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Finally finding the busway!!!

I embarked on touring the museums at 10am, confident that the instructions given to me by Elsa were clear and simple. Wrong. Getting to the busway was at the top of my most frustrating encountered situations. I got a taste of the huge language barrier my friends had been talking about. I am humbled. Before I reached the busway, I got off the mini car 4x!!! that was not fun at noontime, in one of the hottest days in Jakarta as I was told. This resulted to numerous calls to Elsa and vice versa by the sides of the busy streets, so not safe. The main reason for this is the busway is way different from my concept. It is like a pedestrian bridge which has a walkway in the middle for the buses.

This is our MRT or train in the Philippines. When I realized this, I had already used up about 2 hrs going around in circles in the minicar.

The buses though are very convenient. I enjoyed the fact that the marshalls at the bus doors limit the number of people coming in per stop so that someone can ride everytime, why don't we do that back home? Unlike in the trains in the Philippines you have to know which stop has the least commuters and get on there. The buses here also have very comfortable seats and pass through specific roads to avoid heavy traffic.

Going to the museums evoked the compassion in me. The underpass and the walk to the back of the Kota train station gave me a view of beggars, numerous side street vendors, dirty walkways and terribly busy streets.

I am okay with crossing the streets at your own pace by dodging the vehicles but what I am not fond of are the drivers honking at you madly most of the time when they would be the ones to cut you off and regardless if they see you obviously crossing as fast as you can. That for me can definitely be death defying.  

Trekked the museums and due to the sweltering heat, it took me sometime to appreciate the beauty of the wooden items at Fatahillah museum and dissappointingly most of the descriptions were in pure Bahasa, I wish they would do something about it since most visitors of course are tourists. The ceramic museum was deserted and unimpressive, I paid 2000IDR for a 15min walk around it.

The Fatahillah Square looked very similar to our Luneta or plazas back home.

Just my size:-)
I did find the puppet museum interesting, starting off with giant sized dolls similar to what we use in our Antipolo 'fiesta'. I did get freaked out though when I toured the 2nd floor which was filled with glass encased puppets about 2-3 ft in height by myself. I was alone in the dimly lit room and it made my stomach churn. The dolls weren't barbie, they were various faces of Shiva looking dolls staring back at you. After a few minutes of curiousity I found myself rushing to go out. Even the eerieness of the corridor was unnerving. I honestly do not recommend going here by yourself.

I finally got a dose of the stand still rush hour traffic, from 5-6pm. Especially when the buses merge with the private vehicles at some parts of the road and when the pro Palestinia rallyists flocked near the National monument.

What is creepy?

As I was on my way home I got an invitation from Rini for a meetup and I ended up enjoying a round trip of the busway lines for 3.5 hrs exploring a huge area of Jakarta for a mere 3500IDR.

I was really happy and honored to have met the Indonesian TB's at the last minute, infamous people I'd been hearing about from other TB's. There was Rizky, Yanti, Aswin, Sandy, and of course Rini. I continue to feel more and more confident going around in a foreign land with more friends to hang out with. But going to the meet up area was tougher than I expected as I discovered the length of time entailed taking the buses from Elsa's place to the Senayan area sporting an uncomfortably full bladder and trafficking through throngs of commuters.

The Senayan area gave me such a beautiful picture of Jakarta, the malls are highly extravagant, similar to the Suntec mall in KL or the Orchard road malls in Singapore.

Mini Travbuddy meetup. love it!
That we definitely do not have back home. The disparity with the upper classes and the working class and lower classes I bumped into earlier was very similarly overwhelming in my own country.

Going home cut short the dinner bonding as the busways close at 10pm. I fortunately was able to catch the last buses for my stops, thanks to the company of Yanti as she walked with me to the busway. Instead of the unsafe minicars at the late hours, Elsa instructed me to take the motorbike and have her give instructions  to the driver using my phone. This part was crazily fun. The driver seemed more confused than me and resulted to several road trips, stops, and calls to and fro, and unfortunately, Elsa's family getting mightily worried as they went home from their relative's wake, not a good impression.

But after today, the map definitely made a bit more sense:-)

blurbmoi says:
Thanks Aswin! Nice to meet you too. Wine next time perhaps?;-P
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
aswinfahrizal says:
nice to met you there nina....:D
Posted on: Jan 28, 2009
rintjez says:
It was nice meeting you Nina!!! Hope to meet you again!

Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
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Finally finding the busway!!!
Finally finding the busway!!!
Just my size:-)
Just my size:-)
What is creepy?
What is creepy?
Mini Travbuddy meetup. love it!
Mini Travbuddy meetup. love it!
Walking the dirt path to Kelapa Ga…
Walking the dirt path to Kelapa G…
Facade of Kelapa Gading mall
Facade of Kelapa Gading mall
Finally the busway!!!
Finally the busway!!!
Kota train station
Kota train station
Really fast vehicles
Really fast vehicles
Ceramics museum
Ceramics museum
Fatahillah museum
Fatahillah museum
Huge paintings
Huge paintings
Wooden house divider, wish we had …
Wooden house divider, wish we had…
Wooden household items
Wooden household items
Stones with Bahasa instructions, j…
Stones with Bahasa instructions, …
Fatahillah square
Fatahillah square
Storage cabinet, how fabulous!
Storage cabinet, how fabulous!
Pillars of the ceramic museum lobby
Pillars of the ceramic museum lobby
Ceramic museum
Ceramic museum
Wooden carvings around the ceramic…
Wooden carvings around the cerami…
Death masks
Death masks
Need I explain the eerieness more
Need I explain the eerieness more
Fancy decade old coffins
Fancy decade old coffins
The first generals coffin
The first general's coffin
The long hot road to the Kota
The long hot road to the Kota
Can still afford to goof around wi…
Can still afford to goof around w…
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