Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lovin’ Jakarta

You may love it or some may hate it, but Jakarta is definitely making an impression. But one thing is for sure, if you look beyond the noise and chaos, you will discover a thrilling city with unique charms that may move you. The contrast of traditional and modern is appealing starting from the old-fashioned Surabaya Street antique market to the classy shopping malls, from the street-side warung (food stalls) to world-class restaurants.

Jakarta is the largest of over 17,000 islands that constitute Indonesia to be found on the northern coast of Java. It is also a melting pot of the country’s numerous ethnic groups. Regardless of the numerous cultures that build up the city, Jakartans are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you are ever likely to meet.

Do not forget to do the following when visiting Jakarta.

Ojek, is a motorbike taxi, take it since it is the best transportation options in the metropolis tarnished traffic jams while the fastest way to get around the city  is the 12-route TransJakarta bus network

Go to the observation deck of the 132m National Monument for a haughty cultural experience. It is also known as Monas, the extravagant obelisk is crowned by a gilded flame that comes alive when it is illuminated at night. The highest structure houses the Indonesian National History Museum and its display of around 50 dioramas.

Never forget the Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa. It is so unique, it is the only place in Jakarta that offers a snake massage. Two 1.8m pythons will slither over the customer’s body. It is also said to increase metabolism.

You can also trace Barack Obama’s childhood. The US President lived in Jakarta, from 1967 to 1971, as a child with his mother and Indonesian stepfather. All through this time, young Obama attended the Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic school and the Besuki elementary school, both still located in the Menteng area of the city.

Jakarta’s most popular entertainment park, Ancol Dreamland, is located along the waterfront in Ancol Bay City. The complex houses SeaWorld, Fantasy World and Atlantis Water Adventure, among many other attractions.

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