Pasar Mayestik ☆ Jakarta Indonesia ☆ Throwback Thursday

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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 I hope the information for Indonesia on my blog is not too outdated yet (I’m sure there is some).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 be able to benefit.

So here I am writing about Pasar Mayestik, one of the popular markets in Jakarta which is known for the fabric selections. I have been to the fabric market part before. I mentioned a fabric store called IKO BANA where I bought fabric for my formal gown. If you are interested, please visit this post.

In May 2013, my Japanese friend took me to Pasar Mayestik to show me a good place to buy tin boxes. Getting recommendations from expats who live in the city is my favorite way to learn about a new city whether for visitors and foreign residents from overseas. I visited Pasar Mayestik a few months after the newly built buildings opened. Back then, there are some spaces which were still not filled with shops. I

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Gatara Bali is the store recommended by my friend and it has many beautiful tin boxes with great reasonable prices. If you go to Bali, I’m sure you can find even better prices, but for shopping for tin boxes in Jakarta, I think that the prices you can get at Gatara Bali are as good as they might get. Gatara Bali had many tin boxes.

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I bought about 5 or 6 tin boxes from Gatara Bali on that day. Knowing how practical and beautiful these tin boxes are, I wish I had bought more. These tin boxes are wonderful for storage and decoration. If you would like to see how I use them at my current home in Mumbai, India, please read the previous post Tin Boxes As Storage & Decoration.



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These bags are popular among Japanese expat ladies.

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There were many more stores in the basement. It is a great place to find many things you need especially when you plan for a party.



Pasar Mayestik is especially known for its textile and craft stores. Toko Maju is a store for all the craft lovers in Jakarta. If you need anything for your craft project with fabric, Toko Maju seems to be the store to go to. It was quite impressive to see the wide selection of craft goods especially beads and buttons that were available at Toko Maju.

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Even if you are not a big craft person, you will have fun at Toko Maju, don’t you think?

I hope you enjoyed the post!

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Kyai Maja St.
Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta City 12120

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.

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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 at the store. I was drooling over all the beautiful items at Cayenne and I would love to go to Cayenne right now and shop!

Below are all the tin boxes I bought at Pasar Mayestik in Jakarta (except for the one at the very end). I will post (It’s on the blog. Please click on the name.) the information about the shop “Gatara Bali” where my stylish Japanese friend took me back in May, 2013 in the next post . I took photos then, but I never had a chance to write about the shop as the move came and then I got busy transitioning.

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You might laugh that we still have MD’s from 1990’s and we listen to them. This tin box is handy for their storage in the kitchen.

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Tin boxes can be a great solution to tidy up a work space where it tends to collect clutter.

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This one below was a gift from my friend, so I did not buy it at Pasar Mayestik myself, but I did see boxes in the same size.

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I used to have this same box in my son’s nursery when we lived in Jakarta. I kept some wipes and diaper rash cream in the tin box. If you click on the photo, you can jump to the post about the baby boy nursery I had in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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There are links above as well, but if you haven’t clicked and still are interested in reading about the shop “Gatara Bali” in Pasar Mayestik where I bought tin boxes in Jakarta, Indonesia, please click HERE. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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.

Tin Boxes Storage Cayenne Jakarta

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 at the store. I was drooling over all the beautiful items at Cayenne and I would love to go to Cayenne right now and shop!

Below are all the tin boxes I bought at Pasar Mayestik in Jakarta (except for the one at the very end). I will post (It’s on the blog. Please click on the name.) the information about the shop “Gatara Bali” where my stylish Japanese friend took me back in May, 2013 in the next post . I took photos then, but I never had a chance to write about the shop as the move came and then I got busy transitioning.

Tin Boxes from Jakarta Indonesia

Tin Boxes as Storage

You might laugh that we still have MD’s from 1990’s and we listen to them. This tin box is handy for their storage in the kitchen.

Tin Boxes as Storage

Tin boxes can be a great solution to tidy up a work space where it tends to collect clutter.

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Tin Boxes as Storage

Tin Boxes as Storage

This one below was a gift from my friend, so I did not buy it at Pasar Mayestik myself, but I did see boxes in the same size.

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I used to have this same box in my son’s nursery when we lived in Jakarta. I kept some wipes and diaper rash cream in the tin box. If you click on the photo, you can jump to the post about the baby boy nursery I had in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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There are links above as well, but if you haven’t clicked and still are interested in reading about the shop “Gatara Bali” in Pasar Mayestik where I bought tin boxes in Jakarta, Indonesia, please click HERE. I hope you enjoyed this post!

