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? 

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.

tanamera

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!