All About Indonesia #10: Directions to Sentul International Convention Center

Since V-Indonesia 2012 is almost upon us, a lot of you are probably wondering where in blazes you’ll find the venue, especially our attendees who are coming in from different countries.

Sentul International Convention Center (SICC) is located at Jalan Jenderal Sudirman – Sentul in South Jakarta. It lies right next to the toll booth at KM 33 South Sentul, Jalan Tol Jagorawi. If you need more help locating SICC with the help of GPS navigation devices, locate the address “Jalan Sudirman – Sentul’ or point coordinates -6.5591, 106.8482 (longitude latitude). The venue is notable for having hosted concerts for Jamiroquai, Justin Bieber, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry.

You can also check out the map at the SICC site:

For those who are coming in from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), look for “Soekarna-Hatta (CGK)” on the right sidebar (same webpage), click the link, and you’ll see a map (travel route highlighted) to SICC. Here are commuting directions taken from Google maps. Take note, it’s going to be a long ride.

Map at the link:

There are two ways to go about it. First is to press the “By public transit” button. Google Map will suggest various ways in which you can commute to your destination. Like so:

Look at where the red arrow is pointing

Yep, that’s the “By public transit” button. Below it, you can see the directions that you can take. Below is a sample:

Route 1

Drive/Taxi to Kalideras

Kalideras Stop ID: K3.17


Bus towards Terminal Kampung Rambutan

Terminal Kampung Rambutan


Bus towards Terminal Bogor

Simpang Bogor

Drive/Taxi to Jalan Jenderal Sudirman – Sentul

Now that’s just Route 1. You can play around with the directions like putting in the location of your hotel first, and then the directions from your hotel to the venue.

This is only the first way, which is by public transit. The second is by car (or taxi, if you can pay for the hefty fare). All you need to do is press the “by car” button, like so:

Check out where the red arrow is pointing, man.

Just the same, look at the instructions below that option. It’s a faster way to travel, but probably more expensive. If you don’t want to be late for the opening, you have to be there at September 4, at least.

Lastly, if you’re coming in from a different location altogether, just click on “From Other Locations” (“Dari Lokasi Lain” in Indonesian) and it will redirect you to a Google map page where you can put in your location (point A), click “Get Directions”, and see the highlighted possible travel routes and directions. And if you’re coming from where the above routes pass, you can also use these instructions to go to SICC.

For iPhone and iTouch users, there’s a Jakarta Map app you can download for free at (Unless you want to pay $2.99 for this one Blackberry users, do not fret, there’s also a Jakarta Map app for free at

We hope this will help you get around. See you at V-Indonesia 2012!


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Congratulations to the Winners of the 60 Seconds to Fame contest!

The hunt is over! Here are the winners of the 60 Seconds to Fame video contest!

And the winners are:

Wiam Abboud (and company) of Syria with their awesome rap video~

Dian Natalia Wibowo (and the boys) of Indonesia with a funny, adorable skit~

…and Janice Baice from Australia with her amazing dance.

These winners will get to have a meet-and-greet with VMD Pathman Senathirajah, VMP Dato’ Vijay Eswaran, and other V Partners at V-Indonesia 2012.

To the winners, I hope you enjoy your prize next week! (And make sure you’ll be there!)

Until our next contest then. 🙂

All About Indonesia #9: Modes of transport – The Ojek

Ojek or motorcycle taxis began appearing in Jakarta after the becak were banned in 1994. Ojek service began as a people’s initiative to provide a transportation options for people who used to use becak from main roads into housing complexes. There is no government licensing for or control over ojek.

Motorcycle taxis are a very common, but unlicensed, form of transport in Indonesia. They can be found in most areas of the country, from the towns where traffic jams sometimes greatly hinder other forms of transport to rural areas where four-wheeled vehicles cannot travel. Would-be passenger usually haggle with the driver over the fee which is generally around IDR 5,000 to IDR 10,000 (about 50¢ to US$ 1) for short trips. So bargain before you get on or ask a local what the price should be first.

By law all motorcycle passengers should wear helmets, so ojek drivers should have a spare for you to wear. Ojek tend to congregate at t-junctions on main roads and near smaller roads that are not serviced by bus routes. Ladies have a careful balancing act if wearing a dress and must sit sidewise on the back of the vehicle.

Many motorcycle taxi drivers own their vehicles or are paying installments for them through credit. The availability of cheap Indonesian-made motorcycles from Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki and some cheaper Chinese imports combined with the ease with which driver’s licenses can be obtained and credit schemes has resulted in the rapid growth of motorcycle taxis. However, in several areas, the motorcycles used are often stolen ones without any papers.

Indonesian law requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets. However often only the driver does so. Sometimes drivers provide a helmet for the passenger but more likely drivers will simply avoid larger streets where police might catch the violation.

