In this whole Jakarta trip, I will only tell you the truth within Jakarta. No luxury, no 5 star hotels review, no big car fetching me around. This will be a pure story of art and culture of Jakarta, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to my Day 1 at Jakarta.
I landed at Jakarta airport at 11am, and worrying how I would be reaching Dharmawangsa Hotel since Jakarta is famous with its traffic jam, I am sure the taxi fare will be drying up my wallet. Luckily, I started chatting with an Englishman named Rick, who was taking the same flight with me, and he was heading to his hotel; Mr Rudy from Jakarta was supposed to send him to his hotel. Mr Rudy, who was kind enough, fetched me to Dharmawangsa Hotel.
|Thank you, Mr Rudy!|
Phew, thank you so much! 1.5 hour of ride made my buttock went flat; in the 1.5 hour time of traffic jam, some locals took the chance to sell reading materials, newspapers, crackers, flowers, and some even performed some songs, hoping you can give them a token! Well, it is your choice to give or not to. Mr Rudy even told me that every year, flood in Jakarta will increase 1 inch higher, which means the land will be 1 inch lower every year. Erm, isn’t it dangerous?
After resting for a while, I had planned to meet my very first Couchsurfing apart from Malaysia. One of the Couch surfers, Ms Tarra (her nick) told me to meet her at Blok M Square. For your info, there are lots of Blok M with different area or name, just to make sure which one you are really going. Well, if you are smart enough, go for cab under Blue Bird Group or Xpress; trust me, others taxi companies will just charge you higher.
Okay, Tarra, Pauline, (both CS) and I had our lunch at Blok M Square.
This was my favorite dish, Ikan Patin Tim Kecap, means soya sauce fish, just like a Chinese cuisine.
|Ikan Patin Tim Kecap|
I was excited to meet all of them, and I bought a whole pack of Milo and white coffee, till Tarra told me that there was Milo at Indonesia! I was so naive, thought only Malaysia sells Milo.
After going easy with my big stomach, at 4pm, we took a cab and went to PracticeRoom RehearsalStudio where Tarra needed to play her little sweet piano performance.
This is my first time going into a rehearsal studio, and they sang like performing at orchestra.The whole gang performed at various events and were active at church.
Love them, so I end up giving them all these cute stuff.
|My souvenirs for them|
|Happy Bee and Little Squirt!|
Heavy rain made my mood went swinging and swinging. I had to say goodbye to Tarra and Pauline, take a cab home to have a dinner with the VIP people. During this wonderful evening, with respect, Mr Kafi Kurnia brought us to a mouth-watering dinner at Angke Restaurant at Ketapang, which roughly 30-45minutes of driving distance from Dharmawangsa Hotel to Ketapang.
|Fried noodle, totally different.|
Famous with its Gurame Tahu Tausi (smoked taufu served with fish and black beans), I would say I am lucky to have this dish as my first real dinner at Jakarta. I heard that other people try to imitate this dish, but the recipe was just a secret, others failed to do so.
|Gurame Tahu Tausi|
Same goes as other dishes of Saklon Goreng Mtg and Burung Goreng Mtg.
|Errr...Pigeon? Look the same!|
Well, no harm have some beer. Here comes the famous Star (Bintang).
|Slurp slurp, cooling refreshing...|
Well, full and sleepy, there goes my first day! Yawn…
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