Sentul Floating Market: Pasar Ah Poong (Apung)

Pasar Ah Poong Sentul 2014 (2)

Pasar Ah Poong or Abung (which means floating in English) is a medium sized food market/ open air food court on the bank of a river in Sentul, just near the large Islamic centre as you get off the toll road from Jakarta.  Continue reading

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Floods in Bintaro, South Jakarta (2007)

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAJakarta regularly floods, however, residents believe that we receive a larger than usual dose of rain every five years. I was ‘lucky’ enough to be present in Bintaro in 2007 when we experienced the last big floods. Over half of Greater Jakarta shut down for 4 days. It was a novelty being stuck at home (schools closed due to floods) but I was lucky not to have electricty og out, water enter the house and damage all my possessions and pollute my drinking water and so on. Many other Jakarta residents were not so lucky.  Continue reading

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Urban Kampung around Jakarta

jakarta kampung exploreJakarta is a city where rich and poor are nestled side by side. In any area of Jakarta you can find small little villages, known as kampung small houses, side streets called gangs, and plenty of street life going on around you. Poor does not mean dirty, just interesting. Homemade shacks, banana plantations nestled alongside rivers, tollroads, under major power lines and train tracks. Where ever there exists space, some enterprising Indonesians will set up shop and home, often made of the rudest materials, scrap lumber, metal sheets are enough to build a house.  Continue reading

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Sultan’s Palace in Cirebon

2014-11-14 10.28.28The Kraton Kasepuhan is the oldest sultan’s palace (or kraton) in the city of Cirebon,Indonesian just a few hours east of Jakarta on the north coast of Java. It is the residence of the Sultan of Kasepuhan. While the sultan still lives in the palace, several main sections are open to the public. Continue reading

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What to do with 3 Days in Bangkok?

Day 1

  • Arrive lunch time Taxi to hotel.

(all taxis the same, you have one airport queue – I think it is 50 baht extra. Otherwise they use meter and you pay tolls)

  • BTS Skytrain Bangkok transport (2)Take BTS (Skytrain) or MRT (Subway) or Taxi to Mall. Paragon. Near BTS Central or Siam Centre MBK (Maah Boo Krong) Food court 4th of MBK

  • 0b_suda_bangkokDinner Suda Restaurant

Sukhumvit Soi 14

Sky train Asok Station

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Sutera Harbour View, Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Children’s Fun: Playparq

20141019_124500Playparq have a number of venues, Kemang, Bintaro, Epicentrium and I think a couple more planned. They are a small kids play park and Bintaro and Kemang have water play areas also. For a small fee (from 40,000-90,000 IDR) your children can play and have fun on trampolines, flying foxes, water slides, climbing cages, etc.  Continue reading

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