Photography: Los Angeles

This is some of photos left in my disk from trip to LA in 2015.

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I was stayed in Hermosa Beach that one of popular beach along west coast Los Angeles California.

Hermosa beach
Hermosa beach

One of most important is keep the nature and protect biodiversity (left) in the areas.

Sign for pier visitor

Watching birds play with wave

Sun down in Hermosa
Hermosa pier – like painting ?
Sundown at Hermosa pier
Perfect silhouette


Hollywood walk of fame
Hollywood – perhaps this place most visited place in LA 

Photography: Seoul in January 2019


Musim dingin dimana sebagian pohon tidak berdaun dan menunggu musim semi
Ketika kita masih membicarakan energi terbarukan, negara lain sudah melakukannya dengan penggunaan wind turbin. Mungkin 20-30 tahun lagi kita baru mulai?
Salah satu yang membuat jalan menjadi lenggang adalah tersedianya transportasi publik massal yang memadai, baik itu bus atau KA. Inipun kita sudah telat 20 tahun…
Kota yang hidup adalah kota yang masih terus membangun atau melakukan renovasi. Sampai ambang batas-nya terpenuhi dan kemudian expansi ke wilayah baru.
The Seoul National Science Museum; bukan lokasi mainstream untuk dikunjungi tetapi menyediakan banyak informasi. Kids love it.
Situs dengan jejak kaki dinaosurus di lapisan bebatuan.
Replika ruang pegendali peluncuran roket di SCIPIA
Teknologi masa lalu bisa menjadi pelajaran berharga untuk saat ini. Di Korea lantai rumah masa lalu dibuat berongga untuk mengalirkan panas yang terhubung ke tungku masak dibagian dapur pada musim dingin.



Stegosaurus; replika dengan ukuran yang sama dengan prediksi ukuran sebenarnya
Salah satu replikasi dinosaurus herbivora
Hangnam river… memisahkan dua bagian kota Seoul, terhubung dengan jembatan untuk KA dan jalan raya.
Ketika bangunan tradisional masih dipertahankan diantara pencakar langit di Seoul
Vivaldi Park; salah satu resor ski dan snow playground paling ramai karena hanya butuh waktu 1.5 jam dengan bus dari pusat kota





Photography: San Diego

This post part of latest post about my trip and what I learn from my trip.

When I was arrived in San Diego at summer time in July 2015, I feel like arrived in one of city in tropical city. It’s rain when I was arrived but next couple days nice summer days with sun and heat.

Its about beach, sun and palm trees
Its about beach, sun and palm trees

San Diego is one of the top-ten best climates in the Farmers’ Almanac[58] and is one of the two best summer climates in America as scored by The Weather Channel.[59] Under the Köppen–Geiger climate classification system, the San Diego area has been variously categorized as having either a semi-arid climate (BSh in the original classification[60] and BSkn in modified Köppen classification)[61] or a Mediterranean climate[62] (Csa and Csb).[63] San Diego’s climate is characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters with most of the annual precipitation falling between December and March. The city has a mild climate year-round,[64] with an average of 201 days above 70 °F (21 °C) and low rainfall (9–13 inches [230–330 mm] annually). Dewpoints in the summer months range from 57.0 °F (13.9 °C) to 62.4 °F (16.9 °C).[65]

The climate in San Diego, like most of Southern California, often varies significantly over short geographical distances resulting in microclimates. In San Diego, this is mostly because of the city’s topography (the Bay, and the numerous hills, mountains, and canyons). Frequently, particularly during the “May gray/June gloom” period, a thick “marine layer” cloud cover will keep the air cool and damp within a few miles of the coast, but will yield to bright cloudless sunshine approximately 5–10 miles (8.0–16.1 km) inland.[66] Sometimes the June gloom can last into July, causing cloudy skies over most of San Diego for the entire day.[67][68] Even in the absence of June gloom, inland areas tend to experience much more significant temperature variations than coastal areas, where the ocean serves as a moderating influence. Thus, for example, downtown San Diego averages January lows of 50 °F (10 °C) and August highs of 78 °F (26 °C). The city of El Cajon, just 10 miles (16 km) inland from downtown San Diego, averages January lows of 42 °F (6 °C) and August highs of 88 °F (31 °C). (source Wikipedia.

San Diego is about sun
San Diego is about the sun
Palm trees along coastline, typical California landscape
Palm trees along coastline, typical California landscape

Arrived at San Diego Airport you can see some scene in Airport that shown history of San Diego. Some feature that you can see are miniature of plane from WW II that link with San Diego as Navy base in US.

San Diego Airport
San Diego Airport

Some historical display a the airport that describe gold rush and early stage of San Diego development.

Some historical display in San Diego Airport
Some historical display in San Diego Airport

San Diego County as part of California state  spread 190 km along west coast of US to south part of border with Mexico.

San Diego well known as US navy based and also tourism areas for spring break, with very good climate regime San Diego have no cold extreme during winter.

With an estimated population of 1,381,069 as of July 1, 2014,[9] San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. San Diego is the birthplace of California[11] and is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy, and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology development center.

Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was the first site visited by Europeans on what is now the West Coast of the United States. Upon landing in San Diego Bay in 1542, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the entire area for Spain, forming the basis for the settlement of Alta California 200 years later. The Presidio and Mission of San Diego, founded in 1769, formed the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of newly independent Mexico, and in 1850, became part of the United States following the Mexican–American War and the admission of California to the union (Wikipedia).

San Diego Bay View
San Diego Bay ViewSan Diego

San Diego combined between sky scrapper and coastline settlement and tourism areas.

San Diego Bay, combined modern city and long history of navy infrastructure
San Diego Bay, combined modern city and long history of navy infrastructure
Sky scrapper San Diego City
Sky scrapper San Diego City
San Diego City downtown
San Diego City downtown area near city hall
Beautiful sunset in San Diego
Beautiful sunset in San Diego

City Structure and Transportation

As planner, I will always see city structure and tried to learn from that.

San Diego lay along coastline consist 9 city council. I see that areas could defined into business areas that located along the coastline and settlements that located far from coastline. Some settlement might laid near coastline such as Coronado with long history settlements for navy.

San Diego from above
San Diego from above

City structure following multiple nucleus with several sector based.

multiple nucleus structure with different sector

Some urban areas developed.

Away from rural, several semi urban areas developed
Away from rural, several semi urban areas developed

ESRI User Conference

I also attended ESRI User  Conference in July, a huge conference with 16.000 participants from all over the world.

ESRI Conference_Exhibition
ESRI Conference_Exhibition
Map expo_lots of beautiful maps displayed here


Photography: Tips and What I Learn from My Trip

All photos taken during my trip to San Diego and Colorado. San Diego trip for participated in ESRI User Conference 2015 from July 20-24. Colorado trip for some training and also technical discussion for Development by Design approach.

Leaving at nigh in Jakarta, I will arrived morning in Tokyo for layover. My plan to have 10 hours layover and travel in Tokyo cancelled due to no visa and no flight available.

This will be photography posting, but every trip should bring something to learn.

Mount Fuji from air
Mount Fuji from air

If you like to have a picture, make sure that you choose window seat and avoid seat at wing part (middle row), you have to choose whether front of far in back seat.

DSLR camera will be great, you can use tele lenses that makes you possible to get more detail photos.

I used my iphone 5s to take all pictures.


This portrait photos that showing  more about information in vertical. You should takes portrait for feature such as  roads or river.

Areas near Narita, settlements, farming and some area with vegetation
Areas near Narita Airport, settlements, farming and some area with vegetation

Almost all international flight provided trip maps with actual GPS position. You can capture by camera to see where you are.

GPS from JAL
GPS from JAL
Power plant and electricity network

Japan is a modern country with very good infrastructure. This infrastructure provided not only at urban areas but spread cover all country including rural areas. This fact different with developing countries that leave gap between facility at rural and urban areas.

Rural areas also develop with a good planning. As regional planner, I am jealous that good planning implemented in all areas. River banks should clear from building and there supposed to be an open areas. Later when this area develop into semi urban or urban areas then this river bank could be a very nice place for parks or other recreational areas.

Along the river; river banks should empty from building
Along the river; river banks should empty from building

You can see from above that infrastructure such as road, bridge and other facility develop in good quality even at farming areas. Wide road, long bridge anticipated for long period.

Road and Bridge
Road and Bridge
Road develop to anticipated long term development

From above I could see good quality settlements and also some building for further crops processing unit.

Paddy field
Paddy field

You can also see that even at rural areas there are shops and other public facility with a good quality parking lots and this building surrounded by nice tree cover.

Settlements and Shops


As you can see some areas remaining cleared, I assumed that this is forest area.


You might surprise to see below picture huge roads and also a cycle turn in paddy field. How this happen? Based on my prediction that this development to anticipated long term development plan. With this anticipation government provided more secure transportation issue for next 10 and maybe 25 years ahead.

Wide road within Paddy Field
Wide road in the middle of Paddy Field

I am wondering that some lesson learnt from this will use for development planning, transportation planning in Indonesia

Poverty at Rural Areas

Paddy field – time stop here

In every travel that running through I used to take pictures and learning something through eyes.

Paddy field

This is also happen when I travel to West Java couple months ago. As a researcher and humanitarian worker I sometimes wonder and have a lots of question, some I received and answers but most still mystery and I need to learn more.

Fertile land in West Java

How could in fertile land like this poverty increased? How possible farming as economical based for this area could not increased live quality?

This time I take pictures of farmers along my trip from Sukabumi and Kuningan and wonder how could they living in ancient time with no progress and no support.

Related to poverty terminology, that most of farmers in this area categorized as poor group with income less than 2 USD per day. Related to quality of live I could see that most of them living with limited facility and access to clean water and facilities both in health and education.

I wonder how to expedite poverty reduction in rural area where all resources available. I am wonder that who will take a lead and develop suitable formula to solve the problem.

fish from wood-handy craft
“Tape” or fermented cassava as alternative livelihood
a lamp- handy craft from Sukabumi

Some of alternative livelihood in handcrafting and other industry could not be able to increased their income. Lack of access to market and no support from government are reason behind this.

Hope that sometimes this could be solve, even community could dig a mountain as marble miners, why there no one help to support them and make community at rural area out from poverty.

Marble hill

Let’s think about that and there will be light somewhere.