SYNOPSIS:  A glimpse of life in the back alleys of Surabaya’s Arab Quarter (Kumpung Arab).

It is like a world apart from the “New York” part of Surabaya but it is also a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the business streets in the Arab Quarter.  Small gates lead into narrow alleys into which not even motor bikes venture.   It feels as if you are walking through people’s living rooms.  Men are only half dressed, women are dressed casually, children are playing, laundry is drying, short-tailed cats are roaming. 

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