4 Uber + 2 Grab equals…

22 08 2017

…a very interesting first night in Jakarta, to say it in the most positive possible way… Typical of course of my usual positivity!

That was Sunday night…

After a great seafood dinner in a bit of remote place in Jakarta north I had to get a bike to go back to my hotel, in Jakarta west. 

Amazing seafood


Like in Vietnam I like the motorbike taxis more than the cars, because of the crazy traffic and jams in this overpopulated city! In fact the only Indonesian word I know is “macet”, meaning traffic jam.

On the roads of Saigon


So I sent my request for Uber bike referring to the location given by the Internet signal…

Uber


The first 2 Uber after apparently riding around my position with the time for arrival changing from 2 minutes to 15 than 3 and randomly increasing again cancelled.

I take this as a partly personal mistake since then I realized my position was about 50 meters wrong. So I corrected it and try again..

One of the first 2 Uber driver accepted again but then after 20 minutes he canceled again.. And the same happened with the 4th attempt..

Then I gave up on Uber…

Grab


….and tried my favorite application for my Vietnamese time… but here more expensive than Uber, still… it was time to change!

I must admit that the drivers seemed to get to my location easier than Uber ones, maybe even too easily: the first driver was a little too eager to pick me up, and start drinking.. Maybe he had a hot girlfriend waiting for me at home, or a hot meal or both..

But after not even a minute when I ask him if he was sure of the direction (I know nothing but I can read maps and I know the cardinal points) he showed me his application with the destination and clearly it was not my hotel…
He had picked up the wrong person!!! Bad luck the first 3 digits of the license plate were the same as for my real ride…
…that luckily arrived a few seconds after the wrong one brought me back…
You might think the adventure was over, right? That was my thought.. and of course I was wrong..
I realized that even if all drivers have a special holder for the mobile phone to put on the front of the motorbike, they are not so good at following the GPS! He stopped 4 times to ask indications to other riders until we got to an area I thought to recognize, I took out my phone with my own Google maps and told him where to go…
After about 1.5 hour (instead of 20 minutes max that I took on the way to the restaurant) I was back to the hotel..
FUNNY THING OF THE DAY – Today I noticed my Uber rating is going fast downhill! That is not good: I’ve been rating almost all drivers with a 5, even when they got lost or I had to support with my own maps… And I wonder why hey have been rating me low.. Occasionally I hit my helmet on theirs with the sudden breaks and accelerations (I always think, hypothetically, a Kaya driver turning and punching me in the face) and most of the time I need help to latch/unlatch the helmet straps.. But these are not so negative points I think.. Once I even gave one driver the laugh of the day putting on the helmet from the wrong side (no, I had not the back of the helmet in front of my face, but the latch was not under my chin but over my forehead… I have no idea how I managed..). Today I tip the driver (almost the same amount of the ride,still cheap for us.. but… not common I think) and he gave me a 5 (my rate was higher than before)… I must carry some change for my rating!!!

My Uber rating Sunday


My Uber rating today before tipping the driver (after it was 4.42)

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Thing do not always go as one would hope!

23 01 2017

Thanks to Stefan for the funny link and the great time in Dusseldorf 🙂





Aikido, GTA and a huge smile!!

3 11 2016

Great beginning of the day watching this nice and funny “Aikido” video made by Dojo Bushidokai:

A smile, lots of truth and of course not the arrogance to believe that with Aikido you can defend yourself form a real knife attack performed by people that can handle knives! I say that preventing comments by other martial art practitioners, well aware of the purpose for us to practice these kind of disarming techniques.

Take the video for what is it: the spirit of Aikido about how to solve conflicts.. even if sometimes it is better just to run away and some other times getting out of the line and then.. kick in the balls your attacker!

Life is good because it has a lot of variations!!

Have a great day!!

 





44+1- happy Aikido birthday to me!

7 07 2016

Special treat for my birthday yesterday night at Aikido practice at Aikido Amsterdam dojo: I hope it represents the introduction of a tradition developed in Norway.

What better way for Aikido people to celebrate their birthday on the mats receiving Aikido “hugs” in forms of throws and techniques by the fellow aikidokas?

I cannot think of a better way to show Aikido love 🙂

Aikido Amsterdam

Aikido Amsterdam – birthday treat

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One more down, keep counting..

6 07 2016

..let’s see how many more..


(thx Dani for this one)


(thx Tor Magnus, this is me.. us..)





Monday.. morning.. motivations needed..

11 04 2016

…and I got them..

Biking motivations

good biking motivations

…perfect speed, right in front of me, a very pleasant view that helped me to keep a good pace as well..

A good start of the week! Always great to have motivations on a Monday!





Happy Easter!!

26 03 2016

Also to this lamb that will not end up in an oven!!

a lamb in the car