Yes, I did get sick from using the "carefully washed" utensils on the street, but eating the sate from those food stalls is soooo worth it. and the peanut sauce is just amazing. but be warned, the quality varies GREATLY (and typically) per stall.
I generally banked about 10 sticks for Rp. 10000. (a little more than US$1) the portion comes with rice too, and definitely try the sambal I'm going to have to say, in terms of eating Indonesian food, sate is definitely up there
Ok , this was a hard one.
Our taxi driver (blue bird) didn't knew where Ragunan zoo was. Did he ever heard about the Pasut Primata Schmutzer?
Of course not. So I was pointing the way...But a white person can't possibly know the way in Jakarta - his belief. Finally I gave him a map (I took it from the hotel , another tip) and found the zoo.
We where used to have us drive up the primate center and I heard him talking to the receptionist. He said it was behind the giant Gorilla .
Djeezes , we are in Indonesia. The only native ape here is the Orangutan... This person was working in the zoo , and OK , I admit , it is an ugly statue , but to call it a gorilla...
(just another sad example from how interested people are in their own natural inheritance)
All Muslims are...
All Muslims are required to fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan (a lunar month of 29 or 30 days, which falls 11 days earlier each year, depending on sightings of the moon). During this period, ALL Muslims must abstain totally from food, drink, sex (yes) and tobacco from dawn to sunset. Non-Muslims should respect this practice and wherever possible avoid infringing these laws in front of Muslims, since this is considered utterly rude. We don't want people to think we're a bunch of uncouth, brash tourists/travelers who are also members of VT, do we? Practically speaking, when Ramadan falls during the summer months, the abstentions become a test of endurance. Often shops and restaurants will open much earlier and close during the afternoons and in smaller towns some will close altogether, but some
businesses do open at night. Straight after sunset most, if not all, Muslims will break their fast, and little business or travel will be practical for the visitor at this time.
So, if you come to Indonesia during this period, you may find the streets generally empty... And resorts like BALI will be like a ghost town. My advice? If you can, DON'T vacation during the entire month long Ramadan period.
Weekend at Puncak
Another escape from busy Jakarta is Puncak, 1.5 hrs driving. Rich Jakartans usually have villa here and stay over the weekend.
From Puncak, you can see mountains, tea plantation, rice fields, villas, flower gardens, etc. Cool and relaxing trip!
5 floors of Roxy Mas (AKA ITC Roxy MAs) is dedicated mall for Cellular Phone and accesorries, Old and New all models and brands at affordable price. Most visitors from Africa buy cell phones in Bulk from theri for re sale in their home country. Other electronic products such as electric shavers, I Pods etc are also available there Cellular Phones, MP3/MP4 Player, Electric Shavers Prices are displayed on Paper outside every shop. Browsing is advisable to get the correct idea of right price, if everyone asking same price then it must be right.