by Regin Reyno
Jakarta, one of the most populated cities in the world and Asia's mega city, was my destination last weekend. Together with a dear friend, we took Indonesia AirAsia and departed for Jakarta from Bangkok. The flight took 3 hours. Upon arrival in Soekarno Hatta International airport, we were picked-up and drove straight to our hotel.
|Grand Indonesia mall|
|Sunlake Hotel Deluxe Suites|
|Chapati. An originally Indian food|
Bubur. A traditional Indonesian food quite similar to Philippine's Arroz Caldo
Muesli with tons of fruits
Olives with olive oil. hehe
Nasi Goreng from the hotel
That night, we explored the city. We took a taksi from the concierge in our hotel in going to the city center. Our first destination was the national monument or monas as what the loals call it. It is one of the famous landmarks of Jakarta. I paid 45,000 rupia from our hotel to the National Monument. The ride approximately took 25 minutes.
|National Monument (Monas)|
photo credit: http://ontosoroh.wordpress.com
|buying some Rupiah|
After some shopping, we headed to a nearby local restaurant and ate Indonesian food. I ordered mi goreng, an Indonesia fried noodles, for the price of 15,000 rupiah. My friend opted for the nasi goreng or fried rice in English, for the same price. While waiting for our order, they gave us a mug of tea and some water in a small basin. I was about to drink the warm water, but to be sure, I asked what it is for. And they told me it's for washing hands. I was laughing as I was so ignorant and about to drink it. I then realized that the culture of the world is really varied and only through traveling will we be able to understand and learn better. I was so glad I learned something that night-because of travel.
|Wash your hands. hehe...|
We rested one more night in our hotel, watched cable TV, and I did some write up for the ABL website.
The next day, another buffet breakfast. Very delicious foods and lots of variety. after eating we headed to the pool and relaxed. We also tried their sauna. So we just stayed there and relaxed.
P.S. I would like to thank Thank God from whom all blessings flow. And to our liaison officer Irma Mulyana of ABL and to Kuhan Foo, CEO of ABL for this wonderful and memorable trip.