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  • ross1948 09:36 on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: icy A/C, Jakarta commuters, temperature control,   

    TransJakarta Atau TransAlaska? Dingin Banget! 

    My Indonesian headline is aimed at eliciting comments from local readers, who, like me, use the TransJakarta Busway.



    I have complained about various aspects of the service before now…

    XDeres – 7, Lebak Bulus – 1 : TransJakarta Kurang Adil! 

    …but there seems to be some loss of control over the temperatures on the vehicles…


    .Gambar terkait


    ….icy air-con blasts leaving passengers shivering by the time they reach their destinations.

    I look around each time I board and notice plenty of my fellow-travellers are clad in jackets and wrap-around scarves, which in Jakarta are not what one expects to wear when out and about…


    My typical Sunday


    ….although some of the office blocks downtown are just about as bad as the buses. What’s bad in the high-rises is that individual bosses can’t flick a switch to fix that. The A/C controls are building-wide, controlled by a central authority who can probably open his basement windows to ameliorate the Arctic atmosphere he -or she – imposes on everyone else.


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    But those office-blocks are privately run.

    TransJakarta is a public corporation!

    The dreaded Jakarta Flu is an inevitable consequence of being half-frozen, then nice and warm, then half-frozen, then nice and warm, which is what happens if you change buses more than once.

    Why don’t management do something about it?

    • Priyanto 16:17 on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I agree.
      I do not understand all of what you write but I agree the buses are very too cold.


    • Tulus 16:54 on November 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It is very much not comfortable on the cold busway.
      I wish they would be just a little bit warmer.


  • ross1948 00:04 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jakarta commuters, , ,   

    As Fanatic Friday Looms, Will Jakarta Shut Down? 

    A former student smsed me the other day, asking to borrow a text-book I’d once used to teach her and her friends, in my long-ago working days. Funny how time slips away – she’s married with kids now!

    Ever-obliging, I agreed to meet her at Slipi, equidistant between her office and my home.

    Yesterday morning was SO hot and sunny! But I applied a self-denying ordinance, which forced me to restrict my pre-noon sun-bathing in my front yard to a mere hour or so…


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    …. but heck, some folks’ll start calling me a red-neck if I over-do it!


    We duly met, and naturally enjoyed a chat, brief, because work awaited her return.

    However, it proved enlightening. It seems there’s a series of meetings throughout her quite prominent building tomorrow, all with the common agenda – to close on Friday or not.


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    The reason?

    Of course, the expected inundation of Jakarta’s city centre by a horde of rabid jihadists…. …many, if not most, of whom subscribe to the insane idea that anyone who ‘blasphemes’ deserves to die.

    Managements are sympathetic but would prefer to make it a half-day rather than a whole day off.

    That’s bosses for ya!

    I remember in the past how school class-rooms here would be rendered almost empty during times of unrest -even on election days.

    Anxious parents would keep the kids safe at home. I suspect the same situation will recur tomorrow.  


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    • ———-
    • On Friday, with that Islamist rabble out and about, and the cops on duty apparently to be left unarmed, I don’t blame any shop or office workers for being hesitant about venturing forth themselves. 
    • macetsemanggi1
    • Semanggi Junction, Jakarta
    • And of course even if they do leave home, their commuting journeys will be made wretched with thousands of malignant marchers clogging the roads, emanating blood-thirsty vines in all directions, as they have done before…


    fpi kill busddhist


    ….their short little ‘Long March’ may not stray beyond the central area around Monas Park, but the knock-on effect on traffic will extend for miles further.

    And all because the IslamoNazis element are unwilling to wait for the police to investigate a trivial ‘offence’ which should not be an offence at all.

    • jokowi
    • What’s hard to understand is why Indonesia’s President Jokowi was said to be considering inviting the FPI to discussions on the issue at the Palace.


    He shouldn’t give the white-shirt thug gangs house-room.


    At least President Jokowi has not emulated his predecessor, SBY.





    One must, Isuppose, be thankful for small mercies!

    • Prita 09:16 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very true Ross, we are not happy to go to our work when this march is going on.
      Many bad people on the street will make us want to be only at home.
      I also think Jokowi better not have FPI in his meeting. They are dangerous.


    • santi 09:51 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I will not go to downtown tomorrow, crazy idea. Traffic jam everywhere and maybe riot.
      If you are in my area we can have coffee. There is a very nice warteg because I know you like warteg foods.


    • Wulandari 11:00 on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do not work in Jakarta thanks god and have some worry for my friends who are there.
      I will telephone tonight to tell them to be in the house tomorrow and I will pray too for all good people in Jakarta to be safe from these fanatic.


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