Maneuvering any city can be challenging, even on the best days and Jakarta is no different. Many of us rely on our smartphones to stay entertained, amused, or informed. While Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are all really fun, there are some other apps out there that can help you better navigate our urban jungle. Just make sure you grab your charger, invest in a good power pack, or have a handy car charger for your long day out of the house!
We’ve told you how excited we are about Über coming to Jakarta, but now, almost five months out, we’re still in our honeymoon phase with the car-service app. But that’s not all, we’re even more excited by Über X, their “budget” personal-driver service that’s more affordable than Blue Bird taxis – and no minimum order fee. Plus, we are still swooning over the fact that we don’t need to be worried about small change! Our only criticism is that most of the drivers have a hard time using the app themselves and often get lost. Make sure to keep your ringer on after your order, because we almost guarantee that you will get a call asking for directions.
They only launched their app earlier this year but Go-Jek has changed our lives. Forgot the milk or bread and are too tired/lazy to make the trip again? Do you need to buy one item at a shop all the way across the city? Is it rush hour and you need a quick ride? Just too busy at work to hand deliver a package? Go-Jek totally has your back and at incredibly affordable rates. That to-do list just got a whole lot more manageable! And guess what Bali? They are on your island too!
For all of you suffering from hanger (hunger + angry), or to the victims of hanger, the food-delivery app Klik-Eat is here to save the day. In the last few months, they have been adding restaurants to their already impressive portfolio almost daily! This super-easy-to-use website and app asks you to input your location, then it lists all the restaurants that will deliver to you. Their menus and the pricing are listed clearly. And you can even ask for special requests in their comments section on each item. They calculate the total and you can either pay online or with cash when the food is delivered. The dependable service usually takes less than an hour from the time you order until you receive your food.
We’re in the midst of the rainy season, so you know the PetaJakarta, the amazing real-time, Twitter-aggregated mapping app is a must-have. If you get caught out in the rain, this app can be the difference between getting stuck in macet for one hour or three hours. And make sure to share the love, if you run into a flood, report it on Twitter to @petajkt with the hashtag #banjir to help your fellow residents out.
Don’t worry Jakarta, despite the macet, we still love you. This unconditional love doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to find a way to avoid traffic, or at least have realistic expectations of what traversing the city will be like. Enter Waze, a user-generated real-time notification and mapping app lists areas where the traffic is bad and why. And you know you can trust it as even GoogleMaps is currently using Waze to determine their traffic zones.