Farid is the most genuine guide in Jakarta that you could meet. He was knowledgeable, amiable and courteous throughout. Bird’s nest was on our shopping list, and we appreciated Farid’s recommendation of a specialist store where we bought the delicacy. Surprisingly, Farid politely declined my offer of a tip (in thanks for a wonderful tour); he clearly enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them, whilst taking pride in sharing his home city. Thanks very much, Farid!
This is the landmark that everyone should not miss during their visit in Indonesia’s capital city.
Well, I have some guests who don’t mind skipping the National Monument but still want to go to the Grand Mosque. The thing is, this is not just a mosque where moslems pray but inside, there’s an Islamic elementary school (Madrasah Ibtidaiyah), junior high school (Tsanawiyah), and senior high school (High School), so this place is never empty. But don’t worry, you will be guided by the mosque’s official to go around. Continue reading “The Grand Mosque : Masjid Istiqlal”→
His name is Jason Chin, a 32 year-old business lecturer in Hong Kong, and been there for 2 years now and happy because that means he’s able to travel to some parts of the world that he’s never been, the South East Asia part.
Well, he was born and raised in London and been to a lot of places. But one person he never forgets to take when he goes traveling is his 76-year-old dad, Mr. Chin.
Mr. Chin lost his wife 4 years ago out of the blue. His spouse was singing in church when she suddenly sat and laid down unconsciously. When the ambulance came, it was too late. She was gone.
Mr. Chin described her as the best woman in the world. One who was very kindhearted, supportive and never got angry to anyone. Not to her 3 sons, not to him.
“So, you never had an argument?” I asked curiously.
“We did” he replied. “But whenever I started to get angry, she would walk out of the room and stayed away from me. 30 minutes later, she’d come back and you know what she always did the first thing after she saw me again?”
Farid and his driver and friend Candha picked us up at Jakarta Airport early in the morning, and were most enjoyable company visiting the signature sights of Jakarta, including the Old Town and working port, Batavia and the history museum, MONAS and the Grand Mosque. We really enjoyed talking with them. Farid is charming, speaks English perfectly and it was fun learning about his life in Jakarta and work as a radio announcer. Both of these young men are ideal ambassadors for Jakarta.
“By going this far, you are my first guest who spent the longest time in this old port”, I told Marie while holding an umbrella to cover her up from the bright sunlight in Sunda Kelapa, an old port of Batavia. We almost reached the end of the port where we could see the ocean before turning back.
The American doctor giggled and replied, “Oh, Farid, we set a lot of records in every places we visited”. “Oh, yeah we did”, her husband, Steve, added while holding his camera getting ready to take some other pictures.
“Once in Africa, the guide was really surprised when he saw us taking a lot of pictures of penguins and said that he’s never seen any guests taking so many pictures”, feeling proud of their achievements Marie continued her story. And they really did take a lot of pictures. They both have cameras and Steve took a lot of pictures of everything. And I mean, everything.
The traditional phinisi ships, the sailors loading building materials into his ship, a sailor cleaning his ship, a sailor re-waterproofing his ship, the dirty water of the sea, the dusty sacks of cement, and everything around it. Instead of feeling disturbed and annoyed, some of their objects smiled and even greeted them. As for me, I was contented, because that meant I took my guest to the right place. And that was just the first spot of the tour. Continue reading “The tour with a couple who set several records”→
From : Roland Tyson (Australia)
Tour Date : Apr 8, 2014
What he said:
Farid took us on a fascinating and informative tour of Jakarta, completely tailored to our requests and interests. Farid has an excellent knowledge of local history and speaks English fluently. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our tour and would highly recommend Farid for a wonderful and fun day out.
This is a walking tour around the most important city square in Jakarta with the National Monument at the center.
There are several important buildings around the city square, the National Museum, some ministry offices, the Presidential Palace, the Istiqlal Mosque (National Mosque), Jakarta Cathedral, and Immanuel Church.
We will walk like the locals. We will not go into each building, just pass them. This tour is suitable for you who like backpacking and don’t have much time to explore the city.
The tour will last around 2 hours, but it depends on how many pictures you take. Feel free to take them.
Wear your most comfortable outfit and wear cap/hat if you can’t stand the sun. Also, your most comfortable footwear. A bottle of mineral water is recommended but don’t worry if you bring none, cause we can always stop to get some.
Meeting point: In front of the National Museum (with appointment).
Buildings we’re going to pass :
Radio Republic Indonesia (National Radio).
The Presidential Palace.
Note: We will NOT go into the buildings.
Duration: (more or less) 2 hours.
Weather plays an important role in this walking tour. Rain will slow us down and so will the heat (if you can’t stand it).