Traffic in Jakarta is crazy. As I look outside my hotel window over the highway and roads below ,it seems to be congested all the time. The only time when the roads was not that congested was on Sunday. They also have a policy in Jakarta that you not allowed to ride with less than 3 people per car in peak hour and think that last up until 10 am just incase you plan on renting a car. Going to Mangga Dua shopping mall and taking almost a hour to move about 2km.
That's me and my Indonesian girlfriend, Adriani (Rini)... who was trying her utmost to be a good tour guide. And I must admit... She IS very good! Oh, and that's us outside the Disney-like castle on the grounds of 'Taman Mini'...
COST OF LIVING:
This is a...
COST OF LIVING:
This is a rough estimate of the prices of items in Jakarta.
Furnished house rental: 1 month/ US$ 3,000.-
Bread, white: 1 loaf/ Rp 3,750.-
Beef: 1 kg/ Rp 3,450.-
Chicken meat: 1 whole chicken/ Rp15,310.-
Milk, plain: 1 liter/ Rp 5,100.-
Eggs:1 kg/ Rp 7,225.-
Spaghetti: 500 gr./ Rp 5,500.-
Potatoes: 1.5 kg/ Rp11,150.-
Lipton Tea: 25 pack/ Rp 6,060.-
Detergent: 3 kg/ Rp 9,420.-
McDonald Hamburger: 1/ Rp 6,500.-
Taxi: 5 km/ Rp12,000.
Taxi from airport to city : 1 trip/ Rp45,000.-
Petrol: 1 liter/ Rp 1,150.-
Japanese car, new medium class sedan: Rp 180 million
Internet Access: 10 h/month/Rp 40,000.- + registration fee
Maid Salary: 1 month/Rp 200,000.-
Driver Salary: 1 month/Rp 350,000.-
If you are at afternoon in center of Jakarta and have a good taxi driver, make a stop at the Independence Monument -
the "Monumen Proklamasi".
Let the driver wait and see the memorial.
Place and monument remembers at the foundation of Indonesia, so to Mr. Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia and Mr. M. Hatta.
Not so much tourist know this place.
In the afternoon like here, children of neigbourship play a little football -
and the greater boys use the place as welcome free space for prove their sideboards - see at photo, so like in every great citys.
The second Photo is seen the table with the text of independence declaraton.
Just The Place To Buy Gifts
Shopping at Pasaraya, Jakarta's largest department store, was a great experience.The top two floors were full of traditional items from all over Indonesia. The quality in most cases was very good and there were many useful products for the home.
I collect recipes from other countries and like to have typical momentos adding to the decor of a nice dinner, featuring a particular country's menu. So, this section of Pasaraya was a candyland for me. I bought gifts to bring home for friends and family. For myself, a handmade batik table cloth with napkins, a tape of Javanese drum music and small serving dishes for sambals which were easy to find at Pasaraya.
Of course, there is much more to this huge department store besides handicrafts, especially women's fashions and lovely perfumes.