Why masks? Well… it has become one of our ‘things’… we’ve separately collected masks here and there. So when we came together, our masks did too.
And ‘gift cupboard’? It’s that place you stock up with things you come across, like and buy justifying it with the thought “This would make a great gift for someone some day!” And then are ever so grateful you did when there is a last-minute gift needed and no time to shop.
Who to shop with? I met a delightful young Korean American who confessed that she’s like a ‘man’ in her efficient approach to shopping… well I’m afraid I didn’t give her much of a choice! And she was a gal after my own shopping style – one-stop-shop with a couple of bags of goodies in under an hour.
Where to shop? Our original idea was to check out Jalan Surabaya where her Bahasa bargaining skills would be critical navigating all the freshly minted new ‘antiques’. However it closed early so the alternative was Pasaraya – a department store with handicrafts. Thanks to the joys of Jakarta traffic, my new young friend was about an hour late… so I prowled around the nearby M-Block Squared market.
Success? You bet! I wish I had taken a pic of the ‘spoils’ before packing half the goodies to come back to Mumbai immediately and the balance in December… However here are a few pics of M-Block Squared market taken before my phone battery died…
I wonder which masks my partner will add to our collection and which will go into the gift cupboard?