Yesterday was my beautiful beautiful sister Treen’s birthday and I was feeling sorry for her having to be at work when she should be relaxing and enjoying her last birthday of peace before the baby comes. When I messaged her mid morning though I was soo happy to hear that she had actually taken the day off as she was absolutely exhausted and it looks like bub will be here sooner than expected.. So I thought I needed to organise something decadent and make the most of her day.. After a super quick search on google for creambaths in Jakarta, the first recommendation I read was from the lovely Kaho at Chuzai Living Blog. She has such stunning taste that as soon as I saw her post on Jamu Traditional Spa I rang and made an appointment, showered and jumped in a taxi to pick up Treen. People are always raving about spa treatments in Jakarta as they are so affordable in comparison to home so you could head to one of the numerous spas for a treatment or massage every week if you wanted, but funnily enough, I never think of doing it myself and wasn’t too sure what to expect.
We arrived at Jamu in Cipete which was a quaint old style building and had a lovely little shop in the entrance selling soaps, batik sarongs and gifts. We changed into our sarongs and headed to the wash basins to have our hair washed only to find there was something wrong with the taps and the water was splattering everywhere and was freezing cold. Oh no! What had I gotten us into? We quickly moved into another room and then the magic happened… I had been up most of the night with Samudra coughing and vomiting everywhere and had been working from 4.30am and was pretty exhausted, so once the lady started massaging my head I was in absolute heaven. My eyes closed and my head became heavy and I blocked out the world for the next hour as I had my head, neck, upper back and arms massaged. I actually found it difficult to open my eyes when she said it was finished as it was heavenly and Treen and I felt so refreshed when it was time to leave. Why on earth don’t we do this more often? It’s so easy to treat yourself here.
We then jumped in another taxi and headed to our all time favourite cafe in Kemang, Koi, where Putra and Samudra came to join us and we filled our bellies with belgian fries, pasta, bread, lime mint squeeze and then the chocolate tart birthday cake. We could barely move off the comfy couches so decided it was time to go home and rest some more.
So Treen, I wish you all the love in the world for your birthday, and even more so for the safe arrival of your little one (hopefully next week!). Thanks for being the incredible person that you are and I feel truly blessed to have you as my sister.