Singapore : Symmetry 

Singapore is always a home to me. Even a 6 hours transit in this little red dot country, makes me happy. Haha. Last month, i came to Singapore for some church camps and work-meetings, and decided to spend some time to meet my Indonesian friend, whom i cant seem to have a time to meet in Jakarta itself. It’s still very funny though,  how we both stay in Jakarta, but only managed to have the short catch up in Singapore. Haha. *Guess the perks of staying in Singapore is, we can try to squeeze the time, since there’s no bad traffic.

Anyway, it has been a while since i had my last brunch. and so happy to have it again here in Singapore, a place whereby there’s always a new place to try out. and Finally, we decided to go to small little quirky nice cafe in Bugis area, somewhere in Jalan Kubor, near Haji Lane, called Symmetry.

I love the unfinished wall design, with pop-art decorations. It makes it very hippies and unique. Even though i dont know why they put Jack Skellington outside their cafe. haha.

The food here are a little bit pricy, but i enjoyed all of their dishes. The pasta is thick and chewy. Pork belly is juicy, and not too dry for the aglio olio. And love the sausage on the big breakfast menu, and the fresh juices on the monster mug. Overall is a nice experience over Symmetry.

It’s kinda packed too over the lunch time, so probably you can come for a brunch session for more serene feeling.

Spicy Shrimp & Pancetta Aglio Olio

Pancetta Aglio Olio (no seafood request)

Big Breakfast

Power Juice!

Symmetry 

9 Jalan Kubor, #01-01, 199206

+65 6291 9901

Open Daily :

10.30 AM – 11 PM (Weekdays) // 9 AM – 12 AM (Saturday) // 9 AM – 7 PM (Sunday)

$$ : SGD 20-25 / person

 

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Dublin, Ireland : GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

I got the chance to visit Guinness, one of the most successful beer brand in the world, back in July 2017. This place is Originated from the brewery of the late Arthur Guinness back in year 1759, at the St James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland.

To be honest, i was very surprised that this brewery is still working perfectly great, despite it’s old age. Amazed how they conserved it very well, and got to expand it to Guinness Storehouse / Museum for the tourist to learn about their history, have a look at some of their old advertisement, and get a taste a pint of their treasure.

The Guinness Store house consist many level of floors, where each level has their own restaurant, some with great live Irish band, and some with a more elegant bar where you can learn more of a pint of Guinness.

if you like to read, there’s plenty history to read on each level. But if you’re kinda rushing, i dont think you miss a lot as well.

We can claim our free pint of Guinness on the top floor, And quench your thirst while looking at Dublin’s cityscape. I really love the scenery up there! If you cant drink alcohol, You can claim other drinks like soft drinks too. Dont waste the freebies with the pleasant view! Haha.

If you go there, I suggest you to take the lift up to the top floor first, and claim for free Guinness, and walk down slowly and enjoy the Guinness Storehouse’s history. and shop the unique Guinness souvenirs for your last stop.

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Find out more about GUINNESS STOREHOUSE Ticket and Opening Hours:

https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/tickets

UK : Stonehenge – The Mysterious Place (VLOG)

If i can time travel, i think i would want to go back to the time whereby Stonehenge was constructed. 3000 BC to 2000 BC. I am still amazed and felt so curious on how the people or giant back then set up all these crazily heavy stones. With each stones weighing about 25 tons with 3metres high and 2 meters wide.

I kept circling and looking at those stones, and got mind-blown by it. Somehow it just captivates me. Too bad, we cannot get near it. We can only admire it from a far. (except Michael Bay and Transformer autobots) Haha.

For some reason, they prohibit us to bring our own transport near the mega-stones. So, we need to park our cars in their allocated parking lot, and wait for their shuttle bus to bring us there, or if you like to walk and enjoy the green pasture, you can walk from the ticketing place as well. But it may take a while, since it’s pretty far from the pick-up point. One reason that i heard from the people there is, they want to minimize the pollution around the stones. So, even though the shuttle has dropped you at the drop-off point, you still have to walk for 5-10 more minutes to get near to the stones.

There are so many stories behind this UNESCO HERITAGE SITE. Like legend said that Cyclops giant brought over the stones and arranged it there, cause no one is big and strong enough to move this kind of stones. Another story is the high priest of Celts constructed these for sacrificial ceremonial. Then, some other said that it was built by someone who has a strong astronomical background, who built this to tell us the time and calendar.

