What Jakartans love most about their city

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Happy birthday Jakarta! June is always known as the most festive month in The Big J –and for good reason too. Our beloved city will officially be turning 489 years in 2016 –that’s almost half a millennium- and celebrations will be spread out city-wide.

As with any proud citizen, we’ve taken time to reminisce and contemplate on what exactly makes Jakarta special to us. Of course, we’ve enlisted a few other people who were willing to share their stories and hopes for Jakarta. From the love for the city’s food to an almost unanimous agreement that Jakarta’s traffic needs to get better, here are a few snippets from people who lives or have lived in Jakarta for an extended amount of time. This is our effort in forming a collective love letter to the city we all call home.

 

Hario Priambodho

Managing Editor of JJK

 

What you love most about Jakarta:

I don’t think I can describe my love for Jakarta. Every day it’s never the same living in this city. Aside from having close friends and family in Jakarta, I think I’m most in awe of the city’s cultural diversity. It always gives me great joy seeing people from different areas of the archipelago –and even the world- converge in the Big Durian. Oh, and you can’t talk about Jakarta without mentioning its food!

Your hopes for the future:

Well, I think many will share the same hope that one day Jakarta’s traffic will be at least bearable. Even though the culinary scene in Jakarta is already fantastic, I do have hopes that the modern dining scene will pick up. As it stands, many modern dining outlets in the city are just for show and lack in actual quality and taste.

 

Mutya Hanifah

Editor of JJK

 

What you love most about Jakarta:

I grew up in small town, so when I moved to Jakarta 10 years ago, everything in the city fascinates me. The building, the people. But the thing I love very much about Jakarta is that you’ll never feel alone in this city. It’s okay to eat by yourself, to drink on your own. Everyone seems so busy with themselves but at the same time they’re with you, figuratively. Jakarta taught me to be tough with all its chaotic problem.

Your hopes for the future:

It’s not easy to love something like Jakarta, it has too much chaos and mess. But that’s the beauty of it. It’s easy to love something beautiful like Bali or Yogyakarta, because they look beautiful, obviously. But to love something chaotic like Jakarta took guts and patience, so I wish in the future Jakarta will get more love from its people, so it can grow to be a better place.

 

 

Jane Lukman

Freelance Designer

What you love most about Jakarta:

I’m all about food! Therefore what I love most about the city is its culinary treasures. There’s so much variety and you can get food from all over the archipelago and even the world.

Your hopes for the future:

First and foremost, I hope the traffic gets better soon. Also, I want the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system to be finished as quickly as possible.

 

Yoso Nicodemus

Lawyer

What you love most about Jakarta:

The diversity, whether it’s the people, activities, cultures, or opportunities. It’s truly a melting pot of different backgrounds.

Your hopes for the future:

I hope Jakarta’s congestion will ease in the near future. I also have hopes that flooding won’t be a regular occurrence anymore –though it has gotten better over the last year.

 

Miki Eto

Entrepreneur

 

What you love most about Jakarta:

The vibe of the city. It’s always dynamic and exciting. I love how there are lots of creative people out there that tries to make something new and exciting.

Your hopes for the future:

I hope Jakarta’s infrastructure will be vastly improved in the future. We’re getting there but it’s not enough yet in my opinion. Plant more trees! More parks and greeneries means a cooler and more serene city.

 

Julian Johan

Professional Racing Driver

What you love most about Jakarta:

I’m all about the vibe and chemistry of the city. Even through all our problems and adversities, Jakarta has managed to enchant me into loving it. My love for the city actually stems from a bunch of different factors such as the people. Jakarta is complicated but it’s bewitching.

Your hopes for the future:

My hope is simple: I want Jakarta’s awful traffic to be gradually solved. I think there will be a domino effect to many other aspects such as productivity, increase of motivation to work, and of course the reduction of stress.

 

Adhyani Noer Indrati

Marketing Content Strategist

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love Jakarta for its warm-hearted and genuine individuals. From those who are related to me to the ones that are not, they’re simply very special and I can proudly call them family.

