The Ones Who Own the Morning

This day began with a morning walk along Le Bridge at Ancol with my worn-out pair of running shoes, DSLR, and family. I actually left my cell phone and tablet behind for the sake of hunting photographs and watching people – the ones who own the morning.

It turned out to be the right decision.

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Morning in Ancol belongs to the families with little kids and lifebuoys, swimming in the sea.

It also belongs to old men doing laps past the safety buoys though. The ones who don’t let age get in their way.

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Morning belongs to the fishermen, selling their catch of the day or simply saving what they can spare

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Morning belongs to those who are in love

The so-called “Heart Pier” where many choose to mark as the permanent monument of their love stories

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All those couple’s names here… I wonder if they’re still together

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True love doesn’t need padlocks or names etched upon wood to survive

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A NY Times photographer recently wrote about his disappointment in our people’s littering habits. I can see why.

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Morning belongs to the ones who treasure their health

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After a breakfast at Le Bridge (Cheese Omelette  [which has too much cheese] & Lychee Ice Tea), we headed to Ocean Eco Park. As you can tell by the light here, the sun has truly revealed itself.

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Morning belongs to the joyous little kids on their racing bikes. It belongs to the dog-walkers . It belongs to men of fishing baits and patience.

But most of all, morning belongs to those who choose to slow down. It belongs to those who enjoy what’s here and now, what’s in front of their eyes.

I could own the morning today, how about you?

[Ps : you only need to pay the entrance fee of Ancol to walk along Le Bridge and enter the Eco Park. Having breakfast in Le Bridge is not free, though. I strongly recommend walking along Le Bridge at around 6-7 PM because it wouldn’t be too hot and crowded and you can really enjoy your morning at these hours. As for Eco Park, it is a really nice place for a morning jog or biking because the area is gigantic, but as the sun rises higher, the heat will become more torturous. You can rent a bike here for Rp30.000 or try riding a segway for the same price. I hope this helps to enjoy your morning in Ancol]

[Pps: all photos were taken with Sony A35, MF, Manual/Shutter Speed priority mode, I keep switching between both. I am honestly so happy about how good the shots turn out]

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