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After reading this article, I quickly noticed, this is exactly how Silicon Valley startups are run. They go viral really quick and they do it by the backing of a couple prominent venture capital firms. And they are mostly giving the service for free. The trick to use the service for free is simple, get your friends join Go-Jek by using your referral codes. You probably can get enough credit for hundreds of usage by giving out your referral codes.

I see Go-Jek practically everywhere. I mean it. There are a lot of people wearing Go-Jek’s helmets and jackets. It’s not a rare sighting. In Jakarta where the majority of the road users are motor-bikes, this is a huge deal. This is one startup that disrupts the industry that no other foreign startups can, not even Uber. Go-Jek must be bigger than Uber by now in Indonesia.

Go-Jek is actually solving problems that really needs solving that have been around for a while.

  • Ojek as we call it in Indonesia, is a motor-bike driver who earns money thru transporting people from one place to another. In order to get their service, we need to get to the nearest Ojek ‘station’, basically where the drivers spend their days waiting for customers. It’s not feasible for a lot of people as they are getting more and more rare. Now, with Go-Jek, I can simply call them to pick me up or send something to somewhere. Oh and, the company insure the driver, the customer, and the item(s) – if lost or broken. There is no way an ordinary Ojek would give such comprehensive insurance coverage.
  • The ordering method, the driver rating method, and the app experience. The app is simply one of the most polished app I’ve seen. It does not need to look fancy. It’s great I must say and at the same time, it’s super simple that a lot of people do not need explanation on how to use it. You simply click the order button, you’ll find several options. I heard they might be addding a few more in the near future. They want to expand beyond transporting customers and items. You can set the address on the map, based on Google Maps or you can simply type the address. You’ll be given the cost (Currently, It cost about US$0.80 for 25KM trip). That’s it. Once you are done, you’ll be given the driver’s phone number, current position in real time on Google Maps, and ETA. The driver usually call you to confirm your order. Once the order is completed, you’ll be served with a page to rate the driver, and write comments if needed.

Traditional Ojek has no order. Go-Jek has. I’m confident enough that I think they could make a dent greater than what Uber has done in many countries. The name is very catchy. There is a competitor but I hardly ever see GrabBike on the road. They made a big splash to compete with Go-Jek but their numbers are dwindling down rapidly. I believe Go-Jek won the battle relatively quickly and won it without a real fight.

Would Go-Jek be they are today without huge backers? I’d say no. They are now subsidizing the real cost. In my opinion, the usage of Go-Jek will slowly goes down as they reduce subsidies, they will not give subsidies forever, that’s for sure. In the long run, Go-Jek will thrive thru popularity, order, and ease of use.


You probably think asking for a decent food offering mixed with great ambience and interior design is impossible to be done in Jakarta. This place is the anti-trend.

Let’s start with the overall design of the bistro.

It’s amazingly neat and well done. The space is reasonably sized, clear, free of obstruction, and airy. There is almost no over-the-top design. They really nailed it, function and style.


Servers are not packing the restaurant, the numbers are reasonable and they are also reasonably quick at taking orders and actually serving them out. When called, they are quite responsive as well.

Food & Drink

I have not tried any of the main dishes. I did try some of the appetizers and they were all great. The appetizers were tastefully done and there is little to complain about. I’m definitely going to go back for the main dishes. The drinks were just as well done as the appetizers. I ended up adding more than I could consume. That was a very rare case. Most of the time, I despise drinks from these kind of establishments, they were just terrible. Parc 19 is not.


While I think I can find better restaurants /cafes serving better foods, they are likely much more expensive than Parc 19. Expect to spend around Rp. 75.000 per person for a combination of a drink and an appetizer. The bistro is cozy and people will likely stay for a long time.

Score: 4 / 5

Just recently, I surfed around Jakarta, looking for a great place to spend quality time.  I have not been able to find one that is at least decent. They are either not cozy enough or the foods and drinks suck.

This is no different with Anomali Coffee. It is a disappointment. Like many others, except this one cannot maintain the order of cleanliness, neatness, and great service. I suppose the drink I drank was okay but the cake was pretty bad. Again, like many others, owners/operators of these kind of establishments do not seem to care much if at all.

Fortunately, the overall design of the cafe helps a bit. I’m sure I will like the interior design when it’s clean.

Score: 2/5

Not great pics but you should get the idea.

Choosing a great Wedding Organizer or Planner is tricky in Jakarta. There are now too many of them. Finding a decent one can be next to impossible. The beef about anything related to services in Jakarta is services are piss-poor regardless of price and popularity. Jakartaites often think if the price is high, the goods or services must be good. And they are willing to pay for it. As I wrote about Colette and Lola recently, I’m beginning to think something related to that trend and that is social status among Jakartaites, people seem to crave it.

A lot of Wedding Organizers or Planners (WO), are asking a huge sum in Jakarta. You may even compare the price to some of the well known in New York. They are pretty comparable in pricing. But the ultimate question is: whether they worth the money or not?

Let me tell you some of my experience having my own wedding and attending colleagues’ weddings. Most WOs are not worth the money. Some of them even perform well below a standard of what a-just-decent WO should be. To make things worse, some of these bad WOs charge similar money as reputable WOs. Choose wisely and consider to spend a bit more for, say IWP.

IWP plays a totally different game. They are very professional. They are very very strict with time, discipline, and attention to details. These are not something that you can train overnight. I hired IWP for my wedding and I have no complaint at all. Not a single complaint. I don’t consider myself as a perfectionist but I like tidiness, I like discipline and I am very strict with time management. IWP went beyond that. All the meetings we had were properly documented, no detail was missing. I’m also anal to small details, they were actually the ones who were more anal to the tiniest details, the details that I didn’t even think of. From the planning to the wedding day, all went smoothly without a single issue.

There are things that I learnt from hiring IWP, I actually learnt a lot from them and I am grateful I chose them instead of some name brands who were pretty snobbish when I called them. My aunt used the snobbish super popular WO and my mom who took part in organizing her wedding thinks IWP is much better. I think I can agree why. IWP is everything I was hoping for. They are probably expensive but they worth every penny. Thank you IWP!