Your hopes for the future:

I hope to see more genuine community-based spots to hangout, eat, or just gather that are not pretentious or unquestionably hipster-esque. Particularly something like a proper independent cinema, not the ones that play obnoxious films with obnoxious titles. But actual good quality films that one must usually travel to another country to watch.

 

Madrim Djody

Engagement Manager

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love Jakarta plainly because I was born and raised here. Because of that, the people I love the most such as my family also lives here. I wouldn’t be anything without them and that’s enough reason to love the city.

Your hopes for the future:

I want Jakarta to be more proud of its uniqueness. I hope we’ll all embrace our own characteristics hence creating a living environment that’s ideal and comfortable for those that already live here and also those that are visiting.

 

Febrina Anindita

Freelance Writer

What you love most about Jakarta:

The freedom. Perhaps it’s not up to Western standards, but we still enjoy a vast freedom in terms of opportunities, creating your own business, and the chance to fulfil our daily needs. There’s so many options for everything. If you want a hearty meal at 2am in the morning, you can get that here.

Your hopes for the future:

I think my hopes are more for the people rather than the city itself. I hope Jakartans will increasingly embrace logic, common sense, and be more tolerant with their surroundings. There are still a number of egoistic people and I think the people needs a better sense of understanding to be applied in their daily lives.

 

 

Bambang Dhanisworo

Lawyer

What you love most about Jakarta:

As much as any metropolitan city in the world, you can get any kind of food here –from fine dining to street food. I think the city is also a den of opportunities for anybody that lives here.

Your hopes for the future:

I think the city has a lot of homework: improved transportation system, city infrastructure, distribution of tax money, education, and higher tolerance –meaning less extremism.

 

Primo Rizky

Book Publisher

What you love most about Jakarta:

The thing I love most is the city’s lively and pulsating atmosphere. From the wee hours until late at night, there’s always something going on. Whether it’s traffic, street stalls frequented by customers, or hangout spots filled with people. Collectively it has made Jakarta a very vibrant city. It truly is a city that never sleeps!

Your hopes for the future:

Most importantly, I hope Jakarta’s infrastructure will be improved a great deal, especially when it comes to public transportation. Furthermore, I hope there will be an increase in the number of cultural and creative communities, outlets, and movements. Hopefully by doing so, Jakarta will continue to build on its character and achieve international recognition on the same level of other “creative” cities around the world.

 

Christina Juwita

Marketing Analyst

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love Jakarta’s diversity the most. You can find anything here and also meet different types of people. There’s always something new in town that you’ll never get bored. For me, Jakarta is like a plate of gado-gado: there’s many ingredients in it and it tastes delicious, even though the appearance might not be the most appetising.

Your hopes for the future:

I truly hope Jakarta will be a more permissive and tolerant city for all its citizens regardless of their background. Another thing is hopefully the traffic congestion becomes much better in the future.

 

Vanessa Budihardja

Trainer and Entrepreneur

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love the variety of food offerings that are available in Jakarta. I can easily switch between cheap street stalls to fine dining venues easily. And I can’t get enough of it!

Your hopes for the future:

I have high hopes that Jakarta’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system will be finished fairly soon and its implementation successful. I believe by having another public transportation option will greatly help solve the city’s traffic problems.

 

Putri Adju

Consultant

What you love most about Jakarta:

An abundance of opportunities and surprises that you will never find in any other place. I think this city has made me tougher and that’s what I love about Jakarta.

Your hopes for the future:

I hope more and more people will grasp the idea of fairness and justice. It’s not enough to just talk about it, rather action is also needed. I hope the majority of Jakartans will one day be those that keep their egos in check.

 

Cempaka Asriani

Fashion Editor

What you love most about Jakarta:

Aside from having family and friends living here, Jakarta also offers convenience. Hungry but don’t feel like going out? You can always order food and have it delivered to your house. Don’t want to go to a mall for shopping? You can also order stuff online. Other than that, Jakarta has a spectacular food and coffee scene that’s varied and readily available 24 hours. And finally, I’m personally inspired by people’s sense of style in Jakarta.

