Today was a little slow going in finding love in Jakarta, if the truth be told! Another completely restless night of very little sleep and Putra left early to go filming in Bali for the next few days. I was up so early and played with Samudra but he wouldn’t stop crying if I wasn’t holding him and I desperately needed to get some work done that had a deadline of today. He laughed while I held him, screamed when I put him down and so the cycle continued for about three hours until the lovely Iyah came to the rescue with her baby sling and me having been in tears of exhaustion.. oops! Ten minutes later she returned with Samudra asleep and put him down on the bed and then she left again… and another 15 minutes later the screaming continued and the house was empty so I gave up on getting anything done and decided to take Samudra outside for a walk to calm us both down. It was SO HOT and I was on a mission to find somewhere close and cool and new that we could go and relax in without having to battle the traffic.
I decided to go to Soeltan Coffee on Jl Ampera Raya as it is just a 5 minute walk away and I still had never been inside. It was built when I was in Australia having Samudra and so we have passed it every day but I thought it just looked like a dark little coffee shop from outside, and had never bothered to go in. I opened the door, dripping in sweat and got such a shock to find it was so huge inside! It looked more like a bar venue with loads of old couches spread around with little tables and a stage with drums and microphones set up. There were only three other people eating inside so we practically had the huge space to ourselves. Indonesia seems to seriously overstaff many venues, from shopping malls, to cafes, and it’s not unusual to see many bored staff sitting around playing on their phones to pass the time. Well, Samudra gave them all a distraction as they swarmed around us clapping their hands singing to him and soon he was jumping up and down in excitement, laughing once again, and my tension instantly disappeared. I will be eternally grateful for the smiling happy faces that we see every day here when we have adventures, it can instantly change your mood! I don’t know if it was just that I was starving hungry or that the fried tempe and tofu was just the best food ever! I practically inhaled my food and a big iced chocolate as a treat. After our little adventure there I felt instantly refreshed and Samudra was in a happier state too.
We returned home and he slept for an hour while I sat at my computer doing some designs and it continued like this on and off for the rest of the day until I finally finished and Samudra had a play with some of the local kids, before we both collapsed into bed exhausted.
I hope you had a blessed day wherever you are in the world too.