Obi Wan Kenobi once said, "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany!" I think he must have been talking about the cafe across the street from my hotel. I really can't go into much detail, but imagine yourself in the Mos Eisley Cantina and you can get a pretty good idea.
I was exiting the Museum of Fine Art in Jakarta and I needed a ride back to my chateaux in Jaksa. Taxi drivers here are nothing like the evil drivers in Malaysia. Here is a brief example from my travels last night.
Saint: Good evening sir. I am wondering if you could give me a ride back to my place in Jaksa?
Cabbie: Of course I can sir.
Saint: How much?
Cabbie: Since you're a foreigner it's free.
Saint: Oh, god bless you and your ancestors.
Cabbie: God bless me? God bless you! I will hug you!
Saint: Then let's hug.
It's funny that at the end of this altercation I actually accepted a ride with this particular cabbie. We exchanged a few pleasantries on the way home.
P.S. If I ever go missing or something, I want the photo from this post to appear on the news.
I arrived in Jakarta yesterday. I was determined to get out of the airport without being ripped off. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. My hotel is reasonably priced, but I didn't get any discount. I've lost a lot of my bargaining skills. Perhaps it's because I hadn't slept in over 24 hours when I checked in. What did I do on my first day? I slept till about 6:00 pm. After that, I walked around and realized that there really isn't much to see here. Finally, I decided relax in a cafe. To anyone reading this who may visit Jakarta in the future, please note that the Romance Cafe is the exact opposite of romantic.
Woke up at 11:57 am and went for breakfast. It was interesting to see that one of the regulars from the Romance Cafe was having a beer for breakfast. In fact, I suspect that the party never stops for that guy. Now I'm at a PC cafe doing this blog thing. The computer I'm on was probably built in the mid to late 80's. I'm not sure how clear the web cam pic will be because everything I look at on this computer is almost completely black. Anyways, I'm going back to my hotel now to read and sleep some more. Sounds interesting, eh?
I searched Air Asia for the cheapest flight to a foreign country. My round trip flight to Jakarta, Indonesia cost $113 CDN. Some of my students seem puzzled as to why I'd want to spend my holiday in Jakarta. My reply, "No reason, I just like doing things like that!" Anyways, my flight is Saturday morning at 7:00 am. I'll be back on the 18th. I'll most likely be making blog posts everyday during my holidays.
Events in Indonesia this week:
- Plane crash - Giant earthquake felt here in Malaysia
Oh, and Jakarta was flooded recently. Should be interesting.
This is Roger doing a kickturn on the wall in Markham, Ontario.
Here's Ali busting a blunt to fakie on the same wall. Gnarly!
If you've ever wondered who the dancing man is at the top of my blog, it's Ali Boulala. I just read this at www.skateboarding.com:
"Although Ali Boulala survived yesterday's motorcycle accident that killed his close friend and teammate Shane Cross, he's still in very bad shape. Ali suffered massive head trauma from the crash and the hospital staff in Melbourne have placed him in a medically induced coma. Please keep him, his friends, and his family in your thoughts and prayers."