Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Minces pie at Jakarta

(Keith) Question for Miree
Hi wonder if you can help me ? I am arriving in Jakarta on 24th December so have very little time for pre-Christmas shopping.
Can you tell me where I can buy a Christmas (fruit) cake in Jakarta ? Mince pies would also be nice if I can get them in Jakarta ! Thanks

(Miree) Dear Keith,
You can buy the Christmas fruit cake in Ranch Market, Kempchick and maybe in Carrefour.
And you can also send an request by email to -, Mary Ann Wiley at The Upper Crust ( American lady's catering)
The Upper Crust
Sekolah Duta I, No. 15-A
Pondok Indah
Tel: 7654476
Hp: 0818 168710

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Furniture rental in Jakarta

(Nadia) Hi Miree, I am in a quandary, I have been looking for furniture rentals in Jakarta. Do you have any other references aside from the two choices I found on the net which are arbor and troy and aneka meubel?

Thank you and I really appreciate any help you can give me.

(Miree) Dear Nadia,
Too bad there are not many choice for furniture rental in Jakarta but I would recommend to use Arbor and Troy - . Their services are great!

Furniture rental in Jakarta

(Nadia) Hi Miree, I am in a quandary, I have been looking for furniture rentals in Jakarta. Do you have any other references aside from the two choices I found on the net which are arbor and troy and aneka meubel?

Thank you and I really appreciate any help you can give me.

(Miree) Dear Nadia,
Too bad there are not many choice for furniture rental in Jakarta but I would recommend to use Arbor and Troy - . Their services are great!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Intan Row

(Ella) Hi,
I would like to knew where to find row intan and how to buy and transport?

(Miree) Dear Ella,
Not sure I could help you on this but you can try to visit some upcoming bazaar events : you can visit
maybe from these events you can find the source.
Or visit
Cheers, Miree

Holiday Getaway From Jakarta

(Maria) Hi, Miree. I've just found out about your awesome blog!

Since you seem to know a lot about everything, you may be able to help me. My mother in law is coming from Brazil for Christmas and my husband and I would like to make a trip somewhere close to Jakarta (could be by plane) with her and our son who is 5 months old.
We've been living here for only a month and we don't have a clue where to go. We would love to spend some quite time at a beach, but we need an affordable baby friendly place. Do you have any tip? Thank you.

(Miree) Dear Maria,
Apologize for took me awhile to reply your questions.
Travelling with baby and your mother... I would suggest you to visit on their holiday getaway - normally they listed few recomendations.
I would suggest you to go :
Without plane : Pelabuhan Ratu or Anyer
With plane : Yogyakarta, Lombok or Bali.

Thanksgiving and Veterinary Clinic

( Sonia ) Hi Miree, My husband and I, with our young dog, relocated to Jakarta in early October. We have been living between Jakarta and Puncak for 1 month, we spend most time in Puncak due to the climate. I would like to have someone cater our Thanksgiving Dinner to our home in Jakarta. Back in the States, I always cook the complete meal myself. Here, I don't have the kitchen nor the equipment to do that. I came across a contact from your 2008 blog about Thanksgiving Dinner....
Mary Ann Wiley
The Upper Crust
Sekolah Duta I, No. 15-A Pondok Indah Jakarta
765-4476 , 0818-168-710
Is this contact still good?
Also will you please tell me more places to do American grocery besides Kem Chicks, Ranch Market and Carrefour. I am an avid cook and baker so would like to know more places that sell ingredients for cooking and baking. Also do you know of a good veterinary Clinic in Jakarta?
Thank you beforehand and I have added your blog in to my favorite.

( Miree ) Dear Sonia,

You can check Thanksgiving listing in - or contact Mary Ann Wiley.

You can contact about veterinary clinics.

Unfortunately, I couldn't suggest more about the supermarket but will keep you update!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Renting Tuxedos

Hi Miree , i have to congratulate you for the insightfulness of your site. I do have alot of clients who arent aware that we rent out tuxedos for various events.