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 eventually die. Thus, you have to back up your precious files. I’m not new to crashes and I had learned a hard way in the past, so this time I did make backups. What a relief!

Especially for expats who move frequently from one country to another, backing up files is critical. It takes a toll on any computers with the physical move, change of voltage, different environmental factors such as climate, dust, humidity, and so forth. I did not realize until now why our computers in the past had not lasted as long as some others, but it totally makes sense.

Anyways, while I wait for my computer to work again in the future, I wanted to post at least Friday Finds and I looked at my draft file. There I found the Inacraft post draft. I decided to finish this and publish it. How can I write even though I don’t have my computer? I am writing on our old crippled computer with missing keys because of my son who removed them. It’s not easy to type on, but it is our life saver as my husband’s computer also crashed in the same week. Yes, it’s one of those weeks.


What’s Inacraft? You can check out Inacraft website for details, but in short it is a biggest handicraft trade show for gifts and housewares in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can find any crafts you can imagine from all over Indonesia in one place and it’s like an amusement park. It is something that needs to be on a bucket list of those expats in Jakarta before leaving.

As I am writing this post, I learn that the 16th Inacraft in 2014 is happening in Jakarta right now this week between April 23 and 27, 2014. Believe it or not, my decision to post this now happened with a mere coincidence because of the unavailability of my computer to edit photos due to its crash. There is always a reason for something to happen, isn’t there?

Thanks to my friend, Anita, I went to Inacraft in 2013. Thank you, Anita! I was very busy at this time a year ago as I was trying to get as much done before the end of our tour in Jakarta coming in less than 2 months. You know, the rush you get before leaving any place for good “oh my gosh, I might not get to buy, eat, or see this ever once I leave!” I am so glad with the decision to go to Inacraft when Anita asked even though it crossed my mind that I could spend the time to do something else.

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interior + furniture design
Bungur 37 Karangsetra, Bandung 40153
TEL: +62 22 203 2564

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Inacraft was amazing and fun! What I feature here is just one corner of Inacraft. There is so much more to this trade show.

You just have to see it.

I hope you enjoy seeing my photos from last year in 2013. They give me a shopping bug!

Happy Shopping!

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 did not visit Jamu until the last month of our stay. It is such a shame. The good thing is that I’ve got to visit twice! I am eternally thankful to my Japanese friend, Kaori, who gave me the two opportunities to visit Jamu. Thank you, Kaori!! If you are an expat in Indonesia, I hope you take advantage of the wonderful spas available in Indonesia. Spas in Indonesia are something else. I don’t think I truly appreciated the spas in Indonesia until I left.


Jamu is a wonderful place for the purpose of getting pampered in a true meaning with all natural materials as the name Jamu suggests. The cream bath at Jamu is probably the best among all the places I tried cream bath. Cream bath is a hair and massage treatment where the massage starts from the head and continues to the neck, shoulders and arms. It is divine and very relaxing. If you ever visit Indonesia, I highly recommend trying out a cream bath.

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Other Recommended Spas in Jakarta
That Are Popular Among Expats

I have posted two other spas in Jakarta in the past. Now with Jamu, I recommend all three of them for different reasons and they are very popular among the expats I know in Jakarta. I love Puri Santi for the combination of the service, ambiance and reasonable pricing. It is a great place to bring your out-of-town guests. I loved going to A Mi Casa in Kemang for getting a pedicure by myself for a quick pampering and it is the cheapest among three which is the reason why I went there for regular pedicure every time my feet felt like rocks.

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At the first visit, I had a cream bath and at the second visit, I had a massage treatment. Both were absolutely fantastic.

To read more about Jamu Concept, please click here.

at Cipete, South Jakarta, Indonesia
Jl. Cipete VIII/94B Cipete,
South Jakarta, Indonesia
Tel : 021-765 9691
Fax: 021-765 9693



There is another spa that I went with my great friend, Anita. She was so sweet to treat me to the spa and I absolutely loved their massage. I might say that their massage was one of the most relaxing. I would love to write about it, but I cannot find the photos or remember the name of the spa! One of many things that is tough about moving is losing information in the hectic transition. If I can find the information and photos, I hope to post them here. In the process of looking for the photos of the spa, I saw many photos of several places in Jakarta that I would love to share with you here especially for my readers in Indonesia and potential expats or visitors to Jakarta. Let’s hope that I will be organized enough to get my act together!


Want to know what other people thought of Jamu?

I posted about Jamu on my Facebook and I received very positive responses. I wanted to embed the post, but it’s not working well. Please click to see my Facebook page post and the comments. Thank you!

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.

