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  1. Advo
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    Red-light district closed.

    Today: Jakarta Post

    Bandung ready to close Saritem, its oldest red-light district
    Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung

    Bandung's oldest red-light district, Saritem, could soon be forced out of business as the city administration prepares to crack down on prostitution.

    The administration says it will begin implementing a 2005 local ordinance on order, cleanliness and beauty in November. The ordinance contains an article on prostitution that says anyone who provides sexual services for money -- sex workers and their pimps -- can be fined up to Rp 50 million. Anyone using these services can face a fine of up to Rp 5 million.

    Dozens of public order officers began passing out leaflets Wednesday to inform residents of the ordinance and the penalties they could face for violations.

    However, most sex workers in Saritem said they had heard nothing about the matter.

    "I was out all day and we didn't get any leaflets ...," said "Citra", a 21-year-old sex worker from Indramayu, West Java, on Thursday.

    According to data from the Kebon Jeruk subdistrict, where the red-light district is located, there are about 450 sex workers and 73 pimps operating from two neighborhood units in Saritem.

    "We've conducted regular programs to let people know about the ordinance. On Wednesday we called all the pimps and 64 of them showed up to learn about the closure plan and the fines to be imposed by the city administration," Kebon Jeruk district head Yayan Ahadiat said in Bandung on Thursday.

    He said the information was expected to be passed on to the sex workers by the pimps.

    Sex workers who have heard about the approaching crackdown are concerned for their futures, and want the city administration to help them find alternative work if the red-light district is closed.

    "Go ahead and close Saritem. They have been planning it for a long time. But we have not been offered any alternatives, so how can we earn money to eat?" said 23-year-old "Dina", who has been a sex worker in Saritem for four years.

    The red-light district has been in the city since colonial times. Authorities first began talking about shutting down Saritem in 1998, as part of a morality campaign.

    Billions of rupiah were reportedly spent by the city administration to build the Darut Taubah Islamic boarding school in the middle of the red-light district in 2000. The school was located in the area to improve Saritem's image, as well as to promote religious teachings among the sex workers, about 80 percent of whom come from outside Bandung.

    But six years since the school was built the red-light district is still open and as busy as ever.

    The head of Bandung's Islamic Boarding School Communication Forum, Imam Sonhaji, who came up with the idea to build the Islamic boarding school in Saritem, said the main problem with getting women out of the sex business was finding them alternative jobs.

    "There are training programs to provide them with new skills but they (the sex workers) have no capital. The administration should come up with a solution to help them get out of prostitution," he said.

    In addition to those directly employed in the sex trade, about 1,000 other Saritem residents earn a living from the red-light district, including running food stalls and massage parlors for customers drawn to the area.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  2. Diver69
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    How are things

    No new post since the quote from Jakarta Post last year. So, is the action dead in Bandung?

    I am hoping to pay a visit there later this year.

    Diver
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  3. Menteng
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    Originally Posted by Diver69
    No new post since the quote from Jakarta Post last year. So, is the action dead in Bandung?

    I am hoping to pay a visit there later this year.

    Diver
    Nope, it is alive and kicking as ever. I was there last weekend with two great mongers and the bario was flooded with all kind of girls. Pricing from 75K to 300K, though the last category is very small. Majority costs about 200K.

    A Bandung monger told us that the best way to monger in Saritem is to find a place renting rooms only. Ask one of the guys there to find you a girl. Give a description and most important, tell the price you are willing to pay! (Saw a cuty for 100K!)

    Other nice play to visit is Citra at jln Cibadak (Yanti, a beauty for my standards) or Aloha {(forgot the streetname) (Mega, very small and cute)}.
    Avoid Bandung Sauna in jln Cibadak!!!

    Be prepared though that AR is more common in Jakarta.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  4. Jaimito_Cartero
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    Don't ban Bandung

    I went with JAD and Menteng this weekend, and found Bandung a nice alternative to Jakarta. While the mongering wasn't as good, it does have some possibilities.

    I saw a cute one at Alohaa, but she said she didn't like bules, and she said my dick size was too big. I offered to prove her wrong, but no such luck. In reality, I'd guess that she thought I would squish her to death.

    The Hotel Cemerlang was decent deal. 239K nett for weekdays, or 269k for Saturday nights, including breakfast for a standard room. While a little further away from some of the mongering, the rooms were pretty nice, although the AC was quite weak.

    They have in room massage for 65k. As luck would have it, I waited an hour to get a masseuse, and got the ugly one. Menteng got the cute one, and a nice BJ, while all I got was an offer of a HJ for 200k! No thanks!

    Citra was a decent experience, but the papasan will promise a lot of stuff for the girls, that they won't deliver on. However, for 200k total all in, it wasn't too bad. This fishbowl style place has about 15-20 ladies there, with the ladies being in the 4-7 range.

    We had some nice dining experiences around town. Eating at some food malls, and a Chinese style place were quite inexpensive, always less than 100k for 3 or 4 diners including drinks and other goodies.

    The area with the brothel houses were pretty nice. When I found one I liked I think I got an inflated price, and decided to skip it. I think most were in the 150k range. Most of the houses in these alleyways had 5-10 women in each one. There is a hotel around the corner from these places, I don't recall the name, so I'll let Menteng post some details about it.

    Maybe once Jakarta is totally underwater, all the mongering will move there.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  5. Zero
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    Welcome welcome

    Hohoho what a delightful surprise! The senior mongers taste the Bandung's hospitalities
    I'm glad that you, Jaimito, Menteng & JAD, had a great time here.
    Bandung is good if you're visiting, too risky to play at home court, if you know what I mean.
    Next time do go to Braga street, many young beauties there. (north sea bar, caesar palace etc)
    Also, you can go to Pascal Hyper Square for cheap food, and get a massage at Delta (yes! the same one as Jakarta)
    Keep coming boys, it will improve the service here
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  6. SteLateBloomer
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    Visit to Bandung in June

    Originally Posted by Zero
    Hohoho what a delightful surprise! The senior mongers taste the Bandung's hospitalities

    I'm glad that you, Jaimito, Menteng & JAD, had a great time here.

    Bandung is good if you're visiting, too risky to play at home court, if you know what I mean.

    Next time do go to Braga street, many young beauties there. (north sea bar, caesar palace etc)

    Also, you can go to Pascal Hyper Square for cheap food, and get a massage at Delta (yes! the same one as Jakarta)

    Keep coming boys, it will improve the service here
    Hi Guys,

    I am going to Bandung in 1 Jun 07. Was wondering what to do and where to go. Now I got some leads! Thank you Brothers. Looking forward to hear more from you guys. I assumed Bro Zero is residing in Bandung and I would need some help in locating a hotel and some refs. Appreciate if I could contact you.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  7. Menteng
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    Originally Posted by Zero
    Hohoho what a delightful surprise! The senior mongers taste the Bandung's hospitalities
    I'm glad that you, Jaimito, Menteng & JAD, had a great time here.
    Bandung is good if you're visiting, too risky to play at home court, if you know what I mean.
    Next time do go to Braga street, many young beauties there. (north sea bar, caesar palace etc)
    Also, you can go to Pascal Hyper Square for cheap food, and get a massage at Delta (yes! the same one as Jakarta)
    Keep coming boys, it will improve the service here
    I'm sorry we didn't contact you. Maybe next time we can join forces ?
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  8. Zero
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    SteLateBloomer,
    I can give you some pointers to a good hotel, just PM me

    Menteng,
    It would be an honor to accompany you here , you are such a legend
    but we gonna have to play it by ear, as Bandung is a small city.
    too many people have too much time with their mouth that I wish they put on my *bleep* hahaha
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  9. Joel_Goodsen
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    mall info

    Me too - I hope to be able to pay Bandung a visit this year, well before June, if I get lucky. Otherwise I'll be patient and wait just a little bit more..

    Doing some "homework" and reading the thread, I was hopeful to locate some info on my hobby, mall hunting, but unfortunately it returned meager results - Adindas post mentions Bandung Indah Plaza (BIP) as a place for pick ups.

    So the question is, would some of the esteemed members be able to give me a few gentle pointers in the right direction for mall hunting in Bandung? - My own info on Bandung is quite old, stemming from the time I was still an innocent boy.

