Part of me is thinking, what was written on those t-shirts? But then, I’m transported back to reality, where the more pivotal question – what color is that water? – eagerly awaits acknowledgement.
Some background: While the Dutch were in control of what was then known as Batavia in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Jakarta, Indonesia), they built a complex system of canals and channels in the low-lying city to help manage annual floods. Although the current situation is a disastrous one, that’s a story for another time.
On my usual wanderings throughout Jakarta, I’d pass by many a canal, ditch and open got (gutter). During the rainy season, they’d introduce themselves to me too. Jakarta, I hardly need to know you that well. That particular canal, in the Karet neighborhood in the southern part of the city, proved to be a serendipitous shortcut on my walk back home.
A week later, I walked by the same canal, albeit in a slightly different part of the neighborhood, and realized then and there that, if I was to get sick…no one should be surprised. To think you had bad plumbing issues. Maybe the Kappa had something to do with the red tint?