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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 the apartment helped me with setting up my home. Can you guess my favorite color?

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I didn’t get all of these in one day. I have collected the white plates in the span of 8 years. A lot of them came from the discount dinnerware shops in Jakarta, Indonesia.

My husband likes antique maps. These are maps of Indonesia, our previous home for 3 years. I love the look of the gray guitar that my husband has. I found it in Okinawa, Japan and I am so glad I bought it for him although it tends to be a decorative piece as my husband plays the other acoustic guitar he owns.

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One of the most recent favorite items in my home is these white Matryoshka Measuring Cups shown in the photo below from my friend, Anita. Thank you, Anita!! She got them for me as a farewell gift from Jakarta. I’ve never mentioned to her that I had wanted them for a while. It was like as though she read my mind! I love them so much that I have to use them as my decor.
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The silver trees are my purchase at Inacraft 2013 in Jakarta. Originally I had an idea to use them as jewelry hangers in my bedroom, but I like them in our dining room at the moment.

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My inspirations come from the photos I have pinned in my Pinterest Interiors I Heart board. Below are some examples of where I got ideas from for the dining room.



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It makes it easier for me to entertain as well to have plates and cups near the table. The only thing is that they can collect dust and I have to rinse the dishes that I don’t use often before using, but other than that, I love the idea of seeing what I love everyday.

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Paisley Things by paisleydesign ☆ Jakarta, Indonesia

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.


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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 hear from various people that Jakarta has so many more cool places to go since I left in 2013. I stay in touch with Jakarta through some Instagram photos and blogs and it makes me so happy to see how much Jakarta has flourished. I hope that the young power in Jakarta will keep up the great work.
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I went to one of the women’s associations’ bazaars in the spring 2013 (There are many in Jakarta and you must check them out if you live there! They are really fun and provide great opportunities for you to discover local venders.) and saw Paisley Things. I didn’t buy anything from Paisley Things then, but later my stylish Japanese friend, Masako, took me to Paisley Things. Remember her? She is the one who introduced me to a Spanish tapas restaurant Plan B, a cute zakka store Tan Living, discount dish-ware shop called Toko Dewi, gorgeous cafe inside Papilion in Kemang called Huize van Wely, and Harvest Cafe. She also had me over at her place for stylish morning tea.

2013年の春のある女性協会のバザーに行った際、Paisley Thingsを知りました。その時は可愛いな〜とは思ったのものの、買い物はせず通り過ぎました。後に偶然にも友人のまさこさんがPaisley Thingsへ連れて行ってくれました。まさこさんは、その前にもスペインタパスレストランであるPlan Bや可愛い雑貨の店Tan Living、安く食器が買えるToko Dewi、クマンにあるパピリオンという建物の中にあるお洒落なカフェHuize van Wely、そしてHarvest Cafeを教えてくれたお洒落な友人です。彼女には、一度とっても素敵なお茶にも招待していただいたことがあり、<a href="stylish morning tea” title=”モーニングティー” target=”_blank”>ブログにも紹介した事があります。

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Anyways, this time I fell in love with Paisley Things all over again. Paisley Things is a vendor who sells the products made by a local artisans. The Paisley Design, which at the time of my visit was led by a French lady, Caroline, who studied design, provided the plans and designs for the products that the local Indonesian artisans made and overlooked the production. I had a chance to meet Caroline as I went there when she was in the shop. She’s very nice and I love meeting creators behind the products. I love that about going to an independent store. The artisans benefited from this organization as they created very original products with polished designs thanks to the help from the Paisley Design and they attracted many customers. Have you seen anything like this?

Paisley Thingsのお店に行った時、Paisley Thingsの魅力に圧倒されました。Paisley Thingsでは、インドネシア人工芸家達によって作られた工芸品を売っています。私がお店に行った時は、ペイズリーデザインはCaroline(キャロリン(フランス語読み)キャロライン(英語読み))というフランス人でデザインを勉強された女性によって経営されており、現地のインドネシア人工芸人が作る工芸品のデザインとアイディアを提供し、また製造を監督をする役割を果たしていました。私がたまたまお店に行った際、キャロリンさんがいらっしゃったので、お話をする機会がありました。とてもフレンドリーで、優しい方ですよ。単独のお店に行くと、商品を作るクリエーターに会えることがとても嬉しいと感じます。ペイズリーデザインのお陰で、洗練されたデザインとオリジナリティーに溢れる工芸品を作り、その商品は人気を集めていました。こんな素敵な商品見た事がありますか?

