Monthly Archives: November 2012

Holidays in Hue

Home coming is essential for holiday seasons. It is the rush hour for traveling and family gatherings. Yet, the excitement of meeting your loved ones could be overturned with the hectic preparation one could not avoid. So, let’s plan ahead to ensure this holiday is tuned in style.

Explore more Tulisan’s colors for your Holiday Style here.

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Bangles in A Cube

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For the longest time, my bangles had been stacked unstably on my dressing table. As the collections grow, I knew I need better solutions.

So, I got myself a couple of small cubes. It could store around 10 thick bangles (depending on sizes) in one cube.

Furthermore, the cube was constructed with such detail that its structure would not easily deformed. This is especially great to shield the bangles while traveling.

As the cubes became an exciting addition to my dressing area, I am at ease that the bangles are enjoying their rest when not providing colors to my wrist. – Rassi Narika.

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Antiques at Jalan Surabaya

In the midst of our rapid city development, where new skyscrapers, malls and highways are constantly emerging from every corner, there is a little street in the heart of Jakarta where one can find beguiling items from the past.

Jalan Surabaya was originally opened in 1974 by Ali Sadikin, the seventh governor of Jakarta, as a place to accommodate all the antique street-traders who were roaming around the Old Town of Batavia in search for the matching buyers. It was once a street full of great colonial mansions.

It was originally opened by Ali Sadikin, the seventh Governer of Jakarta as a place to accommodate all the antique street-traders who were roaming around the Old Town of Batavia in search for the matching buyers.

Along this short walk, a series of wooden stalls are offering rare vintage goods, such as classic blue & white ceramics from the imperialism era, copper statues, wooden carvings, and vintage luggages.

It has always been a place full of inspirations for dreamers, painters and writers. We can find albums of historical stamps, postcards and photographies which take us back in time and make us imagine how people used to live.

If we are looking for somethings with a distinct personality, some items can be used as unique room decorations and can become wonderful gifts.

Mick Jagger and other music celebrities have been spotted strolling on this street. Besides its charm, there is also one tiny vinyl record shop where they have a collection of old pop, classical and world music from different parts of the world.

Just before the end of the market, there was a Vietnamese coffee shop, Madame Ching, where we stopped by to enjoy fresh bowls of home-made organic noodles.

Tripple kisses, Melissa Sunjaya

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Purple Poise

The monochromatic scenes of the cold days is a borderless playground for colors. I wake up every morning with the excitement of exploring new tones to the day’s outfit.

I feel most comfortable wearing neutral hues as my fashion canvas. It really is easy to start working from it. Add a pinch of purple tote and maroon leather gloves to highlight the look – and there you have, the elegant flair whenever walking down against the wind.

Purple is indeed a color to watch this fall and winter. I especially love how Chanel used it in their Fall/Winter Paris Fashion Week session. Finally, a shade that poises any skin color and gives boldness to one’s character. – Rassi Narika

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Every Story Enables Others

For only IDR5,000.-, pick a story and contribute to Tulisan’s community workshop!

There are several rural areas around Jakarta where the social infrastructure is seriously poor and unemployment level is high. Many people who live in these areas have low education background, and only a few have the opportunity to earn a decent living.

At Tulisan, we have incubated a simple community program where we select a small group of local people from these areas and give them methodical training in various art & craft projects. These community workshops have been conducted in a very practical way, enabling the participants to learn organically at their own pace. As they refine their skill, we give them opportunities to be involved in bringing our products to life with much higher earning standards and better working conditions.

We wish to do more of these community workshops and enable others to reach their dreams.

Triple kisses, Melissa Sunjaya

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The Port of Jakarta

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The breeze was perfect for taking a gentle cruise around the port of Jakarta. Our friends Genevieve, Thierry, Phillip, and the owner of the boat Tom had invited my husband Dom and me to join them on an amazing voyage around the bay. We eagerly set sail aboard a charming fifteen meter French sailboat named Michelle.

We were the only ones on the water to simply have fun. Those who shared our magnificent view were local fishermen, oil tankers, and industrial cargo ships which were there for the sake of making money. It was surreal to have this oceanic stage all to ourselves. Later on I learned about the unfortunate lack of marine tourism in Indonesia. In most any other part of the world this setting, with its perfect weather, would have summoned ocean lovers to set sail.

As an archipelago, Indonesians have a long and rich history as boat makers, sailors, and fishermen. It is a culture that has seduced many travelers. Once upon a time, there was a yacht club called the Jakarta Offshore Sailing Club on the harbor of Pantai Mutiara, which was founded in 1973. It hosted many regattas and cruises, and promoted the splendor of Indonesian nautical activities. Due to a very convoluted issue with the local authorities, many boat owners have lost their licenses and have abandoned their boats on the pier. All activities have been put on hold since February 2008. It is sad to watch this sailing tradition slowly dwindle as the water level rises gradually around the luxurious residential area of Pantai Indah Kapuk. One can glimpse the once beautiful docks, now virtually unrecognizable moldy structures, submerged under three meters of water.

My thoughts drifted off as I gazed towards the islands of Rambut, Damar, Onrust and Bidadari. Tom’s voice broke my contemplation, “Ready about!” he called. Everyone shouted back “Tack!” as Michelle took a turn and followed the wind gracefully to the quay.

