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  • The traffic was the main problem for me because it was extremely crowded
  • It is more expensive than other means of transport, but it is also the most convenient
  • Although in general they do not create any serious issue, they still cause a big problem to the already congested streets
  • You need to be careful though because the living cost is also higher and if you do not manage your money carefully, you can run out of money easily
  • Corruption has to be eradicated so this city will be among the best in the region and in the world

    • by RYS
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      Jakarta is the capital city and the largest city in Indonesia located on the western area of Java Island. Its metropolitan area is estimated to contain more than 20 million people, which is considered as the largest population in the Southeast Asia region. Jakarta is the center of various aspects in Indonesia including economic, shopping, educational, sports, cultural, and political. The climate is hot and humid due to its location that is near the equator and the sea. The main gateway of Jakarta is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Indonesia.

      I used to work in Jakarta for six months and it was stressful days. The traffic was the main problem for me because it was extremely crowded. On average, I spent nearly one hour for an 8-kilometer drive. In some occasions, especially when it was raining, I could spend nearly two hours to reach the same destination. Another alternative transportation is busway. It is fast, but it is also crowded. You may need to wait several buses before you can embark. If your destination is not too far, it is recommended to use taxi. It


      is more expensive than other means of transport, but it is also the most convenient. Be careful in choosing the taxi companies though because some of them are dishonest. The government has planned to build Jakarta monorail in 2007, but it was abandoned in the middle of the construction period. The cause of the abandonment is unclear to the public, but I guess the budget was corrupted heavily so there was no enough money left. There is a plan to continue the project though, somewhere between 2009 and 2010.

      Flooding is also a very big problem in Jakarta, especially around the vicinity of the city. It happens every year around the month of January. In some special cases, the flood reached the center of the city and crippled economic activities for a few days. The government seems hopeless and do not know how to solve this seasonal problem. It has happened for many years and there is no concrete action has been done to counter the problem. Construction of new apartment buildings and shopping centers is thriving in Jakarta, but people pay little attention to the capacity of ...


      • the infrastructure. The elite areas are protected from flooding, thus the flood goes to the vicinity and affects old residential areas.

        Still another problem is the political unrest that can happen any time. In 1998, there was a big riot in Jakarta where infrastructure was destroyed, shops were raided, and people were killed. The government concealed the incident so public and foreign countries did not know what really happened at that time. Furthermore, there are several small uprisings that happen occasionally. Although in general they do not create any serious issue, they still cause a big problem to the already congested streets.

        Fortunately, there are some good things in Jakarta. As the most advanced city and the center of the economy in Indonesia, there are many opportunities to work where you can get a good pay. You need to be careful though because the living cost is also higher and if you do not manage your money carefully, you can run out of money easily. There are many shopping centers that you can visit where you can find various brands and restaurants that you cannot find in other cities in

        Indonesia. The night life is also very lively. There is selection of pubs and night clubs where you can enjoy live music until past midnight.

        Jakarta also has some places of interest that you should try when you visit the city. The national monument is the proud of Jakarta. The top of the monument is a bronze flame that is plated with 35 kilograms of gold. In the base of the monument, there is a museum showing the history of Indonesia. Another place that you should visit is Ancol, one of the largest integrated tourism areas in the Southeast Asia. Ancol’s facilities include a great theme park called Dunia Fantasi or Fantasy World, Water Parks, an international golf course, gondola system to travel around the large area of Ancol, and several hotels.

        Jakarta is a city that has much great potential. It is up to the government to solve the problems in the city that have infected Jakarta for many years. Commitment and clear conscience are the keys to the successful development of Jakarta. Corruption has to be eradicated so this city will be among the best in the region and in the world.




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