SINGAPORE : PICNIC (VLOG)

Back in Singapore days, we love to go out in big group. The more the merrier! More over when i go out with my Indonesian friends. We dont just go in big groups; We tend to stay quite a while after our meals and talk like there’s no tomorrow. haha..

Since we already know our so called ‘bad habit’. Normally we gonna squeeze our mind to just find a proper place to eat and hangout at the same time. And it is very tiring sometimes, since not so many places can fit 10-15 people in one go, at the same table. So, if your circle has the same habit like ours. Guess PICNIC can be one of your option for your next gathering.

PICNIC is like an international food-court with a beautiful decorated picnic-ky garden theme. Indeed, a very unique idea that makes many people want to give them a visit.

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PICNIC itself has more than 10 seasonal and thematic stalls in foodtrucks to choose from. Ranging from Korean food, Japanese, Western, to Italian and French food. They have fancy drink stalls and dessert stalls too!

Food price ranging from SGD 15-20 per meal. A little bit pricy for a ‘food court style’ of food. But since this place is in Orchard, and they have comfortable ambiance as well, so i think this price is already an average.

If you have been to Marche, PICNIC also has quite the same system of payment. The difference is, you have to do it yourself in PICNIC.  So, they have a huge touch-screen menu in every stall, where you can view the food and order it at the same time. and after you ordered it, the ‘beeper machine’ will buzz and ask you to collect your meals. Payment also can be settled by ourselves as well if we are using NETS or Credit card at the exit.

The system is quite high-tech, but i personally think It can be quite a hassle for some people, like my parents for example. But so far, everything is good here! Nice food, great ambiance!

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Fancy Tea Bags

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Peperoni Pizza from Flour and Water (Western stall).

Normal skinny pizza with tomato base, huge-not-so-dried peperoni, and melted cheese.

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Foie Gras Ricebowl from Ezo Hokkaido East (Japanese stall)

This is everyone’s favourite. This consist of medium cooked succulent USA beef , fluffy rice, pickles, with awesome nice-smell super tasty foie gras sauce. All of this combination just melts in your mouth. One of the must try! and must enjoy this while it’s warm!

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PorkBelly Sandwich and Truffle oil mashed potato from Le Coq Roti (French stall)

I dont really eat pork. But this one is considered good. The roasted pork belly is so juicy and tender. and since the filling is so overflowing, you have to eat this sandwich with fork and knife, and not with your both hands like the normal sandwich.

The Truffle oil mashed potato is heavenly as well! I can just eat this mashed potato alone without anything else. The mashed potato is just so soft, creamy and flavourfull. More over it’s truffle oil mashed potatoo.. The greatest combination ever!

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Kimchi Noodle from Daebak (Korean Stall)

I’m a noodle person, and i am always up for any kinds of noodle. As for this, i think the noodle is thicker than normal Shin Ramyun (Korean instant noodle) and quite chewy. As for the soup, it’s not kimchi-ish much, which not that sour but quite spicy. The melted cheese add more texture for the noodle and richness of the soup. This bowl actually goes with clamps, but since i dont really eat clamps, i asked the cook to change it to extra dumplings. The dumplings itself is just a normal minced meat dumplings, but quite generous in its filling.

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PICNIC
Wisma Atria #03-15,
435 Orchard Road Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6734 8352
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm 

BALI : TIJILI HOTEL

I am really in a need of Holiday. This past few weeks has been rough for me. But I’m pressing on.. Knowing that it is not the end of the line, and knowing that i have a great God who is just Risen, who healed my scars and gives hope of the future! oohh, by the way, Happy Passover for my Christian and Catholic friends. ❤

Since i cant go anywhere for now, i just browse through my picture folders to ease my craving for holiday. When i browse around, i found that i have not share about this one great hotel in Bali.

