As anyone living in Jakarta would know, you have to start planning early for special occasions, and Christmas is no exception. To help you do this, we have compiled our ‘ajb Ultimate Guide to preparing your home for a Jakarta Christmas’.
Why do you need this guide? Well, take a few moments to consider the following points and I’m sure you will soon agree that planning for your Jakarta Christmas needs careful consideration!
Start planning early for your Jakarta Christmas because:
- Things get shopped out quickly here in Jakarta! If you see something you need, grab it (..grab two – in fact stockpile like a chipmunk preparing for a very long winter!) This is because it is likely that you won’t see that item again for a while, especially if it is imported.
- Sourcing for Christmas is often like a wild goose chase. Let us explain – a supplier that you used in a previous instance (or one that has come recommend to you) may no longer be available – for example, they are no longer in business, or perhaps they have had to return unexpectedly to their *kampung or…. or…you get the picture! Therefore a Plan B is a good idea, just in case.
- Sourcing takes time! If you need to frequent a few shops to collect all of your ingredients or materials, this can take more than a day to achieve, especially if you arrive at the venue and they don’t actually have what you need or have run out (*kosong, *tidak ada and *sudah habis are likely to be phrases that you become familiar with, much to your frustration!) Moreover, trading hours are often flexible (*jam karet). Just because a shop advertises that it opens at 10am, this is just an estimate. And did we mention the traffic? One word.. *macet! Patience really is a virtue.
- For many expats, Christmas Day will be spent away from their Jakarta home, most typically in their home country, so it is nice to prepare early allowing you to enjoy the lead up to Christmas in your Indonesian home.
- From September onwards, the many bazaars of Jakarta start selling Christmas items. So having a vision of how you want to decorate your home as well as gift ideas, means that you can start your Christmas sourcing early.
By getting organised early, you can really make the most of this wonderful time of the year which passes all too quickly. Take some time to contemplate the images below. These pictures have been designed to evoke a sense of traditional Christmas cheer with a dash of Indonesian style. Take a look for yourself and you’ll know what we’re talking about!
With best wishes
Jo and Liz
(ps: If you see something you like or want to know more about, refer to the ‘Suppliers and Stockists’ at the end of this post and as always, let us know what you think! We love to receive your comments).
Let the decorations begin before you enter your home
Time to set the table
Decorating around the home
Decorating your bespoke Christmas tree
Wrapping your gifts
Oops! Don’t forget the card!
Stay tuned in the new few weeks as ajb goes ‘Mad for Christmas’ with more ideas coming your way including suggestions of locally sourced gifts for that special present to take back home; Christmas baking with local ingredients and a local take on the Aussie barbecue. Don’t miss out – subscribe now!
In the meantime, why not check out some of our posts related to today’s story.
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Suppliers and Stockists
Jl. Kemang Selatan 1
Ph: 0813 1030 0297
For details contact:
Australian and New Zealand Association (ANZA Jakarta)
Jl. Kemang Dalam IX No. M6
Bangka Mampang Prapatan
Ph: 021 71792665
Web: ANZA Jakarta
(Gitte will have an open house sale on 1st December from 10am – 2pm. Email Gitte for details).
Hadiprana Art Centre
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 30 Kemang
Ph: 021 718 2765
Web: Hadiprana Art Centre
Kamalika Art Prints
Jl. Senopati No.66
Jakarta Selatan 12110
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
Galeries Lafayette, Pacific Place
SOGO Department Store
Mall Alam Sutera
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 55
Jakarta Selatan 12730
Pondok Indah Mall 2
Lanka – card and gift wrapping
Jl. Kemang Selatan No. 8
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
(*Note: Lanka is easy to miss. It is located directly
opposite ‘meja meja’ (a table shop) and next door to Geeves dry-cleaning)
Ph: 021 7182338
Jl. Bumi No 31
(next to SMP 29, near Pasar Majestic)
Ph: 021 27510156
Instagram: Paisley Things
Jl. Terogong Raya No. 22
Ph: 0817 492 2652
For orders of wreaths you will need to request which wreath you require:
Janus bulat – the round young coconut leaf wreath (this is the smaller of the two green wreaths featured)
Palm regu – regular Palm wreath
(*note: these wreaths appear fresh for approx 1 week)
Jalan Tebah III
Metro Pondok Indah Blok III
B Lt. 1 No.148
Jl. Kemang Selatan 1C No. 3A
Ph: 0822 1321 7800
Ph: 021 719 0226
Ranggon Feliz Happy Home and Art Shop
Kemang Selatan No 20C, D and E
Ph: 021 71794278
The Goods Dept.
1st Floor #1-02
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53, SCBD
Ph: 021 579 73 644
The Goods Dept.
Pondok Indah Mall 2
3rd Floor #321
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah
Ph: 021 759 20 997
The Goods Dept.
Lotte Shopping Avenue
Level 1 Unit 1F #18-19
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. 3-5
*jam karet: Indonesia ranks as one of the most relaxed countries in the world with regard to time (‘A Geography of Time’ by Robert Levine 1997) and this can be greatly attributed to Indonesian’s attitude towards time known as ‘jam karet’ or ‘rubber time’. Indonesians believe that things in life are meant to happen in a relaxed fashion and tardiness is not seen as a problem; a contrasting perspective to the general Western approach towards time.
*kampung: village or small town
*kosong, tidak ada, sudah habis: are all terms that imply that something has run out or doesn’t exist anymore
*macet: traffic jam. Normally when anyone in Jakarta talks about traffic, this word features regularly in the conversation!
Words: Jo Photography: a journey bespoke