Jakarta Vintage

My Hunting Field 6: Mayestik

Everybody knows Pasar Mayestik for what it has to offer, which includes fabric, clothing, food, baking utilities and auto parts. Many like it because the place has that nostalgic aura of the merry old days through different mom and pop shops which sell practically anything. I like all that too, plus the fact that it has –what else– vintage goods. Yes, this is my other hunting ground, in fact the first place to go when I look for antique and vintage chandeliers. There are only two shops specializing in vintage here, plus some other shops that sell vintage looking household goods. It’s good to know that in between food and fabric I can also fulfill my vintage appetite. Have a nice weekend everyone!

This vintage bike is displayed outside the shop.

Some are vintage, some are just vintage looking. Like this this Marocco tea set.


This bike is not for sale, just a prop in a house hold goods shop. The other prop in this shop is a vintage daihatsu domio.

Vintage looking decorative plates. From European style to chinese style, your call.

Look What I Found At The Flea! (Part 2)

My vintage hunting session last week was quite rewarding as I found three cool retro gadgets in the street of Kebayoran Lama flea market. They are portable video recorder Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8, and Chinon 255XL. To be honest I went there to shoot a video, not to look for any particular item. See, this is the good thing about flea market: you never know what you might get when you are flea-marketing. Here are the photos of my latest finds as demonstrated by hipster looking models. If you too have interesting finds, you may want to share them here with me, with photos please. Happy Tuesday!

Photos: Yorens Malonda. Models: Heidi, Yogi, Tezzar.

Pretty Artworks For My Pretty Friends

My Private Garden by Nani Sakri, my favourite. Great as a focal point in a big space. Just pretty. I bet all my friends would want this one too.

Iriantine Karnaya and Nani Sakri get together to present their works in an exhibition called DIALOG KERINDUAN commencing now in the Energy Building, in Sudirman Business District. One is a senior contemporary sculptor, the other one is a seasoned painter — and by the way a famous catwalk model of the 70’s, both highlighting woman as their art object.  In my ten minute visit in the exhibition, I have already spotted some artworks that I think may work in my vintage spaces, or would actually be better for the homes of my good friends Ira, Vera, Uti, Irma, Maribelle, Dwita, Geline, Rima, and Andu. My spontaneous comment on all the artworks is: pretty and beautiful. Congratulations.  Here is my pick:

Another pretty painting by Nani Sakri, Transformation. This painting can transform any room into beauty. Maybe Ira would like it for her home.

I dont know what the artist Iriantine means by “Two Days Before” but I think Andu would like it.Andu, this should be yours.


This iconic sculpture, Go Through, is reminding me of my friend Uti who goes thru ups and downs sound and happy.

Loving, Listening, Ears. Sounds like my friend Vera. Would look good in your bed room, Vera.

A Mother’s Gift 2, just the right gift for Irma, a mother of three beautiful kids.

In Harmony With Nature will sure be in harmony in any room and with anyone, especially with Dwita.

Another “Transformation” for Maribelle who transforms everything into the positive. Her huge house would be more grande with this painting.

High Patience, best describes Rima. Make sure it hangs straight Rims.

Over The Boundaries, this one could be about Geline, who crosses boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines, work and party, day and night….

My Hunting Field 5: Semarang

Semarang may not be as culturally rich as Solo and Yogja, but as a hunting ground for antiques and vintage this is the place to go. Aside from some antique shops, the city has this famous Lawang Sewu, a former train station next to old town area where some more colonial buildings tried to survive in modern Semarang. So my stay in Semarang was always extended from one day to two or three days as there are too many things and places to see. Here are the photos I took during my trip to Semarang for a TV shooting in the old town. Hope you enjoy the photos and happy Monday!