Could you perhaps add this information to your site.

Laxmi Tailors
Kemang raya no 6d
Jakarta selatan
Tel 7198789 or 0811987111

Tips For Garage Sale

(Jesmin) Hi Miree,
I am leaving Jakarta soon. Need to sale many items especially electronics and household. Kindly send me some tips where to start. Is there any Yayasan or orphanges where I can donate some of these items? I need a yayasan who will collect those from my house. Thanks!

(Miree) Dear Jesmin,
You can submit your garage sale by email to , they will submit into their listing for free

and - she is American lady that running homemade catering for years and get quite a big database, normally she send out email with full of garage sale listing.

Monday, October 4, 2010

New in Jakarta and need networking

( Daniel) Hi Miree,
I am Daniel C from east europe-Romania .I arrived to Jakarta one month ago. I need new friends ,meeting points ,places. I stay to hotel Raden Saleh street but is very difficult for me because I do not know someone expat here. I am applying for some jobs /Iam petroleum engineer with rich experience maintenance downstream. Soon I find up this site and hurry I sent you this email. I kindly ask your help. Thank you ! Best Regards

(Miree) Dear Daniel,
Welcome to Jakarta! You can check the upcoming events in - special the business events, you can attend some the networking events and get some networks. was created since 2006 by PT. INFO MEDIA KREATIF and intended to provide lifestyle guide for expatriates and Jakartans.
I hope this information help.

Learning Bahasa

Hi Miree,

Was reading your blog, very interesting and good work.

I'm new to Jakarta joined a mining company wanted to learn Bahasa and also network with people involved in Mining in Jakarta / Indonesia.

Would be great if you could give me any pointers.




Dear Yogesh,

Thanks you for contacting us. You can contact Vic Lang as per Cc'ed for learing Bahasa and upcoming find business events by visit


New to Jakarta

(Adriana) Hello Miree,
Your email was forwarded to me by Peter Wharton who suggested I contacted you for advice on living in Jakarta. My family and are moving this October 5th and I'm a bit concearned about health and safety systems there. I have a healthy 2 year old son however am very concearned about cleanliness, pollution in the city, etc. Also, if you know of any babysitting companies that you'd recommend I'd greatly appreciate it!

As I'd mentioned to Peter, I'm interested in knowing what is like living in Jakarta as a Westerner, is the health system considerably OK? How is the international schooling system for young international kids, are there any business associations? (I'm a Marketing Communications/PR professional), support groups for foreigners besides de Embassy related groups, what are the things to watch out for regarding climate, food, pollution, environment in general, people, safety (meaning civil and health).

My husband and I lived in Beijing for 3 years (from '05-'08) and loved it except the traffic and pollution. We thereafter moved to Buenos Aires and have been here for 1 1/2 years and now are getting ready to move again!
Any advice you can provide we would greatly appreciate it!

(Miree) Hi Adriana, It is only natural to be anxious when you are moving to a new Country with a young child. Like Beijing, Jakarta has pollution and the traffic is unmentionable, but the international schooling from preschool up is of a high standard. In regards to medical providers the two that are recommended are International SOS & Global Doctors. I will send you a separate e-mail with further information and some attachments to assist you, as there is quite a lot to cover. Regards, Miree.

Rangon Feliz New Address, Jakarta

(Jodi) Hi – I have been a customer of Rangon Feliz for quite a while. My phone died
and I lost all my phone numbers and addresses! Can you please send me the
current address of Rangon Feliz? The shop moved last spring. It isn’t on
Jl. Gahru any more. They’re now located somewhere behind CiToS. Can you
help? Thanks

(WNJ) Dear Jody,

I found a hits, hopefully it was the right one with what you looking for. we also updating the info on our WNJ website now.

