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  • ross1948 15:13 on April 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cecak, , gecko sale, lizards, Mal Ciputra, reptiles   

    Cheap Little Reptiles In Jakarta! 

    No, I’m not talking about the slimy fanatics who want to burn Governor Ahok.

    It’s actual reptiles, on sale in Jakarta’ Citraland Mall near Grogol…



    …where I stopped on my way back from the persecuted Christians’ Easter Sunday Service downtown. Oppressed Christians In The Street Heat, In Pluralist Indonesia 

    Short of provisions, I was delighted to find both eggs and bananas offered at 50% discounts.

    Although eager to get home and put my feet up, I was nevertheless distracted from my planned sharp exit by a crowd of shoppers milling around in one corner of the mall. When I neared the throng, what should I see but a large sign, advertising –

    GECKOS, Buy 1, Get 1 Free…


    Gambar terkait


    Or words to that effect.

    Now, if I really wanted a gecko, I could get one free most every day, were I fast enough to grab one, There are lots, darting around the streets of the housing complex where I live.

    But I don’t.

    I already enjoy reptilian guests galore, the little cecak, which often drop by, and sit still on my living-room walls or slink around my sink.

    Hasil gambar untuk cecak


    No zoologist, I’d say they’re little cousins of the gecko.

    Cute and harmless, and presumably devourers of bugs, they are welcome guests, whom I do my best to protect from my cat’s predatory instincts.

    But it wasn’t just geckos on sale on Sunday arvo.

    A small ‘Bali python’ was on display, and I mean small, more like a large earth-worm…


    Hasil gambar untuk anaconda J Lopez movie


    …nothing at all in common with those that menace gorgeous women like J-Lo in silly movies.

    Oh, she had trouble with an anaconda, not a python? Never mind, the illustration surely didn’t go amiss.

    But I felt sorry for them all, those tiny snakes, newts, etc.

    Do the folks that buy them on a whim genuinely take good care of them?




  • ross1948 00:42 on December 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: It's Christmas Time, , Mal Ciputra   

    It’s Christmas Time, Mal Ciputra, Jakarta 

    Hasil gambar untuk christmas carols jakarta 2016

  • ross1948 15:04 on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Mal Ciputra, , , ,   

    Hero Jadi Halal? Bacon Diusir? 

    gandacitr Citraland Mall


    Unwilling to idle at home on the first day of Ramadhan, I duly went out to forage for lunch and thought to do a bit of shopping.

    Shopping at Citraland is usually worth the effort, due to discounts, and, in Hero Supermarket, I was delighted to grab the last pack of 50% eggs.

    But what does one most like to eat with eggs?



    BACON, of course!,  


    So off I wandered down to the meat sector.

    Shock horror! The pork part had disappeared!

    All other items were on display as always, beef, chicken, fish…but that counter at the far end was gone.

    Now I know big stores enjoy shifting things around for no good reason, leaving regular customers baffled…

    …so I searched about for piggy foods, to no avail. Then I returned to the meat area and asked the guy behind the counter.

    “Is there bacon, pak?”

    “No,” was the bapak’s laconic response. No explanation, no ‘sorry, mister,’ no more than a negative grunt.


    What the Hell is Hero up to?

    Grogol and Tanjung Duren, the areas adjacent to where it’s located, are cosmopolitan, loads of students from Trisakti University, a large ethnic Chinese population, as well, naturally, as many other Indonesians who have no sectarian hang-ups about pork. Its removal is a serious customer disservice.

    Why has the pork disappeared?

    Contact us – Hero Supermarket

    An explanation, an apology, then prompt restoration are all very much in order!

    Please demand them!

  • ross1948 00:08 on February 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Lunar Festival, Mal Ciputra   

    Lunar Festival, Mal Ciputra, Jakarta, till 14th February 

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