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  • ross1948 21:38 on April 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gang Kelinci, , , , Kunstkring, , museum, ,   

    Another Weekend Walk – Menteng to Monas! 

    My blog stats indicate readers like my Jakarta walkabouts, so here’s another!




    What a fine day it was yesterday, Easter Sunday in Jakarta!

    Got outa bed quite early – 8.30am, driven by the thought of a proper Sunday breakfast!


    But I had the previous night determined to get out of the house and into town, my first goal being that bazaar advertised last month, in the Kunstkring Paleis. No particular purpose, except an inclination to go back and appreciate the amazing interior of that 100-year-old building in Menteng.


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    • The event was nice enough, but the prices were…well, pricey. It was Menteng, after all! So I contented myself with window-shopping.

    After an hour or more there, the sun was still shining outside – off I went, heading out the gate and sharp right, then across what is probably, on weekdays, a very busy road.

     Almost at once Gongandia Railway Station hove into view – and THAT, BTW, clued me into the best way to reach Kunstkring the next time.



    Yesterday, I’d travelled by Busway, disembarking at Latuharihari, then walking up through those leafy streets again.

    My walk took me along Jalan Imam Bonjol, past the Proklamasi Museum, the very spot where Indonesia’s Declaration of Independence was written out and signed by Soekarno and Hatta…



    – that’ll be another excellent excuse to go back there some other weekend!

    But thanks to not retracing my steps southwards when I left the bazaar, I now realise there’s an even easier way to get to Kunstkring – if you don’t fancy the enjoyable twenty minute walk from that Busway stop!

    Just take the Kopaja 20 – if you’re too posh for the Rp.4000 ordinary version, remember there is now an Executive variety – used to be Rp.5K but will have gone up since last I used it.




    The 2o runs all the way up from Lebak Bulus, along Simatupang, then through Mampang and up Rasuna Said, so you’re almost bound to have somewhere you can get on board. Anyway, it stops at Gondangdia – and indeed just about anywhere you tell the conductor you want it to!

    Once within sight of the station, no further orienteering effort was required of me – straight down Jl. Johar! I knew exactly which way to go, past the splendid Austrian cuisine of Ya Udah.


    yaudah bistro jakarta Ya Udah


    But before that, on the opposite side of the road, it came as a surprise to see a branch of Gang Kelinci, an eatery I’d rather liked when a new kid on the Jakarta block. There was once a big branch on Jalan Sabang, and it was one of the very first places I had a meal in this city.


    It had a second floor window, which gave a great view of the ebb and flow of the street below. Alas, it closed about 7 or 8 years ago, I guess; there’s still a branch at Blok M Square, but finding another was a nice surprise.

    Had my mind succumbed to the soaring temperatures – it was a scorcher! – I might have pressed on to Jalan Jaksa, but that once-proud entertainment hub is a shadow of its former self. Few people I like to meet go there any more, so I don’t either.


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    • No, a thought had struck me – Monas!
    • Always fun on Sundays, if the rain stays away….crowds of happy Jakartans. And indeed it was. A huge queue was visible around its pedestal, eager to gaze on the capital from on high.

    Not me! Four or five times I was dragged up there, by friendly natives, when I was still new. Quite enough, thanks!

    Because I had not crossed a church doorstep this Easter, my fingers were crossed, and sure enough, there, opposite the palace, the GKI Yasmin Christians were just getting started on Amazing Grace, as I arrived! 


    Easter in Jakarta – No ‘Islamophobia’ Among Persecuted Christians! 


    • Arifin 11:49 on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like these walking stories.
      But how can you do this long walking in the afternoon when it is better to be inside buildings away far from the hot sunshine.
      Sunday afternoon for me is sleeping time.


  • ross1948 19:18 on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Breaking News – Armed Savages Open Fire on Tunisia Parliament! 

    Tunisia has been one of the most civilised and successful survivors of the Arab Spring.

    Despite Islamist intolerance rearing its extremely ugly head, the small country has recently held elections and got a government that’s opposed to the evil fanaticism we’ve seen next door in Libya.


    Look Who Won Tunisia’s Election! 

      NORMAL Tunisian women!


    And anytime you see newsreel images of the country, the women, mostly, are attractively dressed, no repulsive head-shrouding. A minor issue, you may say, but it’s generally indicative of how advanced a nation is.

    But tonight, just in, news that ‘three gunmen’ have attacked the elected assembly in Tunis. No IDs yet, but am willing to bet it’s the Forces of Darkness trying to make a come-back. Gunmen ‘take hostages’ in attack on Tunisia parliament Telegraph.co.uk

    I hope the security forces terminate the SOBs with extreme prejudice.

    Postscript several hours later.

    It now turns out that satanists aka jihadists were indeed responsible for an outrage much worse than we first realised. Innocent foreign and Tunisian visitors to the big museum in Tunis have been murdered. ISIS has apparently praised the pigs who committed the crimes.

    Let’s hope Tunisia follows Jordan’s admirable example, takes however many terrorists they may have behind bars straight to the nearest yard and executes them without delay. 

    • Terry 11:10 on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was in Tunisia a few years before they had their ‘Spring.’ A lovely country and hospitable people.Amd you’re right about the women, at least in the cities, none of them cowelled or looking like something out of Bible stories.
      It’s tragic the way these Islamists only want to destroy, anything goes so long as they get their way. I am all for your ideas, or Jordan’s ideas, on what should be done with them..


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