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Hotel Mercure Simatupang (Jakarta) - Hotel Review

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
In March 2017, I stayed for a long weekend in Mercure Simatupang in Cilandak (South Jakarta). The hotel is part of the Mercure brand, an international collection of midscale properties managed by the French group Accor. TB Simatupang Road is considered the second business district in Jakarta after the Golden triangle (Sudirman - Gatot Subroto - Rasuna Said). It is growing fast, attracting large corporations from the Oil & Gas sector in particular. At the moment there are about 10 skyscrapers and probably just as many being constructed. It is not surprising that the largest station of the upcoming MRT project will be located in Lebak Bulus, just 500 meters from Mercure Simatupang. Works are still in progress and they can cause some traffic jams. Naturally, the hotel caters mostly to a business crowd, including some long staying guests. It is conveniently located right on TB Simatupang Road, and also right on the Jakarta Outer Ring Road which connects the airport to Bekasi t

Graffiti Restaurant (Hotel Mercure TB Simatupang)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Graffiti Bistro is a restaurant and café located on the ground floor of the Mercure Simatupang Hotel . Opened all day from breakfast to dinner, it serves both International and Indonesian food. It has a playful design, with an industrial theme. Some of the walls have giant watches and clocks attached to them, while the others are painted with colorful graffitis. There is also a collection of around 50 framed photographs. The restaurant space is quite large, with at least 80 seats and a small outdoor area. During day time, large bay windows provide ample natural lighting, making it a relaxing space for hanging out or for meeting friends. It is not sophisticated or trendy, and it is even relatively quiet, but I enjoyed it a lot for working on my laptop during long afternoons. I also had a few breakfast and dinners there when I stayed in the hotel in March 2017.

15 Best Dating Apps and Websites to Meet Asian Girls (2017)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The key to successfully meeting girls in Asia is to master the right dating apps and websites. The first step for that is to familiarize yourself with the different options available and to understand the strengths/weaknesses of each. It is also important to know the specificities of each Asian country. Some apps or websites can be popular in Thailand but completely useless in the Philippines and vice versa.  There are 6 different types of online tools that you can use for meeting new girls in Asia: → Location-based apps on mobile only An app that lets you find girls around you (for instance Tinder or Paktor). → Dating/Matchmaking websites on desktop only A website that connects you with selected profiles living in a certain area (for instance  AsianDating ,  ThaiCupid ,  VietnamCupid ,  FilipinoCupid , etc). → Dating websites on desktop with a corresponding mobile app A service with both an app and a website (for instance  ThaiFriendly ,  PinaLove , Badoo

How to Master Online Dating in Asia - 10 Great Tips

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
As a single guy who travels quite a lot (partly to write my  Nightlife Guides ), I have had plenty of opportunities to explore the online dating scene in Southeast Asia. Online dating is probably the best way to meet girls in the region. Even an average-looking guy with limited social skills can manage to date pretty girls here as long as he knows how to play the game. In the following article, I will give you 10 practical tips on how to master online dating in Asia. These recommendations are easy to implement, almost effortless, and yet they can make the difference between success and failure. Most are based on my personal experiences, some were inspired by friends' stories and the rest is just common sense. You should also read my article Best Countries for Online Dating in Asia for more great tips on how to meet Asian girls. If you feel I forgot to mention something important, please don't hesitate to leave a message in the comment section below.

What Indonesian Bar Girls Say And What They Really Mean

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
10 years in Indonesia have taught me that even when Indonesian bar girls speak English, what they mean is not always obvious. Here is a little guide to help you dealing with your relationships! What they say: 'You are over protective' What they mean: 'You don't let me sleep with other guys' You are stingy You don't want to support all my family I'm not eating pork I drink alcohol, I don't pray and I've had sex before marriage so the last thing that keeps me from going to hell is to refuse eating pork Let's go party Accompany me party and please pay for all my drinks

28 Best Shopping Malls in Jakarta

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Malls in Jakarta are much more than just shopping venues. They are privately-owned cities where you can find pretty much anything including offices, residences, cinemas, schools, hospitals, restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, mosques, churches, karaokes, games, banks, boutiques, supermarkets, etc. It is not surprising that many malls add the words "town", "village" or "city" to their names, for instance Kuningan City, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Kemang Village, etc. The environment of Jakarta has become so hostile that malls are one of the only places where you can escape from the heat and the pollution. Living in Jakarta means that you will spend large chunks of your time visiting malls, whether you like it or not, because it is one of the very few  things to do  here.