Nowadays, because of traffic, ojek are often the fastest form of transport, especially in Jakarta. Many people choose ojek over taxis because, although taxies are much safer, ojek are cheaper and can easily maneuver through the traffic.

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All About Indonesia #8: Modes of transport – The Mikrolet

Mikrolets are mini buses/vans which operate on fixed routes. They carry 6 – 12 passengers depending on the type of vehicle and charges per person. The fare varies with distance and students in uniform pay less. The fare may range from 1000 Rupiahs to 4000. It is advised never to pay more than 4000 Rupiahs and be wary of pickpockets, who are known for misdirection and distracting tactics, so pay attention to your belongings. Put them in your bag and always put it touching your body. Never let anything misdirects you.

The beginning and end points of the routes are visible on the front and back of each vehicle, along with a route number. For example, Tanah Abang – Meruya M11.

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All About Indonesia #7: Modes of transport – The Kereta Api

A kereta api is a commuter train that runs several times daily from Bogor to Jakarta. These trains are barely furnished and often quite dirty. Scores of passengers brave the dangers and seat themselves atop the trains to avoid paying the fares.

Trains to other major cities in Java leave Jakarta from train stations at Gambir, Tanah Abang, and Senin. Different classes of service are available, with the first class or executive class being quite comfortable. Some trains can be booked in advance. Trains are a good transportation option for inter-city travel on a budget.

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Attention: To everyone who needs assistance with their visa, please read


There are some VCON participants whose country is not in the list of countries that can apply for a visa on arrival at Indonesia. So if you need assistance for your visa applications, you should get in touch with the REGISTRATION TEAM headed by Vijiyar Thevan.

There are only a few days left until V-Indonesia 2012 and we at The V are doing our best to help you prepare for the biggest event to happen in Sentul International Convention Center on 5-9 September 2012. We’d like to make your attendance at V-Indonesia comfortable and hassle-free. Hence, we are asking you to complete a few requirements to make sure you’re all set for the big day:

  1. You must download the visa application form from the Indonesian Embassy website of your base country
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Scan a copy of your passport.
  4. Send the filled-out application form along with a scanned copy of your passport to the registration team:;

All About Indonesia #6: Modes of transport – The Bis

This is a continuation of our All About Indonesia series to help people flying in to Indonesia to get used to their surroundings.

In Indonesia, the locals call the bus, bis. There are basically two kinds of buses, the air-conditioned ones and the non-air-conditioned ones. If you want comfort, take the AC buses, but it will be more expensive. If you want to travel cheap, you’ll have to sacrifice comfort and, occasionally, safety, as many economy class bus drivers are quite reckless.

There are a large number of bis companies servicing routes in Jakarta. Many of the larger buses seat 25-40 people (depending on type). The buses have set prices (which should be posted on the bus). Bus companies include the government-owned PPD and Damri, which provides service to the airport. Private companies include Metro Mini. Some buses are air conditioned like Mayasari and Patas AC. Other bus lines are run by cooperatives like Kopaja and Kopami. MetroMini is the oldest running bus company since the 1980s but also in the most need of repair.

All buses have set routes and set fares, but not set schedules. Students in uniform pay a lower rate, no matter the distance. If you’re not sure of the fare, ask other passengers what it is. Pay the “conductor”, who is usually hanging out the back door. He won’t have change for large bills.

Buses are the most common transport of the masses and many are in bad condition.

Bus passengers are often the target for robberies, street singers, and beggars – both on the buses and in major bus terminals. Many bus drivers are notorious for reckless driving as they race against each other to try and pick up passengers before other buses plying the same route. Metro Mini is said to have the most number of incidents like this.

Buses do not necessarily stop at bus stops; they stop wherever they can pick up a passenger be it in the middle of the road or on a busy intersection. Buses do not necessarily come to a complete stop for passengers to get off and on. So be careful as to which foot you step off the bus with!

The beginning and end points of each bus route are found on the front and back of each bus, along with a route number. If you don’t know which bus to take, just ask the people at the bus stop and they’ll tell you (it helps if you speak Bahasa Indonesia, of course).

Inter-city buses to other cities in Java and Sumatra (bis antar kota) can be found at the biggest bus stations – Pulau Gadung, Kampung Rambutan, Lebak Bulus, Blok M, and Kota.

Transjakarta buses offer a more modern version of the bus option for transportation in Jakarta. Transjakarta began operating in January 2004, and is an air conditioned bus which serves a particular route. It has it’s own busway on the main thoroughfares, so it doesn’t get caught in traffic jams when the roads are really busy. Transjakarta has 11 routes ( The ticket price is only Rp 3.500 (as of Jan. 2012).

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