IEM MOGEC Shoutout – CAFEO37 Exhibition 2019-10-11, JIE, Jakarta

May 28, 2019

We have gotten a deal where you can pay less than the going rate, and admittedly get less floor space, but it’s good for us small fry. Contact aer@iem.org.my. Say I said hi, and set aside my vig.


Pertamina takes over PETRONAS gas stations

April 17, 2013

Not strictly Malaysian, but it could have been the Sulu Sultanate who…

Dateline Jakarta Post 2013-04-02:

State-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina has taken over filling stations previously owned by Malaysia’s PT Petronas Niaga Indonesia after weak sales prompted Petronas close them down.

Pertamina director, Afdal Bahaudin, said on Tuesday that the company had purchased the stations, which are mostly in Java.

“We have purchased fuels stations in selected locations only,” he said.

Afdal declined to reveal the transaction value. He only said that the prices of the stations varied depending on location.


Tales from the Engineering Floor – Lunch Provided by Client

November 12, 2012

The package says it all:


Tales from the Engineering Floor – Useful Credit Cards

September 30, 2012

If you want free entry into the Premium lounge at Cengkareng, you better have these credit cards:


Photosynth – Grandkemang Hotel, Jakarta

December 17, 2008

Okay, I know there’s no engineering here, but I’ve stayed in the grandkemang so often on business that I would label it as a choice for oil and gas visitors to Jakarta. Considering that most of the companies have moved to Jakarta South, the grandkemang is even more convenient.

Photosynth views of the lobby and the pool are here. Drop my name if you pop down.


Taxis – Jakarta and KL

June 8, 2008

While travelling on business and pleasure, I notice the taxi services in Jakarta are much nicer than the ones in KL. How so?

  1. I’ve never had to enter a taxi that didn’t use the meter when told to. This includes famous and non famous taxi brands. Try that in KL near a) KLCC b) Bukit Bintang c) Indonesian embassy. It’s at least RM10 to anywhere within spitting distance, exponential beyond that.
  2. I’ve never had to wait for a taxi. There are a whole mess around. Now, if we could flood KL with taxis, maybe the problems in a) would disappear…
  3. Taxis in Jakarta are bigger. The reputable ones use Toyotas, with plenty of leg room. In KL, the budget taxis are Proton Sagas. Not that I am complaining about the brand, but when the driver shoves his seat all the way back, there’s about an inch clearance between the back of his seat, and the edge of the back seat.

Why did this entry make it into an engineering blog? It’s a factor to consider when comparing the pros and cons of working in SEA.