A Quiet Corner in the Heart of Jakarta

Solitary is expensive and complete seclusion is priceless nowadays. The city life is so overloaded with information, causing our brain to work longer than 9 to 5. However tiring it is, I have found myself endlessly scrolling through my social media, craving for more information from people’s tweets or status updates. I find my action on the contrary to what I really need: a quiet moment.

As much as I try to fight information overload, I think it happens to all of us, especially in our early 20s. Once we grow up, we somehow manage to prioritize better according to experience. But endless scrolling through social media could be a damage everyone will have to go through sometime in the early stage of reaching adulthood.

Putting internet aside, networking, on a negative note, could be a source of information overload when done excessively. As much extroverted a person could be, everyone needs sometime to be alone, which I think is a rare indulgence.

This is probably why I take so much pleasure in small and empty coffee shops. As I wrote before, to relax on a coffee shops on weekends is now a privilege one could achieve after the struggle of finding a parking space and a place to sit. It was such a pleasing moment to find Escalator Coffeehouse, vacant and empty.

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Rasuna Office Park, Taman Rasuna Epicentrum, Kuningan, Jakarta. Open hours: 7-21.

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The only other customer besides us on a Sunday afternoon.

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While HG enjoyed his cup of flat white, I enjoyed my all time favorite, a cup of long black coffee. Sometimes it is more of a necessity to have one since I am basically a zombie before that.

I am not a big fan of their paper cup, but the coffee was fine and the ambiance were soothing. The giant window gave a translucent atmosphere that lighted the whole room naturally.

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I remember that day precisely. HG and I had tons of creative work and thoughts we need to process. It wasn’t long until we started opening our laptops and brainstorm. So much for a relaxing and peaceful weekend, but trust me, Escalator Coffeehouse gave such a soothing ambiance that helped ease off the overload.

Keep exploring,

DR. (@demasryan)

 

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