Treasuring North Sumatra Railway (KA Sumatra Utara Aceh : Divre 1) – Bandar Khalifah Railway Station

Bandar Khalifah railway station is one of active station in Regional Division 1 (North Sumatra & Aceh) Indonesian Railways. It is the first railway station if we go from Medan city to the East, and serve the area of Percut Sei Tuan, especially Tembung city. Located around 9 km from Besar Medan City Railway Station. 

Kali ini kita menjelajah stasiun Bandar Khalifah, salah satu stasiun di Divre 1 PT. KAI yang merupakan stasiun pertama di luar Medan apabila kita bergerak keluar dari Kota Medan ke arah Timur. Stasiun ini melayani penumpang dari daerah sekitar Kecamatan Percut Sei Tuan, terutama wilayah sekitar kota kecil Tembung

 

The station building itself sort of heritage from colonial era (not sure if it is built during colonial era, or after the Indonesian independence), which had been revitalized several times to its stake today. A small station, but fair number of passengers are using it to travel around North Sumatra. Here are the pictures

Bangunan stasiun ini agak mirip sejumlah bangunan stasiun warisan kolonial (tapi kurang yakin apa dibangun zaman kolonial atau sesudah kemerdekaan RI) yang telah mengalami beberapa pemugaran. Stasiun ini berukuran kecil tapi cukup banyak penumpang yang menggunakannya. Sila lihat foto-foto di bawah 

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Treasuring North Sumatra Railway (KA Sumatra Utara Aceh : Divre 1) – B Kedai Durian Railway Station

Kedai Durian Station is one of former stasiun in the now-in-existence Medan – Deli Tua Railway track. This is the last station before the train reach final destination, Deli Tua Railway Station (although I heard that the extent of the railway is also reaching Sibiru-biru, still passengers train is only reaching Deli Tua)

This station is stationed just by the borderline of Medan city and Deli Serdang District (Deli Tua). If the plan is realized to re-activate this station, it will be very helpful as commuter station given the huge number of residents near Kedai Durian and Marindal.

Stasiun Kedai Durian merupakan salah satu stasiun di ex Jalur KA Medan – Deli Tua. Stasiun terakhir sebelum Stasiun tujuan Deli Tua (tp aq ingat ada juga jalur KA sampe Sibiru-biru, meski saat operasional KA Penumpang hanya sampe Deli Tua).

Stasiun ini terletak persis di sekitar garis perbatasan Kota Medan dan Kabupaten Deli Serdang. Akan sangat membantu kalo bisa jadi stasiun commuter lagi, penduduk di sekitar sini amat sangat padat baik sekitar Kedai Durian dan Marindal

 

PHOTO GALLERY (GALERI FOTO):

This is the crossroad of Kedai Durian Railway Station, the former station premise is situated on the right side. The ascending mound is the point where railway cross section with the road. It is typical ‘physical appearances’ of all railway-streets crossing in Medan city with that ascending.

Inilah titik Stasiun Kedai Durian, stasiun posisi di sblh kanan..gundukan jalan itu adalah bekas rel KA (ciri khas rel Medan Deli Tua adalah semua rel perlintasan sebidang mulai dr Kota Medan sampe Deli Tua terletak sedikit di atas jalan raya sehingga seperti ‘polisi tidur’ (sehingga perpotonganny dengan jalan mudah sekali diidentifikasi)
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Javier Zanetti Retires : “Thank you Captain”

The Inter Milan Captain, one of the most loyalist football player in the modern football, Javier Zanetti, handed his resignation from football business after a long-sparkling 19 years of career in Inter Milan with total of 862 appearances. As it stands, he is now 40-years old.

The Argentinian had the home game against Lazio (which was won by Inter 4-1 to cement their way for Europe League competition next season ) as his swan song. Although it is well known will be his last prior to the game, Inter coach decided not to put the right-back player on the starting line up. Instead he was coming as substitute late on the 2nd half to a rapturous applause from all over stadium.
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Views from the Lake – University of Indonesia, Depok

I really have a huge accolade for stunning sceneries all around the campus of University of Indonesia Campus in Depok. It is always a great day to step my feet and brush my eyes with well-designed landscape that cover the university. That is the greatest thing about the university, the spirit for learning and teaching blend nicely with the mother’s nature son.

