Among the sights we were able to see was the beautiful Plaza Senayan, an eight story version of the Houston Galleria that we visited for a shopping expedition. There we dined at the DUCK KING and had the famous Indonesian Duck as well as a variety of fish chips, tofu, and other native foods. Other dining adventures included going to a Kemah-like amusement park where we picked fresh fish out of coolers that were then prepared and brought to our table by the water while we drank coconut drinks. At every stop were entertained by the ubiquitious Indonesian love ballad crooners that were a staple at every restaurant. We also picked out crabs as big Texas watermelons to eat at another fresh seafood restaurant and Russell was able to satisfy his Black Pepper and Chile Crab cravings. At another Indonesian food restaurant we ate more fish and had mango and lychee drinks, wine, as well as their famous meter of chicken sausage while native dancers performed traditional acts next door. The highlight of my dining experience other than the great crabs at all the places was the hotel buffet which included a two foot flowing fountain of milk chocolate that you could dip fruits and sweets in.
We also went to a bar called the BATS bar nestled in the basement of the Shangri-La hotel for ex-pats and grooved to a great band from New Zealand. The musicians personally came down and met each of us before they took the stage and rocked the house. The Kiwis ambassadors were great sports and very fun to chat with, and they put on a great show all night starting out slow and getting more club beats in as the night progressed. All in all it was a great trip and the few hiccups we encountered such as lost luggage and Hamilton being detained for being on the terrorist list at the airport weren't able to keep us from putting on a great demo for Nations Petroleum and enjoying their hospitality.