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Jun 26, 2010 - Yogyakarta Adventure

We have spent the last several days at Yogyakarta taking in the local sites and culture. On our first day here a visit to the Kraton was in order. The Kraton is essentially a walled city that contains 25,000 residents with its own markets, shops, schools etc. The current sultan still resides there and the palace contains some of the finest examples of Javanese architecture. Elders that reside there still wear the local dress comprised of a sarong, belt, long bladed knife, shirt and a hat that looks like a wrap of material Chad tried one on...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Leaving Jakarta in the Morning

Today was our last day in Jakarta now that our whole group arrived. Chad, Chris, and I wandered around town and also when to look for train tickets to head east to Yogakarta about 9 hours from Jakarta. This is where we plan to base out of for a few days. After we purchased train tickets we wandered around Meripada Square by the Mons monument to take some photos and do some people watching. While waiting by the base of the monument locals would come up and want to have their picture taken with us. Also I noted as we wandered around people...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Jakarta

I arrived in Jakarta late on the 15th. I was was smooth sailing and took roughly two hours to clear immigration, customs and get a ride from the airport to central Jakarta were we are staying for several days. Wednesday morning I awoke to the sound of rain after a series of hour cat naps. Indonesia is tropical so the humidity level is high and AC a luxury in the backpacker hostels. I ended up with just a fan to blow the moist air around but it seemed to work well enough because I was able to get some sleep. I walked down to have breakfast...

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Jun 8, 2010 - Bogor

culture shock! i think this is the real indonesia...and i am nearly the only white person in this town! went to visit the botanical garden with a massive herbarium: bad memories from college about my own herbarium coming uo ;-) met a dutch couple in the hotel and we went for dinner and some drinks...very nice! not much to do here as not very touristic...no dorms either in this part of the world...indonesia is going to be expensive :-(

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Apr 16, 2010 - Jakarta

Ahh yes, Jakarta, its name is derived from Sanskrit meaning Victorious Deed. We headed around the north side of Ausralia to get here. I miss this place. Beautiful city indeed! Of course, I know a guy who knows a guy named Shehab, or something like that. He is a Betawi by culture, they usually aren't seen much in the city, but when you are as charismatic as I am you find ways to find people. He knows where I can sell some of these clothes I picked up in Sydney as well as where to find some good food for the next leg of our journey. My men...

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Apr 13, 2010 - A day trip to Bogor

Bogor is only an hours train ride away from Jakarta, a small town with a big botanical garden at its centre and a world away from Jakarta. Normally I wouldn't have bothered with a botancial garden but the guidebook reckons this one, set by by Stanley Raffles and expanded upon by the Dutch, is meant to be one of the world's finest. Fascination with all people foreign extended to the train's passengers but at least I knew where to go when I got off the train. The Gardens are certainly big, there's 15,000 varieties of flora, a Mexican section...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 10, 2010 - Jakarta

I'd set aside a week in KL to arrange my Indonesian visa and sort out any associated problems, but this turned out to be far too long - after handing over the paperwork on Monday my passport was returned with visa enclosed the next day. Everyone had told me to avoid Jakarta much the same way I was advised to forget about Manila, but as I warmed to Manila then that made me want to ignore my travel bretheren's advice. It all went to well, I landed, found myself a room easily enough and then wandered out towards the nearby Monas, a statue...

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Where's Malcolm?

Jan 6, 2010 - Jakarta - The Big Durian..Not so bad after all

Jakarta - population 8 million. 88% of Indonesia's population are muslim. On to rupiahs with about 12000 rupiahs to the euro so everything (at first glance) looks expensive. Across 3 time zones and the archipelago is on 2 tectonic plates - the Asian and Indian Asutralian plates - which explains why it is so active geologically.. Apparently there are 155 centres of volcanic activity.. Java and Bali being the most active volcanically islands in the world. Whilst we were here there was one erathquake out on the Moluccas (spice islands..-...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Nov 26, 2009 - Jakarta

My time in Jakarta was spent partying with Shanker, an ex-SS&C colleague. Jakarta bars and clubs are not the place to be snapping photos - a not insignificant number of the men are out with women who are not their wives. So no photos. Strange, it was the first time I had not used my camera all year.

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Asia Journey

Nov 4, 2009 - Jakarta, First Stop

“Hey Mister what’s your name“. That’s about the fifth time on this Thursday, my first full day, that a young Indonesian has come up to me wanting to talk and take a picture. Elsewhere such openings often have a financial motive but here in Indonesia they seem to be out of genuine interest. I am on the top of Monas, the National Monument towering over the centre of Merdeka (Freedom) square, in the heart of Jakarta. I arrived late last night after a trip that started the day before that when I checked in at Brussels airport. “Do you have a...

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Nov 1, 2009 - wild times in Jakarta

I had a tough time deciding whether or not to stay in Jakarta, or just go straight from the airport to the train station and on to somewhere else in Java. Due to an exhausting night in Singapore the night before my flight, I figured I might as well rest up in Jakarta, and get my feet on the ground. I've been real excited about coming to Indonesia. It's the largest island archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands comprising it and the largest muslim nation in the world, also the third biggest democracy. There are hundreds of...

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Moe Wolfe World Tour

Oct 21, 2009 - Couch Surfing - Jakarta

Couch Surfing Jakarta Hostels, dive hotels, volunteer flats, and a handful of airport floors have provided the bulk of my overseas sleeping arrangements, but this trip I yearned for something different. I wanted to surf...couch surf that is. For those of you not familiar with couchsurfing.com, it is a website designed to connect travelers with potential hosts in the countries they will be visiting. Couch surfing enables travelers to experience culture and local people on a more personal level, along with helping to save a few accommodation...

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