Monday, September 1, 2008

Wet feet

I'm no blonde in a Chanel outfit in front of a blue screen, but I can tell you something: the rain season has started, on Saturday August 30th at exactly 12.36 PM (if you were standing on Jalan Ciputat Raya; might be a little different in other parts of Jakarta, like 12.24 or 13.01).

How dare I make such a sweeping judgment? Because I'm just one of those normal Jakarta residents who had the unfortunate experience of being on the road at the time. What it means concretely is that Matt, who was taking a taxi to go to a friend's place 15 minutes away, was stuck for 1.5 hours. In Kemang, the roads were not only totally jammed because
you have to go slowly when visibility is reduced to a minimum; but also, there were so many vehicules stranded in the middle of the street because they over evaluated their capacity to swim, and their engine ended up drowned (Blue Bird taxis are very good: my guy was a real champ' and it did not happen to us. Had my fingers crossed the whole time). At those moments, you'll always have a bunch of bare footed and chested young men - the only appropriate attire in these occasion - who would jump to the rescue of the poor rich guy stuck there, and push the car to the side.


Here we go for another 6 months.
Sigh.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If that wasn't bad enough, it looks like trying to start a business is not a cakewalk either.

Raúl y Pablo said...

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Gildo said...

Jakarta is Jakarta, dan banjir is banjir.
Saya rasa sekarang lebih banyak banjir di Jakarta dari pada dulu, ¿munking karena sekarang hujan lebih banyak?.
Tapi biasa ada HP untuk telpon dan bilan sama teman atau keluarga, jangan dari sini, pergi dari sana, karena ada banjir.
Salam kenal dan salam dari Barcelona (Spain)