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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pic : @pickaboosg

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

#TravelTalk : Travelling in Style

~ All that glitters is not gold, and all who wander are not lost ~ J.R.R Tolkien

Well, The title shows like i’m a socialites who travel glamourously. But, I am sorry that you would not see bling-bling in this post, nor heavy make up or branded goods from head to toe like princessyahrini does when she travels. Haha.

I’m just a girl who loves to travel in my style! and in this blogpost, i would love to share how i dress up when i’m out of town~~

1. Dress 

Believe it or not, i used to ONLY have 1 jeans in my wardrobe. *grin* So, whats inside it? A wardrobe full of dresses, skirts, shorts, tops and leggings. Yeap. Thats me! *Salam Kenal semuanya. HAHA

That’s why i will always bring dresses when im out, or else what else should i bring out? But to bring dresses when you’re out of town, is always a good choice. Since it can be carried out casually and neat at the same time. And if suddenly you happen to go to some fancy dining restaurant, you can just pair it up with a nice flat shoes or kitten-heels. OR just change your bag or backpack with a clutch!

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(Bratislava, Slovakia – 2016)

2. Jeans Jacket

Eventhough i dont really wear jeans, i really love my jeans jacket! It is just ‘timeless’ piece, and just goes well with most clothes that i have. Perfect for Autumn, yet not so hot in summer time. And, if you follow my Instagram, you’ll realised that i wear this alottt.. It’s just super comfortable, even on long haul flights.

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(Budapest, Hungaria – 2016)

3. Necklaces and sweaters

Necklaces is a must bring item when im travelling. I have a lot of statement and chunky necklaces. I’m not a ring, bracelet or earrings person. Well, actually i love earrings too, but i guess not as much as necklaces. Hmmp, maybe there’s correlation with growing up as well. As i grow up, i fancy plain colours more than patterns, and necklace can really compliment my plain tops.

Somehow i love to see shirt that’s doubled with sweater. Preppy look, but still feminine at the same time, and it gives you a smart yet outgoing vibes.

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(Brussels, Belgium – 2015)

4. High-waisted Bikini

I think this invention is super brilliant! High-waisted Bikini for a plump girl like me. haha.. Dont get me wrong, i still like the one piece swim-suit, but because my torso is longer than my leg, sometimes the one piece swim suit hurts my shoulder. =( Anyone on the same boat?

Gotten this bikini as a gift from a good friend of mine and love it to the bits. Now, this is a must bring item when im out in the sun. Well, actually im still not comfortable to walk around with just the bikini on my body (cause it still shown some of my meats. Haha) , so normally i will hang a towel over my shoulder, and voila, im ready to walk around the area!

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(Angseri, Bali – 2015)

5. Colourful Skirts

Since i have lots of plain tops, it will not be fun if i have another plain bottom to pair with, right? I dont know if im overly girly, but i love skirts! Just that i dont wear it a lot, since it’s not comfortable when you walk in Singapore and must be alert everytime the wind blows.

I love to wear skirts during autumn time, cause i can put on my stockings and less worry about the wind. At least they wont see my undies clearly. Haha.

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(Kyoto, Japan – 2014)

6. Shorts and Sunglasses

Since i only have 1 jeans, you’ll see me more in shorts. I dont care whether im going to tropical countries or cold places, shorts will always be in my luggage. I will just double it up with thicker leggings if it’s cold and wear wool socks inside my boots. Haha

and Sunniesss.. Yes, i guess you guys already noticed that i wore my sunnies most of the time. To be honest, i dont wear it only when im travelling, but everytime when i feel that the sun shines so brightly outside.

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(Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam -2015)

7. Long Blazers and Loafers or Flat shoes

Long Blazers can be another options for thin-coats during the beginning of winter time. I normally wear long sleeves t-shirt or double my tank-top with cardigan (as use this blazer as 3rd layer) if it’s getting colder. Normally i’ll minimize the usage of coat if it’s not really needed, cause coats are heavy and bulky eventhough it’s pretty and warm.

Loafers and Flat shoes are just so me. I used to hate sneakers, i found it weird whenever i put it on me. Well, maybe because i use flats ever since i was in secondary school, so i found it weird to use sneakers if it’s not for sportswear. haha. When everyone complaint their feet hurts wearing flats, i feel weird in wearing slippers. Another fun-fact about me is i only have 1 slippers now. Haha. Anyway, i find loafers and flat shoes can be casual and formal as well. So, i dont need to bring a lot of shoes when im out of town, unless im going for a wedding party or do some hikings.

