The seats of the Jakarta Bajajs are just a few centimeters bigger those trishaws found in Melaka town. These motorized three wheeler are found a plenty in the busy streets of Jakarta. Looking at their size, they are obviously meant to ferry petite and medium sized passengers from point A to point B. Most of the times these destinations are not far from the other.
Similar to those tuk-tuks in Bangkok, the Jakarta Bajajs comfortably sit at most two passengers at one time. Ahh, that’s what most people think (and what we thought so too)!!! Contradictory to our earlier anticipation, these machines could actually take MORE than just small sized people. All three of us, Muni , Jupe and yours truly, sized XL and bigger got into these diesel powered locally chauffeured motor vehicle. And very much to our amazement, it went super fast and got us to our destination in a nick of time.
What’s the trick?? No rocket science really. Hail down those eager Bajaj drivers and get into the vehicle slowly. Adjust your sitting position, alternating one in and one out. Ahh..you may even have just one bum seated, but never mind, that’s the thrill part and something you’ll laugh out loud when you relate the story to friends and family back home later. But do be sure to have the little machine well balanced. Makna nya yang passenger yang size besar tu, bagi duduk in the middle. You wouldn’t want a lop-sided Bajaj traveling dangerously all that 3 kms to your shopping destination, would you? And yes, don’t forget to inform the driver to wait for you to close the Bajaj door. Otherwise off he’d go speeding away, while you struggle to get the door shut. (Muni could attest to doing this stunt, not for the weak heart definitely) Heh..heh…
View from Bajaj...road side tv sales
Back alley ironworks
From the Bajaj you could see many things. In fact, the best way to come up close and personal with the Jakarta street life could be done while on these Bajaj rides. It takes you thru those back alleys, and it is able to squeeze in so darn close between the moving vehicles both on your left and right. As Ustaz Akhil Hayy puts it, in Mat Rempit term “sepadi” jarak nyer!!
Never mind the heat, or fumes from the rest of the traffic, after all your destination is just meters away. There was one time Muni even managed to check her schedule on the O2!!! Wah, gaya wanita-wanita korporat naik Bajaj!!! Sempat check email and hantar text messages to anak-anak buah di office. Beloved Boss tetap akan meng-check kerja mu, walaupun squeezed in a Bajaj!!
One other thing to remember when traveling in the Bajaj, is to never ever stick your head out!! What ever pictures you wanna take, snap it from inside the vehicle. And try to also get a driver who is still “ganteng”. Jangan lah like us, one time tu, got into one pakcik tua’s Bajaj. Poor ole man, how he had to press hard on the accelerator to get his machine going. Iyer lah, Ibuk tiga ini, waduh kok besar banget size nya…LOL!!!
Of course we could have gone into the Silverbird taxis. But tak thrill lah kan….plus when taking the Bajaj, you need not worry about the infamous Jakarta machet (traffic jam) coz these Bajaj drivers are all pros at the art of cilok mencilok.