Monday Photo Essay: Colours of Makassar

30 Aug

Orange green and pink lorry parked in front of green building. Makassar, Indonesia.[tweetmeme source=”@mummy_t” only_single=false]

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Makassar, Indonesia. The capital of Sulawesi. A hectic, noisy port city, where even the scuzziest scenes are full of equatorial colour. Like these trucks, parked near the old port where the Bugis sailing ships unload.

red, yellow and orange lorries lined up at makassar port, indonesia.
Back of lorry in red, green and yellow. Makassar Port, indonesia.
Orange and green lorry in port, Makassar, Indonesia.

There are corrugated iron shacks on the dockfront, selling snacks when Ramadan permits, and housing entire families. As pretty, in their way, as the corrugated houses of Reykjavik, half a world away or more.
blue and pink shack, with green fence and washing lined up outside. Makassar harbour, indonesia.
Yellow and green corrugated iron restaurant shack, Makassar port, Indonesia.

The old Bugis sailing ships come in, their grimy hulls still throbbing with colour.
Striped hull of Bugis sailing ship, Makassar port, Indonesia.

Some of their wares are destined for Makassar Mall, in the bowels of the city. A slice of pure Indonesian craziness. Shoes, plastic flowers, sugary drinks and fake CDs teeter as if to fall. Indo techno pumps out of the speakers at a volume to make your ears bleed and the motorbikes boom by. It’s an intoxicating, toxic smells of durian, sewers, grilling fish and cheap perfume.
Sweet stall at Makassar Mall, Indonesia.
Plastic flowers at Makassar Mall, Makassar, Indonesia.

The noodle, meatball soup and rice stands shout out their wares.
Noodle stand at Makassar Mall, Indonesia.

Not half as loud as the becak drivers. Peddling as they pedal their bright rickshaws like so many pimps, pushing them at you from every side, as lovingly tended as the jeepneys of the Philippines.
Becak driver on pink and gold rickshaw. Makassar, Indonesia.
Rear of rickshaw carriage in green and gold. Makassar, Indonesia.
Conical hat rests on the white and gold seat of a becak, Makassar, Indonesia.

There’s one parked round the corner from our guesthouse, customised with old CDs.
Becak customised with CDs against pale yellow wall with tropical plants. Makassar, Indonesia.

Our window looks out on a grey plaster wall. After the buzz and noise, its textures are pure tranquility.
Textured grey plaster seen through the slats of a window. Makassar, Indonesia.

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5 Responses to “Monday Photo Essay: Colours of Makassar”

  1. jessiev at 11:04 pm #

    what GORGEOUS colors!!!!

  2. Keith at 7:48 am #

    Hello mummy T, been to makassar with the uk funfair 2 years ago. opened in the town centre, very nice people very friendly people, just like everywhere in the world, watch out for the odd bad boy.

    • MummyT at 10:09 pm #

      People are SOOO friendly, it’s untrue. Like to think I haven’t lost my London instincts, but probably wrong…

  3. LaboriousLiving at 9:00 pm #

    that first shot is awesome! Love the juxtaposition!

  4. scotttraveler at 1:31 pm #

    beautiful colors

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