"Don't drink the water."
Prior to my arrival in Jakarta, I was instructed to not drink any water other than bottled water. Again during the initial two days I was reminded to not let a droplet fall beyond my lips. I admittedly was confused over the fuss about something so simple such as this.
After all, how powerful was the water of Indonesia?
A day after my arrival, I decided to visit the slum, Kali Ciliwung Manggarai, located in the suburb of West Java. It is a highly flood-prone area, with the land constantly under dispute due to its ownership by the state and all personal usage of the land is prohibited. The slum is situated right next to the Ciliwung River, which often rises well above the two meter shacks the residents reside in.