Sheila Yovita

Sheila Yovita

A banker who enjoys exploring her own city almost every weekend. I'm blessed experiencing warmth and hospitality from local in every new cities I've visited. I want to reciprocate the warmth and hospitality to visitors coming to my city. Feel free to ask me for local advices! Welcome to Jakarta! :-)

EXPERIENCE JAKARTA: One Day Living A Local Life
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Hello travelers! Welcome to Jakarta. Thank you for visiting my city. My name is Sheila. I was born here, was raised here and up until now, I still live in this capital city of Indonesia. One of my passion is in tourism industry. Everytime I visit a country, it is my hope to experience living like a local. Hence, through this platform, I hope I can provide that kind of experience for travelers visiting Jakarta.

  • Highlights: morning run or briskwalk in National Monument park or a visit to traditional wet market, local cuisine and street food (including a must try Indonesia sweet thick pancake, known as martabak), public transportation experience (TransJakarta, angkot, bajaj and train), and batik shopping in the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia.
  • This is a private and flexible trip. Usually the trip starts at 6AM and there's no fixed time schedule throughout the trip. There are highlights to see/experience but along the route, usually there will be changes adjusted to travelers interest/curiosity. A private trip means maximum 2 persons per trip for our convenience. 
  • If you are interested and need inquiry for the itinerary, kindly message me.
  • Background picture credit to: owegoo.com

Tour Information

Location
Duration
1 Day
Departure
01:00
Price per Participant
0,00 SGD
Languages
Group size
1 - 2 people
Transportation
Train
Bus
Walking
Includes
Friendly guide, that's me :)
Excludes
Food, transportation and personal expenses (shopping). For food, usually one person spends IDR150k per day. For transportation, usually one person spends IDR100k per day.
Cancellation

About the creator
Sheila Yovita

Sheila Yovita

Hello travelers! Welcome to Jakarta. Thank you for visiting my city. My name is Sheila. I was born here, was raised here and up until now, I still live in this capital city of Indonesia. One of my passion is in tourism industry. Everytime I visit a country, it is my hope to experience living like a local. Hence, through this platform, I hope I can provide that kind of experience for travelers visiting Jakarta.
  • Highlights: morning run or briskwalk in National Monument park or a visit to traditional wet market, local cuisine and street food (including a must try Indonesia sweet thick pancake, known as martabak), public transportation experience (TransJakarta, angkot, bajaj and train), and batik shopping in the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia.
  • This is a private and flexible trip. Usually the trip starts at 6AM and there's no fixed time schedule throughout the trip. There are highlights to see/experience but along the route, usually there will be changes adjusted to travelers interest/curiosity. A private trip means maximum 2 persons per trip for our convenience. 
  • If you are interested and need inquiry for the itinerary, kindly message me.
  • Background picture credit to: owegoo.com

Highlight #1: Morning Exercise in the landmark of Jakarta

There are two options to start this trip: (1) We start with morning exercise in the park surrounding the landmark of Jakarta, the National Monument or (2) a visit to traditional wet market. I will pick you up from your hotel/hostel.

Park area in National Monument is one of a park in the city to do morning exercise. We can do briskwalking/jogging circling the monument. One lap is 1.1km. For one hour briskwalking, I usually do 5.5 lap. After morning exercise, we will do a little sight touring around the park. The park has a pathway structured from green thin stone to have your feet massaged by walking on it without shoes on (same thing as doing reflexology). It also has several kinds of plants from various region of Indonesia, statues and deer that were originated from Istana Bogor (Bogor Palace).

Picture credit to www.beritajakarta.com

Highlight #2: Local Cuisine and Street Food

There are various of local cuisine that we can have for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner and also there are various of street food. We will have those meals in local ways. If you are a vegetarian or have allergic, please let me know in advance, so I can adjust our food menu.  

Some options for our meals: breakfast (bubur ayam/chicken congee or ketupat sayur), lunch (Sundanese food) and early dinner (sate/satay or nasi goreng/fried rice or nasi gila/crazy rice). We're going to have must-try snacks (see below pics): Indonesia thick sweet pancake (martabak). 

Picture credit to dapuranda.com and bubbleteaology.com

Highlight #3: Public Transportation Experience

There are various public transportation available to explore Jakarta: TransJakarta (the series of bus lines operating on certain routes with the bus is running from the right side of the lane in its designated lane), public buses (big and mini buses, locals called it "bis/kopaja/metromini"), public vans (locals called it "angkot"), bajaj (India-made bajaj vehicle), and ojek (motorcycle ride). 

Some locals, many expats and tourists say it's a very daunting task to understand and use the public transportation. That's why most prefer using own vehicle, hence causing traffic due to too many cars/motorcycle. This trip will let you experience using public transportation to get around Jakarta. We will use TransJakarta, bis, angkot, bajaj and also we'll use commuter line (train that operates within greater Jakarta area).

Picture credit to: liputan6.com, bbc.com, indowarta.com, jakartabytrain.com. 

Photo editor: befunky.com

Highlight #4: Batik shopping in the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia

We're going to visit Tanah Abang textile market. The market has been known to exist since 1735 and it's the main textile trade in Indonesia and the biggest in Southeast Asia.

It is said to be unpleasant to shop here, mainly for the hassle to haggle the price. But I'm the local, your own safety and convenience are my priority. For me, shopping in this market is a unique experience. They just not sell batik, but everything is available (including fake bags/shoes/eyeglasses etc). 

Picture credit to: https://cdn.sindonews.net/dyn/620/content/2017/06/23/34/1216306/omzet-pedagang-pasar-tanah-abang-tergerus-penjual-online-tPv.jpg

Reviews

 5.0 stars, based on 1 reviews
  • Milanne BuitenMilanne Buiten
    (11/02/2017)

    Had a great day with Sheila! Nice to see Jakarta through the eyes of a local!

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