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(Taipei, Taiwan – 2016)

So, thats all about my travelling style. How about you?

And Ohhh, BTW.. The Black friday of Indonesia, which is called ‘Hari Belanja National or Harbolnas’ is coming up soon! For you who’s still looking on what to wear for your Christmas Holiday Trip. Do check out Harbolnas in Zalora ! A lot of nice clothes to complete your holiday look. I think im gonna stock up all my fashion necessities for my upcoming trip! Haha

Even though im not a fashion blogger. I hope this entry gives you some fashion inspiration on what to wear when you travel. Dont forget to share with me your fashion style when you’re travelling.. Im excited to know! ❤

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY!

Hello Readers! Ga nyangka yah, tau2 udah bulan December aja nih. Udah mau akhir tahun lagi, dan tentu-nya, udah mau Christmas! The season to be jolly~~~ hehehe.

Nah, di bulan yang penuh dengan nuansa kasih dan berbagi ini, gw mau ada-in my very first giveaway ni.. hehe.. Mungkin ini akan lebih appealing buat Ladies ya, tapi buat kalian kaum Adam juga boleh ikutan kok, kalo dapet kan bisa di kasih ke siapa-nya gt yg perempuan. hehe.

Nah, Giveaway-nya tuh apa sih?

Pasti beberapa wanita disini sempet denger dong, brand make up baru, asli produk Indonesia yang namanya MIZZU. Kalo belom pernah denger, boleh sist, di check di sini, atau cek di website make up blogger yang lainnya. hehe..

Gw akan memberikan 2 SET of MIZZU, seperti foto di bawah ini.

SET A :

  • MIZZU EYE BASE – EYE BASE ESSENTIALS 
  • MIZZU GRADICAL EYE SHADOW – SMOKEY LATTE
  • MIZZU MASCARA – TRUE DIMENSIONAL LASH
  • MIZZU LIP CREAM – AMORE VELVET MATTE LIP

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SET B : 

  • MIZZU EYE BASE – EYE BASE ESSENTIALS 
  • MIZZU GRADICAL EYE SHADOW – SMOKEY LATTE
  • MIZZU MASCARA – TRUE DIMENSIONAL LASH
  • MIZZU EYE LINER – NEW SMART LINER

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Untuk Product Knowledge-nya, boleh ya di check sendiri.. hehe.. Nah, Sebenernya kenapa sih, kok seorang yang ngaku2 travel blogger, Giveaway-nya malah seperangkat alat make-up?

Jujur, sebenernya gw dapet ini dari salah satu workshop gitu di Jakarta (yang kebetulan bukan make-up workshop dan entah kenapa hadiah-nya ini. haha). Dikarenakan gw ga begitu suka make-up *Sumpah ga gt suka make-up. Make up itu karena kebutuhan panggung aja kalo gw lagi ngemcee. Kalo pergi2 yang biasa, gw gak akan pake alat2 ini, karena biasa paling cuman pake sunblock, moisturiser, BB cream sama pencil alis, dan eye-liner-an kalo lagi ga pake eyelash extention*

Jadi daripada mubazir, mendingan di limpahkan ke orang lain kann.. Biar alat2 ini bisa berguna sama kaum2 Hawa di luar sana.. hehe..

Lalu, gimana nih cara ikutan Giveaway-nya. Gampang banget..

  1. Follow blog gw *iya yg ini* kalau belum, dan follow instagram gw di @jenita.darmento
  2. Dan Jawab 2 pertanyaan ini di kolom komen gw, Pertanyaan Pertama,            ‘Seandainya tiba2 ada jin aladin yg muncul di depan elo sekarang, dan dia suruh elo untuk bikin 3 permintaan. Kira2, elo bakal minta apa?’
  3. Pertanyaan kedua adalah,                                                                                                           ‘Seandainya lu cuman di kasih 1 kesempatan lagi untuk travelling, destinasi mana yang akan lu pilih dan kenapa?’
  4. GIVEAWAY ini akan Berakhir pada tanggal 25 December 2016
  5. Pengumuman pemenang akan di Umumkan pada tanggal 28 December 2016 *akan di pilih dengan cara random*
  6. Semua pemilik blog (Iya, harus punya blog) dari segala penjuru boleh perpartisipasi – asal berkenan kalo hadiahnya di kirim.nya ke alamat yg ada di Jakarta. hehe.