Feliz Boutique Salon & Day Spa (changed name from Ranggon Feliz and moved to a new location January 2010)
Great one-stop shop for pampering the whole family. Felicia, the salon owner, speaks fluent English and Bahasa Indonesia. The staff are friendly and experienced and offer a full range of treatments for adults and children, from hair cuts to manicures and pedicures. Children receive a 40% discount on treatments. Speak to Felicia to organise a manicure party as an idea for your children’s birthday party.

Jl Cilandak Tengah 3 No.3, Cilandak, South Jakarta (close to CITOS)
Tel: 765 6525

• 09:00-18.00 Tues-Sat (hair salon)

WNJ Team

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Debt collection

( Paul) Hi Miree, can you tell me if there is a debt collection agency here in Jakarta that will follow up on outstanding debts.
Having been scammed and ripped off by an unscrupulous Australian woman by the name of xxxx (also previously involved in real estate in Bali), I would like to warn other people against getting involved with her or attempting to do business with her. Regards.

( Miree ) Dear Paul, the only expatriate managed company that offers debt collection we could find is -
Mr. James D. Filgo MA
Consolidated Services International, Inc.
Tel: +62 (21) 791-90015
I hope this info helps. Regards, Miree

Monday, August 30, 2010

Appropriate gifts for Idul Fitri

(Sally) Hi Miree, This is our first Idul Fitri in Jakarta and I am wondering what would be an appropriate gift to give to our staff - We have an older housemaid, a young nanny and our driver has young children to whom I would also like to give a gift. Regards, Sally.

Hi Sally, for every year your staff work for you, under Manpower regulations you are required to give them an extra months salary and any additional like a food parcel, clothing or train tickets etc... is entirely up to the individual employer. If they have worked for you for less than a year you can choose to do it on a pro rata basis. For example if they have worked for you for one or two months, you may choose to give them each a five kg bag of rice or a parcel made up of oil, noodles, sugar, tea, Kapal Api (local coffee) etc.. or Rp100,000. One thing you do need to remember is that anything additional to money you give will be expected each year for Idul Fitri. If you decide to go down the food parcel route Lotte Mart (ex MAKRO) or Carrefour have very reasonably priced ready made food parcels available and also clothing and toys. All the best, Miree.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Moving to Jakarta

(David) Hi Miree, My name is David, I currently live in New Zealand, and I am looking at
relocating to Jakarta in the near future. I am currently working as a
Premium Service Japanese Interpreter flight attendant. I also hold a
Diploma in Hotel/Motel Management, with prior experience in
Sales/Marketing. Do you have any advice on what sort of job I can
expect. Also how I would go about applying for a job. I am heading to
Jakarta for ten days on the 9th of September. Do you know any
recruitment contacts I would be able to contact?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Thanks, and regards,

(Miree) Hi David, it's not often I get to assist a fellow country man. This
might sound obvious, but many agencies do a little bit of everything,
and you really need to find a recruitment firm that's an expert in your
field/s as in your case. I have listed three recommended recruitment
companies below for you to contact.
Jakarta Consulting Group - Tel. (+6221) 572-7515 /
Monroe Consulting Group -Tel: (+62-21) 719 0770 &
Verity HR - Tel. (+62-21) 719-9210
Good luck with the search. Regards, Miree.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Spanish Speaking Women Association Contact Details

( Maureen) Hi Miree, I'm an Indonesian who's lived abroad for too long, so I'm glad I found your site! I found an information on What's New Jakarta about Spanish Speaking Women Association. I've tried to email them and call Jakarta Int'l Community Ctr where they hold their meetings, but the person whom I talked to didn't know any information about the association. May I have the association's contact person's number? Thanks a lot! Cheers!