UI Depok Campus
University of Indonesia map (Depok campus)
Pic source : http://www.ui.ac.id/id/campus/page/peta-kampus-depok

In my earlier post, I shared some views of the pedestrian
On this post, the focus is on the beautiful images around the biggest lake in the University of Indonesia. The lake is perhaps the center point of the campus, the trademark of the landscape over here, as from that zone we could see the UI Directorate, Library, the Mosque, and some of the Departments like School of Law, etc. So one who visit this campus, should not miss a chance to at least walk around the lake to enjoy this view.

These are old photos, but luckily the queen of weather smiled so sweetly to me that I really had a good time in capturing the stills even with my very cheap camera – you can see the sunshine spring on this photos 🙂

Please enjoy 🙂

University of Indonesia Library on Cunstruction

University of Indonesia Library on Cunstruction

The Lake inside University of Indonesia, with glittering sunshine reflection upon the water

The Lake inside University of Indonesia, with glittering sunshine reflection upon the water


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My Diary – Short Train Journey from Maja – Rangkasbitung

I caught an economy train (kind of sleeper class in India train) for my departure from Maja to Rangkasbitung in Banten Province, Indonesia. The trip covered something like 30-km-distance (mostly flat with little hills one or two) and took about 40 minutes long. It was actually a sleeper train overall but as the economy ticket holder, I can only stand with other passengers in the corridor. Luckily, I can stand by the door facing the views in the flesh..

A view from Maja Railway Station

A view from Maja Railway Station

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Jakarta Views From Monas Tower (Monumen Nasional) Jakarta

Monas (Monumen Nasional) is a huge tower perhaps the trademark symbol of Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia. It is located closely in the heart of the city, so one can see almost all Jakarta perspectives by staring from the top of Monas tower.

I hereby share some Jakarta photos taken from the top of Monas tower. I would explain a lot about Monas in separated post. Watch this space and enjoy. Cheers 🙂

(If you want to copy or save these pictures onto your computer, just put a comment below, no need to wait for my reply, and then copy it. Simple as that. However, pictures NOT FOR commercial or political purposes, only for private or sharing consumption – kalau mau kopi atau save foto2 ini, tulis komen di bawah post ini, ngga usah tunggu reply saya, langsung kopi/save aja. Namun tidak boleh untuk tujuan komersil atau politik. Trims)

To the South

To the South

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My Top 10 : Most Popular News of 2012

As we have just passed another happy and turbulent year of 2012, I’d like to write things I feel the most events that taking up news so wide and popular among the people, of course from my own view. Please take a look (No disasters, murders, or everything regarding human lives as I only intend to write normal and interesting stories)

1. 21-12-2012
In and around day of 21st of December 2012, I sang Pearl Jam “Alive” so many times
” (Oh Oh, ho ho, I’m still alive yeaa)
No need to explain you the hype of this Maya calendar sensational fairytale, you know better than me.

2. Psy “Gangnam Style”
Suriah uprising news and another disasters decorate the early part of 2012. Then there was Psy with the hypnotic anthemic song “Oppa Gangnam Style”. I believe not many understand the meaning of the lyric, it was purely a party disco song. Psy came at the right time on the right place to entertain this full-of-pressures world.

3. Chelsea won the Champions League
Parking the bus! Parking the bus! Many football fans all around the world accused Chelsea and Di Matteo for this. Barcelona, perhaps the best football club this time around is a blatant victim. But the multi-billionare, the Russian Roman Abrahimovich won’t give any damn about it.

4. Palestine was acknowledged as a non-member of United Nations
An enormous advantage to the Palestine people, as more than 80% countries were in line with the United Nation’s decision. Of course Israel responded in another infamous houses development, but we all know that this news is a giant step forward to the freedom and peace of Palestine that should live happily alongside the Jews country, the most expected thing in the world ever.