Your hopes for the future:

My highest hope is that Jakarta will never give up its effort in improving. The city needs to constantly adapt in order to cater towards the needs of its citizens. I also hope Jakarta will have more green open spaces, build libraries, and more cultural venues like concert halls that are up to snuff.

 

Nugroho Haryoputro

Digital Marketer

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love Jakarta because of the unwavering characteristics of its people. Their capabilities to adapt depending on the situation is very impressive. From bicycle coffee sellers to corporate executives, people just manage to find a way around problems and hence creating a liveable condition for themselves. The lessons we can learn from Jakartans are unending and priceless.

Your hopes for the future:

I do hope Jakarta will be more diverse and be more accepting of said diversity. I hope people are more willing to give others room to grow that’s orderly and relaxed, yet dynamic.

 

Rayi Putra

Musician

What you love most about Jakarta:

I love its food! I really like the fact you can find all sorts of food that’s easily accessible. You can get traditional food and modern international food right on the same street or even the same restaurant. Furthermore the price of food truly caters to everybody from cheap street food to five-star restaurants. The city has everything!

Your hopes for the future:

I want Jakartans and the city to be more mindful about the environment and the city’s cleanliness. I also think improved public transportation is also vital, especially for people who are visiting from outside the city.

 

Galih Rangha

Senior Marketing Manager

What you love most about Jakarta:

I think the people is what I love about the city most. There are many multi-layered and multicultural people that can help yourself grow as a person. Numerous opportunities can spring up every time you talk to someone different. Even then, the opportunities can either be beneficial or they can provide a lesson for ourselves.

Your hopes for the future:

Better public facilities of course. Because they are vital towards the livelihood of Jakarta’s citizens. Improvements in this aspect will affect a wide variety of things in order to elevate the quality of living. In short: better access, better experience, better opportunities.

 

Laith Abu Rakty

Chief Technology Officer

What you love most about Jakarta:

The thing I love the most about Jakarta is how friendly the people are. It’s super easy to meet new people and in no time they become your family. This is very important for me considering I come from another country.

Your hopes for the future:

I think almost everyone else shares the same hopes for Jakarta, which is better traffic conditions. Other than that I think pollution is also a big deal and needs to be improved. I’m impressed so far with the city’s efforts in cleaning up our rivers.

 

Irmela Preissner-Bhaya

Travel Professional

 

What you love most about Jakarta:

Firstly, I love the people. They are very friendly, usually have a smile on their faces, and are very helpful. Secondly, the food! There are so many options for food from all over the world and the country in all budget ranges. And so many new restaurants and cafés opening up all the time, it’s difficult to keep up. Then there is the creativity of the people, from new business ideas to stuff that is sold on the streets –one can find creative solutions everywhere. Lastly, I love the unique sights and events like the car-free events on Sundays and the carnival-like atmosphere going on at Taman Fatahillah on weekends.

Your hopes for the future:

I hope Jakarta will invest and build up infrastructure to change the insane traffic: roads, bridges, highways, underground, and other public transports. I’d like to see the tourism infrastructure to be improved as well, such as trains to the airport, renovation of the old town, have an inner city tram that links all the tourism sights, develop the big canal near Taman Fatahillah, make use of the old VOC storage houses, and offer more new accommodations. I think the Kota area has huge potential but its attractiveness is not properly optimised at the moment. I hope one day the area can be a nicer place where people like to stroll around and stay overnight in.

 

Jochen Drescher

Environmental Scientist

What you love most about Jakarta:

On the bright side: Jakarta is the intellectual centre of Indonesia. If anything changes in Indonesia, it’ll either start in Jakarta or have to go through Jakarta (trends, fashion, political views, religious influence, and foreign geopolitical strategies). So Jakarta is extremely important for Indonesia without a single second of doubt in my mind. I think the future if Indonesia will be determined in Jakarta, and that’s not only due to the government being situated there, but especially because of the people being there. People from all over Indonesia flock to Jakarta to find jobs and as a result, they interact and mingle and mix and form the new Indonesia. I think that Jakarta is the embodiment of Indonesia in a way.

Your hopes for the future:

Change, but remember your roots. Develop, but take everybody with you. Become the city you ought to be.

 

 

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