Tue, 30 Aug 1994

Town of flowers

From Berita Buana

In many stories and articles Bandung has always been referred to as the Town of Flowers. Also Bandung is proudly called "the Paris of Java" and many other glamorous names. Very recently I visited Bandung but I did not see any flowers around. I've often been told that Bandung is cool and fresh. I was sweating profusely. The buildings are very close to each other and traffic on public roads is mostly one way.

I spent a few moments at the town public square wondering about its past. It seems to me that Bandung is over crowded just like other cities. Crowds of people move about seemingly aimlessly, which only gives the impression that everything is in disorder. The present Bandung is completely different from the Bandung of the past. I wish I could see Bandung as it was.