Tijili Hotel 

We spent another night in Bali after spending our 5 days of Flores trip. Last year, we still need to made flight transit to Bali before going to and from Labuan Bajo. Whereas now, there’s a new flight schedule from Garuda Indonesia that goes directly to Labuan Bajo from Jakarta (even though the price is still not as friendly as other airlines and not many direct flights yet)

A friend of mine, Amanda, found this while we searched on our Bali accommodation. and i felt so blessed to sleep in this uniquely beautiful hotel. Moreover, after one night stay at traditional village on a mountain, with three nights live on board. This hotel is just so perfect for us, like finally we are back to the civilisation. Haha.. Well, dont get me wrong, Flores trip was super awesome, but getting a proper rest after the adventure is equally important for me too. =)

Located at the trendiest neighbourhood of Bali,  Seminyak, a nice location where many local boutiques shops, restaurants, and nightlife entertainment, and 20 minutes drive to Ngurah Rai, Bali Airport. And as i remember, this 4 star hotel is still affordable too. Not as pricy as other hotels.

This cozy hotel is quite spacious to share among three guests, luxurious standard of bedding (even for the extra bed), clean room, cold aircon, fast wifi. and a very unique design of everything in it.  I just love all the creative interior details.

“Tijili” refers to a Balinese traditional motif that represents the rice goddess – Dewi Sri; a symbol of prosperity and fertility.

*and gossip said that Bandung Mayor, Ridwan Kamil contributes his ideas to made this artistic hotel too!

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PS: This post is not an endorsed post.

Tijili Hotel

Jl. Drupadi No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Travel by Train, Why Not?

Being born and raised in a quite conservative family, makes me very seldom to take public transport. I dont know about your family, but my parents dont really allow us to take public transport. The image within them is already bad when we talk about public transport. Well, actually i cant really blame them, since they did experience crime on public transport when they were younger. Also the media back then make it worse, those news about women being molested in Transjakarta, being robbed and rapped in some Taxis, and other scary things made my parents paranoid.

There was a time where i was being so pampered by the ever ready drivers. My parents also let me to drive immediately once i turned 17, and to and extend that they dont mind to pick me up anywhere, as long as i dont take public transport. Even though now, we have quite a reliable Taxi online. I know i sounded like Mommy’s kid (anak mami), but what to do? I have to stick with their rules, im their kids at the end of the day. :/

Well, as a teenager back then, there also was a time where i sneakily took cabs, angkot and transjakarta, just to go out with my friends (when no drivers available), to satisfy the curiosity within us, or to just having fun with friends. Taking public transport was quite an ‘adventure’ for us back then. *Ajang seru2an aja gt naik bajaj rame2 misalnya. Haha* And hey, i found it not bad at all. Of course it is not as convenient as sitting on your own car. But as i grew older, sometimes public transport is much better than driving. No need to find and pay for hours of parking lot, and it can safe a lot of your energy.

Talking about public transport, This one week of mine has been fun! I got to travel to Bandung and Tasikmalaya for my work. and i am so very proud of myself cause it is the very first time for me to take Indonesian local train on my own. *woohoo* Finally, after a few talks, i can take local train on my own.

I have meetings in Bandung on last Friday. Since my client is from Jakarta as well, we decided to go together for their wedding meeting. Right after the meeting, my other client already bought me an executive ticket from Bandung-Tasikmalaya that leaves on 6.55pm from Bandung Station. And so, my adventure begin. *kayak apa aja. Norak yaa gw. hahaha*

I arrived 45 minutes before the schedule. To my surprise, Bandung local station is pretty nice, a very decent one i must say. They have a clear signage where to buy our ticket, where to board, and they even have a barcode scanner if you bought your ticket online whereby you can scan it directly from your gadget.

About 20 minutes before the schedule, i can hear that they are calling all passengers to go on board. So i went for check-in by showing my ID and the ticket, and the guard telling me to which peron to go. Very straight forward.