Triple kisses with salutations to Tom, Phillip, Thierry, and Genevieve, for teaching me how to tie a bowline knot and instilling in me and appreciation for sailing, Melissa Sunjaya.

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The Secret Garden of Admiral Kasarung in Modern Ballet

“In a time long ago, deep in the forest of Java there lived an enchanted admiral by the name of Kasarung. Kasarung was half-man, half-ape but he was no beast.”

This November 15 and 16, Namarina Youth Dance brings you the world of Kasarung and Purbasari through the ballet adaptation of Tulisan’s illustrated edition and story, “The Secret Garden of Admiral Kasarung” .

Magical Celosia Cristata and curious animals of the forest will be revealed in an atmosphere of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Using a compilation of world acoustic beat and classical music, this performance is art directed by Maya Tamara and choreographed by Sussi Anddri and Dinar Karina,

For ticket information, you can contact:

Namarina Pusat (@_Namarina)

Jl. Halimun No. 43, Jakarta 12980

+62-21- 829 4777, 829 4778

Namarina Kebayoran

Jl. Gandaria Tengah III No.9

+61-21-739 8557

Gedung Kesenian Jakarta

Jl. Gedung Kesenian No.1

Jakarta Pusat 10710

+62-21 380 8283, 344 1892

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Halloween Photo Competition Winner

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Melissa and her team had finally pick the winners of our Halloween Photo Competition. Congratulations for all winners and thank you for the superb enthusiasm and effort from all participants. We should definitely do this more often.

First Prize: Connie Fransisca (@Cone_Knight)

First Honorable Mention: Gina Syafitri (@ginafaradila)

Second Honorable Mention: Kahori Roskamp (@ChuzaiLiving)

Third Honorable Mention: Tria Rifki (@trialogy)

Please set a time to meet our team and claim your prizes at our store between Monday, November 12 – Wednesday, November 14; from 9 am – 7 pm. If you reside outside Jakarta please kindly contact our team at for further assistance.

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Hello There, Fedora Hat!

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Nothing gets me more excited than putting a fedora hat on when I am out for a stroll. It really adds up the feeling of adventure when traveling – and for me that includes a walk to the next-door noodle kiosk. When my hat is on, I expect surprises in every corner.

The art of packing a fedora hat is tricky, but here’s the magic:

  • The flexible and soft panama hats may break with excessive strain and frequent rolling.
  • Best shapes for rolling are Classic& Colonial styles in ivory color.
  • The hat may be rolled or folded carefully by placing one hand inside and pushing crown outwards. Flatten gently and roll it from one side forming a cone.
  • To fold it, start the same way and when hat is flat gently fold once in the middle bringing brims together. this is the best way to transport your hat in luggage.
  • Hats should not be left rolled or folded for extended periods of time.
  • Crochet hats are more readily rollable or foldable and will weather harsher treatment than a woven hat.

With this in hand, I am ready for my next wandering session! – Rassi Narika

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Halloween Photo Competition: The Top 7

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Congratulations for the following Top Seven images! Our team will choose one winner and three honorable mention submission among the nominees. The result will be announced on Saturday, November 10th and are entitled for intriguing prizes.

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Halloween Photo Competition: The Prizes

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Thank you for submitting your pictures for the photo competition! Some images were truly given all out to capture the theme. The judges were so impressed that they decided to add three honorable mention prizes:

One Celosia Cristata Medium Organizer in Red Rumor (ORG1202-RR-M)

One Celosia Cristata Apron in Nero Jet (APR1202-NJ)

One Marigold Petite Pouch in Orange Oriental (POU1203-OO-P)
We will announce our top images tomorrow while the competition result will be announced next Saturday, November 10th. Until then, keeps your finger cross!
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Teaser: The Secret Garden of Admiral Kasarung in Modern Ballet

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“The Secret Garden of Admiral Kasarung in Modern Ballet” is Namarina Youth Dance 7th Season Performance on November 15-16, 2012. Art Directed by Maya Tamara with choreography by Sussi Anddri and Dinar Karina.

For ticket information, please contact:

  1. Namarina PusatJl. Halimun No. 43, Jakarta 12980; +62-21- 829 4777, 829 4778
  2. Namarina KebayoranJl. Gandaria Tengah III No.9; +61-21-739 8557
  3. Gedung Kesenian Jakarta: Jl. Gedung Kesenian No.1, Jakarta Pusat 10710; +62-21 380 8283, 344 1892
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Halloween Photo Competition

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Trick or treat! We’ll be having a Sleepy Hollow party at Tulisan’s shop on October 31st. Join us on Halloween and enjoy a ‘treat’ for every in-store purchase of totes and bags.

For those who can’t be with us in the store, we invite you to dress up with your favorite Tulisan items and join our Halloween Photo Competition to win a Premiere 2012 Gallery Tote.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Get your camera,
  2. Take a Halloween themed picture with any of your Tulisan collection,
  3. Submit your images to, tweet to @mytulisan or tag us in your photo on Facebook before November 5th, 2012 at 09:00 AM (GMT+7).

Melissa and the team will then decide who gets to walk away with their very own Gallery Tote!


  • Submitted images may be displayed in Tulisan’s Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and/ or Pinterest account for competition purposes only and may be used by Tulisan for future promotional purposes (with prior notification)
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or other products. The prize delivery will be borne by Tulisan.
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