Jakarta’s Blok M: WTF Was That?
I spend a lot of time reading up on places before I go there and sometimes they are similar to how I imagined them, other times they may be very different. Nowhere has been more different then I was expecting then Jakarta’s Blok M.
I have read about Blok M for a couple of years now. Jakarta has always interested me but I am lazy when it comes to traveling and hadn’t made my way over yet. Well now it was finally time to come so I started reading some more.
What Was In My Mind After Reading Online
Pretty much any ‘sex guide’ style site you go to talks about Blok M being the main freelancer spot in Jakarta. It is in ‘South Jakarta’ which is the nice area of the city, and many foreigners hang out there.
The girls can be pretty expensive by freelancer standards, most hoping to get 1 million rupiah ($80ish) but some maybe going for half that. They aren’t the hottest girls, some are quite older, but there can be some hot ones.
I also knew that Blok M wasn’t only a freelancer pick up spot and that there were malls there and apparently nice restaurants. This was a place where lots of expats hung out and it was a very nice area.
It sounded like it was a pretty lively and crowded place. What was in my mind was basically Burgos Street in Manila but instead of girly bars there being open air bars where freelancers hang out (there are a couple of those in Burgos.)
I was expecting some nice brightly lit area with many western restaurants, basically the nice touristy area of town where lots of expats were hanging out all the time.
Another thing that I have read from time to time about Jakarta is that it isn’t a ‘late night’ town because Indonesia is a Muslim country. I heard that the sex clubs and Blok M were lively early in the night but dead by midnight.
So I went to Blok M twice, what did I find……..
Never has ‘don’t believe everything you read on the internet’ been more true then when it comes to Blok M. The first time I went there I got dropped off in the wrong spot and ended up over by some karaoke bars.
It was 8:30pm and since ‘Jakarta isn’t a late night town’ I thought I was there at the right time. It was totally dead and the places were just then opening up. This was the same way when I went to the sex clubs, Malioboro didn’t even open the doors to one of the clubs until 8pm and no one was there when it opened.
So the late night thing is totally bogus, the clubs do run past midnight and everything is more crowded later than early. I looked around these karaoke places (some pretty attractive girls but its 850k to even get a room and I am not sure if sex is guaranteed, doubt it is) but saw no freelancers so I left.
I went back after finding out that the freelancer area is nearby but not exactly where I was. This time I asked for ‘Jalatan Falahetan’ which is the street that I was looking for. What a dark, grungy, depressing street this was.
There were about 4 or 5 bars on one end of the street and the other side looked to be abandoned former bars. I actually walked down the street the first time and thought I had to be in the wrong place.
As I roamed the area I ended up at the same malls I had gone to after I was at the karaoke places the time before. These are not nice malls, they are definitely 2nd or 3rd tier.
There were no nice western restaurants, and this certainly wasn’t the nice touristy area of town. If anything this was a bus stop with a couple 3rd tier malls and a random street with karaoke bars and another random street with a few freelancer bars.
I left the mall and headed back and am 1 block over from where I was before, basically a 3 minute walk. I somehow didn’t see ‘Top Gun’ which is the ‘best’ freelancer bar so went back to look again.
On my way an ojek (motorcycle taxi) can tell I look lost and he asks if I want Top Gun (lucky guess) and I say yes. He says its very far and he will take me for 30k rupiah. I am pretty sure it isn’t far and say no thanks. 3 minutes later as I walk past the same street I see it.
OK so lets go in and see that inside its really nice and lively and has some hot girls. LOL no. Shitty cover band, pool table, 2 old dudes sitting at tables by themselves and 10-15 ladies that I wouldn’t hand my number in the mall. Maybe 1 I would message on a dating site.
I walked back to the bus stop area and got an ojek home. On the way some lady who was a 6 at best said she would go with me for 700k. ($55ish)
The Only Freelancer Scene Here is Online
I can’t imagine I will ever head back there. There is no reason to at all. There are hotter freelancers on Indonesian Cupid or Tinder and hotter still normal girls. It isn’t hard to get free sex here from younger less used up girls.
If I wanted pay for play I would just head to a $30 sex club like Travel hotel or Classic, watch some topless dancers, and then pick one of the hundred girls at each place and head to the room downstairs for less then the freelancers charge.
Jakarta has a whole lot going for it, the freelancer scene surely isn’t one of the things. Hell Sihanoukville, a small beach town in Cambodia had a much better freelancer scene then this massive 20+ million person metropolis. I am confused.
Random pile of trash on Jakarta street
Update: Blok M Has One Thing Going For It
On my second trip to Jakarta I got a tip from a kind reader. He told me that there was a bar in Blok M that has dancers and if you ask one when they come off stage you can get a bj in the back room.
This guy was reading my write ups on the BJ Bars in Bangkok and knew this would be right up my alley, thanks for the tip my man. Online dating is so good in Jakarta it was quite awhile before I hit enough of a dry spell to decide to try these out.
I don’t want to name the bar but Blok M is a small place, you will have no trouble figuring out which one it is. I walk in and there is a stage in the middle and 4 girls are dancing in thongs. There are some hideous freelancers playing pool and more ugly freelancers at Top Gun nearby, but like last time I walked in Top Gun and walked out seeing nothing of interest.
I sat down in this other bar and watched the girls shaking their ass for about 15 minutes. I would rate three of them in the 7 range and the other a 6. The other shift of dancers is in short skirts and one has half her ass out getting groped by some older dude.
Anyways, the sexier girls in thongs end their shift and head down. I feel a bit awkward doing this cuz I am not sure if this is standard here but I go up to one of the 7’s and am like so uhh ya umm I heard maybe I could get a BJ in the back?
She was like ya, I was like cool, and off we went. I had heard there was a ‘VIP Room’ but sometimes you just do it in the mens room in a stall and the mens room was where we headed.
I feel on her ass for a couple minutes, she drops her top then gets on her knees and gets to work. I hand her 300k after the work is done she says thanks and I am on my way home. She gave such great head I went back the next day but she wasn’t there and another of the 7’s gave much worse head.
It is always nice to have options, and being ale to watch girls dance in thongs and then go get sucked off in a dirty bathroom is what living in Asia is all about. If you are at Blok M it is certainly your best option.