Tjikinii Lima

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8 June 2017. Wow it’s already the 13th day of Ramadan 2017!  It seems like the first day of Ramadan was only yesterday, time has passed by sooo quickly~ I am so happy to have iftar on the day with my Princess gang at Tjikinii Lima (on Jl. Cikini 1 No.5) 😀

Tjikinii Lima

Such restaurant has homey vintage interior design dominated by wood furniture. There are two stories : the first floor has antique style indoor space and garden seating areas; whilst the second floor has private rooms and rooftop patio area. At the time, we prefer to sit at the rooftop patio area, which turns to be very pretty at night ❤ don’t forget to make reservations!

@ rooftop patio area : Sabi, Manda, Mba Hana, Eta, Ndai. The waitresses were so kind, they offered to take a picture of us when they saw us took photo using camera timer 😀

it’s prettier at night, isn’t it?

They provide free takjil (light snack to break the fast) everyday during Ramadan. When we were there, takjil of the day was kolak ubi & kolang-kaling (chewy-transparent-oval shaped snack & sweet potato compote). I love kolak ubi & kolang-kaling sooo much! But, this compote is the exception, since it tasted too plain yet too strong ginger flavor. However, never mind…… it’s free though.

 

kolak ubi & kolang-kaling

At the time, I had chicken dabu-dabu along with English Breakfast tea. Dabu-dabu is a type of hot and spicy condiment commonly found in Manado cuisine of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. My dish tasted good, nonetheless their sambal dabu-dabu is less hot and spicy, in my opinion.

my chicken dabu-dabu

Manda picked nasi campur bali, a dish of a scoop of white rice accompanied by small portions of some other dishes, for instance : ayam suwir (shredded chicken), sate lilit (spiced minced meat wounded around bamboo, then grilled on charcoal), sambal matah (famous raw sambal from Bali), etc. I love their sambal matah!

nasi campur bali

Ndai chose pad thai, stir-fried rice noodle from Thailand, cooked with eggs, bean sprouts, shrimp, etc. The dish served with red chili pepper and lime wedges. I heart pad thai, but this one is the exception, since it tasted too sweet 😦

pad thai

Mba Hana had ayam goreng mentega (fried chicken in butter sauce). Honestly, I didn’t taste her dish at the time.

 

ayam goreng mentega

Eta’s Thai special fried rice tasted like curry fried rice. The portion is big, unfortunately the fried rice is too dry. Eta and I didn’t really like the dish, on the contrary Ndai pretty much love it 😀

Thai special fried rice

 

Happy fasting everyone! 2 days left for Eid al-Fitr!

Bandung : Wiki Koffie, Sadang Korean BBQ, Resor Dago Pakar

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8 April 2017 08:45 am, I rode Argo Parahyangan train from Gambir Station to Bandung Station. Around 12 pm, I arrived at Bandung. Then, I went directly to Wiki Koffie (on Jl. Braga No. 90), to met my high school roommate. Her name is Rea, I usually call her : Babang.

Wiki Koffie is located on the corner of Braga Street and Lembong Street. Such coffee shop has unique ambiance with Dutch architectural style. They painted the outside of the building in white and bring retro style decorating inside the building. It feels homey and cozy ❤

Thai iced tea with jelly came in this big glass jar @ Wiki Koffie

 

inside vs outside

Then, we decided to have lunch @ Sadang Korean BBQ (on Jalan Wastukencana No.63). The restaurant is spacious enough and divided into 2 areas : indoor and semi outdoor. At the time, we prefer to sit in semi outdoor space, next to the garden pond.

we sat next to the garden pond

We ordered Dak-galbi topped with mozzarella cheese. Dak-galbi is Korean dish made by stir-frying marinated chicken in savory, sweet, and spicy sauce with cabbage and other veggies. Also, the waitress served us Banchan, which is consisted of : a kind of bakwan (fried dish made from batter), stir-fried pumpkin, baby potatoes, frozen vegetables, stir-fried tofu, and kimchi. Banchan are a group of small dishes set in the middle of the table to be shared.

Dak-galbi & Banchan @ Sadang Korean BBQ

Next, I headed to Yolan’s house and stayed there overnight. Yaaay I met Baby Deeva again ❤

 

9 April 2017. Baby Deeva, Yolan, and me woke up around 9 am hehe. Then, the three of us, along with Aunty Zizi, got ready for swimming @ Resor Dago Pakar (on Jl. Dago Pakar Permai I No.9) not longer after.

Baby Deeva in bumble bee costume, too adorable to be true!

swimming ❤

After we had finished swimming, we returned home, took a bath, and had lunch together. I packed my belongings afterwards, then ordered Uber to the station, and finally I rode Argo Parahyangan train (again) at around 4.10 pm to Jakarta.

