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  • ross1948 13:18 on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hari Ikan Nasional, , , musim hujan, National Fish Day, rain   

    Hari Ikan Nasional – It’s National Fish Day! 21/22 November 

    Very appropriate, that downpour earlier, another taste of this year’s musim hujan, the horrible rainy season, because today is Hari Ikan Nasional..


    • ..it’s National Fish Day!
    • ———————–

    Indonesians love to eat fish, and so do I – in my case if it’s served well-battered with loads of chips. Most locals, by way of contrast, prefer sea-food they’re used to, and being an archipelago, they’re spoilt for choice, crabs, lobsters, prawns and the finny sort, notably the popular gurame…




    …and the one I DO like, baronang, I think it’s called.

    But speaking of spoilt for choice, I do find the outlook of some foreigners here just incredible. This week I heard one guy tell the others at his table that there were ‘only three’ places he could find a lunch at the south end of Jalan Fatmawati.

    I used to live not far from there and believe me, there are HUNDREDS of eateries, large and small, at which one can find edibles… nasi goreng, masakan padang, gado2, ketoprak, bakso…


    • warteg
    • —————–
    • Not to mention all the grand fare I get  at my local warteg…tempe, berkadel, cap cay, pare..and which can be had at eateries all over the city too.

    Aaah, but they are frequented, and of course run, by Indonesians, and serve Indonesian food.

    I pointed out to the whiner that there were more than ‘three places’ to eat in his location.

    ‘Oooh, it’s the water they use!  I got the runs once, really bad.’

    Oh, where?


    ‘In Shanghai..’


    Go figure! I don’t do metric distances, but reckon Shanghai is thousands of miles from Indonesia. 

    Why do some people come to this country at all, if all they can do is belly-ache about everyday life?

    Anak2 manja! Spoilt brats!


    • Expaticus Normalicus 14:11 on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yoyu must be the only person I (don’t thank god) know who boasts about hanging about in kampongy dumps to save your nickels and dimes.
      I suppose so you can cram onto lousy public service minibuses and save more.
      The rest of us think it’s worth the dollar or two extra to eat and travel in safety and comfort, to the extent that’s possible in this god-awful.city.
      We mostly don’t come here by choice, our jobs demand we come and the sooner we can leave for somewhere better, and that’s almost anywhere, we cheer.

      Fish and chips, eh? So you are just as fond of common crap food back home as you are here.


      • Hermawan 16:43 on November 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I think your employer should remove you to your own country if you hate our country so much, and not because I do not like you.
        If you do your work and business things with Indonesian people, they will know how bad you think Indonesia is and it will not be a success for you.
        In addition, I do not like you. I work with foreign people and they like us.
        They are succeeding in what they want to do here because they are happy. If you are so unhappy, you cannot be doing your best with your job and will not succeed because always stress.
        Go home please and stress out.


      • Ati 10:08 on November 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You are so rude. To Ross and to us all in Indonesia.
        I never met anyone rude like you. Thanks God!


      • Wulan 13:19 on November 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry you hate us.
        Happy not all foreign guest-worker people so arrogant and rude.


      • Jumeiry 16:05 on November 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        So you do not like foods that common people eat. Are you a raja or a sultan?
        I read your words and am so very shock and stress what you think about us. Do we hurt you or steal from you to make you feel this way?


    • Wati 15:16 on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good you like our good Indonesia food. You should come to Kampung Melayu were we always eat lunch near the terminal station. There you can find many special cooking fom all over our country. Come by our busway if you like.
      I think the Shanghai running man is crazy and better go home to his own place if he is unhappy here.


    • JazPen 17:29 on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I cant see anything to disagree with what you say in this one, Ross. I know that part of Jakarta quite well and very many office workers from Simatupang eat there every day. Cheap and cheerful and a wide range. He must be a very fussy man and its his loss if he doesnt like to try the warungs. .


    • Hermawan 17:56 on November 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I wish to try fish and chips. You like our Indonesian food so maybe I would like your favorite Western food. Where can I find this in Jakarta?
      Yes, hundreds and hundreds of eating places every where along the Fatmawati streets and it is only a very strange foreigner who will not join us for lunchtime. I am happy to read that you are not like that man.
      He should come to eat with us. We will not bite him,


    • Endang 11:16 on November 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am very angry to read this Expaticus who is so rich and show-off and insulting to Indonesia. His employer makes very bad decision to send him here because Expaticus will only be bad news man, Is he afraid to come on buses? Is he think we will pickpocket if he sits beside us in warungs?


  • ross1948 09:53 on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrew Lincoln, Deep South, , , , rain, ,   

    Jakarta Horror Day! Nightmare Rain Plus Zombies! 

    Heck, it’s 9.30am now!

    I’ve just surfaced, and it’s STILL raining! No nice visitors today!

    rainy day special

    It has been all night, since well before I turned in almost seven hours ago. I was set to do so at 1.30am but I had a final channel surf and found The X Files on O Channel, switched cruelly from its previous 10pm slot.

    So there I was till after 2 o’clock. 

    At least the cat was happy.


    I let her in for a much appreciated hour’s respite from the increasingly soggy outdoors!

    The noise of the torrential downpour kept me from sleep for ages  – days like this, one values the absence of that Monday-morning ordeal, no ‘off-to-work,’ no crack of dawn alarm to torment me.

    But I feel desperately sorry, not so much for those who face today’s Jakarta traffic, always awful, Monday mornings more so, but in this deluge?



    And more sorry still for the poor people in places like Kampung Melayu in East Jakarta, and in Kedoya Green Garden in West Jakarta, and no doubt in Pluit and Kelapa Gading and Grogol too. Homes inundated, furniture ruined, and their very lives at risk if it worsens.

    All I have to worry about (touch wood) is how I can reach the nearest mini-mart to replenish my cigarette supply!


    Anyway, I did say last night I’d not be doing a lot of blogging this day. That was due to my planned evening zombie-tryst, the new series of The Walking Dead. I flicked though You Tube yesterday to see if they had any of the first series, which pre-dated my acquisition of cable, and was gratified to find they had. 

    So now I understand a little more of the characters’ backgrounds. 

    walkingdrick Rick with Co-Stars!

    But the ad for the new series has Rick, the leader of the good guys, speaking in his off-stage accent. His real name is Andrew Lincoln – there’s an article about him, and the show, in People  http://www.people.com/article/the-walking-dead-andrew-lincoln-rick-timestalks-video –

    But what’s with such a serious take – Lincoln’s perspective on Rick’s “morally ambiguous” decisions – it’s a horror show, for pity’s sake!

    His real accent is not at all the Southern twang one has become used to, from all the cast – the show is filmed in Georgia!

    It’s an accent I like to hear – I’ve always liked the South, where I once spent some fine times; took a trip down there, after my participation in the NYC Marathon.

    Don’t reckon I’ll go out running today!

    Time for another cuppa Java. Then maybe one more, and more controversial, post, before I go into full hibernation mode…

    • Vojo 10:48 on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Floods in Jakarta, and on Jaksa too! Reminds me of the day I met you back in 2002, Ross. Keep your feet dry!


      • ross1948 11:05 on February 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Yo, Vojo.
        Your final exhortation may be hard to obey – the rain-water on my flooded street outside is now lapping at my garden gate!


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