I had been wanting to go to the traditional harbour of Sunda Kelapa, but plans made always failed. So when a friend who took me for a photowalk changed his mind about where he wanted to go, and got us to Sunda Kelapa instead, there was no reason for me to say no.
So there we went. The harbour in that late afternoon was pretty busy, with people loading and unloading things to and from the schooners. Yes, at this harbour it is the traditional wooden schooners dominated the scene. For centuries, Indonesian sailors and explorers had been known for their journeys around the globe.
The Bugis –from where my ancestors came, especially famous for this. They sailed using Phinisi Schooner. Not only they sailed all over the world, they also had been known for attaining lands in their destination, mostly by giving their services to the native lords in return for some piece of land, or by marrying the locals. That’s how the history tells. It’s not so surprising that in almost every region in Indonesia, or even in Southeast Asia, you can find any Kampung Bugis, or Bugis Village.
Back to Sunda Kelapa. After strolling along the long pier, we took a small boat and went down to waters around the harbour. The timing was perfect, as the sun was setting, it gave a good lighting.
So here below are some of my shots, using Hipstamatic app from my iPhone, set for random combo.