4. Jakartass in print
Unless you've retained a few pieces of mine in the Jakarta Post, then you're unlikely to be holding any words of mine in the loo. But as of today you can because today's the day that Culture Shock - Jakarta
My (partial) rewrite of the original book by my good friend Derek Bacon
, who retains co-authorship status, is already a 'best seller' in terms of books about Jakarta, so I suppose I am now officially a 'professional writer' like Andre, finding issues that engage my interest.
And like him, I reckon that what I write in the book and here are found sounds, mere echoes of shared thoughts.
It is therefore important to give credit where some of it is due and these are the acknowledgments I made to my online friends:OigalPatungIndcoupJava JiveHera Diani TreespotterThe RevellerAntony CasualSimon PitchforthOng Hock ChuanDominic in Surabaya
I owe lots of Bintang beers to Gary Dean of Okusi Associates
. I'm happy that he's teetotal.Simon Grigg
in Bali and Leonardo Pavkovic
in New York added depth to Chapter 7 with their analyses of Indonesia's music scene.
For a jolly good read, check out Jakarta Kid
which may or may not be a fictionalized account of an expat’s stay in Jakarta back in the early nineties.
Miko and Mr.Snag have enlivened the comments in Jakartass and are therefore to be thanked, even though at times I’ve wished they used their own blogs rather than mine.
And a big ‘hi’ to Jenny Q
. who was experiencing culture shock in Jakarta throughout the rewrite of this book.
Now please go and order a copy while I work out how to place an ad on this page.