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Some products are made out of recycled items. For example, the candle jars on the left photo below are made with recycled hospital jars.
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I just think that the products sold at Paisley Things are gorgeous. The little house filled with the Paisleydesign products made me feel like I stepped into a house in a little town in France. If you haven’t been to the Paisley Things store, maybe you want to make the time to visit. I purchased a birdcage shape photo wire that is shown in the photo below on the right side. The one in the back is the one I purchased, but I bought one in white. I plan on showing you the products when I put it up in my new home in Mumbai. It will probably be in the fall time (in the northern hemisphere).

Paisley Thingsの工芸品はとても素敵だと思いませんか?Paisley Thingsのお店に入った途端、まるでフランスの小さな街のお店に入ったような気がしますよ。ジャカルタ在住で、もしまだPaisley Thingsに行った事が無ければ、是非行ってみて下さい!私は右下の写真にある鳥かごの後ろの方の商品で白いものを購入しました。ムンバイの新しい家で飾った後ブログで紹介したいと思います。きっと秋頃になってしまうかとは思いますが、良かったら見てやって下さい。

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Updated on February 5, 2015
Jl Bumi No 31
(next to SMP 29, near Pasar Majestic)
Kebayoran Baru
TEL: 21-27510156

Webpage :

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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.

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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, it was very reasonable to make frames at Nice Frames. I managed to find some time to go to Nice Frame in Cilandak, South Jakarta to have some fabric scraps framed. The fabric scraps were from my friend, Mira, the owner of Le Souq. Thanks, Mira!! She is so sweet to give me some fabric as a gift. I have pictures of them after they were framed. What do you think?

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Below is the end result done by Nice Frame. I was very pleased with the outcome. What do you tink?

I cannot wait to decorate my new home with these frames!!

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The best part for me especially to have the fabric framed was the delivery service. Nice Frame delivers the framed items to your home! I placed an order when I was very busy trying to get ready for a big pack-out. Nice Frame delivered the frames to my house! This service to me was a key to decide to have the fabric scraps framed right before we packed out from Jakarta. Thank you, Nice Frame!!

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Nice Frame
Jl. Terogong Raya no. 35
Cilandak Barat, Jakarta
Indonesia 12430

Phone: +62 21-766 4541 / +62 21-7591 7715
Office Hours
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nice Frame Website

Below is a photo of the couple who owns the Nice Frame. Thank you for your wonderful service!
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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。


If you are interested in learning more about Le Petit Society, please scroll down.
Le Petit Societyについて興味がある方は、下の方までどうぞ。

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I found Erica’s blog through Little Steps Asia. I was attracted to her blog because she was an expat blogger in Jakarta just like me. As soon as I entered her blog, I fell in love with Erica’s breath-taking photos which she takes in Jakarta and I was sucked into her world of beauty. I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to get to know her in Jakarta. Here’s Erica’s “rained out play dates and le petit society”.

エリカの事は、Little Steps Asiaというサイトを通して知りました。彼女は私と同じようにジャカルタに住む駐在員で、しかもブログをしているというところに惹かれました。彼女のブログに行き、ジャカルタで撮る彼女の写真の虜になり、エリカの素敵な世界に引き込まれました。ジャカルタに居たお陰で、彼女とお友達になれる機会に恵まれました。こちらがエリカのブログに掲載された“rained out play dates and le petit society”

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Ana is a talented friend of mine with amazing eye for design. I have had prestige to witness her stunning birthday parties for her sons. Here are the posts for Nautical Birthday Party and Space Birthday Party. We both were pregnant at the same time in 2011 and now we have boys of the same age. She’s been a wonderful friend and a blogger buddy to me in Jakarta. Here is Ana’s “{Review} Le Petit Society”.

アナは、デザインセンス抜群のとても才能を持つ友人です。ジャカルタ在住中、彼女が息子さん2人のために開いたお誕生日パーティーを実際に見る機会に恵まれました。以下が彼女の誕生日パーティーのブログの記事になります。航海がテーマのパーティー and 宇宙がテーマのパーティー。彼女も私も2011年に妊娠しており、今は同い年になる息子がいます。ジャカルタでのとても素敵なお友達であり、ブログ仲間でもあります。こちらがアナのブログに掲載された“{Review} Le Petit Society”

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Le Petit Socity is a babies and kids clothing brand found by two Singaporeans who base their business in Hong Kong: Robyn Liang and Dylan Onga. Le Petit Socity is a harbinger in kids fashion based in Asia who aims to be the brand that is trendy, chic, and fun to wear with European quality and more importantly, approachable prices. Great news for those who live in Asia is that shipping within Asia is free! (Le Petit Society Shipping Information)

Happy Shopping!

