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    Surabaya, East java information

    Hi guys,

    This is my first post, just joined today. I have been living in Surabaya, East Java for 2 years and I want you to know I am happy to answer anyone's questions about culture, girlie bars, places of interest, language or anything else related to the area. If anyone is looking for ESL jobs here let me know because I have a bunch of contacts with many schools here and I work for a large internationally recognized private English school and we are always looking for teachers. Please feel free to ask anything you want.

    I love the forum and actually spent all day today looking at the Rayong thread so I can plan my next trip to Thailand.

    Cheers all

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    Welcome Darkrelic

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    Welcome.

    Some picture threads of your local area would be awesome, or even the odd snapshot in the 'post a picture of anything anywhere' thread in the lounge.

    Don't be afraid of the teakdoor gallery, it's not as complicated as it seems, click the gallery link at the top of the forum page, then hover over this icon to get links to your own gallery, when you have gone through the process of uploading an image, double click the image and it will appear in a filmstrip format, click this icon to the left of the image and a box will appear underneath with it's location code, copy the whole VB code starting with [IMG] and paste it directly into your post, and the picture will appear when you submit the post.


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    Is Surabaya worth a visit then, as i'll probably be visiting my old man in Semerang later in the year????

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    Welcome.

    BB, if you're going to Semarang, Surabaya is worth a visit, as is Mount Bromo, Jogya, and Solo which are all 'within' the area.

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    Good first post, welcome.

    I was about to visit Surabaya recently but that got cancelled.

    And Rayong is nice, you need to have a car to find the best spots.


    Quote Originally Posted by darkrelic View Post
    Hi guys,

    This is my first post, just joined today. I have been living in Surabaya, East Java for 2 years and I want you to know I am happy to answer anyone's questions about culture, girlie bars, places of interest, language or anything else related to the area. If anyone is looking for ESL jobs here let me know because I have a bunch of contacts with many schools here and I work for a large internationally recognized private English school and we are always looking for teachers. Please feel free to ask anything you want.

    I love the forum and actually spent all day today looking at the Rayong thread so I can plan my next trip to Thailand.

    Cheers all

    darkrelic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Welcome.

    BB, if you're going to Semarang, Surabaya is worth a visit, as is Mount Bromo, Jogya, and Solo which are all 'within' the area.
    Done Jogya years ago. Is Mount Bromo the one where everyone climbs up to see the sunset/rise????

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    Yep. (though you can do that on Mount Merapi also)

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    Joga is def worth a look but make sure you go to Borobudur Temple, buddish temple which is absolutely amazing. If your coming to Surabaya let me know what your looking for here, not much in the way of touristy things to do but there are some cool areas of interest. Bromo is def worth looking at but that is out of Surabaya

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    ^My old man has lived in Indonesia for 30+ years or been his base while working elsewhere in the world, i used to go out a lot when i was younger and he lived in Jakarta (Bintaro) but ain't been for a while and overdue a visit. But he's in Semarang now built a mansion there a few years back so later in the year i may dump the misses in Thailand and go have a couple of weeks in Indonesia, just don't fancy being stuck in Semarang for the duration though, don't mind seeing the sights to fill up the days but much prefer doing damage to my liver!!!!

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    Yeah I don't think I'd fancy being in Semarang for too long but I often say that about Surabaya. Surabaya is a great base to travel to other places though.

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    How straightforward is it to do a Mt Bromo trek from Surabaya?

    Does one do it solo, or are there daily tours? Does one need to book ahead?

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    Just turn up and walk into any tour/booking agent (they are everywhere) and buy your ticket or you can show up and jump on a cheap local bus to Bromo and when you get there hit the ground walking and look for cheap accommodation. Easier to go to an agent in my opinion

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    You can camp on Bromo too, if you have your own equipment.

    Thus avoiding some of the hordes. (it can get busy)

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    Wellcome DR

    I loved Indonesia once, learned a bit Bahasa, now its comming back to me when I try to learn Thai!

    never made it to Borobudur but Im told it starts of Hindu then turns into Buddist, same as Anchor Wat

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    I'm planning a trip to Rinca/Komodo.

    Any advice for that expedition please!?

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    Cant help ya on this one sorry mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkrelic
    I am happy to answer anyone's questions about culture, girlie bars,
    nightlife? girlie bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Ghost_Of_The_Moog View Post
    I'm planning a trip to Rinca/Komodo.

    Any advice for that expedition please!?
    Sailing and diving, they're pretty much all inclusive, not much to organise other than turn up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetter View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darkrelic
    I am happy to answer anyone's questions about culture, girlie bars,
    nightlife? girlie bars?
    Girlie bars

    Not much in the way of that sort of thing, you wont find anything like Thailand girlie bars here but they do have a scene. They have many karoake bars where you hire a room then hire a girl by the hour and negotiate her services in the room. Some girls will sort you out in the private karaoke room and others will want you to take them home. If you go to dangdut bars it is usually easier to have your wants taken care of in the private karaoke rooms. There are quite a few nightclubs here that have a lot of freelancers, Colors Pub and Desperato's are the 2 most popular or there is a huge techno club call Stasion in TP shopping mall that has hundreds of freelancers. If you want a massage service with the lot then they are very easy to find, the best in my experience was COSMO near TP shopping mall. you can have a spa, sauna, watch tv and a 1 and a half hour massage with a happy ending thats fairly cheap. If you want to visit the world famous DOLLY area then just get in a taxi and tell him Dolly, they all know where it is, personally I don't like the place but there are lots of massage places and cheap girls. Below is a rough guide to costs all in $USD

    Karaoke bars

    Girls company from $4 an hour (no sex)
    Private karaoke rooms from $10 an hour
    You negotiate the price for extra services, could be as little as $30 up to $200

    Dangdut bars

    Same as karaoke bars but the extra services are usually cheaper

    Freelancers in nightclubs

    Usually start at $30 and go as high as $200 (usually only let you cum once)

    Dolly

    Prices vary but start at $10 up to $20 an hour, depends on the girl really

    Massage with happy ending

    Usually costs around $30

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    ESL teaching ?

    I'm interested to know about teaching jobs in Indo - I teach English conversation at a Thai Technical college now, but have an Indo girlfriend, so would like to know the typical workload & wages to be found over there
    My degree is in Maths - I'd prefer teaching that subject over English....

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    Plenty of work for English teachers, wages higher in Jakarta (obviously). Wages around $600-$1,200 per month AFAIK.

    You're most likely to get a job teaching English, but you might be able to get work teaching Maths at one of the National or National plus schools. (wages between $1,000-$2,000) - but the work permit, called a KITAS is getting harder to get for things like that if you are not qualified.

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    The company I work for has starting salary of $1000 per mth for English teacher, free housing or a housing allowance, end of contract bonus 1 mth salary, flight reimbursement, medical insurance. Work load is 24 teaching hours per week maximum with about 18 being the average. If you have a degree then a KITAS is no problem at all, if you don't have a degree it's still no problem just takes a little longer, companies that require an education degree will usually pay higher salaries and most companies increase your salary by about $100 if you sign a 2nd contract 3rd contract etc

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    FYI

    No degree is required through my school, KITAS no problem without a degree

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    Thanks for the information.
    Qualificationswise, I have a maths single subject degree, and a TEFL - that's all.
    My age may be a problem, as I'm 64 now - though active & in good health - I like surfing, for example, and spend time in Bali each year (That's where I met the live-in girlfriend).
    Seeing as I much prefer Nasi campur to Grapaw khai daow, Indonesia is very attractive.
    Can you find jobs online? Any good websites for Indonesia teaching jobs?

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