Places

Greater Kailash

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GK01Or GK, as referred to by locals, is a popular residential neighborhood located in South Delhi home to some of the most affluent families in town. Divided into GK 1 & GK 2, the area’s most popular clothing stores, restaurants, and specialty shops are found here. Highly recommended by a colleague of the AIG, the liveliness of the markets and wide variety of shops certainly lived up to the hype. Many thanks Tanu!

Happy Diwali!

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DiwaliThe AIG spent it’s first Diwali on the rooftop oohing and aahing at the incredible fireworks display put on by what seemed to be every person in Delhi. Felt a bit like a surreal tennis match as we looked left, then right, then back again enjoying our panoramic view from atop our home. Reports said that fireworks sales were down this Diwali, the AIG would beg to differ.

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Lajpat Nagar

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When you’re looking for clothes or fabric in New Delhi (and who isn’t with Diwali just around the corner) there is only one place to go, Lajpat Nagar Central Market.LajpatNagar

Named for Lala Lajpat Rai (the Lion of Punjab) Lajpat Nagar is an affluent suburb of South Delhi and is probably best known for its Central Market. Lajpat Nagar Market is a very large and crowded market with numerous lanes of shops and stalls selling a range of goods from traditional Indian clothing, jewellery crockery and even trending Western clothing.

Each lane of shops will sell within a focused type of goods, such as costume jewellery ranging from small earrings, “jhumkas”, wedding costume jewellery and bangles of all sorts. Other lanes will focus on traditional Indian attire with intricate saris, salwar kameez, sherwani and more. If a shopper is looking for more diversity, trending and designer western style clothing is also available by simply turning down the proper lane of shops.

Mehndiwalas (appliers of Henna) are very famous in the market and people love to get their hands tinted in the traditional Indian patterns.

Although overflowing with options and treats, Lajpat Nagar market is a place of high bargaining. Be ready to haggle, but remember, the more you buy the better the deal.

Terima Kasih & Selamat Tinggal

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wet traffic stillTerima kasih & selamat tinggal ! Or thank you and goodbye in Bahasa, Indonesia’s native language. The city of Jakarta bid farewell to the AIG much like it greeted us: a hot cup of jasmine tea, a nasi goreng, and a torrential downpour. Unlike the first encounter with mother nature, the AIG had to maneuver it’s way through the flooded streets by foot, a feat that is certainly not recommended to do the city’s less than forgiving ‘sidewalks’. For a video of the flooded streets click here.

Nevertheless, the team made it back in time to pack up and upload one last post. Many thanks to all those who supported us – from the folks on the ground to the our loyal blog readers around the world!

Keep an eye out for us, you never know where we’ll pop up next…

“Laser” Light Show

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Monument-01 Located in the heart of the city, the Monumen Nasional, or National Monument, is roughly 1 square km full of expansive lawns and shade trees. Visible from blocks away is the 433′ (132m) obelisk monument symbolizing Indonesia’s fight for freedom. Completed in 1975, the park has become a destination for families as the city’s largest open area where motorized vehicles are prohibited, although the AIG saw more than a few local workarounds.

Come on a Saturday night to witness a laser light and fountain show, where the tower is lit with a rainbow of colors while crowds lounge on the lawn and partake in volleyball, football (soccer), and the occasional python wrangling.

Props to Goose for nailing the low light camera settings. Monument-02

The Kampung

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The Kampung (village) is the word that describes where most Jakartans live.  Its is the rows of small (usually red roofed) houses that are built up in between the skyscrapers.  Life in the Kampung can feel very removed from the city behind the walls.  Rows of houses often with barely a car width between, washing strung across the divide and a definite slower pace, mainly due to the lack of traffic.  Families live a close knit village life, all in the shadow of the TransJakarta overpass.

 

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Shopping in Jakarta pt. 2

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Shopping in Jakarta is a study of extremes, you can find bargains on the street or shop like royalty.  Jakarta has some of the most opulent and glamorous malls you will ever see and whether you are searching for high end fashion or electronics you can find it all.  Mall culture in Jakarta is well established and malls are used in some ways a lot like parks might be used in other cities.  One local saying is that “the only parks in Jakarta are car parks” (parking lots) and while there is some truth in this, when the malls are clean, cool and entertaining the AIG understands the appeal, especially on a hot humid south east Asian day.

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