ル・プティ・ソサエティーは、ベビー服とキッズ服のブランドで、香港をベースにする2人のシンガポール人、ロビン・リアンとディラン・オンガによって創立されました。ル・プティ・ソサエティーは、質はヨーロッパ並みでも値段はお手頃で、デザインはトレンディーで、シックで、ポップな服を目指すアジアベースのキッズファッション業界の先駆者です。アジア在住の人に嬉しいのは、アジア圏内の郵送料が無料ということ。(詳しくはLe Petit Society Shipping Informationまで)


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Lunch Set Menu ☆ KOI Mahakam

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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 to my friends. Why? It’s easier emotionally that way. I have already teared up a couple of times with the thought of leaving Jakarta. At the same time though, I recognize that I need a closure to our time in Jakarta and maybe the farewell parties are the answer.

先日、ジャカルタで初めての私のお別れ会に行ってきました。ジャカルタを離れるまで残す所1ヶ月あまりとなったのですが、もう始まりました。8人の日本人の友人と私でKOI Mahakam(マハカム)へ行ってきました。KOI Mahakamが今回の本題なのですが、少しだけ私事を語らせて下さい。


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Now back on the topic, the lunch at KOI Mahakam – it was fantastic. KOI Mahakam recently started a lunch set menu which is a great deal for everyone. Only for IDR 95,000 ++ (about US$9.5), you can either get a combination of an appetizer and main dish or a main dish and dessert. I ordered the chicken dish in the photo above and apple crumble. YUM! My friends who know that I have a blog encouraged me to take photos of their dishes. Aren’t they nice? The apple crumble come with a homemade ice cream made by Benoit, the head chef of KOI Mahakam as well as KOI Kemang. I love anything homemade, but I have a weak spot for a homemade ice cream. It was delicious!

この記事の本題に戻りますと、KOI Mahakam(マハカム)でのランチ – とても良かったですよ〜。実はKOI Mahakam(マハカム)は最近ランチセットメニューを始めました。95,000ルピア++(950円くらい)で前菜と主菜の組み合わせか主菜とデザートの組み合わせを選べます。私は上の写真にある鶏肉を主菜に、デザートにはアップルクランブルを頼みました。下の写真は、友人達は私がブログをやっていることを知っているので、親切に写真を撮ったらどうか、と撮影を後押しして下さいました。アップルクランブルはKOIの自家製アイスクリームが付いてきます。自家製と聞くと弱い私なのですが、特に自家製アイスクリームには目がありません。アイスクリーム美味しかった!

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My friend is holding my son. She has a great taste for interior design. She invited me to take photos of her home last Christmas in December 2012. You can see her Christmas decoration at her home here.


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My heart is filled with gratitude. Thank you.


Jl Mahakam I No. 2
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: + 62 21 722 2864
KOI Mahakam is close to Blok M plaza and right next to Grand Mahakam Hotel.
Facebook: Koimahakam
Twitter: @koimahakam

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.









To go to Kemang Club Villas from Kemang Raya, a main road in Kemang, you take a left on the small street next to The Papilion and Kemang Club Villas is at the end of the street. There are a great Kiwi/Australian cafe Antipodean, and Vinoti Living, in the same center and Authentique French Bakery close by.

Kemang Club Villasは、クマンラヤのパピリオンの横の道をずっと奥に行った所にあり、同じセンターには、お洒落なニュージーランド/オーストラリアのカフェAntipodeanや家具屋さんのVinoti Living、近くにはフランスパン屋さんのAuthentique French Bakeryなどもあります。


Kemang Club Villas
Jl Kemang Selatan I,
Ph, +62 21 71791667
Fax +62 21 71791688

All Vinoti Living & Brio Stores
Seibu Grand Indonesia, 2nd Floor
Sogo Plaza Senayan, 4th Floor
Sogo Pondok Indah Mall 2, 2nd Floor
Sogo Emporium Pluit, 3rd Floor
Centro Mall of Indonesia, Mezzanine Floor

Facebook Essential bed n’ bath
Twitter @Essential_Home

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。

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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.


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。

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This little area used as a library was lovely.

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I enjoyed taking photos of the whole office building. I didn’t take photos of the bathroom, but the design inside the bathroom was really neat as well. What a gorgeous place to work in, don’t you think? I felt like I was in a magazine.


KOI Kemang has a design team who can work with you and help design offices and homes. For more information, you may call or email.

KOI Kemangには、デザインチームがあり、オフィスや家庭のインテリアをデザインするお手伝いをしています。詳しくは下の連絡先まで。


Jl. Kemang Raya No 72 – Jakarta Selatan
Phone: +62 21 719 5668

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, recreate waste into products with a style and trendy look. You can view the collections on DYRT Design’s homepage. (Is it hacked? I can’t access it. What’s going on there?)

