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  • ross1948 18:10 on March 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: harmoni, , manggarai, poor people of paris, singing Italians,   

    Jakarta Corona Frustration – And The Poor People Of Paris! 

    Watching the news this afternoon, that old song came to mind.

    It was in the juke-box in Comley’s store near my old school in Stratford, Ont., and I always used to wonder what had befallen those Parisians, to evoke such an expression of sympathy!

    Only much later did I get that it was an ode to happy paupers!

    But while I feel sorry for Parisians, now subject to fines if they fancy a walk around the block…

    ….and while I admire those singing Italians, my message today is NOT to do what the Jakartan authorities have done, viz,

    a restriction on the operational hours of public transportation to contain the virus’ spread…

    But of course..

    …the policy appears to have backfired with large crowds and long queues at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations throughout the capital.


    I fell victim to their policy yesterday, being a rebellious fellow who had things to do downtown ( delivering a volume of Sherlock Holmes stories…


    …to an Indonesian secretary who’s a huge fan of Conan Doyle’s famous detective) and nobody had told me that Transjakarta buses had suspended service on all but 13 of its 248 routes!

    So I got as far as Harmoni..



    ..a very old picture of Harmoni junction..


    ….took my usual connection to Monas, only to be told by a staffer there that the 6A was ‘not running, maybe 2 weeks!’

    He offered no explanation, so I assumed it was due to the major construction work on Rasuna Said.

    So I went south, eventually reaching Senayan…

    Jakarta Patung Pemuda.JPG

    The Youth Statue, aka ‘Hot-Hands Harry,’ at Senayan

    …where again my planned alternative, the Blok M – Manggarai service, was out of action!

    By this time, I was suspicious, and questioned another staffer, who broke down under interrogation and confessed – a corona panic measure!

    Well, the gal did eventually get her book ( purchased for $3 in a New South Wales charity shop!) and I eventually got home, my outing today a brief shopping trip to Superindo, stocking up on bread and potatoes to eat with the Aussie bacon I also brought back!

    I do hope there’s a bus re-think.

    As the Jakarta Post reported, ‘long lines that stretched onto streets and sidewalks formed at bus shelters, while the shelters became filled with waiting passengers.’

    But with almost nobody else up for a night out, it’s not going to affect me.

    Home, but not, happily, always alone, I am only bored sometimes, and then I blog to pass the time

    • Jethro 19:40 on March 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a story!
      I hope our governments, national and local, take a more considered approach if the crisis deepens.


    • JazPen 21:02 on March 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope she was pleased with her book!
      The bus situation is terrible and it can easily be fixed.
      Are they going to unsuspend all those routes?


  • ross1948 12:24 on January 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 'Saya Copet', , , , , harmoni, , , pickpocket, ,   

    “I’m A Pick-Pocket!” OK! So Why Not Shame IslamoNazis? 

    Speaking of criminals – I refer to my previous post, in which I abhorred Obama’s ( admittedly unsurprising) empathy with treasonous freaks…

    Breaking – Obama Commutes Traitor Freak’s Sentence 

    …I thought overseas readers might be interested in the sort of scene which met my gaze a few days ago when I transitted Harmoni Central Halte Busway, the main bus junction in Jakarta.


    Hasil gambar untuk saya copet harmoni“I am a pick-pocket!’ (no camera on me, so that is a previous example – seems it happens a lot, tho I’d not witnessed it before!)


    I emerged from a Route 8 bus and was walking up to catch another, heading south, when I passed what I at first took to be an effigy.

    Not so!

    It moved (very slightly) and I slowed down to stare at the individual with his hands bound behind his back and a sign slung round his neck, declaring to all the world that –


    Seems he had been apprehended, and probably roughly handled – one hopes- for trying to steal from law-abiding users of the bus-way.

    A good idea?

    Probably, though if all the pick-pockets in Jakarta were caught and similarly subjected to public shaming, it would cause congestion at bus-stops!


    • Paris-Pickpockets
    • ——-
    • When I was new to the city, I fell prey to such anti-social swine, and, though now alert to the risks (and thus unscathed for years) I gather it still goes on, a lot.
    • But what I’d like to see is the same treatment meted out to other sorts of criminals as well.
    • ——-
    • The rich corruption convicts, of whom there are way too many, and sectarian hoodlums…



    …don’t get put in places like busways with signs round their necks identifying their outrageous crimes.

    …even when they attack the police!

    There are other undesirables about too, all over Indonesia, not just in Jakarta, like those foul brutes in Cikeusik…



    Cikeusik, Banten Province, February 6th, 2011. Watch the pigs at their bloody work on this link..   http://www.liveleak.com/view.


    Victim of Islamist Murder Mob Gets Six Months in the Slammer 

    … and those cowardly louts in Jogjakarta, whose violence we covered some time ago…

    IslamoNazi Thugs Attack Indonesian Artist in Jogja 

    If such anti-social creatures were put on display in public places, people would probably not just cast a dismissive glance at the scum and walk by.

    Likely, they’d be spat on, kicked, or at least loudly derided.

    And THAT would be a VERY good thing.

    So why does it never seem to happen?

  • ross1948 21:28 on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: harmoni, , , Pasar Baru,   

    Jakarta Indah – A Weekend Walk On a Glorious Day! 



