JJS : ke Maja

JJS = jalan jalan siang

So, waktu saya iseng ke Rangkasbitung naik commuter line, di kiri kanan rel kereta saya liat banyaaaaak banget perumahan-perumahan kecil.

Ngobrol sama teman-teman, banyak juga yang tertarik beli rumah kecil di daerah Parung panjang – Tiga raksa terus sampai Maja. Ada yang bosan jadi “kontraktor” (a.k.a tiap 2 tahun cari rumah kontrak baru) ada yang memang buat investasi. Soalnya yaaa…beli rumah di Jakarta maupun pinggirannya sudah fantastis bener harganya!

Duluuu….kalau ke sana nyerah deh! Jalannya parah bet! mau naik kereta yang ada cuma Kereta Rakyat Djelata itu. Sekarang mulai enak dan nyaman, naik commuter line!

Sabtu lalu, saya ke sana. Ada perumahan baru dibuka. Iseng saja pingin lihat. Dari stasiun, ada shuttle bus-nya…ya sud, saya naik.

Begitu sampai kantor pemasarannya…

Setttt dahhh…ini beli rumah apa ngantri non Thor sih!! Asli ramai bettttt!

Lucu ya, liat rumahnya kain main rumah-rumahan barbie. Imut-imut banget. Dijual dari luas tanah 60-an kalau saya tidak salah.

Kalau ini termasuk rumah mewahnya sih, yang rumah RSS nya ada lagi.

Saya ditemenin sales-nya. Wujud aslinya sih, Saya posting di IG story kemaren.

Yang bosan jadi “kontraktor”, mungkin bisa jadi pilihan.

Pas saya pulang balik ke Pondok Aren, saya kan naik bus shuttle. Cuman saya penumpangnya. Supirnya ngajak ngobrol basa-basi nanya saya dari mana.

Saya jawab habis main ke rumah teman. Eh dia nyerocos

“Itu kampung saya bu! tau ngga bu, dulu ada yang jual tanahnya ke saya. 15 ribu/meter…eh saya lagi ngga ada duit lebih! Akhirnya teman saya yang lain yang beli,eh malah dibeli Citra (perumahan-red)

Ini nih, sekarang saya mau invest di (dia nyebut sebuah kawasan di dekat Serang, saya lupa) ntar lagi bakal ramai tuh bu!”

Ishhhh! Hebat nian pak Supir. Sudah berani investasi property! Hahahahahah!


Impulsive Trip : Rangkasbitung

A little question, who know this kota kabupaten exist??

Well I do, but for two reasons :

  • My family had helpers more than a decade ago, and they live here
  • Yes, they took train from Rangkasbitung Station to our house. People used the Kereta Rangkaian Diesel or we said it Kereta Rakyat Djelata. It was an economic train back in that time, sharing a compartment with goats and chicken. It was a horrible, smelly, dirty, devastated train…back in that time! I did commute with that train every now and then on emergency basis from Palmerah to Sudimara to save time.

Apart from that, zip, zero, nothing, nada! I only know the city from the announcer in train station.

It was two week ago, my childhood friend paid me a visit to Bintaro and she wanted to try commuter line! And owh, early this year, KRD is no longer exist. All those old trains (it was manufactured in early 1900’s) were replaced with Commuter Line. not all the schedule has trip to Rangkas tho. long story short, we only spend like one hour in Rangkasbitung since we took 4 pm train before going back to Tangsel (and Jakarta for Inong). I bought Rambutan and Salak one Kg each in near by pasar tumpah and it cost less than IDR 50,000 for me.

And yesterday, I paid another visit again with a former colleague who also lives in Bintaro.

Hell yeah, it only take 1.5 hr from Bintaro and IDR 6,000 (less than 1 SGD, 2 Malaysian Ringgit, 50 cents USD), per trip. What do we have to lose? 😉

I learn, unexpectedly, view after Parungpanjang Station was nice. With paddy field, here and there. I even wondering whether I am able to have trail run in those small cities? Not too far from the station and the back again.

