Dancing Fountains in Jakarta? Wet T-Shirt Contests Daily?

I was all set to applaud the latest Jakarta improvement plans announced by Governor Ahok, but it seems I misconstrued the essential outline of one of the key plans that he envisages.


Central Jakarta to have dancing fountain, wider sidewalks


Skip the wider sidewalks – walking along Sudirman last night, the crackpot bikers were still zooming along areas clearly designed for pedestrians, as they have been doing for years…



Not only on Sudirman, but in Kota too..


….so without guarantees on effective policing of these new wide sidewalks, I reserve judgement!


Unlike my optimistic interpretation of a ‘dancing fountain’  – impressive jets of water spraying to and fro, in which dancing girls might frolic, in t-shirts and or bikinis...


Hasil gambar untuk wet t-shirts fountain


… it turns out the Guv’s version of ‘dancing fountains’ is less invigorating.

To revitalize the area, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI) in Central Jakarta will soon encircle a dancing water fountain, which will stand within view of a park that will be built on the grounds of the former British Embassy.  http://www.thejakartapost.com/travel/2016/10/18/central-jakarta-to-have-dancing-fountain-wider-sidewalks.html

Aaah, never mind.

Whatever, the Governor’s plan will undoubtedly prettify the city. And after all, I should have remembered that puritanical streak which mars Ahok’s otherwise sensible approach to things. 

”Outrageous” Activity in Jakarta Pools? OMG – BIKINIS!

On the other hand, maybe he’ll reconsider.

A frolic fountain of the sort I’d imagined would at least have the merit of upsetting kill-joys, the fun-haters, of the sort we read about, bleating in the distant, intolerant climes of Aceh…



Aceh’s Mad Mullah – ‘Dancing is EVIL – It Involves Body Movements!’ 


…where such bizarre assertions as ‘dancing is evil’ hold sway.