Friday, September 10, 2010

Kid for Grabs

"Where you going?"
"Kampung Bali."
"But Kampung Bali is full of thieves," warned a lady working for the Jakarta parks department.
Kampung Bali is a poor neighbourhood near Plaza Indonesia in the centre of Jakarta.

"Want this kid?" asked a man rocking a crying toddler in his arms. "Where you from? England? Want to take this kid with you back to England?"

3 comments:

  1. Lots of thieves, yes, but Kampung Bali is gentrified utopia compared to the really dodgy areas up in Priok or out in the wastelands of East Jakarta.

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  2. Hi Tempo Dulu, I was pleased to be able to disprove the Jakarta parks lady, and found the Kampung Bali residents to be friendly, polite, and rather good at gardening - if generous with their children.

    Am intrigued by your 'wastelands' comment: where specifically do you mean?

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