After i sat on a comfortably adjustable seat, the train begin to move slowly and leaves the station exactly at the designated time. And im quite surprised as well that they reached Tasik right on time as well. Just like the Japanese Shinkansen! My Train (Lodaya Malam) that goes to Tasik will have their end destination at Solo Balapan. I was so tired back then, but i tried not to sleep, because im afraid i might miss my stop. It’s not funny to go all the way to Solo, where i need to work on the next day. Haha.

During the trip, all the passengers seems nice (sorry that my thoughts can go bad sometimes), and some of them are very helpful to! I am just so grateful for everyone of them on the train. and For those of you who are quite worried about the toilet, you can relax a bit cause the toilets are at least clean even though you need to squad, they provide you bidet, tissues, liquid soap to wash our hands, and bathroom parfume that automatically sprays itself every now and then. The other plus point is, they are distributing blanket for the night ride, and they are selling food and drinks to for the hungry souls. Just like sitting on an aeroplane, and better still, their timing is more reliable  than aeroplane.

Below is some pictures that i took in Bandung Station and Ladoya Malam train.

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And below is Argo Parahyangan 27, the all executive train from Bandung to Jakarta. As for me, this train is more comfortable than Lodaya. They have power plugs in every seat, bigger and more comfortable chair and tables latched on every chair.

I need to say that they have a great cleaning service. Every 45-60 minutes, there will always be someone who pick up our trash, and greet us with a smile. Doesnt matter be it day or night.  Good job, PT KAI!

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And above picture is Gambir Station in Jakarta! This one is even better than Bandung Station. It is like a mini airport for me. They even have Starbucks, KFC and desserts shop for you to buy and bring it on the train.

For those of you who would want to secure a seat. They said it is better to buy it online or a few days before. It will be much more expensive, about Rp.200.000 (SGD 20) per seat. And it will be much cheaper if you just go to the stations a few hours before the schedule, the price can be as cheap as Rp 60.000 – 80.000 (SGD 6-8). But again, you may not get you ticket since it gets very crowded at times.

The price stated above is for executive trains, as for the economic trains, it can go as low as Rp 20.000 (SGD 2). If you want a more comfortable journey, i will recommend you to take the executive class. I heard it from my dad and a few new friends in Tasik that the economic class is quite small and very squeezy, since you have to share the small bench that is not adjustable with another 2 persons besides you, and another 3 persons in front of you. And if you are tall enough, you have to adjust your legs with those people in front of you.

The train from Tasik to Bandung takes about 3 hours, and another 3 hours from Bandung to Jakarta. Pretty tiring, but not as bad as taking flight i must say. Maybe because you get to see greeneries outside your window, and bigger space to sleep and to walk around if you’re tired.

I need to change in Bandung first, since there’s no direct train from Tasik to Jakarta. Well, if you dont mind to take economic class, they do have direct trains from Tasik-Jakarta and vice versa. But if you want to take executive class along the way. You have to transit first at Bandung.

So far, it has been a pleasant experience to travel with PT KAI. I also saw many foreigners taking our local train from Bandung to Jakarta. I have to say that everything exceed my expectations. and i will definitely consider to take another train trip to Bandung. At least i wont get stuck in rush hour jam,i can go to toilet if i need to, i can save petrol money on food, get some proper sleep, and support Indonesian public transport!

Izakaya Kai – Pluit Kencana, Jakarta

‘Hey Jend, lets go for dinner on Sunday’

‘Sure, where to?’

‘Ohh, Ms.N said there’s this one nice Japanese Restaurant in Pluit’

‘Wait, what? are you sure it’s in Pluit? I only knew there’s a lot of nice Chinese/Medanese food around Pluit. Surely not Japanese’ It will be more believable to have a nice Fried Kwetiau in Pluit area. Haha.

— sending me restaurant name and location —

‘Ohh, okay. Sure.. See you Sunday girls.. ‘ I still replied with my unbelief.

And there i was, driving after a church service.. and suddenly found rather different signage around the street. I parked my car just in front of the restaurant, and to my surprise, i saw a nice restaurant that’s quite different from it’s neighbours.

