Good Morning, thank GOD its Friday!
I think its kinda short week for me. Weekend again and i can’t believed it’s been a week since we went to Jakarta. So this time let me tell you how’s our unplanned trip to Jakarta been.
After we confirmed that we going to take the evening flight to Jakarta, we only have 2 – 3 hours to get ready for it. Need to rush back and get our luggage from the canceled flight and need to checked in again for the next flight. Tiring and exhausted. While we waited for our flight, we went googling and research about Jakarta. Where to go? which part of Jakarta we going to stay? the nightlife? where to shop? where to dine? and others. Everything keep running on our mind.
So we booked hotel from Booking.com where that’s the best place to look for hotel. We booked Ibis Budget Hotel in Cikini, Jakarta. It’s in central Jakarta. Once we landed, the time is one hour earlier, so we straight away look for a taxi to reach our destination. It’s quite traffic everywhere. My dad did mentioned to look for Blue Bird Taxi, due to the best rate. But the taxi stand full with local and foreigner that’s been ques for maybe an hour. It’s long freaking ques. Okay never mind, we looked for others, so we found Diamond taxi. They using our local national car Proton Saga. They said it depend on the meter. He charged us IDR 300, 000.000 from Jakarta Airport to our Hotel in Cikini. We thought that’s cheap, but when we take taxi from our hotel to Airport on the day home, they only charged us IDR 150, 000.00 that’s quite a different! So folks, if you plan to go round the city, please take Blue Bird Taxi, it’s blue freaking Toyota Vios. Or to go cheap and to feel like local, please go for Bajai. The blue small ride like in India.
And our hotel is freaking good, with Grand Canyon cafe, hipster coffee shop called AH stand for American Hamburger, sushi restaurant, middle east food restaurant, Indonesian food restaurant definitely, small convenience shop, spa & massage boutique, public swimming pool, all in the same building and huge 7 Eleven just across the busy road. At our right hand side, where the states library and Cikini square located.
We had almost all of our meal just at all restaurant there. We don’t know where to go. And of course we not going for the hawker stalls along the road. First dinner at Grand Canyon cafe, breakfast we just grab something from 7 Eleven and coffee from Grand Canyon and than lunch at Thamrin City mall, dinner at hipster cafe downstairs where we celebrate July babies that we supposed to celebrate at sky garden in Bali. Sad. Poor thing, they only have the number 8 with no number 2 candle. So happy 8th Fatin and Era! And our last lunch on the day we flying off at the Indonesian food restaurant I mentioned. All the food not really good. We can find better than this in Malaysia. But my coffee at Grand Canyon was good. We even went for Starbucks too.
The second day, we went to Thamrin City, where they are known as the place for souvenirs. What we found was just batik, batik and batik. And other clothes, handbags and shoes. We also went the next door, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. Huge is like they have all this East, West, South entrance. And like always we do site visit to Starbucks 😀 So at night after we done with massage and dinner, we go round town with Bajai. We went to Monas. Monas is the National Monument (Monumen Nasional, abbreviated Monas) is a 132 m (433ft) tower in the centre of Merdeka Square, Central Jakarta, symbolizing the fight for Indonesia. It is the national monument of the Republic of Indonesia, built to commemorate the struggle of Indonesian independence. Construction began in 1961 under the direction of President Soekarno. Monas was opened to the public in 1975. It is topped by a flame covered with gold foil. Gold foil people! Am a gold digger! LOL
As a wrap up, Jakarta is a huge city center that you need a few days and weeks and months to go round. We went there just over the weekend, such a waste. Population in here totally more than Malaysia and all catered in this several states. Overall i can sum up is “macet dong!” everywhere you go is traffic. So if you wanna go to somewhere you have to plan your journey earlier. And what transportation you need to go with. Freaking bad traffic and a lot, a lot of people! But they are nice and friendly! I might go another round to Jakarta to shop, this time maybe a nightmare because we mentally and physically prepared for Bali. So is not a good time for us. All I can say is I’ve been there!
Thank you to my travel partner Era and kak Zett for the awesome weekend. Plan for Bali next time and make it real!
Enjoy weekend everyone 🙂