This is a post in response to this post by Travel Lush, a fellow traveller and someone who currently is residing in Jakarta. I could relate to her entire post. When I was living in Jakarta I was quite frustrated that it was hard to find good quality basic items. Cheap and chic or “bueno bonito barato” did not seem [read more]
Another place I regularly go to for home decor in Jakarta is Koncept Gallery Kemang. It is a small shop that is split into two sides. Both are called Koncept, but each side is owned by a different family member. I usually go to the left side of the store for my bespoke decor needs, but sometimes [read more]
I’ve haven’t been able to sleep lately and blogging is a way to keep my sanity, which I am, quite literally, trying to keep. So I’d like to share with you something beautiful that nourishes the soul, art. A painting I fell in love with right before leaving Jakarta.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but don’t like clutter, so I like to find souvenirs which serve a dual purpose, like being decorative, having a function in my home, something I can use or wear. Batik is the pride of Indonesia so I wanted to have a batik souvenir of our very [read more]
One of my absolute favorite finds in Jakarta is Galeri Pot in Kemang Timur. Not only do they have a wide selection of shapes and colors and affordable prices, but you can also have pots AND lamps custom-made to your preference. How cool is that? I love their white, Prada silver and gold pots. In [read more]
Where can one find the perfect keepsake/souvenir – that is both useful and stylish – of Jakarta? LE SOUQ was the perfect place for me before we left Jakarta, our post for four years. One of my souvenirs of The Big Durian was literally Durian-shaped, haha! I love this store because of the unique, quirky designs and [read more]
Before our Jakarta DiploHome was taken apart, with precious pieces of it sold on Jakarta’s version of Craig’s List or in a Garage Sale at Taman Puri Oasis, I let the lovely Atri of Living ETC Indonesia take pictures of it. It is the perfect way to remember our Jakarta DiploHome at it’s most neat [read more]
TD is a man of few things. He likes his electronics, but like most men, he doesn’t really do knick-knacks. However he did want his own remembrance of Jakarta. We found this antique gun in Kemang Timur in a shop called Rambuata (I pass by it on the way to (and near) Koncept Kemang and [read more]
I finally got some guest mattresses made! The best thing about them is that they fold, for easy storage when they are not in use! I got the idea from my friend Lia, who has a few for when her kids want to sleep in the room with them. I don’t know why I waited [read more]
I’ve always been intrigued by this cluster of shops in Kemang, just around the bend on Kemang Selatan. But I always forget to go there on my way to my two favorite places in Kemang here and here. But last week I finally got to explore the shops in this attention grabbing building and found a great [read more]
It’s time to meet the makers of fine Indonesian crafts again! I am so excited to attend one of these events showcasing so many gorgeous Indonesian made items, all in one roof (this time it’s KOI Kemang). It’s a wonderful oppurtunity really because many of these “makers” are from all over Indonesia! Click on the [read more]
I never thought anyone would ever invent a tool, that would make Grooming my dog a fun experience for me. I am allergic to dust and many other allergens and I have asthma. Grooming a dog can lead to watery eyes, itchy skin, sneezing, shortness of breath, sinusitis, etc. But now, I am actually able [read more]
I love my Dyson DC24 Vacuum Cleaner and I couldn’t wait to get some extensions for it! Because of it’s size, it is perfect for an apartment dweller like me, but it I wanted a longer hose for convenience and I especially wanted a wide nozzle tool for cleaning fur, dust and dust mites from [read more]
I was making cupcakes yesterday and I used my fresco ribbon grater for the first time to make chocolate curls. Just wanna share this nifty little product with you because before I was using my regular cheese grater and I was always frustrated by the results, because sometimes the chocolate comes out too fine. So [read more]
I finally found a place to buy wooden knitting needles! A while back, I found plastic skinny ones in Toko Maju, but I’ve been looking for thick wooden ones for a while now. I got a size 6.5 (33cm long) and a size 6 (23cm long). More info after the jump!
I wanna share another Jakarta find… a gem of a place called Pistos. It’s a jewelry shop that is more accessible to my budget and with stylish, modern designs that are just to-die-for! Photos of the jewelry shop and the pieces that caught my eye after the jump!
I’ve had my Dyson DC 24 vacuum cleaner for a few months now, but I wanted to write about it after using it for a couple of months to be familiar with how it works and how effective it is. I researched for a long time, saved for an even longer time, kept checking out [read more]
One of my favorite Indonesian finds is their amazing beauty secret… LULUR body scrub! It’s basically their local body scrub. I don’t recommend just any Lulur, since there are so many available in the supermarkets, drugstores, etc. When using the right brands, I can say that it’s the best body scrub I’ve ever had, even [read more]
I’m writing this post for Nathalie, who asked me: Well, since you welcome questions…. I am thinking of having slipcovers made for my leather sofa (mainit kase). Do you know anyone? Thanks!! Why, yes of course Nathalie and I am happy to share the info to a new Jakartan! When I first saw my couch in [read more]
Yay i finally got myself a Borneo Chic bag, after lusting for one ever since I attended their store launch! Though its not the cheapest, it is for a good cause, the Craft Kalimantan Network supports indigenous crafts from 6 areas in Kalimantan. The Borneo Chic brand uses these traditional weaves & creates fashionable modern [read more]