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11 Sexiest Indonesian Actresses in 2016

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In this article I will give you the names and photos of the 11 sexiest and most beautiful Indonesian actresses who are still active in 2016.

I selected only natural beauties: No girls with color contact lenses, weird eyebrows, botox injections or lips enhancements. I also chose girls who are still young with a promising career ahead. For the "old" ones, you can check my review 10 Sexiest Indonesian Women.

As it is often the case in Indonesia, many of the following actresses are also models and singers. You can know more about them by clicking on their name, it links to their instagram accounts (from where I took most of the photos).

If you ask an Indonesian girl why she wants a mixed blood baby (Indonesian/Bule), there is a big chance she will tell you it's because she want it too look like Pevita Pearce. The 23 year old actress is from England by her dad and Borneo through her mom. She will star in the movie "Aach... Aku Jatuh Cinta" in 2016.

Anggika is another beautiful mixed-blood Indonesian actress. The 20-year-old was born in Jakarta in 1995 from a Swiss dad and Indonesian mum. She starred in the popular movie "Youtubers" in 2015.

Alexa Key, not to be confused with Alicia Keys, is an up-and-coming Indonesian actress who played in several high-budget movies in 2015, among which "Romeo + Rinjani" and "Garuda Superhero". She is 21, from Denpasar, with German blood.

23-year-old Manda Cello is an actress, singer and model originally from Bandung. After roles in TV films and sinetrons, she will make her debut in a feature film in 2016 in the movie "Iseng":

Acha is a pure blood Indonesian with already over 10 years of experience in the film industry. She is considered to be one of the highest paid actresses in Indonesia.

Also known as Adzana Bing Slamet, she is the daugther of Adi Bing Slamet and the grand-daughter of Bing Slamet, both famous Indonesian entertainers. Most of her career has been on TV on sinetron. The soon-to-be 23 years old will play in "Ketika Cinta Jatuh Cinta" in 2016.

OK don't get too excited here as Natasha is not 18 yet. Born in December 1998, she is one of the most popular actresses in Indonesia at the moment. She played in "Relationshit" in 2015 and she already has a long experience playing on Sinetron.

The leading role in the critically-acclaimed movie Siti, Sekar Sari won the Best Performance for Silver Screen Award at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2014. The young Javanese has both beauty and brains: She is currently a news presenter in TVRI after studying international Affairs in UGM and in the UK.

One of the most famous Indonesian actresses at only 20, Yuki Kato has a Japanese dad and an Indonesian mom. She appeared in over 20 sinetrons and more recently in the movie "This Is Cinta" (2015).

Dinda started acting when she was only 10 years old in the sinetron Monyet Cantik. Now 19, she stars in RCTI's "Aku Anak Indonesia".

Did I forget your favourite girl in this list of the 12 sexiest and hottest Indonesian Actresses of 2016? Let me know if there is a beautiful and hot woman that you think I should include here!

Karaokes and KTVs in Jakarta (Complete Guide)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Karaoke and KTV bars in Jakarta are used for a multitude of purposes. Singing is one of them, but it is definitely not the only reason. Most commonly, they are used for prostitution, drugs, private parties, striptease and sometimes orgies.

As a foreigner, it took me several years to understand what was truly going on behind those doors. It is only after discussing with girls, clients and club owners, that I finally realized what karaokes were for and why Indonesians are so crazy about them.

The main appeal of karaoke in Indonesia is the need for privacy. The Indonesian society is quite hypocritical in the sense that it is officially religious and traditional, but in real life, many people (especially in Jakarta) behave in a liberal way. A good illustration is the lawmaker from PKS Arifinto, a conservative Muslim who was caught watching porn during a parliamentary session. If you've lived in the country long enough, that should not surprise you a lot.

This clip is from the movie Iseng (2016) and it gives a pretty accurate description of how parties end in some karaokes in the red light areas of Jakarta:
Many Indonesians love to party and love sex, but they need to hide this because it is not considered appropriate by the rest of the population. Karaoke bars and clubs are the perfect place for that because they are ambiguous. Unlike a bordello or a massage parlour, you can never be sure of what happens inside unless you are also inside yourself.

Not all karaokes have prostitutes and drugs though. You will find two broad kinds of karaokes in Jakarta:

Family Karaokes (Karaoke Keluarga):
As the name indicates, these are legit venues for clean fun between colleagues, friends and family members.

Nothing really special here. People are sitting in a room, requesting songs and singing. Usually they can order food and drinks as well.

There are 3 famous companies in Indonesia with locations everywhere: Happy Puppy, Nav and Inul Vizta. Nav is usually the cheapest with less songs and less eating/drinking options. Happy Puppy is in the middle. Inul Vizta is the most expensive with the best locations in mid-to-high-end malls. They also serve alcohol (at least in the outlets I've visited).

You also have several smaller chains and boutique karaokes. For instance, X-KTV in Senayan City, Diva Karaoke, T-Rex Karaoke in Grand Indonesia, Zodiak KTV in Citywalk and The Boutique KTV in Arcadia, etc.

To my knowledge, there is not one mall in Jakarta that does not have a family karaoke inside or at least within walking distance from it.

Naughty Karaokes:
Real photo from inside a Jakarta karaoke (taken by a friend and censored by me)
Naughty karaokes are much more numerous and diverse. You will find them everywhere in the city, even in central Jakarta where I can count at least 10.

According to dozens of girls I've talked to, the majority of the customers are government officials using government money. In the accounting books, it is recorded as "entertainment expenses". Since Ahok and Jokowi have been elected though, it seems there is a tighter control on such expenses and some karaokes are struggling to make as much money as before.

The second most important group of customers are business people who need to entertain their clients. If you wonder how companies choose their suppliers in Indonesia, you have your answer: They "entertain" the key people of that company with booze, sex and drugs. An ex-boss once told me he spent 8,000$ on a night out in Kota to impress a CEO who was 70 years old.

How does it work: Rooms
You either pay for the room a certain amount, or you have a minimum spending for using the room. For instance, in Alexis hotel, the President VIP Suite costs IDR15M for 3 hours, which means you must spend at least 15M on drinks and girls to be allowed there. If you spend less, for instance 10M, you have to pay an additional 5M.

In high-end karaokes, you must generally spend at least IDR2,5M to 5M for 6 hours for a room that can accommodate up to 8 people.

How does it work: Girls
The karaokes will provide guests with lady companions, also called hostesses or Public Relations (PR) or Guest Relations Officers (GRO) or models. Girls are usually ranked by desirability, which includes beauty, age, personality, singing skills or flirting skills. The more desirable the girl, the more expensive she is.

Some places allow you to choose the girl you want through a contest, meaning all available girls will come to see you and you can pick the one you prefer. Some do not allow you to choose, but you can give your preferences to the mamasan who will then suggest someone for you. 

The price of a girl also depends on what the she agrees to do or not. In North Jakarta, most guests want a girl who is willing to take ecstasy and drink alcohol. Girls will get a commission on drinks, but also on the number of pills she takes.

There are several types of naughty karaokes in Jakarta:

- Hostess Karaokes: These are all the karaokes with lady companions, but without any rooms nor any arrangement for guests to have sex with the girls. It does not mean that girls are not available for sex and it does not meet that sex is not possible. It depends on the willingness of the girl, which is influenced by how nice you are, how many ladies drink you buy her, and how much tip you give.

There are no rules for how much you must pay to get laid. I know a guy who bought a house to a lady companion just to sleep with her. Others will get a blowjob in the toilets for Rp300,000. Some girls will only give their phone numbers, some may go straight to the guests' hotel.

Some famous addresses: Roxy karaoke in SCBD (next to Lucy in the Sky), Grand Manhattan Karaoke or the chain Roppongi Papa.

- Japanese and Korean Karaokes (KTV): They are hostess karaokes targeting those specific communities. You can usually find them in South Jakarta, particularly in Jalan Melawai (Little Tokyo) and Dharmawangsa. Girls know some Korean/Japanese songs and they will usually look younger (between 18 and 22). Popular places include Cantik, Mitsubachi, Yujiro, Jawa Jawa, Chameleon and Geisha. You can also check those two websites for more information: jktlife.com and j-spot.info

- Bordello Karaokes: Most karaokes are hidden bordellos where sex is on sale. You will find the most famous ones in big one-stop entertainment complexes that also include spas and clubs. If you take girls and pay the right price, you will get an attached bedroom. The most luxurious may also have a jacuzzi inside.

Famous addresses include:
- High-end: Grand Paragon Hotel (the most expensive and luxurious karaoke in Jakarta), Illigals, Sun City, Alexis, Malioboro, Club 36, 1001, Emporium, Diamond, Sense, Zen, V2

Sex is not automatic though. It depends on what the client negotiates and what the girl is willing to do. The difference with the hostess karaokes mentioned above is that if you want to have sex, it will happen on the spot for an amount decided by the management of the karaoke.

In some karaokes where a room is provided, sex is included in the package without having to negotiate. You generally have a voucher system: The more vouchers you buy, the more you get from the girl.

For instance, in a famous spa in North Jakarta, 1 voucher costs IDR600K. For 1 voucher, the girl will only accompany you sing. For 2 vouchers, she sings wearing sexy lingerie. For 3 vouchers, she sings topless. For 4 vouchers, she is naked. For 5 vouchers, you can have sex with her.

You must ask the mamasan in each venues about what you can get, and which girl is up for what (some girls will only accept 1 voucher).

- Clubbing Karaokes: Within the karaokes listed above, some of them cater especially to clubbers. It is what Indonesians call "open room". This is one of the most interesting aspects of Jakarta nightlife.

Even though it is still called a karaoke, people are not paying to sing, but to party with their friends. They ask for a specific mix or they get a DJ specially for them included in the price of the room.

There are several reasons for people to party within a karaoke room. One of them, as I mentioned before, is the need for privacy. Some people do not want to be seen inside a club drinking alcohol, taking drugs or flirting with prostitutes. This is especially true for married men, VIPs and government officials. Surprisingly, I also know some girls wearing jilbabs who only party with other girls in karaoke rooms as they do not want to go to clubs.

Another reason is that some karaokes have very flexible opening hours. Some are open 24-hour like in Mille's and therefore attract all the hardcore clubbers, usually those who take ecstasy. Those open in the afternoon may attract young jakartans who are still living with their parents and have a curfew. They will pretend to go to the mall, and instead drop a pill in North Jakarta.

Drugs are usually easy to buy from the staff or from the security, but you won't get the same protection everywhere. For instance, Illigals and Paragon have the reputation to always pay the police to avoid razzias, but Mille's does not.

For a full list and reviews of all karaokes in Jakarta, please click here: Karaoke Jakarta.

I tried to make this review as easy to understand as possible. If you need more details, please leave a comment below!
Photo Credit: Main photo from Roppongi Papa Karaoke

5 Best Budget Hotels in Central Jakarta For Under 25$

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The best budget hotels in Central Jakarta offer incredible value for money. For less than 25$, you will get your own clean room with private shower, AC, hot water, quality mattress and flat screen TV.

If you are looking for the cheapest room price for a stay near the Golden Triangle (Gatot Subroto - Rasuna Said - Sudirman streets), your best option is to book through RedDoorz, a fast-expanding budget hotel management chain. RedDoorz hotels are usually independently-owned small residences (kos in Indonesian) that were until now very difficult to book from internet.

They offer limited facilities and amenities, but if you are just hoping to sleep well, shower and watch TV, they will do the job just fine. All of their properties have a service guarantee that includes free wifi, 24-hour support, free water and toiletries, sanitized washrooms and quality linen. You can get an additional discount by booking directly with them on http://www.reddoorz.com or by downloading their app on Android store for a 50% cashback.

Scroll down below to see my list of the best-priced hotels in Jakarta's city center as well as a short description.

Since this is a blog about nightlife, I also made sure that the hotels I chose were located near Jakarta's best bars and clubs. All of them are also guest-friendly to a reasonable extent.

RedDoorz near UOB Plaza
RedDoorz near UOB Plaza is good choice for a pocket-friendly hotel in Jakarta. It is right in the center, next to the Transjakarta bus station and walking distance from Grand Indonesia and Plaza Indonesia. It is a small property with 20 rooms only, a restaurant and a friendly staff.

The amenities provided are minimal and you need to pay a Rp300,000 deposit at check-in, but you can hardly beat their price with this location.

You can book from here: RedDoorz near UOB Plaza.


RedDoorz Hotel Near WTC Sudirman
This is a basic hotel but again, with a great central location. Jalan Bek Murad is just behind Sudirman street, which can be easily accessed through the World Trade Center office park. In terms of nightlife, you are just a few minutes away from Mega Kuningan and from the malls Kuningan City, Ambassador and Lotte Mall.

You can book here: RedDoorz Near WTC Sudirman.


RedDoorz @ Guntur Setiabudi
This hotel is not as centrally located as the two other mentioned above, but it is still within 10 minutes taxi from Plaza Indonesia and 15-20 from Senayan. You can also walk to Jalan Rasuna Said pretty easily. It is in a nice, quiet neighborhood with quite many street food options and a few authentic markets (for instance Pasar Rumput). Another good point is that the hotel is very affordable. It is a small, cozy property with only 10 rooms.

You can book here: RedDoorz at Guntur Setiabudi.


RedDoorz @ Karet Setiabudi
Karet in Setiabudi is famous for having dozens of cheap residences for young executives and students. It is not far from Rasuna Said street, and particularly from Pasar Festival Mall, Taman Rasuna, Epicentrum and Setiabudi One. It is also very strategic for long stays as you have some internet caf├ęs, laundries and plenty of street food.

RedDoorz at Karet Setiabudi is a bit more expensive than the other hotels mentioned here, but still reasonable at around 25$ per night. Its rooms are really comfortable with a large bed, clean linen, hot water, flat screen TV and free WIFI.

You can book here: RedDoorz at Karet Setiabudi

RedDoorz @ Sarinah
Sarinah is a great location for travelers to Jakarta. It is close from Jalan Jaksa, Monas, Gambir train station, Plaza Indonesia, Bunderan HI, the National Museum, etc. It is also a great place to get street food, in particular on Jalan Sabang.

RedDoorz @ Sarinah costs around 25$ (including the discount from directly booking on their website). Rooms have large beds, AC, fridge, plenty of storage space, free WIFI and satellite TV.

You can book here: RedDoorz Sarinah.