. I think I killed my legs, haha, but that was fun!
** On the sad note, this event still had the usual disturbing problem, the trash! The more the crowd, the more the trash was. Gosh, I wonder if there’s any way to (somehow magically) make citizens of Jakarta be aware of their very own city’s cleanliness. I could see oily liquid floating inside the pond, not to mention people stepped on flower bed without any guilt. You can’t expect superb work from your government when you don’t even start it from yourself, can you?