Bangkok ‘Dangerous’ : PETITE AUDREY Review & VLOG (Part 2)

Bangkok itinerary is always full with shopping, and non-stop eating. This time we decided to try one of the must-go-thai-cafe called ‘Petite Audrey’. A cafe where all Thai youngsters and tourists talk about after Greyhound and After you cafe.

We initially wanted to go to the main Audrey cafe at Thonglor, but since we planned to shop at Siam Square and Platinum after that, we thought that going to the one at Siam will safe more time. Even though the one at Thonglor looks much bigger and nicer than it’s branch in Siam.

When we googled about Petite Audrey, some bloggers said that this cafe is inspired by Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. They adopt classic vintage feelings for the decoration, and Thai-western fusion for it’s food. Well, as for me, i love their entrance.

My hungry-face after waking up late and no breakfast. Haha.

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Tom Yam Kung spicy herbs with Prawn and Mushroom (220 THB / 9 SGD) – Best gourmet of the day! Love the thin crust pizza, the prawn is not fishy, crunchy, and nice strong tom yum taste. Must try if you visit this place.

Crab Souffle served with Lobster Brandy Sauce ( 340 THB / 14 SGD ) –  Apparently it’s their must try dish, but turned out to be the biggest regret for us. The lobster sauce was so fishy till i couldnt take it. The crab cheese inside the souffle also smells a bit fishy, but much better than the sauce. Maybe the Thai people likes it? or maybe it was just a bad lobster day for us.

Salmon Spinnach Cannelloni (280 THB / 11.50 SGD) – one nice roll of spinach salmon with a lot of cheesee on it. My 2nd favorite after the TomYum pizza.

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Spaghetti Dry Claim in Thai Chili Pasta & Basil (170 THB / SGD 7) – Nice al-dente pasta, at least for me. but the clam is a little fishy too for me.. But i still managed to eat this. still a nice plate of pasta for the rest of my friends. =)

Grilled Marinated Pork wrapped in White Noodles ( 170 THB / 7 SGD ) – It feels like a char siew chee cheong fun for me. Tender pork, nice sauce, but has cilantro-ish taste as well. I personally dont like cilantro, but this one is still fine, since it’s not that strong.

Thai Tea Crepe Cake ( 110 THB / 4.50 SGD ) – I always love Thai Tea, i think this layered cake makes a decent cake with thai tea filling and sauce on top of it. Not that fantastic, but still a nice dessert to have. This is one of the must try dessert in Audrey.

Flower Pot Cake ( 125 THB / 5 SGD ) – Available in 16 flavours if im not wrong. They claimed to be the very first pot cake in Bangkok. We thought that we can eat all of it, including the pot. HAHA. So, we tried to cut it.. and when we cant cut the pot, we called the waiter and asked him why we cant cut the pot. HAHA. And he just explained that it’s only a rubber container and cant be eaten. HAHA. Goshhh.. so basically it’s just a fancy cupcakes on a pot. I dont even know why all of us think it can be eaten as well. HAHA. I forgot what cake that we ordered, but i think it’s red velvet cake with cheese filling and buttercream flower on top? Hmmpp..

Overall, Petite Audrey is a nice hangout place for ladies like us who love to sit and talk and try new food. Haha.. Do see my below VLOG if you understand Bahasa! Hehe

Petite Audrey ( $$-$$$)
2nd floor. Siam Center, Rama1 Road., Pathumwan 10330, Bangkok Thailand (Siam BTS, walk to Siam Center)
Tel: +66 2 658 1545
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

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BANGKOK ‘DANGEROUS’ : GIRLS TRIP (VLOG) PART I & KING BHUMIBOL

Yeayy. Finally my new VLOG is up! Udah lama bngt aku gak nge-VLOG. Di karenakan, udah lama bngt ga travel juga.. Haha. Duhh, kenapa yah travel itu super addictive? Seandainya aku punya unlimited resources buat keliling dunia. Haha. #aminbisa!

Aniweii, bulan lalu, aku ke bangkok sama temen2 cewek aku buat bachelorette trip. Seneng bngt deh, karena udah lama ga travel, dan sekalinya pergi, barengan sama temen2 main aku pas dulu di singapore.

Kita udah susun itinerary cukup baik untuk 5 hari 4 malem kita di Bangkok. Tapi yah, karena pas sampe pada kecapean, dan hari2 berikutnya kelamaan di shopping, banyak itinerary yang berubah dehh.. Gak cuman itu, hujan terus menerus tiap malam bikin kita ga jadi visit Vertigo, the hippest sky bar di Bangkok. huuu..

Dan, sempet banjir juga dong pas kita disana. Haha. Tapi yahh, sometimes it’s not the destination, it’s the people who you go with. ya kan? hehe.

Ohh iya, Bulan Oktober kemarin itu bertepatan juga dengan peringatan 1 tahun kepergian King Bhumibol, Raja Thailand yang di anggap Bapa bangsa oleh rakyat Thailand. Jadi most of the local disana pakai baju hitam, grey, dark blue atau semua warna yg gelap. Untung banget, aku di kasih tau sama orang thiland yg aku ketemu pas lagi ngemcee bbrp hari sebelum keberangkatan kita.. Klo nggak, gak enak bngt kan salah kostum sendiri gt.. Gonjrengg di tengah lagi berkabungg.. huahua..

