Hola guys! I need to rant about my virgin trip using the famous TransJakarta a.k.a BUSWAY!!!
Busway, is just like any other bus in the world (complete with air conditioner, space to stand and sit). Except, it's much better than metromini / kopaja which has NO proper bus station, which means, you can ask the bus-captain to stop ANYWHERE you want. pretty weird for you non-indonesians? but it's true! It's super unorganized and crazy. that's Indonesia! haha
As you all know, i'm currently taking a modeling course somewhere in Kelapa Gading which is damn far from where i lived. The route of busway itself is pretty complicated. I couldn't even understand what i was reading. It's nothing compared to Singapore's bus route. Well, may be i'm just not used to it.
So, I started taking busway from 'Indosiar' stop where I was suppose to meet my friend there. She's my guide!!! I need her because i have absolutely no idea on how to get to my destination!
I waited for her at the busway station around 11.40PM. yes PM!!! I bought the ticket and waited there. Smokes, car, motorcycles are everywhere. Jakarta is SO POLLUTED!!!! oh, do you know that Jakarta is one of the TOP 10 POLLUTED cities in the world? the ratio of residential area to the 'green' area is 92% versus 8%. it's crazy!!! Blame the government for not taking care of the whole infrastructure and planned the whole '50:50 residential and green area' properly.
ok, back to the story... When i was standing there, waiting for my DEAR friend, i thought, may be if someone stood there for days... sleep & eat there... You might die because of the pollution!
the crazy smoke!!! oh gosh, PLANT MORE TREES PLEASE!!! I was so pissed while waiting for may friend who at the end came late! We went in and a few minutes later, a silver bus came then we went in.
Inside the bus, there's this one creepy uncle tried to talk to me. I can't even hear what he said.. it's really blur. It's more like mumbling than talking :X The uncle was standing on my right side while my friend was standing on my left side. The bus was packed with people... After a few minutes, i asked my friend "which area is this?" She said "Harmoni" and i could hear the creepy uncle said "this is Harmoni area..." wth? -.- weirrrrddddd....
He even asked me, "are you on holiday??" and he's all smiley and freaky. oh gosh~
Luckily it's time to transit, move to the other direction. So, i got out of the bus and left that creepy uncle. :S
on the second bus, we finally get to sit down and breathe as there were not many people there.
It's pretty cheap that i only had to pay Rp 3.500,- (S$ 0.50) for a long trip like this!!! But of course, you have to bare with the smell and the pollution and the crowdedness...
After the second bus trip, we got off around the Kelapa Gading area already but... we still have to take a mikrolet to reach our destination. Like any other public transport in Indonesia... you can ask the driver to stop anywhere you like! and that makes Jakarta's massive traffic jam
Thus, in total, i spent Rp 5500 for the entire trip and I WOULD NEVER DO THIS AGAIN!
The fact that i'm not used to it plus the extra crazy scenes, no, I don't want to take busway ever again. It's faaaarrrrrr different from the public transport in Singapore. Now, i miss taking bus in Singapore :p Most recommended public transport in Jakarta = BLUEBIRD TAXI! :) that's it.
I'm done with my rants about public transport. Oh, i forgot to mention that I think i did pretty badly at the catwalk evaluation... especially those steps with turns... not sure of it because the teacher won't comment on each and everyone's walk. I hope, as i practice, I could improve on my walk and book jobs out of it. HAHA :D that would be fun ;)