I am now in Jakarta. This time is not only for vacation, but from now on, I am living in this city.
Well, the above title is not really relevant since I never lived in Jakarta as a resident. I spent most of my life in East Java and Denpasar, Bali, and for the last 4 years, I resided in Manama, capital of Bahrain.
I reached Jakarta on the evening of November 10th, 2010, which was approximately 12 hours flight from the Kingdom of Bahrain.
To be honest, the good thing of living in this city is because I can be together with my family. The rest, I still have to learn and experience on everything in order to give the proper opinion about living in the city.
As of now, I can say that traffic jam is my main problem, and I guess, it’s not only my problem. This is the major problem the city has. There are millions of cars and motorbikes out there. Plus, roads are not clean, no proper pedestrians, air is heavily polluted and the transportation system is really bad. As a result, I don’t feel comfortable on the road.
Another thing is about security. Particularly when I compare with Bahrain, I don’t feel secure and safe to walk in the public. Well, so far I never been in trouble, but people know that crime is so high in this city. For an example, in Bahrain, you can park your car outside of your apartment and you do not need to worry about anything, but you cannot apply this in any part of Jakarta. Unless, you want to lose your car.