I flew into Jakarta with a brief stopover in Singapore to attend a meeting before continuing my journey to start my work assignment the next day. Having flown budget airlines the past few weeks, it is a welcome change to fly regular airlines on this occasion, no more worries if there are enough umbrellas if it rains when the plane lands or being told that the check in counter has been changed yet again (my record stands at 3 changes for a single check in) to another row after being in queue for the last half hour or even worse whether that brown stain on the seat is just spilled coffee. Moral of the story, you get what you pay for but I suppose the savings gotten is most of the time worth it.
Jakarta being Indonesia’s capital and largest city with a population of close to10 million, is the country’s economic, cultural and political centre. For some of us older people we might remember it being spelled as Djakarta not too long ago.
For my brief two days stay, I only had the opportunity to see a small portion of the western part of Jakarta in which I am told by my host that it is the more developed part of Jakarta.
Like any other big city of the world, people are on the move everywhere, no one seems to sleep, traffic jam is an everyday event. The flight from Singapore took a bit more than an hour, the journey from Soekarno – Hatta Airport to my hotel took two hours.