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Jakarta Trip 2009

Jakarta 09 - I want. His Blackberry Bold that is.

Sorry of the absence guys. With Ramadhan around, it’s a lot on sleeping (lacking the energy) and going for berbuka (break fast) with friends. Over the weekend from 4th of September to 7th of September I took a sort-of last minute trip to Jakarta with friends, Syahrin and Mado. It was supposed to be a photo trip for me, but I wasn’t as inspired as I hoped to be. Probably it was because we were traveling most of the time with a car – yes. That’s probably it. I don’t have much to post here. Most of my other shots were taken with my Lomo LC-A loaded with an ISO 400 Fuji Neopan B&W film. So I need to get that developed first.

This is my third time in Jakarta. Its been an annual trip with Syahrin since 2007. Recall that last year I did a 10 day trip along with Mado & Syahrin to Jakarta-Yogjakarta-Bali. While most would say that there’s nothing much in Jakarta other than shopping, I had a great time hanging out with my buddies. Also the trip wouldn’t have been complete if not for Arwan’s & wifey who generously offered their place for us to stay at. Thank you Arwan & Sofia – looking forward to seeing you guys here early next year :)

Our first night was spent in Jakarta – it took us almost 2 hours to reach Arwan’s place. I really do not know how Jakartians deal with this sort of traffic every day. Its insane. By the time we arrived, there wasn’t much to do but have a delicious delayed berbuka at a local seafood eatery. The next day we started on early by making a move to Bandung at 9 am. I’ll dedicate a post on Bandung later as someone requested me to do a mini review of it. All I can say is, the boys bought tons of stuff from Jonas Photo (a heaven for photographers). As for me, all I got was a bunch of laces :P

Third day was spent around Jakarta. Again the traffic was insane. It took us more than hour to get into the parking lot at Plaza Ambassador. Note to Blackberry addicts; if you wanna get your Blackberry pimped up, this is the place! I got myself a Red housing for my Javelin – hehe. Nothing grand but at least now I’m different than the masses. Since we’re on the topic of Blackberry. Let me offer some tips on Blackberry services for your short stay in Jakarta.

I was using XL prepaid line and activated the daily BIS plan. Simple, just type ‘BB On’ and send it to 568. Your BIS should be up within 3 to 4 hours. The best thing is, the fees are deducted DAILY at only Rp5000. Thats like RM2 per day for BIS! While it is cheap, keep in mind that the connection was pretty slow on my Javelin (it was on GPRS most of the time instead of EDGE). Perhaps it’ll be faster if you have 3G.

If you’re willing to spend more, then get a prepaid line from Telekomsel which offers unlimited BIS service for Rp150,000. According to Syahrin, the line was pretty fast.

Ok. Guess that was a bit off topic but useful to travelers, I hope.

P/S: If you ever go to Plaza Indonesia, check out Pizza e Birra at the fifth floor. The chilli corne fries is to die for!

Jakarta 09

Jakarta 09