Tag Archives: Jakarta

Hotel Review: Raffles Jakarta, Indonesia

Disclaimer: In exchange for a one night’s stay in the Raffles Room with dinner at the Raffles Jakarta, I am writing this review. My colleague was interested in visiting the Indonesian megalopolis, so as a former resident, I was glad … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: Bengawan, Keraton at the Plaza, Jakarta, Indonesia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this restaurant review, I received one lunch at Bengawan, located on the 7th floor of the Keraton at the Plaza hotel, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Though the disappointing aspects were few and/or trivial, before getting into the … Continue reading

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Idiosyncratic Indonesia

Oh, looks like we’ve been down this alliterative avenue before.  However, this time, we’ll paint Indonesia in a more playful light. I’ve gathered three photos that have amused me since coming across their subjects in Java last year…although one of those … Continue reading

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Buffet

Nearly every Saturday during my sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would subject ourselves to a take-no-prisoners Indian buffet.  Was it good?  It had its moments, not the least of which was the grueling walk back to the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Consular Offices, with a Bonus

One of my favorite streets in Jakarta seems to have other fans in Manhattan too:Ironically, it was at the Consulate of Indonesia where I was able to test out the latest in household minivanization.  On unpredictable Fridays and Saturdays throughout … Continue reading

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Take Your Imagination Out for a Spin in Jakarta

You’re too funny, Jakarta bus.  That’s probably why, for a long time, I have adopted Frankie Smith’s method of commuting. I have nothing against public transit – in fact, testing out local methods of transportation is a must when I travel … Continue reading

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If It’s Not Legal, It Must Be Illigal: A Very Brief Intro to North Jakarta’s Nightlife

Guilty-conscience: Feeling deep regret for something that either you have done to others or for something that has happened to others Guilty-conscious: Going to a place like Illigals Hotel & Club in North Jakarta, Indonesia. To be fair, I’ve never … Continue reading

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Crowded

Before I went to live in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008, I was already well-equipped to spin yarns about some particularly heady commutes.  Getting smushed into train carriages in Tokyo by station staff dressed better than me (or maybe that’s why … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Water

Part of me is thinking, what was written on those t-shirts?  But then, I’m transported back to reality, where the more pivotal question – what color is that water? – eagerly awaits acknowledgement. Some background:  While the Dutch were in … Continue reading

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Jakarta: Raw and Uncensored. But Mostly Raw.

Have to keep my readers guessing with the post titles, no? Say, have you heard of the benefits of (good) hygiene?  Jakarta, Indonesia would appreciate if you forgot about that for a brief point in time.  Instead, street food vendors are … Continue reading

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