January 29th was an exceptionally lovely day in the Nevin household. It kicked-off at 6.30am in true Hunter S Thompson fashion with not one, but two bottles of fizz to celebrate my big day. There is something wonderfully decadent about champagne, especially when imbibed at such an early hour so no surprise then that by 8.30am both bottles had been drained and birthday girl was feeling slightly the worse for wear.
I wrote in my last post about a handbag that I’ve been lusting after for over a year. You’ll be pleased to learn that the object of my desire, this vision of orange gorgeousness is now sitting on a chair next to me whilst I write this. However, like many things that seem to happen in my life, it’s been quite an adventure procuring it and because of that I feel that it deserves a post of it’s own. I’m collating all the information that I’ve picked up over the past week plus of course some photos and soon all will be revealed.
Until then here are some photos that I’ve taken in two different shopping malls in Jakarta. The first 2 are of Pacific Place, a high end and very flashy mall situated in the Sudirman Central District. It’s the kind of place that only Rockefeller can afford to shop in but it’s quite fun for browsing and walking around, and there are some good places to eat. I have to confess that Irishman and I did slip in there later on yesterday for a couple of Birthday Mojitos and very delicious they were too.
The fourth photo was taken in Ambassador Mall in kuningan. Talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous. This mall is the polar opposite of Pacific Place and very definitely my favourite. Ambassador Mall is vast, shambolic and grotty, but if you are looking for a bargain, this is the place to go. Clothes, electronics, phones, DVD’s, bags, shoes and gadgets galore, it is all here. Only in Indonesia will you find a row of apples stacked under a row of cigarettes on a counter. I read some reviews about it earlier and a couple of people wrote that they’d spotted rats and cockroaches. I’m not in the least bit surprised, it’s exactly that kind of place.