"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Saturday, 19 October 2013

The Hooded Cyclist on a Green Bicycle in Downtown Surabaya

I've had just enough time...   to have an encounter with the hooded rider of a green bicycle

Caught this hooded cyclist in downtown Surabaya

In the busy street of Surabaya
Competing with trucks and cars
A thick hooded cyclist
On a green bicycle emerged
Face masked against
Spurting fumes of
Noisy vehicles all around
Who is he?
What are his thoughts
What makes him what he is?
I would have run after him for answers
But I was not, and he disappeared
Into the traffic leaving questions
Hanging like smoke in the polluted air

I was in a car squeezing through the afternoon traffic in downtown Surabaya when from nowhere I noticed a hooded cyclist. That is very rare in a tropical country especially it is made of thick clothes as the one he wore. Must be very hot and sweaty under that. With the hood and the mask he wore, one cannot even make out his features. His attire is different from the locals and he wore heavy boots and rode a green bicycle. With the cars moving slowing due to the congestion, he whizzed through the traffic and disappeared in front of us. He is very interesting and I found I wanted to know more regarding this strange character. So if anyone recognized this hooded cyclist of Surabaya, be sure to drop me a line and satisfy this itch-like curiosity.


  1. ineedathis, october blue, and Onasill added this photo to their favorites.

    1000 Reasons
    Who is this hooded cyclist on a green bicycle in downtown Surabaya under the hot tropical sun?
    If anyone know who he is, let me know. I'm curious. He stands out from the crowd for sure. :)

    I see this old black Lady riding her bicycle in the parking lot of a funeral home,
    when she is all dressed in dark grey clothes with a hood on she reminds me of the great ripper, all she is missing is that sickle:-)
    Great street scene Thou!

    october blue
    Like the proverbial man who marches to the beat of a different drummer ....he pedals his green bicycle and dresses in a style uniquely his own . I hope you will have a chance to learn more about him . Well spotted and taken . Happy weekend :-)

    Excellent, Good clarity, colors and details. A superb image and well caught candid


  2. oola *
    I love the way your mind puts things together...

    henrhyde (gill) catching up 2 days ago
    Beautifully presented image of this clever image

    nikolaos p.
    Nice shot!!

    You sure make this very mysterious !

    ShambLady catching up....still a bit slow :)
    hehe looks kind of funny this way!

  3. I like to ride a lot on my bike. So I know how important fresh air is ...
    Very nice post Thou San!

    Greetings to you from the Netherlands,


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