Daru, a small station two stops after Parungpanjang. nice track to run I suppose.

So, yesterday, I learn that this city just opened a museum next to Library. Both are new and fully renovated.

Just take angkot for 5 mins or walk for 15 mins, stoped at Alun-alun. We opted for the first one, man it was 33 degrees!

Kaki si Lala

Had dzuhur pray first in its Mesjid Agung.

And the museum lies just a cros the mosque.

Without googling it, or peeking your history book,does anybody know Multatuli?

And the bad news was…both the museum and library were closed! I can understand the library, but the museum? On Saturday? Eh! c’mmon!

Padahal katanya nargetin pengunjung 500 rb tahun ini, atulah bu bupati! 😦

I wish I can do something about this! Wasn’t it common practice the museums close on Monday? I asked those teenagers in the pic, one of them said the museum open on Sunday until 10 am only.

Ah ya bener aja atuhlah bu bupati!! Semoga sementara ya! Btw, ada yang tau cerita bupati Lebak ini ngomel-ngomel marahin anak buahnya? Way it go, Ibu Bupati! 😀

Anyway, We had lunch near by, and it only cost IDR 75,000 in a decent restaurant. Oh em gee! Gw post di IG story gw.

We took train back to Tangsel at 3.10pm.

Little that I know, this small city played an imporant role during Dutch Collonial era. this train station was built in 1900 as a supporting dispatcher to transport harvest and crops!

Local goverment a.k.a PemDa must do something to keep this building as original as possible!

There’s always something we can do, besides going to Pondok Indah Mall 😉 on weekend (or any other public holiday)

Buat #kelasmenengahngehe sub-urban, banyak lho yang bisa dilakukan selain nongkrong di PIM. Sudah dibenahi pelan-pelan kok sama pemerintah, manfaatin donk! 😉 ngga mahal kan?


Kata adek saya , muka saya muka gossip. A perfect stranger bisa saja datang ke saya trus ngajak ngobrol. Seriously….this happened a lot, especially during our Europe trip 2 years ago.

Sejam sebelum saya disamperin Gabriella, as written in that post, saya kenalan Harris. just because his Melayu look lah…I thought he was Indonesian. The name juga di Eropa, namanya juga lagi di eropa, ketemu kulit coklat ya seneng lah

Ya udah ngobrol 30 menitan, nanya itternary setelah Berlin dia mau kemana, gitu gitulah. And thanks to socmed, i asked his account. To keep silaturahmi lah, bukan kepo 😀 We don’t need people’s phone number and vice versa.

Habis itu ngga pernah ketemu lagi until today!

Ya ya ya, balik lagi…thanks to socmed I know people whereabout. Dia mamer aja lagi di Jakarta, my sis dropped a direct message and finally saya dan adik saya ketemuan di Grand Indonesia

And that was fun!

Bisa banget ngobrol pertama cuma 30 menit, ketemu lagi 2 tahun kemudian bisa ngakak-ngakak ketawa ketiwi kayak kita reuni SMA! And the good thing about having conversations with a Malaysian, we can use our language if we forgot the words in English! Right?

Some people were born with a good and natural story teller. Not a single time I stoped to check my phone! Eh ada deh sekali pas makanan datang.

Kata adek saya ngobrol sama Haris kayaknya nonton serial Ipin Upin :))

This pak cik set a target 20 marathon in 20 countries in 2020. he’ll do his 11th this year in Lombok.

Seru ya! Ayo, put on your shoes, go outside start run a mile you’ll meet amazing people along the way!

Now I really need to sign up for a marathon again!

