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I am starting the new season of DevDosh Ltd blogs off on a personal note. Before we get back into comment and perspective on international finance I thought I’d share some recent joys of a business trip to Jakarta.

As many know I have enjoyed lock down in Bali. However world view dictates that Q2 2021 is time to hit the ground running. On that basis I ventured away from my island paradise for a meeting to get the ball rolling on a few things in the Big Durian.

It’s been nearly a year since I enjoyed this amazing chaotic city and I could not wait to do revisit my favourite spots. As a chap that has never feasted at the table of debauchery and eschews glitz, night clubs and roof top champaign bars are not my thing; and, even though five star hotels like the Pullman and Shangri-La put on first class buffets which are universally loved by ex-pats I did not make a bee line for them either.

Like a teenage mall rat I rolled from Grand Indonesia to Pacific Place to Central Park over a two day period. However I did not shop till I dropped, although I did by 3 bule (foreigner) size t-shits at Marks and Spencer. Instead I enjoyed the delicious and simple fare I can’t get in Bali.

On Sunday, Salad Stop at GI served me a delicious chicken caesar salad and TWG at Pacific Place gave me a scone cream tea (chamomile) to die for. On Monday after my meeting Carl’s Jnr at Central Park cooked me up a double western beef back (with extra bacon – that’s new).

I’ll be flying back to Bali tomorrow with no justification to return to Jakarta till February/March next year. But when I do return, you can bet I’ll be heading straight to my simple, delicious, value for money spots that deliver top quality product and service every time they are called upon – Hmmmmm, sounds like a financial product I know – DevDosh Ltd ……..