Korean Food Guide : What to eat in Seoul

Hey guys! I just got back from Korea, and gain 2 kg from my 10 days of trip. Gosh! *i am still in denial! I thought all the stairs i took in Korea train stations and all the walk will shed the calories, apparently my intake was still much higher than the output. Haishh.. As i mentioned on my VLOG here, i did not expect much from Korea, since i’m not a K-Pop nor K-Drama fans, and not even a fan of bibimbap. Well, i can eat bibimbap, just not a fan of a bowl full of vegie. Haha.

Anyway, i love doenjang-jjigae (soyabean paste stew) a lot! it is something that i always order when i visit every korean restaurant in Jakarta / Singapore. But apparently most of doenjang-jjigae that ive tried in korea is rather bland. so sad =( Maybe i am that one ‘anak micin’ who loves salty or stronger taste. Haha.. I have tried a lot of korean food within my 4 days of trip in Seoul, But in this post, im just gonna share my favorite! ❤

1. Saemaeul Sikdang (Korean BBQ)

Even tough i don’t really like bibimbap, i like Korean BBQ! Well on additional note, i think i’m more to a BBQ person rather than a shabu-shabu person. We tried one fancy korean bbq named TWO-PLUS KBBQ in Gangnam area before we went for this one. And apparently the fancier one is less nicer than this Saemaeul Sikdang. HAHA. Well, TWO-PLUS BBQ has a very nice aged tenderloin, but the beef tounge is such a flop.

Saemaeul Sikdang can be called a house of pork, since they only served one kind of beef meat. And i have to say all the pork meat here are good! Or maybe i can say that they marinated all the meat nicely, so when you grill the meat, you can still taste the sweet tasty flavour out of that juicy meat. They give plenty for a portion as well, which can fulfil your hungry stomach that wont burn out your wallet. And of all doenjang-jjigae that i’ve tried, this place has the best soyabean paste stew so far. Haha.. It has salty and spicy flavour with tender tofu inside. It’s so my kind of soup.

I learn that they have many outlets around seoul, but we went to their outlet near Sinchon station exit 3. *When you’re out from exit 3, take the second right, and you’ll see many shops on your right side. Just go straight a little bit, and take the first right turn rightaway, you’ll see this restaurant on your right side.

Saemaeul Sikdan (Sinchon Branch)

18-46, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul


2. Sim Seun Tang / Simpson Tang (Budae Jjiage) 

I remember i first tried an army stew or Budae Jjigae in a small korean stall in Dhoby Ghaut Cathay, Singapore. I still remember how it looks and taste like, a very nice korean hot pot with a lot of things inside, accompanied with nice soup and instant noodle.

After trying a few army stew in Singapore, i always thought that the soup in an army stew, wouldn’t be that much. But apparently the one that i’ve tried in Sim Seun Tang, is a little bit different. The soup is so plenty, like you’re eating a bowl of ramen. Or Maybe it’s the way they have it here in Korea? Anyone wants to share?

Anyway, this budae jjigae that i tried in Myeongdong area is so nice, love the spicy salty kinda tangy soup based. Guess all ingredients in army stew is the same everywhere else, whereby they put sausage, spam, kimchi, mushroom, ham, and instant noodles. So what makes the different is the soup based. and i think they have a nice soup to slurp during winter times. and if you like korean side-dishes, i have to say they have great side-dished too! love the salted fish and spicy fish-cakes. haha.

You can find this restaurant at the junction of Myeongdong area, just opposite Olive Young. Well, i know the direction dont help much. Haha.. Since myeongdong is full of labyrinth that i myself got confused, and they have a lot of Olive young as well. Anyway, if you see a rather big junction with Citibank and Olive young on the right, this Simpson Tang is on your left building, on the second floor. Sorry guys, but that’s all i can remember. Haha..

Simpson Tang (Myeongdong Branch)

 2-3 Myeongdong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea (level 2)

3. Yoogane Dak Galbi 

This is a super must try when you’re in Korea! I know they have the same Yoogane brand in Jakarta and Singapore, But you cant miss this one out. The spicy stir-fry chicken mixed with instant noodle is the best! and if you’re a cheese lover, order extra cheese on the side, and dip it with your spicy chicken! Trust me, it tastes like heaven! Haha.