Ps : marathon itu 42k ya, kalo 5K mah fun run namanya 😉


i’ve been doing sport since I was a kid (swimming course twice a week, softball, basket ball) but never do it seriously. Just to kill my ABG time (I lived with my parents and they had two helpers, nafff said!)
Anyway,i’ve done races here and there since 5 years ago. and as I read my late post, how I conquer my first 10K race, then my virgin Half Marathon, the Triathlon then Marathon … i went like

“Ya elahh Ky…10K aja meni lebay pisan!”

 segala takut kram, kepanasan, dll dll.

the night before my first 10K, I cant sleep.   macam anak SD mau dharmawisata saat itu. Too overwhelming. 

yang sudah ikut half ironman race waktu saya posting race pertama  10K ngikik kali ya? (Anyone?)
Aber so, if I read my virgin triathlon race recap, still somehow I am proud of myself. bihiksss…
I only had my bike for 3 months, never been on open water trail until one day before race day, not using cleat for my bike, yet…I managed to squeeze the obstacles. Not in good timing, of course! But still! Do Count any female with hijab doing Triathlon on that year 😉 

And owh, there are several races that I also met my readers. ” sikiky ya” For instance. Bahahahahha

Ish…bangga bukan main sayah! #disambitbidon.

Owh well, I didn’t join race as much as I did in 2013-2014, however…I set my bar higher a little bit.  I am competing with my old me, not with anybody else.

Itu yang saya lakukan di Jogja minggu lalu…
I secretly wanted to do cycling tour since the first time I took my Giant TCR home with me.

Picture taken from TdA Facebook page. i was one of the people in red jersey! 

more story later! 

mendadak tour guide 

i’ve been blogging since 2005 first in Blospot then MUltiply (now demished) and switched all the writing to wordpress. all free platform though. 😁
Of course, like whoever that blog, I bet you “met” new friends. NOwadays, blog seems being replaced with social media, but then again I also made new friend as well thru twitter, facebook and Instagram. 

Anyway, last Saturday, I became a tour guide.
it was Ridwan @theahmadridhuan, I knew him thru blogging years ago. Almost 10 years ago if I not mistaken. he wrote in blogspot, mostly about daily life.

He lives in Kuala Trengganu, Malaysia. that is 7 hours by bus from Kuala Lumpur on the east coast, facing South China Sea (well yeah, you can google. I never heard the city before until I know him). to note, KT the state is one of the 4 states in Malaysia that has Friday as holiday while business day starts on Sunday.

I can recall 6 years ago his wife called me, when she was in Jakarta for business trip, but unfortunately, we didn’t meet.

i don’t think he still writes, but yeah…we keep each other posted thru socmed, FB and Instagram. 

to make story short, Last weekend, he had a business trip to Jakarta for 3 days. lucky for him, Saturday was free. I was the only Indonesian he knows ( which I doubt, because he said later on, his grandfather was a Bugis- well yeah, jakarta perhaps,  hahahah). He left a comment in my IG account a while ago. so i knew he’d be in town.

 Since I was free but hate driving, I offered him trip by Trans Jakarta or may be Train if it is possible. he didn’t mind taking public transportation in a megapolitan city with the worst traffic and public tranportation. cool then! I refused driving, looking for car park, pay the expensive fee, etc! 

anyway…since it’s Saturday, I took the whole family too! the whole family include my sister. We picked him up in hotel around Senayan area (yeah sure, you can guess)

SO, it was the first time we met we in person. very easy to recognize him. he posted his pic a lot.

One tourist 7 tour guide

since it was noon, I offered a lunch in Jalan Sabang before continue our trip to Kota Tua Jakarta (also by Trans Jakarta) where the capital city started in 1500’s. 

i considered we were lucky because it wasn’t rain. Though walking  under hot sun is also uncomfortable, but better that heavy rain.


RIdwan busy takimg picture of macet and bajaj….and the Padang Food we eat.

of course, two Melayu’s face yet speaking English received attention in the bus. 

Some of the bus passanger even asked where Ridwan comes from 😀

Museum Bank Indonesia

We visited Museum Bank Indonesia. those who never visit this Museum, PLEASE do!

Face value!

Kota Tua

Street performer in Kota Tua

Anyway, kiky’s city- walking tour wasn’t bad! though he asked : 

“how come I didn’t see angkot? I want to take angkot!”

