I don’t like malls.
If there’s a better place for people to come and meet with each other, socialize, talk and relax with your family and friends on the weekends, I’ll take it.
But in Jakarta, there isn’t any.
Malls have very different functions in Jakarta. Here, they’re the places to do those things. In countries I visit, they are for shopping, for buying things. That’s it. When people are done with their business, they get out. Hang out in the cafes, streets, parks and barbeque pits.
Too bad for us.
So, if you feel the same way I do, when seeing a flock of friends, or a family strolling down in a mall, talking and relaxing, enjoying their Sunday, just imagine them in a middle of a park. With benches, fountains, birds and stuff. It’ll help you go through it.