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  • ross1948 00:14 on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hours, , , Modena, , Osteria Francescana, prices, , World's Best Restaurant   

    Osteria Francescana? Gimana Wartegku? 

    Shock news on tv tonight, just before I turn in, with an eatery in the Italian city of Modena apparently winning the title of the ‘World’s Best Restaurant! ‘ 

    The Winner! Osteria Francescana


    No disrespect to the Osteria Francescana – never heard of it, to be frank! – but who the heck gets to vote on these awards?

    Not you, I’ll bet, any more than I.

    It’s like the Oscars, all us folks who spend their dollars and quids and euros and yen that make movies a success – we never get a vote! The decision’s made by a pack of poncey celebs and plutocrats.

    And the less said about the Cannes Film Festival the better, a playground for pseudo-intellectuals and posers.



    Jakarta warteg


    I suppose my local Jakarta warteg didn’t get a look-in, despite its prices being much more affordable ( two bucks for a big filling meal!) and its hour of opening far longer – the Osteria shuts at 9.30pm, according to internet info!

    But no complaints from me – the warteg is a pleasant, friendly little place and has no need of gawping crowds – they’d make it hard to get one of its maybe twenty seats!

    • Duke of Darlington 03:30 on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder exactly how much a pizza, a coffee and a cake for two would cost in that Osteria?.
      Not far off a week’s wages for your average working man is a good guess.
      These contests are only for the rich.
      You are probably better off in your humble warteg ( that’s a street-food place, yes?) not only for the value for money but the sort of people you’re sitting beside.
      No toffs, I’ll bet.


  • ross1948 05:49 on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Coke cans, prices, transitt,   

    WH Smith, Once Merely An Outstanding Bookstore… 

    When I was at university, years ago, I often browsed in WH Smith’s bookstores, and appreciated their extensive stock of good reading material.

    To say they’ve diversified would be an understatement, after a stop-over in Bali recently.



    They have a bright and breezy outlet in the international terminal at Ngurah Rai airport. And there’s nothing wrong with diversification.

    But there’s a lot wrong with rip-off prices!

    On the morning of my departure, before I left home for the airport, I had to run round to the local minimart in Jakarta, to buy some bottles of Aqua, bottled drinking water, so my dispenser would not be dry on my return.

    I got two and paid about Rp.10,000 – not each, for both!

    • aqua
    • Imagine my horror in transit, when the prices at Smith’s amounted to approximately FIVE TIMES that figure.

    Coke ( a regular can) which I can get for between Rp.5K and ( at the very most!) 10K anywhere in Jakarta, was available too – for Rp,25,000!

    • What kind of extortionate pricing policy is being operated? And not – in fairness – only by Smith’s. Other places in that airport were just as bad.  
    • Of course, if you have time in transit, you could take a hike from the airport to the nearest Circle K, Alfamart or any of the other little shops that price items fairly.
    • But not every traveller has time, and many won’t know how handy to the airport these shops may be.

    More on my Bali airport experience coming soon, relevant to how quickly you must drink any of those expensive liquids if you’re mug enough to buy them.

    Oh, by the way, if you are transiting from Jakarta to Oz, DO NOT follow the signs to ‘Transit’ when you disembark. They are utterly misleading. Just follow the throng towards Baggage.

    And take a trolley.

    I am no slouch at hoofing it, but it took me nearly twenty minutes hauling my heavy bag to International. No escalator, short-cuts or travelator – just a long, long slog.

    Still more to come. Next week. 

  • ross1948 09:34 on August 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 7 Eleven, , perokok, prices, , Sevel,   

    Perokok Yang Suka Bohem? Jangan Ke Sevel! 

    Wow, a Herculean struggle to get my act together after last night’s revelry downtown, but  now it’s time to – figuratively – stumble down the stairs to meet the day!


    bear-awake joke


    What to write about this beautiful cloudless morning? Oh, yeah, I remember.

    I used to like those 7 -Elevens, usually with some tables and chairs outside, a place you could buy a cold beer and savour it slowly in the sun.

    That small pleasure is now dened us, not through any fault of the company that runs them, but due to the government’s childish prohibition of beer sales in mini-marts.

    ‘Creeping Shariah,’ Warns Prof. Muhammed, As Jakarta Dims! 

    But I still drop in from time to time, to buy cigarettes. Sometimes I shop for smokes at Alfamart, or Indomaret, or Circle K, but just as often to Sevel, as it’s known here in Jakarta.

    Not any more.


    • seven
    • ==============
    • Every little store sells Bohem, my current fave brand, for around Rp.15,000 a pack.
    • Certainly under 16K.
    • So, previously, did Sevel.

    But last Sunday, at their recently opened branch at Ratu Plaza, I was charged TWENTY THOUSAND!


    I should pause here to advise readers that I like to publish brief shoppers’ guides like this, partly because I’m public-spirited, but also because these little warnings of unreasonable pricing almost invariably provoke an abusive pinko stuck-up to make abusive comments, which, alas, don’t get published because the poor wee thing’s too shy to use his real name.


    • dignif
    • He’s a troubled soul, whose entirely predictable rants tend to include, in roughly equal measure, loathing for  – my blog, English teachers, foreigners who mix with non-rich Indonesians and, incredibly, sleeveless jackets.

    Like I say, a right wacko!



    • Back to Ratu….
    • Outraged, I thought maybe it was a fluke, a one-off excess, but no, because, with time on my hands before the party I was attending, I wandered off to another Sevel, near Senayan City, that posh shopping mall, and was displeased  – they too had upped the price.

    Perhaps, it occurred to me, all minimarts had raised their prices since my last purchase the day before. A round of price-hikes? It happens.

    So off I went again. I knew there was an Indomaret near Binus University, just across the street from Senayan City, so another brief toddle took me there.


    SAM_9150 viewed from Mcdonalds, STC, the place discussed is at the right of the photo


    The minimart is part of a gas station.

    • And lo and behold, there were plenty of packs of Bohem, at under Rp.16,000 – YES!

    There was, moreover, a spin-off benefit to my quest, because I found that, above the shop and the petrol station, there’s a very pleasant area for smokers, an open terrace with a nice view of the posh mall opposite!

    So I settled down with my cigarettes and a paperback (always take reading material if you’re using public transport in Jakarta traffic!) and whiled away the remaining time before moving on to the party.


    • wine-women-and-song
    • ===========

    I don’t get down that way too often, so am happy to share its location with readers who share my taste for open-air venues where prices compare most favourably with anything you’ll find in Senayan City!

  • ross1948 23:10 on November 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , prices, , Sprite   

    Getting High? The Price of Coke in Jakarta! 


    Not a post about drug dealing, but about a strange situation with regard to pricing of certain soft drinks in two Jakarta superstores.

    I think mention was previously made of the time limit placed on the cheap price of Coke and Sprite, first of all till the end of August, then till the end of October.

    Over the weekend, whilst wandering around this fine city, I made two shopping stops, one in Lotte Mart, the other in Hypermart.




     In the former, Coke and Sprite were even cheaper than last time I was there, under Rp.9000 for a big bottle.

    In the latter, the price had shot up to over Rp.14,000!


    Usually, competing stores charge a little bit more or a little bit less than their rivals. 


    anggun-c-sasmi-naked-762421 This picture of the gorgeous Anggun has nothing to do with this post. I just like it!


    But after the recent coverage given to the vast gap in the cost of Diamond milk cartons…

    Berapa Sapi Mogok? Harga Gila Di Hero Puri! 

    …I am becoming ever more curious about pricing policy. 

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