As part of my new solitary adventures, I opened the The National Museum of Indonesia as early as 8 a.m. this morning and was creeped out by the idols that surrounded me. In most cases, I was speed-walking – almost dashing – past the museum’s Sanskrit-adorned ancestral hallways. I never liked the idea of waking in a historic building alone, with only unfamiliar statues accompanying you. As if all their eyes were on me, following my trudging footsteps.

The symbolic effigies for deaths, fertility and after-life displayed in all the four corners of the museum were disturbing. I felt their trapped souls echoing, summoning quiet cries from their clays molds and vanity stones.

The museum was too quiet, almost empty, at 9 a.m. I had the entire space to myself. It was a good look at Indonesia’s archaic past, something unique even compared to its neighboring countries.

Address: Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia. Entrance fee: Rp. 10,000.

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Living abroad for more than half a decade now, Paolo works in Singapore as a sales and marketing manager for a luxury travel publication. His creative urges can’t always be contained, hence photography, video documentaries, and blogging are his go-to forms of artistic release. Since he didn’t get to pursue TV production after getting a degree in Communication, Paolo now turns to Random Republika as an outlet to keep himself updated and to share his thoughts on what’s happening in showbiz and beyond. Follow his other stories via Instagram (@bigbluefish).

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