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