I think the products from this store make good souvenirs. You can buy one-of-a-kind products to take to your family and friends back home.

DYRTデザインをご紹介できることを光栄に思います。DYRTデザインとは、「あなたもリサイクルしてますか?」(Do you recycle Too?)という英語の文章の単語の頭文字を繋げてあります。DYRTデザインの商品は全てリサイクルの材料で作られています。例えば白とシルバーの歯磨き粉のケースをリサイクルして使ったものや、もう一つはカラフルな宣伝に使用されたビニールのバナーを使用しています。

2010年の秋にアメリカ婦人協会のバザーに行った際、DYRTの事を知りました。クマンのKOI KemangやインテリアショップであるLe Souq(ル・スーク)があるセンターにDYRTデザインが開店して以来ずっと行ってみたかった場所で、最近やっと行ってきました。



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Jl. Kemang Raya 72 Lot K
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan 12550

021 718 0275
021 7071 9351


For more information regarding hours and store location Of DYRT Design, please click here.

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Monday Mode ☆ Gingersnaps


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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 do so. Gladly I received a permit to take photos at a store in Gandaria City. Since I am not skilled to shoot indoors under the light like that, the colors did not turn out as well as I wished. I apologize for the low quality of my photos. My photos did not do justice to the beautiful store.

Anyhow, here I present Gingersnaps from the Philippines.

Enjoy the dreamy fashion of Gingersnaps.


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How was it?

Do you know what I mean? Don’t you just love Gingersnaps? I spotted many designs that I would totally wear myself and I would like to ask Gingersnaps if they would make in adult women sizes. I made a few purchases at Gingersnaps for my girls. They love the new shirts from Gingersnaps.

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Miniapolis Plaza Indonesia
Level 3 – Unit #E07
Tel: 021 310-7540

Pondok Indah Mall 2
Level 2 – Unit #222A
Tel: 021 7592 0965

Gandaria City
Level UG – Unit #U39
Tel: 021 2905 3201

Mall Kuningan City
Level 2 – Unit #52
Tel: 021 3048 0725

Senayan City
Level 4 – Unit #93
Tel: 021 7278 1355

Puri Indah Mall
Level 1 – Unit #126
Tel: 021 582 2699

Paris Van Java


Ciputra World Surabaya

For store locations, click here.


Friday Finds ☆ Bonjour Japanese French Pastry in Grand Indonesia


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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.

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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 store in Gardena, Los Angeles. I could not find any official information in Japanese, but here is more about Bonjour if you are curious. If you have never tasted Shiraki Roll before, I hope you’ll stop by Bonjour when you have a chance to go to Grand Indonesia and try their Shiraki Roll.





Japanese French Pastry
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Lower Ground, East Mall
Jl. M.H Thamrin No.1
Jakarta Pusat
Tel: +62 21 23581914
Bonjour Website

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, please check with KOI Kemang. Since the photos were taken in November, 2011, they might not have this style any more. Please scroll down for the information of the KOI Gallery.

For this dining set photo shoot, I imagined a casual evening gathering with friends and the food on the table is appetizers. I wanted the room to look cheerful and fun. I used the Batik fabric as a prop. I picked these colorful and cheerful paintings on the wall. The big painting of a bear is something I would buy myself if I have enough money. One of these days, I hope my husband and I will be able to afford some paintings.

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For more photos of the furniture at KOI Kemang Gallery on the 2nd floor, please go to the Photography page. Thank you!

KOI Kemang
Kemang Raya No. 72
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
TEL: +62 21 719 5667 / +62 21 719 5668


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 smoky even in the non-smoking area. That’s very common in Jakarta though. I ordered from the breakfast menu and it was tasty. My friend ordered it, too and we both finished it. The lemonade with mint leaves was refreshing and quenched my thirsty throat. Price wise, I find it average expat oriented prices.

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These were displayed in the restaurant. I like their sense of humor.
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You can see this restaurant when you drive into Kemang Raya from Prapanca or driving out from Kemang Raya into Prapanca. It looks very welcoming especially at night when the warm lights are turned on.

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Phone: +62 21 718 1843
Fax: +62 21 718 3417
Facebook commonpeopleJKT
Twitter @commonpeopleJKT

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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.

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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.

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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 show, the one I had a ticket for, started, there were several designers’ shows. Here are some snippets of the shows before Ivan Gunawan’s Malolo collection was revealed.