No one really know who and how this megalithic pre-historic monuments was built and for what purpose. But since it’s already there, i think it’s our part to take care of this mysterious world assets. and Thank you England for conserving this so well up till today. Such an amazing place indeed. Feels like you can get a lot of inspirations if you linger there longer with some beer and picnic. Haha. Love the spacious green field, the noise-free and the clear sky and the cold breeze.

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Singapore : Birds of a Feather

Hello Singapore, it has been a while!

I was talking to one of my friend earlier this day, and just realized that we have known each other for 10 years already. Gosh, how time flies. I still vividly remember how i moved to Singapore early July, 10 years ago. Back then, i did not know much things. University life was pretty busy with projects as well. So all i can eat was foodcourt foods like chicken rice, mixed rice, mee pok, and fast foods like McD and KFC. HAHA.

Thankfully, God gave me great friends who i can rely on during my period in Singapore, which some of them are still good friends of mine up till today, who love to bring me to new places to try new things. ❤

and one of new places they brought me recently was BIRDS OF A FEATHER in Amoy Street. A nice cafe which has a very cozy feeling. The ray of natural sunlights and the wooden contemporary design made it more relaxing. The rather big size is a plus point as well, makes it easier for us who often come a big group.

When we talk about cafe, food is another important thing to consider other than the great ambiance. Birds Of A Feather is quite a rather unique eating experience, where they marriage chinese delicacy with italian and western dishes. and amazingly it taste great! even though some of them created a shock unfamiliar taste at first. Haha

Affogato (SGD 7.50)

Cappucino (SGD 6)

A Bowl of Healthiness (SGD 20)

Love the aesthetic serving of this little cute bowl. Housemade Granola with assorted fruits and berries with greek yoghurt. Perfect way to start my meal. Haha. Even though the berries are all a little bit too sour, but i still enjoyed it though. Well, maybe because i always love a granola bowl. It is just a little too pricy for a small bowl. But, worth the try.

Oriental Bolognaise (SGD 20)

My Favorite amongst other dishes. al dente Angel hair, with pork ragout in sichuan style, with onsen tomago, wilted kale and sakura ebi. Was weird at first, but loving this all the way. it’s like chinese style aglio olio. The tingling taste is not bothering at all, and it smell good too. And ohh, the onsen egg really enhanced the flavour of the pasta.

Crispy Gyoza with Truffle Soy Vinaigrette (SGD 16)

A quite crispy outer, yet tender meat on the inside. My second favorite item after the angel hair. I can eat a lot of these too! haha. The dipping is soo good as well, never know that vinegar will goes well with truffle oil. It makes a rather sour taste and savoury at the same time. Perfect for sharing.

Avocado with Shredded Roasted Chicken with Sichuan Pepper Dressing (SGD 23)

This is a the most unique meal that we tasted on that day. Avocado toast with sichuan dressings. Haha.. It created another shock for the taste buds, but it was pretty okay after a few bites. Really a whole new experience of having an avocado toast.

Hong Shao Beef Ragout Orrechiate (SGD 26)

I think this is the only modern chinese dish that goes normal with sichuan style. Haha. A nice tender beef with parmesan foam, spinach, black fungus, pine nut and egg confit.

Overall it was a nice experience hanging out in this small rather big cafe. *What an oxymoron. Haha. Well, it looks small from the outside, since the front look is literally that small, and i did not realized that i already passed it by, till i need to call my friend and ask her to go out. Haha. But it turns out to be a great cozy place inside with awesome service as well.

*And oh, you need to request for tap water if you prefer not to have still / sparkling. Cause they will automatically serve you with the fancy mineral waters when you asked for only water. (well, at least that’s what happened to us)

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

115 Amoy Street #01-01, 069935

Open Daily : 10am till late

(+65) 6221 7449

 

Fashion Talk

Helloooww! Cant believe that we are already at the last quarter of 2017! Hope you all are doing awesome! Hope that your Dream job is getting nearer, have accomplished things that you’ve been longing for, and all the good things came into places. *Yeayy!

 

This time, im gonna share about something different. Let us take a break from travel related things. Haha.. Not that i got tired of travelling, but i just want to share about my new pinkie blazer. ❤   I love it so much, that i wear that so often these days. Haha.. A blazer that is formal enough for me to meet my clients, and a nice outer for my casual hang-out days with friends, since it’s not too thick for an outdoor activities, and a perfect piece when the aircon in some cafe and malls went full blown sometimes.

It just happened that a fashion-blogger friend of mine wanted to do a photoshoot for his endorsed goods, and he asked me along since i was quite free on that day. And sooo, these are the results.. I love it to the bits. Feels like in some fashion editorial or something. Hahha. It is different indeed, when nice lens and someone skilful took your picture. Haha. What do you think?

