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Bandung, Indonesia

Bandung was nothing short of charming - A bustling city centre surrounded by lush green hills with a history that is neither hidden, nor told excessively to distaste. You simply sense it. You feel it there while walking the streets of Braga, in the shape and architecture of its old shophouses, in the scent of old and mould in the street stores and in the eyes of the many peddlers roaming the streets. 

 

Braga Street, the centre for trade during Dutch colonialisation
Sumber Hidangan, oldest bakery in Braga
Kopi Aroma: Since 1930
View of the city 

 

The capital of West Java is a cocktail of all walks of life. And by that I mean beggars, artisans, painters, old-world businessmen, modern entrepreneurs, and a young crowd of budding creatives from the local universities. Put this concoction in one city, and you are bound to be struck by a fluid energy you could have never known, a stunning social fabric.

 

Garasi Opa: Books, Film, Vintage
Dusun Bambu: Architecture & Nature 
Forever Fields
National Forest Park, Juanda: A slice of nature

 

Bandung is far from perfect. There are various slums, traffic can be horrific and you may get taxed unfairly by locals on your various adventures (it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth). But if you travel to encounter only perfect, convenient situations, then I daresay you are not discovering anything at all. Step out of your comfort zone, there you will find something spectacular.

 

Looking back, I realise that Bandung was the perfect choice. Our Spring in the City collection was inspired by the thoughts and perceptions of the modern bohemian of her everyday life in her city. She has a name, a voice, a vote, an education and a path in life readily carved — how fortunate. But she will also create her own path, one that is less predictable, less comfortable and less traveled. But it will be her own. And that is something to be proud of. 
  • Aqilah Zailan

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