Well, not everything in Yoogane is spicy. So for you who cant take spicy food, you can order half-half with your friends. so, half side of the pan is pure stir-fry chicken, and the other side of the pan is like the pan full of spicy-goodness!

You can choose your carbs, between rice, noodles, sticky noodles, or udon. Since all of us is instant noodle lover, we dont even think when we order the carbs. Instant noodle it is, where-ever we go. Haha.. Anyway, dont wear anything fancy if you’re planning to go to Yoogane Dak Galbi, cause you’ll be out smelly from head to toe.

Yoogane Dak Galbi (Hongdae Branch)

163-11, Donggyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea 
Closest to Hongik University Station Exit 9

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4. BHC Chicken 

Was wondering around what to eat that night in Myeongdong area, and then my friend said that she wants chicken and beer. So we went to this area, where the whole stretch of the street is selling chicken and beer. We took a stroll, and looking around which one worth the try. Apparently they have Chir-Chir on that stretch too, but Super quite on that busy night compared to the other stalls.

So we decided to pick the one with the most people, assuming that place should be nice. and we cannot be more right, BHC is hands-down the best fried chicken after KFC. They have crispy skin outside with the tender juicy chicken inside. And the Sprinkle Chicken flavour is the best! More over if you like salty cheese sprinkle mixed with onion and garlic. Best topping ever!

We just found out that BHC Chicken is a fast food chain in Korea. Trust me, i dont google anything of these beforehand. haha.. I guess, this is the most unprepared trip yet very enjoyable one. Anyway, let’s continue, BHC also have a wide range of flavour to choose from, from just a normal fried chicken, salty, sweet, until the very hot one. You just have to choose which one that you feel like pairing with your full pint of beer!

Other than the sprinkle chicken, we also ordered the boneless spicy chicken. Apparently it was very spicy for the average ones. Well, it is nice too, but we cant take much of that. So, we are sticking to the sprinkle chicken. haha.  Anyway, BHC uses 30 natural ingredients and sunflower oil to flavor and cook the chicken. So, this might be your healthier choice of Fried Chicken. haha

BHC Chicken (Myeongdong Branch)

21 Myeongdong 7-gil, Euljiro 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu (Euljiro 1-ga Station, Exit 5)

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5. Cheong Sujeong 

This is another random restaurant that we entered, right after we stroll around Bukchon Hanok Village with our Hanbok. And we are so grateful that we found a gem in the midst of all nice-looking cafes in that area.

My friend ordered mussels bibimbap, and i ordered spicy bbq pork. My friend said she likes the mussels bibimbap so much, and all the side-dishes. Since im not a seafood lover, i dont like this bibimbap at all. And apparently they are very famous for their mussels bibimbap and mussel rice. So if you are a mussel lover, guess you should try out this restaurant when you visit Hanok Village.

On the lighter note,  i love their spicy bbq pork so much! They serve in a very big portion that myself cant finished it at all. luckily my friend helped to eat as well, else i feel so bad to waste such a good food. Love the juiciness of the meat, and the sweet-spicy seasoning! Best spicy-pork bbq so far! Super recommended if you’re around.

Cheong Sujeong

91 Samcheong-ro, Samcheong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Hope this blog helps when you travel to Seoul!

Do let me know, what’s your favorite Korean Food? ❤ ❤

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Bali : Pork Star Restaurant

Bali always have something new to offer. Sometimes too many new stuffs coming out together that made you confuse on which one to try first. Luckily i have some friends who are staying in this lovely island now, that makes it easier to find good new places to eat and hangout.

When i reached Bali, it was almost 12 o clock in the afternoon. And since me and my friends haven’t had our breakfast yet, We were starving like crazy. So I contacted a good ‘cici’ of mine to recommend what’s good for lunch for 6 hungry people. And she told us to go for Pork Star Restaurant in Seminyak area.

Pork Star is relatively not new though, Since it’s been around there for about 2 years. To be honest, this place is Quite easy to miss out, cause they have a small entrance. So my advise is, drive slowly when you are close by.