Pink Blazer – Zara

Black Sleeves Top – Zara

Short Jeans – Bershka

Beige Kitten Heels – Vanilla Footwear

Clubmaster Sunglass – Ray-ban

Saffiano Tote Bag – Prada

Necklace – locally handcrafted by Me (coming soon)

photos by : Aquinaldo Adrian

UK’s Fun Facts

What i love about travelling is i can learn new interesting thing about that other countries. Which sometimes made me feel relieved that I stay in Jakarta , Indonesia, and often times makes me want to migrate to that particular city or country. Haha

When i went to UK two months ago (mid June 2017), i found a few interesting things that i cant wait to share with you all!

1. The bare minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 25 ??

Found this red-note-sign at one of Liverpool’s supermarket. I am quite surprised to know that you have to be above 25 to purchase alcohol drink. I’m like, really?? I though UK is more lenient than Asia. Since most of the restaurants are selling alcohol as well. and they never asked us our ID when we purchase alcohol drink in UK. *Asia has 18 as their bare minimum age to drink and to purchase alcohol drink

According to some research that i did. UK has 18 as their bare minimum age for drinking as well. But if supermarkets violated this law (which means, selling alcohol drink to underage persons) they have to adopt the ‘challenge 25’ scheme. Which means, you have to be 25 to purchase in that supermarket. Interesting policy.

2. Shoe Cleaner outside UK’s houses

I saw this a lot in-front of UK’s houses, and was wondering what’s the use of that little tiny bar near the door entrance.

Until one day, i went to ask our local tour guide, and found out that little black bar in-front of most houses is for cleaning the backside of the sole of your shoes. Haha. I think this is very useful! Super creative feature!

 

3. British Summer Time is super long!

The summer time in Britain is super long! This picture was taken in Liverpool at 9.30-ish in the evening.

UK now is having their Daylight Saving from March 26 – October 29. I only know that the days are longer and the night-time are shorter. But i dont really get how this day-light saving works. So, if you normally go to work at 9am. Do you still go to work at 9am? or 8am? Hmmpp..

4. Talent matters most​

I was dry-ing my hair in the morning, and when i looked at the news, i found something rather different yet beautiful in my eyes.

Guess, the pictures tells everything, that physical disability doesnt really matter in UK. I guess Indonesia should apply this as well. where not only pretty slim perfect faces gets on-air, but someone who really is capable in doing so.

5. The pedestrian red light button

Well, actually this is pretty normal button. where you need to press on the button when you need to cross the road. But i realized that, they only have it on the side, and not having their own pillar. So, you need to wait the car to stop, or see the sign beside you if it’s already turn green.

I realized it, because normally i would look up to the pedestrian red light across the street, but found only those red lights for the cars.

6. The strong pop-corn game! 

The pop-corn game is stronggg in UK! haha.. This is in Liverpool’s movie theatre. would really love to buy one that time. but my throat was not feeling very-well. Since i dont want to be sick for the rest of the trip. So i must skip on this one. Booo!

So, you can get plain popcorn, or you add up 1 topping for GBP 1 , or 3 toppings for GBP 2. You can add MNMs, minstrels chocolate, mini oreos and mini pretzels.

TravelTalk : Good Shoes Take You to Good Places

~ Good Shoes Take You to Good Places ~

Well, i kinda agree with the above quotes. Since without good shoes, you cant hike mountains to see breathtaking sunrise, cant walk that far to explore the fancy city’s alleys, and cant take the long stairs to see the beautiful cityscape.

Talking about shoes, i have an interesting fact about myself. When most girls need more space to store their new pair of shoes, I am a girl who always find it difficult to have a nice pair of shoes. *Yeap, you read it right! Haha

Believe it or not, for now, i only have 1 pair of flip flop, 1 pair of  sneakers, 1 pair of long boots, 1 furry winter boots, 1 pair of  running shoes, 3 pairs of flat shoes, 2 pairs of kitten heels, 1 pair of wedges, and 3 pairs of heels (which i only use 1 pair frequently. Haha #truestory #dontjudgeme

Well, i dont know if it’s already a lot. But for me, it is not many at all, since all shoes are meant for specific event, and i frequently use 1 pair of my favorite flat shoes practically everywhere for my daily basis. Haha..

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Exploring Bratislava Old Town, Slovakia – 2016 with my Adidas superstar

Night stroll at The Beatles monument – Liverpool, UK – 2017  with my favorite Varina Ballet Flat from Salvatore Ferragamo

*It was 9pm in Liverpool. The sun was still up and bright!*

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Morning Hike in Xiang Shan –  Taipei, Taiwan – 2016 with my striking pink Adidas Running Shoes.

