We had a nice weekend in Jakarta. Even though we have both been many times, it was the first time that Helen and I had actually been together. We stayed at the Hotel Atlett, in Senayan. The room had a bit of a stale smell, at first, but it was good value for ~Rp500,00, and in a handy area. We could walk 5 minutes to Plaza Senayan.

After arriving late-ish on Friday, we walked around the corner to the busway “Halte”. The bus was magic. We cruised north into the older part of the city. With the footpath warungs cleared out, the main part of the city looked great.

We had a look in a Wayng museum, and followed up with coffee at Cafe Batavia. We then trekked to Sunda Kelapa and had a look at the maritime museum. A taxi returned us to Plaza Senayan, and then I left Helen to peruse the new Senayan City mall.

In the evening, we made our way to TGIF. It was okay, but nowhere near as good as the one we went to in Mumbai. In the same area was a Bugils cafe. We intended to have one drink only, but we stayed until midnight to watch the Rolling Stones cover band. The singer, in particular, must have watched every Stones DVD – he had all the moves, and even had the accent right when he spoke.

We were pretty tired on Sunday, and I had breakfast solo, surrounded by female volleyball players – the hotel is across the street from the main sports stadium. We checked out the electronic goods place in Senayan City, and then returned to pack. A taxi took us to a friend’s place in Cilandak. The house was amazing – the best teacher’s house I’ve seen so far in Asia. We had a nice lunch, and then I caught a taxi to the airport. The trip was quick, and the flight wasn’t too late in leaving. I was home by 8.30pm. Helen SMS-ed to say that she was staying in a very ordinary hotel in a very ordinary area, in Bekasi.


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