Pasar Mayestik ☆ Jakarta Indonesia

Pasar Mayestik Jakarta

PASAR MAYESTIK To this day the biggest readership for my blog comes from Indonesia. I’d like to thank dear readers and stumble-upon visitors in Indonesia for coming to my blog even after I moved to India. I hope the information for Indonesia on my blog is not too outdated yet (I’m sure there is some). I have many photos that I had taken before we left Jakarta, Indonesia, which I have not used on my blog. I did not have enough time to write about all the places that I had visited and taken photos at especially towards the end of our time in Jakarta and thus I have some photos that have been stored on my computer without being edited. I decided to pull out some of the photos to write about the places from which I think and hope that current expats and other readers in Indonesia will […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration ☆ Souvenirs From Jakarta Indonesia

One of the items that I use almost daily today which I wish I had bought more back in Jakarta, Indonesia where I used to live, is tin boxes. Tin boxes are great for storage and I have them in many different rooms in my current home in Mumbai, India. These dotted tin boxes in the two photos above and below are my favorite tin boxes which I purchased at Cayenne. I have written about Cayenne in August, 2010 HERE. There are many stores in Jakarta where you can find tin boxes. Cayenne in Kemang Selatan in Jakarta used to have a variety of tin boxes like these when I still lived in Jakarta. I don’t know if they still carry them any more as they seem to have changed their featured items at the store. I have checked Cayenne’s Instagram account which has many beautiful items that they sell […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall ☆ Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration ☆ Souvenirs From Jakarta Indonesia

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One of the items that I use almost daily today which I wish I had bought more back in Jakarta, Indonesia where I used to live, is tin boxes. Tin boxes are great for storage and I have them in many different rooms in my current home in Mumbai, India. These dotted tin boxes in the two photos above and below are my favorite tin boxes which I purchased at Cayenne. I have written about Cayenne in August, 2010 HERE. There are many stores in Jakarta where you can find tin boxes. Cayenne in Kemang Selatan in Jakarta used to have a variety of tin boxes like these when I still lived in Jakarta. I don’t know if they still carry them any more as they seem to have changed their featured items at the store. I have checked Cayenne’s Instagram account which has many beautiful items that they sell […]

Inacraft 2013 ☆ Jakarta, Indonesia

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I cannot believe that it’s been a year since the Inacraft 2013 and I was still in Jakarta a year ago. It feels like a life time ago when we lived in Jakarta. Sometimes, posts I meant to publish sooner and worked so hard get pushed to the side and buried under other posts by the ones with higher priorities. This post is one of them. I started working on my Inacraft post, edited, created collages with photos and uploaded them, but it sat in my draft file for nearly a year. If you are around my blog, you might have noticed that I have not been around this past week. The reason is my computer crashed. It had been working abnormally slow in the recent past, so I knew it was imminent. My friend on Facebook said something right on point. Computers have a lifespan and hard drives would […]

Friday Finds ☆ Jamu Spa in Cipete, Jakarta

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Jamu is traditional medicine in Indonesia mainly made from natural materials. It became popular during the Hindu Javanese period and is claimed to have originated in the Mataram Kingdom, a Hindu-Buddhist kingdom that was based in Central Java and later in East Java. Jamu is said to be influenced by Ayurveda. Having lived in India and learned a bit about Ayurveda, it is very interesting to know that India and Indonesia, the two countries I have lived back to back have such interesting historical ties. I dedicate this post to those who are in Jakarta, Indonesia. Even though I have left Jakarta 10 months ago, the biggest readership till today is in Indonesia. This is my humble way to say thank you to them. At the same time, Jamu is definitely blog worthy. Even though I learned about Jamu during my second year of our three-year stay in Jakarta, I […]

Dining Room ☆ Before & After Decorating

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Before our house hold effects arrived, our dining room in our new apartment in Mumbai looked like in the photo below. We moved into a furnished apartment which we have no say in what we would like to have. Honestly, it was a mere luck that we got assigned to live in an apartment that I fell in love with from the moment we moved in. It was a big contrast in the housing we had in Jakarta, Indonesia, which I fell in love with after I did a lot of work to decorate, but its bare state when we first moved in was nothing fancy like this. You can find my posts about my home in Jakarta, Indonesia under Interior Design. I must say that I had a good material to work with and anyone can probably make this look nice. Having a good design that was already in […]