( Miree) Dear Maureen,
You can contact the Pesident of Spanish Speaking Women Association in here :
Angela Naar-Bejarano
Spanish Speaking Women Association
Jl Kemang Dalam X No. E6A
Kemang - Jakarta Selatan
Mobile: 081410018024


Thursday, August 5, 2010

Personal Training

(Drew) Dear Miree - i've read your posts with great interest, very helpful to us newcomers! Thanks a lot. I am moving to JKT in the next few weeks, will be living in the city center.
I would like to find a persinal trainer to help me get back in shape, but looking for more reasonable rates than the big gyms are offering (i.e. 800,000/hour at Gold's...) do you have any suggestions for where i can look? I have not been able to find much with google searches.
Any advice much appreciated.

(Miree) Hi Drew, you could contact

Indah Pratiwi
Marketing Communication
Jl. Benda IV no. 6
Jakarta 12140
P : (62 21) 72787274 / (62 21) 7394288
F : (62 21) 72787153
M : 0812 88140588

She will arrange it or you.
BR, Miree

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art Lover

Dear Miree
I'm a fan of your blog. Terrific work!
Do you know where I can go to get affordable artworks (paintings, scuptures) by young budding Indonesian arttists? I've been asking some locals if there are special exhibitions by universities/small galleries but no one seems to know.
Appreciate it if you can point the way. Many thanks.
Art Lover

(Miree) Dear Art Lover, as does not seem to be openly publicized, my suggestion would be to visit Galeri 678 in Jl Kemang Raya No.125A. They are open Mon-Sunfrom 10.00 – 18.00hrs, ph:7179-9648, and are known to hold exhibitions of Indonesian Artists. They may be able to shed some light on where you could find artworks by young budding Indonesian artists if they don’t have any on display in the shop. Happy searching, Miree.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hiking Gear in Jakarta

( Simone) Hi Miree, I have a question for you.
Would you know where to buy hiking gear in Jakarta, I'm mainly looking for hiking boots? Thanks

(Miree) Dear Simone, I didn't know exactly where to get the hiking gears in Jakarta but I guess you could contact these Hiking clubs:

Java Lava
Membership Membership is open to men and women of all nationalities. Current number of members : 200+. There is no cost for membership fees. Most activities are held in English. Activities Climbing and camping on Indonesian volcanos. Usually we hold one trip a month in the dry season from February through November.

Self-guided treks in the Puncak foothills
Location: Puncak Bogor
Puncak Trek. For a low-cost, easy-going weekend getaway, try self-guided treks in the Puncak foothills. Now is the best time to start walking in the foothills. The rainy season is over, lots of greenery, and not much dust yet on the trails! Trek at your own pace. Enjoy your time in nature while sharpening navigational skills. There are 16 circle routes, 4 on each map, in the series of 4 Puncak Trek maps and guidebooks. Info about the maps and guides is found at The website tells where to buy the maps and also contains updates on the circle routes, guide service, and links to other sites with info on the circle routes. See also a blog,, about recent treks in the foothills. There is an open invitation for others to participate in the process of updating the trail info.
I hope this help. Cheers, Miree

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Home Carpet Cleaning Services

(Zoe) Hi Miree, I live in Cinere south Jakarta, and am wondering if there are businesses in the south Jakrta area that provide home carpet cleaning services. The house I am renting as carpeted stairs and I would like them cleaned ASAP. If you could help that would be great! Thanks, Zoe

(Miree) You can try to contact -

Chem-Dry Carpet
Carpet cleaning specialist franchise #1 USA efefctive non-toxic
Tel.4288-5678, 5825353, (0271) 7080888

Thanks Miree,

I contacted them and they did great work!


Monday, June 7, 2010

Information on Tanah Toraja in Sulawesi

(Jan) Hi guys - I am a community Liaison Officer for the Australian Embassy - do you have any information on Tanah Toraja in Sulawesi, ie: how to get up there, where to stay, what to do etc. Anything you can send me would be great.

(GM of WNJ) Dear Jan,

Am going to Toraja myself with family end of this month. Basically I found a tour guide through online search and we book our own flights ( Jakarta to Makasar ). They seem quite professional. Well you can wait my opinion after the trip or you can just book ahead. You can check their tour packages in their website.

