Midnight Sale: The Joy of Consumerism
Yesterday was my last working day before the Ramadhan holiday. In Indonesia, Eid ul Fitr means a week holiday... Almost the same like Chinese New Year holiday in some countries (xin cia), when family gather and spend quality time together. Our office building was so empty, that it felt a bit weird to come inside. The management finally released us after 3 pm. Horaay! But wait... Since I'm not celebrating Eid, what should I do then? I decided to go to one of the biggest mall in Jakarta, and stayed the to check out the "Late Night Shopping" offers with my friends.
Midnight shopping has become a popular thing in Jakarta this year. With more than 10 big malls across the city (and counting!), people are really being pampered by those "discount war" and "sale invasion". Whenever you drive home late night and see line of cars at one street lane, you would know that there is a consumerism seduction at particular spot. Call it the year of recession, but when you notice those crazy cashier lines and shopping bags, it's kind of unbelievable to agree with that term. Sometimes, it's even unbelievable to say that this is the picture of a developing country. Well, maybe the gap between the capital and other cities are too just wide. Jakarta (and most of the people who live there) surely doesn't want to be left behind.
Nothing's special (really) about late night shopping. Sometimes, several stores might give additional discount to the customers, but often it is just about closing the parking lot later than usual :p I strolled with my friends to a shoe store (ladies are ladies!) and disappointed to know that my favorite boot was still standing snob on its original prize. I was waiting for more discount! Oh, well, anyways.. We ended up buying some women stuff at Mark & Spencer and the Body Shop. Do you find those stores in your country, too?
Last but not least, we stopped at Kinokuniya book store and spent like hours there. Apparently, my friends and I are all book lovers :) As I've promised, I am going to share the list of my favorit books. I think some of them would actually be in your favorite list, too. When I was 5 or 6, my parents gave me a Holy Bible, and that became my favorit book until now. After that, I begun to read the Sherlock Holmes series, Enid Bylton, and Arabian nights (tales of 1001 night). During high school, I read all Khalil Gibran's book and tried to understand a more 'sophisticated' piece like Moby Dick,The Great Gatsby, Saman, and Pramudya Ananta Toer's. The reading habit got crazier during college, but suprisingly slowed down once I finally working as professional. I guess now it's not easy to find spare time to read like I used to. My favorit books in my "adult era" are including "Life of Pi", "the Little Prince", "the Alchemist", and other works by Paulo Coelho. Does any of you enjoy his work, too? I have to apologize to him, since I've bought most of his books, yet still trying to make time to read them. Three of his latest books are still laying peacefully in my cupboard until God knows when. If you have any advice on how to motivate oneself to read book, please do let me know! Thank you, and have a great weekend.
PS. I'm still waiting for any of your poem. The one reply from Ukraine was so nice, thank you for sharing it with me. Thanks Nuala for making a limerick of me. I find the lyrics were cute and quite amusing. I hope I could think of some lines to reply it. Oh, and Willow is handsome ya! He's such a poser :) Hopefully one day we'd get our own pet. When I do, I'd show the picture to you.
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