Paisley Things ☆ Jakarta Indonesia

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NEW LOCATION Updated on February 5, 2015 Paisley Things have grown and moved to a new location! I have changed the address to the updated one. Please scroll down for the information. ペイズリー・シングズがお引っ越ししました!下の住所は、新しい店舗のものへと更新しました。 I received an email from the founder of Paisely Things, Caroline, informing me that Paisley Things has moved to a permanent location and now has a new beautiful showroom on the ground floor in their new building. The number of programs has grown and the number of artisans supported by the foundation has been added. They now have new talents and new products. Caroline is proud of each and every artisan for they have turned their life and prospered. I so wish I could come see their new shop and new products that they have launched. I’m envious of all of you who live in Jakarta and get to visit them at a new location! I also […]

Nice Frame ☆ Jakarta

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Some of you must have thought what has happened to my blog? Or me? I am alive. I have been absent from blogging for over a month and I feel terrible. After having left a nice life with domestic helpers, I haven’t had time to blog since it’s been a hectic month due to a big international move. Also, it’s a lot of work to take care of 3 kids!! Sadly we bid farewell to our home for 3 years in Jakarta on June 5 and now we are in a transition period until August. Even in the middle of the busy move, I was determined to get some fabric scraps to frame and use them to decorate our new home. I figure that it would be an inexpensive way to find a wall decor as framing in Indonesia is cheaper than in the States or in Japan. In fact, […]

Monday Mode ☆ Le Petit Society

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The other day I had a play date with my two girl friends in Jakarta, Erica of expatria, baby and Ana of Stumble Abroad. It was a play date with a fashion value added where all of our kids wore Le Petit Society clothes. Thanks to Erica and Le Petit Society, my baby son received a couple of really adorable outfits as a gift. Lucky boy! Thank you, Erica and Le Petit Society! The best part to me was that this gave me an excuse to see my two lovely girl friends, dress up my baby boy in adorable clothing, and take photos of the cute kids playing. That’s like a candy to me. Oh yes, by the way, I gave my son a haircut. Can you tell the amateur look…? 先日、ジャカルタで2人のお友達、expatria, babyのエリカとStumble Abroadのアナとプレイデートをしました。エリカとLe Petit Society(ル・プティ・ソサエティー)のお陰で、息子はとても可愛いお洋服を贈り物として頂いちゃいました。有り難いです。エリカとLe Petit Society、どうもありがとう!私にとってもっと嬉しかったのは、2人のお友達とプレイデートをする口実ができた事、息子に可愛い服を着せられた事、そして子供達が遊ぶ可愛い姿を写真に撮る事が出来た事です。私には嬉しい甘い出来事でした。 そうそう、息子の髪の毛を私が切りました。ド素人のカット分かります。。。? If you are interested in learning more about Le Petit Society, […]

Lunch Set Menu ☆ KOI Mahakam

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*日本語は下にあります。 I attended my first farewell get together last week with my Japanese friends. I have roughly a month left till our departure and it already started. Eight Japanese friends and I had lunch together at KOI Mahakam, which is the topic of this post, but please allow me to write a bit about personal side. In the past 2 years and 9 months of my stay in Jakarta, I have bid farewell to many of my friends. The turn over in the expat community every year is big in this city. I knew that my turn would come eventually at the end of our 3-year assignment, but now it has really arrived, it feels strange. In some way I don’t want any farewell gatherings for myself. I want my farewell to be a regular “see you”. I almost wish that I quietly leave Jakarta without saying a formal bye […]

