Category Archives: City Life

Evening Out the Odd and Even Numbers

After ‘Brexit’ in the UK and another closer to home during the Eid holiday, it seems like the world hasn’t quite had enough. There was another ISIS attack on French National Day, with a third of victims found to be Muslims; Turkey … Continue reading

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Jakarta Socialites: Right Dress Code, Wrong Code of Conduct

I’ll start by saying that I don’t typically frown upon people just because they’re wealthy and well-connected or, for the sake of the argument, deprived and doomed. Yet sometimes, some people just keep behaving in certain ways that I can’t … Continue reading

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Nourish Some Art Into the Heart of Weary Urbanites

Earlier this year I spent a day visiting two friends, rising contemporary artists who are also one of the cutest married couples around, at their Yogyakarta-based studio and home. I can’t remember exactly how during the long chats with the … Continue reading

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The Supermarketization and Supersizing of Things

As I live in the vicinity of Japanese expatriates and general clotheshorses, I’d been hearing for a while that a certain famed clothing retailer was coming to conquer Jakarta by way of the city’s newer shopping mall. So, of course, … Continue reading

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The Long, Winding, and Loaded Street of Asia-Afrika

No, it’s not a typo. I did mean “Asia-Afrika”, not “Asia-Africa”. Because this is not about the much-hyped 60th anniversary of a certain conference held here this week, but about the street named after the conference that many of us … Continue reading

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The Season of Giving… and Glam Garage Sale Hunting

“Jakarta garage sales, where you can buy secondhand designer handbags for a cool 3,500 US dollars.” An expat tweeted that last weekend, and I smiled. For the absurdity of it all, for the reality of it all. The term garage … Continue reading

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Bustling Business on Urban Fringe

Many people have talked about Indonesia’s rising middle class, which some mockingly called the consumer class, and about the bustling businesses coming from its strengthened purchasing power.  Illustrations have invariably included lifestyle choices like mode of transportation, handheld devices, personal … Continue reading

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Gently Gentrifying the Grocers

Sometimes in mid ‘90s a friend moved to Cikajang St. in Santa area. Her civil engineer father, who’d been involved in many development projects, predicted Santa would be the next popular enclave of Kebayoran Baru. There were only some noodle andgudeg joints then, but soon beauty salons and boutiques popped out. Nowadays residential houses on Santa including CikajangSt. have been turned into every commercial establishment … Continue reading

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Putting Into Perspective: Rain, Gridlock, and Election Year

If you’re a Jakartan chances are recently you’ve been held in due to rain outside, stuck in traffic when braving a downpour, or trapped in a flooded area. Some Jakartans have experienced all. Just as our luck, the wired Jakartans … Continue reading

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Clink-A-Dink, For 2014 I’ll Drink!

For those who assume that the title above is an invitation to turn into alcoholism, rest assured that I have no intention to go against the typical New Year’s resolutions to eliminate addictions by creating a new one (although, accidentally, … Continue reading

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