 

Tchao Bandung!

Love (part 2)

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こんにちは!

Continue the story from the previous post, in this post, I will tell you some stories when we were together for around 4-5 days during his 2-weeks-off on May.

Our first rendezvous after about 2 months of LDR (Long Distance Relationship) is an after-office-hours-movie-date on 12 May 2017 @ Senayan City! We watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which had already released since April hehe. Finallyyy, we met again, I’m sooooo happy!!!! Before we got into the cinema, we had early dinner @ Bakerzin (on Lower Ground), since I was already hungry because I only had bubur sumsum for lunch.

 

14 May 2017, we met @ Gambir Station at around 8 am to rode Argo Parahyangan Train to Bandung at 8:45. When we reached Bandung, we had lunch @ Sop Buntut Dahapati (on Jalan Cipaganti No.146), because he was a bit ill after yesterday futsal tournament……..

appetizing oxtail soup @ Sop Buntut Dahapati

After had prayed Maghrib, we stopped by @ Kedai Ling-Ling (on Jalan Sukajadi No. 157, near Paris van Java). Then, we strolled around PVJ (Paris van Java) for a while before we went back to the room.

mango desserts @ Kedai Ling-Ling

We were hungry before bed huhu, so that I ordered yangzhou fried rice, while he picked chicken noodle with meatballs @ Yami-Yami Noodle House (on Setrasari Mall) via GoFood 😀

my yangzhou fried rice & his chicken noodle with meatballs

 

15 May 2017, he wanted to have Bubur Ayam Serbu Rame (on Jalan Cisitu Lama, near Cisitu Baru) for his breakfast hehe, therefore we headed there after we took a bath and got ready.

congee @ Bubur Ayam Serbu Rame

Next, we strolled around the campus of ITB for a while, and headed to the Lodge Maribaya not longer after. Had finished @ the Lodge Maribaya at around 3 pm, we had late lunch @ Steak Hotel by Holycow! TKP Bandung 2 (on Jalan Cipaganti No.150).

medium sirloin steak + fries + sauteed spinach + mushroom sauce :9

In the night, we went to Cihampelas Walk, Teras Cihampelas, and had dinner @ Kambing Bakar Cairo (on Jalan Cihampelas No.123).

 

16 May 2017, I wanted to have Nasi Kuning SSC (on Jalan Sumur Bandung) for breakfast, hence we headed there after checked out.

lovely yellow rice ❤

Then, we went to Bandung Makuta (on Jl. Van Deventer No.2), a very happening gift shop in Bandung nowadays. We arrived there at around 9.30 am, and all I can see is a long queue weeew~ their product sold out quickly. But eventually, I can bring home makuta caramel and makuta extra cheese, Alhamdulillah!

 

what do you do when you are standing in a long queue? | my makuta caramel and makuta extra cheese :9

Next, we ate again 😀 we decided to have his favorite meal : meatballs! Luckily, Bakso So’un & Mie Ayam Lodaya (on Jalan Veteran No.3) is situated across the Bandung Makuta, so that we went there afterwards.

I returned to Jakarta by Argo Parahyangan Train at 4:10 pm, thus we walked to Blackbone Coffee (on Jalan Panaitan No.22) to have lemonade and mojito (not coffee obviously hehe) and sat inside to kill time until around 3 pm. After I had boarded the train, he went to bus station to go home.

Blackbone Coffee

 

23 May 2017. He was in Jakarta, as tomorrow he will return to the sites again. After office hours, we had dinner @ Kawasan Kuliner BSM (on Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.7) along with some of his friends at his former office. The last but not the least, on 24 May 2017, I accompanied him to the airport……

It’s been almost a month since the last time I saw him, can’t wait to see him again next month ❤

 

RM Bopet Mini, Bendungan Hilir

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There is a restaurant in Bendungan Hilir – Jakarta, which is very popular with its bubur kampiun. Its name is RM Bopet Mini. It opens at 7 am, therefore I went there once for breakfast. If you come from Sudirman Street, such restaurant is located on your left, not far from the left turn from Sudirman Street to Bendungan Hilir Raya Street.

The restaurant serves a wide variety of Padang cuisines, for instance : bubur kampiun, kue serabi (Asian pancake made from rice flour), dishes you can / cannot find easily in Padang Restaurants, lontong pical (traditional salad, consisting of mixed vegetables in peanut sauce dressing), sate padang, soto padang (traditional Indonesian soup mainly composed of broth, dried beef, perkedel, and pink deep fried crackers), fried rice, ketupat sayur (rice cakes with vegetables stew in coconut milk), etc.