Tour agent:

Jeffry S


PATA ID : 584172

Wisma 31, 3rd Floor, Jl. Kemang Raya 31

Jakarta 12730 - Indonesia

Phone : 62 21 718 2250, 718 2256, 706 22 856 / Fax : 718 0438

Email : and



Ruko Wana Segara No.12A

Jl. Wana Segara, Kuta -BALI

Phone : 62-361 750 971 / Fax : 62-361 750 964

Email :


Pangkalan Bun Borneo, Wamena Irian Jaya, Labuhan Bajo Flores Rantepao Toraja, Sulawesi

Booking ticket you can contact; Devi



Tamani Cafe 1st Floor

Jl. Melawai Raya No.189, Jakarta 12160

Phone: 62-21-7233205

Fax : 62-21-7233052

Mobile: 0815-9702977

E-mail Add:


Happy holiday!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Looking for maid & driver

(Lou) Hi, I am moving to Jakarta in July and am looking for a nanny, driver and maid. I will be working as a teacher in the BSD City. Are you able to help me and advise how I go about advertising and looking for people to fill these positions, thanks alot Lou Waldron

(Miree)Dear Lou, You can check WNJ "Staff for hire's page" at here
and also you can email to Publish Post- she got crack list that she distribute to expats community every week.
Good luck!
Best Regards, Miree

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Reasonable Handicraft in Jakarta

(Ibrahim) Hi Miree, can u plz help me finding some reasonable handicraft shops in jakarta? im not at all interested in serinah or pasaraya coz of their crazy prices. I want to buy all kind of indonesian collectables as im leaving indonesia very soon. I hope u can help me the best. thanks in advance. cheers.

(Miree) Hi Ibrahim, best place I know of with the best prices to get all your Indonesian treasures from is Pigura in Blok M. They sell Banka Tin ware which they will engrave for you, Bali Wood Carvings, cloths from all parts of Indonesia, Lombok ware, Batik Wayang Puppets, masks and much more. Address is: Jl. Palatehan 1 / 41 Jakarta Selatan, ph:725-2858 or 722-9643 and are open 09.00 – 18.00hrs Mon - Sat. Happy shopping, Miree.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tour in Borneo

(Vivi) Hi Miree,

quick you know any good tour company for Borneo trip or good tour company as general ?. a friend of mine from US would like to travel to Indo (this is the 1st time for them to travel to Indo).

(Miree) Hi Vivi, please contact Adventure Indonesia, e-mail:,, address: Wisma 31, 3rd floor, Jl. Kemang Raya No.31, Kemang.

VIP escort through customs?

(Sally) Hi Miree, my ageing parents are visiting us in Jakarta in May and are a bit apprehensive about getting through the airport. You mentioned at a recent newcomers lunch at ANZA that you can book someone to meet them at the plane and escort them through customs. Can you please let me know how I can arrange this and how much it will cost. Thanks

(Miree) Hi Sally, contact person at the airport for the VIP Airport Assistance is Pak Suratijo and his mobile number is: +628151854254. For the cost you will need to ask him directly, as there may have been a price increase. His English is also limited, so you will need to practice your best Bahasa. Regards.

Jakarta Dining

(Jazz) Good Day , I'm writing from Singapore. Its been a pleasure reading your blog n the website. Would like to ask a question as it is something that always troubles me when i go to Jakarta. My fiancee is from Jakarta and we'll be getting married next year. Whenever we want to go out we have trouble either looking for a quiet place to dine n have time together or looking for an eatery that has got space for couples for example couple rooms where we just dine together. Any suggestions or ideas where a couple could dine in privacy.

