Friday, January 18, 2013

A Weekend To Stay Safe And Dry

Hey everyone, how were things going yesterday? I hope you managed to reach your destination safe and dry, because things got very wet and dirty in Jakarta yesterday.

Floodwaters inundate the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle area in Central Jakarta on Thursday. Several thoroughfares across the city were paralyzed by flooding. (Antara/Widodo S Jusuf, source)

The flood also reached the Presidential Palace.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa inspected parts of the Palace that got inundated on Thursday. Courtesy of Setpres/Anung, source. I wonder how Minister Marty would look like without his tie:).

The TransJakarta and KRL (electric train) had to stop operation due to the flooding. I could not leave home because the road outside my home was inundated, so I texted my boss and asked for a leave. Fith's home was inundated for 15 centimeter. Png, a new kid in the desk, could not reach office because the KRL from his home in Depok was halted. So my office was quite empty yesterday.

Hundreds of commuters are stranded at the Pasar Minggu station, South Jakarta, due to heavy rains pounding Jakarta on Thursday morning. Several stations like Sudirman in Central Jakarta and Tebet in South Jakarta and Kampung Bandan in the border of North Jakarta and Central Jakarta were inundated, causing the trains from Bogor to the city to stop at the Pasar Minggu station. 
(JP/Aries Saputra, source)

The National Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted that the heavy rain would continue for at least the next few days. Stay dry, people.

If weather permits, here are several events that may interest you this weekend:

-- Festival: @Ameri-Con 2013. Jan 18-20. Comics, comic books, superheroes, movies, toys, seminars and cosplay contest. @america, level 3, Pacific Place. Free entrance, no registration.

-- Music performance: Salihara Jazz Buzz. Shadu rasjidi Band. Jan. 19. Teater Salihara, Jl. Salihara 16 Pasar Minggu at 8 p.m.

-- Exhibition: Mapping Jakarta. Until Feb. 15 at Erasmus Huis.

-- Art exhibition: A Melange of Vibrant, contemporary art from India. Jan 19-25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Center, Jl. Pandeglang 44 Menteng.

-- Film screening: Alfred Hitchcock's film screening on Jan. 18-19 at Bentara Budaya Jakarta.

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