Friday Finds ☆ Essential bed n’ bath


Essential bed n’ bath is a store with items to fill your space in a bedroom and bathroom as suggested in the name. Essential is part of the Vinoti Living group. There is a store in Kemang Club Villas where I took these photos. White interior design is my favorite, so I always admire their window displays whenever I pass by their store. Essential bed n’ bathは、名前の通り、バスルームやベッドルームを飾るもので溢れているお店です。エッセンシャルはVinoti Living(ビノッティ)グループに入っているそうです。Kemang Club Villas(クマン・クラブ・ビラズ)にお店があり、そこで写真を撮りました。クマンクラブビラズには、他にVinoti Livingのお店もあります。インテリアで私の一番好きな色は白なので、この前を通る時いつも素敵だな〜と思っていました。 I think the photos tell you what type of store Essential is. It’s a lovely store. I love their big silver tin decor. I have one heart and two stars at home which I love. I have also been eying on the fluffy rugs they sell, which my baby son could destroy it. Thus, I am contemplating whether to get one or not, but I would love to have the gray or white one. 写真から、どんなお店なのかお分かりになれるかと思います。Essentialはとっても素敵なお店です。ビーンバッグの上に飾ってあるシルバーの飾りは私のお気に入りです。家に、ハートのものが1つ、星を2つ飾ってあります。ふわふわのラグも可愛いな、と目を着けています。息子がきっと駄目にしてしまうので、買うのを躊躇しているのですが、グレーか白のものが欲しいななんて思います。 To go to Kemang […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall Design ☆ Office Design at Chevrolet NAW Pluit

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Have you seen a beautiful office like this? I was delighted to have such a wonderful opportunity to take photos of the Chevrolet NAW Pluit office located in Pluit, the north area of Jakarta where I have never been before. I felt like I was in a different country. Anyways, I loved the design of the Chevrolet office furnished with cool modern design furniture. Some, not all, furniture pieces are from KOI Kemang in South Jakarta. こんな素敵なオフィス見た事ありますか?ジャカルタの北に位置するプルイという地域にある、新しくオープンしたシェバレーディーラーのオフィスの撮影をするという機会に恵まれました。それにしてもプルイはとても遠かったです。まるで外国に居る気分でした。シェバレーオフィスはとても素敵でモダンな家具が置かれていて、とにかくお洒落でした。全てではないのですが、いくつかのお部屋は、KOI Kemangのデザインチームがデザインし、家具はKOI Kemangで調達されていました。 Furniture by KOI Kemang I was in awe the whole time I was taking photos. The design of each office was well thought through and beautiful. What a great idea to furnish your office with trendy furniture. Below areas were furnished with some furniture from different furniture companies. The tables in the three photos below were from KOI Kemang, but the chairs were from a different store. 写真を取っている時、とってもドキドキしてしまいました。各部屋とても考えてデザインされおり、とても素敵でした。トレンディーな家具で職場をデザインするってかっこ良いですね。家具でこんなに変わるんだなと思いました。 下の写真のスペースは、他の家具屋さんで購入された家具でデザインされたお部屋になります。下3枚の写真にあるテーブルだけは、KOI Kemangで購入したそうです。 Furniture […]

Friday Finds ☆ DYRT Design Jakarta

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It is my pleasure to present DYRT Design, which stands for Do You Recycle Too? DYRT Design is a unique shop in Indonesia where you can buy products that you don’t see in other parts of the world. DYRT Design products are all made with recycled materials such as toothpaste cases which you see on the products made with white and silver woven materials and billboard vinyl which you see in colorful products. I learned about DYRT Design when I went to the American Women’s Association bazaar in autumn 2010, soon after I moved to Indonesia. I’ve been wanting to come visit DYRT Design store in Kemang ever since the store opened above Le Souq in the same center as KOI Kemang. The concept of DYRT originates from trying to reduce waste. It is not just recycling the materials such as billboard vinyl. The founder of DYRT Design, Karen Isdaryono, […]

Monday Mode ☆ Gingersnaps


Are you ready for a cuteness overdose? Ever since I heard about Gingersnaps a couple of years ago from one of the readers and my friend, The Diplomatic Wife, I have been meaning to go to Gingersnaps. Gingersnaps is a brand for children’s and maternity wear in the Philippines. To read more about Gingersnaps, click here. I have been wanting to feature Gingersnaps on my blog and I finally did. Why did it take me so long to do this? Please don’t ask me that question. I don’t know the answer, either… I can’t afford to buy many outfits from the store, but I wanted to show my readers as many outfits as possible and say this is Gingersnaps, so I wrote an email message to the company. Sometimes I can be organized. I wanted to take photos of their clothes at the store and I needed a permission to […]