(Miree) Dear Jazz, thank you for your email and congratulation for the upcoming wedding!
To find good place to dine you can check Hot Listing - this listing will tell you which place are hot in town now and should try when you are visiting Jakarta. Also they have a Romantic Fine Dining For Couple in Jakarta's listing as per below.
RIVA French Restaurant $$$$
- the award winning French restaurant and specialties in French cuisine. With an open kitchen concept, the promotion is various each month depending on the season in France. Most of the ingredients are imported to keep authentic of French flavor.
For more detail call at 828 2000

SCUSA Italian Restaurant $$$
At InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza
For further information and reservations, please call (021) 251 4188

Cassis Gourmand $$$
Winning Award French Restaurant. Cassis offers an intimate destination featuring genuine European cuisine that will surely please your taste buds from tempting appetizers to irresistible dessert selections.
Pavillion Apartment
Retail Arcade
Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24
Jakarta 10220
T 62 21 5794 1733
F 62 21 574 2001
Location: Pavillion Apartment, Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24 Jakarta

LOBO @ Ritz Carlton Lingkar Mega Kuningan $$$$
The Ritz-Carlton, Jakarta Jl. Lingkar Mega Kuningan Kav E.1.1 No. 1 Mega Kuningan, Jakarta 12950.
For reservations call Lobo on +62 21 2551 8881. Tel: +62 21 25518888 // Direct: +62 21 25518870

Lyon French Restaurant $$$
Simple and chic, our signature French restaurant is a city landmark, offering classic brasserie cuisine prepared using traditional methods and the finest seasonal ingredients. Also home to an unrivaled selection of wines.
Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
Jalan MH Thamrin, Jakarta
Telephone + 62 (21) 2993 8888
Facsimile + 62 (21) 2993 8889

Harum Manis $$$
Enjoy fine Indonesian cuisine in an ambience inspired by the passion and romance of a Javanese Ningrat House in Harum Manis.
Pavillion Apartment
Retail Arcade
Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24
Jakarta 10220
T 021 5794 1727
F 021 5794 1728
Location: Pavillion Apartment, Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24 Jakarta

SHY French Restaurant $$$$$
at Papilion level 4
Jl. Kemang Raya no. 45AA
Reservation: +6221 7199244

Grand Hyatt $$$$
* C's-The newest dining room in the hotel is C's Steak and Seafood Restaurant.
* Sumire-Sumire is a traditional Japanese country house restaurant.
* Burgundy-Jakarta's most exclusive cocktail bar with high end snacks.
Grand Hyatt Jakarta
Jalan M H Thamrin Kav 28-30, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia
Telephone +62 21 390 1234
Facsimile +62 21 310 7300

Moya Tapas $$
Pavillion Apartment
Retail Arcade
Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24
Jakarta 10220
T 021 5794 1733
F 021 574 2001
Location: Pavillion Apartment, Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur Kav. 24 Jakarta

Jl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro 4 Jakarta Pusat . Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 315 3252, 316 0288
Fax: +62 21 316 0488

Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya 77-79, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 3918690, 3920384
Fax: +62 21 3918675

Jl. Kebon Sirih Raya 77-79, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 3918690, 3920384
Fax: +62 21 3918675

- With more than 300 wine brands from all over the GLOBE and delicious Spanish food...
For Reservation and Delivery call: 021 5790 1477
Location: Plaza Senayan Arcadia, Jalan New Delhi No. 9 - Pintu Satu Senayan

Birdcage Gastro Boutique Parlour $$
Focusing on European comfort food such as seafood pastas, pizzas and grill steaks, accompanied by a wide range of wine selection from our store cellar and full bar facilities. Have nice ambiance - perfect for casual catch up with friends. Price very reasonable. gastro boutique parlour (wine delivery)
Phone: (021) 7392430 / Fax. (021) 7237685
Location: Jl. Wijaya 9 No. 23 Kebayoran Baru Jakarta 12160

Seeking for a Cook & Maid

(Madhu) Dear Miree, Warm Greetings!!

