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  • ross1948 12:02 am on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Posh Market   

    Posh Market, Jakarta, Starts Today! 

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  • ross1948 9:59 am on January 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jakarta, ,   

    Jakarta Job For Steve Bannon? 

    So did he fall or was he pushed?

    Or did he walk out the door with a cheery wave?

    Whatever the facts, Steve Bannon’s departure from Breitbart is problematical news.


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    He is an exemplary character, who has rarely been found on the wrong side of any issue, a true American patriot and a friend to freedom.

    Breitbart’s usual knack for getting to the root of the matter is absent from their brief report on the end of Bannon’s role there.


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    – http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/09/stephen-k-bannon-steps-breitbart-news-network/ –

    …so anyone can speculate!

    But where’s he going to go next?

    Actually, I could do with some help here in Jakarta. Plenty of people send in snippets of news for me to work with, but an extra pair of hands never goes amiss.

    So rather than despatch an email, let this blog-post be an invitation to Steve to join us here at RRA!

    It’s only fair to add that, as I have no money to speak of, he’d have to work for free.



    On the other hand, the city offers a very pleasant and inexpensive life-style.

    And he’d probably enjoy the bar-room debates I often have with the several pinkos with whom from time to time I socialise!

    Over to you, sir!

  • ross1948 7:42 am on January 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airport buses, jakarta, MTA, , rail serivce,   

    Soekarno-Hatta From PIM? Could Be Handy! 

    When going to and from my Christmas/New Year break, I was taken aback by the changes at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport,  a huge new building…


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    …which I assumed to be the terminal for the just-started rail-service between downtown and the airport,  obstructing my view of the big Garuda statue.



    That mighty monument met my gaze when first I came to this city, not far off twenty years ago. and I always feel I’ve made it home when I emerge from the arrivals hall and find it waiting there.

    Same with the lights, if it’s a night flight, for my first landing was quite late, and the city looked like a starry lake from the descending plane. At least they can’t be obscured – except by pollution!

    But time brings changes and one must adapt.

    Never mind, mere musing.

    I won’t get into the new train service from Sudirman to the airport, as I haven’t yet used it.

    Here’s a Jakarta Globe link. Soekarno-Hatta Airport Launches Sky Train

    But I want also to provide a link to a Jakarta Post report on a bus service for South and West Jakarta residents who have a plane to catch.

    Airport bus service available at Pondok Indah Mall 

    Good idea, having buses from Pondok Indah Mall and Mal Taman Anggrek.


    Pondok Indah Mall


    PIM is easy to reach on the TransJakarta Busway, as is MTA.

    But I am home now, and getting back into the social whirl.

    No planes out for me, not for many months, I hope.



    • Yanti 1:20 pm on January 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      PIM is nice.
      When we having lunch agian down there?

  • ross1948 12:57 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jakarta, January,   

    ICE 2018, Jakarta, Surabaya 

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  • ross1948 12:35 am on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Women Celebration   

    Women Celebration, Jakarta, 19-21 December 

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  • ross1948 9:24 am on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bar-girls, , , jakarta, , , Top Gun   

    Shock News From Falatehan – Top Gun No More? 

    Just got a news flash from Falatehan, the short jalan in Blok M once described tongue-in-cheek by expat revellers as ‘The Street of Dreams…’



    …famous, or infamous, for its dodgy bars, dodgy women and dodgy taxis, as one ancient put it when I was still new here.

    An sms arrived ten minutes ago to say that Top Gun is said to have shut down!

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    This place was one of the oldest bars on the Blok, established before I appeared on the scene not far off twenty years ago, always crowded back then…


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    …and lots of fun.

    I won’t this morning recount my own outings, merely give you the link to all the bars here in Jakarta and you can inspect others’ views. http://www.jakarta100bars.com

    So if Top Gun truly has passed into the annals of night-life history, then it may soon be time to start writing an epitaph for the whole street.

    A tempora, a mores….


    • Jim in Jakarta 9:06 pm on December 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Oh no! Not Top Gun! How long will D’s Place last now?
      Sad news but the Sportsman’s closure, its resurrection, then it closure again, made me realise the writing was on the wall for Blok M.
      I stopped going to Falatehan a couple of years ago. It was a shadow of its old self even then and I heard its getting more forlorn all the time.
      Those fanatics who want to replace fun palaces with sharia hotels will get some pleasure from this news but us old expats know how to get by when times and places change.
      There is still plenty of fun to be had in Jakarta if you know where to look and you know as well as I do Ross, that we never have to look too far. .

      • JazPen 12:37 am on December 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        True what you say Jim.
        Top Gun was good in its heyday and wont be forgotten. Same with The Club which was situated where the Losari 2 hotel is now. I think Ross told me once about a wild adventure he had that started there, girls, fanatic gangs and all.

        I use to hear from older guys about another place that burned down before we got here, right beside Blok M terminal, on the north side. They use to say it was the greatest.
        Afraid I cant remember its name.Can any of you?
        I suppose every generation believe they saw Jakarta at its best. ,

        • ross1948 8:18 pm on December 16, 2017 Permalink

          Tambora, JazPen!
          Before my time too, but many amazing yarns about that place.

    • Wacka 3:09 pm on January 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Top Gun on a Saturday was absolutely cooking 2 years ago. Great band. Last Year when I went, not so great. Where is the best classic rock live music venue in Jakarta now ?

  • ross1948 4:46 pm on December 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Xmas Carols   

    Christmas Carols, Jakarta, 16th December 

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  • ross1948 12:24 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9 December, jakarta, Java Jive   

    Java Jive, Jakarta, 9 December 

  • ross1948 12:21 am on December 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Joy To The World   

    Joy To The World, Jakarta, 9th December 

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  • ross1948 12:54 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jakarta, Run for Manhattan   

    Run for Manhattan, Jakarta, till 8th December 

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