Big Durian

I love eating durians. This Big Durian post isn’t anything to do with the King of Fruits though I confess to penning this post while munching on some durian chips! I wouldn't mind some real durians too.

Big Durian is the nickname for Jakarta. The curiosity and urge to visit this city came along when a client told me that I should visit her in Jakarta because the city is really like its nickname. Endearing and absolutely charming if you care to try it. And yes, I did share some time back that Jakarta is actually one of the top 3 Indonesian destinations.

So yes, Jakarta in 2017 and here’s some things that I want to do.
• Eat. I love Indonesian food. Top on my list of street food that I must have will include nasi uduk, gado gado, nasi padang and kerak telor. Totally excited with the idea of checking out the warungs and pedagang kaki lima (food traders on push carts). Of course I would love to check out the coffee scene in Jakarta too so some research will be due before I swing by.
kerak telor
nasi uduk
• Photography is of course a must. I am told that Ancol is a must for its sunset. Or if I want something within the city, Skye Bar at Thamrin or Cloud at Plaza Indonesia are a must with a good skyline view of the city!
• I love exploring around on my 2 feet so I would assume that I should be spending some time around Old Batavia and Old Town to check out the historical buildings and hopefully some museums too. And a must for me in each city is to check out their Chinatown as well – in Jakarta it is Glodok.
• Spa. Think Indonesia and the traditional massages, lulur and whole works of traditional pampering comes to mind. The Indonesians are famous for their use of natural ingredients of herbs and spices coupled with soothing strokes. Priced affordably too, so I can happily assume that I will be spending quite some time there too!
• Not much of a shopper but I love picking up cute and practical souvenirs for the home. So maybe I could swing by Tanah Abang. Am hoping to pick up some local traditional kebaya and batik at Pasar Mayestik too. Somehow, now I think I am beginning to sound like a shopaholic after all.

And top of my list to do in Jakarta is of course to run! I reckon that there’s quite a few races but the Jakarta Marathon tops my list having read so many awesome reviews by my running pals. So adding to my Bali and Borobudor credentials, I like to add Jakarta Marathon too. Looking at this year’s race, my preps to date (future planning) includes knowing the race route, REPC, where to stay etc. Hotel booking should start soon too. Eyeing the JW Marriott Jakarta. 700m from the REPC. Not quite walking distance to the start line but I have a sweet spot for the brand JW Marriott having made the one in Singapore my home for many weeks during my corporate days.
Does this room look inviting?
a full marathon of course!

Jakarta…see you in 2017. Meanwhile, drop me a line or comment below if you have any suggestions for me on what I should do and eat in Jakarta. Thinking aloud, how does Indonesian durian taste like?

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