Friday, 11 April 2014

Changes to procedures British Embassy Jakarta

There has been some changes to the ways things are being done at the Embassy in Jakarta for British Passport holders.

You should click this link and follow the advice there

My advice is to click the link and also contact the Embassy direct.

I have taken this straight from their website, lets hope they don't mind

"Appointments in Jakarta can be made on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 0830-1200.

Appointments in Bali can be made Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0830-1200.
We recommend that you schedule your appointment 1 week prior your intended visit.
To avoid wasted travel, please confirm with us directly the purpose of the service you wish to obtain. Incomplete applications will be refused and you will be asked to set another appointment online."

The address for the British Embassy Jakarta is:

"British Embassy Jakarta Consular Section, British Embassy Building, Ground Floor, British Embassy Jakarta 12950 Jakarta, Indonesia Tel: +62 (21) 2356 5200 Fax: +62(21)3160858"

The consulate office has gone.

For Bali:

Well I clicked the link, there seems to be no information it just redirects you to the main page. 

The new website looks great and very simple to follow.

When I get to use it I will let you know.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Weekend Break Carita

I have just returned from a one night stay in Carita on the annual works outing which was fun and a change of scenery.
Basically all the staff and teachers and most of the administration staff based at Puri got a on a bus, went to the coastal resort town of Carita on the west coast of Java for the night. We sat and ate food, told stories, drank a few beers and enjoyed the evening.
Sunday morning was breakfast, group and team building games followed by 'throwing people into the sea time' and then time to chill before lunch, packing and going back to Jakarta.

It took us around 4 hours to get the Lippo Condominium place we were staying at. My review for this place can be found here.

The rooms were big and were allocated 3 or 4 people per room ( there was 40 of us). Luckily for me, I was sharing with one other teacher and we had our own private bathroom, however just one bed so I opted for the sofa and that was kind of comfy for the time I slept there.

Each room had a balcony and a view of trees and in front of them, the beach.
The view from the balcony

Getting there at night and in the driving rain did not dampen our spirits and as soon as we had eaten the catering food of chicken, rice and spicy satay sauce, we headed to the beach and sat on benches under a tree watching the storm and lightning, singing a few songs and chatting. It was rather warm despite the rain and the storm rumbled on for a good few hours, ending somewhere near midnight.

The place at night
Lightning over the sea

All lit up by the lightning

How the sea looks at night at Carita. The lights are from Ships

In the morning, by 6am the beach was already becoming full of people walking or swimming and with the sun burning the clouds away it was going to be a hot morning.

6am on a Sunday morning at the beach

Breakfast was rice, noodles, chicken and watermelon and then after that we headed down to the beach area for the team games. Once they were out of the way and prizes awarded, time really was our own and so swimming and using boogie boards seemed to be the order of the day, although I was more than content sat on the balcony enjoying the view and serenity of it all.
The best thing about the morning was the sight of Krakatoa Volcano which was very clear to see for a change, which was great.
With some sun

Thats the volcano

The worst thing had to be the constant procession of sellers trying to sell you their wares even though you don't want them, they would hang about until you became annoyed and then they would move on.

One guy was wandering around trying to sell me prawns, lobsters and squid which he carried about in his hands and looked terribly upset I did not want them.

Once lunch of more rice and chicken with, this time, very spicy prawns, sambal and sour soup was over it was a case of packing and waiting for the group photo before getting on the bus.

A motley lot.
The bus trip was as eventful as the trip there. We left around 2pm and got to EF Puri at 6.

All in all it was a great trip away and a chance to relax and enjoy some time at the beach and chill out with those I work with every day. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Kondominium Lippo Carita

I have just spent the weekend in Carita on the annual works outing and we stayed in Carita, which is a resort area town place on the west coast of Java with views of Krakatoa Volcano, the Sunda Straits and the sea. And with the sun shining it was a nice place to be.
40 of us went from work and we stayed at a place called Kondominium Lippo at Carita about 3.5 hours from Jakarta.

The place is on the beach and is a long 4 storey building with access to rooms being through a designated staircase.
The rooms were 3 bedroom, with 1 room ensuite and a separate shared shower. A seating area and dining area, small kitchen and a balcony facing the ocean. 4 rooms booked soon had us all hidden away and so there was plenty of space.
Food was provided by someone and brought to one of the rooms for all to eat.

Between the building and the beach was a small patch of ground and gardens and then a wall and once through the wall, hawkers and sellers annoying you with offers of massage, bananas, boogie boards, banana boat rides and the like which was not so nice.
There were also men wandering around offering you fresh Squid or lobster and prawn (in their hands) to buy should you want it. Clearly I never.

Looking at the place from the beach

The condition of the room I stayed in was clean and tidy. It had a broken cabinet, the bed looked as old as the buildings and the pillows far too used for my liking so I slept on the sofa. I think the mosquitoes got me there, a lot.

The shower and bathroom was functional and clean. Plenty of water but not hot.

Overall the place was run down and needed some repairs but it was OK for a night away and the beach and the view from the balcony of the ocean made it worth while.