This is a post in response to this post by Travel Lush, a fellow traveller and someone who currently is residing in Jakarta. I could relate to her entire post. When I was living in Jakarta I was quite frustrated that it was hard to find good quality basic items. Cheap and chic or “bueno bonito barato” did not seem [read more]
This is our favorite restaurant in Jakarta and is the one we frequent the most. It’s our favourite place for brunch (the eggs benedict are arguably the best in the city) and it is also a fail-proof place to take visitors from out of town, because there is something for every taste, the staff speaks English, [read more]
One of the great pleasures of living in Jakarta is enjoying affordable massage and reflexology treatments. The best price I found with clean and nice facilities was at Nano Health Family. (There are many cheap spas but they might not be as clean.) You wouldn’t believe how big this place is. It’s not super luxurious [read more]
One of the questions new expats ask in Jakarta is where to go for dental treatment. I was really lucky that a friend of mine, who has such a beautiful smile thanks to Dr. Ruby, recommended me to her clinic. Let me describe to you why I love going to Dr. Ruby Karyadi so you [read more]
Another place I regularly go to for home decor in Jakarta is Koncept Gallery Kemang. It is a small shop that is split into two sides. Both are called Koncept, but each side is owned by a different family member. I usually go to the left side of the store for my bespoke decor needs, but sometimes [read more]
I am totally missing the Chinese food in Jakarta. Jakarta has a big Chinese community and I learned to really appreciate Chinese food when we were based there. One of the memorable Chinese food I had was from Soup Restaurant. All the dishes we ordered were delicious and I recommend them. I loved the sauce [read more]
When TD’s brother visited us in Jakarta, he was eager to finally cross something of his Bucket List: to try the Kopi Luwak (or Civet Cat poop coffee) which is the most expensive coffee in the world. Please forgive the photos since these were taken with a phone camera.
I’ve haven’t been able to sleep lately and blogging is a way to keep my sanity, which I am, quite literally, trying to keep. So I’d like to share with you something beautiful that nourishes the soul, art. A painting I fell in love with right before leaving Jakarta.
While we were based in Jakarta, TD coined the term “pork tourism”, because when we were deprived of pork in mostly Muslim Jakarta, we realised how much we loved and ate pork. When we would go on trips to Bali and Medan where there are many Hindus and Buddhist/Christians respectively, we went on Pork Tourism mode, [read more]
Sharing more info that may be useful to expats moving to Jakarta. I want to be honest about some of the things that we experienced when we moved to Jakarta in the hopes that it will help other expats who are moving there as well. There are some things that we had to do that [read more]
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but don’t like clutter, so I like to find souvenirs which serve a dual purpose, like being decorative, having a function in my home, something I can use or wear. Batik is the pride of Indonesia so I wanted to have a batik souvenir of our very [read more]
The actual title of this cooking class was French Choux Cooking Class. This was one of the best cooking classes I attended while I was in Jakarta because, teacher Cindy Sunogo wanted it to be a hands-on experience for all of us. Unlike most cooking classes where chosen volunteers get to try the techniques during [read more]
One of my absolute favorite finds in Jakarta is Galeri Pot in Kemang Timur. Not only do they have a wide selection of shapes and colors and affordable prices, but you can also have pots AND lamps custom-made to your preference. How cool is that? I love their white, Prada silver and gold pots. In [read more]
Where can one find the perfect keepsake/souvenir – that is both useful and stylish – of Jakarta? LE SOUQ was the perfect place for me before we left Jakarta, our post for four years. One of my souvenirs of The Big Durian was literally Durian-shaped, haha! I love this store because of the unique, quirky designs and [read more]
Before our Jakarta DiploHome was taken apart, with precious pieces of it sold on Jakarta’s version of Craig’s List or in a Garage Sale at Taman Puri Oasis, I let the lovely Atri of Living ETC Indonesia take pictures of it. It is the perfect way to remember our Jakarta DiploHome at it’s most neat [read more]
Renting in Jakarta was not easy for us. If you are coming to Jakarta as an expat and you have to look for your own place and negotiate with your landlord, without help from your company or embassy, you might encounter the same difficulties we had. Or you might not, I think it depends on [read more]
For golf-lovers out there who want to play golf while having drinks without having to go far, this restaurant is for you! The food is okay, and I liked their beer promos. I love the green interiors of the place and the use of beer bottles to decorate. Photos after the jump!
One of the things I’ll miss in Jakarta is my favorite fast food burger, the Mozza Burger from A&W. Whenever I need a quick bite to eat (so not a chillax Jakartan!) and there is an A&W around, I always order the same thing. The Mozza Burger Meal with curly fries and root beer. Find [read more]
Another Jakarta favorite of ours is Chung Gi Wa Korean BBQ restaurant. The ingredients are fresh and the quality of the food is amazing, especially for the price. This is also great for pork-lovers like us, because the pork meat is way cheaper than beef! It’s great to eat here in a group, because its [read more]
TD is a man of few things. He likes his electronics, but like most men, he doesn’t really do knick-knacks. However he did want his own remembrance of Jakarta. We found this antique gun in Kemang Timur in a shop called Rambuata (I pass by it on the way to (and near) Koncept Kemang and [read more]