We started our meal by their most favorite appetizers (that’s what they say), and that’s what my good friend’s recommended too. So, without any hesitation, we ordered 2 plates of this goodness. *droll

Pork Dynamite (Rp 38,000 / SGD 3,8)

Mozarella cheese wrapped in pork bacon! These 2 crazy goodness in one single bite be like.. ahhhh! Hahaha.. Moreover, they topped it with another melted cheese. For a cheese lover like, these taste like heaven. Haha. But, do enjoy it while it’s still warm.  Else, the cheese will be kinda chewy, and the bacon will be cold and hard. 😦

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Pork Tongue Sambal Hijau. (Rp 42,000 / SGD 4,2 )

I know this sounds a little bit weird, since i’m sure many of us are more familiar with beef tongue. Well, it tastes like a beef tongue for me, only a bit more firm and thicker. They claimed that they boiled their pork tongue for 6 hours, so it’s kinda tender and easy to eat.  I love the sambal hijau or green chili, not that spicy (at least for me) and it goes right with the boiled pork. Maybe my suggestion will be, to just order a plain steamed rice, rather than the butter rice. The butter rice is not bad, but it is just overwhelming for me to mix strong flavor with another strong taste.

Pork Short Ribs with Hongkong Style Sauce (Rp 58,000 / SGD 5,8)

Juicy and Tender meat, something that is very safe to order if you don’t really like Indonesian spices. I felt the sauce is too sweet for a pork ribs, but for you who love sweet food, it can be your favorite meal over there! This meal is accompanied with french fries too, which i think it can help you to neutralize the sweet hongkong style sauce.

Nasi Campur Pork Star (Rp 48,000 / SGD 4,8)

This is not your typical Bali Nasi Campur, where you have suckling pig set and pork satay. This Nasi campur consist of 4 pork goodness, which is Babi Sambal Matah, Babi Sambal Hijau, Babi Rica-rica and Dendeng that comes with steamed rice. All are good, they cooked the pork well, but my favorite is the Dendeng and sambal hijau. The Dendeng or dried pork is very savoury and the sambal hijau is just so good. Guess i just love green chili. haha.

Truffle Mushroom Pasta (Rp 55,000 / SGD 5,5)

I have to say they have the most random menu. From local pork delicacies to pork ribs, and now pasta. haha. Since there’s a friend of ours who doesn’t eat pork, so she ordered this mushroom pasta with creamy truffle mushroom choice. I thought the pasta will be a bit off. But truth to be told, this pasta is so good! The pasta is al-dente, and the mushroom truffle sauce is so good! this one taste just right, where some of creamy sauce makes you sick if you eat too much.

Overall, we had a good eating experience here! Good food with friendly price.

Pork Star Restaurant  

88, Jl. Nakula, Legian, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361

Opening Time : 10am-10pm

0818-817-760

Pork Star Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rest and Relax at Aloft Jakarta Wahid Hasyim

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We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal.   

Thich Nhat Hanh

I have to agree to the above saying that sometimes we just forget how to relax. We tend to do things fast, want it all, and tend to burden ourselves with some unimportant things that makes us forget to rest. Little that we know that with a proper rest, it can refreshes your mind and soul, and you might have done things better right after having a great laugh with your friends and a sound sleep. Who’s agree with me?

It just came right in time where i needed rest the most, and these great friends of mine asked me out for a staycation at Aloft Jakarta. A hotel with a nice space, with a sassy and savvy ambiance all in one. Located at the heart of Central Jakarta, makes this place accessible and easy to gather all of my busy friends from all over Jakarta.

The Unique Lobby

Aloft Jakarta entrance might look small from outside, but trust me it has a nice spacious place inside. They have an open space lobby that has industrial feeling and exposed ceiling. Loving their lobby to the bits, with no walls and has no limit feelings that allow guest to interact and explore. And not only that, Aloft Jakarta also provide their guests a billiard table, and other fun games too for us to chill in the hotel itself. Such a great space for me to play with my friends while waiting for the check-in time! And oh.. i actually love their front office people who is super friendly and helpful enough to me to retrieve my SPG account, as i lost my member numbers and all.. haha..




The WXYZ Bar 

Other than the unique design of the Lobby, Aloft Jakarta also has a day and night bar that is very enticing for us to hang out and sip a little mocktail to start the night. This fancy bar has indoor and outdoor space too for you to mingle around, and sometimes WXYZ also offers a life acoustic performance by emerging artist too. A corner where you can enjoy your favourite drinks and dance the night away!

Ohh, before i forgot, Aloft Jakarta is having..

“Aloft Jakarta Party” on September 7th 2018, 7PM onwards!
They have Special performance by @jaz_hayat
And @djjacqueline !