We mentioned that we already have a reservation for that night, and the waiter professionally escorted us upstairs to our designated seat. They passed us the clean ‘japan-ishy’ menu with no pictures at all on it.

Every time i visit a new restaurant, i often asked the waiter on what’s special on their menu. and the waiters here can fully answer in detail on each menu that we asked. Not bad at all for Pluit Area, normally i can only get this kind of service in those fancy cafe in North/South Jakarta.

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(Tendon – a mix of prawn, fish, squid and vegetables tempura) – Rp 120,000

It’s one of their signature. Love the tempura set that served with the glazed rice. Crispy but not greasy, so it wont hurt your throat. as for me, i asked for extra tempura sauce, somehow i like a bit soggy-kind of tempura.

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( Chili Cheese Sauce Chicken Karage ) – Rp 50,000 ala. You can add the rice, soup and pickles set for Rp 30,000

I know it looks like a salted egg chicken. But it is not, it’s melted cheese mixed with sliced chillis, and it tastes soo good! The sauce is really the bomb!

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( Skewers / Yakitori ) – sold per stick ranging from Rp 15,000-45,000

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(Grade 9 Wagyudon) – Rp 225,000

As for me, it’s just a normal beef bowl, with a very tender sliced glazed beef.

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(Goma cake) – Rp 45,000.

Nice black sesame cake! The best-seller cake in the house. The sponge cake is so soft and not so sweet. Quite a unique taste i must say.

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(Chocolate Red Velvet) – Rp 50,000

The most sinful piece to end the day. They are using dark chocolate and rhum to balance the sweetness of red velvet.

Overall it’s a nice dining experience. Nice ambiance, great food, friendly waiter, and great company! And ohh, they have limited baby chair though. So i dont recommend a bunch of young moms to hangout here. We waited for more than 40 minutes just to get one baby chair on non peak hour time. But still recommended for small groups of friends and family. They have omakase menu as well if you crave for one.

Izakaya Kai
Jl. Pluit Kencana Raya No.59
Pluit, North Jakarta
Phone: (+6221) 22663966

Opening Hours:
1st floor All Day Cafe 11.00 – 23.00
2nd floor Izakaya Dining 11.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 22.00

What’s New in Singapore?

I love fast food so much. Especially the one which have been fried with dozens of secret herbs and spices. Believe it or not, when i was a kid, i was super thin and i all i wanted to eat is only omelette, noodles and fried chicken. Well, I think that pretty much sum up how i can grow ‘big’ after that. Haha.

I always thought that no one can compete to the goodness of  the ‘Finger Lickin Good’. But i was wrong, apparently i just found my new favorite fried chicken in town! And it’s not a fast food chain restaurant.

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pic : @pickaboosg – design by: Annette S

Located at the heart of Orchard Road, this new stalls brings fresh option for the foodies. Especially those of you who is fried chicken lover. And Not only they serve uber-nice fried chicken, but they do have a lot of other good foods too!

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I personally love their signatures, the BOO BURGER. Love the boneless fried chicken, the flavour is just right in all aspect, not to salty and it doesnt make you thirsty or make your throat itchy right after eating. The cheese sauce make it taste better, and it just blend well with the waffle and egg.

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Chicks and Mash – If you are not sure on what to order, this would be a perfect choice. Fried chicken and mash potatoes with mushroom sauce will never go wrong. Ah ohh, if you are Indonesian, dont forget to bring ‘Saus Sambal’, i think you’ll enjoy it more with the sambal. Hahaha.. personal preference though.

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Fried Rice with Mushroom – Believe it or not, this fried rice taste like risotto to me. The rice texture is so soft and buttery, also you can smell the strong mushroom aroma when they served it. I quite like mushroom a little too much, so probably this one will be a good choice, if you need carbo loading. Haha. and for the vegetarian, you probably will like this too.

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Dirty Fries – This is everyone’s favorite. Fries, Spam, ‘Bolognese’-sy topping with Cheese Sause.. Oh Good. If your not on Diet, this is just a perfect combo for your fried chicken, and a good side-dish to share with everyone!

