KEBUN RAYA BOGOR
Bogors hub houses the huge botanical gardens, world famous as KEBUN RAYA. It is still a major centre for botanical research. A visit is a must to enjoy the more than 15.000 species of trees and plants, includes the magnificent palms and ... oldest waringin (Banyan tree). Did you know there is also a cemetry near the palace with Dutch headstones. Close to it you'll find a remarkable cemetry for Javanese ancient kings. One of them got close relations with RATU KIDUL ...
To me a memorable link, isn't it? Having a snack & drink at Cafe Botanicus (Easterly side of the gardens) it crosses my mind ... over and over again!
get connected to the world with TELKOMNET
You need to check your email but your hotel room doesn't offer broadband connection, the business center downstairs is closed, and the nearest cybercafe is miles away. Fear not! Now in Jakarta and virtually anywhere in Indonesia, as long as you've got your laptop with you and a phone line, you can get connected to the cyberspace the old-fashioned way via Telkomnet. Telkomnet is a non-subscription based service that offer instant Internet access from any phones. Simply dial the access number 0809 8 9999, type in the username: telkomnet@instan and the password: telkom and voila you're connected! The charge is a low Rp 165 / mins and will go to the phone bill.
The convenient service is quite fast for dial-up standard and works for both PC and Mac. So now you don't have to look around for an Internet cafe while in Jakarta to check your email, just remember to bring your laptop! To use Telkomnet service, simply configure your modem setting to the following:
Access number: 0809 8 9999
User name: telkomnet@instan
packing for the tropics
Normal-sized luggage and bags should be okay. If you plan to go crazy shopping, bring an extra large bags. If you have fancy suitcases, do cover it with some kind of protection as Jakarta Airport's baggage handlers are notoriously known to be rough. Light cotton clothing is the most suitable for hot and humid Jakarta. Comfortable footwear is a must if you plan on do lots of walking for sightseeing and shopping. Flip flops, beach sandals, and shorts are okay for sightseeing and trips to the mall but may be frowned upon at fancier establishments. For the businessman and woman, a shirt and tie is normally formal enough for business meetings. October to April and usually extend to June is the rainy season, where rain showers can be expected most afternoons, be prepare to have an umbrella handy. March, August, September are the hottest months since the sun's position is near the equator. Over the counter diarrhea medicine if you plan on indulging in street food yet have a weak stomach. Mosquito repellent is a must during rainy seasons (October-April). Other toiletries and over the counter medicines should be readily available on most drugstores throughout the city. Films, batteries, and photo development services are readily available throughout Jakarta and are usually cheaper than buying abroad. If you plan on bringing your Digicam, the electricity in Jakarta is 220 Volts and we use plugs with two rounded prongs. Most hotels provide plug adapter kit, otherwise they're available in most drugstores. If your battery charger is set for 110-240 Volts then you'll be good to go. Shorts, t-shirt, beach sandals, or flip flops are best for camping/beach/outdoor activities. Bring insect/mosquito repellent.
an unexpected paradise
Just outside Jakarta's harbour there is an arcipelag of about 108 islands.
Many of them as a still alive coral reef and they can really be an amazing destination.
The distance from Jakarta can be one hour as 4 hours and, the futher you go, the best water you find.
I have been in Kul Kul island about 2 hours and half far from Jakarta and it was a real paradise, will say more about this island next days in my Indonesia page.
cheaper in flea market? think again.
people have this initial impression that shopping malls maintain higher price compared to flea market or street vendors. i bought a funky black t-shirt in malioboro for 25,000 rupiah (133PhP). i tried to bargain down to 20,000 but boy declared 25k is fixed price. in mangga dua i found exactly the same shirt and expected it to be higher than 25k given the rent for maintaining a small shop inside a chic mall but when i asked the young lady how much, it's only 20,000.