Life in Jakarta
Ok, after spending about 3 months in Jakarta, I can say that I’m almost accustomed with the idea of living here just like before I went to the states. There are a few things that really bother me though:
1. Traffic Jam
There is a highway bridge repair project near my office, so there will be an insane traffic jam in the intersection outside my office complex every single day. Due to the repair all of the containers and other big trucks have to exit the highway, take the local street, make a U turn in another intersection and then enter the highway in the other side of the road. From the exit point to the highway entrance will take about an hour. It’s just right across the exit for God’s sake and yet they have to make a U turn about 500 m away and make everybody else suffers.
2. Slow Internet Connection
For a few months, I’ve been trying to find the best Internet Service Provider available and none of them meet my expectations. There is one in particular that I really liked, but they don’t have coverage either in my office area or my house area. Right now I’m just using 3G connection with Telkomsel Flash (as they are the steadiest of all), they don’t have HSDPA coverage in our area either. Indosat do have HSDPA coverage but they are expensive as hell, it will cost me around $ 35.00 for 1 GB worth of data and another $ 100.00 for each GB afterwards. With my download habit, it will probably cost me around $ 500.00 each month. That’s probably why I rarely update this blog…
3. Lousy work ethics
People are just different here; they just don’t have the work ethics that I’m used to in the States. They will come up with so many reasons for so many problems, not just in the office but also in their daily lives.
4. Unpredictable Weather
Well I guess I can’t say anything about this one, but it’s really Hot in Jakarta (a’la Mac in Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends … if you know what I mean). Coming from Oklahoma I guess it’s almost the same, except it’s really humid here.
That’s my rant for now, I’ll be back with some more later… ask me in another 3 months or so 🙂 Gosh I miss the States…