lasem #3: ceramic tiles factory house

IMG01315-20120404-1224remember that house with the jane austen’s kind of backyard in my lasem series post? a house that just transfer you to a different time. this house is known as the ceramic tiles factory (pabrik tegel) where they still sell the old vintage ceramic tiles. the factory itself still running although not like in their heighten days in the past. the owner’s family still lives around the place and pretty happy to let strangers like us wander to admire their house vintage beauty.

it is one of lasem hidden secret. a little vintage gem of the north java coast. i always have a thing for old pretty things such as this antique house :)

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lasem #2: a reminder of java northern coast civilization

IMG01992-20120403-1353a whole teak fishing boat in the making from lasem

“assume that your daughter does not exist anymore. a boat made from lasem would be your happiest child ever.” ~ gadis pantai (the girl from the coast) – pramoedya ananta toer

sitting down one afternoon in front of this huge teak fishing boat at one of the lasem’s coast, made you feel this grandiose reminiscence. made you think again about a historical narration of indonesia as a maritime power way back. five hundred. one thousand year ago.

but lasem is older. they even found a ship-wreck dated from the 7th century. it was still in restoration so i couldn’t get any picture yet. lasem is also famous for their ship craftsmanship. when cheng ho came to the northern coast of java, lasem is one of their ship factory. the same at the time of japanese occupation. and this art still existed, they still make their wooden boat in front of my eyes.

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rembang-lasem #1: old antique houses

salah satu rumah antik di rembang

one of the antique chinese house in rembang

i decided to give myself a trip as my 29th birthday present last april. mia, my friend coming from jakarta shared the trip. a single moms getaway journey. we spent three days in rembang-lasem. took an 8 hours trip with travel minivan from yogyakarta. we passed blora also, where the characters of pramoedya ananta toer’s came alive suddenly. picked up by bessy and yoesam, who i haven’t seen for so long and they took us for a tour around the area.

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sunset series: lasem – amnesia beach

IMG01220-20120402-1732the beach was name by my friend, bessy. it is a quiet and calm beach of the northern sea of java. it was a lovely reunion with old and new friends. no one but us enjoy the calm colorful sunset there. the best thing about this beach was that it gave me a piece of ancient chinese ceramic, being washed away in the many underwater shipwrecks of the lasem’s coast. i carry it as my lucky charm now.

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a suprise from lasem

so one busy morning, where i had to meet antariksa to get some video for a discussion we are preparing. that’s another project i would like to share later. anyway, i met bessy or he like to be called pop, i like to call him becy. he has been a good friend for years. always meeting him in odd places. we’ve been meeting regularly, since he is become the ambassador for batik lasem. he has been working in rembang heritage community and been inviting me to come to visit rembang and lasem. i might go this january after all this end of the year hecticness is over.

anyway, he become a hand in hand batik seller. always carrying a pack of batik lasem in his bag wherever he go. we met in via-via that morning because he had a meeting too with antariksa. the breakfast become a small exhibition of batik lasem. and for my suprise, bessy brought a red dragon batik lasem, just finish being exhibit in solo. i’ve been eyeing to buy a batik for the past years, but have not manage to decide or fallen completely for a piece. i wanted to start to add to my mother’s inherited collection. that morning was the moment.

i had a special discount from bessy and got myself the handmade dragon batik lasem. made by bapak parlan, seen in the photo above. it was such a lovely morning and such a joy i had until now. *grinning everytime i look at the dragon batik*.

it is going to be the dragon year next year and giving myself with such present, i felt next year would be such a lovely, lucky journey. time to rise.