Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jakarta - Day 1

Aduh...akibat tak tido....Zombi Kampung Pisang ler tajuknya ari ni. Kinda walking abut spaced out. Thanks to catching a cab late, caught up ngan Vern much later than expected or planned at the supposed 6am.

Instead 6.45am je sampai nak pick up dia. Ning yang da tunggu kat KL Sentral for the past half hour, was not in the least amused.

"She's not a morning person," said Vern. Erm...I doubt any of us are.

"Miss Baizura's principle is... she is never late. People can be early...but she's never late."

Erm... something I live by gituh!!!

Still, she wasn't the least cranky and was perfectly Miss Congeniality after lavishing praise on her finely manicured nails (yerlah...cantik airbrush technique)

Got to the airport fine and checked in.

Ramai da kat sana, cume beberapa orang missing in action lagik sebab lambat bangun. Yeay!!! Not the last...

Sentap tol kat check in, takde exit seat sebab fully booked flight and most of the good seats snapped up.

Keji... but seb baik kakak kat counter tuh baik gila. So after checking in and all, headed for a bite.

What is the choice of menu?

Nasi lemak... a must kata orang tu yang repeat performance tartan jacket dia. Yerlah... janji melantak kan. Aduh...ngantuk.

At this point, my speech da unintelligible da... cakap berterabur for some reason.

We were joined by Adam dan Balqish shortly but since they already had breakfast, they just sat and watched us wolf down everything. Got on the flight, had a short snooze, and then joined kak Jah dari Utusan dan Serimah dari Berita Harian yang dok area exit seat sebab ada tempat kosong!!! (keji akak tuh kata full!!!)

Didn't get to enjoy a more comfy sleep sebab sibuk gossip lak dan erm... bertukar pendapat yang bernas isu Nani dan seorang yang begitu merupakan pejuang moral standards of the community gituh.

Actually tak bertukar pun pendapat...sama je... he's an asshole!

So one hour and fourty minutes later, I'm reliving nostalgia as we touch down at Soekarno Hatta airport.

Ern,... so many memories here, walaupon been here only a handful of times. Still remember first time jejak sini. Oh well...

Oh by the way, if you're interested to know, eased through al checkpoints easily despite having my lighter belt on me. Heh...just a little bit of PR can go a long way (walaupon Vern dan Ning pecah lobang ngadu kat immigration kata aku bak bom! - so very the keji ok!!!)

Seb baik propah dan mandrem aku lebih berhasil.

Anyway, luggage collection was the first task...and here are a few shots of everyone merrily gabbing away (bitching more like it) while keeping an eye out for their belongings as hey tapped away at the keypad of their handphones nak alert yang tersayang da sampai.



The airport still looks the same old, almost broken down antiquity it was, with a nice homely feel. Nothing's changed much since I was last here last year.

Got into our designated vehicle...naik limo ok! Heh....leh? Erm...banyak leg room ler at least katanya. Sempat si Kiss dan si Vern posing pelbagai.

Matlah... propah katanya kang... tapi the confort was much needed cause of the traffic that awaited us.

Kami dok kat Grand Hyatt Jakarta, which is in the central region, so it would take us, on average that is... about 40 minutes.

Tapi, sebab by the time kami sampai dalam 11 pagi, da nak masuk lunch hour, bersedia lah keindahan kesesakan jalan Jakarta katanya! In the end, it took us almost three hours before we finally arrived at the hotel. Sekit tengok aku nak tidur kat dalam keta. Hish... damn!

Dahler baru nak bebetol KO nih....

Sampai lagik satu hal nak check in berzaman lak tunggu. So gi lounge dulu, dan lepak. Since the hotel is connected with Plaza Indonesia, lari gi cari prepaid started pack nak calling calling with a local number, sebab tak kuasa nak abihkan duit nak roaming semua.

Joined everyone for a drink before we all gerak ke Sari Ratu kat Plaza Indonesia nak gi melantak sebab semua da rasa lapar da.

