04 May 2009

Tamu Dari KL

I was busy doing my part time job of playing host (no Roid, bukan job yang di Taman Lawang, itu full time) for three consecutive weekends.

First, it was my former boss and his wife. Since he'd lived in Jakarta for seven years and knows Jakarta like the back of his hand, I didn't have to accompany him.


The weekend after, I received a group of six people, with Ijal as the head honcho. A day later, another good 'ol friend, Shahromi with Melia and their two adorable children came for a two-night stay.

Ijal and Shahromi are friends from university days. I regard them as my waaayyyyyy older brothers. One is always jovial while the other is always... errr... cari duit.

So, that particular weekend, there were 10 guests in my house. Penuh. Udah kayak hotel jam2-an.



Ijal doing a Colonel Sanders at RM Padang

Also in Ijal's group were two others whom I knew. Zai and Susi. For Ijal, it was his third trip to Jakarta while for Zai and Susi, it was their second time.

So, I let them be tourist guides to the other three who were first timers to Jakarta. A blessing really, because they had Pasar Tanah Abang Blok A and Bandung in their itinerary. And also Pasar Jatinegara. I've been to the first two places countless of times (so many that my knees would all be wobbly upon hearing their names).

The third week, Redmummy and her husband cum manager cum personal assistant cum banker, Sirman, came for a visit.



They first came to Jakarta in January with their two children. As this was their second trip, I let them explore Jakarta and Bandung by themselves. Redmummy is so good at haggling. Aku rasa tuan kedai rasa macam dah taknak meniaga dah kalo si Redmummy ni tawar harga.. hehehe.

Since Redmummy is a hardcore blogger, and my house is stuck in the 80s (read - no internet connection because of the cheapskate in me) I took them to Kemang where they were plenty of cafes with free wifi. The second night at Kemang (which was a Saturday night), we went to Oh La La Cafe at La Codefin.

They were "entertained" by sights of beautiful cewek-cewek Jakarta outdoing each other wearing the skimpiest of skirts. There were scores of others who were more decently dressed but nevertheless, equally pretty.

Thanks Melia for the teh tarik. Makasih Redmummy for the neck-tie, the delicious chicken and the shirt.

I will be leaving Jakarta for good in July. I have been playing host eversince I came here in February 2006. As far as I could recall, except for Ramadhan, there was not a single month where I did not receive any guests.

I truly enjoyed the company from all my Malaysian friends. Their visit lessened the feeling of homesickness.

The little time I have left here, I put aside for family members (this includes you PB) who have already planned for a long holiday in Jakarta.

Also, I need time for my self. To see places I never had the time to go to.

Roid, I am now free. Kalo mau ke pantai kek, ke hutan kek, ke gunung kek, ajakin aku ya!! *muka tak malu banget gue*.

17 comments:

peanutbutter said...

patut le senyap biz partner aku ni...bz ropanya :P

declare family je le aku ni ya...ko kan ke paksu anak2 aku

wajib pegi for the last kopek at your place...lepas ni, tak kan aku nak holiday kat rumah matron kot kan? :P

Roid said...

hhahahaha..yes Azuan..ofcourse...we count you in since you're the most Sintal blogger in the hood...

rencananya mau bulan Juni, ngga tau deh jadi apa ngga..hopefully around June, biar lu masih ada di Jakarta...

transportasi gampang...nanti kita jemput loe di Taman Lawang...blok nomor berapa biasanya mangkal?

mie said...

wahh!!!
redmummy there...
hahaaa

gadhogadho said...

PB - apasal anak2 ko panggey JJ pak su bukan ayah chik? ikut n9 ke?kalo ke rumah matron dengor cerite2 artis ngan anak2 raja je la...

Roid - hopefully jadi ya. destination di mana?.. tmpt mangkal gw sering berubah.. tapi gampang kok nyari gw.. lo cari yang dari jauh mirip yuni shara.. bawah 10 meter mirip dorce.

Mie- ya mie.. itu ibu merah

nisa said...

gadhogadho n roid:

juni insya Allah jadi, krn keputusan bukan di tangan roid. tapi di tangan ketua dan sekretaris, serta Tuhan YME tentunya.

id, sepertinya ada option lain untuk venue-nya. Acara open house di tempat azuan. hihihi!

nosa said...

zuan
you are a very good generous host thats why people keep coming back to Jakarta..dapat tourist guide sekali. i can still remember good times in Jakarta beside the "missing item" at airport ..

gadhogadho said...

Nisa - my house? gue ok2 aja. tapi harus konsep pot luck secara gw gak ada pembantu. kalo gue yg masak, pasti lho2 semua muntah darah. mau arisan sekalian? hehehe...

nosa - thx nor! ko le pemegang rekod satu-satunya guest aku yang tertinggal barang kat airport. aku tetap jeles ngan langsir ko yang cantik tu!

Anonymous said...

pak host da popular kat malaysia..cowok idaman gitu :)

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