Updated: Apr 14, 2022
You miss your hometown and a question pops up in your mind: How is my city now? As we all know, for now, you can simply type the name of your hometown on Google maps search box and Voilà, you can easily explore the memory track on the streets of your hometown.
I opened google maps on the laptop and immediately typed in the name of my city, then I dragged the person yellow icon below the right to the google maps path. Right immediately I am on the highway right on one of the city lanes. I explore a path or a place like my previous school, such as the place where I was in kindergarten, elementary, junior high, to high school. But wait, it looks as if a lot has changed from the construction of the building, almost 80%. The good news is the address is still the same as before.
I continue to walk along the streets with many memories and stories from when I grew up here. One of the places that was close to my life from a child to teenagers, namely the Chinese town (Kampuang Cino) which was close to my house, was one of the places that was close to my life from a child to teenagers. The area the people, the streets have a close relationship with my growing up. For the first time I tried photocopying my drawing on sketch paper to Houtvrij Schrijfpapier sized. Also, close to the basketball court where my friends and I practise basketball, when we finish school, we come home or leave when we’re in junior high.
Karia cinema/bioskop was the first place where I watched and attended the cinema in elementary school, and I had to hide in secret without asking permission from my parents. In this Chinatown area (colonial, Dutch building some of them art deco style), there are many more memories and stories that I wouldn’t forget. For now that’s all I can tell, maybe next time I will tell more stories.
A lot of the first for me back then, the first I know about billiards playing 8 ball etc, and we call the owner cece, cici or koko for the men.
And before it’s (the Infrastructure) vanished, This is my screenshot from Google Maps 2019 of the street, the places, and the building of the city at Chinatown, or local people call it “Kampuang Cino“.
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