Well, I would say, Dharmawangsa Hotel does serve good breakfast: Western and Asia cuisine being well served, with all fresh ingredients being displayed in front of my eyes. I was told that lots of people like to have their meal while chatting in this quiet classy place, because they have beautiful swimming pool being indoor or outdoor, Jacuzzi, and no lounge with noisy live band interfering the relaxing time.
Ms Tarra came to my hotel at 9.40am with a little gift from me - a lovely flower hairclip from Bali. Awww, I was happy that she gave me such a lovely souvenir!
|My souvenir from Tarra|
Oh ya, can you imagine how ‘ironic’ it was when Tarrra came into my hotel? I led her to another room, now there goes my senseless direction. “So where are we going today?” as I trusted her for arranging the program, Tarra understands the time at Jakarta more than me precisely! “Let’s go Taman Mini Indonesia, just like a mini Indonesia, featuring all 33 different culture of Indonesia, and we are going to use public transport. Ah ha, something different than the normal taxi I guess. So, our first public transport is Bajaj, a 3 wheels mini cart car, originally from India.
|Bajaj BBQ model? Uwek...|
Somehow, it broke down near Blok M Square, so we paid the Bajaj’s driver RP 6-8.000 and took a bus at the terminal near Blok M Square and go all the way to Bendungan Hilir Shelter, a shelter near to Plaza Semanggi (another big shopping centre at Jakarta). Do you know there are more than 60 big shopping centres at Jakarta? Wonder if there are really so many shoppers around? Their fashion, however and hopefully, can be reconstructed with a new fashion taste. Anyway, we took Transjakarta bus no.9 by paying RP 3.500 per single journey and reached Pinang Ranti at 10.45am. ** Transjakarta is recommended as it is an aircond bus with reasonable bus fares. **
|Jam with people at the bus shelter, not to mention the traffic jam on the road!|
|The entrance and bicycles.|
|Know how to go up but don't know how to come down! - Baluk Tree House-|
|Left picture is named Koteka, to cover the Papua men's private part...hmm..such length? **smirking**|
|Can I buy Papua house and the 'bodyguard' since the properties are expensive and we have security problem nowadays?|
|Outside the museum. Ya ya, I know I am fat, I will lose weight...|
|Beautiful mini landscape of Indonesia|
Okay, here is the best part. We went into the Indonesia museum, and I found this interesting story of the Ramayana. As the legend of the Ramayana was popular, the Java people will perform a dance to express the whole story of the Ramayana. I performed my dance with them, they are: the evil Ravana, the lovely beautiful Sita, the brave the Ramayana and his twin brother Lakshmana, and the monkey look-alike Hanuman. Somehow, Bharata is not in the museum.
|Ramayana and Hanuman|
|Lakshmana, Sita, and red face demon Ravana|
|Errr...Addicted to be like them?|
4pm ends the whole exploration. We sat down and ordered Soto Kudus – roasted garlic, coriander seeds, gingers, and bean sprouts. (I told the guy not to cook the chicken for my soup as I don’t eat chicken, and I am not weirdo)
|I want you, Soto Kudus!|
So we took the bus and reached Plaza Semanggi at 5.10pm, to get ready for the Couchsurfing dinner gathering at the sky dining area on 10th floor. There are lots of restaurants, and the prices of the food and drinks are just around the same, so it really depends on the interior design that you like and what cuisine they served. We had the Peranakan cuisine at Radja Ketjil, serving different kind of Gado-gado (the famous Indonesia food) and many other choices of food. Some CS from Couchsurfing arrived finally! We talked, exchanged opinion, and we did get to know each other by meeting everyone finally. At this moment, I feel that I am blessed with good friendly people around me.
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Enjoy Life in Good Ways,