It’s really been a long time since I’ve written my last post. I have started and probably unknowingly forgotten many valuable details. I guess I’m the one to blame… sorry!!! Haha. Anyways, I don’t know why I came up with needing or wanting to write one now, but this is what I recall from the beginning of my Indonesian adventure!
Indonesia is the largest country in South East Asia comprising of over 18,000 islands with over 6,000 of them uninhabited. This makes Indonesia the largest archipelago in the world and the 4th most populous country in the world only after China, India, and the US. This I did not know! Crrrazy.
Indonesia has had a complicated and turbulent past that was quite a hurdle to read not speaking of even trying to sum it up and blog about. Instead, I’ll breeze through a basic summary, lol. “Modern” Indonesia is thought to have been originated by those who came from Taiwan (who would have thought!) in 2500-1500 BC. Much later, the Dutch, British and Japanese have also spent time conquering and ruling certain parts of Indonesia. Due to the mish-mash of cultures and political rulers, several dominant religions were also adopted by the people in Indonesia including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and the now most dominant taking about 80-90% of Indonesia, Islam. Now, the most populous ethnic group is Javanese.
Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta (on the most populous island of Java), was from what I’ve heard a relatively unexciting version of the already plain Kuala Lumpur (not my words). Though I have to partially agree that KL lacked some lustre, Jakarta turned out to take the crown as one of the most ‘plain’ cities in South East Asia.
Mysterious as the dark side of the mooooooooooooooon. Nice iPod? I know.
First connect in KL. Jumping all over the place all the time!
Got to taste some yummy Malaysian foods again. Nasi Ayam if I remember correctly.
The only place in LCCT airport to take credit card. It was a pain asking around and I was starving. At this point I really didn’t want to take out more Malaysian ringgit if I didn’t need it anymore!
Arriving in Jakarta, overhead.
Visa on Arrival, $25 USD gah.
Taking the local bus into the city. Rp. 30,000. The currency in Indonesia is Rupiah which currently exchanges at $1 USD = 12,200 Rupiah. So, the largest note in Indonesia? Rp. 100,000 which really equates to roughly a bit under $10 USD/CAD. Ironically, still a bit inconvenient to use in this really inexpensive country! Time to be a millionaire again.
Stayed at the Six Degrees Hostel which came recommended and I will in turn recommend it back out. They were conveniently located and decent priced. The facilities were also very decent considering it was my first time in Indonesia, not bad at all.
Not letting others play.
Projection TV playing The Waterboy. Gatorade! Some of the better Adam Sandler movies.
Rooftop patio, where there’s some gym equipment.
It was initially hard to find, but the Texas Chicken landmark was what the locals knew and it was helpful for future directions.
Daily breakfast included, thank god.
They’re version of the metro token, is a rfid card for in and out.
State and conditions of their trains, the usual, not enough or not to be found air conditioning. =(
Ojeg, the Indonesian word for a motorbike taxi. Ridden to many in my day.
The Museum for the Bank of Indonesia. Suggested I take a look. Although it seemed not too interesting, I myself thought, I’ve never really been in a bank and vault before, why not. So I did. Learned some stuff in the end, but in terms of a must-see, this can be an easy pass.
Downstairs basement where they had the safety deposit boxes.
The vault, where you can go in and look. I may have a vault/locked-in run out of air phobia. Hm.
Their knights of the round table.
Museum Wayang, a landmark museum dedicated to the history of Indonesian puppetry, which was a very important part of their culture.
This hallway probably housed the most intricate puppets I’ve ever seen in my life. I remember this day had a lot of school trips passing through. Students galore.
The Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics. One heck of a museum day.
Along with all the museums located in a part of Old Jakarta, City Hall is the centerpiece of a big square pictured above.
Over excited about a cannon.
The square and a few streets leading to the museums and city hall have a few bicycle rental vendors trying to rent you these fruity bikes.
Along City Hall, there is a side street known to have many local and aspiring artists trying to sell their works and even restored cars here. Lots of different creative artworks to be found.
Their most luxurious high end shopping mall, the Grand Indonesia. I just thought it was their version of Siam Paragon. It was definitely bigger by scale, but not as great.
Tears of joy when I saw this. Oh how I missed bubble tea in this moment.
Yes, even this.
Chatime is global, seriously. Too bad they’re not so good.
Runner Runner and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in theatres just for time reference.
Magnum Cafe! Here I only thought the one that closed in Bangkok was the last one!
Rosti? I wish I could, but I am usually very insisting on local foods instead.
At the central Gambir station, trying to book my tickets to Yogyakarta.
The schedule of all the trains leading to Yogyakarta.
Bread for the road. In case I starve which I occasionally do. I’ve learned my lesson dangerously losing weight too fast here and there. Not healthy at all.
Andddd, this is what I deal with on a trip by trip basis. Haha, as a result of finishing the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta, what do you think? I even thought writing about this post was a little boring. Don’t fret though, Indonesia didn’t let me down in the end (spoiler) so it can only get better from here. Jakarta was “plain” but alright, and only used as a gateway to the rest of Java and Indonesia. Definitely more to come soon and not a year later. I promise! Haha.