Sunday, August 28, 2005

Indonesian Yuppies go for wine...

Indonesian Yuppies & wine

The trend towards increased wine consumption in Asia has been underway for quite some time, but is accelerating due to the increased economic power of the newest generation of technology workers.

While admitting that she was not a wine expert, Djenar said she often drank wine while discussing many things, especially literature and books, with her fellow writers, mostly until midnight.

"I only drink red wine. I love the taste, not sweet. I don't like sweet taste," the mother of two told The Jakarta Post recently.

She first acquired a taste for wine at the age of 14, and Djenar admitted that she visited cafes two or three times a week and would drink two to three bottles of French red wine in a night.

The 32-year-old novelist said the price of red wine she normally drank was about Rp 150,000 a bottle.

So, what’s a 14-year-old doing drinking 2~3 bottles of red wine in a night, a couple of times a week? And where’s the money for that wine coming from?...
That’s not what was meant!
But it sounds like it from the way it’s worded.

Perhaps this would’ve been better:
“… Djenar admitted that she [currently] visited cafes two or three times a week…”
Man - that sure changes the tone of it…for the better…

By the way, that Rp 150,000 (Indonesian Rupiah) is equivalent to ~$14.50 US or £ 8.03 (or € 11.76…), so it’s not as extravagant as it first sounds.


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