You won't find them around the Fatahillah Square and Grand Indonesia, where there are many tourist attractions and upscale shopping malls, but if you go into the alleyway a little further from Fatahillah Square, you will find bicycle taxis in Jakarta. Pedicabs, called Becak, have a seat for customers in front of the handlebars. It is similar to Cyclo in Vietnam and Cambodia.
On a lazy afternoon, there were few people walking on the street and many Becak drivers looked bored. The driver in this photo also seemed to have had a lot of free time on his hands and decided to take a nap. He sat down with a thump on the seat of his Becak and fell asleep.
Every country seems to have a tendency to take a nap when there are no customers, I saw sleeping drivers in the Philippines, I often saw sleeping rickshaw wallahs in India, and sleeping pedicab drivers in Myanmar. Everyone was sleeping as cramped as this man was on his vehicle.
But it was rare to see drivers accompanied by a cat that looked like a guardian dog guarding a sacred area. The cat in front of Becak turned his sharp gaze to the surroundings in front of his sleeping master to prevent anything from coming close to disturbing his master's good sleep.
November 5, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF