Saturday, February 21, 2009

Of Bats and Dragonflies


Downtown Jakarta.


One of Jakarta's futuristic influences near Senayan Stadium.


The endless Jakarta traffic jams. As far as the eye can see. This was along Sudirman Road.


A view of the tarmac from the smoking lounge of the food court at Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

The meeting went well yesterday, and an old friend who has been based in Jakarta picked me up late in the evening for some drinks. We headed to Dragonfly, the supposed most hip club in town and sure enough we were greeted by every car imaginable that I would find problems buying even a tire for. It's one of those housy, trancy, whateveryoucallit kind of club. And yes, it's where the pretty people congregate. Well at least the women were hot.

Women make such an effort when they club and guys, well some just seemed to have rolled out of bed, scratched their balls, put on a pair of jeans and drove over to the club. Maybe it was a good day but the girls were hot and a large number looked like models. All of the ladies were mighty fine looking specimens.

If you stood back and took it all in, it really put the fashion divide between clubbing men and women to the test - A consistent grade of hot, Blackberry carrying, well dressed women combined with a crowd of men folk who seemed like an odd combination of orcs, elves and and every bar fly at Moe's Tavern from the Simpson's cartoon.

Anyway, it seemed a little like a poser joint and my buddy was in the mood for some live music.

We hit the Shangri La Hotel, and and I was surprised that for 5 star hotel, Bats, the club in the hotel was such an open 'meat market' establishment. Brix, the club below the Hyatt in Singapore is well known for this but the ladies are hard to spot and are discreet. In Bats, where the live band rocked out Top 40 hits and some old rock anthems, 95% of the women in the place had a price on their head and it was Cleavage and Wonderbra Central!

Also an interesting scene where the ladies pretend to gyrate to the music but actually hope their jiggling is going to tempt one of men in the bar to 'tapau' them back. The men on the other hand just quietly nurse their drinks while trying discreetly to look for companionship. These dudes are made up mainly of expatriates and lonely hotel guests fishing for some booty. Either under dressed in the tired Just After Work Threw On An Old Shirt And Jeans ensemble OR they go over the top especially the older ones and turn up looking like Tom Jones on a bad hair day. Now you know where all the Single In Jakarta expats head to, to find warm bodies to keep them warm at nights.

Thinks it's age catching up to me. Ordinarily I would stay out in a club and party out the night. Now I just want quiet beers and good company. I surprised myself that I wasn't even staring at some of the bobos on exhibition in both Dragonfly and Bats. The Gay Brigade can relax though, I'm not going to bring down the neighborhood by crossing over with my Seremban Neanderthal dress sense. Plus I enjoy the female form way to much. But it's still a weird feeling when you see yourself in the third party growing out of a younger, hornier skin and greeting a newer BUT more settled form with a quiet sigh of relief.

9 comments:

ah lim said...

Ugly trolls and pretty maidens. Yin and Yang :P

Chindiana said...

Yeah man, except the trolls drive around in the latest TT, Z or C class or 7 series....

plain jane said...

the trolls need 'em hot rods lah to attract 'em pretty maidens. you think if they drove around in a besi buruk, the wonderbra lass would give a hoot?

Chindiana said...

Jane! at least I have a lady's POV or else they'd say it was my sourpuss poor dude's opinion!

ah lim said...

Why are men attracted to beautiful women? Why can't we find someone that is compatible heart and soul (without judging looks)? Why are we so wired to our beastly self? Why women only look for men with money (not all lar).

Are we confined to just this biological human animal??

Chindiana said...

um...Ah Lim, aahh...... we should go for beers one day my friend. I'll tell you about the birds and the BMWs...

ah lim said...

HAHAHA...

ghoul said...

Ai yo, i have to go to Jakarta next week for a 2-day workshop. what can we do there? eh? any suggestion?

don't lar party party. too old for that. .... spaaaaaa? :P

word verification: consvwx

Chindiana said...

Get in a cab and ask for 'seribu satu' Ghoulie...