Sebelumnya, gw mau mengucapkan banyak terima kasih untuk temen2 blogger yang bersedia buat ikutan seru-seruan dalam giveaway gw yg pertama ini yaa.. *peluk virtual satu2. hehehe*

Nah, sambil mikirin jawaban buat 2 pertanyaan diatas, boleh di play lagu ini dari abang Sam Smith sebagai back-ground.. Sumpahh, kenapa enak bener yaa suaranya diaa.. hahaha.. Semoga beruntung yahh teman2.. ❤

Flores : Gili Lawa (VLOG)

I cant stop sharing about Flores. Seems like it was the best destination that i went to this year. Breathtaking views, enjoyable sea-swims, challenging tracks, life-on-board experience, and a bunch of crazy friends as a company. Indeed the most memorable trip of year.

Besides Padar island, one of the best sunset spot in Flores, Gili Lawa also offers a great place to enjoy the setting of the sun. The hike up is not as hard as Padar island, but the track is longer than Padar. We took about 45-50 mins to go up since our stamina was not as fit as the other trekkers. Haha.

Our tour guide, Mas Ovela lead us to less common hill for us to enjoy the sunset. Apparently there’s many spots or many hills to hike in Gili Lawa. You can choose which hill you want to hike, depends on your preference and your skills (of course).

Gili Lawa has different topography *speaking like im an expert. HAHA* than Padar island. Why? Because these hills has a lot of plain / flat areas for us to rest or just sit there and watch the view from above, where in Padar island, i cant barely remember if they have any flat areas during our hike to the top.

Gili Lawa is super recommended if you wanna stay on top of the hill and sip your beer while enjoying the sunset. If you’re lucky like us, you can whale-watching from above as well! Yessss, WHALEEEE.. you read it right! We were so lucky that time, that we can watch 2-3 whales spraying its water out from their blowholes. How awesome is thatt! And we also watched how people on their speedboat were chasing after them to get a closer look of the mighty creature of the sea.

Since we went during the dry season, most of the grass were already turned brownish. The colour just like the savannah in Bromo, Java area. The locals said, the hills will all turn green during the rainy season. Cant decide which on is better, i think i will love both. haha.

Gili Lawa separated two islands and two seas. Gili Lawa itself also consist of Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. This hill is just so unique, every part of the hill uncovered different views, and you just have to visit this beautiful hill of Indonesia. ❤

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Most photos are taken by Salam Ransel.

Update Hidup 9

Yoww mann.. It has been a longg while since i posted my last update about life..

Gw inget beberapa bulan lalu gw masih galau banget soal kepindahan gw ke Jakarta ini, kalau hidup di Jakarta ga enak dan berat, dan gw lebih prefer hidup di Singapore.. Ohh you, my second homee.. Lalu, apakah masalahnya skrng sudah di solved?

Jawabannya adalah Belumm.. Muahahha..

Yes, aku masih merindukan hidupku yang dulu di Singapore, sohib2 gw, teman2 se-iman yang ngangenin.. Bisa keluar malem2 tanpa di telponin bonyok. haha.. Banyak salad enak dimana2 (yess, gw tiba2 aja gt suka salad, padahal dulu nggak), public transport yang lumayan on time dan aman.

Tapi walaupun gw masih suka merengek-rengek dalam hati buat pulang ke Singapore, gw skrng lagi bahagia2nyaa.. Kenapa? Because this past one month has been hectically FUN! Hmmpp.. stelah di pikir2, mungkin gw ga gt betah di indo karena ga sibuk kali ya? haha.. Dan gw orngnya tuh lumayan kyk bola bekel, seksi repot, pengen ngerjain sesuatu gt.. Tapi di karenakan satu dua hal, somehow di indo ruang gerak gw terbatas, yg suka bikin gw bored to death. literally.. *hempas rambut*

Anyway sudah yaa ngeluhnya, klo nggak bisa ga habis2 dan ga belajar2 yg namanya kata GRATEFUL. haha.. Jadii di postingan update hidup yg kali ini, gw mau cerita soal the past one month yg FUN banget menurut gw.. hehe.

Medan Trip

Di mulai dari MEDAN TRIP last month (end of October), yang ikutin blog gw, pasti tau dong yaa, secara 2 postingan terakir gw itu soal VLOG Medan.. hehe..

