Thursday, September 19, 2013

12 useful tips for Indian Ladies - moving to Jakarta Indonesia

This one's for all the ladies especially would say Indian who are planning to move to Jakarta:

Let me start with a brief about Jakarta - It's no doubt an awesum place to live. Awesum in terms of the places to visit are plenty, a lovely tourist spot. You would love the natural beauty, from seas, beaches, active volcanoes, amusement parks to Animal Safaris. Everything is available for you to explore.

Your first hurdle will be the :
1. Communication - Yes, Language is a the biggest hurdle you need to clear. Will be tough still few tips for rescue:
    a. Got a phone with internet access: Download language translator. A word of caution - The translator may or may not be correct, but still trying may be worth it, when nothing is working.
    b. Your phone is not working - You can ask "English", people may say yes or no and accordingly, you can search and get your conversation started.
    c. Once you have reached your destination, try finding someone who is bilingual, this could be your driver, maid, coach, friend, hubby. Anyone who can explain well in Indonesian language. Now, whenever you are in trouble call that person.

2. Extrovert & Confident - You have to be outspoken to a new place, despite of the fact that language is a barrier, still don't feel dishearten about it. there are thousands who are same like you. People travel on business visits and manage everything without knowing the language, place, direction and culture.

3. Fashion  & Technology freak - Yes ladies in Indonesia have an upper hand and the culture is such that men have always seen ladies taking decisions independently, they are financially independent, Females have there own business, They have a very practical approach towards almost everything in life. Technology wise also the most latest gadgets are available with them. So go on lady and enjoy life. Also you can easily find lovely dresses... so be sexy and enjoy!!!

4. Carefree about house chores - Maids are so easily available to you and that too so cheap. That you need not to worry about hiring one. People have different maids for different purpose. Mostly they are trust worthy but still you need to be alert.

5. Open Culture - Yes, no doubt the society is liberal. Liberal in the meaning that they have pubs, bars/ sports bars. Also it is quiet easy to find a Indonesian girl for men too. So here is the catch.

6. Traveler: Move on lady, get dress up and just explore. Have debit, credit cards with you and bang!!! You can also make a surprise visit to ur hubby's office sometime...

7. Boosing - You never had a drink, it is the time to learn the basics. If you don't want to drink then, learn to be a participant in such parties. Rather than making frowning faces its time to appreciate the culture.

8. Learn to Swim - I am not asking you to be swimmer but if you really want to enjoy life in Indonesia learn to swim. There are thousands of beaches, so dive in!!!

9. Learn conversions -  Leave this habit of calling your hubby all the time. Learn the basic rule for money conversion

10. Directions - As gradually you move out start the habit of learning directions. Have a navigator or keep your maps on mobile on, or best learn directions. This is helpful when you are moving on daily basis, and don't have your own vehicle. So better save money by guiding the taxi driver, rather than, them making fool of you.

11. Learn driving - You should know how to drive.

12. Explore your areas of Interest and join.

Life comes once.... live it to the fullest is my personal recommendation to all you ladies out there. And specially when you are in Jakarta, live it king size coz everything is in your favor here.... so why not make this living experience worth it!!!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Jakarta on Bike

Are you really concerned about your health, have you put on loads of calories...

If some of such things are bothering you and that too when you are in Jakarta, then of course the answer is - Smile N Be happy :) . Coz Jakarta is the place to be.

Cycling is one of the most followed sport/ hobby of the Jakarta citizens. I was really amazed to see that people are so really mad about cycling that they gather on Sunday  mornings at 7am near there fixed spots and travel from destination A to B.

Since this attracted me so I tried to gather info from various sources to summarize them here:

1. Name of the club is: Jakarta Cycling club well they have got their group name in local language too.
2. Meeting point: Monas (National Monument)
3. Meeting time: 7am on Sundays

You can find this group on facebook too. However there are not many likes to this page but yes if you see on road there are thousands of bikers on a sunday morning.

You will find thousands of people kids, youngsters, oldies and very few expats too. Its lovely to experience the cycle riding again.

You can get everything related to cycling the cycle accessories or the rider safety and other accessories, every easily. Incase if you don't wana own a cycle, there are rented cycles available for you. Some roads are closed for the public on these Sunday mornings, so that the bikers can ride on hassle free

There are regular events that happen in Indonesia you can have a look at the website mentioned for further details:

Groups/ Forums list that you can follow:

1. For expats there are very few groups but one that I could figure out is :Cactolith

2. Community on Google where you can find few useful tips about biking.

3. B2W Jakarta. (Bike 2 work) however the website is all in Bhasa - The Indonesian language is known as Bhasa. Yes you can use the language translator for your help.

4. Another one by the name of Cycle Indonesia follow the link :

6. Indonesia bike forum:

At the end I would like to say you guys, cycling is indeed the best way to remain fit. Its not only good for us its equally beneficial for your environment. Move a step ahead for "Go Green" Moto...

Have a happy riding guys!!!