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April 4th 2015
Published: April 4th 2015
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A long time ago as a student in primary school, I saw the crazy-looking island of Sulawesi (we'd learnt it was called Celebes back in the days of the British East India Company) on the map, and wondered what it was like there. Now I'm finding out!

And so a little over a month since my last brief rendezvous with Thailand (again), I'm back on a more exotic trail and continuing to fill in the gaps of my now seemingly never-ending Southeast Asian adventure. My latest stop is the aforementioned claw-like, giant Indonesian island, and its Southern capital of Makassar. At one point also known as Ujung Pandang, this fourth-largest city in Indonesia has had a colourful history as an important Dutch trading port-of-call en route to the Spice Islands of the Moluccas further east. While those days are long gone, its strategic location along the Makassar Straits ensures its continued relevance to regional shipping, as its present-day container port bears testament.

Walking along its pier-side promenade, it's hard not to think about the city's history, and to contemplate the many thousands of foreigners who had come before me from lands afar in the name of trade. Back then,
Bird's Eye ViewBird's Eye ViewBird's Eye View

Of the sprawling capital of South Sulawesi.
the sea voyage from Europe must have taken months, but for me it was just several hours by plane from Singapore including transit in Jakarta. Thank you aviation technology advances!

Stayed at New Legends Hotel.

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View from the BastionView from the Bastion
View from the Bastion

At Fort Rotterdam
On the floor at the front of the bus againOn the floor at the front of the bus again
On the floor at the front of the bus again

With obligatory bemused front-row passenger. If I had a penny for each time I were in this situation on the road...
Outdoor pier-side entertainmentOutdoor pier-side entertainment
Outdoor pier-side entertainment

Along the Makassar Straits.
Masakkan PadangMasakkan Padang
Masakkan Padang

One of the things I've quite missed about the country.
Only Rp27kOnly Rp27k
Only Rp27k

Including Es Jus Jeruk!

They're watching the match, projected from a tablet PC, in a darkened auto-dealership showroom (yes!), both inside and outside! Of course I had to take a picture.

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