    Please find below a short list I made after doing some internet snoops:

    Ciwalk
    Braga City Walk
    Istana Plaza
    Bandung Shopping centre
    Kings Plaza/Alun-alun shopping malls

    Of the above listing, what would be the better places for mall hunting? - I prefer malls that host little resto's/coffee shops. .. Or is there a better shopping centre I have missed? I wonder if there's something similar available that matches Atrium in JKT - Thanks.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  10. Zero
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    Mall Hunting

    Joel,
    I frequent the mall that you list below:

    Ciwalk
    Braga City Walk
    Istana Plaza
    Bandung Shopping centre
    Kings Plaza/Alun-alun shopping malls
    & let me add Paris Van Java, Bandung Super mall

    Of the list: Paris Van Java, Ciwalk, Bandung Super Mall & Istana Plaza is much happening that the other. But not for mongering.
    King Plaza, Braga City walk are actually in the center of "red district" for SW but not inside the mall .
    I have mention Asia Afrika street, Braga, Alkateri, ABC as the hot bed for SW and that's where the mall is.
    If you go to braga do try the north sea bar ( that's probably the only expats bar in town )
    Happy hunting, hopes that help you a bit
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  11. Joel_Goodsen
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    Originally Posted by Zero
    Happy hunting, hopes that help you a bit
    hey Zero,

    Many thanks for your quick reply, surely helps.. I know there's an Aston, a fav hotel in JKT, adjacent to Braga City Walk.. is it nice? Are there perhaps also hotels next to Alun-alun/Kings plaza...?

    When the time for the trip comes, which might still be a couple of months from now, I will certainly drop you line beforehand.. cheers!
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  12. Prosal
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    Originally Posted by Joel Goodsen

    Are there perhaps also hotels next to Alun-alun/Kings plaza...?
    There's a nice boutique-hotel in the center, near Jl Braga. You can get promotional rates around 400 000 rps.

    http://www.swiss-belhotel.com/bandung/bandung.html

    I stayed there once, but even if the location is strategically good for mongering and mall-hunting, i nevertheless prefer the Sheraton, which is definitely the most pleasant hotel in town, with a wonderful balinese atmosphere, good restaurant, nice pool, ect, but quite far up on Dago hill.

    North Sea is a fun place, yet, on "Jean's street" (Cihampelas), the Tropicana Cafe, where there's often a good non-pro potential, as in the disco next door, Studio East, are much better IMO, nevertheless quiet on weekdays, as everywhere in Bandung.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  13. Zero
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    Joel,
    Aston hotel is in my opinion not a good hotel but it is situated in braga st.
    Swiss Belhotel is nicer but it is not within walking distant to braga.
    But Prosal is right about Sheraton, it is a nice hotel. but around 20 minutes by car to braga.
    Perhaps Hyaat is much closer to braga and it is a nice hotel, I thing the rate is around 800.000 rups
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  14. Joel_Goodsen
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    hotel

    Bro Zero and Prosal, thank you very much for the hotel info and mall intelligence .. I just checked the photo's of the hyatt http://bandung.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp, it looks great. Price on yahoo mentions 110 US per nite, am not sure if that would be the best deal .. but maybe still a bit much. Paying for these trips myself, flight & accommodation, I might opt for the cheaper hotel, cheers!
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  15. Menteng
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    Originally Posted by Joel Goodsen
    ....... Paying for these trips myself, flight & accommodation, I might opt for the cheaper hotel, cheers!

    Not so long ago I stayed one night at (Grand?) Panghegar. When I asked about Braga, the doorman said: "that, there, is jl. Braga". I didn't go there, but if you can trust those words, jl. Braga must have been very, very near.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  16. Bule_James
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    Bandung tip

    GP.

    Seven years in lovely Bandung and my favorite romping hotel is still Hotel Sawangaling on Jl Taman Sari. It's up from Braga about 7-10 Minutes by Taxi just below ITB. It's a small colonial hotel in a quite neighborhood used mostly by visiting proffesors from ITB. The Supior delux Kamar 'Sawaggaling' has vaulted ceilings. two balconies, couches, big comfy bed and a nice old world charm too it.

    It's girl friendly, but best to be discreet. If you've got an obvious hoe, I'd go elsewhere. But if you get a clean fresh girl (s) it's fine.

    Good luck with Malls. My find with bandung girls is there's a boner girl on every corner and mall, but when approached they tend to smile, give a phone number and decline an offer for a ride back to the hotel. If you meet the same girl in Jakarta their more than likely to join you for a night of soiling the sheets. Yep, tend to be a bit stand offish on their home turf.