We are putting up in jakarta and searching for 1 female cook and 1 house maid full timers since few months but unable to find suitable ones. Just went thru your site... So thought of seeking help from you. Or maybe you can guide us as to which agency shall we contact. Kindly let me know if there are... what are their expected payscales and any other specific criteria form their side. Will appreciate your prompt response. Many thanks for the same.
Dear Madhu,
(Miree) Please check - for the staffs for hire listing's page
You can also send an email to them at info@whatsnewjakarta(dot)com for free listing.
Good luck!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bike parts in South Jakarta

(Sally) Hi Miree, Do you knowBold anywhere is South Jakarta that sells inner tubes for kids bikes/prams. I've look in the but only found 4 stores all a long way away. Thanks in advance.

(Miree) Hi Sally, the only one that I know and would recommend is RODA LINK, Jl. Jend Sudirman kav. 52-53, Gedung Arta Graha SCBD. They are situated behind the Millenia fashion out-let and their phone number is 021 5289 7011. Regards.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Department stores/info general in Surabaya

(George) Hi Miree, I would like to know what are some department websites for clothing fashion and jewelery stores in surabaya indonesia. Also if possible their phone numbers and addresses aswell.I would like to know where to go shopping when i get there. Oh.. Also how much on the average does a vehicle cost there from small 4 door to minivan front wheel drive...whats the price range...even for pickup truck and cars in general.

(Miree) Hi George, the information I cover on ‘Ask Miree’ is Jakarta based, but I do have a soft copy guide on Surabaya that should be able to assist you with most of your questions below. Once again because of the amount of information you are wanting, I will send it direct to your e-mail address. Regards, Miree.

Gem Stones

(Adnan) Dear Miree, I am looking to buy gem stones jewellery. Do you any place that sells them in Jakarta? Thanks and regards

(Miree) Hi Adnan, are you looking to buy just the gems or ready made jewelry with gem stones? If you are looking for just stones I would suggest you go to Pasar Rawabening on JL Raya Bekasi, Jakarta Timur. For ready made jewelry with gem stones take a wander through Plaza Melawai in Blok M, there are many stalls there that have ready made gem stone jewelry in white & yellow gold and have trays of stones you can ask to see to have made up if you are not supplying your own. Both these places are favorites of mine, enjoy, Miree.

Coffee Luwat

(Luwat Hunter) Dear Miree, Sorry to disturb you again. It's just that you seem to know everything and it would be really silly of me not to approach you. Several friends of mine told me that Indonesia is famous for coffee luwat. I saw some at the Sogo Food Hall but I am not sure if they are good AND authentic. Any tips on where I can find the best coffee luwat? Much appreciated.

Dear Luwat Hunter, I haven’t tried it myself as can’t get past where it comes from. There are several shops that sell coffee blends with Copi Luwat, but the good stuff at premium prices can be purchased at the Copi Luwat Shop in the basement of Pacifc Place opposite Kem chicks. Regards, Miree.

Butter Milk Lover

Dear Butter Milk Lover, you ask me quite some time ago where you could buy some and you will be pleased to know that I have finally tracked some down for you. There is a new meat market called Mastro in Jl Woltermonginsidi No. 36, in Kebayoran Baru who apart from imported meat has a small grocery line and they had Dairy Farmers Butter Milk from Australia in stock, cheers, Miree.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kueh Lapis & Cake Surabaya

( Kueh Kueh Lover) Dear Miree, I have been following your web site with great interest. You seem to have an answer for everything. I have been looking for really good kueh lapis and kueh surabaya - the ones which uses fresh ingredients and are not too oily.

Do you know of anywhere I can get them from? Many thanks!

(Miree) Dear kueh kueh lover, my sources tell me that the Le Gourmet cake shop in Jl. Mahakam 2, No.2 sell really good kueh lapis & kueh Surabaya. They also have a small counter on the ground floor in Pondok Indah Mall satu. Another place you could try is Holland bakery. Happy eating,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

How to get visa and Jakarta info

(George) Hello, I would like to know who to contact for expact visas and the process on how to have employment when i get there.
Could you please send me some e-mails with all proper info and contacts and also cost of houseing and rented furniture.
I am planning a trip there and would like to work in either place and stay awhile.Also any other info concerning proper
papers and vaccinations i will need ,i currrently have a valid passport and still is valid for 5 more years,also if any transits visas are needed as well. So if you would send me any info that could help me to work in indonesia and in the jakatra or surabaya area.....
i would deeply appreciate it. Thank you for your help.