And for those of you who would love to to Join the party :
– You can walk in & rsvp @Rp605.000/pax
OR
– You can take a room package @Rp1.996.000 net include 2 tiket aloft jakarta party , with 1 Aloft room and breakfast for 2!
All package included :
• Meet & Greet
• Welcome drink (sparkling wine or cocktail or beer)
• Oyster • Food stall and non-alcoholic beverage
For further info & RSVP +622129186888

The Aloft Room

I am very sure, a hotel room is the most important thing to consider when you’re booking a hotel for leisure or business. More over if you just landed from overseas and having a jetlag, a spacious room with a nice city view will help you to rest and relax. If you’re going to travel with your friend or colleague, you can put your mind at ease as well, cause they have a huge Twin Bed for you both to sleep in.

Other than a comfortable bed and lovely view, they have a nice thoughtful decorations of a hand-drawn local puppet, such as ondel-ondel. A good way for the tourist to learn a bit of Indonesia.

NOOK

You can try to request for breakfast in bed like me and my friends did, or you can go down to NOOK restaurant and enjoy the breakfast buffet for more fulfilling meal. and if you’re planning to enjoy your whole day in the hotel, NOOK also provides a lunch buffet for you to enjoy as well.

and they have quite a nice outdoor place, isn’t it? You can have your breakfast outside as well and get some morning fresh air.

Well, last but not least, i am just so happy to spent my staycation here. Great companion, friendly hotel crew, hearty food, and many instagramable spots. haha. At least i can re-charge my body and soul, and ready to seize the weekend! *since i normally work during weekend. HAHA.

Anyway, thank you once again Aloft Jakarta! ❤

 

ALOFT JAKARTA WAHID HASYIM

Jl. KH. Wahid Hasyim No.92, RT.14/RW.3, Kb. Sirih, Menteng,

Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10340

 

 

 

Update Hidup 10

Ya ampunn.. Habis ngecek kapan terakir update soal hidup di blog ini, ternyata udah lama banget! November 2016 aja.. awal2 dimana gw baru pindah ke Jakarta.. gak kerasa banget, time flies like nobody’s business.. and the most important thing is i’m getting oldddd! goshhh! hahaha

Gw tuh masih suka banget in denial! masih berasa umur 16 tahun, or least umur 23! HAHA.. dimana hidup gw masih gak mikirin banyak hal.. Well, dulu umur 23 juga udah mikirin bnyk hal sih, tapi kyknya di umur gw yg skrng ini, lebih buanyak hal yg gw harus pikirin, seperti..

Kerjaan 

Dari dulu juga mikirin kerjaan sih, tapi skrng kyknya lebih mikir, apa purpose Tuhan di hidup gw? #eaaa.. Tiba2 jadi dalem. Yah, karena gw orang beragama yg cukup percaya hidup ini ada purpose dari Tuhan, gw jadi kepikir aja gituh, hidup gw ini buat apa yah? Gimana caranya gw bisa memberkati orang lain dr pekerjaan gw?

Gw tuh selalu mikir, kerjaan jadi dokter, guru atau kerja di United Nation itu kyknya keren banget, soalnya berguna bagi bangsa dan negara. Well, gw yakin juga sih, semua talenta yg Tuhan kasih ke kita juga gak kebetulan, yaitu untuk memberkati orang lain juga, kyk businessman misalnya, dia bisa buka usaha baru dan mempekerjakan orang-orang lain, atau kayak ahli tata kota gitu yang buat kota kita lebih nyaman untuk di tinggali, etc.

Ya mungkin di kerjaan gw yg saat ini, gw bisa memberkati client gw dengan perfomance yang baik hingga semua acara bisa berjalan dengan lancar, dengerin curhatan2 client, give encouragement buat bride yg lagi stress, dan sebisa mungkin bantu all my clients (if it’s still within my capacity).. so far i feel content with what i’m doing now. ya di karenakan, kerjaan ini juga berkat kan dari Tuhan. Tapi yah, lagi di stage dimana gw bertanya aja sama Tuhan, ‘What’s next?’

Bukannya gw bosen dengan apa yang gw lakukan, atau udah ngerasa jago. Because for me, to live is a lifelong learning. cuman ngerasa pengen ada perbesaran kapasitas aja, yearn to do more things, tapi gak tau apa dan gimana. hahaha.. Ada yg lagi ngerasa kayak gw gak?

