this used to be my neighbourhood in jakarta, circa 2008-2009, on the first sunday of the month which is car-free day. was there over the weekend, it hasn’t changed much. just a lot more buzz in this grand old city that has just celebrated its 487th birthday.
must make it for the 500th year.
one islamic year ago today, atta - that’s dad in turkish - lost his wife and my sister and i lost our mother, my two nephews lost their grandmother and countless people lost their sister, cousin and friend.
so we had prayers for mummy today. and atta spent the entire weekend going to the market, buying the best rice, chicken, vegetables, spices, ghee, condensed milk and whatever else for a feast meant for the poor and the few from the mosque who came to pray for mummy.
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