So I find myself in Jakarta this week for MapAsia 2005.
Well, I donâ€™t know if you could really call where Iâ€™ve been Jakarta.
The low-level specter of violenceâ€“security guards and metal detectors
at the hotel and mallâ€“has kept me from wandering too much. Here are
some first impressions:
- I must look a little bit Indonesian because people keep speaking to me in a funny language. Maybe I should be a spy.
- I have yet to run across anyone my size. Maybe I should play pro basketball here.
local fancy mall, Plaza Senayan, is useless. The same old American
stores along with their prices. I hoped to maybe pick up a cheap cell
phone or something, but one Iâ€™ve been craving, the Nokia 8800, was 9,750,000 Rupiah (about $1,000)â€“just as much as online.
- A Starbucks coffee (yes theyâ€™re here) costs just as much as in Boston too.
- The buffet at Hotel Mulia Seneyan is awesome.