the Streets – Urban Life in Balige Central Area


Today is Saturday, a week away from my birthday. I do have to go to Balige, a small town in Toba Samosir, North Sumatera, Indonesia. I was looking for some papers as reference for my final task. But I can’t resist myself looking at everything around me and write about it. Let’s begin from very first time I stepped on this town today.

I was dropped by PI del bus heading to Dolok Sanggul in front of the Balige traditional market. There I found people are discussing in Bataknesse. Then I went into my main destination, an Internet Cafe and Game Center, BangkitNet. Well, inside I found students, skipping their schools for playing games. I wondered then, is the game is better than school? No! They even played those games with cheats! It’s so foolish to skip school for something like that I thought.

Then I walked and got inside a traditional market because I need something to buy. Well, I didn’t get the thing I want but I did eat a delicious food, mi gomak. It was a noodle, well, quite famous in Batak. I saw the market wass so empty and so few people opened their stall there. But in that emptyness even they didn’t offer their product well. They asked us in Bataknesse and laughed at us that as fact we understand them so clearly. Well, a bad habit for merchants I thought.

Finally here I am sit on a bench in front of a store that sold things in a really high price, not appropriate as fact. I found man that spit as he wanted to. People preparing for saturday night sale. Becak and public bus driver that waiting for their customer. Locals asking for money. More important is fast vehicles with people crossing the street.

Author: Aditya Yedija Situmeang

Developer, Lover, Christian, Omnomnomnivore, Gamer.

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