"Big Durian" sums it all for the happening Jakarta--the quickening rhythms, the hustle and bustle, and the kaleidoscope of colours. Go beyond Monas (the national monument) to find the eclectic mix of the great metropolitan lifestyle blends seamlessly with the latest fashion trends and its churning economy. Towards the calmer side of the city is the wonderfully preserved Betawi culture as seen in Setu Babakan. Buildings such as Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral show the city’s religious side. A visit to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah will give you a glimpse of the diverse culture from different parts of the largest archipelago in the world. Go to Kota Tua to see how Batavia looked like in colonial times and order some delicious Kerak Telor (sticky rice omelette) from one of the street vendors. A quick getaway to Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu) promises fun with sea and sand as the scent of excitement lingers in the warm tropical breeze. While glitzy malls are abound, nothing beats bargaining your way through Mangga Dua or Tanah Abang. Club-hopping from Blok M to Kemang will convince anyone that Jakarta has one of the most vibrant nightlife in Asia!