Friday, March 31, 2006

Pondok Indah

Drove around Pondok Indah area yesterday and shot a couple of the mansion houses. It's located in the South of Jakarta. In Indonesia and Jakarta in particular, you can have helpers in your house. To clean, cook, do your laundry, mow your lawns, etc. Their monthly salary usually ranges from 250 - 600 thousand rupiahs (in US$: 25-60 dollars). Rich people with houses like this would probably have three or four helpers. You know, probably to help with cleaning the swimming pool or shining their crystals! Oh, and they have a security guard as well! I myself would prefer just a small house, thank you very much :) So, if you want to live like a king and have everything being done for you, come and live here! More pictures here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Macet

This is how it looks like during rush hour in downtown Jakarta. 'Macet' is traffic jam, and it happens all day and everywhere here. To set an appointment with someone, you have to count at least one hour ahead, for your time on the road. The empty lane was made especially for TransJakarta busses. I guess it's better to take the bus, eh? Look here for more endless traffic jams...

Bis dan Bajaj

Angkot is not the only transportation that travels around with open door. Busses as well! Well, not all of them. TransJakarta (above) is the fanciest in the city. Air conditioned, clean, very convenient. But only travels in the downtown area. Whereas the smaller bus (center) and the bajaj (bottom) can be found in the suburbans. There are also people with motorcycles who will give you a ride with reasonable fare. As for cabs, go for only Blue Bird taxis. I'm not with the company, you know :) I personally feel more safe and comfortable with them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Angkot

Another one of our public transportations...Angkot. Stands for 'Angkutan Kota', which means city transports. Most of the big cities in Indonesia have angkot. It's quite an interesting car, really. I know it's a bit dark, but if you look closely, you'll see that people in the back seat are facing each other. Angkot fits twelve people in the back seat and one in the front (excluding the driver). Six people on the right side and four on the left side. And most of the time, two more passengers will squeeze themselves in just beside the side door, which is never closed! That guy standing, will find something to hold on to and remain standing there during the ride. Dangerous, eh? More pictures of Angkot here.

Monday, March 27, 2006

On The Way to Tanjung Lesung

Oh, in order for me to keep consistent with my blog title, here's a picture I took in Jakarta on the night we went to Tanjung Lesung (see previous posting). It was taken just before entering the toll way. I saw those two coconut trees and thought that I had to capture it.

Tanjung Lesung

Pardon me if the picture this time is not about Jakarta. I went to the beach with some friends on the weekend. The beach is called Tanjung Lesung. It's about three hour drive from Jakarta, located close to a sailing club. It's the most beautiful place and I had trouble putting myself in the car when it was time to go home :) Jakarta has its own beach as well, called Ancol. But nowhere near as good as this one. Ancol beach is always packed with people. It's just too crowded. I will try to take pictures of it next time. Tanjung Lesung is really...breathtaking... I have created another blog for more pictures. Click here to see more.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Warung Mie Ayam

Four pics instead of one? The newcomer got a little too excited here :) Well, only because I feel that it's more complete to put four of them together. Warung (Read: Wah-Roong) is not a side-walk cafe, but has a quite similar function. People come there to eat and drink on the side of the street. And let me tell you, Jakarta has tons of warungs like this all over the place, from a small type like this to even larger ones with huge tents. Sometimes in some areas, where warungs are being put up closer and closer to the center of the road, cars are having trouble to pass because of them. Then the police will ask them to leave. It's quite easy for them to move around, so they can either sell their food door to door, or just pick a spot and stay there. Warung has become a word for any tent store on the street. Warung nasi (which sells rice), warung rokok (which sells cigarettes), and in this picture - warung mie ayam. 'Mie Ayam' means chicken noodle. It has noodle, chicken bits, green vegetables and some crunchy chips we call 'pangsit'. It's delicious when you eat it with 'sambal' (chilly sauce). That is, if you like spicy food. You may wonder how we could possibly eat in the middle of a poluted street? Well, we just don't worry too much. And our stomachs are used to it, I guess :)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Becak

I decided to join. Am I in the 'family' now, Eric? I stumbled into Eric's blog the other day and asked about joining in. Phew! A picture a day, eh? Well, I'll give it a try. If I couldn't stick to the rule then you guys can sack me and give the opportunity to other Jakartans :) Anyway, this first picture isn't impressive enough for a first post, I think. But I just felt like putting it in. It's one of our public transportation called a 'Becak'. Some of you may have been to Jakarta, and probably have tried riding a becak. The man sitting in the passenger's seat is the driver. He's parking it in front of a mall close to where I live, which is in Bintaro area of South Jakarta. He will take you places within the neighborhood only. Becaks are not allowed in the freeway. And they only exist in some areas of Jakarta. They charge very little. Perhaps from around 3,000 - 10,000 Rupiahs depending on the distance (in US$ about 30 cents - 1 Dollar). It is like riding a bicycle, but with a lot of weight there on the front. Especially when they drive people who bring loads of plastic bags after shopping. But these becak drivers never complain. They are struggling for life, trying to get by...in the hot hot city of Jakarta.

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