I don't mean to have cryptic sounding post titles. This one is literal. We went to Kota, the old Dutch part of Jakarta, a few weekends ago and spent an hour or so in the square. It was Maddy's last day and she wore the Balinese cuff I gave her as a Welcome to Indonesia gift!
After juggling drinks, children and lunch at Cafe Batavia, we wondered around the square the cafe overlooks. It's not far from the morning walk we took through Chinatown last month.
A quiet moment (courtesy of an iPhone)
The square is very Dutch colonial and if it wasn't for the amazing assortment of Indonesian games, street hawkers and other entertainment, you may not think you were in Indonesia. I know this is silly and that The Flying Nun has absolutely no relationship whatsoever to early Dutch colonialism over here, but for some reason I always imagine Sally Fields flying through the air, in her nun habit, hovering above the square. I grew up watching re-runs and I'm sure part of it must have been set in one. Ok, back to the bangles.
Colouful bangles lay strewn about in a game. The aim being to throw a bangle from a distance in an attempt to land it on the bottle's neck. The prize? The bottle of soft drink, and if you get unlucky, a packet of attached cigarettes too.
Noah having his turn.
Traditional batik and contemporary street-wear
And peddles with hats.
A favourite past time, you can hire bike-with-hat for a ride around the square!
Or feast on typical street-cart heart attack fare.....fired tofu, tempeh, fritters, yam.
Try to stay away from these but they can taste awfully good once in a while.
And for the sake of the title - check out these vintage beauties below.
House of Lavande vintage seashell cuff
House of Lavande vintage Pierre Cardin cuff. My favorite. Clean and sleek.
I do love me some cuffs. Remember this one?