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Jakarta Post

The Magic `Jamu' (part 2)

  • By Wendy Bone

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 2 2009   /  01:20 pm

She nodded, and reached for the bottle of Coca-Cola. She added a splash of this and that from other bottles, remembering the recipe her mother had taught her. Then she reached in the front basket of her bicycle and found a second small glass bottle. She added five drops. Instantly the mixture turned green, the color of leaves after a monsoon, or fresh-minted American money. The youth took the jamu and drank. He made a face and tossed his hair. "Wah! So strong!" The jamu lady smiled. Yes, he would have to be strong. The magic jamu can only do so much. You must meet it halfway and keep up your end of the bargain, create space for the magic to work. The jamu lady did a brisk business in the market that morning. Soon almost all her bottles were empty. She packed her things, bid goodbye to the kaki lima rockstar, and hopped on her bike. She was on her way home to give her children l...