Wednesday, September 5, 2018

3D2N in Jakarta

28 July 2018

I was invited to attend a secondary school friend's wedding in Jakarta and it was my first time in Jakarta. Grabbed the chance to take a tour in the city.

We took Scoot TR276 and arrived at SoekarnoHatta International Airport (CGK) at 11:10am. The airport interior looked so much like Changi Airport including the directional signs.

We took a Bluebird taxi as recommended by friend. We took a queue number and waited at the designated taxi stand which is near the arrival gate. Bluebird charges by meter which is better for tourists since we are not familiar with the city.

The taxi costed us about S$16.00 and the journey was about 30mins from airport to our hotel JS Luwansa.

After check-in, we headed to Plaza Festival for lunch. Decided on A&W for our first meal in Jakarta.

There was nothing to shop in Plaza Festival so we walked to Kuningan City which was slightly better but most shops were under renovation.

We were there for maybe 30 mins then walked over to Mal Ambasador and ITC Kuningan.

Next mall was Lotte Shopping Avenue which was more like it although we didn't buy anything except for snacks.

We took a cab to National Monument to meet an ex-classmate for dinner and catch-up since it was more than 10 yrs ago.

We had dinner at one of their popular restaurants Sate Khas Senayan in Grand Indonesia. The peanut sauce was oh-so-good like peanut butter. We also ordered sambal kang kong and other dishes to share but ended up over-ordering.

It was a very filling dinner treat.

We headed back to hotel to rest as we had a long day out.

29 July 2018

We had hotel breakfast which had a not bad selection from pastries, omelette, porridge, rice, salad and fruits. The Japanese fried rice was so good that I had 2 servings.

We took a cab to Grand Indonesia for shopping. The mall was quite big so we kept walking from east to west and to east.

We met another ex-classmate for lunch at Han Gang Korean Restaurant. It was quite a feast again.

As we were still early to go back hotel to prepare for the wedding dinner, we were recommended to go to Mangga Dua Mall for cheap shopping. Think of it like Platinum Shopping Mall in Bangkok. If we had the time, we would have stayed there longer.

I didn't manage to get any loots but bought guava to munch.

We headed back to hotel to get dressed up and rushed to Ritz-Carlton Kuningan.

We were so impressed by the extravagant floral decorations at the reception. You probably will never see this in Singapore.

Dinner was buffet style and there were many live stations. Food was good but only water was served. Not a bad thing to avoid drunkards.

A big thank you to Rully and Cen Cen for the wedding invitation and wishing them a blissful marriage.

30 July 2018

We had hotel breakfast again but there was a slight change in the cooked items.

We took a cab to Zen Family Spa at Gunawarman. I read good reviews about them and the services were even cheaper than in JB.

I picked the Balinese relaxation massage and body scrub which cost IDR 239K which was so worth it.

We headed back to hotel to check-out and headed to Ritz-Carlton Kuningan to meet the newly weds for lunch at Lobo.

The restaurant was quiet and service was fantastic, not to mention that we had free appetizers and desserts.

Took a cab to SoekarnoHatta International Airport (CGK) at about 3pm. The departure hall was not as well-furbished as the arrival hall for sure. We had a quick lunch at Old Town White Coffee and I bought batik apparel for my parents.

While we were rushing to the departure gate, we were informed by Lion Air that there was a flight delay of 30mins. We chose to wait outside the gate since there were lesser people. After 30mins, we were informed of another delay and this time, almost an hour. That means 1.5 hours of delay.

We had no choice and I had to request for half-day morning leave for the next day since I will be back in Singapore late.

It was 10pm when I arrived in Singapore and dead tired even though I slept in the flight.