After three long years, we can finally say that life is back to normal. The world has come a long way since the COVID-19 pandemic took over in 2020, and it’s a relief to see that things are finally looking up. At the supermarket, work, schools, restaurants, sports events, and airports we are witnessing a remarkable change. Masks are rarely seen. People are hugging, crowding, traveling.
In Jakarta, the return to normal life has been especially exciting. The city has faced a multitude of challenges over the past few years, including high rates of infection and economic instability. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of healthcare professionals, government officials, and citizens alike, Jakarta has made a remarkable recovery.
One of the most noticeable changes since the pandemic is the return of public events, both small and big. Concerts, festivals, conferences and networking events are all once again taking place, and it’s wonderful to see people coming together to celebrate. There is an enthusiasm and energy in these events as people meet each other after so long.
Another aspect of life that’s back to normal in Jakarta is the food scene. The city is known for its vibrant street food culture, but for a while, it seemed like that might be lost forever. Thankfully, food vendors are back on the streets, serving up delicious and affordable meals to locals and tourists alike. The return of street food is a testament to the resilience of Jakarta’s small business owners, who have been hit especially hard by the pandemic.
For those who haven’t been able to travel for three years, the return of mudik, this year was a highly emotional moment. A chance to reconnect with family and friends, to visit the places where they grew up, and to celebrate Hari Raya in the way they always have. The improvements in infrastructure have made mudik easier and safer for travelers, reducing the risk of accidents and delays. They have also helped to boost local economies by facilitating the movement of goods and people across the country.
Another aspect of life that has returned to normal in Jakarta is traffic and travel. During the height of the pandemic, the streets of Jakarta were empty as people stayed home and businesses closed down. However, as the city reopens, traffic has once again become a part of daily life.
For many people, this return to traffic is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it’s a sign that the city is getting back to normal. On the other hand, traffic in Jakarta can be notoriously bad, and the return of gridlock is a frustrating reminder of the challenges of urban living.
Additionally, the pandemic has made us all acutely aware of the importance of public health and safety. We’re more likely to take precautions like wearing masks and washing our hands regularly, even when there isn’t a pandemic.
Despite these changes, it’s heartening to see Jakarta returning to normal in so many ways. The city is a vibrant and exciting place, and it’s wonderful to see it coming back to life. We can once again enjoy the things that make Jakarta special: the food, the music, the culture, and most importantly, the people.