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PICK A BOO!

304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza, B1 -38, Singapore.

Asian Food Mall (Foodcourt)

@pickaboosg

Medan Trip : Part II (VLOG)

Hey guys, sorry for not posting anything this past two weeks.. Life has been hectically fun this past one month.. Yeay.. Thank God! hehe.. Gonna tell you in separate post, hopefully sometime this week. hehe..

Anyway, after almost a month full of ‘running’ here and there. I fell super sick this past 3 days. Gahhh..  =(.. That’s why it adds up another delay for me to write new post. hukss..

As for now, continuing the previous post about my Medan Trip PART I , here’s the part II people. Went to Samosir Cottage to have some lunch and enjoy the pretty view of Toba Lake. Hope you enjoy my humble VLOG.. hehe..

Kalo suka, Boleh di subscribe dan di like ya kakak.. hehehe. #mintagapapayasesekali.. HAHA

Hindari Makanan Ini Kalau Mau Naik Pesawat

*Masih edisi bahasa Indonesia karena bulan Agustus*

Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika. Kayaknya makanan yang satu ini (pasti) selalu ada di list kebanyakan orang Indonesia kalau lagi jalan-jalan ke Bali. Apalagi bagi traveller atau tourist yg cinta pedas, Wahh.. depot makanan ini pasti ga boleh terlewatkan deh!

Tapi, selain Nasi Pedes ibu Andika, ada satu nasi pedes lagi yang ga kalah enak! Malah dia lebih di tunggu2 orang, karena bukanya hanya jem 6-9pm aja. Gw udah mau cobain ini dari 2 tahun lalu, tapi belum pernah kesampean, udah 2x kesana dan selalu kehabisan. =( Dan akhirnya rasa penasaran lidah gw ini pun terjawab di awal bulan kemarin. *hooray*

Perjalanan beli nasi pedes ini sebenernya lumayan deg2-an juga.. Karena Pesawat balik dari Denpasar ke Jakarta 7.20pm, sedangkan depot ini pun baru buka jam 6pm. Tapi saking pengennya, kita bela2in bngt buat drop by sebentar untuk beli.

Penasaran nama nasi pedes-nya apa? Namanya adalah Nasi Pedas Bu Hanif. Kita sampai lokasi jam 5:52pm. Dan ternyata mereka belum buka! *gubrak moment* Mereka masih set up tenda, dorong gerobak, dan sayur2 pun fresh baru datang di hantar pake mobil pribadi mereka.

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Kami pun mendesak mas-mas yg bertugas berjualan disana, karena kami punya pesawat jem 7.20pm.. Di tambah lagi, kami adalah orang ke-3 yg antri. Kan enak juga nyelak walaupun kita udah lumayand mepet. *biasa, anak soleh yang tau tata krama. hahaha*

Mas-nya dengan santai bilang. ‘Tenang neng, 5 menit lagi buka, airport juga deket kok’. Kita sih takut macet bngt di daerah Kuta sana. Tapi Puji Tuhan, mas2 yg tugas disana sigap kerjanya, dan pas buka jam 6 sore. Setelah kurang lebih 10 menit, akhirnya kita bisa memboyong 7 bungkus nasi pedas dengan isi nasi, usus goreng, ayam suwir, kacang panjang, mie goreng, abon dan cabaiiii seharga RP 17,000 ribu saja per bungkus.nya.. Cukup murah jauh di banding Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika.

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*Sebelum Makan*

Setelah ngebut ke airport dan balikin mobil, akhirnya kita sukses ngemper di dalam boarding room untuk menyantap Nasi Pedas ini.. Dan apa yang terjadi??

Tiba2 dari yg ramai pun, semua orang jadi diam, muka mulai merah, mat amulai berair, hidung mulai berair juga.. dan tiba2 Lidah semua orang terbakar, dan perut semua orang panasss gara2 satu bungkus makanan inii.. Kita semua pun akhirnya membeli mineral water di airport yg harganya lebih mahal dari harga nasi bungkus kita ini.. Rp20,000 aja per botolnyaa.. haha..