    The tested Braga ground the 'north sea' was once a great spot to hook up with a hottie. Problem is the hotties are still there 10 years later and their not so hot anymore. Now any hotties consider the North Sea to be a spot for washed out hoes and old drunken Dutch guys.

    In my day I found kitty corner of North Sea - Ceasars Palace to be the spot. Wednesday and Saterday nights are good. The best day is Sunday. This is ABG night. Before going in try making friends with an Indonesian (gay prefferbly) get a table on the top Balcony looking over the dance floor, buy some beers and tell your new friend you want a girl. He'll start looking you deceide if she meets your tastes. If she does, buy some more drinks and let the night unfold. If she's with a friend whose attractive at the end of the night you can invite them both back. It's a different scene then the Jakarta romps as the place isn't visited by foriegners much. Locals with Locals. It's good to be able to speak some Indonesian. Stay away from the intial agressive girls. Their the pro's and theres much better.

    Otherwise for a quality bang for the buck go to Saritum. Best to go in the late afternoon 5ish. Don't stop in the dens as you first enter, keep going in to the bowels of Saritum and it will open up into more window shopping then you'll be able to handle. Use one of the many guides to show you around. there pretty decent and get a commission from the deal. I usually give a small tip. There's one short term hotel there that's very clean. Don't know the location. Take a look around. Find the decent hotel. Drink a beer, shop around and bring her back to the room. Rememeber when you pay you pay for two pops. So take your time.

    Bring a cap and enjoy.

    BJ
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  17. SteLateBloomer
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    Bandung

    Originally Posted by Menteng
    Not so long ago I stayed one night at (Grand?) Panghegar. When I asked about Braga, the doorman said: "that, there, is jl. Braga". I didn't go there, but if you can trust those words, jl. Braga must have been very, very near.
    Thank you Menteng. Any more contributions from you guys will be greatly appreciated. I am planning to go in Jun 07.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  18. Joel_Goodsen
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    Originally Posted by Menteng
    Not so long ago I stayed one night at (Grand?) Panghegar. .
    Hi Menteng - thanks, much appreciated. If I may ask - which agent did you use to make the booking? Do you use online facilities or a local agent? Kaha, perhaps?

    Bule James - pleasant and enjoyable to read FR with some nice tips, hope you will post more often, cheers.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  19. Menteng
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    Originally Posted by Joel Goodsen
    Hi Menteng - thanks, much appreciated. If I may ask - which agent did you use to make the booking? Do you use online facilities or a local agent? Kaha, perhaps?

    Bule James - pleasant and enjoyable to read FR with some nice tips, hope you will post more often, cheers.
    I just ended up there when cruising in Bandung, looking for an affordable hotel.

    Actually, budgetwise, I prefer htl. Cemerlang at jl HOS Cokroaminoto 45 (the former jl Pasirkaliki) for Rp 240K a night, incl breakfast-buffet. Located within walking distance of the railway station, it is very clean and at least as neat (zeer goed verzorgd) as Panghegar. Also girlfriendly and very near to jl Saritem. "Delivery-service" available!
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  20. Mahku
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    Panghegar

    It's been almost 5 years but I stayed there for my last visit to Bandung.

    It's about a 5 minute walk from the North Sea Bar.

    It's probably about 3 star level with 4 star pretentions. There's a smallish pool, rudimentary gym. At that time I think I paid around 300,000 rupiahs a night. It was okay value I thought.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  21. Funky_Man
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    Saritem

    Saritem RLD was closed (permanently) last Wed.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  22. SteLateBloomer
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    Saritem closed?

    Originally Posted by Menteng
    I just ended up there when cruising in Bandung, looking for an affordable hotel.

    Actually, budgetwise, I prefer htl. Cemerlang at jl HOS Cokroaminoto 45 (the former jl Pasirkaliki) for Rp 240K a night, incl breakfast-buffet. Located within walking distance of the railway station, it is very clean and at least as neat (zeer goed verzorgd) as Panghegar. Also girlfriendly and very near to jl Saritem. "Delivery-service" available!
    Hi Menteng,

    Can you confirm the above is correct?

    I planned to go in early Jun.

    Many thanks.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  23. Menteng
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    Originally Posted by SteLateBloomer
    Hi Menteng,

    Can you confirm the above is correct?

    I planned to go in early Jun.

    Many thanks.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    In another forum I quoted an Indonesian newspaper,saying that after 200 years Saritem is closed. As I am in Europe now, I can not see for myself.