Trip kemarin ini emang kita kurang research sihh honestly. Untungnya kita pergi di awal Oktober. karena, kalau kita pergi dari tanggal 22-26 ke Bangkok.. wahh.. bakal agak sulit kemana2, karena banyak jalanan dan tempat wisata di tutup karena itu adalah minggu untuk kremasi King Bhumibol. Dan tau ga sih? Rakyat Thailand buat satu temple yang baguss dan tinggi banget untuk kremasi King Bhumibol. Mangkanya itu salah satu alasan juga knp King Bhumibol baru di kremasi 1 tahun setelah kepergiannya. Hmmpp. Sebenernya jadi penasaran sih, jadi pengen ikutan nonton juga, karena rakyat Thailand semuanya di undang juga untuk prosesi kremasi King Bhumibol. Buat yg penasaran kayak aku, bisa klik disini, kmrn cari2 video prosesi sang Raja, dan mewahh banget dan woww banget memang..

Dan sungguh dehh, rakyat Thailand bener2 kyk kehilangan sosok ayah banget. Karena tiap kali kita ngobrol sama supir uber dan mba2 yg jualan di platinum pun bilang hal yg sama. ‘This nation has lost a father’, ‘King Bhumibol is like a father to us’. Jadi ikutan sedih dengernyaa. Di airport juga di putar terus dokumetasi soal Raja ini. Dan ternyata, beliau lahh yang nemuin pupuk dan bibit2 unggul loh untuk petani2 Thailand, rata sampe ke pelosok2nya. Mangkanya Thailand bisa maju banget dengan produksi tanahnya. BIG Thanks to King Bhumibol, kita rakyat Indonesia pun kecipratan untuk menikmati nasi pulen dari Thailand.

Anywayy, cukup kali ya cerita soal sang Raja. hehe..

Vlog di bawah ini adalah hari pertama kita di Bangkok.. Kita sampe Don Mueang sore gt, dan belum apa2 udah ada kejadian seru aja dongg. Haha.. Mau tau apa? langsung di tonton aja yaa.. Enjoyy.. Hehe.

Bali : Milu by Nook

Lush green, sun rays, light breeze, a perfect place to rejuvenate your mind and put your mind to ease. The ever-expanding Nook has chose one good place to open up their new sister Restaurant, Milu, on Jalan Pantai Berawa.

Was staying over at my friend’s villa at Canggu, and she asked us for brunch at this lovely place. and, The place does not disappoint at all. Milu by Nook has their famous ‘Nasi Campur’ that you have to try as well. Their Nasi Campur comes in full set, but if you want, you can choose your favorite dishes on your plate too, and they charge you accordingly.

i wasnt in a mood to eat a lot, so i ordered a hearty bowl of Yoghurt and fruits. But the yoghurt wasnt cold enough for me, and tasted a bit blehh. =( But their Nasi Campur and Nasi Goreng is not bad at all. worth the try!

As for me, I love their modern-style interior yet rustic feeling. love the thatch (hay roof) and all the wooden furnitures. Made me want to read some books and sip ice chocolate while looking out to the padi field.

MILU BY NOOK

Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 90 XO, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali

Open Daily : 8AM – 11PM

0822-4711-4441

$$

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

 

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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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.

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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BALI : ATLAS PEARLS (VLOG)

HELLOOO again everyone!

I just came back from Bali. Super blessed to have a 4 days 3 nights sponsored trip by ATLAS PEARLS and SHERATON KUTA BALI RESORT.

Well, actually this is a giveaway gift that i got from Maria Rahajeng’s (Miss Indonesia 2014 and Brand Ambassador of Atlas Pearls). I still remember that i saw Maria Rahajeng’s instastory. At that time, she mentioned that this is the last day to sign up for the giveaway. I was like, ‘What Giveaway?’. Haha.

Cut the story short. I read her post on the giveaway and signed myself up. And since im quite a ‘Dory’ sometimes. I soon forget about it.

Later at February 2017, i got an email, saying that i won a trip 4days 3 nights to Bali. I read the email and everything, and though that, ‘Woww. this scam looks legit’. HAHA. and then, i ignored it again.

Until i saw Maria Rahajeng’s tagged me 2 posts on Instagram and her Instastory, then i am reminded that i took part in her giveaway! hahahaa. OMG jenddd!!

I was and still so happy about it. Feels so lucky and blessed to have such a lovely trip. Thankfully, i can decide whenever i want to leave for the trip. So, i can use it last week, for my secondary school friend’s wedding in Bali.

Apart from staying in a luxury Sheraton Kuta Bali for 4days 3 nights, i got an exquisite pearl diamond necklace from ATLAS Pearl! *wohhooo*

Never thought that Indonesia has great seas and places like Bali, Labuan Bajo to Raja Ampat to farm oysters that can produce wonderful SouthSea pearls. We really should appreciate and take care of Indonesia even more!

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*With Mba Marsha, the marketing manager of Atlas Bali. and posing with Atlas Pearl’s Bali Team*

IMG_3047IMG_3048IMG_3049IMG_2970*Ta-Daaa!! my Diamond Heart and SouthSea Pearl Necklace. Loving it’s simple yet elegant piece of ATLAS pearls*

If you girls are a pearl lover, you can let me know! ❤

And ohhh, after so long. Finally, i Vloggeddd again! Yeayy! Hope you enjoy it!

 

ATLAS PEARLS BALI

Jl. Raya Seminyak No.73, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

(0361) 732769