New Year’s Eve in the Big Durian

Time really flies. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating New Year 2011 and suddenly in a few hours from now, we are approaching New Year 2012. 

Celebrating the New Year is an age-old tradition, and people who live in Jakarta or also known as the Big Durian usually  go out and enjoy the celebration. After all, we have much to look forward to in 2012, as the economy continues to expand and the country prepares to face new challenges.

Jakarta people usually gather in major street like Jalan Thamrin, Monas Statue, or Ancol Bay City.

Many people will drive around the city and wait for the New Year at 00.00.

After that, we will have fireworks. Not as big as other big cities but it was great enough and made most of Jakarta’s people entertained.

Hotels, cafes, and TV Stations are preparing many entertaining programs. Hotels will offer discounts for family to spend their New Year’s Eve there and many other interesting New years parties.

This weekend, you can bet that there will be lots of huge events taking place in the Big Durian. After all, it’s a great occasion to get dressed up with all your friends and paint the town red.

However, given the ugliness of Jakarta’s traffic, it is impossible not to admire the resilience of Jakarta people, who keep on driving every day on some of the most chaotic and disorganized roads in the world.

And I am sure that the roads will be even more chaotic on New Year’s Eve but it would not stop Jakarta people from going out and celebrate.

Some people say that traffic is like a test of our character, our resilience, our endurance, and our patience. These valuable experiences are priceless, and we will be amazed at how small things can teach us big lessons.

In fact everything that happens in life teaches us lessons, lessons produce values, and values transform character.

And with a grateful heart, I close this post which is my last and my 52nd post of 2011.  Yes, I have met the postaweek2011 challenge.   

Before I sign off for the year, I want to take a moment to thank you for coming to this site, for reading, and for your thoughtful comments.

I’m looking forward to even more exciting times ahead.



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