After wallowing in the apartment for weeks, I ventured out to see if Jakarta was truly as boring as I imagined. Well, the drain is big and open and smelly, is what I found! The little lanes of this business district are pretty enough, I guess; plenty of big houses, hardly any sidewalks.
Some attractive restaurants:
Found my way to Museum Nasional, a reminder of how boring can a museum be made with poor layout, scratchy/smudged cases and miniature-font descriptions, even if the exhibits themselves have potential. The Ethnology section was more interesting, and the courtyard was pretty. The only awe-inspiring bit was the 3500-yr old skeletal remains in the new wing of the museum.
The most amusing part of my visit was watching the school kids let loose in the museum, getting excited about some Westerners and crowding around for autographs!