5. US Elections
Altough Obama won it as expected, but the US Election news always pull up attentions all across the universe. Every online media all over the world as far as I have checked, reported it. The news about Mitt Romney and the league of him against Obama evolving like a daily-updated celebrity gossip, including the first debate between them which many says Romney won it. For three days I even read about hundreds of articles from various media just about the analysis of the debate. With the aggressive approach Kerry offer, I’m glad Obama won it by the way (of course another reason is because he was part of our country for 4 years, and under his leadership that US – Indonesia relationship hit the best period 🙂 )

6. Spain won the Euro 2012
Well it is like a common thing, Spain again won major tournament after Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010. But who cares? Spain is my favorite team, this generation show the world their determination, exhilarating passing games, good tactical, and great chemistry. So they deserve it, come on who can disagree?

7. Lady Gaga Cancelled Concert in Indonesia
In May 2012 our country made headlines with the cancellation of Lady Gaga concert due to constant strong objections from many Muslim organization especially FPI. Although almost 50.000 tickets sold (could be one of the Asia biggest concert in 2012) and the permission process was ongoing, the management decided to cancel the June-scheduled concert for safety reasons. I remember so many international media reporting this. Fortunately no major impact, from June to December there were about 15 major Western musicians doing concert in our country with no problem including Guns N Roses, Sting, J-Lo, and Backstreet Boys. Still it is a pity and big shame Lady Gaga could not make it here. I mean Katy Perry in February used dress-like-bikini for almost half of the show and Gun’s Roses singing many strong-frustrated lyrics but they have no problem doing concert here at all.

8. Kate Middleton Leaked Photos
I remember many of my women friends and many women in social media expressed their jealousy and fantasy in the wake of Prince William – Kate Middleton marriage. Perhaps they become a bit confused with this news, as always the member of Buckingham Palace become the frontal target of paparazies, burning media, social analysts, newspapers, etc. And the leaked photos incident just one but maybe the most infamous disaster happened to the beautiful English rose. Feel sorry for her, the photos are just normal private holiday photos, but the incident triggered so many buzz that unfortunately similar cases she may face again in the years to come. But this explain about many of Kate’s friends and England women comments about how ‘unlucky’ she was married to an English Prince.

9. China Election
As the new world’s tiger, the exchanging in China leadership naturally attract the world’s attention. Knowing as one of the closest political system in the world, they only have one party and nobody even know exactly how they choose the next party’s boss who automatically become the country’s President. Yes we can’t expect a media stage or the journalists and cameramen wandering around the Beijing City or even the Forbidden City to report what is happening from minute to minute like US election, but then every news coming from inside is waited with sch interest. I recalled so many analysts in BBC, CNN, FoxNews, Al-Jazeera, and others happily made their articles about China election.
Well maybe Guns Roses should make concert in the Great Wall or nearby to sing all the songs from their latest album with the album’s title that enough to make Chinese Government furious.

10. The End of Twilight
Well, the end to one of the most-hyped love story in the world. I like the movies and will never say anything negative about it, but at a few points I think the story on the novel are much better. Well no one can deny the success of the movies including me, everybody seems to love them (still I wonder whether most of the Robert-Kristen fans have ever read the novel anyway? :D). But to call it the best love movie ever, I will stick to Titanic, Sleepless in Seattle, and Pretty Woman. Still it is fun to read so many news and articles about the last saga of Twilight series and recall the history. What made me smile for the most of it is that Kristen-Robert is now a couple, what a lovely ending to Twilight fans ^_^

Ahmad Yani Park, Medan

These are photos of the greenly Ahmad Yani Park in Medan, my home town. Named after our Indonesian hero who sacrificed himself during revolution era in 1965 to tackle the communist rebels in Indonesia.

I went there in 2011 with my nephews, uncle, and cousin to enjoy some relaxing and refreshing air just in the middle of the city. With so many green plants and high trees added with great landscape design, it is a very good place to take our wheel off and spend some rest. I heard that last month the city’s government have added some children and sports tools to make the park more enjoyable. That’s great

Lush

Lush

My family still for a capture

My family still for a capture

Unique banana tree

Unique banana tree

My nephews enjoyed their lunch

My nephews enjoyed their lunch

Children's area

Children playing ground

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