Kaki Lima: Her Morning Charm
KAKI LIMA: (Kaki = Feet/Leg; Lima = Five) In literal translation, Kaki Lima means five feet. In Jakarta, the term is often used to describe the ubiquitous street vendors who willingly push their three-legged cart with their strong two feet. With Tulisan, we take you to stroll and commute with us to the streets of the capital, to immerse in your senses and pay attention to the sight, sound, and scent beyond the cityscapes.
Her Morning Charm
The passing of days and the illuminating morning lights. She breathes the air of today and carefully zooms her attention towards the powerful play of vehicles. Loud voices of car honking, the rumble of motorcycles, and the clunking and tapping of morning preparations. Everything marching at haste towards different directions.
She stays on her own pace as she gets on the next bus filled with the murmuring voices of the heart’s desires. She sits to enjoy her book, quietly flipping through the pages of sparkling possibilities. For a minute she pauses to think of what proceeded. As night has its way to keep our heads down, the peek of sunlight reminds us to not look upwards to the source of light but ahead towards the visible abundance at sight.
As she strides towards her morning beginnings – she forgets about yesterday and makes no excuse for tomorrow.
Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar