Browsing "Older Posts"

Browsing Category " Reader's Posts "

How Life in Jakarta Turned Into a Nightmare for George Pritting

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Today I want to share a story happening right now in Jakarta. We all remember the Ice Bucket Challenge. It was a worldwide fundraising effort to fight against ALS (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a chronic and rare disease that affects the neuroglial system and leads to a complete paralysis. It had a huge impact and massive funds were raised at that time. It hasn’t reached George Pritting yet.  The thing is George is not really as sympathetic and fun as the challenge. To be honest, George is not really friendly:  He insults people, screams and requests help that no one wants to give. George is not really "bankable" i.e. the kind of guy that generates a lot of empathy. Worse, he has even been suspected of scams.

Pad@28 Bar, Bistro & Coffee Corner

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This review was written by a Max, a reader of this blog: Located there, on the corner of Jalan Senopati and the road that takes you to SCBD, Pacific Place, SCBD Beergarden etc., lies a really nice restaurant called PAD@28. And I happen to believe that it is just about to make a big splash onto the gastro-scene of Jakarta. There are a few reasons for this belief:     1.    It is always buzzing with action. Weirdly enough, there aren't as many expats as you might expect from a place that serves duck confit, very well executed steaks, pork dishes (you heard me right - PORK, including a charcutterie platter) and really nice shots and cocktails. Mostly right now the clientel is still rich Jakartans in their late twenties and early thirties, with some 40+ people who still feel young.

What Do Indonesian Girls Look Like?

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Some of the readers of this blog have never been to Indonesia. They are preparing a business trip or an expatriation here and they wonder about the nightlife in Jakarta. Surprisingly, the first question men ask me usually before arriving is not about their housing, their kid's school or the number of medical facilities. No, the question I get the most is this one: "Are the Indonesian girls pretty?" Western people can rarely differentiate two Asian girls: Ask anybody in Europe what is the difference between a Thai girl and a Korean girl, I bet you they will not be able to answer that. Yet, after many years spent in Indonesia, I can proudly say that I will recognize an Indonesian girl very easily, and if I'm wrong it will mean the girl is from Malaysia. Malay-Indo girls are very different from other Asian girls: Apart from the long black hair and the tiny body, they are easy to recognize for many reasons that are hard to explain: It's a combination of dif

10 Signs Your Indonesian Girl Is Cheating On You

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
By Marc, a teacher who lived 5 years in Jakarta. You can read more tips about how to spot a cheating spouse by clicking here!   : You are an expat living in Jakarta involved in a relationship with an Indonesian girl? Are you wondering how serious she is with you? We know that the bar scene in Indonesia is very adventurous, and though it is easy to meet a decent girl, you may also end up with someone whose only interest is to suck you dry. Ayam, man-eaters, etc.. There are a lot of expressions to designate these girls but my favourite term is "Professional Girlfriend": Her job, the one activity that earns her revenue, is to be your girlfriend, or to make you believe she is. And they are great at it because they are pros. There are some easy things to spot in her behaviour that will help you guess if she's faking the whole thing or not. I listed 10 of them and I hope they will help you realize if yours is on the game or not:

7 Living Tips In Jakarta

By The Jakarta Team →
Living in Jakarta is confusing, and it's getting at me: Here are 7 random tips for those of you living or travelling to Jakarta. I'm sure at least one of them will improve your life here.. at least I hope... Don't hesitate to add your own! 1) The best tip ever for avoiding the traffic in Jakarta : Ok, I’m a little exaggerating here since you cannot avoid traffic in Jakarta. But trust me; you can save precious time by following this advice: - ALWAYS position yourself on the good side of the street when you want a taxi. I mean that if you want to go to a building that is on the right side of the road, you should always take the taxi on the right side of the road. In other, normal cities it may not be that important, but in Jakarta it is essential because of what we call the "putar balik" (Turn back). Cars can rarely just turn on the right to go to a building. They have to go far, far away, and come back to go on the other side of the road. This is the putar balik an

“Jakarta Suckers”: Exploring the relationship between Expats and Bargirls

By The Jakarta Team →
Many of you may have had a relationship with a bargirl, most of the time with terrible results for your wallet and for your sorry heart. I asked Ross McKay, author of “Jakarta Suckers” to give us a little introduction for everyone interested in the relationships between Expats and Bargirls. The book is available from Morfiny Books, 85000 rupiah, at morfinybooks@yahoo.ca. If you are currently dating a bargirl or if you ever dated one, I strongly recommend it to you. Thibaud, from Jakarta100bars.com Jakarta Suckers, by Ross McKay Who hasn't been taken in by a bar-girl? Most expats in Jakarta for more than a year will have sampled the delights the Big Durian's nights have to offer. But while we are all bitten by that exotic bug, few too will not have been pained when the sharper specimens of the wildlife put the bite on you!! It's not just the squeeze for a bit extra on the agreed price, but the endless extortion that occurs when you think you're having a 'relations

Baku Dapa Live Music (Reader's Post)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Last Saturday, despite it being Hallowe'en, Jaksa mid-evening was quieter than usual, so we repaired round the corner, to a place called Baku Dapa, which means ‘handshake’ in the Manado language. Manado is up on Sulawesi island, and I’ve not been there, but the bar was fine, excellent live music, old songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, both local and Western, and beer at Rp.36.00 a bottle. It runs till 3am, and when we moved on at 1 o'clock, people were still arriving, mostly respectable Indonesians, but a few Arabs, though I was the only Western patron. It didn't seem to be a pick-up bar, though waitresses/hostesses will happily sit and dance with customers - once you've got to know them, it is no doubt up to you and your hostess if the friendship deepens!

Bimasena Dharmawangsa Spa (Couple Massage)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Bimasena, the luxurious spa in the Dharmawangsa Hotel, in South Jakarta, is a fantastic place to get a massage, especially if you are a newcomer to Asia. Some will say that it is overpriced, and it may be true for a country like Indonesia. However, if you compare the price of a massage in France and in Indonesia, the whole perspective changes. The low cost of living in Jakarta gives you a very good opportunity to enjoy pleasures that can only be rare when in your home(western) countries. Bimasena, as it is located in a 5-star hotel, has mostly expatriates patrons and travelers, plus it is popular with a small Indonesian elite. Apart from the traditional Indonesian massages, including lulur and aromatherapy, Bimasena spa also provides some more uncommon massages, like the Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui massage or the 90-minute Ayuslomi Ritual. A very special selection of oil is used but I won't describe them here since the massage girls will let you smell them before you start. Yet, the b

Highway To Elle Bar - Blok M

By The Jakarta Team →
Randy Travis once sang that he'd 'read tell, the road to hell, was paved with good intentions. ' The Highway to Elle, by way of contrast, is replete with good inventions, like an all night Happy Hour (buy one, get one free) on Thursdays, that starts at 8pm and continues till...well, very late, but this writer's perceptions became unclear after about 11 o'clock on the night of April 1st. An amnesiac state thereafter is mute testimony to one's enjoyment of a night-spot, and the Highway is enjoyable. Run by an Englishman, Darryl Patton, who is usually present and mingles sociably with the guests, whilst ensuring that the delightful barmaids keep the taps turned on, the place opened about three years ago.

Soulnation Festival Jakarta 2010

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
If you come to Indonesia around the end of October this year, there is a cool event that you may want to check out. The Soulnation, a festival of music artists, is happening at the Istora Senayan venue in the city. Grab your ticket, pick up some travel insurance , and get ready to party. The SoulNation Festival is a major deal in Java. Soulnation has been running for a couple of years now, holding events every few months, and attracting a lot of local, regional and overseas artists. This is a rap, hip-hop, and R&B event, and has previously included artists like the Ting Tings, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Arrested Development and Ashanti. This is a music event with a difference. It also includes extreme sports, BMX, Skate Board, and Battle DJs. The Soulnation concept is also doing a lot to help the local music artists and industry, and is becoming an Indonesian must-see experience. It’s also a lot of fun, and Soulnation has a wish list of artists it’s trying to get to expand. This is a

Terrazza Bianco, Hotel Akmani (Jalan Wahid Hasyim)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Being an observant soul, I noticed an intriguing ad outside the Akmani, promising 'all the beer you can drink' for Rp 130,000 between 7pm and 10pm on a daily basis, so in we went last Thursday. It's located on what they call the Podium level of the first floor, which is basically one floor up from ground. The place is very dark, but clean and paradoxically bright, - after all, bianca does mean white - and its furnishing and decor is extremely modernist.

The Best Night of Clubbing Ever (Reader's post)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
This blog article is a reader's contribution by Ashley Purcell from the Australian website Bars and Nightclubs . If you have anything interesting to say about nightlife in Jakarta, reviews, reports or pictures, I will publish it so don't hesitate me to send it to me. So for all you westerners out there who love bars and nightclubs, and think your respective country has the best clubs ever... think again. Whilst I would agree that the venues in London, New York, Miami, Sydney etc are better than Jakarta, let it be known that what makes a great night out is not the venue... but the people. So this is a story that happened to me about 1 year ago during a night out on the town in Jakarta. To give you some background, me and 5 mates were travelling around South East Asia. Prior to this we had been to Cosa Mui, Phuket, Bangkok and Bali and had decided to stop by in Jakarta for a few nights before flying out to Singapore.

I love clubbing in Jakarta because... (By Ashley Purcell)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
For those looking to experience the best nightlife South East Asia has to offer, look no further than Jakarta. Combining the relaxed, easy going, laid back nature that the inhabitants of South East Asia are known worldwide for, with big city architecture and venue design, Jakarta is the epicentre of clubbing in South East Asia. So if you are reading this at your desk between in between dealing with whinging customers and watching the hour hand inch ever close to 5.00pm, here is a brief summary of why you will love the bars and nightclubs in Jakarta. Dress Code... What Is Dress Code? The guys reading this know what I’m talking about. You’ve planned for an awesome night out, only to have it ruined by a bunch of angry megalomaniac bouncers looking to ruin your night. In Jakarta, the bouncers are friendly and no matter what you can get in as long as you wear a shirt and shiny shoes.. In Stadium, Jakarta's most famous clubbing haunt, they will even let you in with just a short and fli

My 3 Favourite Nightclubs in Jakarta (By Ashley Purcell)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
When westerners think Indonesia, invariably they think of lazing about on one of the many beautiful beaches in the tropical sun, watching fat beads of condensation roll down the side of a their cocktail glass until they’ve developed a healthy sun tan. Undoubtedly this is one of the attractions that Indonesia offers by day, however for the bar and nightclub enthusiasts, it is when the sun goes down that the real fun begins. So if you are a bar and nightclub enthusiast looking for a good time on this archipelago nation, you might be tempted to book a ticket to Bali (especially if you are Australian). If this is the case... then think again. With a population just under 8,500,000 million, Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia, and the 12th biggest in the world. Combine this with the ultra friendly locals, relaxed nightlife regulations and a bunch of expats, Jakarta nightlife is absolutely pumping if you know where to go. So without further adieu here are a the three spots any bar and n

A Bangkok Expat's Trip to Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Jakarta nightlife didn't mean anything to me until a few months ago, when a good friend living in Thailand had some business to attend to in Jakarta. When he came back, he couldn't stop telling us how Jakarta was better than Bangkok concerning the nightlife.. I made a small research, read this blog (Jakarta100bars), and decided it was time for me also to discover the bars and nightclubs of Southeast Asia's most populous city. First of all, we went to Classic Hotel for a massage. The massage I would describe it as soapy without soap if you know what I mean. With the soapy massages the girl glide on your body by using plenty of water and soap. At the Classic Hotel, they don't apply all that however (at least the gal I was with), they do do the body kissing and body-to-body massage, the whole 9 yards! Price was reasonable: 550k for 1.5 hour with a tight and firm 19 year old girl! Right after that we went to Alexis, drank and ate in the club while watching the show