Atuhlah Pak Cik…..🤣🤣🤣
To make story short, we bid farewell in Halte Bus Trans Jalarta Dukuh ATas because I’d take the train back to Bintaro from Sudirman Station  (and unfortunately, he took my BCA flazz card too because he had to tap out where he got off). Unlike Commuter Line Train which has its own card  that can be refundable later, Trans Jakarta busses only alow debit cards. THat’s why I prepared him the flazz card from BCA. We didn’t have enough time taking train to Bogor.

So Ridwan, if you read this, I’ll take you with angkot next time as well as dining in Warteg and don’t forget, bring back the card! 

Selfie in TJ before bidding farewell

have you ever be a tour guide for your blog reader? 

Guten Rutsch! 

first post this year! 

Unlike for the past 4 years (since 2013) I didn’t have my morning run on the first day of the year. Too lazy! Nope, I didn’t go out either the night before. I forgot when was the last time I spent the NYE wide awake.

Anyway, my friends and I had a luncheon on the first day of the year. I for sure ate a lot that desperately need to cut the fat off again. 

Path said it was 39 degrees celcius in where I live, oh em gee…

Taken on my front porch

with 60% of humidity!

I planned to have my evening run at 4 pm, I postponed until…one hour and 15 minutes later. Gee, it was hot!

Planned to have like 6-8 km run and ended up in Saudagar Kopi for evening capucinno, but I stopped at Km 4 because I saw …

tropical fruits, FTW!

I just remember there is no fruits at home. Not that I want to have fruit detox or what so ever 😉 Yet, fiber is a must! 

The seller was just about to bring  back his fruits back to his pick-up car. So, he gave me quite a good bargain for 1 kg Dragon Fruits and mangosteen each.

It was like 2.5 km from my house, so I ran with those fruits. -____- Thus, I decided to walk. too heavy! 

Later, I saw mbok jamu and thought that having a glass of Kunyit Asem (a mix of Tumeric and Tamarind)  would be nice. I like this drink so much! 

In my gym, they sell this herbal drink for IDR 30,000 in a-300ml-bottles, while only IDR 5,000 from the friendly mobile Jamu Seller.

Kunyit asemku beda lho…aku buat sendiri

How is your new year holiday? 

Enjoy Jakarta!


skip dulu cerita jalan jalan gw yak (buat yang ngikutin).Tinggal cerita di Wina, sekejap namun melegenda lah *ahay*. Kalo rajin, gw tulis cerita nonton U2 di Berlin.

Gw sering bilang ke teman-teman gw, Jakarta is both suck and sick! Jujur ajalah! yang penduduknya banyak yang kasar, ngga sabar, antri saja ngga bisa, debunya, polusinya, including polusi suara! When it comes to drive their private vehiclesblowing horn as hard as possible sepertinya solusi ruwetnya jalanan ibukota, yang mereka hadapi plus infrastrukturnya yang (in my opinion) terlambat 20 tahun.  Compare to other capital cities (SG, KL, BKK) 

well those kind of ramblings… to name a few. I don’t drive! i used public transportation on weekdays in Jakarta! So, gw kesal banget kalo trotoar suka dipakai lawan arah sama motor-motor! Polisi diam saja karena malas nilang mereka kayaknya. Di depan kantor misalnya, tidak ada tempat yang memadai untuk memberhentikan bus atau taxi! Hence explain the hard-blowing-horn dari pengemudi lain yang merasa perjalannya terganggu! Benar-benar tidak ramah kota ini.

Until it was on first day of November,

I had my Sunday  morning run in Car Free Day, Sudirman. Thing I barely did!  I have a friend flied from KL to attend her friend’s wedding and this is her FIRST visit to Jakarta. Her name is Ejah. She’s been to  Bromo,  Bandung dan Makassar, — thanks to Air Asia promos– , tho! Yet, it is her virgin trip to the capital city.

She’s a hard core trail runner who at that time was trying to conquer BTS 70K (and she did! in a very respective time) in the following week. She did 30K last year with me. That’s how we met for the first time. Previously, we were only befriended via Instagram as she is also Nisa and Farah’s friend, member of Gaited Community. Friends from KL who ran with me on my last trip to KL as a replacement of postponed SCKL 2013.