Ceritanya gw kerja di Medan sekalian jalan2. Kebetulan ada temen / partner MC di singapore yang married disana, jadi asik dehh.. sambil menyelam minum air.. hehe..

Gw sempet deg2an banget dan ga bisa tidur lohh sebelum trip ke Medan ini.. Mikirin gimana nanti ngemcee disana. My first wedding GIG in indo, dan langsung di Medan. Nervousnya tuh karena I had no idea at all soal custom nikahan di medan, system kerja EO disana dan takut ga bisa nyambung sama partner MC yang bakal ngomong full in Chinese. haha..

Lalu, ketika gw lg mikirin hal2 di atas, tiba2 allergi gw muncul dongg bbrp jam sebelum manggung.. Bibir gw bengkak kyk Angelina Jolie, sampe ada yg nanya apa gw pake sesuatu dari product2nya Kylie Jenner yang buat bibir gw jadi kyk di suntik Filler. Ya Kali kannn??? hahaha.. *Gw suspect di bubur hotel yg gw makan ada ebi-nya, jadi allergi gw muncul. =(*

Tapi Puji Tuhan, bibir gw yg bengkak itu akhirnya mengempes, walaupun ga 100%. Ya at least, gw ngomongnya ga berasa aneh dehh.. haha.. Well, soal bibir bengkak sihh secara look gpp, yg ada emang jadi lumayand sexyy.. HAHA. tapi pas ngomong donggg, kyk donald duck deh rasanya.. Sumpah ga enak.. haha..

Dan Puji Tuhan juga semuanya bisa berjalan dngn lancar, walaupun sempet grogi banget di awalnyaa.. Bersyukur semua bs running well walaupun acaranya packed bngt dan ga turun2 dari panggung. Bersyukur bs kerjasama dngn baik sama EO dan partner MC gw. Bersyukur dehh kalo semua bisa berjalan dengan baik.. hehe..

Soal ke Danau Toba – Samosir itu udah ada yahh di VLOG gw.. seru bngt pulau ituu.. Sayangnya kita cuman pergi 2 hari 1 malam, yang menurut gw ga cukup.. Yang ada cape di jalan, karena perjalanan Medan – Toba itu 6-8 jam sendiri. =(..

Di tambah supir bus antar kota yang nyupirnya super dasyat.. Macam bawa ayam hidup aja dehh pokoknyaa, kyk ga mikir kalau yang di bawa adalah jiwa-jiwa. hahahah. Tapi setelah tanya2, ya katanya kebanyakan bus antar kota tuh begitu bawanya, selip sana sini, teriak2 dan ga mau kalah.. Untung ajaa mrk punya skill-nya buat salip2 (walaupun ga aman).. kalau tidakk.. Ya kelarlahh hidup kitaa.. haha..

Singapore Trip 

Setelah dari Medan, gw langsung ambil flight ke Singapore, karena ada kerjaan MC lagi di weekend-nya. Daripada bolak balik buang uang, ya lngsung aja dehh cuss kesana.. Sekali lagi, sambil menyelam minum air.. Sambil ada job dan meeting, sambil catch up deh sama teman2 terchintaa.. hehe

Terus tau ga sih, pas gw sampe Singapore, hampir aja gw ketinggalan Laptop di bandara. Jadi ceritanya gw beli pulsa HP di money changernya UOB, dan kyknya emang udah kecapean, jadi gw melenggang aja gt jalan ke tempat jemputan si bapak Uber. Pas si uncle uber lagi ambil koper gw buat di masukin ke mobil, gw baru ngeh dongg laptop gw ktinggalan. Gw lngsung lari lagi ke dalem, dan balik ke tempat UOB itu.. Puji Tuhan bngt barang gw masih di simpenin sama diaa.. kalau nggak, wahh.. bisa panjang ceritanyaa..

Puji Tuhan juga acara wedding di Singapore berjalan lancar. Walaupun, sempet drama banget karena gw ga di bolehin parents untuk balik ke Jakarta karena Demo 4 November kemarin ini.

Jadi seharusnya gw balik tgl 6 november ke Jkt, dan pergi lagi tgl 7 nya ke sumbawa untuk shooting program sama Trans TV.. Tapi apa daya, karena parents cukup kawatir saat itu (di karenakan demo-nya depan gang rumah dan mulai sedikit anarkis di malam harinya), jadi dengan berat hati harus cancel deh trip ke sumbawanya.. Padahal pengen bngt pergi. T_T

Lalu yang seharusnya cuman 5 hari di Singapore, gw akhirnya jadi stay disana selama 2 minggu. Sedih2 seneng sih sebenernya, sedih karena ga bisa pergi, dan seneng karena ada alasan untuk tinggal lebih lama di singapore. hehe..

