Konnichiwa Jakarta ☆ Monas, Cafe Batavia, Kota Tua, Lollipops
We moved to Jakarta at the end of July. It’s been only two and a half weeks since we arrived, but it feels like we have been here much longer. We’ve seen a lot and I have survived the first two weeks thanks to my dear friends, especially Kara and my new friend, Anne-Marie. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them. Kara has graciously taken us under her wing and made sure our transitioning into our new environment was smooth and comfortable. That meant a world to us.
Here are some photos taken in the first couple of weeks of our life in Jakarta. To be honest with you, I’ve lost momentum for posting entries on my blog as often as I did before our big move. I’ve lost energy to take photos, too. It was quite overwhelming at first to arrive in Jakarta and not knowing anything about this city, not to mention the language. I didn’t feel this way when I moved to Dakar, Senegal or Okinawa, Japan and I wonder if it was because I speak the languages spoken in those cities. Other than the language, there are many unknowns that jumped into my life which kind of makes you feel vulnerable. It is usually that way when you move to a foreign country. However, besides feeling overwhelmed at first, I am nothing but thrilled to be in this city. You know what? I started to feel much more at ease after having realized I should not get tense since many things were out of my control and all I needed was to take it easy. I keep reminding myself that time will tell and no need to rush. I don’t want to be a hamster spinning in a wheel.
Monumen Nasional (Monas) / National Monument
Indonesians like to shorten words. They call Monumen Nasional (National Monument) “Monas”. We went up to the top of the tower that overlooked the city of Jakarta and we had a chance to do this only 2 days after our arrival. It was amazing and unreal.
Istiqlal Mosque / National Mosque
We had a tour inside the National Mosque. It was huge and very tranquil. The women in our tour group wore scarves as jilbab (another term referring to hijab/Muslim headscarf in Indonesia). It wasn’t necessary for kids to wear headscarves, but our kids wanted to try. The national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence. That’s why the mosque was named “Istiqlal”, which means independence in Arabic.
Batavia is an old name for Jakarta. We went to this very famous restaurant in the heart of downtown. I hear that it’s very well-known for the night-time as well. We had some Chinese food and it was pretty good. There were tons of framed photos everywhere. Even their menu comes on the back of a frame with photo in front. I’ve never seen menu like that before! The powder room was quite interesting, too.
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Wayang Museum / Indonesian Puppet Museum
Wayang means theater in Indonesian, but it is used to refer to the traditional Indonesian puppet show or puppets themselves. We went to the Puppet Museum. We figured our girls might enjoy seeing the paper puppets. One day I would love for us to see the Indonesian puppet show. How fun would that be!
Jakarta Old Town / Kota Tua Jakarta
We hang out at the market for a little while. Our friend got her daughter and our daughter a stick with a long piece of tissue paper attached to one end. My daughter absolutely loved playing with it. It’s actually one of the best toys.
Lollipops (Kids Playground) in Senayan City
This kids play area is in gorgeous Senayan City Mall and is called Lollipops. It’s a fun place for both small kids and bigger kids. You’ll have to pay and it’s not so cheap, but it was definitely worth paying to be there to let our kids run around in a safe place. My friend, Kara, took me there with her daughter. We had a blast.
Sour Sally / Frozen Yogurt
This frozen yogurt was so yummy!! We went there after Lollipops. I love the characters of the store. You should go check out Sour Sally’s home page. It’s super cute and entertaining!!
We stopped by at a nice, fancy grocery store. I love going to grocery stores in new countries. It makes me happy!
View From Senayan City
I took this photo around 2:00 in the afternoon. There is always traffic all over the city whenever you get out except for Sundays when many drivers take a day off. It’s just a life here to get stuck in traffic and you have to relax. You’ll get to your destination when you get there.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at our new life. I cannot wait to see how our new life will unfold in front of us in Jakarta. I’m already anxious to find cheap stores to shop!!