The second day in Jakarta saw us visiting the Binus University again. The business students are trying their hands at entrepreneurship. We arrive at the parking lot to find an awesome view of the neighbourhood.
It looks kind of like my university days …. except they cook their food on portable stoves. The chicken is good though! Apparently, the guy who runs this stall actually owns a chicken stall or restaurant somewhere.
By the way. this is the university.
After ‘lunch’, we head out to our first destination – Taman Mini Indonesia. It is a minature park with various themes about Indonesia. Most importantly, it helps kids learn about the various groups in Indonesia.
It is a little far, so we have to drive. Along the way, there’s a civilian handling traffic at an intersection. He does this and drivers give him money. I suppose it is good for everyone (but what if you don’t want to tip?!)
Back to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah …. It was built in 1976 and you can kind of see it has aged a bit. It might have also wanted to imitate Disneyland … LOL. It costs 10,000 Rp per person ($1 CDN!).
At the time, there were 26 provinces in Indonesia and hence 26 areas plus other museums.
They also showcase some of the traditional houses. There aren’t a lot of visitors … Some of the areas are closed to visitors too and I wondered if the staff are ‘taking a break’.
The park is 250 acres, so there is also a monorail to take us around the area. It is separate from the admission ticket …. it is actually 3 times the price of the admission ticket!
This is the monorail! There also aren’t a lot of people taking the monorail … and this is the weekend.
Finally got the front of the monorail. In some parts, it felt like a roller coaster for 5 year olds 🙂
In addition to the traditional homes from the different provinces, there are also museums. This is the naval museum.
Therefore, the building looks like a fort.
We can go to the waters and even get on a real, previously-used naval boat. There is a nice boardwalk that we can walk and take photos.
Inside the museum are weapons, miniature forts, as well as the clothing soldiers wore when they went into battle. Some groups had both men and women fighting and they had their own uniforms. Other groups wore elaborate clothes while others didn’t wear much.
There is also a dinosaur museum but it costs extra … hence the driveby.
We contemplated what to eat for a late lunch and we just ate somewhere within the amusement park. It was a fairly late lunch (at around 2 PM) and the lady wasn’t too happy with us it looked it.
…. and that concludes our trip to Taman mini! It is much bigger but we had another attraction to go to: Dian al Mahri Mosque (or the Golden Dome Mosque).
The Dian al Mahri Mosque is one of the largest mosque in South East Asia and it is very well known for the gorgeous golden roof. The mosque is located at Depok City.
Two of our travel buddies are muslim, so they went in for their prayers and my friend and I walked around the premise.
The park and parking lot outside is huge! There are megaphones outside, just in case you are late or if there are too many people inside the mosque during prayer time (?).
There are two entrances, one for men and one for women. Even though we are not muslim, we can still go inside to visit (although we won’t go into the prayer’s room). Before we enter, we have to take off our shoes and there are lots of washing basins, for the feet I believe.
Finally, we are inside! The mosque is fairly new, with construction completed only in 2006.
The style of the mosque seems very middle east. The floors are assembled by tiles and very clean .. it’s like a palace!
When the sun set, everything lights up.
After the visit to the mosque, we went to a restaurant called SSS. It is based on the cuisine from the Indonesia city of Padang
What’s interesting here is that, when you sit down, they put a lot of dishes in front of it. Actually, it is a buffet, but they bring the buffet to you!
The business model is quite interesting: If you touch the dish, you have to pay for the whole dish. However, if there are three pieces of chicken, and you ate 2 pieces, you only pay for the two you ate. The food was a little bit cold because it was made a while ago. It could have been on someone’s table for the last hour and you won’t know it because anything you haven’t ate, would just be served to the next table. Sanitary wise, it isn’t that great … but it doesn’t waste (that much) food and the restaurant can make money from people who doesn’t know the rules… or doesn’t care (like kids!).
We walked around a mall after because they wanted to buy something. I found this to be rather interesting — refillable perfume!
They also have different types of bananas! Canada mainly have the Cavendish and the Lady Finger Banana (all imported of course).
… and the bags and bags of instant ramen.
… and that was it! Good Night Jakarta!
November 25 2016