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  • ross1948 12:40 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Jakarta expats,   

    RIP D’s Place! Gone But Never Forgotten! 

    My thanks to Indonesia Expat magazine, or at least its online edition –

    Legendary Blok M Bar D’s Place Shuts Its Doors

    – for sad tidings today.

    D’s Place is no more!

    I won’t offer you the picture of its locked doors which the link provides.

    Way too depressing.


    Jalan Falatehan


    Instead there’s a picture of Jalan Falatehan, taken one night maybe ten years ago or more, back when ‘The Street of Dreams’ was at its zenith.

    Many’s the tale all of us expats could tell – except many are too outrageous to be told!- about the clientele and carry-ons in that never-boring bar.

    I recommended it to a Scots visitor.

    He subsequently moaned that-

    The wummen therr widnae geez peace tae watch the fitty oan the telly!’

    My fault, of course!

    It had never occurred to me that anyone would take exception to young ladies seeking to introduce themselves, some, admittedly, known for their importunate style of approach.



    I stopped going there about seven years ago and I’m told it’s been going downhill ever since, though I’m confident my absence is unconnected with its demise.

    But the happy memories, especially of the Happy Hour, will be with me, and hundreds, thousands, of Jakarta guys forever.



    • JazPen 13:25 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no!


    • Calum McLeod 13:38 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It wiznae me.!
      He sounds like The Wrong Kind of Scot.
      When I went to D’s Place, I was overjoyed to meet so many friendly natives!

      That was well over 10 years ago but I still get friendly text messages, translatable as the old Jacobite song. Will Ye No Come Back Again!? ‘
      Now I can’t as D’s is closed forever, and that’s a shame, but I still have those mobile numbers for when I can reach Jakarta once again.


    • Jim Ex Jakarta 20:30 on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All we have to go through at this time and now this!
      Never did so many have so much fun!
      After Tanamur closed, I was sad.
      No D’s Place? I know it was a shadow of its old self, but…it would have been nice to go back for one final night!


  • ross1948 18:40 on October 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jakarta expats, , , voting reform   

    UK-OK! No More Taxation Without Representation! 

    Bliar’s most iniquitous electoral scheming is due to be overturned, with news that the fundamental democratic right, to vote, is being restored to overseas Brits!


    View image on Twitter
    When the repulsive hypocrite Bliar outlawed expat voting rights, no rational explanation was ever given for the arbitrary ’15 years abroad’ diktat.
    ‘The Labour government of then Prime Minister Tony Blair pushed through the voting ban, ostensibly because it deemed long-term emigrants to have severed ties with the old country.


    Bliar, with one voter eager to sever ties with the old country who was not deprived of his right to vote


    Privately, Labour politicians admit the party’s assumption that most expats vote Conservative may just have played a role.  http://www.politico.eu/article/ballots-british-parliament-brexit-referendum

    No kidding!

    Europhiliacs have argued that if the two million overseas Brits had been able to vote, they might have thwarted British deliverance from the EUSSR.

    Evidently Cameron didn’t buy that, because he reneged on his election pledge to give every Brit a vote. 




    We can’t know if or how the result would have differed.

     I think not.

    Some selfish folk on the Continent may have voted Remain for reasons of personal convenience, but my view is that thousands all around the world, who might be far from Blighty but steadfastly maintain allegiance to Queen and Country, would have revelled in the opportunity to cast a ballot for freedom.

  • ross1948 09:52 on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Jakarta expats, Prenjak/In The Year of the Monkey, Wregas Bhanutedja   

    Prenjak in Cannes! Congratulations, Wrega from Jogja! 

    How nice to see that a young Indonesian director has won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival!


    And Wregas Bhanutedja’s winning entry, Prenjak/In The Year of the Monkey,  sounds a lot more fun than a lot of the stuff screened there – and certainly must be better than that prat Penn’s well-jeered ‘block-buster.’ 

    Har-Har-Har! Pinko Penn, Panned in Cannes!


    I note that Wregas is from Jogjakarta, but the plot will strike a chord with many of us who live here in Jakarta.

    The 12-minute short movie centers around widow Diah, who offers a single matchstick for Rp 10,000 ( 73 US cents ) to a man named Jarwo during her lunch break at work.

    At the same time, Diah offers a more interesting deal, in which Jarwo would have the opportunity to take a peek at Diah’s body by lighting up the match in a dark place.  


    Quite so.

    Yoho, Jarwo!


    I have often said that one of the joys of living here is that when you wake up each morning you never know WHAT the hell is going to happen in the course of your day!

    And for sure, going just about anywhere to sit down for a bite to eat, in a humble warung or a mall food court, can result in all kinds of unexpected adventures.

    Must find somewhere to watch this.

    Oh, and I gather this other film from Cannes, First look at explosive Hillary documentary, ‘Clinton Cash  would be an eye-opener for those who think the Clinton clique is any better than some of those Indonesian politicians whose greed for power and money lands them in hot water here.


    TD Bank never engaged Bill Clinton to speak during his first eight years out of the White House. But in 2009, four days after Hillary was nominated as secretary of state, Bill made the first of a string of speeches for which TD paid almost $2 million.

    An astounding amount.

    • And guess what? TD Bank was the single largest shareholder in the Keystone XL pipeline, which required State Department approval. Lo and behold, Hillary Clinton decided to support the pipeline — a heresy to environmentalists… 

    Typical Clinton caper. But the film evidently covers many more, all much more alarming than a chance meeting with a strange lady selling matches in a Jakarta eatery!  

    Mind you, any such vendors would need to be very wary about approaching William the Cigar-Man with their wares.




    • Wulan 11:21 on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is very interesting. I never know Clinton family so bad.
      But so happy for our Wrega.


    • JazPen 21:31 on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So true, Ross, what you say about life in Jakarta.
      We could all tell some tales about what happens if you sit down in a foodcourt or even just go for a walk around some of those malls.
      I must admit that nobody has ever tried to sell me a match. Everything else yes, but no matches.


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