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A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's JAKARTA - Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Beer and other types of alcohol are sold at about the same price as other similar locations in the city and here you also have to pay a 'cover fee' to get in. That is a similar amount to those other places as well. When paying you can almost rest assured that you will get worth while for your money, since all those popular places still have to fight to get a decent number of visitors during working days, which are often dramatically more quiet than weekends. And those five working days have to bring in some money as well.

A foreign band here as well plays a diverse selection of modern and popular current music with some hits from a not-so-far past. Easy to listen to, especially when the band is trying to sweep up the public once more; something that is not always that easy when you have a crowd of somewhat more rigid Koreans and Japanse visitors. The few Indians and the always available Westerners that are present can not influence that too much.

After midnight the crowd here is at it's peak as well, on weekdays as well as during the weekends you can find your way through the crowds here quite easily, which might come in handy when you have to go to the toilet which happens to be on the other side of the hall. It's not the first time that happens I suppose. On your way you will most likely run into some young ladies as well, still 'drinking' their welcome drink which comes with the cover fee of some 80.000 Rupiah's.

Because the area is split in two parts, there is an area where most people stand and a more quiet area to sit down for those who want to spend a little bit more money on their night's out, a long bar is created as the central divider of those two areas. The ideal hang-out for those young ladies and easy to recognize as such. The long tape of young women - and the somewhat less young as well - runs from the front all the way to the back, right through the entire space. Some are in groups, others came alone, but their main objective is clear; they will not go home before they have a date.

The funny thing is that some women - in specific the youngest among them - will just disappear for an hour or so to pop up again all of a sudden. And since sitting on the toilet around one hour is way too long, it is just funny to observe this for a while. Maybe the girl gets into contact with a Korean or Japanese guy that quickly lets her know that he is willing to hand over some money. It just takes a short fuck in a hotel room in order to receive somewhere between 100 and 300 U.S. dollar, cash.

These transactions are rarely obscured in any way. Negotiations about the price are just like on a traditional market here, bargaining fro and back and payment in foreign currency is no problem at all, also because the U.S. dollar nowadays brings in some 10.500 per dollar, which used to be somewhere around 9.000 for many years. Not bad for a walk to the nearest money changer, which is most likely open 24 hours a day in the hotel above the joint.

When the girl appears later that night it is first time to tell how everything went in one of the rooms of Hotel Mulia. Nothing better than to have a nice little chat with the girlfriends about what took place before the full payment was received. It is not even a problem to share banknotes of 100 dollar among friends, that's over a million Rupiah. This is just how crazy it can get I suppose.

It was just fine that I was not able to pick up the entire conversation clearly, because I was sure they were also discussing me as one of their targets of course. However most people here assume that older men do have more money than their younger versions, it is a nice distraction of their daily work to have a short conversation with someone of their own age. Who knows that person turns into a husband in a few years time. It might be clear that some of those professional women here do keep that in mind as well.

For sure a big part of the women here is single or has a boyfriend that is just too innocent or stupid to think that women that go to places like by themselves this every single night just go here for a drink and the good music. Married women sometimes have to get the money here for their little son because dad didn't work hard enough the week before. A part of them is - deep in their heart - searching for a partner to spend their lives with. A little bit 'rich' is welcome, so those kids don't have to worry about going to school when their new dad is traveling abroad.

Hotel Mulia
Jl. Asia Afrika
10270 Jakarta Pusat
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Tags: nightlife, jakarta, mulia, cj, girls, hotel

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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