Sunday, September 9, 2012

An Old House on the Hill with Sea View Far Away

The house is situated on steep hill at Tanah Poetih hill street. Nowadays the street known as Wahidin Sudirohusodo Street, a transition street that connecting Semarang coastal plain area to Semarang hill city area. The house and its large courtyard is elevated on steep green hill. Somebody must take a long walk through a steep and long steps way before entering the verandah.

I remember during my childhood I ever stopped by on the pedestrian in front of this house. And I found stunning sea view within glimpse of big vessels floating on the sea. Imagine if I sit on a chair inside the verandah, may be I will nicely enjoy this stunning sea view better than I have found when I was standing on street pedestrian. When we open the Google Map and stretching a straight line from this house position to the beach line, we will find a certain distance about more than 10 kilometers.

Yes, it just a memory that comes from my childhood during 1970s. A memory from the past time when my grandfather took me on his grey colors Das Kleine Wunder (DKW) from the year of 1940s, an old mighty German made motor bike that could climbed steep hill street of Tanah Poetih. We stopped by at street pedestrian in front of this old house and pointing our fingers out to panoramic Semarang coastal plain area with blue-green Java Sea as a background. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jomblang Hill View

Pictures in this posting are taken around Jomblang-Candisari area where Jomblang Reservoir and Cantung Cemetery Hill are situated. Jomblang itself is an interesting area that comprises including a highland elevated area where dense settlement around steep Jomblang Hill side is located below the reservoir building and cemetery site. In this area we can find and experiencing a transition point between Semarang higher ground area and Semarang lower coastal plain area.

From the lower ground at the end of Mataram street we can see glimpse of lush frangipani trees that grow on Cantung cemetry hill with glimpse of of small copula tower belong to the reservoir building is found nearby. From the higher ground at 'slum' walkway around the 'kampung' settlement we can have wider view throughout most part of Semarang lower plain city area, including the emerging new apartment tower that will become the tallest building in Semarang City.

Around south-end side of Mataram Street, we can still find a remaining abandoned old big house facing to the commercial area across the street. An old house with large front courtyard that currently hidden behind messy temporary fenching and street vendor sheds. It seem a house came from the past time that typically is found and spread-out in some places in this city.

In my older blog posting I have mentioned about the goat market (pasar kambing) and Jomblang Reservoir; actually these two sites are situated not far from south-end side of Mataram Street and maybe becomes another 'hallmark' belong to the Jomblang Hill Area.