Our neighbourhood mobile grocer

  One of the most endearing sounds that I have become familiar with since moving to Jakarta is the call of our mobile green-grocer, Ibu Norhayati, as she pushes her cart up our street (at 10am each day). It wasn’t until I actually spoke to her, using my ‘best Bahasa’ and with the assistance of our lovely pembantu Ibu Tuti acting as translator, Continue Reading

Introducing Dian Rosa: Kemala Home Living Founder

  Jo and I have been following Jakarta based Kemala Home Living on Instagram this year. Both of us having a soft spot for traditional products with a modern twist, and often commenting on how much we admired their textiles and wooden pieces, particularly their cushion covers and teak boards. I can never have enough cushions in my house, and Continue Reading

The Canelé Taste-Off

  Yesterday I got chatting to a lady who has children at the same school as me. After a bit of conversation we realised that we actually live a few streets apart from each other (not such an unusual coincidence in Jakarta, as many of us expats seem to dwell in just a handful of suburbs). Anyway, we then got to talking about why we chose our Continue Reading

Astrid Hadywibowo’s LIN Artisan Icecream

  On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon in downtown Kemang, having just enjoyed a delicious sushi feast followed by a couple of hours shopping at the nearby Lippo mall, it was time for ice cream! The suggestion was made that we visit a particular ice cream shop, "You know the one Mum, it says 'I Scream Ice Cream' on the window". How do the kids spot Continue Reading