*trying to find other travelling pictures with my only shoes on it, but can only find these three.. Haha*

Anyway, I am size 5,5 (US) – which is 35-36 in asia. Who got the same size as me?? Haha

This size is considered small even though im an Asian who lives in Asia. When i shop around in some shoe shops in Jakarta or Singapore, i always find that they dont really stock up a lot for my size. When there’s any, sometimes size 35 is too tight on me and size 36 is kinda loose. Haha. So,  i need to buy additional sole since it’s a little bit loose or have to let it goo since it’s too small! *Haishhh*

And  i really hate it when Often times, i find it comfortable when i  tried it in the shop, but it hurts real bad when i try to walk for hours. ~.~”

So normally, i would just come back to the same brand and probably same design with slightly different colour for my shoe needs. Awh Goshh, does this only happen to me? Lucky you if your feet can just fit to any brand!

I dont know if it’s too much to customised your own shoes, since most of the time, customisation is only for those who’s having leg problem or getting married.

But, i found this website FSJshoes that can custom your own shoes. From lovely wedding shoes to your fashionable walking boots! This made me curious, since they can do partial and full customisation, and they do ship worldwide as well.

What do you think, girls? What’s your favorite comfortable shoes? Will you go to custom your shoes too?

 

 

 

Liverpool : This is Anfield

United Kingdom, a country where football can be counted as one of their religion. I guess most people who love Steven Gerrard will definitely put Liverpool as one of their travelling bucket list when they come to Great Britain. and i am thankful to be able to visit the world’s 8th most valuable football club, even though i’m not a hardcore fan.

Liverpool Stadium size is much smaller than Manchester United, the previous stadium that i visited. Anfield stadium can accommodate to 54,000 spectators. But we were not so lucky that day, we cant see their nice green grass because they had their pitch relaid. Which means, they have to change their grass, drainage system and heating system so it will be a better ground for the team to play again in August.

 

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Hillsborough Tragedy memorial (Liverpool vs Nottingham Forrest, 1989) – i just knew that there’s this kind of Tragedy. I firstly thought that it was a plane crash memorial. It turns out to be a human crush memorial. never though over crowded can end like this.

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And this time around, we get to see Liverpool’s team changing room! Yeayy!

So amazed by the nice changing room! It is super cool! But i thought it will be much bigger with some lockers above the shirts panel. The guide told us that we can do anything that we want inside the changing room, we can take pictures and video, sniff the shirt, kiss it, hold it, hug it, but Do Not remove the shirt from the hanger. haha..

For Liverpool fans, i am sure you know ‘This is Anfield’ sign. The famous sign that has always been touched by the team before they are out for the game. That acted out as their good luck charm.

The most Iconic sign of Anfield has been removed from Anfield main tunnel and got modified as well. I guess people will like the previous sign with the nice old frame on it. But well, Jurgen Klopp, the Reds boss mentioned that players cannot touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something,”  “It’s a sign of respect”. But well, i think the new signage is too high for some Asian tho. Even my brother can only touched a bit of it. Haha.

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Liverpool stadium is a little bit awkward in their positioning though. This gate is located outside the stadium. You’ll see this gate, If you’re going to the merchandise shop from the stadium.

To go to Liverpool’s merchandise shop, you have to pass by one alley of local’s houses, which is pretty far from their stadium. Well, it was quite warm with some wind on that day, so walking experience is quite enjoyable. More over most of the houses have unique coloured doors for us to see, very English i must say. Sorry for not taking picture of that alley though. =(

I am not sure if everyone still stays there. But i think it will be such a headache everytime Anfield has to hold a game. Haha.. Well, for the location, i guess Anfield is more accessible since it’s located at the city itself.

You can get the Stadium tour ticket for 17 GBP (SGD 30 // Rp 297,000) and you can book it online as well to see the available dates.

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Isnt this uberr cutteeee?? my goodnesss..

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Manchester United – Old Trafford

Helloo everyone, how was your Lebaran holiday?

Be it travelling abroad or local, or simply just enjoying your quality time with your loved ones in the perfect Jakarta’s traffic. I hope that it was a great one for you and your family!

As for myself, my family decided to go for UK on this year hari Raya. I never fancy a tour trip before. But this one is kinda different. I quite enjoyed the 2 weeks of tour trip conducted by Indonesia local travel agent.

I am not sure if it’s the schedule that was quite free for us to roam around the cities, or the fun tour-mates that we had. Haha.

