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.”
Jakarta Walking Tour on NET12.
To celebrate Jakarta’s 488th Anniversary, National TV station, NET made a coverage on how to explore Jakarta with its history. We’re honoured to be featured on one of the coverage.
One of our spots in Jakarta Private Tour with Catherine (and her parents), Sunda Kelapa Old Port.
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.
Dipti, Amoud, and me in the observation deck of the National Monument.
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.
True. I was late 45 minutes from our schedule. I begged for forgiveness and was ready to receive complaints from them, even if Amoud & Dipti wanted to scold me, I was prepared and would not try to defend myself. But… Continue reading
Me and Ainu in front of the Supreme Court building
“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.
I started to feel relieve.
Thank you Windy for the kind feed back and testimony after joining our walking tour.
What Windy wrote on her timeline after joining the walking tour.