Tidak lama kemudian, kita pun harus boarding, dan kita adalah 7 orang terakir (yang mungkin hampir di tinggal) gara2 beberapa dari kita mules2 di toilet airport dan beberapa yg perutnya panas pun beli susu untuk meredakan gejolak di dalam lambung. Puji Tuhan gw cuman kepedasan dan ga terjadi apa2 sama gw.. Cuman perutnya agak panas aja dikit.. Tapi temen2 yg lain lngsung bolak balik toilet setelah lambang sabuk pengaman di matikan setelah lepas landas.

Jadi karena kejadian ini pun menginspirasi gw untuk menulis blog-entry ini. haha.. *lama yah intro-nya. hahaha*

Perlu di akui, seenak-enaknya pesawat yang kita tumpangi, pasti ga enak kalau harus duduk terlalu lama, apalagi kalau sakit perut dan menganggu orang di sebelah-sebelah kita untuk keluar masuk + harus nunggu untuk antri toilet.nya juga.

Hal-hal yang harus di hindari saat kamu mau naik pesawat: 

  • Makanan Pedas
    • Yah, seperti cerita di atas. Sebenarnya sih ga usah naik pesawat pun, makanan ini harus di hindari ya untuk kita yang mau travelling via darat/laut/udara, karena lambung kita yang ter-iritasi akan menimbulkan rasa mulas. Untuk mencegah bolak-balik ke toilet, lebih baik hindari makanan pedas.
  • Minuman Bersoda 
    • Sebenarnya kalau minum kebanyakan pasti ada efek bloated nya juga sih, namanya juga minuman bersoda. Tapi katanya, ketika kita terbang di atas 35.000 kaki, pencernaan kita bekerja lebih keras dan membuat perut kita lebih kembung atau istilah kerennya adalah jet-bloat 
  • Sayur-sayuran / Kacang-kacangan / Permen 
    • Masih berhubungan dengan Jet-Bloat, ternyata bukan hanya minuman bersoda saja, jadi beberapa sayuran seperti brocolli dan kol juga bisa menimbulkan kembung. Karena tekanan cabin naik hingga 30%, jadi udara yg masuk ke dalam tubuh lebih banyak, dan jenis sayur-sayuran ini memproduce gas juga, yang akan membuat gas berlebih di lambung. Kalau untuk kacang-kacangan dan permen, basically mereka mempunyai kandungan gula kompleks yang susah di cerna oleh badan. Jadi akan membuat perut sedikit kembung juga kalau kamu suka konsumsi ini,
  • Fast Food
    • Masih berhubungan dengan penceranaan yang bekerja kurang baik di atas ketinggan 35,000 kaki. Jadi katanya, kalau di darat saja makanan fast food ini susah di cerna, apalagi di udara. Dan karena fast food mempunyai banyak lemak jenuh (lemak jahat), mungkin saja bisa menyebabkan sakit perut juga .
  • Bawang Putih
    • Yang ini sih ga aneh ya. Kalau makan kebanyakan bawang juga bau.. hehe.. Tapi kalau kamu lagi di pesawat, udaranya kan berputar disana-sana aja, jadi mungkin lebih tercium kalau kamu lagi ngobrol sama temen2 sebelah kamu.. Kan kalau sebelah kamu cantik/ganteng jadi maluu kalau mulutnya bau bawang.. hehehe.. Eh, tapi katanya Bawang ini juga punya kandungan sulphur yang bisa di serap oleh darah dan paru2 kita, jadi katanya ketika kita bernafas pun, bisa menyebakan bau juga lohh..

List di atas adalah gabungan dr apa yg aku baca2 di internet. Sebenernya sih rasanya gpp yaa asal kamu ga makan berlebihan. Seperti kacang-kacangan misalnya, kalau memang iya dia buat perut kita kembung, ga mungkin kan banyak maskapai penerbangan memberikan kita kacang untuk snack. hehe.