Friday Finds ☆ Bonjour Japanese French Pastry in Grand Indonesia


Shiraki Roll in the photo below seems to be a signature cake from the Bonjour among Japanese customers. The marvelous combination of soft spongy cake and not too sweet cream seems to be a very good match. It makes a very nice gift to bring to your friend’s, too. In terms of pricing, the Shiraki Rolls are more reasonable and approachable than other cakes and cookies sold at Bonjour Patisserie. 写真下のシラキロールは、日本人の間では知る人ぞ知るボンジュールのロールケーキです。ふわふわのケーキに甘さが日本人には丁度良い美味しいクリームが挟まって、お友達にお土産として買って持って行っても喜ばれる上、体裁が良いと感じます。シラキロールのお値も、他のケーキやクッキーに比べてお手頃だと感じます Bonjour is a Japanese Pastry shop located in the lower level of the East Mall at the Grand Indonesia. I learned about Bonjour from my Japanese friends who brought me cakes and cookies from the shop. Bonjour’s cakes and cookies taste just like those that you find in Japan. For us, Japanese, Bonjour gives us a sweet taste of home. Bonjour was founded by a pastry chef, Yuji Shiraki, who was trained in Japan and France. He has a […]

Project KOI XV ☆ Acapulco Dining Table & Sledge Dining Chair

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These photos of the dining room set at the gallery on the second floor of KOI Kemang in South Jakarta, Indonesia, were taken in November, 2011. At that time I was 5 months pregnant and was not blogging much due to my nausea. Now it’s all good memories even the struggles during my third pregnancy. These photos have been forgotten to be used on my blog and recently I saw them in my iPhoto and thought I should post them on my blog. So, here they are. This dining set has an Acapulco Dining Table and Sledge Dining Chairs. The straight lines of the furniture makes the minimalist and clean-cut look. I like minimalist furniture with simple lines. My favorite style at the moment, however, is an industrial design that is more edgy such as in Project KOI XII and Project KOI XIII. As for the availability of this furniture, […]

Friday Finds ☆ Common People Jakarta

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It is always such a joy to walk into a new restaurant. Common People popped open at the entrance to Kemang on Kemang Raya. This is a great location because you’re less likely to be stuck in the notorious Kemang traffic. If you think you’re going to be stuck in traffic going into Kemang and you are in no rush, you can even stop by at Common People and grab some drinks or chat with friends. You walk into Common People and the eclectic interior design with whimsical and modern touch welcomes you. The big bay windows let in the sun light and sitting in the couch by the window makes it feel like you’re sitting outside. It was really nice to sit there and chat with my friends. The restaurant has smoking and non-smoking seats, but they are all in the same room, so the restaurant feels a bit […]

Monday Mode ☆ Indonesia Fashion Week 2013 ☆ Ivan Gunawan

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I am sorry for abandoning my Monday Mode for a while. It’s not always easy for me to take photos of my kids or myself posing for a fashion post. I need to find a magic potion to motivate myself. Anyways, I had a rare chance to go to an Indonesian Fashion Week 2013 show thanks to my friend, Gladys. Thank you! I would like to share with you what I saw at the Indonesian Fashion Week 2013 last week. As you probably know, I love fashion. I have only been to a fashion show a handful of times and all of them are in Jakarta. I loved every single one of them. The first show I went was Bazaar’s Fashion Concerto 2010. Arrived at the Jakarta Convention Center, the venue for the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013, guests were greeted with the dresses displayed at the front. Before Ivan Gunawan’s […]

Friday Finds ☆ Authentique French Bakery ☆ Kemang Jakarta

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There is a cute French bakery just opened in Kemang at the end of 2012 which is owned by a French lady, Sophie. It is called Authentique. The name as you can see from the word means “authentic” and is spelled in French. I know Sophie since she used to own a French crèche (daycare) where my middle daughter went for almost a year. Unfortunately, this daycare is now closed. It was my Japanese friend who told me that our kids’ former French daycare teacher opened up a little French bakery in Kemang. She told me that the interior of the bakery is just like a boulangerie (bakery) in Paris. It is, indeed, very cute and feels like you are somewhere in France. I loved Authentique’s madeleine (small almond shape cake) and pain au chocolat. They were delicious! I’m no French, but I think their pain au chocolat is probably […]

