fr. Jakarta Globe who got it from the city’s traffic police @TMCPoldaMetro
Yep, it’s that time of year when our TV gives us live broadcasts from the flooded areas of Jakarta (and this year from Manado in North Sulawesi.)
The latter is international news which leads me to wonder if BBC’s Radio Live 5 may try to contact me for an interview as they did in 2007. They’ll have problems because since then we’ve moved a few doors down the road and our phone number has changed.
In 2007, this house was used as a shelter for local folk who were flooded out with the rise of the level of the River Ciliwung which is about 100 metres from us.
We await the arrival of our annual recipient of our cast off clothes. Apparently she’s now working as a reflexologist in the eastern township of Bekasi, which is where Our Kid is this Saturday morning having extra classes so he can get an even higher score in the upcoming ujian monyet. He’ll have to change his route home because there is major flooding at one end of our jalan raya with two TransJakarta routes suspended and a few kampungs evacuated.
Twice in the past week our peaceful, give or take a motorbike or seven, back road has become gridlocked as through traffic attempted to not get too wet in the flooded parallel jalan raya (main thoroughfare).
My street at dusk
Being a local hero, I’ve stood under a large umbrella not worried about wet flip-flops as I’ve shouted instructions to stupid drivers who on seeing a gap think they can queue jump in order to get nowhere fast, and thus make things even worse.
I’ve had to shout very loudly in some of the really heavy downpours we’ve been having.
“Kiri … kanan … terus … STOP you effing asshole!”
This week Jokowi’s Ciy Hall introduced five double-decker buses for tourists.
What a comfortable way to view the floods!