Get to know Indonesia  🇮🇩 

We See Further on the Shoulders of Giants.

Last Updated:  15 Mar 2023.

Geography - Greater Jakarta

Hotel Selection @ Jakarta - 2 Mar 2023

Jakarta is the heart of businesses in Indonesia and we recommend the ideal hotel for a business visit to: 

Google Maps for Hotels & Malls incl Hotel rates to suit all levels of budget:

In descending order of budget:

A) Thamrin Area

Hotels = Grand Hyatt (Mall Plaza Indonesia), Kempinski (Mall Grand Indonesia). Pullman Jakarta & Mandarin Oriental walking distance.

B) SCBD Senayan Area

Hotels = Langham (Mall Ashta), Fairmont (Plaza Senayan). Best Western, Harris & Century Park walking distance.

C) Central Park @ West Jakarta.

D) PIK @ Northwest Jakarta near Airport.

Visiting Jakarta/Bali (Indonesia)

Currency In Context

IDR 1 billion = IDR 1 Milyar = IDR M = SGD 100k =  RMB 500,000. 

- usually for business transactions & property. 商务交易。


IDR 1 million = 1 juta / mio = jt = SGD 100

= RMB 500. 

IDR 10 million = IDR 10 juta/jt/mio = SGD 1,000.

IDR 100 ribu = 100 rb = SGD 10 = RMB 50. 

- for daily use. 日常生活。


IDR 1 thousand = 1 ribu = 1 rb = SGD 0.10

- pocket change. 口袋零钱。

CNY 1 million = USD 150k.

CNY 1,000 = IDR 2.2 jt.

IDR = Indonesian RuPiah. 

SGD = Singapore Dollar. 

USD = US Dollar. 

RMB = China Renminbi. 

Getting Around By Car @ Jakarta

GoCar via Gojek App

Gojek-GoCar - My default hailing App. 

Grab is a competitor but Gojek works great for me.


BlueBird is the biggest automobile transport group.

From taxis to limos and buses.

MyBlueBird App offers wide range:

Car Rental

If you are a business traveller and going multiple places on a tight schedule, do book a Reliable Driver with either an Innova (approx IDR 1 mil per day) or Alphard (approx IDR 2.5 per day).

Note: Petrol, Toll & Parking Charges apply. Also if it's 8 or 12h booking (OT charges apply).

Speak Indonesian like a pro

* Just discovered Disney+ Indonesia has most movies with Indonesian audio selection. This is great to listen while enjoying great content.

Indo Restos @ Jakarta

These are our favorites. Chains in comments so you can search for nearest branch (cabang) near you. 

Note there are 'hot' branches indicated by thousands of reviews.

Do browse the photo galleries.

Learn Golf + Golf @ Jakarta

If you are a pure beginner - get the Best Possible Coach you can afford. I tried a few coaches and got nowhere until someone referred me to (do 1 trial lesson before signing up for a package. I did 2 x 6 Lessons and enjoyed heading to the green):

Here's courses I played around Jakarta incl quick reviews:

Import-Export Indonesia

Import Export for company & personal items can be. There are door to door service providers who give good servivce and are reliabe.

They specialize in Sgp-Indo but globally no problem also.

You can contact Pak Joseph (director):


Speaks good english and professional. 

Mega Indah Cargo - Head Office Sunter

Jl. Agung Karya III No.7, RT.6/RW.4, Papanggo, Tj. Priok, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14340, Indonesia

Hiring - Mandarin Speaking Locals In Indonesia

Range of Talents

All based in Indonesia:

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Airport Special Service

Indonesia has one of the best service culture in the world. Indonesians are very polite to the point of not not saying No or nasty things.

We've benefited from special requests for licences & assistance.


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Get Your Batik Wear

Batik wear is fantastic and a daily essential for me. 

Comfort & breathability. 

There are 3 kinds of batik by grade:

A) Batik Tulis (Hand Made) - luxury SGD150 up to SGD1-2k.

B) Cap (Stamped)

C) Cetak (Print)

B) & C) good range @ SGD30-100 here ( a few floors up):

Batik Keris Menteng

+62 21 31926908

Jap Casual Restos in Jakarta - Mar 2022 

Strongly Recommended :

1. Konoha @ Menara Astra = Superb Lunch Sets for only IDR100-150k.

2. Eightmen Ramen @ SummitMas Sudirman = Nice handmade Ramen.

3. Tori Hachi - authentic Jap sate.

See Google Map Locations & Photos and Comments for each:

Schools in Jakarta 

Top End Schools are JIS & BSJ. Mid Up are ACS etc.

Location & Fees are key considerations.

Google Map Locations (non exhaustive for campuses):

Hike Bogor - 1h fr Jkt

Recommended Guide (1h from Jakarta) w exciting paths (2-5h up to you):

We had Mas Arif. Meet him 6 or 7am near Jungleland Bogor. He'll bring trekking poles (essential).  Consider: River Swim + Cave Visits etc.

Cost: Approx IDR120rb per pax + Tips.

Tennis Schools in South Jakarta

See Tennis Schools for children and adults:

The short answer is West Tennis for Clinical and Yayuk Basuki for Volume.

Health - Daily Stretching

I've been doing these daily and they're great for boosting mental & physical health.

Basic Stretching
with Jeremy

10min beginner Yoga with Adrienne

Work from home shoulder relief

Do Squats daily

Health - Air Purifier

mitrado uses SmartAir in our Premises:

Over 10k Units Sold In Indonesia !

Bali - Island of the gods (Business & Leisure)

Bali is great for a few nights getaway. Ideally plan for a few nights at a beach resort and 2 nights in Ubud (forested highlands). Bali Zoo is fantastic too.

Key Areas:

Google Map to Visit, Eat & Live:

Tour - Labuan Bajo, NTT Flores East Indonesia

After Bali, you should definitely visit Labuan Bajo (1h flight East of Bali), we recommend:

Food - Pempek Super

To order Pempek JB 


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We do not earn Commissions. We are happy to review Trial Units (returnable).

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