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Maria-Syamsi

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My travelling notes, of course.

Jakarta – A Little Note on Public Transport and Food

It was such a pleasant surprise to find that the Transjakarta Bus separates male and female passengers. We got onto the bus, the conductor told my brother to move to the rear of the bus. The bus stops (halte) were... Continue Reading →

I Left My Heart In Jakarta

The Roadside Booksellers of Jakarta

I did not go to Jakarta to shop, but I thought, if I were to buy anything, I would buy a few books by Hamka, Soe Hok Gie or Chairil Anwar. I absolutely love Hamka, I fell in love with... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 3

1. Jakarta: 25 Excursions by Andrew Whitmarsh and Melanie Wood I found this book while planning for my weekend trip to Jakarta. I wanted to travel with my little sister, so we only have weekends free. I searched the net... Continue Reading →

MONAS (Monumen Nasional)

The park surrounding MONAS (Monumen Nasional) was CLEAN!!! And it was almost sunset when we reached the park. The grass was neatly cut. There were reminders to not step on the grass, and most visitors abide by it. Every ten... Continue Reading →

Masjid Istiqlal

We visited Masjid Istiqlal on a Sunday. When we reached its entrance, the traffic was heavy (it was a Sunday morning!) and there were loads of people. We thought it was because of the Sunday mass held at the Jakarta... Continue Reading →

Just Saying Hi

Hello, Jakarta. Kabare? Nice to meet you. ☺️

Bawa Aku Pergi – 2

I have this thing about having children around me when I travel. Or sometimes even when I'm not travelling. I don't have kids here and I rarely bring little kids with me when I travel, but of course, kids are... Continue Reading →

From Mecca to Jakarta (With Sweet Dreams and Poetry In Between)

"Dicari karya Chairil Anwar tapi gak ada. Langsung dibaca perjalanan hidupnya dulu." Since I had two cups of coffee today (and the latest was at 8pm 😰), I gave myself the rights to ramble. Hahah. (1) One of my few... Continue Reading →

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