JAKARTA GUERLAIN

I need to leave the maelstrom of my life and just float about in places like this, or record shops, to leave the brain behind

The Black Narcissus

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Watching ‘Only God Forgives’ on DVD again tonight – that lurid, oneiric, pungent, light-soaked film starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas set in Bangkok, I find myself drifting back in my mind’s eye again to the backstreets of Jakarta, last August, where I had forgotten that I had found, quite unexpectedly and to my surprise, a vintage perfume shop, open at midnight, ‘selling’ rare and unwanted perfumes that probably nobody was ever going to buy: dusting and unloved, but proud and upright on shelves, which I tested for authenticity (they definitely weren’t fakes: that was real Monsieur Rochas).

 

 

We never found that same street again, but I fortunately did take a couple of photos, much to the older daughter’s consternation, as she barked out information to her older relatives, sitting out of view in the beyond of…

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  1. Filomena813

    I saw my old post here from 2014 and I am on a fairly big trip in ITALY. Completely zoning out because it will be over in less than a week. I only have purchased one bottle of perfume since I e been here. I do believe they are perfume lovers here because I seem to get wonderful whiffs everywhere.

  2. All these years later and I still wish I could have had the opportunity of being in that store with you. I would have definitely left with quite a few.

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