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Patung Pemuda (Youth Statue) Bundaran Senayan, Central Jakarta

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.

Monumen Nasional aka Monas (National Monument), Jakarta
  Just some fun days of navigating through clogged streets.

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.

ORANGAshane
Only one thing, we had a bad experience from a local staff member of Monas, nicely offering us a "special way" to go to the top of the monument (where we didn't have to wait long in queue for the elevator)(means he cuts us in front of other people we learned), we know at the end we had to give him a tip for that, but we didn't expect after many stairs - he said USD $20 for that!! We paid the entrance fee for aound USD 1.6 for free elevator (with the que), so no thanks for the "good" offer, that was too much, see you Mister! So we did not want to go back and wait in the long line, we were hot and tired and our ride would be there soon. So we just took pics form the observation deck that we were at when he offered the special way. You can walk the stairs to observation deck and not have to wait in line if dont have as much time or patience for the line.
Jakarta during sunset: still very crowded

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.

After all the experience in Jakarta, I can say Jakarta is a very crowded(especially the streets) and a bit of a polluted city(heat and humidity seem to keep air sort of stagnent, a breeze would be nice:) . However one thing you will find is the traditionally friendly and nice indonesian people.  It is where Asri lives and where her friends and family reside, so it is home to her and she likes it very much(maybe not the traffic and the heat, but the rest of it ;) .


mr_shanet says:
u know, i will be going back, maybe u can visit when i do? the poepl are great(jakarta tb folks) if u go there let acy_jkt and inirr know so they can help welcome u among others like rizky_wisnu, meldoet, etc.... see my jakarta meetup blog for SOME of the tb's from the area.. but yes very congested... dont forget to have your change ready for airport taxes and also for the tolls for faster freeway leading to/from airport...
Posted on: Jul 26, 2008
blurbmoi says:
Smart move with the guy! I can imagine how congested it is by the looks of the pics. I'm still deliberating on going here.
Posted on: Jul 26, 2008
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