Makassar is the capital of South Sulawesi (Sulawesi Selatan). It is located at the center of Indonesia, in the south part of a big island which looks like letter 'k'. Since it is capital city, then you can expect much on its facilities and infrastructures. What about the traffic? Should you know about that? Of course you should.
Like almost all big cities in the world, traffic in Makassar is terrible, especially in the rush hours - in the morning and afternoon. Almost nothing can be expected from public transportation. The best way to move around the city is by walking. But, Makassarese does not like walking.
The common temperature in Makassar is for about 29 to 35 degrees celcius in the summer. That is not ideal for walking. We have only two seasons and none wants to walk under the rain. Consequently, the roads are full of vehicles and machines. That's why the traffic is so terrible.
I myself do hate the traffic but Makassar is still a good city to live that hosts friendly people. Although the traffic is extremely terrible, I still love Makassar. Here are some tips that I commonly practice in dealing with the traffic.
In the morning and aftrnoon, I usually visit coffee shop as a tricky ways to avoid the jammed traffic. Makassar have thousands coffee shops. A glass of coffee only takes Rp. 10.000 and it can be enjoyed 2 - 3 hours. This is what I usually do. Sitting with my iPad or laptop with a glass of coffee with me. While sitting, I usually read some academic journals or ebooks. After reading, I write 2 or 3 articles to be posted on my blogs. This is what I commonly do when the traffic is extremely terrible.
Makassar has many bookstores which are available in shopping mall and roadside store. I myself enjoy reading 1 or 2 books while waiting the traffic jam. If I have little money in my wallet, I would opt to list some titles in my "must-have books".
If it is in the afternoon, I would find save place to park my car and then go jogging. I always have my running shoes ready and my shirts hanging in my car. It is nice to have my body healthy while others are stuck inside their cars.
I write this blog-post while waiting the jammed traffic. Are you reading this while waiting something?