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The show I was invited to see was a collection by Ivan Gunawan, a fashion designer and celebrity in Indonesia.

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The show ended and I walked out of the main entrance to the building of the Jakarta Convention Center. There I spotted a Miss Indonesia. You can’t miss her huge tiara. She was petite, beautiful and elegant. She kept her smile at all times and seemed very friendly. I did not take a photo with her, but to be able to see her and take her photos were kind of icing to a cake to me.

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I hope you enjoyed viewing some photos I’ve taken at the Indonesia Fashion Week 2013!

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 the closest you can get to the one you find in France.




If you are curious about the crèche that Sophie used to own and my daughter went, here are some posts. It’s too bad that this daycare does no longer exist.
Our Baby Started School
Parenting & Transition
My Princess Jasmine and Her Day Care in Jakarta

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Have you been to a little shopping area of Kemang near Hero Kemang? I love this narrow street with many neat mom-and-pop shops and flower vendors all lined up cosily and this street leads up to a small shopping center of Kemang which hosts Hero Kemang.

Jl. Kemang Selatan I-20C
Kemang, Jakarta
Phone: (021)7180011


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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. 

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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.

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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 the upstairs.

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There were many cute purses, stuff toys, wooden toys, pillow cases, decorative items, clothes, you name it. There were some very cute wall decals sold on the upper level, too.

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There is also downstairs, but the space downstairs do not have many items for sale.

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This is a new Thai restaurant.  I didn’t know that Vietopia, a Vietnamese restaurant, was replaced by Yumm Thai until I visited Temple Trees in January, 2013.  I need to go back and try the food at Yumm Thai.  I had lunch at the previous restaurant, Vietopia, with my daughter when I was pregnant in 2011 because I craved Pho so much.   Now it’s gone.   I notice that you see many changes very quickly in a vibrant city of Jakarta.   It’s not uncommon to discover that a restaurant closed or moved its location after not visiting for several months.

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What do you think?

I first visited Temple Trees with my friend and a blogger in Jakarta, the Diplomatic Wife, in mid 2011.  At that time, I had my camera with me, but when I asked one employee about taking photos, I was asked to contact the marketing department of Temple Trees, which is totally fine.  I grabbed a business card, but I didn’t email for the longest time even though I really wanted to go back to take photos.   It sounds easy to email, get a permission, go back and take photos to blog, but it is actually not in the reality when you have million other things to do. It’s a shame that I took so long to blog about Temple Trees! Temple Trees, thank you for letting me take photos of your gorgeous store!

One thing you would not understand unless you live in Jakarta is that the traffic in the city really limits your activity.  You have to time when to go out, where to go and you can only take care of one errand in the morning or in the afternoon.  During the first year of my stay in Jakarta, I used to get in my car and run errands in the afternoon as well, but after the second year, I stopped doing that and would only go out if my kids have activities.  Otherwise, I stick around in my neighborhood because you end up spending so much time in the car in the afternoon. I’m fine though. I learned how to use my time wisely.

Temple Trees
Jalan Senopati No. 66
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12190
Phone: +62 21 7261211

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This is how it looks from the street. Look for the Yumm Thai sign. Temple Trees is almost across the street from Anomali Coffee on Jalan Senopati a very cool and hip Indonesian Coffee Shop. When you are in the area of Senopati, do check out Pak Manto’s Kripik as well! The chips are so delicious and addictive!

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.

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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 felt as if it was a little “Austin, Texas” to my eyes.

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Taco Local is annex to Velodome Bike Shop, a cool bike shop that all the serious bikers would probably love to come and shop. My kids and their friends loved exploring the bike shop while they waited for their meals to arrive.

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TACO LOCAL is a casual taco joint where you could get your taco fix. I just love the edgy and hip atmosphere this restaurant has and their tacos are tasty. My husband, a Texan, and our friends, Arizonans liked their tacos, which says a lot to me. My husband and I love Mexican food, so when we want to get Mexican, we have often gone to Hacienda in Senayan Arcadia. Now we know TACO LOCAL (& I love mom-and-pop shops), we’ll be going back to TACO LOCAL.

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This was actually my second time to visit Taco Local. This time I took my camera and had a chance to take photos (not as much as I wanted to as we were with our good friends and I didn’t want to be rude taking photos and not hanging out with them). Right before I left TACO LOCAL, I told the guys at the cashier that I would post my photos on my blog. The guy on the right in the photo above, Andre, asked me about my blog address, so I gave him the address. Andre later came to my blog and even left me a very nice comment on my About Me page! That was a really nice surprise! Thanks!

