Friday, December 26, 2008

About Maids Pay in Jakarta

(Lee) Dear Miree, I move to Jakarta three weeks ago and am looking for a part time maid to help out mainly with ironing and simple cleaning two to three half days per week. I have a prospect who lives in the same apartment building as me but I have no idea what the going rate is. Can you help? Thank you very much in advance for your kind assistance. Wish you and your family a great Xmas and a Happy New Year.

(Miree) Hi Lee, I would suggest to bargain with the maid, you can ask her if 300,000 or 500,000 its OK?
The full time maid for speaking English 700,000 - 1 million. Its all depend on

their experiences.

And for both types every year you have to give Idul Fitri bonus (THR-Tunjangan Hari Raya) and normally they would ask raise the salary too. Raise 50,000 - 100,000 /month.

You can always start with smaller rate and told her that you would raise the

salary if you happy with the job within 2/3 months. Good luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2008


(BSD) Hi Miree, Googled where to buy tampons in Jakarta and your blog page popped up, was just wondering, I'm hoping to go snorkelling over xmas but will have my dreaded period so obviously conventional "pads" are out of the question, do you know of anywhere I can buy them? Much appreciated!

(Miree) Hi BSD, Ranch Market in Buncit Raya, Chemist upstairs inside Hero Kemang & Grand Lucky in Sudirman currently they have a stock of Tampons, but I
would advise to buy a.s.a.p. as have noticed stocks are quite low, as are for many imported items. Also, try in the Food Court in the basement of Pondok Indah 2 and Gourmet Garage in Kemang Raya, as they had a few still on their shelves late last week. Regards.

Good radio station

(Amilia) Hi Miree,
Do you know what is a good radio station in Jakarta? Good music, english speaking radio, most expats living in Jakarta would listen to? It seems like every radio is in Bahasa. Pls help! Thanks.

Hi Amilia try tunning into KISSFM - 95.1. Cheers!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Dinner 2008

(Michael) Dear Miree, We plan to stay at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta for Christmas this year and Iwas wondering if you can recommend some good restaurants with authenticChristmas menu and a nice atmosphere? Thank you very much.

(Miree) Dear Michael, I would suggest you try to book Riva restaurant at the Parklane Jakarta hotel. They have are famous for their fine dining and they have very nice atmosphere too. The hotel close to Ritz maybe just 10 mins by car to get there if no traffic. You can check the details at this link Or if you just want walk distance then Ritz Carlton and JW Marriot can be good choice too. You can keep check for upcoming Christmas special offers, they update events everyday. Cheers and Merry Christmas!