Our meeting point was in  Thamrin Residence, where she stayed using Air BnB service (eh sumpah gw baru tau di Jakarta ada, bahahhahaah) , I decided to take her to Gelora Bung Karno, via Jalan Sudirman of course.
Passing (tentunya) Panglima Sudirman Statue  — my ALL TIME FAVORITE COMMANDER IN CHIEF — who  was also an Aquarius #penting  and she took a pic of herself. I explained who Panglima Besar Jendral Sudirman was with his guerrilla tactic. Forgot to tell her, that on his last years, that greatest hero ever was carried around due to his lung diseases! Talking about integrity!

We passed by my office, jembatan Semanggi of course and let her now what is look like from the top, and getting to  Senayan Complex. I  tried to remember, who built the Stadium (it was Bung Karno) and why?? seingat gw Mega Proyeknya Bung Karno ya?
We took picture in the statue out side the GBK, …in which…i have no idea who he was! probably Arjuna? wasn’t it?

We even stopped at Pacific Place – SCBD area for a while coz Ejah, loves to see road bikers,  those speedy bikers. Trust me, she took lot of pictures.
Then we went back to  Thamrin Residence again to see Bundaran HI. I tried hard to remember why the statue facing  Kota? I think because visitors came from Tanjung Priok, wasn’t it? or Kemayoran Airport ?  For those who is born in 80’s  and younger, Jakarta  once, had an airport in KEMAYORAN! Tintin was there too! =)). When I moved to Jakarta in early 80’s, that is where I landed. =))
she has visited Monas (and Hard Rock Cafe) hahahah!  so we skipped monas.

All we saw in Senayan and CFD, from ketupat sayur sellers (she was  kind of surprised, we have ketupat sayur all year! not only during Hari Raya), penjual buah atap dengan botol bambu, until all the street musicians was interesting for Ejah! Even the Trans Jakarta line! I said jokingly

“semua ada di CFD, kecuali Jodoh”

But I warned her, tomorrow (monday) the CFD Sudirman would be whole lot different!

Meniru gaya Tugu Selamat Datang — kayak Gajah bener gw!!!

On the back of Plaza Indonesia, I saw Go Jek! I told her why we had (now very famous) Go Jek Services, Tag line D cost (rasa bintang lima, harga kali lima), and we ended up at TanaMera Coffee.   Actually I want to treat her in one of the ketupat sayur stall. Tapi ya boooo, gw takut dia kena bacteria secara cuci piring makanan kaki lima, kan yaa…gitu deh :)) kalau ngga biasa bisa keracunan bacteria. =)) Secara Ejah mau lari Ultra minggu depannya. 
I showed my best anything that are local and I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing like GoJek or ketupat Sayur street seller at the other capital cities in the world.

There, we met her friend, also from KL. Another one hour,  we said good bye, promise will visit each other again (hopefully) and I took train back to Bintaro.


Taken from her IG account #ngopiyuks

Then I took my words back, this city is actually nice. This is the city where I grew up since i move from Pekanbaru early 80’s until mid 2000’s =))
many to see…a lot to offer (let alone Tanah Abang yaa…she bought many hi jabs on previous day and planned to go back again before flying home) :D, I should have took her to Kota Tua  and rent a bike there!  Read Rinta’s posting here! Nice!

yet, this city,  unfortunately, poorly managed!

kayak malam ini, contohnya! Ketika hujan sudah turun dan genangan dimana-mana bahkan sampai banjir. galian belum siap, bahkan banyak yang baru dimulai.  Kemana saja ketika musim kemarau yang lalu?  😉 Baca status kawan kawan yang terjebak macet berjam-jam.  Dulu mendambakan hujan kini mulai memaki.

And, Dear Ejah, thank you for borrowing me your pictures! I’ll take you to the hilly Sentul next time you visit Jakarta! 😉 Hope you enjoy your trip!