The Jakarta trip was one of the unplanned and impulsively booked travels that we’d probably have more in the future. It was an afternoon in mid-February when I, Sherica, Mary, and Claire were talking about One Direction concerts nearing to show dates and how Mary will be finding herself into at least three OTRA shows (Singapore, Manila, Jakarta) of the boys. An hour later, I and Sherica found ourselves with plane tickets to Jakarta and One Direction concert tickets. One squad, one goal. One flies to Jakarta to see 1D, we join.
Anyways, the concert was in Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Central Jakarta where we also found a hippie hostel to stay in for the next two days. There were few (almost to none) tourist friendly spots (at least, we didn’t find a place that was reachable by cab) in Central Jakarta except for flea markets and antique shops but it has definitely the… Jakarta traffic the world is talking about.
Indonesian food is arguably the best (maybe next to Indian food) cuisine I’ve ever tasted. Nasi goreng (fried rice) is just a plateful of flavors! Beef rendang has got to be my favorite which is beef chunks slowly cooked in coconut milk with spices. We lunched out at Sari Ratu (local restaurant at Plaza Indonesia) where we literally freaked out and went “WE DID NOT ORDER THIS. WAIT! WAIT!” when we were served a whole bunch of Indonesian feast right away. Little did we know that it works that way and you get charged whatever you touched.
We had coffee and tea at Mandarin Oriental Hotel hoping to bump into at least 1/5 of the boys but ill-fatedly, we did not see them. However, Josh and Sandy (1D’s drummer and bassist) were there who we literally touched elbows with.
We went back at Mandarin’s bar (called MO bar) at 9PM-ish, met Desa (girl on the left), and together we waited for Mr. Styles & Mr. Tomlinson but neither of them showed up. They fucking ditched us I can’t!!!! =( Anyways, it was the ladies night so my girls got unlimited free drinks at the bar. Also, someone got severely drunk (definitely not me). Haha!
Desa was so generous for letting us stay in her Hotel at Kempinski while she’s at work. Them ladies doing work while me goofing around. Thanks Desa!
And finally… concert photos that don’t give justice to how amazing the show was, and more importantly on how we struggled to mob through the crowd just to reach near the barricade. The crowd was insane and literally hell (even though we were all out wet because of the rain). My girls know that. Nonetheless, it was all worth it. For the boys.
Photo on the left is with an Indonesian young actor, @iqbaale on twitter. Photo on the right was after getting out of the insane crowd. That’s sweat all over and not rain water anymore.
We went all kinds of crazy for this trip I can’t even find the right words. But one thing is for sure. I, Mary, and Sherica, and hopfeully with Claire will have more trips like this in the future. <3