Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sidewalk Senayan City
A friend of mine has just ben in Jakarta, and I think the thing that astounded him the most was the preponderence of malls. Looks like you share that bewilderment!
I've been meaning to ask you - does Jakarta have a central shopping / business area - a "downtown" or CBD? Or is it very devolved into neighbourhoods around discrete shopping areas?
And are there older style markets and shopping streets as well?
Sorry for so many question!
Yes, Jakarta has a CBD or downtown area (Kuningan, Sudirman, and Thamrin area), mainly where the office buildings are. Looks like central shopping appears on every district of Jakarta. The south, west, east and north have gazillions of malls. And here I thought malls supposed to be only one on each district! I guess so many people want to open up a business. Anyway, still a big question to me.
I'd love to have more parks for children, but then the government really need to solve the polution problem first. That being said, I suppose malls are the most clean and convenient place for family outings. There are of course outdoor places not too contaminated by polution, but it's either too far from where you live (or too long! thanks to traffic jam!), or you need to be there very early in the morning to get clean air.
Old style markets still exist. Only a few of them though. People prefer a supermarket due to its cleanliness and convenience. Traditional markets are located in a crowded area, usually smells, not well maintained, very hot and definitely not clean. A huge different in price, but most will not mind paying a bit more for some comfort shopping. There are also some who love traditional markets because you can bargain, the goods are truly fresh and you can save money.
I will try to post pictures of the old style markets later.
Why don't you come and visit sometime, Sally :)
As for the old malls- well, they're different than what they used to be ;P
that's really nice, in a few years to come you'll have a nice arbored walk =)
PS, did you ever take classes at Cornish?
Kim: the crossed S is a 'no stop' sign for cars along that road.
And, no I'd never taken classes at Cornish. Is that the one with dance arts? Maybe I should...am such a bad dancer :)
thanks, all. glad you all like the palm trees as much as I do :)