• ross1948 06:46 on May 14, 2020 Permalink Reply

    Sarinah Golden Arches No More – Fin De Siecle…?

    I see that the Mcdonald’s branch at Sarinah is closed down, not for the time being, but forever!

    Unlike many other former users, I didn’t go there on closing day, as I could see no reason to do so…


    …and had I gone, I might have been at risk from massive breaches of ‘social distancing,’ as described by a young lady who wrote rather a good article on current concerns about Indonesia and the Chinese Virus in the Jakarta Post.




    Besides, I am no great fan of the fast-food served up by that global enterprise.

    Nevertheless, it’s just a little bit of a wrench, because that Sarinah outlet must have been the first place I ate out when I was brand-new in Jakarta.

    I was then living ( briefly) in one of Jalan Jaksa’s cheap hotels…




    …which as far as I know is still there ( but it’s been several years since I frequented that once-popular street) and had had my breakfast therein.

    Being curious about my new city, I then went for a walk, which, following my nose, took me to Pasar Tanah Abang, the old one, long gone now, back when there were goats grazing nearby.

    Returning by an equally uncertain route, those Golden Arches loomed up and, out of familiarity with the symbol, rather than any relish for the menu, I stopped and had a cheese-burger.

    Since then I have been back often, again not for food but to meet various people.

    I have even mentioned the place in my blog.

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    I did form a liking for that long narrow terrace/balcony which ran round the corner of their upper level.

    It was a congenial place to watch out for whoever I might be expecting, or for unexpected arrivals whom I might wish not to meet!

    Yet so many of the places I once frequented…


    tanamur corner

    Tanamur corner.  All that’s left of Tanamur


    …like the amazing Tanamur disco (missed the most) and Blok M’s Lintas Melawai..



    Romance, a legend in its own time

    …and Jalan Jaksa’s Romance Cafe – which was never remotely romantic but highly entertaining, and The Sportsman’s, not so much, and Top Gun, and the dangdut bars at Pasar Rumput..


    …all gone.

    All this talk of what the ‘new normal’ is going to be like…?

    I miss the ‘old normal!’




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