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Just found out I'm being sent to Java to work with the CITES on illegal trade in shark fins in November. How cool is that. Luckilly is a long way away from the earthquake zone - i didnt realise how big indonesia was.

I went to Bali in 2006 and loved it so really looking forward to this. Couple of downsides. Its the rainy seson now and we fly via Hong Kong which is on my bucket list but i bet i wont even make it out of the airport.

Anyone been to Jakarta - any good guitar shops!! or bars.


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  • jonnyburgojonnyburgo Frets: 6093
    Wow that is sterling work mate! Hong Kong is brill hope you get to go
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18458
    Yup, you'll be there during the wet season- bring an umbrella.
    But the rain is usually just for a few hours- it is raining here (Singapore) now (plus a massive thunder/lightening store) but this morning it was sunny. It will probably be clear again in an hour or so.

    Can't help on guitar shops but I've found that any tax saving is usually offset by a higher retail price.

    How long will you be there?
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • MoominpapaMoominpapa Frets: 492
    I worked in Jakarta for a year and a half in the early 1980s. Given the phenomenal growth rate of the city I doubt that very much I remember about it is true today - except that it is very crowded, hot and humid most of the time, and will deliver the most astonishingly violent downpours at regular intervals: I doubt that those have changed!

    Street food was amazing. My favourite was martabak, a kind of stuffed crepe cooked on a hotplate. Definitely try that.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 18458
    I worked in Jakarta for a year and a half in the early 1980s. Given the phenomenal growth rate of the city I doubt that very much I remember about it is true today - except that it is very crowded, hot and humid most of the time, and will deliver the most astonishingly violent downpours at regular intervals: I doubt that those have changed!

    Street food was amazing. My favourite was martabak, a kind of stuffed crepe cooked on a hotplate. Definitely try that.
    We have Murtabak here too.
    It is dangerously delicious.
    Get the mutton one.
    I am the juice of four limes.
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4303

    any excuse to play this :)



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  • DominicDominic Frets: 3694
    Java..........very Phileas Fogg ..........Java and Sumatra are fantastic
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32776
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • shrinkwrapshrinkwrap Frets: 128
    edited October 11
    Went to Jakarta for work visits quite a few times when based in Singapore - I liked it, but lots don't!
    If you can get time off, go and see Borobodur, and Mt Bromo for a proper volcano hike, and the rice fields in the centre of Java - they're like what Bali must have been 80 years ago.
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8512
    ICBM said:
    Ah, that staple of daytime TV when I was bunking off school in the 70s. And it's west of Java anyway, amusingly enough. 
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  • ElwoodElwood Frets: 373

    Just found out I'm being sent to Java to work with the CITES on illegal trade in shark fins in November. How cool is that. Luckilly is a long way away from the earthquake zone - i didnt realise how big indonesia was.

    I went to Bali in 2006 and loved it so really looking forward to this. Couple of downsides. Its the rainy seson now and we fly via Hong Kong which is on my bucket list but i bet i wont even make it out of the airport.

    Anyone been to Jakarta - any good guitar shops!! or bars.


    It's an awful city to get around in and the smog limits the views considerably. There is also a stark transition from rich to poor (high skyscrapers with shanty towns 50m away).

    I enjoyed the curry and beer in Eastern Promise, beers in Aphrodite and coffee etc in Cafe Batavia. 

    If you can travel, Jakarta and Bali (the Aussie Magaluf) are just the stepping off points. There is much better to be had!
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