Jadi kamu pernah ga salah makan yang menimbulkan ketidak-sejahteraan di dalam pesawat? Cerita juga dongg.. hehe..

Nasi Pedas Bu Hanif

Jl. Raya Kuta (di ujung jalan, depan pasar Kuta), Bali

 

A Little Escape from Bustling Singapore

Singapore always changes every now and then. Somehow there’s always something new every 3-4 months. Either new restaurant, new mall or new hangout place. I guess only one thing that stays the same, the hustle and bustle of Singapore. Everyday, Everyone looks busy in this ‘concrete jungle’ of Asia. Nonetheless, Singapore also has few places for you who wants to get out from your hectic days and enjoy your day in a serene place.

MacRitchie Reservoir 

I guess many of us have heard it and went to this oldest Singapore reservoir before. But as for myself, last month was my first time to actually go there to admire the nature park, walk through the treetops, and sweat myself with 7km of hiking. *Well, i went there once about 8 years ago, and did nothing much. So i re-count this as my very first time. haha*

This 12 hectare reservoir is very popular amongst Singaporean, be it for school / organisational events or  for nature lovers who just love to take a stroll or challenge their fitness level. They have few hiking trails to choose from and canoe-ing through the reservoir too. Would be a great place for team bonding and family time i suppose.

For me, Even though it’s a popular place for jogging / hiking, this forrest can be quite eerie too if you walk alone. I dont know if i watched too many horror movies or what, images that something would just appear anytime from the forrest, gave me quite a chill! haha.

Well, other than my ‘horror imagination’, MacRitchie reservoir is a great place to visit if you want a little escape from your city life, breath some freshhh air! and shed some fats! haha..

Tips : Keep your belongings safe, put your small articles like glasses and hat when you encounter monkeys. They almost stole my bag when i cross the treetop walk. A scary and funny experience though. haha.

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MacRitchie Reservoir

601 Island Club Rd, Singapore 578775

TreeTop Walk : 9am-5pm.

Park lights : 7am-7pm

How To Get There: Nearest Bus Stop 51071 (Bus 52, 74, 93, 157,130, 132, 156, 157, 162, 162M, 165, 166, 167, 852 and 855, 980), Nearest MRT Caldecott MRT (CC17)

 

National Gallery Singapore – The ‘Louvre of Asia’

I still remember vividly, about 6-7 years ago, one of my senior in my Singapore church took her pre-wedding pictures in front of this Supreme Court Building. Back then, pre-wedding photos just started to be popular amongst the newly-wed couples. I remember that me and one of my friend were so ‘Kaypoh’ that time, tailed them from the St. Andrew Cathedral to this classic pretty building. Well, for an 18 years old (then) me, pre-wedding shoots was somehow ‘dreamy and extravagant’, it made the younger me hope that i’ll have that kind of photoshoot when i turn 23, and get married by 24. But yeah, too bad.. i have passed that age monthss ago.. and here i am, Independent (read:single) and still dreaming to have a beautiful photoshoot soon with my future husband to be. hahaha.

Okay. enough about me. haha.. Let’s talk more about this newly opened museum in the heart of Singapore. After 10 years of renovating and SGD374 millions of expenditure, ‘The Louvre of Asia’ is finally unfolded on 24th November 2015, and it is Uh-mah-zing! Indeed, The prettiest museum in SE Asia.

I came to this ‘few-months-old-museum’ twice, the first one was planned and the second one was not. It is free to come here and take pretty pictures in the hallway and the classic-elegant bridge, but you need to pay SGD 20 dollars/ person for foreigners and free admission for PR and Singaporean to see all of the exhibitions.

