Monday, June 21, 2010

My Favorite Things In Jakarta

This week, Jakarta will celebrate its 483rd anniversary. The picture is not always beautiful when we talk about the capital city of Indonesia. Jakarta would remind people about its notorious traffic jams, inundations and air pollution. But the city does have its own charm, and here is my top 10 favorite things in Jakarta (Warning: since I'm a bit quaint, it is likely that you won't find these list appealing).

1. The parks
My favorite is Suropati Park and Menteng Park. Located on Jl. Diponegoro, Suropati Park is like a haven from all the city's hustle and bustle.  It would be just nice to sit there and feed the pigeons. I love going here on a Sunday at 10.00 - 15.00 as Suropati Park Chambers holds their string practice at that moment. You can read articles on the violin player community here and here
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Menteng Park is located near Suropati Park. It has just been renovated a few years ago.

2. The Old Town, including Sunda Kelapa harbor
It's a great place to take photos. Or to stroll down the paved road and admire the 18th century buildings.Or to practice your English to tourists who seem to be at lost.

3. TransJakarta
People love it or hate it. I choose to love it. It's air conditioned and (most of the time) congestion-free. I'm waiting for the day the network reaching Bekasi. However, we have to worry about those perverts lurking on busway.
4. Car Free Day
Should I give further explanation? It's the best time to frolic on the road! You can run, ride your bike and even dance right in the middle of the road.

5. The food
It's easy to find cheap and delicious food here. You don't have to go the distance just to sample (for example) Manadonese foods, since there are many restaurants here. The city consists of many ethnics groups, therefore the right food to represent Jakarta will be Betawi food. I'll try to sum up a post on that food ASAP.

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