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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Jakarta’s skyline

DSC00022 wisma 46Jakarta’s tallest building, Wisma 46 is visible in the skyline of central Jakarta here.

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Indonesia celebrates Idul Adha peacefully

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Once a year animal stalls begin to pop up around Jakarta as animal vendors make their way into the city to sell cattle and goats for sacrifice. Last Sunday, Oct 5th, (or Saturday Oct 4th if you are a Muhammadiyah muslim, they can never quite agree on dates) was Idul Adha, one of the biggest Islamic holy days of the year in Indonesia, the Islamic Day of Sacrifice.  Continue reading

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