A quick trip to Jakarta

In April 2014, my work took me to Jakarta. This city was not on my list of “must visit” places, and yet I was glad I visited this part of the world.

Here are a few observations, unless otherwise explicitly mentioned, compared with Hyderabad, India.

A brief travelogue for you all!

Jakarta is a big city, and that was evident as soon as I stepped out of the airport. Infrastructure (read buildings, skyscrappers, roads, pavements, public transportion, etc.) is really impressive!

I observed some interesting aspects about two wheelers during my couple of weeks stay and commute in the city.
i) Rider and pillion, both wear helmets – good! I think it’s required by law.
ii) I found it strange that the lights were turned on during the day time time too. Just bikes, not cars and other vehicles, though.
iii) This was a whole new surprise to me – they have two wheeler taxis! They’re everywhere, carry one passenger and price is negotiable.

In general, traffic is very disciplined. The traffic is heavy but still runs smooth – everyone respects traffic rules, follow lane system and policemen are seen at many junctions to keep a check. No unnecessary honking even if the traffic slows down at junctions or narrow entrances.

Food is good. It would be a treat for people who enjoy non vegetarian dishes – a lot of variety and cuisines are served. While I hogged on a lot of chicken and sea food varieties only, beef is the default meat there. I had to mention not to include beef every time I ordered non veg dishes. Pure vegetarian visitors will need an extra effort to find places to eat comfortably.

While Jakarta is an International business destination and is one of the most densely populated asian cities, the locals are not very comfortable with any language other than theirs. I had tough time conversing with everyone around in English. Some people can’t speak beyond Yes and No. I ended up learning a few commonly used words to deal with the cab drivers.

Another interesting experience was currency. Do you know I was a millionaire for a while? With a conversion rate of about 1 Indian Rupee = 190 Indonesian rupiah, the few hundred US dollars I carried for my travel expenses showed balances on travel card beyond my expectations!

But again, I paid 35,000 for Fried Rice, 1,98,000 for a six pack of beer and what not! I was poor again in no time.

Jakarta has some really impressive malls. I visited a few just to roam around and get a feel of the massive shopping arrangement. Except TVs, everything else was priced higher than the commodities in India. After dividing the prices by 190 a few times, for which I needed calculator, I moved on to division by 200 in my head. 🙂

I had a long weekend during my visit which also gave me an opportunity to cover some places around the city. With three other colleagues, all from India, we visited a hot spring, a strawberry farm, an inactive volcano and a quick stop in tea gardens on the way.

Here are a few more pictures from the visit (following pages). Click on the thumbnails to see full size images. All images clicked using Nokia Lumia 820.

How To: Change the post width in Twenty Fourteen (WordPress default theme)

The default width of the post in Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme is 474px.

When you remove all the widgets from the Content Sidebar, the post text does adjust a little bit and move to the right to remain centered. However, the width of the post still remains to be standard 474px.

This CSS code will help you in changing that width. However, I would strongly recommend creating a child theme, if you already don’t have one.

Do this first: Create a child theme for Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme.

Now, use the code below to change the width as you please. In my example, I changed it to 700px. Change only the number 700 in the code below to a preference of your choice.

 .site-content .entry-header,
 .site-content .entry-content,
 .site-content .entry-summary,
 .site-content .entry-meta,
 .page-content {
 margin: 0 auto;
 max-width: 700px;

While this should suffice, you may also want to change certain other aspects to match the width to maintain consistency. The names of the blocks should tell you what you’re changing.

max-width: is the property that needs the new value.

 .image-navigation {
 margin: 24px auto 48px;
 max-width: 700px;
 padding: 0 10px;
 .page-header {
 margin: 24px auto;
 max-width: 700px;
 .contributor-info {
 margin: 0 auto;
 max-width: 700px;
 .comments-area {
 margin: 48px auto;
 max-width: 700px;
 padding: 0 10px;
 .site-main .mu_register,
 .widecolumn > h2,
 .widecolumn > form {
 margin: 0 auto 48px;
 max-width: 700px;
 padding: 0 30px;
University of Hyderabad Half Marathon 9th March 2014

University of Hyderabad Half Marathon – 9th March 2014

It was a very pleasant and energetic morning at the University of Hyderabad today with so many runners participating and completing the half-marathon, 10K and 3K runs.

Here are a few videos from my Lumia. Stay tuned for the pictures! Photo album is posted on facebook.

Scientifically-proven funniest joke in the world!

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He’s not breathing and his eyes are glazed, so his friend calls 911.

“My friend is dead! What should I do?”

The operator replies, “Calm down, sir. I can help. First make sure that he’s dead.”

There’s a silence, then a loud bang. Back on the phone, the guy says, “Ok, now what?”