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Published: June 11th 2012
Often abbreviated to just "Monas", this structure is also sometimes mockingly described as Soekarno's Last Erection.
So this was it, the final destination of the first trip of my little adventure. Jakarta was just a short 1h+ local train ride from Bogor, and the frenetic mix of crazy traffic, pollution, skyscrapers and crowds hits one in the face the moment he or she arrives. Nevertheless, I had expected nothing less from the city aka "The Big Durian".
Spent my last four nights here (staying at Hostel 35 in Jalan Jaksa, which was certainly as good as touted by LP) and there was certainly much to see, from the historical monuments in Central Jakarta, to the museums of the old part of the city Kota, the mega malls along Jalan Thamrin and the various glamorous night spots spread across the city, and then some.
Then back to Singapore for a week's break before embarking again on what I hope will indeed be a much longer leg in mainland Southeast Asia. Stay tuned!
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