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I could go on about this place, but there are already good reviews on the web that I should leave you with them. Enjoy!

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Apparently, TACO LOCAL is going to Bali. That’s exciting news!

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Kebayoran Baru
(021) 9494 9538
Twitter @tacolocal
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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.

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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 is that their prices are very reasonable.

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If someone asks me where I would recommend a newly arrived person to shop for home decor, Galeri Pot would definitely be in the top 5 of my list of places to go for shopping.

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I purchased a pottery candle holder on the left in the photo below. It was only IDR 65,000! I love it and I’m tempted to go back to Galeri Pot to buy more of these white candle holders.
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I’m debating whether I should buy a lamp below in white or not. My Swedish friend has it and I love it. You can see the white version here.
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Jl. Kemang Timur 58 R
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Tel: +62-21-718 0209
Fax: +62-21-7179 3070
Email :

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Happy Shopping and Decorating!

Friday Finds ☆ THE GOODS DINER

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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”.



Once you walk in, you forget that you’re in the busy hustle and bustle of Jakarta’s financial district. I see some Hawaiian inspired interior decoration and along with the hip style of THE GOODS DEPT (THE GOODS DINER is owned by the same owners as THE GOODS DEPT), the cool trendy industrial modern interior design is seen in the restaurant. (Just a side note, right next to THE GOODS DINER entrance, there is Bagel Bagel, a branch of Bagel Bagel located in Kemang.)



I ordered something similar to Eggs Benedict. It has mushrooms, eggs, cheese and sauce on top of two pieces of bread. It was divine.

I could not believe that I let a year pass by without going back to THE GOODS DINER. When I first went there, I had a Mexican Burger, which was my friend Melany’s (of wanderlust and wonder) recommendation, and I loved it so much that I remember thinking to myself that I had to bring back my Texan husband.

I was glad I finally went back there with my husband and our kids and they all had a great time. The food was great, the ambiance was great and the restaurant staff was very friendly. What else can you ask for?


I felt like my life was hijacked in 2012, but not in a bad way. It was quite a ride. I was gone to Singapore for a little over two months in the beginning of 2012 to give birth there. My family and I brought back our new-born to Jakarta in April, 2012 and a couple of months later in June, we flew to the States and Japan to visit our family during the summer break. After we got back, schools resumed, there was Idul Fitri in August, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my girls’ birthdays and Christmas. The time just flew by as I survived a life with three kids and the next thing I knew, 2012 had ended.

Here I am in 2013.

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Fairgrounds, Sudirman Central Business District Lot. 14
(Jalan Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53)
Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Phone: (021) 515-2969
Twitter @theGOODSdiner

I am thankful that my family and I are healthy and together. Unlike in my earlier days, I now wish for a good health and ordinary life with my family. In Japan, people say “health is capital”. I can’t agree more.

I wish you and your family a wonderful new year with great health and happiness !

Thanks for visiting my blog!









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.

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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 friend recommended. I fell in love! The timing was good, too. When I went a couple of months ago, they had sales and I was able to shop for great deals.

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What is your favorite color to wear for this season?

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 DYRT (Do You Recycle Too) in the same email, which is a store that sells products made of recycled toothpaste cases and its store is directly above Le Souq. I hope to feature DYRT on my blog if I hear from DYRT and get permission to take photos.

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Le Souq means “Arabic Market” in arabic that sells many things . The owner of Le Souq, Mira Noordhoek Hegt, is originally from Holland, but her father is Egyptian. Her store Le Souq was named in his honor. I imagine that “le Souq” would be translated into “zakka” in Japanese, which is a word referring to all the items that you need for daily life which include items to decorate home and use in kitchen, but not food or clothes. The word, zakka, has been used in English-speaking world more and more in the recent past.

I asked Mira what was her former profession before she moved to Jakarta. I expected her answer to be an interior designer just seeing her breathtaking store. To my surprise, she said she was a lawyer. Design has been something that she has been passionate about, but it was never her career until she came to Jakarta and now she enjoys it very much. Her store has been covered by many magazines, which comes to show how talented people get under the spotlight. I admire her talent. She’s super friendly, too and I was so glad to have met her.

If you are curious and want to learn more about Le Souq, here (article on Jakarta Expat written by Angela Richardson) is a good read.

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If you go to Le Souq, I hope you’ll check out the basement as well. There are more furniture pieces she sells in the basement. It’s a wonderland. I love her style and like she says in this article, her philosophy “your home should be the place that puts a smile on your face” is translated into her store, Le Souq. Indeed, I walked away with a smile on my face.

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Kemang Raya 72K
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
TEL: +62 21 719 5672