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Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Warung Kopi Indra is a true blue-collar hangout for everyday working Tarakans. As the photo suggests, you don't need to buy kopi susu to sit at a table here.

Warung Kopi

But those who do order coffee here will be surprised at how good it is. It's sock-brewed, mixed with condensed milk, and is totally delicious.

Roti Kaya

And the roti kaya - homemade bread topped with margarine and traditional kaya spread - is to die for!

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
The island of Tarakan, off the east coast of Indonesian Borneo, is practically riddled with remnants from WWII and the postwar independence battles.

Bullets

We found these live bullets near a Dutch bunker... a historian says they probably date back to just after WWII, when the Indonesians were fighting for independence against the Dutch.

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Just like those little matchboxes :)

TS Boat

TS Taxi

Man this Tilt-Shift effect is Da Bomb!

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
Infra-red. Wat Ratchaburana in infra-red.

Wat Ratcha

 
Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A crowd of monks meditate quietly inside a glass display case at Bangkok's Buddhist market on Bamrung Muang Road:

Silent monks

These 8-inch high statues are so lifelike, they even have details like freshly-shaven hair, liver spots, moles - you name it. Best of all, they have life-sized versions modeled after real monks.

What do they use these for? Well, in the nearby town of Amphawa, I saw one such statue resting on an altar commemorating a long-dead monk. In front of it was a little coin box - you dropped a coin inside and it automatically played an audio recording of one of the man's lectures. Sitting there and listening to it was probably better than watching a video!

 

 

 
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