Money and Time Management 

Memulai hidup freelance 2 tahun lalu, ternyata gak mudah ya gengs. Haha.. ada yg hidup nya freelance juga disini? 

Kalau ngobrol sama orang2 yg masih kerja, kyknya pengen balik gituh ke kehidupan kantor. Dimana ada gaji per bulan yg fix, dan cuti yang bisa di ambil buat travel. Kyknya hidupnya lebih teratur aja gitu. 

Hidup freelance itu enak menurut gw, karena gw gak suka bangun pagi. Haha. Jadi gw bisa bangun siangan dikit tiap hari-nya. Tapi ternyata tantangan ‘Time management’ yg baik itu susah banget gengs! Gw belajar banget untuk use your time wisely akhir2 ini.. karena waktu berjalan terus, and no one care about your progress except yourself. Ya secara kalo dulu di kantor kan ada yg mantau, dan skrng nggak.. 

Sama hal-nya dengan ‘Money management’, pas masuk banyak, rasanya mau travel dan belanja terus.. Pas masuk dikit, nah lohh! Bingung gimana.. haha.. 

Gw lagi berusaha nabung 30% nih dari semua pendapatan gw, tapi belum nemu formula yang pas buat atur pemasukan dan pengeluaran. Apalagi gw sering pergi ke luar kota gengs buat kerja, jadi mikirnya sekalian holiday gt. Dan ini parah bngt! Hahaha

Jadi step yg gw bisa ambil skrng adalah, ‘dont treat your business trip as your holiday trip’. Walaupun godaan belanja dan makan enak sungguh nyata. Haha.. Buat yg freelancer, boleh dong bagi2 tips ‘Money and time management’ hehe. 
Cinta 
Masih berhubungan dengan umur. Haha. Ternyata semakin kita bertumbuh dewasa, feeling aja tuh gak cukup yah. Jadi inget jaman dulu, asal suka sama suka, rasanya ‘we can conquer all’. 

Tapi seiring berjalannya waktu, kayaknya gak bisa mengandalkan feeling aja yah. Udah harus mikirin kalo mau settle in the future gimana, bisakah cowok ini jadi leader di keluarga, financially stable apa nggak, pihak keluarga oke apa nggak. 

Kmrn ada diskusi menarik dr salah seorang temen, ‘Loh, cinta elo kok jadi conditional? Perlu ada ini dan itu dulu baru mau’ 

Dan di balas oleh salah seorang temen lagi, ‘Bukannya dr awal elo jatuh cinta dngn orng itu sudah conditional yah? Seperti, karakter dia bagus, mangkanya jadi suka. At the end of the day ada traits yang bikin elo suka sama orng itu, dan itu aja udah conditional’ 

Pembicaraan pun menjadi berat. Haha.. emang yg punya unconditional love cuman Tuhan Yesus yah nampaknya.. 

Jadi berpikir nihh, gw mau tanya pertanyaan dongg.. di jawab yahh! *maksa. hahaha

Pernah denger dong quotes yang bilang, ‘Love conquers all’ ?

Menurut kalian, quote ini valid gak sih, kalo misalnya elo beda agama dengan orang yang lagi deket sama lo? atau ketika ada pihak keluarga yang gak setuju dengan kedekatan kalian di karena-kan background family dari salah satu pihak yang agak sedikit complicated? 

Apakah kalian orang yg akan berjuang untuk semua perbedaan ini hanya untuk cinta? #eaaa

Yahh, segini dulu deh kerandom-an update hidup gw kali ini. I pray that everyone is doing well with your body, mind and soul! 

*cabut dulu buat check in pesawat pulang dari Singapore ke Jakarta. Hehe.. Oh iya, buat yg mau jastip lagi, bulan depan saya buka lagi yah PO ke singapore. DM me for more info 🙂 

 

Bandung Getaway: BEEHIVE HOTEL

This is a long overdue post!

Can’t believe that i got so many things to do lately and got this baby blog abandoned. I thought i would be faithful. haha.. Well, actually i thank God that i’m busy tho! since this is what i have been praying for since i got back to Jakarta. I have to be honest that being a full time freelancer is not an easy thing for me. Apparently managing my own time is not as easy as i thought. I sometimes got swayed with the laziness, that i can just stay put in my room doing nothing, but sometimes i can be super occupied with things and don’t even have time to pray. Well, guess this is the time for me to learn how to manage my time well, since we can’t turned back the time, can we?