On my first visit, I did not enter at any of their exhibition, but on my second impromptu visit, i accidentally entered one of their exhibition named ‘Siapa Nama Kamu’ – A Painting and many other artwork gallery that represents the development of modern arts in Singapore. I was so lucky, the staff was quite lenient that time, so they let me to quickly finish the entire gallery.#rejekianaksoleh

This marriage of two-buildings, City Hall and Supreme Courts is amazingly beautiful. I can stay there one whole day just to enjoy its classic yet modern architecture, and stare at paintings that i may not even understand. haha.

National Gallery Singapore is surely a must visit when you are in Singapore. Why?

  • They simply have a nice architecture to admire
  • Then you can take loads of instagramable pictures
  • Enjoy the 8,000 art pieces from old and new Singapore, and SE Asian arts
  • Nice cafe with a great Singapore landscape and MBS view
  • Cute museum shops – I can assure you, it’s not a boring ones

Okay, i guess enough of talking. Just see the pretty pictures below that were captured by Me and my lovely friend, Amanda Lorena

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National Gallery Singapore

1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957

Nearest MRT Station : City Hall

**Taken by Iphone 6 (edited by Vscocam)

One of the Highest Starbucks in The World

Who doesnt know Starbucks? One of the most popular coffee-shop chain in the world. When Seattle is the home base of Starbucks shop, Taipei has one of the highest Starbucks outlet amongst the other 23,768 outlets in the world.

Located at the 35th floor of Taipei 101, this Starbucks really grabs the foreigners and even the local’s attention. I’ve been wanting to go to this outlet since the first month of my student life in Taipei, but only gotten the chance to visit this on the very last month before i left.

Since this Starbucks really catches so many people’s attention.. So you need to book it 1 week prior your visit. When you do your booking, it is best to speak with them in Chinese since they dont really understand English. If you cant speak Chinese, maybe you can ask your hotel concierge or your AirBnb host to help you with the booking.

How to enter Starbucks 101?

It’s quite tricky since it’s not inside the mall. You need to Enter via Xin Yi Road, Sec.5, door 7. which located not far from 101 mall entrance.

There will be security guards in front and asking you where are you going? Just say you are going to starbucks, and they will direct you to the foyer. After you reached the Foyer, just wait there for a while.

As for me and my friends, it is very easy to spot the foyer, since there are already a long Q when we reached there. Starbucks already allocate the time for their customers, so all of us can enter the lift together, since they need cards to enter the office buildings.

After 5-10 minutes of waiting time, their staffs will come down and fetch you up (dont forget to give them the booking code that they have given to you to be exchanged with the table number)

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And here you go, one of the highest starbucks in the world. haha.. It’s just a normal starbucks shop. Just happened that they have a good locations whereby you can see Taipei’s skyline and sceneries from above.

Some people advised that it is better to go here, rather than going to the Taipei 101’s observatory, cause you need to spend about NTD 400-500 (SGD  16-20) to enter the observatory, and get quite the same sceneries that this starbucks offered you. On the other hand, you need to order 1 drink + 1 cakes/sandwich per person, which will cost you about NTD 150-200 (SGD 6-8).

Actually it goes back to each individual, cause some people love to listen to history and want to understand Taipei more. Then, if you are that kind of person, i will still advise you to go up to the observatory and listen to all the ipod tracks that they provide you with.

My piece of advise if you are going to this Starbucks is.. When you gather downstair, Walk slowly to the lift, and let you and your friends be the last person to enter the lift. So, when you go out of the lift, you can quickly grab the best seat! hahaha.. *Kiasu mode on*

Too bad we did not get the best spot.. so, i was quite lazy to take the sceneries as well.. Sorry for no pretty pictures of the sceneries. =(

If you asked me if it’s worth it or not to go to this place.. I’ll say.. Just go if you have time. If you dont.. Hmmpp.. I think it’s still okay to give it a miss.. Unless you are a Starbucks fans or Mug’s collector. haha.

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Starbucks 101.
110, Taiwan, Taipei City
Xinyi District, Section 5, Xinyi Road, 7號之1
Tel: +886 2 8101 0701