Jakarta - the sites and the gosh offel traffic
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Welcome back to Jakarta - arriving at night and still not having booked a hotel yet. We got the hotel vouchers at the airport (Kaha Tours and Travel) with good rates, then we went out to get a taxi, Express (the white taxi with yellow light above), this taxi like Blue Bird (BB) is a safe taxi, Express have lower rate compared to BB but not as plentiful and available as blue bird usually so good to get.
We did lots of things while staying in Jakarta for a while, going around Jakarta's main streets, such as S. Parman, Sudirman, MH. Thamrin streets - names were taken from Indonesia's famous late generals and politicians, we took some pics of statues, places, biggest mosque and church, etc.
Beside that, we went to Plasa Senayan, one of the fancy malls in town, having our lunch at Chatter Box (at Sogo, 5th Floor). After that going to the National Monument (Monumen Nasional aka Monas), where we took lots of pics and Shane saw a traditional blow dart gun made from cow bone (never saw this one before), was really cool but very expensive. Like what amazonians and ancient tribes would use (poison darts blown from mouth) was really cool, had 3 pieces and they screwed together when assembled, bottom was an alligator, middle a dragon, and top a prehistoric type bird... all carved form cow bone and dyed to look like wood.
Everything was good, we took a free local train ride to go around the park, and Shane, again, met some local students who asked lots of questions there.
We also visited some other places, Pisa Cafe (where we attended Jakartas First TB Meet Up 2 days later), Plaza Indonesia (another fancy mall) where we met Asri's good friend Yulin, Mangga Dua Mall(electronics mall) where Shane bought lots of DVDs and cases(best to buy binder and buy plastic sleeves, cd in back and paper in front of sleeve), ITC Mangga Dua and Pecenongan where we had some traditional food.