NET TV

Nggak ada yg kebetulan. Ya, at least itu sih yang gw percaya. Pas stay di Singapore ini, pas banget ada tawaran untuk live online interview di NET TV. Jadi langsung cari ide deh buat liputan apa yang menarik. Kalau gw pas lg di tempat lain, mungkin belum tentu jadi untuk live online interview.nyaa.. hehe.. Ini video-nya kalau ada yg berminat nonton. hehe

 

TRANS TV

Yakk, setelah gw berpikir pupus shooting sama pihak Trans. Tiba2 the following weeknya mrk kontek gw lagi.. Dan Puji Tuhan ternyata jadwalnya bisa di re-schedule! Halleluya banget dehh.. Akhirnya dari Singapore, langsung balik Jakarta sehari, dan langsung cuss ke Bali dehh buat shooting..

Kesempatan shooting ini tuh datang dari sebuah kompetisi VLOG. Jadi di suatu hari yang indah, gw hampir aja delete satu email yang ternyata isinya tuh undangan buat ikut competition. Setelah baca dan mikir puluhan kali buat ikut, akhirnya gw memberanikan diri buat submit VLOG gw yang simple (aku agak minder sebenernya, karena klo di bandingin travel vlogger yang lain mah, aku mah apa atuh? Cuman VLOG dengan editan yg super simple dan angle gambar yang belom professional juga)

Singkat cerita, Tuhan ijinin gw buat menang dan dapet kesempatan jadi co-host untuk 1 acara travelling di Trans. Nah, di trip ini ada 2 co-hosts (jadi ada 2 pemenang VLOG di trip ini). Dan ternyata gw pergi sama neng Amanda Pahlawan! hahaha..

Ga pernah kenal dia sebelumnya, tau blog atau youtube nya dia juga nggak. Tapi karena anaknya super supel, jadi langsung nyambung dehh pas ketemuu.. Terus ternyata banyak bngt dong common friends bloggernya, jadi pasti banyak dari kalian yang udah kenal dong sama blogger hits yang satu inii.. hehe..

Thank God banget sekamar sama dia selama 5 hari.. bisa seru2an dan norak2an barengg.. hahaha.. Ini sekilas kenorak-an kita.. haha

Norak bngt kan ya? Ya ampunn.. hahaha.. Maaf yaa teman2, di dunia asli-nya kita ga gini2 amat kok.. hehe.

Puji Tuhan shooting 5 hari juga lancar, dan kita bisa berbaur dengan baik sama crew dan talent lainnya.. Nanti gw coba share yah kalo acaranya udah muncul link-nya di youtube.

Yakk, sekian Update Hidup gw yg kali ini. A super tiring one month, karena harus travel terus, BUT i enjoyed it so much as well. Makasih udah baca this super long ga penting post. hahaha..

Happy Weekend guys ❤

 

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

Medan Trip : Part I (VLOG)

I tried to VLOG the whole Medan Trip that i had last week.. (Walaupun semuanya ga ke record sihh.. hehe.. ) I hope you enjoy it yaa..

Daripada pusing nonton video Demo di Jakarta kemarin, mendingan nonton ini aja, siapa tau pusing dan tense-nya hilang dikit gt abis lihat indahnya Danau Toba. hehe..

Jangan lupa subscribe dan like yahh kalo sukaa.. hehehe..

Thank you readers ❤

Hiking Padar Island (VLOG)

Back to Flores! Hopefully you dont get bored with the story from East Indonesia. ^^

As i mentioned before on one of my Flores VLOG, there’s only two major things that you can do in Labuan Bajo area, it’s either Go up to the Hill or Down to the Sea. Yes, i notice that i havent share with you the beauty of the down-under yet. Do Stay tune, i’ll post some beauties from the ‘nemo-world’ aka the open sea after this post. But maybe you have to wait for a while, cause ill be out of town for 3 weeks for my MC job. Gonna try my best to keep posting every week, but if i dont, im sorry. =(.. Hope you still love me~~ hahaha.

Okay, back to business people!

Padar Island.. Goshh.. It’s indeed the most beautiful place in Labuan Bajo! Even though The Hill is as steep as Kelor Island, and much more longer than Kelor, but the view up there is totally worth it!

