Kenapa? Macet Terus, di Jakarta!


Hell’s teeeth!

I was planning on going partying tonight, but when I wandered down after a langorous dog-day (so sorry, Ibi, cat-day) afternoon, it took just one look at the traffic on the main road to dissuade me.

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  • MacetMerak240211-1-590x417 macet!
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  • Off to the warteg instead, reducing my expenditure for the evening by about several hundred thousand.

Now it’s home again, saving my energy till Thursday, if any brave potential visitor decides to risk the work-day macet, or if not, then Saturday. So how come traffc seems to be getting worse? As Ramadan runs its ourse, Jakarta usually thins out. 

 

I asked the gals in the warteg – they were not yet busy, since I was dining before the fasting break at sun-down – and they advised me that everyone was rushing home to eat. 

Whoever, I wondered, forgot the splendid invention of packed lunches ( or luppers – if breakfast at lunch-time is brunch, then lunch at supper-time should surely be thus described?)

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Then I remembered, that sun-down gluttony which frequently marks the month of self-denial. No packed lunch could sate such greed.

Not everyone’s like that, of course!

There are many who do take self-denial literally, but there is more food eaten during the fasting month than any other time of year!

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pencarian-fpi-razia-tempat-makan-06 Good appetites galore here, despite unappetising sticky-beaks a-prowl    https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/not-fasting-how-about-a-whipping-aceh-slips-deeper-into-barbarism/

Mind you, I had SEVEN perkadel earlier, with rice, telor puyuh AND cap cay, and all for Rp 26,500 – and that included my es teh AND a take-away of three gorengan with a couple of eggy things that resemble veggie-omelettes, for a late-night snack.

So I must be getting into the spirit of the local Festive Season!