One friend told me there is a new mall open recently in Manama. It is City Centre. Located around seef area, Manama, Bahrain. It is said by far the biggest shopping mall in Bahrain.
I was excited to visit the mall, until one day during my three eid days off, I grabbed Teruna and Sebastian to go to the mall. It is really big for Bahrain. Much bigger compare with Seef Mall and other department stores, here in tiny Bahrain.
We visited some outlets, mainly electronic stores, like virgin and charaf. You know, all of us like to update with new gadgets… Teruna and Sebastian were so excited with then new release blackberry and Ipod touch. I just stayed cool, not to show that I also really wanted to have that gadgets…, but I we didn’t buy. Just look around..
Then we drop by Nike and North Face. Teruna was the first to be exuberant. “Wow, North face is here,” he shouted.
“I don’t believe, this must be abal-abal,” replied Sebastian. He didn’t trust this brand is original.
“Of course it is original. Look at the price, can you afford it,” Teruna yelled at him.
“Ok, I will buy one, this jacket. Yeah, this is cool man,” Bastian grabbed one North Face jacket and showed to us.
I said, “Cool down, man. Don’t scream, check the price tag. It is BD 200”
I don’t care the price, next month I will buy it, once I got my salary, heheha..” Bastian laughed.
But one second later, his face changed. Something wrong, I thought…
He was still starring at the price tag.
“See, this is an expensive brand, man…,” Teruna tried to advise him.
“No, it is not about the price… It is made in Indonesia..!” Bastian showed the text at the bottom of one of the tags.
Wow, we are so surprised… North Face made in Indonesia? I couldn’t believe it until I took some other clothes. I looked at also a bag. Yes, it is true, made in Indonesia.
“Then I won’t buy,” Sebastian said. “Me too,” Teruna agreed.
I said, why?
Cause we buy it to send home to Indonesia.
Yeah, you’re rite..!
Finally we left the outlet. We decided no to buy the brand, not because we are not proud of our product but, it seems funny to send home something that we actually have it in our country.
This experience re-occurred when we visited Nike and some shoe shops. Beside Thailand and China, most of Nike products are Made in Indonesia. You dont believe it? Just visit City Centre Manama.