(Miree) Hi George, thank you for writing to ‘Ask Miree’. In light of the amount of information you are seeking I will send you the data directly to your e-mail address. Regards, Miree.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Swimming Teacher Contact

Hi Miree

I read your blog and saw that Aileen is looking for a swimming teacher. I am a swimming instructor, trained in Australia.



Tel : 085888349221

Friday, March 26, 2010

French language teacher and Hip hop dance teacher

(Dorothy) Hi Miree, I’m planning for a trip to Paris this September.Do you know any person who can give private French language lessons? Also looking for a hip hop dance teacher for my daughter and her friends. Thanking you in advance.

(Miree) Hi Dorothy,you can contact one of's contact Angela on +62 818905891 - She teachs French, English and Bahasa.

For hip hop teacher - you can visit this website or contact them directly at Lily or Neneng (021) 5656-303 or (021) 5696-2939. Apart from educating their students, they are also committed to give them the chance to perform in all kinds of events.

Good luck!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Flamenco dance

(Isil) Dear Miree, I have been looking for a flamenco dance course in Jakarta; however, my internet search did not help me to find one. Do you know any dance course or private teacher for flamenco?

(Miree) Hi Isil, for enquiries on flamenco dance courses, contact Luisa 081315952133. Happy dancing, Miree.

Monday, March 22, 2010


(Karine) Dear Miree, It's me again!

Do you know any doctor/specialist, who is doing sclerotherapy on the legs here in Jakarta?

Many thanks in advance for your advice.

(Miree) Hi Karine, Ultimo Aesthetic and Dental offer this service at Rp700,000 per ampule.

Their address is: Jl Jend. Sudirman KAV 59, Jakarta Selatan.

Office Manager is Tinneke, very helpful and you can contact her on Ph: 021 5140111920, Regards

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The main difference between http:/// and https://

It's all about keeping you secure** HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.

The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure".. If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.
This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecure' language. In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site. This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website! But if the web address begins with
https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on. You understand why this is so important, right? If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.If it doesn't, You should NEVER enter sensitive information....such as a credit card number.


The government of Indonesia has changed its visa policy for foreign tourists effective February 1st., 2004.

Visiting Indonesia Without Any Visa

Entering Indonesia without any visa is possible now only for nationals of the following 11 countries and territories: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Citizens of the above countries will be issued on arrival a stay permit for 30 days free of charge upon presentation of a passport which is valid at least for another 6 months. This stay permit cannot be extended or converted into another type of visa.


This facility is now available for nationals of the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, People's Republic of China, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Citizens of these countries will be able to apply for a VoA valid for 30 days upon arrival by air in Bali, Jakarta and a few other international airports or by ship at a limited number of Indonesian sea ports. A 30-day visa costs US$25 and is extendable for another 30 days. Be aware that Immigration officials calculate the 30-day period as follows: your arrival day is counted as your first day, and you must leave the country on the 30th. or 60th. day!

How to Obtain the "VISA on ARRIVAL" (VoA)

Travelers from the above countries must be in possesion of a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and the completed embarkation/disembarkation card they received from their airline. They must also be able to prove they have sufficient funds for their stay in Indonesia.

Arriving travelers with Visa-On-Arrival status have to go first to one of the "VoA Counters" to pay the appropriate fee and have their passports stamped with the VoA before proceeding to the Immigration Clearance Desk. An official bank is part of the VoA service counters. Payment of visa fees can be made in all major currencies or by VISA or MASTERCARD.

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