It is quite different from other Padang Restaurants, because the waitress of RM Bopet Mini doesn’t put their dishes in the dining table for visitors. Dishes can be picked by the visitors on their own (buffet), Minangkabau people called it ‘bopet‘. When they have finished eating, they paid for the food at the cashier, and left.

I’ve already been there 3 times, once for lunch and two times for breakfast. Every time I went there, I always had bubur kampiun, a dish consisting of bubur sumsum (kind of porridge which made from rice flour, usually serve with brown sugar sauce), candil (chewy small balls which are usually made of glutinous rice flour and dip in coconut sugar porridge), srikaya, kolak pisang-ubi-kolangkaling (banana, sweet potato, and chewy-transparent-oval shaped snack), and pacar cina (colored tapioca pearl), served in super delicious-sweet-creamy coconut milk. A bowl of bubur kampiun is enough, it gluts me.

bubur kampiun

Besides, I have already tasted their sate padang (beef skewers served in curry-like thick sauce), gulai ayam (Padang-style chicken curry), rempeyek udang (deep-fried savoury cracker with small shrimp), and sala lauak (fried fish and flour balls). All of them tasted utterly delicious ❤

bubur kampiun, sala lauak, rempeyek udang, and my mom’s pastel

 

xoxo

Arabian Cuisine : Al-Jazeerah vs Hadramout

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Once, I had a kind boss who loves to treat us Arabian cuisine for lunch. Therefore, I turn to love Arabian cuisine since then hehe. According to my previous experience when I ate Arabian cuisine in Mecca / Medina in 2008, I assume that have it once is enough 😀 because at the time, my dish came in big portion, yet it was tasteless, can you imagine how can I finish my plate? Hiks…..

But, when I tasted Arabian cuisine in Jakarta, it’s quite different from what I expected. It’s delicious actually, I love lamb mandi so much! Thank you Pak for inviting us to have those Arabian cuisines (in Jakarta). In this post, I will share a little of my experiences with Arabian cuisine from Al-Jazeerah Restaurant and Hadramout Restaurant. Both of them are situated in Jakarta. I think one of them is better than the other one……………

 

Al-Jazeerah (on Jalan Raden Saleh Raya No.58, Menteng, Jakarta)

People said that it is one of the best place to get authentic Arabian cuisine. Based on my experience, I totally agree with them! This restaurant is spacious enough with gorgeous Middle East interior design. They also provide private rooms. We ordered lamb mandi and chicken mandi, which came in big portion for sharing, also hot milk tea in teapot. Their mandi is utterly delicious, the lamb is perfect, and I love their milk tea! However, I don’t really like their chicken dish…..

chicken mandi

 

Hadramout (on Jalan Tambak Raya No.16A, Pegangsaan, Menteng, Jakarta)

In this restaurant, we prefered to sit lesehan-style (sit on the floor / carpet), in order to come closer to the Arabic culture. If you don’t like to sit lesehan-style, they also provide dining tables and chairs. We picked lamb mandi, chicken mandi, cheese samosa, and hot milk tea in teapot. After we had ordered, the waitress came to spread a big plastic over the carpet before they put the dishes. The mandi came in big portion for sharing.

In my opinion, their mandi is not as tasty as Al-Jazeerah’s, I had to put a lot of green chili sauce to make the mandi tasted good. The lamb is tender, but Al-Jazeerah’s is still the best 😀 also the milk tea, I prefer Al-Jazeerah’s one. Nevertheless, Hadramout’s chicken is better, and I love their cheese samosa

lamb mandi

sit lesehan-style

 

P.S. : a friend of mine who ever lived in Jeddah, told me that there is an Arabian restaurant in Tebet : Larazeta (on Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam Raya No.17, Jakarta), which also have a selection of delicious Arabian cuisine. But, I haven’t tried it yet. To be honest, I really want to come to Larazeta so bad…… But, it’s quite difficult, as most of my female friends don’t eat lamb huhu, while my L works outside this island hehe. I hope I can taste Larazeta ASAP 😀

the Lodge Maribaya

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Its full name is The Lodge Earthbound Adventure Park & Resort, more familiar as The Lodge Maribaya, is a tourist attraction in Bandung, on Jalan Maribaya Timur, Cibodas, Maribaya Lembang, Bandung Barat, to be exact. To reach the place, you can ride through Dago Giri or Setiabudi-Lembang-Maribaya.

The Lodge Maribaya has beautiful scenery and good weather, as it is surrounded by a peaceful pine forest. If you are an outdoor lover, I recommend you to visit this place.

Before get in, you have to pay for the entrance fee IDR20K / person. The ticket can be exchanged for ‘goodbye’ drink (a glass of milk) near the exit door.

pine forest landscape background

If you are interested, you can choose from selection of 4 games there : 2 Sky Tree(s), 2 Sky Swing(s), Sky Bamboo, and Sky Bike (Zip Bike). Each game has different price, they vary between IDR15K and IDR20K.

