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A Trip to Jakarta’s Red Light District (NC-17)

Disclaimer: I hope there’s no minors reading this.

I’ve lived in Jakarta for years, but I’d never been to its red light district until last week. There’s no way I’d go there alone, cos that would be really scary. :/ I’ve always been fascinated by the fact this district is relatively close to the presidential palace. I worked in the palace area once and the place is full with old buildings. In a way, they look vintage, but mostly I feel like tearing them down and renovating everything. I used to be warned not to spend so much time hanging out there after work, cos when night comes, the street will be lined with girls. If you know what I mean.

So when a friend invited me to this short visit to a certain club in the red light district, I said yes. And I’ve prepared myself for it.

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I wasn’t trying to look like a guy, but at the very least, I hoped I passed as a butch. Security reasons man. I didn’t want to be kicked out cos I looked like I didn’t belong there, or worse, being picked up haha who was I kidding /o\

We went out after 9 and took the Transjakarta to go there. Yup, it’s that close. Since I don’t want to be shot, I won’t tell you the club’s name or where exactly it is located, but I don’t think it’s that hard to figure out. I thought it would be in a very secluded place, but turns out it was right there by the street. You only need to walk in for a bit to get to the door. We alighted near the building and walked straight into the place.

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Celebrating Spazz & Dazz!

The day finally came! All seven of us finally sat together to celebrate this joke taken too far, and guess what, we even discussed future plans! And the future looks bright, my friends.

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Dira’s room was so alive with eight girls in it. Taking turns of showers took forever. But we’re finally ready and stepped into Hummingbird. Irina was already there, so the day got even merrier! \o/

Hummingbird is this lovely restaurant in Jalan Progo, Bandung. It looked quitr fancy, but it’s affordable. The price is considerably cheaper than Jakarta fine restaurants, but the servings are really big, most of the food was ended up being shared. And have I mentioned the place is really cute?

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I ordered this thing called Lucifer only because it claimed to have onions jam in it. I love onions. I’m the queen of onions. Turns out it’s a plate of crepe with a sunny egg, beef, and onion jam. It’d make a glorious breakfast.

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I also ordered this chocolate cake, the name is too fancy for me to remember. I munched on it immediately and it tasted like heaven. Then I remembered that I hadn’t taken a pic of it.

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We ordered so many things, including three giant slices of cake. The nine of us only paid for a total of 700,000 IDR ($63), which was a total bargain of great food and great place of course! We took so many pics at the place, taking advantage of the cute interior, it was embarrassing. But the highlight of the day was of course when we talked about Spazz & Dazz.

We reminisced to the day when Spazz & Dazz came into fruition. It was such a stupid day. We never thought that it would be this big or even taking turns where it’s heading now. None of us regrets of ever making this fanzine happen. If ever, we already have expansion plans in store for Spazz & Dazz! One at a time. We’ll probably do it next year. Let’s start with the cover of the 4th issue which will be released next week. I won’t get bored of saying this, but you really don’t want to miss it. Check out the cover teaser at the back of our 3rd issue!

After Hummingbird, Sasha & I specially requested to be taken to Jalan Riau where it’s full of the cheap shoppig that is Bandung. Even the shops look cute.

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This is of course far, far more cheaper than the boutique we visited yesterday. I bought a couple of tees, a shirt, and a blazer, and thought I should be ashamed for shopping too much this month. I still have lots of number on my Ender list to buy, not to mention some of the gadgets I need and more clothes /o\ with that said, I’m planning to make over my whole wardrobe and thus throwing away those clothes I never use anymore. Thinking of throwing a garage sale for it. Would you buy them? Everything will be super cheap, I promise.

Hours later, the day had to end and it was time to go home. None of us wanted to face Monday, but it’s a must if we want to see another weekend. The road back to Jakarta was pretty smooth, I even still had two hours left in my Ender’s Shadow audiobook. I know what will accompany me through all my long commuting now. I’m gonna get more audiobooks. \o/

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Weekend in Bandung

Hi guys! What’s up? I’m in Bandung right now, staying at Dira’s. The whole Spazz & Dazz team is here, because we want to celebrate our achievement in the Lunafly project. We’ve just released our third issue too by the way! Next week we’ll release our 4th cover and you don’t want to miss it cos it’s awesome.

I departed to Bandung yesterday night, suffering a crowded traffic after the rain. No complain though, cos I got myself the audiobook of Ender’s Shadow and it accompanied me through the whole journey. It was my first time listening to an audiobook and it was grrrrreat. I should collect more audiobooks.

We went to karaoke today. Three hours of shameless singing. It was funny cos we have a hate and love relationship with EXO, but we screamed our lungs out for their songs anyway.

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It was madness.

We had snack in Soerabi Imoet in Setiabudi, and it was not bad. The serabi was not that special, but it was really cheap. The okonomiyaki was awesome though.

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Back at Dira’s, I introduced the girls to Ylvis and I’m not sure it was a good thing. XD

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate Spazz & Dazz’ success up to the 3rd issue as well as XiuFix’ 1st anniversary. We’re going to discuss the future of Spazz & Dazz too and we’ve got some plans already. FYI, I’m also still selling my Chen photobook, please buy it. ^^;;

Talk to you soon!

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