For taxis, learn the basics: left = kiri, right = kanan, go = tourouse, straight lourouse, stop = hop. thanks = makasih.
Do njoy, jakarta is awesome
Wow Digidi, you just made new vocabulary for Indonesian words, which is i think it was cool lol tourouse (in Indonesian vocab it was "terus") lourouse (it was "lurus")
i like how you write these two words in your version By the way, are you from French?
Anyway, i agree with some of comments here. Don't do : taking a buss to get around if you are an expat. It is not safe because you will be the target of thieves once you enter the bus. Don't travel alone at night unless you have known your route very well indeed.
Do : Eat Indonesian traditional sweets if you like sweet, because there were huge option for this as well as food since Indonesian has many province with tasty unique taste. But, buy only from good cake shop or made homemade by your trust local friends. Avoid buying from the street vendor because they tend to use chemical colorings. Learn Bahasa. Travel to another part of Indonesia that has awesome view such as Raja Ampat (yes, i know it was expensive but i think it will worth the money), Lombok, Menado etc. Do get update about things happens daily from local newspaper or TV or even from local friends so you could avoid bad things such as demonstrations, gangs war, flood by avoiding the area.
Last edited by Ayu Dewi (19 January 2013 18:41:22)
I use buses a lot. Just keep things close and never flash cash.
Hi Mas Fred, how long you have been staying in Jakarta?
I notice you have blend so well with our culture because you have used buses a lot in your daily day Me- my self as Indonesian, sometimes still worry by those "preman" that force the peoples on the bus to give them money by slicing their hands with "silet" or razor.
They will look angry if we refuse to give them money. Because of that, i am more comfort using TransJakarta (yes, i know it didnt 100% safe either but as long as i didn't meet that "preman" i'm in ) and Taxi. I only take bus while im in certain areas like Bintaro, Pondok Pinang and Pondok Indah which is i think more safe-minus that "preman" presence lol
So i guess for expats, if you have been staying in long period here and already know you're own route and areas as well as the culture, guess its okay for you to take buses But, still i don't recommend it for new comers expats:)
Buses, micro buses and trains cam be a problem if you aren't careful. You really have to keep your things well out of range of thieves but I've never had anyone actually try to mug me in Jakarta. That can't be said of Semarang where a couple of lads fancied my wallet. I 'suggested' they didn't bother with a simple "Try it if you like hospital food" sort of expression. As you rightly say, a new expat is better not to use these forms of transport until they get used to the place. As for the preman (Gangsters). No worries (so far) as I'm twice the size of most of them and not really into showing fear as the chaps in Semarang found out. I suspect most wouldn't bother attacking expats as it would be guaranteed trouble from the police and they don't need that. I may be proven wrong at a later date. If it happens and I survive, I'll post pictures of them with their knives stuck up their arses.
Last edited by mas fred (20 January 2013 09:23:48)
- Do enjoy the local cuisine! - Do smile and say hello to the locals :-) - Do make sure you take a picture of your taxi driver's ID or just write down his taxi no - Do use GPS when you travel with cab - Do only take taxis from big companies such as Blue Bird, Taxiku,Express,Gamya,Transcab, Cipaganti. - Dont go to places like Stadium or Melawai/ Blok M for night life, you'd be, most likely, going home without your purse/wallet or even drugged. - Dont walk around alone at night, especially if you are a female
Everything else has been said by the others, so I hope you enjoy Jakarta! :-)
Cheers on the advice about travelling on public transport. How tall are you Mas? Was wondering if I can fit that persona "he is not worth the trouble..."
You mentioned a list of areas. Can you let me know what you know about the Kuningan areas? Good, Bad, Average?
Not especially tall but more so than most Indonesians. I used to do up to 300 push ups per day, 5 days a week, so I may be wide of chest and a bit stronger than most Indonesians. That and I can punch a solid concrete wall and make it rattle without hurting myself. Tends to put people off wanting to experience my fists on their nose end.
As for that area, I've hardly been there so I can't really comment.