I visited The Lodge Maribaya on weekday, but it was pretty crowded there. I wonder the condition on weekend -____- At the time, for 1 game, we have to queue for 1 hour 😦 therefore, we decided to play only 2 games (Sky Tree dan Sky Swing).

the ticket

Such tourist attraction put a photographer near each game. They will guide you to pose, thus you will obtain great photo(s). If you are fascinated, you can purchase your soft copy pictures (IDR10K / photo) near the exit door.

Sky Swing

It can be occupied by 1 person only. Once you have worn the seat belt, the operator would push the swing around 90 degree, hence you will have pine forest landscape as your photo background. Hold as many poses in the time limit 😀

Sky Swing (captured by the photographer)

Sky Tree

Before you climb the tree, you have to wear the seat belt. Sky tree can hold 2 people at once. If you want to go up with your partner, both of you must climb simultaneously, since the operator will connect you and your partner by the rope. First, take photo together; then, either you or your partner should move away for a while and let the other to be captured by the photoghrapher.

Sky Tree (captured by the photographer)

Don’t worry if you don’t have any friend or partner to take photos alternately, because you can ask the operator to do it with your own camera / phone. Buuut, don’t blame them if you are not satisfied with the results hehe.

before you go home, don’t forget to exchange your ticket with a glass of milk near the exit door

Have a happy holiday! 😀

Bandung : ITB, Roti Gempol, Taman Sejarah, Taman Balai Kota, Yellow Truck

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22 March 2017. Around 8 am, we headed to hotel restaurant for breakfast (day 1). Then, we left to the campus of ITB to attend ITB International Geothermal Workshop (IIGW) 2017.

the seminar

On lunch break, Dinda and I strolled around the campus. It is a saudade. Our starting-point is Himpunan Timur Jauh. Then, we walked to Kantin Bengkok, Parkiran SR, Masjid Salman, the main gate, boulevard, Tugu Soekarno, Kolam Indonesia Tenggelam, Plaza Widya, DPR, Oktagon / TVST, and returned to the seminar venue.

@ Plaza Widya

@ Kolam Indonesia Tenggelam : Geologi ❤

Seba & Sabi. What are you guys talking about?

When the first day of the workshop ends, Dinda and I went to Roti Gempol (on Jl. Gempol Wetan No.14, Citarum, Bandung) for early dinner, before we returned to the hotel.

my wheat bread with eggs + meat + cheese and Addictea thai tea ❤

 

23 March 2017. Around 8 am, we went to hotel restaurant for breakfast. Then, we left to the campus of ITB to attend the last day of the workshop. After lunch break, Dinda and I visited Taman Sejarah, a historic park which is newly available for public use. Such area is situated behind Balai Kota Bandung. On the park, you can find relief walls and several glasses in a row which portray the faces of the mayors of Bandung. Moreover, if you travel with children, they can play in shallow pool on this park. When I was there, there are a lot of elementary / kindergarten students participate in a study tour.

a glass which portray the face of current mayor of Bandung (Bapak Ridwan Kamil)

the relief walls

Then, we walked to Taman Balai Kota which lies in the complex of Balai Kota Bandung. It was pretty crowded when I visited the park. The majority of the visitors are teenagers, who do dance practice, take photos, or just sit in the park. There is a statue of white rhinoceros (Taman Badak) there. Below the statue, there is a fish pool with fountain. In addition to that, you can also find love locks area. Above the love locks, there is a red ‘LOVE’ sign.

Taman Badak as a part of Taman Balai Kota

My next destination was Yolan’s house, because Aunty Sabi missed Baby Adeeva so much :3 also, I miss Mommy Yolan’s home-made food ❤ After Maghrib, I returned to the hotel.

Adeeva :*

 

24 March 2017 was my last day in Bandung, it was a free time yaaay! In the morning, Dinda and I swam in hotel swimming pool, because I hadn’t worked out during the week.

hotel swimming pool

Then, we returned to the room, took a shower, and had breakfast. We had breakfast along with Fika, who visited us at the time 😀 after had breakfast, we packed our belongings and Dinda went home, while Fika and I headed to Yellow Truck (on Jl. Linggawastu No.11, Tamansari, Bandung).

Sabi et Fika @ Yellow Truck

my favorite tea of all times : English Breakfast!

The last but not the least, Fika drove me to Bandung Station (thanks Fika!). I rode Argo Parahyangan train at around 11:30 to Jakarta, so I can join tennis practice in the afternoon 😀

Sabi et Fika @ the station

I never get bored to visit Bandung ❤ despite the fact that there are some places make me feel nostalgic, but still I love Bandung so much!

 

tchao