Jalan-jalan means walking around and is what I say to the ojek drivers when they ask if I
need a ride. They usually just shout out “Mr. Mr.” and move their hands as if they are accelerating a motorcycle. I say jalan-jalan and imitate walking with two fingers. Anyway, the Internet was out this morning (except, strangely, I could access Facebook but nothing else) so I had some time on my hands and decided to try to find a dry goods store I was told was located next to the wet market I visited yesterday. Apparently, you can buy coffee, sugar and other boxed and bagged goods there at wholesale prices.
With my trusty (and getting ragged) backpack and camera, I set out exploring. You will see
some photos here when my walk was interrupted by a shower. I was standing under cover and noticed these people trying to move their goods out of the rain.
The wet market was bustling but I could not find the dry goods store, despite walking around the market twice. Finally, I picked up a few vegetables, kind of because they looked so good, but also some to go into a soup I’m making today. Two heads of looseleaf lettuce came to $1.75; three chicken legs $2,50; four small tomatoes, three heads of garlic, three handfuls of shallots and three large carrots, $2.50.
Managed to find my way even though I thought I was lost. Next time, I’m going to count
how many ojek drivers ask me if I need a ride. Eventually, they will get the message that I’m not the typical bule tourist.
Made a nice discovery last night in my apartment building. I was wondering if there was access to the roof and found it. The roof is open air with a section under a big cover. Great place to sit at night or even for coffee in the morning. Also a good place for me to start another herb garden. Just need to find soil and carry it up four flights of stairs.
Late update: A friend showed me an alternative Internet access – Smart page – and I’m now
Last night: Made a delicious soup – chicken thighs, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, shallots and a chicken package flavoring mix. The packaged mixes run 20-40 cents here vs. $1.50-$2 in U.S.
This morning: Reached out to my Facebook friends regarding cable TV and insurance for my retirement visa. Nice to have friends. Sarijan from Smiling Hill said he will take me to both this afternoon and Heni told me where the cable TV office was, near City Walk, about a 10-minute walk.
Ventured out to find the local laundry I was referred to, and after wandering around a bit and asking directions from people who did not understand me, finally found Ratu Laundry. Two young ladies who did not understand me, took all my dirty clothes, weighed them and I paid Rp45000 ($4) for 5 kilos (11 pounds). I will pick it all up tomorrow, cleaned and pressed. That’s Rp9000 per kilo and I was told it would be Rp7000 but there was no way to communicate that so just went with the flow. Each Rp1000 is about 9 cents.