Gedung Sate costs 6 million Gulden in 1926

Gedung Sate costs 6 million Gulden in 1926

Written by: Susanna Sunarno,  Photo by: Anindita Harimurti Ax

To see Gedung Sate, you need 3 hours drive from Jakarta to Bandung. People called it  ‘Gedung Sate’ or Satay House, but just because you hear ‘satay’ it doesn’t mean that the buiding is a satay restaurant. It is a government building that has a very important historical building, build in 1920 -1926 during the Dutch Colonial Government ruled the land. Why most Indonesian called it Gedung Sate?   Let’s check out more of  its history.

“Gedung Sate is one of Bandung’s most impressive architectural heritage landmarks that reflects the heyday of the Indo-European style. It was built in the period of 1920 – 1926, and is most fascinating and well maintained. The building is nicknamed ‘Gedung Sate’ for the roof rods which somewhat resemble satay sticks. In the Dutch period in Indonesia, it was known as GOUVERNMENT BEDRIJVEN BUILDING (BG Building).

James Germer, a Netherlander architect who for a long time  lived in Thailand made the design of the building. He was assisted by supervisors, mostly Chinese, Arabian, and Native Indonesian. Therefore, the architectural style of the building is a combination of Art deco, Moorish style and Siamese (Thailand).

The construction was executed by Waterkracher Eelectrocillet (W&E) which started by destroying Gunung Batu/ Stone Mountain in Cipatat, Rajamandala and Batureok area at Lembang. It tooks 4 months, casting the concrete, stratification of high quality stones and roofing with the concrete foundation. The main building costs 6.000.000 Gulden which was a very grand budjet at that period.

Today it is the office of West Jave Provincial Government where the Governor has his office.”” (from the Tourism West  Java Travel Directory, Departement of Tourism)

Indonesian Comic Festival

For all comic lovers, the Festival Komik Indonesia is the town.

Written by: Susanna Sunarno

me and cartoon

Come on and check out what kinds are there. There are interesting Indonesian clasic comic legend, Wayang comic and also today comic for created by Indonesian, Japanese, American, European and others. Many interesting comic T-shirt are also there for you. You can also request for a cartoon of yourself, and get an original hand painting from Panji Tengkorang by Mr.Hans Jaladara.

The festival it self is held on February 22 – 28th 2010 in Pasar Festifal Kuningan. Free enty for every visitors.

From Indonesia, Happy Anniversary to Brunei Darussalam

Written by: Susanna Sunarno

This evening, the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Jakarta, Indonesia held a reception to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the country.

To my surprise, the traditional dances of Brunei are so similar to the traditional dances of Malay people in Sumatera – especially in the Riau Archipelago. The traditional dances and costumes reflect the fact that the cultural bonds between Brunei and Sumatera have always been very close for a very long time. Not to mention that Brunei has Bahasa Melayu as their official language. And the colloquial dialect sounds closer to Bahasa Indonesia or Melayu Sumatera rather than to Malaysian. Nevertheless, in Brunei, as a former British colony, English is widely spoken, especially for business.

The brotherhood and collaboration between the people of Brunei and Indonesia continue to flourish from year to year. “On January 12, 2007, the heads of Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia officially endorsed the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative. A declaration on the initiative to work together to protect the unique rainforests of Borneo and was signed in Bali,” as noted in the Business Guide Brunei Darussalam.

We do really hope our brotherly friendship blossom though times….. 

WAYANG GOLEK, a West Java Wooden Puppet Show

WAYANG GOLEK, a West Java Puppet show

Photos and naration by : Susanna Sunarno

One day at Cipta Gelar Village,

a far away village, uphill in Sukabumi, West Java, the villagers are celebrating their harvest.  

Traditionals performances came from neighbouring villages. One is Wayang Golek, West Java Golek Puppet show. This is how the tell the stories……  

      This is how ‘dalang’ or a puppet master tells his story…

'Dalang' (A puppet master)  in action.....
'Dalang' (A puppet master) in action.....

SATE AYAM, Indonesian delicious chicken satay

Written by: Susanna Sunarno

Yesterday, I went to see my niece in a hospital. She is 3.5 year old girl who looked really really bored of being hospitalized though she’s been a few days there. In the hospital cafetaria, I ate Sate Ayam. A food you can find it everywhere all over Indonesia. Now, I want to share it with you.

Here’s a recipe I found in a book ‘Indonesian Cuisine’ by Indonesian Ministry of Trade



1 TBSP margarine, melted                                       16 satay skewers

Fried shiced shallots                                                  1/2 tsp pepper                                           1/2 tsp salt


100 g peanuts,      1 tbsp sliced red chilies.      1 1/2 sliced capsicums

50 ml dark sweet soy sauce     3 tsp sliced shallots       1 tbsp lime juice

  • Mix the chicken meat with salt and pepper. Put the chicken meat pieces into bamboo skewers, about 4-5 to each skewer.
  • Mix wee the dark sweet soy sauce and the melted margarine. Dip the satay thoroughly to the mixture and then grill over a charcoal stove. turn over several times until the satay thoroughly cooked and turns to brown.
  • To make peanut sambal: Blend peanuts, chilies, and capsicums into a paste. Mix with dark sweet soy sauce,shallots, and lime juice
  • Serve the satay with the peanut sambal and sprinkle with friend sliced shallots.

Now, you can make your own satay…   Bon a petite…!

Jakarta, I miss you

Jakarta, I miss you….

Written by: Susanna Sunarno

As we walk down the street, my husband take this picture

Yesterday, I found a long lost old friend, who is now living in Kalimantan Island, with her 1 year old daughter and a husband. I remember her as an individual fulls of surprise. Born in a religious devoted moslem family in a far village in Yogyakarta regency, she struggled through her live as a ‘single independent female’ in Yogyakarta, Jakarta, Malaysia and Aceh. Yeah, we had a lot of talk back in those days. We mostly talked about life and also about the fact that even in a metropolitan capital city like Jakarta, a life of single independent females are not easy. Some friends in the office sometimes mock me for still being single; not to mention those of our own family or surrounding neighbour. Surprisingly after a long journey of life, she found her love one in her own village in Yogyakarta; and about 2 years later, I found mine in Jakarta. We were recently conneted by Facebook.

Yesterday, I called her. And to my surprise she said that she misses Jakarta. Living in Jakarta is never been so simple; nevertheless she has the sense of longing and feel at home when remembering about the City. Yeah, I bet you remember about being able to pick up all the things you want to buy here and to hunt for discounts during sale seasons. Hahaha…. Come,then, to Jakarta; not to work and live here, but to have your vacation here with the whole family, friends and neighbour…haha….

 OK, I see you next time, old friend….