Anyway, enough with my ‘curhat’ session. haha.

This time, i want to bring you to one well conceptualised boutique hotel in Bandung named BEEHIVE. This hotel is not a new place,  i am very sure some of you have known this hotel, but i just got the chance to visit this place many weeks ago.

The very first reason why we chose this hotel is because the uniqueness of their ‘attic room’, a very instagramable spot for people who loves to take pictures like me. HAHA. *Gonna show that later below. But other than that particular room, BEEHIVE does have a very homey feeling. From its entrance to its room, it feels like you are entering a huge house and not a hotel.

BEEHIVE has a scandinavian concept of interior with a different touch of home-design in each floor. And talking about each floor, this place does NOT have any elevator. So, i would suggest you not to bring huge luggage, since you have to carry it up your own, more over if you want to book the attic style room, which is located at the highest floor (5th floor). Well, i am very sure they have porter service too, just that we did not ask, since we did not bring a lot stuffs that time.

I personally like this hotel. It is located at the heart of Bandung, which is easy to find, has a large parking space, easy to go to the latest cafe in town, lovely design and comfortable room, and not-so-expensive hotel price for youngsters like us. They have their own cafe too, which im not too sure if it’s good, cause we only tried their breakfast menu that was just okay (for me). But i guess, the food there is not bad, since we saw a lot of office people coming over for lunch.

Okay, i guess it is enough for me to talk, let’s just see the nice pictures! ❤

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BEEHIVE BOUTIQUE HOTEL 

Jl Dayang Sumbi No. 1, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Tlp: (022)2505801 / (022)2510671

Bali Must Stay : CARA CARA INN

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Does’t matter how many times that you have visited Bali, this island seems always have something new to offer. Like OMNIA – the new day club , Parachute – the latest cafe in canggu, Wasabi – the new pork skewer stall in town, and Cara-Cara INN – the cutest and instagramable hotel ever in Bali!

I’m pretty sure that you have seen this photogenic corner!

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Well, i dont know about you, but when i first saw this corner on someone’s instagram, it makes me curious how does the entire place look like. Like you are in some hairspray movie.. haha. and so, since i got the opportunity to stay here during my last trip. im gonna show you every cute corner that they have! *grin in excitement! and Ohh.. Btw, you can really use that washing machine!

Let’s start with their lobby + check in desk. Unlike hotels, where you can feel the full blast air-con when you enter their place, Cara-cara inn has an open concept lobby. I was expecting at least a standing air-con, but there’s none. haha. *a city girl problem. But I have to admit that they have a good air-circulation that makes it not humid and hot, despite the scorching sun outside.

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I love the front-desk, it feels like you’re buying a movie ticket back in 70s, isnt it? and after you checked-in, They will pass you a unique roomkey that looks like a watch in green popping colour, which you can wear it anywhere without thinking you might have misplaced it. super unique! too bad i forgot to take its picture.

after we check-in, we went right in to our room! and we present you, ‘The Blockbuster; room!

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This is an ideal room for two or three people with a queen bed and single loft, with the option for a 4th person. I have to say Cara-Cara inn loves bold colour block, that makes a fun vibrant ambiance yet comfortable to stay at the same time.  I love how the design the room too! The summer vibe colours, and i think it’s very creative to make a bunk-bed up there and put the bean-bag as the living room. Overall, i just love the layout of this room. Spacious yet compact at the same time.

As you can see from the room, Cara Cara wants to utilize the best of it’s space. So, they use their lobby as their breakfast lounge as well. And i have to compliment that they have a systematic ways to accommodate all the hungry guests. you’ll be given a coupon, and you have to decide during the check in time between the 4 options that they offer. During the breakfast, you just need to pass that coupon to the waiter, and you’ll be given a Q number. When your’s is up, you just have to take it from the counter, and enjoy it where ever you want, just dont forget to put the tray back to the allocated place.

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Cara-Cara has a lot of cute hang-out space, if you love to take pictures and chill at the same time, this might be a perfect place for you. Well, overall the place is not that spacious like other fancy hotels. You may have to take turns if you want to chill on the hammock, seat on the big cool sofas by the pool. But if you want to find something different and fun, you can consider this place as an option.

So, what do you think people? Have you plan your getaway for Lebaran holiday?

