Getting Away to JK

Posted August 23rd, 2011 in Jakarta, Ume's Interests 4 Comments »

It’s almost the end of August!  These days I can’t tell what date it is everyday :p
About 1 month to go before our trip to Jakarta. Hmmm, to think about it, it will be about 1.5 years since my last holiday outside Australia. I haven’t left Perth since I found out I was pregnant, and I didn’t want to go back to Japan while Hiro was small because I was worried that he might get sick and also about radiation in Japan.
1.5 yeas is not really a long time, but I really feel like I need to go somewhere for a change. I’m glad that I decided to fly to Jakarta this time.

I’m the type of person who sometimes wait and wait what I want to do…. until it explodes. For example, I don’t normally shop for cloths or bags, but one day it explodes and I buy many things. So, I don’t buy any cloths, bags, or shoes in Perth – just wait until I go back to Japan. In Japan, I shop like I’d never shopped before… Everyday is shopping day. I’m afraid this Jakarta trip will be the same. I hope I don’t buy too many crap over there.

One thing I’m looking for is getting massage.  Another is FOOD.  I love Indonesian food….  Probably not everyday, but I definitely enjoy eating it once in a while.  I also love the convenience of things and variety of food they have over there, as well as the price.  I miss the chewy shaomai with peanut sauce!

It’s been since my weeding in 2009 to go to Jakarta.  It’s about time to miss those delicious food.

Since we will be there for only 1 week, I think we will be just eating and getting massage most of the time.  I hope Hiro will be ok there.  Although it’s D’s hometown, I’m still not 100% comfortable being there.  Bit scary about people and also hygiene.

I will plan what to buy and to do in Jakarta which I can’t do or buy in Japan – and, I want to buy some souvenir to my family too 🙂  They’ve never been to Indonesia.

4 Comments on “Getting Away to JK”

  1. 1 Anna said at 9:34 am on August 23rd, 2011:

    How exciting!! From my recent experience and travelling with my toddler, I can only share that it is best to just ‘go with the flow’ Ume and not try to plan to many things to do in a day whilst you’re in Jakarta. After all, you have to bear in mind that it will be Hiro’s first trip overseas, and he might take a little bit of time adapting to the weather, environment and people. How long is the flight to Jakarta by the way?

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 6:32 am on August 24th, 2011:


    The flight is about 4.5 hours. I wish everything will be ok although I won’t be able to do anything if it becomes a nightmare – it’s all up to Hiro. :p
    I think we will try to not over-plan our trip, as you said. I don’t think we will go out for a long hour.. We are planning to stay at D’s parents’ apartment next to MOI (Mall of Indonesia) during the day while we are in JK so that we can go out for shopping and eating but also come back to apartment to take a rest if Hiro is tired. The apartment is just few steps away from MOI 🙂

  3. 3 Anna said at 8:50 am on August 24th, 2011:

    Hopefully Hiro will nap during the flight coz it will make the time pass faster! Ours was a 5.5 hours flight back to Malaysia but as Isabelle’s walking (and running) she kept herself busy climbing up and down the seat, flipping through magazines, playing games on her iPad, etc.. BUT every now and then she was abit cranky too.

    As long as you stay calm you’ll be alright – like you said, it IS up to Hiro. :p Remember to feed him (since he doesn’t take the dummy) during take off and landing. The cabin pressure builds up about 40 minutes BEFORE the actual landing so you might find Hiro getting fussy around that time due to the pressure in the ears. Good luck Ume! AND try to relax and enjoy your holidays. Good thing you’re staying in a fantastic location – easy access to shopping mall! 😉

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 7:03 am on August 25th, 2011:


    Oh thanks! I didn’t know about the “40 mins before landing” part. I will do that and try to keep nearly calm…
    Isabella could keep herself busy by herself – it sounds good (although you had to watch her all the time..) I wonder Hiro finds something he can do or concentrate on doing on the plane. He gets bored easily and become cranky.
    Anyway, up to luck .. :-p

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