    JAD2,
    can you get information from your contacts in Bandung?
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  24. Zero
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    It's true!

    I am sorry to confirmed the report of saritem passing.
    Despite it's age, & survived the Dutch, the Japanese, the old order, the new order, the reformation era , Saritem is closed for good.
    Or so they say, it happen before, & it can happen again.
    Saritem had been closed & open from time to time, although this time is a bit different than before
    The pimp that I know there seem less optimistic this time around.
    He even try to get a job with me
    So will it open again? perhaps, there is a slim chance.
    Let's hope this clean & affordable "tension release" place can be revive again
    before some "tense" customers had other funny ideas
    Cheers
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  25. SteLateBloomer
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    Saritem closed?

    Originally Posted by Menteng
    In another forum I quoted an Indonesian newspaper, saying that after 200 years Saritem is closed. As I am in Europe now, I can not see for myself.

    JAD2,
    can you get information from your contacts in Bandung?
    Thank you Mentang and Zero.

    Now we are for sure it is closed and hopefully its only for the "moment".

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  26. Jkt_After_Dark_2
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    Menteng,

    My first contact, Kota Kembang 28, texted me 2 days ago saying Saritem was closed last April 18. My second contact, Oey, told me over the phone this noon saying the district is already back in business. You, me, and Jaimito Cartero met both of them on our Bandung sexcapade.

    No surprise, after 2 centuries the district has more than 50 establishments and everybody in the disctrict and surrounding has interests, not to mention LEs and city gov't officials who have been the beneficiaries of the district's lobby.

    JAKARTA AFTER DARK
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  27. SteLateBloomer
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    Thank you JAD

    Originally Posted by Jkt After Dark 2
    Menteng,

    My first contact, Kota Kembang 28, texted me 2 days ago saying Saritem was closed last April 18. My second contact, Oey, told me over the phone this noon saying the district is already back in business. You, me, and Jaimito Cartero met both of them on our Bandung sexcapade.

    No surprise, after 2 centuries the district has more than 50 establishments and everybody in the disctrict and surrounding has interests, not to mention LEs and city gov't officials who have been the beneficiaries of the district's lobby.

    JAKARTA AFTER DARK
    Thank you JAD.

    In that case. I may stay for another day or so in Bandung!

    I am sure your info is very valuable to us.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  28. Funky_Man
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    Saritem

    I went to Bandung last week.

    Saritem was really closed and my contacts informing that none was open. Even there was one incident, the residents hitting the Municipal Police who were passing by the area with their car.

    Only on Sunday, did I get the info that 1 "shop" was open (Ros), all the other big ones ( Su Le, Aang, Homeng) still not. Went there just for a while, returned right away cause very shaky and scared for any raids

    Some girls dare to return but the selections were really slim. All those good ones still in the Kampong,etc.

    Not sure afterwards.

    Originally Posted by Menteng
    In another forum I quoted an Indonesian newspaper,saying that after 200 years Saritem is closed. As I am in Europe now, I can not see for myself.

    JAD2,

    Can you get information from your contacts in Bandung?
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  29. SteLateBloomer
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    Saritem

    Originally Posted by Funky Man
    I went to Bandung last week.

    Saritem was really closed and my contacts informing that none was open. Even there was one incident, the residents hitting the Municipal Police who were passing by the area with their car.

    Only on Sunday, did I get the info that 1 "shop" was open (Ros), all the other big ones ( Su Le, Aang, Homeng) still not. Went there just for a while, returned right away cause very shaky and scared for any raids

    Some girls dare to return but the selections were really slim. All those good ones still in the Kampong,etc.

    Not sure afterwards.
    Thank you Funkyman for the info. Really appreciate it.

    Can I have the telephone of Htl Cemelang as quote by bro Menteng?

    Quote by Menteng: "Actually, budgetwise, I prefer htl. Cemerlang at jl HOS Cokroaminoto 45 (the former jl Pasirkaliki)"

    Thank you.

    Cheers,

    SLB
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply
  30. Yiddo
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    Newbie

    Gents, this is a great forum, I have only just discovered it!

    I will be living in Bandung soon. I've been around the block in Thailand, P.I. etc, but not Indo. I like 'em fresh (say 18-22). Am I going to have a good time? Any advice much appreciated.
    Posted 7 years ago | #Reply

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