Jakarta Vintage

Finding Flea Markets in Beijing

Finding flea markets has been my #1 thing to do in almost every city I visit. Including and especially in Beijing where the biggest flea market in Asia is located, that is Panjiayuan flea market. Here there are about 3,000 registered sellers waiting for you every weekend, offering anything and everything. From opium scales, old pipes, Mao and Buddha statues, paper lanterns, jades, ceramics, calligraphy, to painting and… oh the list is so long that I wonder: is there anything that they don’t sell. The big number of sellers and categories of stuff sold in Panjiayuan represents and reminds me of China as a country of many wonders. Yup, everything in this country deserves to be put in the record book. Time.com puts this flea market at #7 of things to do in Beijing, and tripadvisor.com ranks it at #18 as a shopping destination. For Jakarta Vintage, it’s obviously #1…well, no, maybe #2, after the Great Wall of China which is also a must visit. By the way, from this place I took home with me some Cultural Revolution memorabilia like plates and statues of Mao. So predictable, I know, but in my defense those items can hardly be found here in Jakarta or anywhere else outside China.


Vintage and The City 2: Home & Decor

Remember my posting in June titled “Vintage and The City” which highlighted an apartment in Senayan? Last month the Home & Decor magazine –with the tagline: stylish living made easy– visited the apartment and shot it for its August edition. So last week I bought a copy of the magazine, and when I flipped pages 68-75, it looks –shall i say it– more beautiful than the real thing. But of course. The photographer –Erwin Panjaitan– is a pro, so is the stylist, Stephani F Halim. Here are the photos from my iPhone. The title of the article is “Prudent Treasures”, but I would call it “Vintage Invasion In Modern Apartment”. What do you think? O by the way the space interior design is by me