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One month after terror attacks, normal life resumes in Jakarta -

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ELIZABETH JACKSON: A series of bombs killed at least seven people in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, a month ago.

Manfred Stoifl was very lucky to survive that terror attack. He was sitting in a café when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives right beside him, leaving him with serious injuries.

A month later, Manfred Stoifl has returned for the first time to the Thamrin Starbucks, accompanied by the ABC's Indonesia correspondent, Adam Harvey.

ADAM HARVEY: Manfred Stoifl walks through the front door of the Starbucks at Jalan Thamrin and heads past the smiling barista.

BARISTA: Pagi. (Morning.)

ADAM HARVEY: It's been one month since he was here last. It's changed a little bit: there's a new paint job and the layout's different. But Mr Stoifl recognises where he last sat.

MANFRED STOIFL: That's my place.


MANFRED STOIFL: That's my place.

ADAM HARVEY: On January 14, Mr Stoifl was here early for a meeting with a friend.

MANFRED STOIFL: As I said, I was sitting here, working. And the bomb exploded. I'm very much aware of that: there was a very bright, white flash, immense heat and the bang.

Then it's... I only know this from later: it threw me back in the chair, but I didn't fall off the chair. And it seems that I was unconscious for a couple of minutes, based on piecing everything together.

When I came to, my first thought, actually, was that my laptop exploded.

ADAM HARVEY: It wasn't his computer. A suicide bomber standing about one metre from Mr Stoifl's chair had detonated his explosives. The blast tore apart his laptop computer, burned his face and arms, fired shrapnel into his forearms and burst both eardrums.

He didn't know it yet, but the friend he was supposed to meet - Canadian-Algerian citizen Taher Amir Oali - was dead. A terrorist shot him outside the Starbucks entrance.

Mr Stoifl and another wounded customer staggered out of the café through a broken window.

MANFRED STOIFL: And this young couple, Chris and Kinta: they drove us to the hospital. We looked a mess. We were both covered in blood.

ADAM HARVEY: He wanted to come back here today to prove a point.

MANFRED STOIFL: I am not afraid. I'm upset. They stole a good month of my life. They disfigured me slightly, yes. But let's see how the scars turn out.

This is unfortunately the times we live in.

ADAM HARVEY: Manfred Stoifl walks out of Starbucks with his head up. Today's coffee run is his victory march.

MANFRED STOIFL: You know, I just can echo what the people say: don't be afraid. Because if you're afraid, we're giving these people something. I'm not willing to give them anything. Nothing.

ADAM HARVEY: This is Adam Harvey in Jakarta for Saturday AM.