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

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

Partnership post

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

Travel by Train, Why Not?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bandung : Ken Ken Bigul Kitchen

Kota Bandung, kota yang punya satu tempat special di hati saya. Kenapa begitu? Karena mas Ridwan Kamil sang walikota yang kece. Hahahaha. Ga dehh, Ya mungkin karena dari saya kecil, keluarga saya suka ajak saya tamasya kesana. Kebetulan juga keluarga dari kakak.nya si papi tinggal di kota kembang ini juga. Yang mungkin jadi faktor besar kenapa kita suka main kesana.

Kalo inget masa kecil, senang deh rasanya, ke bandung aja rasanya kayak pergi keluar negri. Ada rasa menggelitik di perut tiap kali mau kesana. Saya suka udara dinginnya bandung, saya inget, dulu kalau ke bandung harus pake jaket! Haha. Saya juga suka tempat2 wisata Kota Bandung yang kita ga bisa dapet di Jakarta. Seperti main ke permandian air panas, minum susu murni di tengah dinginnya malam, makan malam sambil melihat indahnya kota Bandung, belanja di outlet, dan tentunya wisata kuliner.

Perlu di akui kalau Bandung itu juaranya Kuliner di Jawa Barat. Kayaknya sedari saya kecil, selalu makan makanan yg berbeda, dan semuanya enak2. Favorite saya itu bakmi2-an nya bandung, batagor, empal, kwotie,dan jajanan2 pasar.nya bandung.

Nah ngomongin kuliner yg ga ada habisnya di Bandung, bulan lalu saya nyobain Ken Ken Bigul Kitchen. Restaurant babi guling ini katanya sih baru2 aja bukanya, tapi reviewnya udah melejit. Saking penasarannya saya dan keluarga, langsung aja deh kita cuss ke sana sesampainya kita di Bandung.

Nasi Bigul – 20,000an

Saya tuh orangnya ga gitu suka makan Babi sebenernyaa.. tapi nasi Bigul alias Nasi Babi Guling yang satu ini,, gilee.. super sedepss.. hehehe.. sate.nya enak bngt..

Kalo saya ketemu nasi yg modelnya kayak begini, biasanya saya campur semua kyk nasi gorengg.. haha.. ga tau kenapa, rasanya kayak lebih sedap dan menyatu semua aja gituu.. hehe.. sambal matahnya mantep banget! sampe nambah lagi satu porsi sambel lagi.. Nahh.. kalo kerupuk Babi.nya, jujur aku ga begitu suka sihh.. dan agak sedikit keras menurut akuu.. tapi overall ini nasi uenak pisan! hehe

Sambal Matah – 10,000an

Seperti yang saya share di atas, ini cabe uenaknya ga ketolongann.. sunggu saya bisa cemil / gado sambel.nya ajaa.. haha.. Buat kamu2 yg suka sambel juga.. pesen 1 porsi lagi ga akan nyesel!

Sate Samcan – 32,oooan (isi 4)

Jujur ini sate enak bngt sih.. tapi aku cuman bisa makan 1 bar aja dari 1 tusuk.. soalnya enek bngt kalo kebanyakann.. Tapi buat yg suka Sate lemak.. pasti ini juara bngt deh rasanyaa.. hehe..

 Barbeque Pork Ribs – 90,000an 

ini Ribs ter ‘worth-it’ yg pernah saya makan.. bumbu-nya menyerap sempurna sampe ke daging dan tulangnyaa.. dan harganya masih masuk akal juga.. ga salah kalo mereka claim makanan ini adalah Signature Dish-nya Ken Ken Bigul Kitchen.

 Infused Water (Fat Burn) – 40,000an

Air putih yang lagi hits ini berisikan Lemon, Mint, Cucumber yang katanya sih bagus di minum kalo udah banyak makan makanan yg berlemak. 1 jug ini bisa menyajikan 6-7 gelas.. seger banget menurut saya.. pas buat cuaca bandung yang tidak begitu dingin lagi.. hehehe..


Overall experience :

Ambiance : 2,5 / 5

Food : 4 / 5

Price : 3 / 5

Verdict : Mungkin bisa jadi saingannya Babi Guling Bu Oka di Bali

Ken Ken Bigul Kitchen 

Ruko Grand Eastern, Jalan Pasir Kaliki no 16 Bandung.

*tepat di seberang Paskal Hyper Square*