As anticipated, we drove into Jakarta this morning for a day of shopping and fun. Luckily the traffic was in our favour and it only took about an hour and a half to reach the city.
We were headed to a mall where we would meet up with a group of friends at a kids’ play area, followed by lunch and shopping. As we drove up, it became obvious that we were in an expensive part of town at the expensive kind of mall – the 20-foot Gucci and Prada signs on the front were a bit of a give-away.
We arrived first of the group, so we window shopped a while before finding a Marks and Spencer. My new favourite store! I bought a few new shirts to complement the 5 I’ve been rotating through since we moved here. Plus they actually have sizes that fit me and B.
After a quick stop for some chai, we brought the kids up to a play zone that was – as usual – mayhem. B drew the long straw and got to wander around the mall while I stayed with the kids in the play centre, circumnavigating playstructures and ball pits for the morning.
After a few hours of play, we gathered for a lunch of sushi and gado-gado (that’s like make-your-own-soup at the table), followed by a little more shopping. Then home!
Doesn’t seem like much when I write it out, but it was a busy day, and the 2 hours’ drive home certainly was exhausting. Shopping is such a chore!