Friday Finds ☆ Temple Trees ☆ Zakka Store on Jalan Senopati

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Temple Trees is like a girls’ dream space filled with cute and pretty items.  It’s on the busy street in the center/south of Jakarta of Jalan Senopati where many stylish boutiques line up.  Jalan Senopati is one of the streets in Jakarta I have always wanted to walk to discover the cool shops in the area.  I haven’t because it’s not easy to walk on Jalan Senopati. Why? There is no pavement and motorcycles and cars can pass right by you.  This is the view you have when you first walk into Temple Trees. For this store, I would like to let the visual do much of talking. From now, I will only write a little to take you around. There are even more stuff upstairs. The upper level is more children oriented. These wooden Christmas ornaments in the photos below were displayed on the foyer on the way to […]

Friday Finds ☆ Taco Local ☆ Panglima Polim South Jakarta

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Melany of wanderlust and wonder once told me before she had left Jakarta that I should go eat at TACO LOCAL. She is a friend of mine who was one of my great source of Jakarta finds. She always knew hip and trendy places to go in Jakarta and I loved her taste and choices. I believe this is the article Melany wrote about TACO LOCAL. I realized how much I miss having her in Jakarta now I think of her. Tucked in on a small street, Jalan Panglima Polim 5, Taco Local stands alongside with SATCAS, ORBIS STORE (ORBIS has a cool blog where you can browse their items) and Lomography Embassy Store Jakarta (Lomography Facebook). Jalan Panglima Polim 5 apparently is spoken as an emerging hip area of South Jakarta. I believe it. I stepped outside of the car and I asked myself where I was. The area […]

Wednesday Wall2Wall Decor ☆ Galeri Pot in Kemang Timur

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I first learned about Galeri Pot through my blogger friend, The Diplomatic Wife. I remember reading about Galeri Pot in a post about her custom-made teak hallway furniture and there are two Galeri Pot vases she has in the post. I remember thinking to myself that I should go check out the store. Guess what happened? Two years passed and that’s when I finally went to the store. My friends were very surprised that I had never been to Galeri Pot until now. I’m surprised, too… I don’t know why, but sometimes, information slips out of my mind if it’s not urgent. The other day I had a day with no plans, so I hopped in my car and went to Galeri Pot on Kemang Timur (East Kemang). I walked into Galeri Pot and instantly loved the shop. Galeri Pot is beautiful. What’s even cooler and surprising about Galeri Pot […]

Friday Finds ☆ THE GOODS DINER


In the morning of the New Year’s Eve 2012, my husband and I took our kids to THE GOODS DINER to have breakfast, a diner right by Grand Lucky, expat-frequent super market, in Fairgrounds. We were joined by our good friend and her daughters. I had been to THE GOODS DINER in January, 2012 for lunch with my girl friends, but I didn’t take my camera then as I was 8 months pregnant. Why pregnancy my excuse? My belly was so far out and heavy, even my camera felt like a big luggage at that point. I figured I would go back to THE GOODS DINER soon. Honestly I could not believe it took me almost a year to go back. It’s called “a life with 3 kids and one of them being a baby”. INTERIOR Once you walk in, you forget that you’re in the busy hustle and bustle […]

Monday Mode ☆ MANGO & Mint Color

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I’m in love with mint green this season. I have always liked the color “mint green”, but this season especially I feel that there are so many cute items in mint green color. I also discovered MANGO as my new favorite place to shop. I have a very good and cool Japanese friend who lived in Spain and when we were in college in Tokyo together (That feels like a life time ago!), she worked part time at MANGO. I have heard of the brand name “MANGO”, but I have never thought to shop there because I always assumed that MANGO was too expensive for me to shop. I have a Japanese mommy friend in Jakarta who always wear cute clothes that I like. I asked her where I shopped and she told me MANGO at Gandaria City in Jakarta. I recently went to MANGO at Gandaria City just my […]

Friday Finds ☆ Le Souq Interior Decoration Store in Kemang

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Le Souq has been in Kemang, Jakarta since 2011 in the same center as KOI Restaurant & Gallery, in the heart of Kemang, the hip and trendy part of Jakarta in my opinion. Le Souq is one of the stores that I have seen all the time as I drove by, but I never made the time to stop to look until recently as I was always going straight to my destination and back. Life with a baby does that to you. The person who motivated me to go to Le Souq was Padmajas of njoyeveryday. She’s been coming to my blog for a while and left me comments. She’s an Indian origin, living in Malaysia, and travels quite often and has come to Jakarta as well. One day she emailed me and said that she walked into Le Souq and thought of telling me about it. She also mentioned […]