    Such a magnificently hot day, I could not seriously think of staying home. My weekend visitor had cancelled at short notice, re-scheduled for Tuesday, so no big deal, and I’d rested up Saturday, after severe mid-week partying.

    So off I went, Busway to Harmoni, no fixed plan, since Harmoni has buses to every part of town.


    SAM_9086 Harmoni Palace Restaurant


    Of course, I puzzled as always over the derelict resto. SOMEBODY must know how long it’s been there, how long it’s been derelict. why has it not been renovated as its architecture deserves!

    Intrigued – readers, please give up what info you have.

    I had intended to take a stroll, through that older part of Jakarta I’ve written of before. First, though, into Carrefour, where those imported paper-backs are still in stock. My choice today was a true story, an SAS man astray in Iraq during the Gulf War. Not finished yet!

    Having made the purchase, I set out, till on Jalan Juanda III there loomed an Alfamart, with some tables and chairs outside. A cold carton of choc milk purchased, I made myself comfortable and relaxed for half an hour.

    By this time my destination was decided, a twenty minute dawdle to Pasar Baru, which means New Market, and no doubt it looked very new in 1820 when it opened.



    Walking through those back streets behind Juanda Station was very pleasant, big and small businesses crammed in agreeably with modest dwelling, lots of street-life, everyone offering a friendly greeting, were they alert enough to do so! It must have been 90 plus degrees, so not all were paying much attention, folks dozing in their doorways along my chosen path.

    Once I came to the station, I turned right to the main road, then took a left along the canal, where this ancient looking building caught my eye, as it always does. 



    It too has been spookily desolate for years.

    I wonder why?.


    SAM_9088 Pasar Baru arcade


    Pasar Baru is a shoppers’ paradise, not that I’m into that sort of thing, but everyone else was. Usually I get impatient at the shopping pace, but on such a broiling arvo, I was content to plod along lethargically.

    My intention was to find that Holy Grail on my personal shopping list, a new rompi jacket. My supply has dwindled, had some for years but others have worn out, and my fave shop, in Singapore’s Little India, went out of business some years ago.


    Looking at what’s on offer in Blok M and Senayan, prices hovering above Rp.400,00, has stayed my pocketwards hand so far – so was I lucky in PB?

    Darn right I was!

    The first store, on the main drag, had a decent specimen for Rp,150,000, but I felt further exploration might be worth the effort, and sure enough, on the second floor, a little lady had a RACK of rompis.

    I picked out a blue one, my favourite colour, and asked how much.




    “Thirty thousand, Mister!”

    I honestly thought I’d misheard her, but when I repeated her words, she nodded and smiled. I tried it on, and paid her the sum required!

    Quit while you’re ahead, so they say, so I headed on down to the Busway and was fortunate to catch a direct Grogol route.




    From there, easily home, but not before I stopped in my warteg for a meal.

    To my surprise, it was crowded, a bunch of guys in to watch the soccer international between Indonesia and Brunei – if you don’t know the final score, I’m not telling.




  • ross1948 18:59 on December 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: computer stores, glodok, harmoni, , , , Sundays   

    Never On A Sunday? What Happened to Glodok! 

    Monday, quiet night in, since I have become addicted to the zombie series, ‘The Walking Dead!’

    But I spent much of Sunday engaged in lively walking. I took a bus up to Glodok, which has long had a reputation as a great place to buy electronics…


    toshiba laptop AMD


    …my computer hunt proceeds..and will proceed, because I didn’t get one!

    The two largest malls were CLOSED!


    • ——————————–
    • This is in stark contrast to almost every other mall in Jakarta, where those poor wee girls seem never to get a weekend off – and I don’t just mean the little shops, but the gigantic department stores too, which employ thousands of lovely lasses and work them till they drop.


    I gather one such big biz is ‘quarantining’ a batch of girls who have been nominated as ‘good employees,’ ten days in some second-rate lodgings out in Tangerang, not allowed to go home, up at 5.30am, slogging through their paces till late-night.

    One must wonder how they treat the BAD employees?!?

    Needless to say, the local media are so far either too dull-witted, indifferent or collaborationist to attempt any investigative reporting on management practices of this sort. 

    However, back to Glodok – used to be open every day, but times have changed. I was disappointed, but after reflecting on the above, drew consolation from the thought of all those workers getting a day of rest.




    As usual, I made the most of my day out nothwithstanding, a good long walk from Glodok all the way to Harmoni, a mile or more, I’d reckon.

    Press pause now for my usual moan about why nobody fixes up that splendid derelict resto on the Harmoni corner – it’s been there, judging from the 1951 photo below, for nearly as long as I’ve been on the planet! 



    Stopped in Gajah Mada Plaza en route, only to find that, whilst every other store was open and crowds of shoppers thronged the shops, the computer areas (allegedly on the 3rd floor but actually that’s Matahari – the computers are a level above that, if you ever wish to look for them) were almost all CLOSED!



    What is it about computer stores?

    At least Hypermarket was open, though under partial renovation, with 50% discounts galore – I got a whole chicken and a pack of wiener sausages, half-price! 

    So enough food shopping to see me through a few days, some excellent exercise (of the non-hopping variety – see comments column!) and got back to my local warteg just in time for the girls there to have cooked up a fresh load of tempe, tahu, telor puyuh and much else besides!




    A nice day out!

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