After moving to the capital of Indonesia, here are the things you'll need to know to help settle in
Okay so you’ve prepared everything you can before your move to Jakarta and you’ve covered the basics during your first 30 days in the Big Durian. Now, here comes the little things that make a house into a home. Here are some of the things you may wish to consider when it comes to settling into life in Jakarta during your first 60 days in the city:
Setting up TV and cable
Many service providers offer cable TV and home wireless Internet and getting both in a bundle can cost you just a few dollars extra. Some of the most popular providers include First Media and Biznet Home.
Furniture and interiors
If you’re here for the long run, think about investing in some quality furniture or interior design pieces. Java has a wealth of fantastic wooden furniture-makers, who can create beautiful, elaborate, and cultural chairs, tables, bedframes, and more for your home. Check out Jalan Kemang Timur, there are a number of furniture makers on this street so you’ve got your pick!
If you’re looking for something more modern, check out our round up of the best furniture shops in Jakarta. There you will find everything from antique to European to super modern, and even quirky! For outdoor furniture in Jakarta specifically, head here for our store guide.
For the finishing touches, make sure you have a look at goods made by these fantastic local interior design brands. Not only will they help make your house a home, you might want to pick up some extra pieces for gifts.
And don’t forget that we have a whole category for home and décor on our main site. Check back from time to time to see profiles and stories on the newest and best home brands, labels, and trends in the city.
Unlike other big Southeast Asian countries, when it comes to housekeepers and nannies, there aren’t really agencies you can turn to conveniently. In Jakarta, the best way of finding reliable help is by word-of-mouth, if others are happy with their employees they will definitely recommend them, especially for housekeepers. Alternately, Indonesia Expat also has a classified section where you might be able to get some leads. Also, don’t forget trying some of the social clubs, such as the American Club, they also have a similar section.
One of the best things about Jakarta is how international the city is. Ask around to your friends before to the Big Durian and odds are that a friend has a friend already living here. The communities at the international schools is also a great place to start. Many other parents have been in the same situation and are happy to help a newcomer.
But if you are looking to meet a lot of other like-minded people Jakarta has a number of social clubs including the Women’s International Club Jakarta, British Women’s Association, Asociacion Iberoamericana, American Women’s Association, and many more.
For the athletes, Jakarta has a league for almost any sport. Some of the most popular leagues in town are the Jakarta Cricket Association, Hockey Club Kombinasi for field hockey, the Hash House Harriers, but there is a more complete list on the Living in Indonesia website.
Hairdressers, beauty, grooming
So you’ve been in Jakarta for a little while and it’s time for a trim or touch up those roots. Jakarta has lots of great salons, barber shops, and kiddie kuts spots so it’s easy to find your trusted glam team.
This article is sponsored by Crown Relocations.