Durham, United Kingdom
April 24, 2005
Alongside the shops, you get fast-food restaurants, including Indonesian options, bars, and clubs and even an open-plan gymnasium. It gets busy, and parking outside can be a bit of a trial, but once you're inside, you could be in Tokyo. It's the place to go for your more expensive gifts. Shops tend to be better stocked, so you'll get a better range of the latest fragrances and cosmetics here, for example. What you tend not to get here is local. It definitely leans heavily toward a Western or Japanese shopping model, but I suspect that as the country becomes more prosperous and developed, you'll get more of these.
The bars are flashy, and there are girls with flyers out front trying to lure you in. Perhaps the only thing that reminds you that you are in Indonesia are the low levels of alcohol consumption. Is that a bad thing?
Here's the website.
From journal You're going to Jakarta - My wife has a bunion