Ramai yang kempunan nak merasa nasi padang original, so that was the closest you could get to an authentic place where we were, without having to endure another damned traffic jam.

Awmigawd...one thing I have to say is... if you thought the food was good, here's the irony of it all.

Sari Ratu here, tak sesedap Sari Ratu kat KL. Leh? Pelik ke haper... but honestly, it wasn't really all that great so didn't eat much. Perhaps it was because I wasn't all that hungry tapi aku makan sikit je.

The fun part was watching them pile food on the table. And I mean PILE as pinggan dan piring semua stacked on each other. Erm...camna nak makan camnih...
Amik ko!!!

Banyaknya makanan! Gembiranya Ning dan Awal!
Ning sempat posing lagik tuh! Anita nak order apa agik. Terpegun si Kiss dan Que!

After we finished, walked off the food by doing one quick round about Plaza Indonesia. Sale merata, tapi sebab it was all branded stuff, tak minat sangat.

Lagikpon sale tak sale, pening pala nak kira ratusan ribu dan jutaan rupiah pelbagai.
Eventually checked into the room with Vern, yang jadik roomie aku. Seb baik leh masuk punya geng... kalao kongsi yang kepala bosan...mampos aku!!! Actually memang pakat dok sebilik baru leh wat onar kang... heh!!! Gituh!!!

After all, takkan nak stick group trip je kan? Nak shopping pelbagai, leh calling calling kengkawan di Jakarta yang ada driver. Tapi kalao nak angkut semua skali mati lah kan!
Managed to catch some sleep for just over an hour before preparing for the gala premiere kat Club XXI, the classier branch of Club 21's theatre.

The Indonesian media were there in full force, dapat ler artis kita rasa camna press conference yang mana media ni, erm... kurang sopan banding ngan kami kami kat sini.

Heh... kalao kat tanahair mesti da naik angin ngan soalan soalan direct dan panas da.

Tapi I take it as a good lesson to remind everyone that Press kita ni masih beradab walaopon ada fanatik yang think otherwise.

Beberapa local artis ada including Ayu Ashari, ratu sinetron Indonesia. Serempak ngan manager Bunga Citra Lestari dan sembang jap... Kris Dayanti singgah sat tapi aku tengah sibuk ke sana sini layan kengkawan didn't notice when she popped in.

Erwin Gutawa yang nak join ngan bini dia tak dapat hadir...

There were some local actors and models there, tapi lain tak kenal langsung. But bestnya tuk aku... ada kengkawan aku dari Jakarta.

Yeap, my best friend, soul mate and Indonesian twin, Leo was there ngan girlfriend dia, and also younger sister and boyfriend dia skali.

Seronok jumpa dia pas tiga tahun tak bertemu!!!

Sempat ler brush up sesikit Bahasa Indonesia aku yang tunggang langgang tengok je sajak aku bertajuk Mimpi kat bawah tuh you get what I mean) Tu lah akibatnya karat lama tak pakai da, nak kena refresher course.

So picked up some extra lines with Leo and Co.

Erm... I think I still sound silly, but it's nice to have Indonesian friends yang leh ajar the right way of pronouncing words and also how not to sound like a total wannabe moron by overdoing the 'dong' part - never use it anyway).

In return, taught them the use of 'lah'. Leh? Something we take so for granted, meka suka sangat... sebab meka tak paham kenapa tiap ayat kami nak guna lah..lah.. lah... heh.

Stuck with Leo and family for most of the earlier part of the night, sebab I already watched the film. Besides, meka nih tamu aku, so kena jaga ler.

Beso siot panggung dia.

It was totally humongous! According to Leo, the cinema used to be the biggest, with the most seating capacity ever in Indonesia.

Tapi apparently skang ada yang lain yang lebih besar. You got to be joking!!!!

Honestly, this cinema would put to shame the TGVs and GSCs back home in terms of the number of seats as well as the overall comfort factor.

People started filing in, I think the capacity was several hundred. Not sure.. just know the place looked damn huge!