CARA CARA INN

Jln. Khayangan Suci, Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361

(0361) – 4754888

http://caracarainn.com/

 

Bandung Instagramable Cafe

Nowadays, eating experience is much more than just having a nice food or drink. We crave for a nicer way they plate our food, a more comfortable ambiance, a one of a kind concept, exotic food, and of course an instagramable spot. I guess looking for a nice cafe/restaurant has become our lifestyle, without us realizing it.

If you’re a cafe addict, Bandung is a good place for you to go for cafe-hopping. Seems like they have a nice, well-concept cafe in every corner of Bandung. and the good news is, Bandung has much friendlier price than Jakarta! You can expect a Rp 25,000 – Rp 30,000 (SGD 2-3) for a good cup of coffee, and Rp 50,000 – Rp 70,000 (SGD 5-7) for a proper meal in a decent cafe. Whereas in Jakarta, you have to spend at least Rp 40,000 (SGD 4) for a cup of coffee.

Since Bandung have a lot of nice cafe, and we did not have much time. Me and my friends just randomly chose whatever nice cafe that’s nearby. haha.. So, these are our picks of Bandung Instagramable Cafe! Enjoy ❤

 

1. One-Eighty Coffee 

This is definitely one of a kind hang-out place.  They offer you a nice indoor seats with wooden minimalistic ambiance and POOL area with a lot of greeneries for their outdoor setting! Yes, you read it right, when you may normally drink by the pool, at One-Eighty cafe you can have your meal-time IN the POOL, and dip your feet if you want too.

Since we already had our brunch, me and my friends just had some drinks over there, and enjoy the nice ambiance that they offer. A lot of young-moms brought their kids to play in ‘calf-high’ pool as well, which means, don’t forget to bring extra clothes if you’re bringing your kids.

 

 

One Eighty Coffee & Music

Jln. Ganesha No.3, Bandung 40132

0822 1800 0155

Opening Hrs : 8am-11pm

 

2. Ambrogio Patisserie 

Being in one group with Primarasa, the famous bakery in Bandung makes this cafe one step ahead in terms of their patisserie. You can find fancy cakes and patisserie in slightly cheaper price, and of course a taste that is undoubtedly nice.

I am not really familiar with Bandung, but i guess this place is close with some offices. cause this cafe is full with working adults when i was there. But if it’s not, i can see why they are willing to travel all the way here too. Ambrogio has a very decent asian – fusion food, with a very reasonable price. Again, i would say, you wont have these kind of meal below Rp60,000 per person in Jakarta, unless you opt for steak or salmon.

Love their simplicity with industrial feel design, and lush greeneries around! You can explore to the second floor if you want to, there’s a cute cactus corner for your ootd photo session.

Ambrogio Patisserie

26, Jalan Banda, Citarum, Bandung 40115

(022) – 20512779

Opening Hrs : 7am – 10pm
3. La Costilla 

A nice small cafe with a lot of mexican touch and a little bit of spanish feeling. Guess this is one of the ‘IT’ cafe in Bandung, since i have been seeing a lot of these place in my feeds by some of Jakarta based Influencers. haha.

Heard that the head chef of this cafe is from the famous pork-ribs restaurant, Tony Roma’s, so you can expect a good ribs from this place. But too bad, i had no appetite for ribs at that moment, and ordered a tenderloin steak instead, which has a so-so taste for me. But my other friends said that the have a good pasta though.

But undeniably, they have a few nice instagramable spots. and there’s this yellow popping colour door that reminds me a lot of ‘Coco’ the movie and makes me want to sing ‘Remember me’.

La Costilla 

Jl. Karangsari No.8, Pasteur, Sukajadi, Bandung 40161

0819 1014 6707

Opening Hrs : 8am – 10.30pm

 

Airbnb : Dreamwood Bandung

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The rain accompanied our trip to Bandung that day. Thankfully the traffic was not that bad despite the downpour. Apparently sitting at the back of the car, watching the raindrops, and listening to some old songs, did bring back my childhood memories. A time where a big family of mine often drive to Bandung to visit our relatives, have a relaxing dip in the hot water at Ciater, shopping at Bandung local boutiques (or outlets – what we normally said) , and having supper at Pondok Bambu or Kuotie Shantung. haha. Ohh. How i wish i can turn back the time where all of us were still in school and less things to worry about.

