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  • ross1948 17:17 on March 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airport shuttle bus, cat food prices, , Kapersky anti-virus, Lotte, mall security, , , Ratu Plaza, Soekarno Hatta, , Timeline   

    Jakarta Barat ke Bandara Soekarno Hatta – New Airport Bus! 

    I was down by Puri Indah one day last week,  and I see there’s a new airport bus service from Lippo Mall, starting this month!

    Only a couple of morning services outwards, 8am and 10am, and two in the afternoon returning from Jakarta’s International Airport at 4pm and 6pm…

    NB- I’m updating this tonight, April 2016, because I see a lot of people are checking it out. and I have not seen any ads for that bus for ages, so I don’t know if it’s still in service.


    Lippo Mall Puri to oekarno-Hatta Airport 8:00 (everyda)   |   10:00 (everyday)
    Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Lippo Mall Puri 16:00 (everyday)   |   18:00 (everyday)

     …but a lot easier to reach than Blok M or Gambir or Lebak Bulus, if you live in West Jakarta.


    And I see there’s a brand new Cinema XXI opening this week there too!


    XXI in lippo mall puri


    So maybe we’ll give it a spin!

    But not  this week, two parties to go to, plus at least two very welcome visitors due here!


    Just got back around three o’clock, from a walkabout, a bus-about, more accurately, on a Jakarta arvo that became delightfully sunny, time enough to sunbathe even, when I got home.

    Had to hit Ratu Plaza to get a new anti-virus for my laptop, got Kapersky again, as it has done a fair job in the past.  I paid some Rp.300,000 but surely well worth it, if those idiotic and infuriating pop-ups are dispelled!



    So one hopes my computer’s security is now enhanced, though I notice that Ratu’s security has been diminished.

    The guys at the front door  usually check bags going in, but now there’s a new 7/11, where I bought a pack of Bohem Hijau and noticed that it has both a front and back door, The front door opens onto the parking area on the Sudirman side, where anyone can, as I did, stroll in from the main road, while the back door takes you straight into the mall.

    So any aspiring suicide-bomber can easily pop in, buy his last smokes and then detonate himself toward those 72 burly queers or lascivious sheep waiting for him in Hell.


    •  Nice one, Bin Laden!


    Also had a brief recce round Plaza Semanggi, checking out grocery discounts at Giant – not much doing this week but Lotte at Ratu had spuds at 40% – okay!

    Though their cat food is outrageously priced, Rp.17,000 the cheapest.


    Lotte Mart, Ratu Plaza

    And they’ve moved it to a distant shelf – why do supermarkets here always seem to think that dogs and cats are used to carry out DIY or garden maintenance? That’s where they all end up locating pet supplies!

    I’ll pick up some cans for HRH in Hero next week, under Rp.13,000 there.



    But good news!

    Lotte are still doing those import paperbacks, only Rp.30,000 – today I got Timeline, by Michael Crichton; they made quite a good movie of the book a few years ago, starring, if I’m not wrong, Billy Connolly.

    So praying for more good weather tomorrow, the better to read in sunshine out front.


  • ross1948 10:16 on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cities, , , , , Ratu Plaza, The Broker   

    ‘The Broker’ – A Good Grisham Book, Bought in LotteMart, Jakarta 

    I thought I had read all of John Grisham’s books, until last week, when I picked up The Broker in LotteMart at Ratu Plaza.


    Lotte Mart, Ratu Plaza


    For only Rp.30,000 – three bucks!

    I have reported before on the bargains available in discounted paperbacks at these stores. I don’t know if every Lotte in Jakarta is selling them, but Ratu and Gandaria City Mall branches are, and I expect more.

    Grisham usually sets his yarns in a legal context, but this one is a good old-fashioned spy story, though lawyers do appear in it.

    Apart from the basic plot (intriguing) and how he handles it (very well) one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is his intimate knowledge of one of the main scenes of action, Bologna.

    He describes so much of this big Italian city, so well, that you could draw a street-plan.

    It made me wonder which of my favourite cities I’d use for such a story.

    Easy to choose one of those I have lived in over the years, like London, or Jakarta. But would I be able to do justice to others, visited but not dwelt in?

    Prague? Budapest? Berlin? Paris? 

    Must think about that – maybe it’s time to dust off that novel I began a year or more ago and use my heaps of free time creatively, instead of, as some critics have unfairly put it, hedonistically… 


  • ross1948 21:10 on October 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Ratu Plaza   

    Ahoy, Expats – Cheap Books at Ratu Plaza! 


    Just got home a little while ago, and am moved to let my Jakarta readers know that there are HEAPS of cheap imported paperbacks currently on sale downstairs at Ratu Plaza.

    Just as you come out of Lotte Mart’s fast check-out, there they are, average price Rp.30,000, a wide variety, including James Patterson, John Grisham and Robert Ludlum, and that’s just some of the authorss I was interested in.



      The one I bought today.


    There are plenty of books more likely to appeal to youngsters and the sort of novels aimed at ladies too.

    I asked the guy how long this opportunity was going to continue and he intimated well into November. 


    • John T.J 15:55 on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply



    • JazPen 19:03 on November 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I was there today and got three good books for Rp100,000, so well spotted!


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