Looks like we're all going about our business like nothing's happened. We went out for lunch at an Italian restaurant on Sunday and it was quite full. You'd never guess that bombs had just gone off in our city just last week.
We've decided to stay put in Jakarta. Here in Kemang, life seems to be going on as normal. I just want to say that in my year here in Jakarta, I've come to the conclusion that most Indonesians are very friendly, very warm and quite, quite tolerant. Some people may read in the papers "...most populous Muslim country in the world" and think "Uh-oh! Millions of terrorists!" And if your idea of a terrorist is someone in Muslim dress, well have I got news for you - they're not common here in Jakarta. I see more covered heads walking the streets of KL than I do here. And unlike Malaysia, the population isn't exactly divided into Melayu, Cina, India dan lain-lain and given their religion based on ethnicity. (Here, you. Melayu. Okay.. Islam. You.. Cina. Okay... Buddhist) That's why I never realised Wahyu from Dear Hubby's office is actually a Christian. I felt very silly when I realised I'd done the Malaysian thing and simply assumed he was Muslim based on his name and appearance.
Everyone I've met has greeted me with a friendly Hello or a smile and I've never had any problem because I'm an Asian married to a white man. They may not speak fluent English or any English at all but you have no doubt about their friendliness.
I would really like to go to Mega Kuningan to have a look at the hotels but I don't think I can with a baby in tow. This isn't the first time and this won't be the last. As long as people are feeling left out of progress and being forced to do things just one way, there will be more attacks.