Jakarta Vintage

Guess Who’s On The Cover (2)

Indonesian vintage models — have you ever wondered how they look? Well, it’s actually easy to check them out in google image or youtube, or maybe in those old photo albums in the garage. As for me, I have these Varia magazines, 60’s edition –which I found in Blok M Square two weeks ago. Looking at the cover models on the magazine that was popular until the late 70’s, I can’t help but comparing them with today’s famous faces such as Dian Sastro and Julia Perez which covered Clara magazine a while ago. One is more natural looking, camera shy and motherly….and the other one is more sophisticated, confident and polished. Is it so? One thing for sure, those Indonesian women, vintage or not, are all beautiful. D’accord?

Martha Stewart Goes Vintage

Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff  in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.

Vintage Fair At Kemang

Yesterday was a fun day for vintage passionistas especially for those who had a chance to visit Vintage Fair held by tokove in Kemang Selatan, and I was lucky I was one of them. I got there around 4.30 when the weather was just nice. It was also nice to see some familiar faces especially among the sellers, who own shops in Taman Puring, Kebayoran Lama and Blok M Square. As for the items being offered, which includes vinyls, books, comics, posters, CD and cassettes, I saw some other interesting pieces which I don’t see that often: toys, calendar and ads. What amazed me though is how these passionista fellows get and gather that old pieces and keep them so neatly almost in original condition. I guess it’s passion, no? Here are the photos of yesterday event. Happy Monday!


Koes Plus, Guruh Gipsy and Badai Pasti Berlalu are among legends in Indonesia music industry, and the most sought after in the vintage community.

You can touch, read, try and it’s OK if you don’t buy, Cool.


I like those two vintage clocks i the left. Very stylish.

Again, nice clock and that portable radio. Oh that white sliding bag, did it once belong to Garuda Indonesia’s stewardess? Don’t know.

These cameras I am sure are from the 80’s. I think I had one… though I never –not in a million years– thought that they would be cool looking like this three decades later.

Old calendars. Someone has been very clever to keep them then and sell them now as vintage items. They make a quirky touch in the interior.

Vintage ads. Look at that Kijang ad. I know Kijang is the most popular vehicle of all time here, but …what were we really thinking?

Famous names and faces from the 70’s: Bob Tutupoli, Tetty kadi, and Pattie Bersaudara. Forty years later they are still kicking and singing. That is cool vintage!

Wow, rare movie poster of Indonesia’s famous hero, Si Buta Dari Gua Hantu. 70’s and 80’s were the most productive era in Indonesia’s movie industry.

Vintage toys on a vintage tin plate. Cool!

Poster of a local cigar brand. The head line literally says: smoked by all nations. Humble or over-claimed, i don’t know. Oh, the photo underneath is Michael Jackson’s, not Diana Ross.

My Hunting Field 3: Blok M Square

Yes, this unassuming mall is my other hunting ground which i frequently visit, mostly during my lunch break. Here I can spoil my vintage appetite for old books, vintage comics and secondhand magazines as well as cassettes, CD, turntable, vinyl, poster, and some other stuff such as suitcases. With Jakarta’s unfriendly weather and traffic…

…it’s good to have an option to vintage hunt in an air-conditioned space and with conveniences of a mall. Perhaps this rather fancy place is more suitable for –dare I say– the vintage passionistas  (Maribelle, I love your term!).


Old books, secondhand books and magazines they are all here, no more need to be upset when your friends never return them to you.

Omen, a familiar face in the basement 2, specialising in vintage suitcases, vinyls, cassettes, among others.

So if you are in the neighborhood and crave for a quick bite, drop by at Blok M Square. They have hundreds of eating places, cafes, restaurants, as well as ATM arcade, salon, drugstores, hypermarket, well practically everything. As for me the vintage stuff in the basement is my treat. Happy Tuesday!

Look What I Found At The Flea!

It happens all the time: you go to a flea market without knowing what you really look for, and voila– you find something that you really like.

Last week i found this amazing book by Neils A. Douwes Dekker in an old book shop in Blok M, Jakarta. This book is titled TANAH AIR KITA – The Country and People of indonesia, containing over 350 photos –16 photos are color– of once and always beautiful Indonesia. Here are some photos from the book.

The photos are amazing –each and every photo is carefully selected and curated. Many are “never been published and which is not likely to be surpassed in the near future” as it says in the cover. This book is for “those who already know something about INDONESIA will immediately want to possess. For those whom Indonesia is merely a name…it will come as a revelation” .


Neils A is the great grandnephew of the famous Multatuli Edward Douwes Dekker, the author of Max Havelaar — a familiar name for those who fancy history in high school.

Throughout the book the writer praises and only praises the country devotedly — here is a quote: INDONESIA, an equatorial paradise of thousands of tropical islands, great and small, displaying a wealth arts and customs, a land in which age-old traditions exist side by side with up-to-date industries. A land with a past– and a land with a future.