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]
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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.
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]
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]
“Dehumidifiers changed my life” is exactly what my best friend, Jenn, told me after I recommended them to her. No more moldy/peeling bags and shoes and no more moldy closets! It’s definitely something we need in places like Manila and Jakarta, where humidity is high. You especially need this if you live beside a canal [read more]
It’s difficult to write about this but I feel I should, because it might benefit some other dog owners in Jakarta, especially new expats. DiploDog had an emergency last March 3. TD and I were enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon, watching TV in the living room when the guard rang our doorbell. We couldn’t really [read more]
Somehow despite all the craziness of the past 3 weeks, I was able to give my article on time! Phew! (Hopefully without too many grammatical errors!) I was really excited to be asked by Candice of ExpatArrivals.com to do an article on Jakarta. I chose to do the See and Do in Jakarta, because I [read more]
I’ve meant to write this post for a while. Guess what we usually ask our Filipino friends to bring us when they come to visit us in Jakarta? Everything can be found in a supermarket like Rustans Fresh. Another possible title for this post was “things to buy in the Philippines before going to Jakarta.” [read more]
Usually I would say Mayestic Traditional Pasar for sewing requirements. But to be honest I’ve only ever had my couch covers and throw pillow cases done in Mayestic. So when my not-so-well-made throw pillow zippers from Nicks gave way, I decided to try having it fixed elsewhere. I headed on to a shop I’ve seen [read more]
Reposting this from the Jakarta Globe: Indonesia’s Clean Drinking Water Crisis Worst in Southeast Asia: Expert | The Jakarta Globe and talking about my personal experience with water quality as an expat in Jakarta from 2009 to 2013. More after the jump.
Wanted to share with you where we get our paintings and other works of art framed. The prices are quite cheap and the quality of their work is excellent. Luckily one lady knows how to speak basic english. Contact details and a few pictures of the frame and mirror store after the jump.
I’ve been sick so I haven’t been able to groceries for a while, so when I realized our fridge was running low I decided it was time to close the kitchen and time to try The Upper Crust catering. I’ve been meaning to try them for quite a while now, ever since I subscribed to [read more]
For those traveling to Jakarta this is my recommended list of To-Dos. This is of course just based on my limited experience of Jakarta. I am no expert as I have only been living here shy of two years. But I’ve enjoyed my experiences in the following places and I hope you get to check [read more]
People visiting Jakarta always ask me where to have their money changed. Most malls have money changers and banks so feel free to ask the information desk. However if you want a good rate I can recommend two below that are reputable and we’ve had good experiences with. I also have some tips when changing [read more]
I’ve been meaning to make Calling Cards or Name Cards (Kartu Nama in Bahasa) for the longest time but didn’t know where to have them made. Thanks to Kaho of Chuzai Living for sharing with me where she had hers done! Seeing her super cute calling cards also spurred me to finally get moving on [read more]
Off the top of my head, these are our personal favorites in the short time that we’ve been living in Jakarta. Jakarta has an exciting food scene that is combine with great interior design, however not everything on my list is high end. I also listed some hole in the walls that we liked for [read more]
Here are some tips that were given to us when we first got here by our Indonesian friends and other fellow expats, which I’d like to share with friends who are visiting Indonesia for the first time.
Strangely enough tonight is my first time to hear the prayers from the mosque nearby. I usually don’t hear or notice it. So either I’ve just gotten used to the sound and tune it out or they are in full force tonight for the Eid aI-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) which starts today, though the official non-working holiday [read more]
I sorta got inspired by the blog post of Mrs. O of the same title to write about an experience of mine! I didn’t plan on really writing about it at first, but what the heck… it’s too funny not to! The famous Indonesian creme bath via Monday last week I totally went local and went [read more]
I’m finally home…comfy and warm on my bed. Today we experienced another FIRST for us here in Jakarta. Our car got stuck in traffic for 4+ hours en route home from my hubby’s office to our home. A drive that takes an average of 15 minutes a day – 30 mins tops with traffic. Before [read more]