Jakarta Vintage

Jalan Surabaya in Video

Kariim sent me a video of our trip to Jalan Surabaya several weeks ago. You know what the place has to offer, well practically anything antique and vintage, however our visit somehow focused only on vinyls, turntables and cassettes, as you can see in the video. Not exactly doing justice to the place, but through this video I hope you can get the picture of what this famous place looks like. Kariim shot, developed and edited it all by himself, with a little help from the legendary Rolling Stones’ song: Hand of Fate. Have a good week ahead everyone.

Vintage Posters At Gedung Joang 45

Today is the 67th celebration of our independence and I know exactly what I was going to write here. Vintage, of course, what else. This time around it’s about vintage posters at  Gedung Joang 45, a museum on Indonesian journey from the colonization time until finally free and independent. This is the first time I checked out the museum and to be honest I almost got bored until I saw these interesting posters. These posters were made under the Japanese occupation in Indonesia, aimed at raising nationalism and mobilizing support towards the Nippon. With patriotic, heroic and nationalistic look, tone and manner, basically these posters help this country get its independence. Herewith I share some of them here — and let’s all thank these posters. Merdeka!

Finding Vintage In Ramadhan: Rawkmadhan

Vintage hunting during fasting month can be quite a challenge as most hunting places are outdoor and just too hot for this fasting body. So for a chance it was really nice to visit a full-air-conditioned vintage fair held by demajors as part of an event called Rawkmadhan, in Gandaria last week. This fair focused on vinyls, CD, cassettes, and some music instruments, plus of course vintage comics, magazines, ads, toys and other items such as cameras and suitcases. Some of the vendors and the vintage fellows are familiar faces, some others are cool hipsters who are now becoming vintage junkies. As usual, in spite of coming there in a rush I somehow managed to secure some cool vinyls from Ridwan, a flip clock from Ferdy, and a red President suitcase from Omen. This is the good thing about fair or bazaar: the stuff is more well-selected, so we can make a quick decision. By the way, aside from this record fair, Rawkmadhan also presented talk show, music performance and exhibitions. What a cool way to kill time during Ramadhan. Thanks for the iniative Adhi Djimar and friends. Look forward to more cool event next time.

Jakarta Vintage Tour

Our first Jakarta Vintage tour took place yesterday, starting off with what my friend Rima calls “heritage tour” at the National Museum (or Museum Gajah).  Rima thinks it is important for us to get a little history and culture education before we hit the flea market and I couldn’t agree more. Except that we did it only for fifteen minutes, including ten minutes for photo shoots, o dear. Anyway, done with the museum tour, we hit Taman Puring to check out the latest vintage collection there. For my friends Kiki, Rima, Vanda, Ivan, Anna, Geline, Nanang and Andu, this is the first visit to a flea market in Jakarta, well probably to any flea market. And boy how they raid the place in style. Vanda in her red hot mini skirt to show off her curvy legs and Geline came in her new hairdo, fresh from the salon. I trust yesterday was an unforgettable day… especially for the vendors there. The tour ended up with fast breaking in the tasteful, classy restaurant Merah Delima. What a fun and vintageful day yesterday. Enjoy the photos.

Guess Who’s On The Cover

When my friend Ika and I found these magazines at Toko Buku Tera, the game has just begun between us: who is that funny looking guy and who is that sexy model kind of game. Hey I like vintage and antique but it doesn’t mean i can recognize Hollywood celebrities from the 50’s you know. Well, not quite true, as I must admit I know some because they are just too famous, not my fault. Let me mention some: Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Rock Hudson, James Dean. The rest I have no clue and I am too lazy to do a little research. So if you know who they are, please let me know so I can get back to Ika and win the guessing game. O by the way, for those who care, Varia was a local entertainment magazine that was popular in 50-70’s. Ciao

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.

Beautiful Heads in Darmawangsa

The good thing about having an office space in a mall is every need is only one minute away. Darmawangsa Square –where my office is based– has three art galleries, one auction house and one museum. So today –after I was released from a tiring, long meeting outside– I visited an art exhibition at Yuz Museum which was presenting the artworks of an international contemporary artist Dadang Christanto.  The painting and installation works are curated by Agung Hujatnikajennong.

Through this exhibition the artist “wishes to invite us to reflect upon…history and memory” that’s why you will see plenty of heads in the museum in the next three months– painted with wayang, dogs, buffalo and other javanese objects. Just beautiful. So beautiful that I felt fresh, inspired, almost forgot about that long meeting.


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….