I often meet kids in Palembang and try to talk to them. They usually become shy or ignore me because I speak to them in broken Indonesian while they are more comfortable with the Palembang dialect.
Well, I found the key today. My camera.
I didn't say anything to them initially, I just took their photo and then showed it to them.
See how they are all lined up nicely here. This was one of the first photos I took.
Now look at these few shots from a few minutes later. They became extremely playful. And chatty too although I really couldn't understand everything they were saying.
This was the opposite of what the paparazzi do to celebrities. Here, a mob of "celebs" was chasing the lone photographer for more and more photos!