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This is the most popular route in our Jakarta Walking Tour every year. We believe one of the reasons is because the old town offers beautiful ancient buildings built during the colonial time with interesting historical facts.
The meeting point is easy to find. If you take commuter line, you need to stop at JAKARTAKOTA train station, it’s one of the biggest, oldest, and one busiest train stations in the capital city. And if you take the Transjakarta bus, go to KOTA bus terminal and go under the tunnel to the station. Once you get there, find Starbucks and we’ll be right in front of the entrance of the Starbucks. If you need help finding it, check the googlemap location HERE
As a guide, we never expect what kind of person our guest is gonna be. I didn’t either when Alberto booked a walking tour around the Chinatown area in Jakarta. One thing I knew was… He was Italian. That was it.
I met with him in Seven Eleven just a few minutes after 9 am, our meeting time. We directly clicked as I started telling him the long history of Jakarta’s Chinatown. And when we finished exploring an old Chinese house called Candra Naya, we started walking to the traditional market called Petak Sembilan.
During our walk, we talked about a lot of things but the first topic was about Jakarta. It was Alberto’s third visit to Jakarta, “but I never had the chance to explore the city because I am here for business, and always business. So, I only go to meeting place and hotel everyday. Lucky today, I got some time off before flying back.”
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We were driving in the middle of the city when Catherine popped up a question that was more like a statement.
“Corruption in Indonesia is really bad, right?”
I wasn’t too shocked though, such question appeared few times before Catherine and I always try to answer it diplomatically, one skill every guide must possess.
“Well, the government and the people are at a battle with corruption at the moment. It hasn’t finished yet but hopefully it gets better in the near future”, I answered with confident, not knowing that my confidence would be shattered in the next seconds when Catherine told me what had happened to her. Continue reading “The Tour With Surprising Statements”→
When I first found out that my guests were staying at FM 7 Resort & Hotel, I kind of underestimated the traffic to get there. I knew that the hotel was near from Jakarta International Airport, and I knew going to the airport probably only took an hour from my place, and I knew the traffic would possibly be a bit crowded, but I didn’t know that the way out of the tollway to the hotel was going to be gridlock.
I miscalculated the whole journey. Amoud & Dipti asked to be picked up at 10 am at the hotel cause we were going to have a Jakarta Half Day Tour that they booked from toursbylocals. At 10.30, I was close to their hotel but the road was congested, my car didn’t move at all. I panicked. The hotel staff, who was asked by Dipti, called to confirm about my arrival and the tour. With regret, I told her that I was going to be late and it would take 15 mins to reach there from where I was.
“My older brother used to hate Indonesians. I’m sorry but… he’s stereotyping all Indonesians. The thing is, the Indonesians living in Malaysia haven’t been acting really nice. On weekends, they usually gather and tease girls, even the local girls. And a lot of crimes were also done by the Indonesians. So, again, sorry, if that’s the stereotypes of all Indonesians in Malaysia,” said this pretty girl in front of me.
As she was telling me the story, I got mixed feelings. Angry, disappointed, sad, and ashamed at the same time. No wonder I had a friend who once lived in KL was disrespected just because he’s Indonesian.
“When I told my mother I wanted to travel to Jakarta alone, she was worried. She kept asking me whether Jakarta was safe and all. But when I browsed the internet, I didn’t find any reasons not to come here,” she continued her story.
Those were some of the few words that Shouta learnt quickly when I told him that’s how he flirted with a girl in Jakarta, he directly tried it to a lot of women.
He said “hey, cantik!” to some girls passing by, to a street vendor and some other women.
I couldn’t help but laughing watching him doing it. The thing is, Shouta is a Japanese young man who doesn’t look Japanese. His face is quite Indonesian to me (and I bet to a lot of people). So, the ladies he said “hey, cantik” to were not really impressed.”Hey, cantik” means “hey, beautiful”, by the way.
Shouta is Tashya’s friend who was on a trip to Indonesia. He and his English friend, Tim, visited Bali for a few days and decided to stay in Jakarta for two days to see Tashya. Knowing that I’m a guide, Tashya and I directly planned a tour for Shouta and Tim.
It was Friday, May the 2nd, a day after the International Labour Day where all labors were on strike and did protest. We decided to go a little bit away from the center of Jakarta because we heard that a lot of labours would gather in front of the palace to do protest on that day, so we planned to have a tour in Indonesia Miniature Park (Taman Mini Indonesia Indah).
Having learnt that the protest would take place after Friday prayer (midday), we decided to make a quick stop to the National Monument after picking them up in their hotel.