Anyhoo... yakked on as everyone filled the seats. The cast for Diva, including Ning herself, Jeremy, Awal, Que, Kiss, Jessica dari Dealova) all took seats behind us.in the last row, which was actually the best seats in the house as they were just above eye level.

We were the second row, which was quite good too, with me on the aisle seat so aku leh lari kejap kejap tuk cigarette break lah... toilet break lah... snack break lah...

Heh...

Couldn't bitch about the movie much sebab director nya si Sharad Sharan dok ngam ngam belakang kita, so Leo and I kena pasang special sgns and references to get across what we wanted to say without them understanding. Aduh... the movie definitely became more enjoyable after that.

Tapi yang besh nya apa tau... aku da ngantuk sangat... mid way through the film, aku tertidur!!!
I noticed myself dozing off tapi ingat leh control; Next thing you knew, Leo sibuk siku aku kejutkan sebab dia kata aku da mula berdengkur! Aiyo!! Malu nya!!!

He said he immediately kejutkan aku the moment I snored, but he said it was really, really LOUD!

Erm....malu jap as he laughed at me. Heh... tu lah. Moral of the story, get enough sleep kalao nak feeling layan premiere movie supaya tak termalu sendiri. Especially when it's a crappy movie. Oops!

Anyway, pas abih movie, sempat photo opportunity. This one's for you Leo.

Sebenarnya, Ning memang one of Leo's favourite Malaysian artistes, selain Siti dan Sheila. Yang lain dia tak kenal sangat sebab kalao aku recommend, dia dengar je dia kata suara suara biasa.

Tiga nama tu la bagi dia unik.

Kira leh bangga la ngan three names tuh sebab orang seberang pun minat banget kan. Anyhoo, Leo had to work the next day, so kuar ngan member lain, balik hotel, melantak sebelom sneaked out to party.

Destination aku : Nu-China! Small club, kat area ala Bangsar nih. Great music, tapi mak aih, pompuan kat sini nari atas speaker erm... dengan adengan yang... erm.

Oh well.

Abih je took a midnight stroll.

Merasalah ke Tugu Monas!

Monas meaning Monumen Nasional get it? Mo-Nas? Very typical of Indonesian language to cut everything short. Cam bahasa adik adik kat KL gak.

Merasalah lalu tuk usha what used to be a cruising area tapi no one about. Sesuai ngan the architecture yang melambangkan masculinity and feminism selain fertility gituh!

Well, it was almost 4am on a normal day.
But just like tourists, sleep is second to partuing, so with some friends headed to part-ty some more. Horror tul lalu this area, I know you won't believe it, where we passed DOZENS of gerai selling Viagra! Heh... matilah katanya! Kalah Bangkok camni!

Anyway, Jakarta is so freaking scary at night, sebab everyone looks so shady!

Still, I knew I was in safe hands with friends who is a local expert nak bak jalan.

Next stop : Stadium.

Bukan stadium bolasepak ke apa...Stadium ni ala ala disco. It's supposed to be a one stop place for cafe, pub, disco, karaoke and live music, among others.

Tak berani aku amik pic langsung.

Tapi tempat ni memang havoc. Hari biasa masuk pree, tapi dengar kalao ujung minggu people pay through the nose to get in.

You think KL raves are wild?

My friend told me that here, it goes on for days!

The weekend party begins Friday night at 10pm and ends at 2pm Monday afternoon!!! Matilah party tiga hari katanya.... tripping abih ler.


Sebab everyone sana tripping gila abih...aku takut lak nak snappy pics. Yerlah, masuk je bahagian disco da kena tarik ngan pusher, mana tak risaunya.

So tatap je la how gorgeous this club is.

Memang ala Backroom dulu, or closer still to Movement kat KL zaman zaman kegemilangan clubbing extreme di KL dulu (don't we all just miss those days)

Venue dia walaopon dalam bangunan, mak aih punya besar! Seriously! Music pun not bad, and not crap fengtau la walaopon standard music cucuk langit gak.

Mmm... takleh enjoy sangat, and after about an hour, headed home to sleep...need it really bad!!

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