The up-hike requires 40-45 minutes of your time (if you’re not a hiker like us), if you are a pro, the maybe you can reach the peak in 30 minutes time. Still the same field where the hills are very rocky and sandy, but i feel that this hill is much better than Kelor. At least there are some places where you can put your feet to the ground to stand straight and some rocks to sit when you are tired. Haha.

I was so tired after one full day of Hiking (Kelor Island in the morning, Rinca Island in the afternoon and this Padar island to catch the sunset). When we were half-way to the top, i was thinking to just stop there, since the view is already pretty enough. But luckily Ci Manda, a friend of mine keep cheering me up, reminding me that we are not here to only see the good, but to see the Best! #eaaa.. hahaha.

To see the best! Yes, that was my only motivation to keep on hiking to the top.. But too bad, when we were almost at the top, the sun was almost setting. And since there were too many people up there, we decided to stay in one place that’s almost at the peak to enjoy the beautiful sunset. Took many photos like no one’s business and singing our hearts out about never give up in chasing our dreams. Well, actually i am thankful that we didnt force ourselves to go up, cause i am sure if we did, we would not have our quality time there, just us and the beautiful sunset.

Really, the greatness of God’s creations over Padar island can make you forget all your burdens and problems. Somehow it’s just breath-taking, and you can only see yourself smiling all the way, thanking God that if HE can make such a beautiful places in the middle of ‘messy Indonesia’, i am sure that He will make our life ‘more beautiful’ than this in the middle of our ‘messy lives’.

After enjoying the great sceneries, our tour guides asked us to come down quickly as it about to get dark soon. If you remember on my Rinca Island’s post, some Komodos who ate human are exiled in Padar Island, so we must quickly go down before it gets too dark.

Going down is much harder than going up. It feels like we, especially me, took forever in going down the hill. and it’s getting harder with minimum lights that we have.  Thankfully we reached the ground without lacking anything. Only dirty pants, since we needed to ‘slide-down’ at some areas of the hills. haha.

 ~ The Climb is Tough, But the View From Up There is Worth It ~

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*Introducing You Ci Manda, the one who said we are only aiming to see the best. haha*

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**edited by VSCO**

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Most Photos are taken by Salam Ransel and the girls, all un-edited (except the one with VSCOCAM) *too busy VLOG-ing and too tired until i forgot to take my own pictures*

Hello, Budapest !

*I still have a lot stories from Flores, guess a break from it is necessary. Haha*

Budapest has been in my bucket list since 2010. Thanks to National Geographic. I cant remember what article that i read, i only remember seeing beautiful pictures of glowing Chain Bridge that span from Buda to Pest at night. It really enchants the younger me. Feels like majestic, pretty yet mysterious. I really wish to visit Budapest until i changed my previous office desktop and my old samsung phone display picture to the beautiful view of Budapest from above. I guess thats what ‘faith’ is, believing that you’ll go somewhere someday, and envision it!

And so, by God’s grace, me and my family went to East Europe last August and spent a day in this jewel of the east.

~ Heroes Square

One of prominent square of Hungary to commemorate the 1000 year old history of Magyars (the ethnic of Hungarian people) and a place where people pay tribute to the passing soldiers and national leaders. I love the ArchAngel Gabriel on the middle top, which symbolises the Roman Catholic Region. It’s sandwiched between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of its left and right.

When i visited this place, they have this cute beer-truck along the square that’s ready to quench your thirst. I found it amusing and brilliant since i never see anything like this before. haha..

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~ Matthias Church

This church was first found by Saint Stephen, the king of Hungary in 1015, after  many attacks and terrors, the church that was build based on Baroque style now turned into a Gothic style, and was named after their King Matthias on the 19th century.

Entrance fee is 1200FT (Hungarian Forint) = EUR 4 = SGD 6 = Rp 60,000

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~ Fisherman’s Bastion 

This castle on the hill is must visit when you are in Budapest. The locastion just side by side with Matthias Church. And when you go up to the so called ‘castle’, you can see the beautiful panoramic view of Budapest. This bastion is built during 1890s, and somehow, some angle of the castle looks like those disney castle on the fairytales. Or is it just me who dreams too much? Haha..