Anyway, we took a 13hrs and 45 mins flight that goes directly to Manchester from Singapore. and since we are in Manchester, guess Old Trafford is the right place to visit for the very first destination.

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Well, i am not a big fan of football actually. So i did not have that butterfly on my stomach kinda feeling like others may had. But to be honest, i am very impressed by this second biggest stadium in England, somehow it just sparks ‘magic’ to those who visited them.

Manchester United is one of the football’s most successful club. Big Thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devil’s former manager. Even though i don’t really understand how the football industries work. But Sir Alex Ferguson must had worked his a*s off to make this team to be one of the world-known football team.

I think not many football club have their own stadium. And their’s is the largest football club stadium in all over England.  What an achievement, isn’t it?

Moreover, they have their own stadium and museum tour. Whereby all MU and football fans from all around the world can taste the glorious home base of Manchester United!

We got our ticket for 16 GBP (SGD 28 // IDR 278.000) for the 1 hr stadium and museum tour. We supposed to see the whole stadium and the changing room with other rooms too. But since we were late for our appointed tour. We can only visit the main stadium only. =(..  If you’re not going with the tour (who already help you to arrange everything), You can purchase it online as well, and see the available time slot. and Remember, Dont be Lateeee..

And for you who could not wait to buy their souvenirs, fret not!

Just walk out from the museum, and walk to the other side of the stadium and you’ll find the megastore!

FunFact : Gelora Bung Karno ( Jakarta football stadium) is larger than Old Trafford. Where GBK has about 80,000 seats and 76,000 seats for Old Trafford.

*Hopefully Indonesia can have their own stadium tour someday, and every football fans from all around the world will come over to Jakarta just to see GBK.

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Jakarta : Maple and Oak

I am not a breakfast person. I can just drink a cup of cold chocolate milk in the morning, and it will just keep me full till noon time. But i fancy Brunch! hahaha.. Not sure if i got carried away by trends, or simply i just got hungry because i never take my chocolate milk in the morning before i go for brunch. Haha..

OR.. maybe i just love lovely places with good food and great companies.

Maple and Oak located somewhere in Menteng in Central Jakarta. The place is somehow quite hard to find, even though it’s located at the main road of HOS Cokroaminoto. It’s inside ‘De Ritz Building’. When you see ‘Bumiputera bank’, and ‘KERIS department store’ on your left side, you should slow down and turn left right after that.. The building beside KERIS, is De Ritz building! *Your Welcome* Hahahha.. Cause Once you missed out, it’s quite a long way for the U-turn.. *and yesshh, i took the long U-turn back. geezzz*

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It’s a small cozy place, with modern design with some greeneries decorations all over the pillars. Maple and Oak serves all day brunch menu, coffee and tea, and some cakes. Since i just got back, i am not really updated on what’s hits in town. So a very good friend of mine suggested to go to this place. And since all three of us never been here as well, we decided to give it a try. We came at 10am on Saturday morning, and the place was already crowded. I can see that it is still on high demand, even after 1 year of opening.

Beet Salmon Lox (Rp 83.000)

Toasted bread with cream cheese and generous amount of seared salmon, Beetroot yoghurt and beetroot itself with feta cheese and some salad. I personally think that the beet makes it too sour. My least favorite, from the 3 menu that we ordered. But salmon lovers might like it. and the Feta cheesee!! ohh.. i think feta cheese never go wrong with any kind of salads.

Big Breakfast (Rp 98.000)

This is a plate that will never go wrong. I always order this for a saver choice when i dont know what to eat. Haha.. The mushroom is sauteed nicely, the egg is scrambled softly, the cherry tomato is sweet, the bacon is not that salty (which is good for me) and the sausage was just okay.  Well, actually i wanted to order a bowl of Granola (Rp 68,000). But as for the price, i think the big breakfast is more worth it.

Mapple Butter Brioche (Rp 78.000)

This is the ‘STAR’ of the day! It’s like a big breakfast, minus mushroom and sausage. It’s just a normal toasted bread with bacon and scrambled egg, BUT.. the truffle butter and the maple syrup makes the whole plate taste so different.. So nice, sweet and buttery, different sensation in eating the toasted bread. MUST HAVE item when you’re here. Ah ohh, you can request more maple syrup as well. Trust mee.. it is soo good! so different with other maple syrup. not that sweet but so tasteful and savory. Much love for this plate! ❤

Maple & Oak
De Ritz Building 1st floor
Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto no 91
Menteng, Central Jakarta
Opening Hours: 07.00 – 21.00
Phone: (+6221) 3906757