Monday, July 09, 2007

Asia for a change

Today I find myself back in Jakarta for a few days. How this place has changed since my first visit in 1974! There is not one landmark I recognize even since my last visit in 1996.

As in 1996, the locals are amazed I even know a few words of bahasa. "Selamat Pagi (Good Morning)" is received with astonished looks. Mind you, I find myself wanting to use French rather than Malay, but it wouldn't take too long to get accustomed to the latter. One thing that hasn't changed - the lovely warm smiles that are the birthright of every Indonesian!