Gowes Apresiasi Non Partisan

Gowes CFD pagi hari ini bermisi untuk menikmati keindahan dan kemajuan kota Jakarta. Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin sudah selesai dirapihkan. Jalanan di aspal mulus, trotoar menjadi lebar dan rapi, nyaman untuk pejalan kaki. Di kanan kiri pun akses masuk ke stasiun underground MRT Jakarta sudah terlihat bentuknya, menunggu operasionalisasi yang tinggal sebentar lagi.

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Kazan Kremlin Bike Ride

Near our hotel in Bauman Street, there ‘s a city bike station which can be rented. This morning, I and Rafif tried it and had a spin around Kazan Kremlin area.

It took us a good half an hour to resolve the payment to use the bike. It only cost 30RUB (circa IDR75k) for a day rent, but we can’t pay in cash. We have to use credit card.

And this was the problem, as apparently some of my credit cards refuse to accept transaction from the payment merchant. Luckily one of my card worked, so then we started our bike ride. Continue reading

Gowes Pilkada

Taking advantage of national public holiday because of Pilkada (regional election), I and Rafif joined some of my office colleagues rode to GBK complex.

While we were in the inner stadium ring, I flew my Pelican for an aerial photography. Alas, the security guard asked me to put it down, as it is now prohibited.

Well, I managed to capture a short video and snapshot of mine before I landed my Pelican.

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Itikaf Terakhir Ramadhan Tahun Ini

Insya Allah, malam ini adalah itikaf terakhir bagi kaum muslim untuk Ramadhan tahun ini. Merasa nyaman ber-itikaf di Masjid Al-Hidayah, kembali saya bersepeda ke masjid dekat kompleks rumah ini. Berbeda dengan dua malam yang lalu, kali ini Superman Brompton dilipat dan dikunci di dalam selasar masjid, agar ibadah bisa lebih khusyu’ dan gak kepikiran ☺️

Sesampai di masjid saat tengah malam, hujan gerimis kecil turun. Menambah syahdu malam yang akan kurindukan ini. Inikah tanda malam Lailatul Qadr? Wallahualam.

Kalaupun tidak, ijinkan kami menemuinya di bulan Ramadhan tahun depan, Ya Allah. Aamiin Allahuma Aamiin. 🙏

Short Ride in Ancol Beach

As this morning we plan to have family gathering at Ancol Beach, I brought my Superman Brompton for a ride along the beach park. It’s too bad the time is limited, hence I can only do short ride near the Ancol wooden pier. I think I spent more time taking pictures than riding my Brompton. LOL. Here are some of them.

Pantjoran Tea House: A Nice Piece of Heritage

When we had our first ride to Kota Tua, I spotted this place. Located across Glodok electronic centre, it sits in triangle intersection of Jalan Pancoran and Jalan Pintu Besar Selatan. It looks unique, with architecture and layout lent from Batavia old town chinese house.

We stopped by this place for breakfast during our CFD ride. The tea house doesn’t have parking spot for cars, but for bicycle riders they reserves three lanes of bicycle parking slots, which is very convenient for CFD riders like us.

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Easter Day CFD Ride: No Fooling Around

It’s 1st of April, but there’s no fooling around on our car free day (CFD) ride on Easter Day. We rode over than 33 km from our house to Petak Sembilan and Monas, before cycled back through Antasari.

Taking opportunity of a less-crowded CFD (it’s still a lot of people, mind you), we managed to arrive at Hotel Indonesia runabout and then, Petak Sembilan quite quickly.

Rafif ride his Dahon through less crowded CFD

Us in Hotel Indonesia rinabout with Asian Games counter – only 139 days to the biggest sporting event in Asia!

However when we arrived there, we were not really sure where to go. Yes, there was this “klenteng” (praying place), however as we were afraid to disturb the procession, we decided to explore some of the place’s narrow alleys instead.

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Reminiscing Our Easy Ride

This week ride is a short one. Rafif asked to revisit his favorite bike route when he was still a kid: home to McDonalds Pondok Indah for unhealthy breakfast. So here we go.

However finding the route was too short for both of us, we detoured a bit, and went cycling to Bukit Golf area, one of Jakarta’s most prestigious complex, which has very green area and quiet road, ideal for cycling and jogging.

And as what we had in the past, we completed the ride with breakfast meal in McDonalds. Had pretty good chat too with Rafif, which is what this weekend cycling is all about: father-son bonding time.