Just in time
If you want to know about the current hybrid rice situation in Indonesia and subscribe to the CNN channel, then watch CNN news on Friday 25 April 2008 (tomorrow).
I was interviewed by Kathy Quiano, a producer from CNN Indonesia office in my office yesterday, 23 April 2008.
And if you’re really interested to know more about the players and movers – the army in league with Chinese conglomerates – then you can read lots more here.
A bit late
Thomas Belfield of Jakarta Urban Blog has been and gone back to Hawaii and he sent me this email:
Thought you would like to know that your book (Culture Shock-Jakarta) is well stocked in the Periplus Book Store at Soekarno-Hatta (International Departures).
I suppose folk who’ve experienced culture shock here may like to put everything into some kind of perspective, but the intent of the book is really to read it before coming.
And one more email from my inbox:
We thought it would never happen, but the time has finally come.
Since all good things must end, now is the time for the Ya-Udah Bistro to say goodbye.
So goodbye to all our customers, past and present. Goodbye to those who complained and refused to pay, goodbye to those we insulted and threw out.
And goodbye, especially, to those customers who remained loyal through all our various difficulties, right to the end.
Thus, the moon will finally set upon the Ya-Udah Bistro, Jl. Jaksa 49, Jakarta Pusat, at midnight on Sunday, 27th April.
Contrary to certain rumours, Jakartass is not a regular in Jl.Jaksa, but I did get to like Ya ‘Udah, and not only for the reasonably priced fine food overseen by Pedro, the Swiss-German co-owner chef, and the large cold Bintangs. The service has generally been impeccable, with cold towels to wipe away the street grime and sweat as you settle at your table.
Over the years, places come and go, but this is the only one wherein the waitresses greet Our Kid by name. So we’ll be there on Saturday afternoon, to say goodbye to some familiar faces and for the rest of us to work out which watering hole is going to earn our custom.