My recent trip took us about 3,5 hrs to drive from Jakarta to Bandung, including a stop-over to fill up our tank, and to top up our e-money. Still a pretty decent travel time i may say. Bandung was still gloomy when we reached there, and decided to have some batagor for brunch and went to some cute cafe in Dago area to have some coffee (which i will blog it later as well)

During this short trip of ours, we decided to stay one night in Dreamwood, an Airbnb apartement located at Ciumbuleuit area. Normally, i will prefer to stay in a hotel when it comes to Indonesia, since the price different is not that huge, and you can enjoy some of the hotel facilities. But after some thought and discussions with my friends, we decided to try something new. and when we reach there, it ‘WOW’-ed each of us!

The room turns out to be much nicer than what we expected it to be. A mix of industrial design and a little bit of boho chic style, together with all the little details that are nicely placed, made this room feels so cozy and pretty at the same time.

Pretty little space, isn’t it??

I’m always amazed by those designers who can maximise the space and fit everything in. I am amazed that this space is not only clean, but it has everything too (except tooth-brush and tooth-paste. haha). They even have a small kitchen as well where we can cook, complete with the basic ingredients as well.

Not only that, they also provided us with bottled water and snacks, and some comics, novel and guitar! Too thoughtful! Guess those little things do matter to make the tenants stay more comfortably. And if i have to give some input, probably they need to put some small wardrobe to complete the room. Haha.

Last but not least, Thank you so much Mba Dinar for the wonderful stay! ❤

 

Dreamwood at Galeri Ciumbuleuit Apt 3

Jalan Ciumbuleuit No.42A, Hegarmanah, Cidadap, Kota Bandung, Jawa Barat 40141

https://www.airbnb.co.id/rooms/23827675

Singapore : 2am Dessert Bar

This is a very late post! *just a heads up after some people asked me if im still staying in Singapore. haha.. Well, as much as i want to, now, I’m in Jakarta people.. =)

I was in Singapore last month for work. Since i love to try new things, I used my free time to catch up with few friends and try a few cafes that we never been to. And one of it is 2am Dessert Bar by Janice Wong. Well, actually a chef friend of mine is the one who asked us to go to this place. He needs to find some inspiration, he said.

and so, we went there in the afternoon, right after our Padang lunch. haha.. Yes, i lovee Singapore Padang food, somehow it taste nicer than Jakarta. i dont know why though.. haha.. maybe it was my comfort food back there.

When we first entered the cafe, i thought we were entering some night club. haha.. They are located at the second floor, and we have to take the stairs with almost no light at the staircase. No wonder they called it a dessert BAR though.

This is a perfect place for you who love to try those dessert that you can only see at ‘Master Chef’s show’ haha. some pretty dessert that is called ‘Molecular Gastronomy’.

So, we got this this cute astronomical chocolate for the welcome dessert. and look how they plate it! it feels like the whole galaxy is on the table.

We ordered 3 fancy desserts that day.

The first one is , Shades of Green. which consist of Pistachio Sponge. A tender and soft, but too little for us tho. Haha.. Accompanied with  Coconut Mouse, which is a little to sweet for me, and tasty Pandan Ice Cream! with Pistachio crumbs. We think this is the most edible and a nice dessert combination.

The second one is Tiramisu with Kahlua Jelly, Espresso Ice Cream. It came in one huge bowl, which make us the non-photographer confused on how to capture it. Duhh.. so, it was the less photogenic dessert of the day. I have to say that it was the most normal dessert. The safest choice of all.. hehe.. and speaking about Tiramisu, i guess those in Da Paolo is more worth it compared to this one.

And The third one, which is the prettiest of all, is Cassis Plum. It consist of Cassis Bombe, Edelflower Yoghurt Foam, Choya Granita, Yuzu Pearls, Yuzu Rubies. As for me, everything is too sour that i cant enjoy it all. =(..  but loving their Yuzu Pearls and rubies.

I have to say that Janice Wong bring all dessert to a whole new level! All dessert seems like an art, they accurately put everything in it’s place. Which makes you feel guilty if you ruin the art by eating it. haha..

This 2am dessert bar is a little pricy. but i guess it is worth the try, more over if you are a gastronomy enthusiast!

 

2am Dessert Bar

21A Lorong Liput, Holland Village, Singapore 277733
Open : 3PM – 2AM (closed on Monday)

2am : dessertbar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato