Aight, a post on Jakarta – the last trip of 2012 *sulks*
If you’re heading there any time soon, you should consider staying where we did at Aston at Kuningan Suites. It’s not the most fancy hotel available (though there’s Four Seasons opposite this hotel – the more you say that to yourself, the more ‘desireable’ this hotel becomes, lol!), but if you’re on a budget and want to stay some place central (note: near malls, ahem) and for RM300 a night, then you may check it out. We got the one-bedroom apartment.
It’s more towards an apartment concept which is perfect for those travelling with kids. Except we didn’t go there with ours
I should add the bathroom was pretty huge enough for 2 more people to sleep in.
Since most evenings were packed with events, we got to check some malls out in the morning. Actually it was almost afternoon by the time we got up and got to places. It was so good to sleep in without having a 2 year old coming to your face (morning breath and all) while screaming ‘wake up mommy, wakeeeee uppppppp, I wanna go poo’. Which is ALWAYS a lie btw because she just wants to see us scramble up and get her out of the room. And you know how she learnt this? Tune in to Disney Junior in the mornings when you can, there’s a section where all the cartoon characters will actually sing a ‘wake up wake uppp…..wake up wake uppp, everybody up’ song!! Annoying yet so addictive!
Without the kid around, we got to be a lil romantic, haha. Note the bolded word!
Business district of Jakarta – I’m always amazed how certain districts in some countries look so posh and well developed but then when you go further out a lil, you are shocked by the huge differences in surroundings that you can’t help but feel a lil cheated.
Bus platform is actually raised higher and people have to queue to get in, a concept Malaysians could surely follow
We checked out Grand Indonesia and PT Plaza Indonesia first, both malls are actually extremely posh and high end. We obviously couldn’t afford anything there so we settled for the little stuff….
Like sample local coffee. I had the iced teh tarik just because. And we went for a happy hour foot massage which was a total bliss!
Refuelling with lunch after watching Skyfall! Watching a movie in the cinema here proved to be an awesome experience, everything just look so plush and posh - you get BIG plush comfy seats with ample leg room space - it was like going to GSC Premium except we only paid RM12 each for the ticket here.
@ Playground in Grand Indonesia.
The only reason we dropped by here coz the lunch promo set seemed tempting. But it was already 3pm and the promo was over so we had to settle for their ala-carte dishes.
Which of course was a lil pricey but good!
Sorry, can’t remember what it’s called now but damn was it good or what.
The next mall trip we made, I made sure it was a cheaper place where we could shop and not feel so poor!! It’s SO hard figuring out where to go because you have one tooo many malls to choose from. But it’s always safe to stick to ones that’s near the hotel coz you will have a shit time in traffic just to get to and fro.
Taman Anggrek Mall, akin to our Mid Valley I suppose.
Did a lil shopping, he managed to score 3 shirts for less than RM90 coz of the sale
Ate in a local food court which was surrounded by tons of local Indonesian food.
Spotted a Mrs Fields, hurrah hurrah and had one whole brownie to myself.
And of course I knew there was another mall nearby called Central Park and I insisted we go, so off we went in some lane just to get to the mall.
I told the husband to take a photo and this is what he took!
Mmmmm mall *drools*
There was a Honda creative car contest going on and they were various cars displayed in the most quirky and cute designs.
Like this one, helllooo kitty!
I asked him to take a photo posing near the car and he refused coz I’m-a-man-and-would-rather-chop-my-balls-off-than-pose-in-front-of-a-pink-car! Minutes later, he was actually checking out the said hot pink car. I caught him. This is defintiely the ultimate chick mobile yo.
Was happily posing for this one though…….cowabunga!
Met a lookalike of his too…
This was on Saturday, the day before we left. We woke up late and scrambled to go get a massage. I wanted some place cheap and managed to find the most affordable place for massage. It’s actually located in an area called Tebet Raya where you’ll find rows of massage centres if you take time in walking. We were actually looking for another place recommended on Tripadvisor but couldn’t find it……..so went to this obscure place and got a 1.5 hours massage for a mere RM15!!! Was kicking myself for not waking up earlier to get longer massages and pampering session coz we had to rush back to get ready for the wedding.
Chepeast place for massage. EVER!
This was the super cool Comic Cafe that we ate in, it was everything errr comicky? And guess what, the massage centre we were intially looking for was BEHIND this cafe!!
Horrible traffic aside, the ONLY time you’ll find a road this empty is when you’re heading to the airport at 5.30 a.m on a Sunday! And yes it gets this bright in the wee hours of the morning. Not that I knew this from day 1 coz we were busy sleeping with the curtains closed
And now I end this post with a very pointless photo of my purchase. Why pointless? Coz these items only benefit me and not you, heh. But seriously, one reason to LOVE Indonesia – Martha Thilaar and Rudy Hadisuwarno! Best local brands you can find from there and obviously oh so affordable. I also discovered Makarizo hair products which I super love too. I would so gladly go back to Jakarta for its cheap massages, good shopping and food – people are also very friendly and polite but it’s truly a shame about the traffic.
P.s: On a foodie side note, do check out this awesome Chutney Mary deal in Bangsar here. It’s one of those places I’ve been wanting to go but held back coz it’s pricey but now I can, thanks to Living Social, heh