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~ Danube River Boat Tour

To be honest, i dont really like cruising. But now, i know why i dont like it. It’s the ship! haha. Guess the sheltered ships where you can only sit down and bend your neck on one side is not fun at all, like in Netherland for example, or the too big boat like those is Istanbul. I love my cruising experience with the small, half-sheltered ship like i had in Budapest. It made the cruising experience different, you can really feel the breeze, and make your photo session nicer. hahaha..

Uber love the view of Parliement House (with the red dome) and the Royal Place buidling (the green dome) from the boat. It looks so surreal, it looks like a nice paper town from down there. haha. Would love to comeback and see the night-view of Budapest. Surely it will be more enchanting than the day-view. ❤

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** All pictures taken with SONY RXIII by Me.

Komodo ‘Hunting’ in Rinca Island (VLOG)

‘Oh No! My monthly period came early’ said one of the girl with frustation on her face

‘Sighhh.. Then How??’ replied the other girl

‘Guess we must ask Mas Ovel (the tour leader) whether you can come or not to Rinca Island?’

Since The Last Dragon of history can smell blood from 5km distance, of course it was kinda frightening for any girls who happen to have their monthly period on the trip to Rinca or Komodo Island.

‘Hey, Mas Ovel said i can still go to Rinca Island, just stay close with the Ranger’

Finally we got off the boat. The sun was at it’s highest on that day, it was scorching hot and we walked our way to the Last Jurassic Park. The land is super dry, the grasses and leaves turned brown-ish, a sign that Autumn is already approaching.

‘Shall we pray first?’ I asked

Well, since we just listened to the ranger stories that one of the Komodo just recently ate a human (the locals), so i guess a prayer is necessary.

After the short prayer session was over, we proceed to take the shortest route (1 hour) for Komodo ‘hunting’.. The Ranger said from the month of May to August is mating season and August to September is the season of laying their eggs.

We were so lucky when we went there, we saw so many Komodos, when we often heard some groups only saw one Komodo for the whole walking journey. We saw them sleeping, walking, drinking, watching over their eggs, saw a panting Komodo which just finished digging trap holes, and saw a Komodo who tried to fooled us by pretending to sleep.

Normally they use this tactic to fool their prey. They usually close one of it’s eye and open the other one, so their prey will feel secured being around the Komodo, and when the time is right it will snatch their prey with their powerful claws.

The ecosystem in Rinca island is still running well. Komodo has never been fed by the Rangers or anyone. In order to keep the ecosystem keep going, the rangers or anyone there never killed anything, including insects like centipedes, except mosquito. haha.

Btw we need to salute those Rangers who make themselves available to be in danger everyday in every 10 weeks (if im not wrong – so they rotate every 2 months). They stayed in a Ranger house whereby some Komodo can just sleep peacefully beneath it. And OH, for tourist, you need to be careful too when you go to the toilet. Must Inform the Ranger if you need to use the bathroom (well, actually you cant separate yourself from the group – everyone must stay together). Since Komodo hate the sun and loves to be in a cooler place, some Komodo can just decide to rest in front of the toilet, because they found it cooling to lay in the ceramic floor. But these scene normally only happened in the early morning.

During ‘laying-egg’ season, normally the Komodo moms will protect their eggs by digging trap holes. So the probability of other animals stealing and eating their eggs will be lesser. And once the egg popped, they will automatically release to the jungle. so survival of the fittest is so real in Rinca.

Talking about Komodo’s eating behaviour, they eat all kind of meats. Normally they will bite their prey (the bigger one like pig), leave it until it dies, and consume it when it turns to carcass.

I always thought that Komodo is already poisonous itself, to my surprise, they only become poisonous when they consume the dead animals that contains bacteria. Our Ranger, Mas Primus said if the new born dragon is taken to the zoo and well-feed with the good meat, it will be a non-venomous Komodo.

As for those dragon which ate human being as their prey, they will be exiled to Padar island, because they have less food over there. So, maybe that’s one of the reason why you cannot stay over in Padar island eventhough they offer you a great beauty up there.

Overall, visiting Rinca island is a must, a place where you can learn a lot about new things about our environment and Indonesia, and the only place in the world where they have the most Komodo dragon.. Another proud moment of being Indonesian. hahaha.

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**Ohh. this photo session was kinda unnerving. We couldnt make any sudden move and talk to loud when we are near them. So, everyone of us, including me have to slink / move quietly to capture this picture. Have to salute the Ranger who bravely squad near him just to take this picture. **

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All photos taken by Me and Salam Ransel, unedited.