Travel: Jakarta with Halaltrip (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, Halaltrip invited Lelah and me (and a two other Malaysian Influencers) to explore wonderful Indonesia. We couldn't say...

A few weeks ago, Halaltrip invited Lelah and me (and a two other Malaysian Influencers) to explore wonderful Indonesia. We couldn't say no to Indonesia. We went to three cities in a week. The first leg is Jakarta, followed by Bandung and then Bali. 

This trip was my second trip to Jakarta. The first was so long ago I barely remembered anything. We were really very excited because it is our first trip to Jakarta together. 

We set off in the afternoon, took Lion Air and zoomed our way to Jakarta. 

I remembered the flight to be very smooth. I slept the entire journey. I usually don't sleep in the plane because I am very paranoid of the turbulences. So the fact that I slept throughout means it was a smooth and easy flight. 

We reached an hour earlier than our Malaysian friends so we waited at the airport while being a tourist, taking pictures of everything. By the time Fatin and Yuyu arrived, all of us were very hungry. Kang Iwan (sunda for Big brother Iwan), our guide, brought us to a Padang House near the airport for late lunch. 

Now, I am a huge fan of Nasi Padang or any kind of rice so I was the happiest person in the team. If you have ever tried the Padang food in Indonesia, you will know exactly what I mean. 

The dishes are served in front of us. You can choose any dish your heart desire. The way it works is that whatever you touch, is what you pay for. If a plate of chicken is not touched, you don't have to pay for it! Honestly though, who is going to just look at the dishes in front of them and not want to taste just a little bit? 

After our late lunch, we were supposed to visit several monuments but since Jakarta is known for their macet (traffic congestion), we only managed to see the monuments from far. Kang Iwan promised to bring us to the National Monument the next day. We decided to stop by Masjid Istiqlal. 

Masjid Istiqlal is the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. This national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence. It was named Istiqlal which means independence. 

We witnessed the majestic interior of the mosque in day two. Kang Iwan then brought us to Salero Jumbo, another Padang restaurant. 

If you are in Indonesia, you must eat your food with sambal. What is life without sambal? My favourite was the 'sambal ijo' which translates to green sambal. Sambal ijo, in my opinion, tastes better than the sambal belacan. It is definitely spicier. I ate my rice with the sambal ijo only. Sambal ijo's so good that I bought a packet of pre made sambal so that I can cook my own sambal ijo. 

We didn't do much on the first day due to time constraints. But we made it up with good food. At the end of the day, I was the happiest girl. The team unanimously agreed that the prawns above were the best dish ever. Lelah told me to eat it with the skin. Although I was skeptical at first because I don't like eating prawns with the skin but I am so glad I did. 

The prawns were so buttery it melted in my mouth. The rest of the team decided to try eating the prawns with the skin and everyone agreed that eating it with the skin tastes better. Needless to say, that dish was the first to go. 

We stayed at Sofyan Inn Tebet. A muslim owned hotel where the Al Quran and your praying necessities are provided. 

Day two promised more sightseeing and food. Stay with me as I show you around Jakarta in part two of my Jakarta Adventures. 

Roda Padati Rumah Makan
Jl. Selapajang, Salapang Jaya Neglasari, Kec. Tangerang,
Banten 15121, Indonesia

Masjid Istiqlal
Jl. Taman Wijaya Kusuma, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
10710, Indonesia

Salero Jumbo Padang Restaurant
Jl. Timor No. 12, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10350, Indonesia

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