Staying a a friends house in the outskirts of Jakarta with almost 80 different sorts of fruit in his garden...I had to learn some new ones. SRI KAYA : literally the riche one. It looks a bit od but you don't have to search long to find out where that name comes from.
Cut the fruit in two halves and spoon the white rich flesh from between the pits. The flesh closest to the skin is the best...
first time you need to learn...
first time you need to learn is how to greet people in jakarta, because not most jakarta people know english well,
there is an example of simple greet:
-selamat pagi--good morning
-selamat malam--good night
-apa kabar---how are you
-terima kasih--thank you
and in retaurant or public tranportation tipping is un nessesary..they won't ask but they will very thankfull when receving tip.
Meet the founders of Batavia
It is in the historical building hosting the Wayang Museum (first picture) where you can meet the founders of Batavia (the conquerors of Jayakarta, a little village which became Batavia); in north Jakarta are a few buildings remaining from the Dutch colonial time, but there is almost nothing left of the former colonialists (statues, monuments, plaques. . . ) in public areas.
In the lower level of the Wayang museum is a small garden, between high walls and a few plaques, gravestones are kept there. On picture 2 you see a commemorative plaque from the 19th century dedicated to Jan Pieterzoon Coen, general administrator of the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie , United East Indies company), the founder of Batavia, on the ruins of Jayakarta, in 1619.
A few tombstones (picture 3) made of black basalt, of Dutch dignitaries are displayed against a wall in the garden, some nicely decorated with the arms of the Dutch families (picture 4). On the last picture is a plaque displayed in the Fatahillah museum, the former town hall of Batavia, plaque dedicated to two governors of Batavia, who built (one began, the other finished) the town hall. The big buildings of Batavia are in fact what the former rulers of Batavia have left. . . . few Indonesian remember the names of the former rulers. . . . and understandably, colonial times were not nice for everybody. . . . .
Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No. 27 Jakarta Barat 11110
(021) 6927289, 6929560
09.00 - 15.00 WIB
Closed Mondays and public holidays
Entrance: Rp. 2.000
One stop shop for Indonesian handicrafts
Most of the time that I was there, I went to this department store. They have everything from Indonesian crafts and fabrics to the modern fashion to the Indonesian food court down in the basement. Batik shirts, cloths, pillows, sandals, skirts, you name it they have it .. They also sell some Indonesian reproduction furnitures, as well as Indonesian handicrafts, paintings, sculptures and silver jewelry. From $10 for food to $1000 for a beautiful handmade sculpture.
This area in Jakarta, located behind the Islamic School Al-Azhar, is filled with outdoor vendors known as kaki lima (five legged vendors), because supposedly the vendors carry around their carts with them, so the legs of the carts are counted along with the vendor's legs (which are two ..obviously). These vendors usually really great Indonesian food, such as sate ayam, bakso, and the most famous one in this area, Roti Bakar Edy, which serves a variety of grilled/toasted breads in different fillings, depending on what you want. It's a good way of getting to know what the youngsters of Jakarta do at night on a budget. Anything casual .. don't get too dressed up because it's outside. You might want to wear jeans or anything durable because the seats might be a little bit dirty.