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About SHABRINA

Bonjour tout le monde! Je m'appelle Shabrina. Je suis géologue. Actuellement, j'habite à Jakarta. J'adore voyager, faire du sport, manger, regarder les films et la télé, écouter de la musique, et expérimenter une nouveauté. Enchanté!

Makassar : CGK, Batik Air, UPG, Ibis Styles, Losari Beach, Pisang Epe Mandiri, Four Points Hotel, Ratu Gurih Restaurant

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24 July 2017. Dinda and I went to Makassar to attend FSTH Pertamina 2017. We flew with Batik Air which departed from CGK at 10.45 WIB and arrived into UPG at 14.10 WITA. During the flight, I watched Legend of the Guardians, slept, and had lunch. They offered the passengers ayam woku (Manado spicy basil chicken) or butter chicken for lunch. I obviously chose ayam woku, it tasted good, but a bit less spicy in my opinion……..

Sabi & Dinda @ CGK

We reached UPG and had to face a longer wait to get our baggage. Then, we rode GoCar to the hotel. Makassar is my hometown. The city is extremely hot huhu. It was my very first experience visiting my hometown, since almost all my family have already moved to Jakarta. Alors, je suis ravie yay!

Dinda and I, also Ndai (who arrived before us) stayed at Ibis Styles (on Jalan Doktor Sam Ratulangi No.3, Mangkura, Makassar). The trip from the airport took around an hour, il n’y a pas d’embouteillage Alhamdulillah. Get to the hotel, we checked-in and consumed the welcome drink (orange juice) next to the reception desk. Our (Dinda’s and my) room is situated on 12th floor.

 

Our (Dinda’s and my) room on 12th floor : Room 1217

In the room, I slept for a while, because I didn’t sleep well last night huhu. At 5 pm, Ndai and I headed to Losari Beach, Dinda didn’t join us because she had a thing to do in the room. Ibis Styles is quite close to the Losari Beach, moreover GoCar fare in Makassar is much cheaper then in Jakarta, thus I don’t wanna go back to Jakarta~

 

Ndai and I walked along the beach, from ‘Pantai Losari’ sign to Bank Mandiri building. We passed many pisang epe sellers hehe. It was almost maghrib time, there are a number of visitors in the beach, but still not so crowded compared to midnight.

Makassar ❤

what a beautiful sunset! (a GoCar driver told me that the most beautiful spot to witness the sunset is from the bridge of Center Point of Indonesia, which resemble a Tongkonan Traditional House) | Losari Beach with a lot of photobomb~

I am really scared of snakes, and you can find a lot of snakes, along with iguana and any kinds of lizard in Losari Beach hiiiy! They being handed over to visitors who have paid for the chance to take a selfie or photo with them. I don’t get the point at all!

 

After that, Ndai and I were hungry. We decided to had pisang epe (grilled banana which is flattened in a press and covered with a delicious topping). Ndai’s friend who live in Makassar recommended us to taste Pisang Epe Mandiri (on Jl. Ali Malaka, near KFC, across the BNI Somba Opu). At the time, I chose pisang epe topped with durian. It is so damn delicious.

pisang epe topped with durian

Dinda caught us up to Pisang Epe Mandiri. When the stomach is full, we left to Four Points Hotel (on Jl. Landak Baru No.130, Banta-Bantaeng, Rappocini, Makassar) to re-register the FSTH Pertamina 2017.

Next, we headed to Ratu Gurih Seafood Market & Resto (on Jl. Lamaddukelleng No.9, Losari, Ujung Pandang, Makassar). We ordered otak-otak (grilled fish cake mixed with tapioca starch and spices), fried calamari, and clams in Padang sauce. They have one of the best otak-otak I ever tasted in my life!!!! I really love the calamari also ❤ but in my opinion, their Padang sauce tasted different from Padang sauce in Jakarta hehe.

some selection of sambal (hot sauce), the one on the top-right is da best, whilst the sambal on the top-left tasted similar to Ciganea’s sambal, but in my opinion it’s not suitable for seafood | otak-otak, fried calamari, clams in Padang sauce

Ndai, Dinda, Sabi @ Ratu Gurih Seafood Market & Resto

Finally, we returned to the hotel. See you tomorrow! :*

Dotonbori Foodtown, PIK Avenue Mall, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK)

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4 June 2017. Shelly, Mba Indah, Dinda, and I decided to have iftar at Dotonbori Foodtown (in PIK Avenue Mall 2nd Floor, Jl. Pantai Indah Kapuk, Kamal Muara, Jakarta). Dotonbori Foodtown is a new food court with many selections of affordable Japanese food. Such food court is snug and has spacious area with a lot of natural light from its source (the sun). There are approximately 20s stalls which sell sushi, katsu, taiyaki, cheesecake, donburi, ramen, drinks, etc. At the time, I chose Shigeru for my iftar, also Kibo‘s cheesecake for my suhoor.

 

Shigeru

One of the most striking and biggest tenants in Dotonbori Foodtown is Shigeru. Their food display is utterly appetizing with plenty of choices. I want to have all of them OMG! Each item is priced separately (also the chopsticks and sushi soy sauce wkwk). It’s quite hard for me to decide what I want for iftar since almost all the food looked so mouthwatering. Eventually, I picked sushi set, karaage, fish balls, kushikatsu, and lychee tea. All of them tasted good, except for the sushi, I didn’t really like it.

my sushi, karaage, fish balls, kushikatsu, and lychee tea for iftar.

 

Kibo Cheesecake

Kibo cheesecake is so damn delicious! It is soft, delicate, fluffy, moist, light with creamy molten filing. It has the perfect level combination of sweetness and cheesiness :9 I really love it! At the time, I take away 4 minis Original Molten for suhoor ❤

Formerly, Kibo sold their cheesecake online. I ever ordered their large Matcha Molten for sharing with my office mates, and it tasted so goood. By the way, I am not a green tea lover, but in my opinion the matcha flavor didn’t overpower the cheese flavor, therefore I love their Matcha Molten.

mini Original Molten cheesecake :9

 

bon appétit!

Jogjakarta : POP! Hotel Timoho, Bakpia Kurniasari, Lippo Plaza, Waroeng SS, Krisna’s wedding

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8 July 2017. I flew from CGK to JOG at around 1 pm. When I arrived at JOG, I headed directly toward POP! Hotel Timoho (on Jl. Ipda Tut Harsono No.11, Muja Muju, Umbulharjo, Jogjakarta) to check in.

My room is on the 6th floor. I occupied the room along with my friend, Kiki. But we flew on different flights (Kiki arrived before me). When I reached JOG, Kiki was in Prambanan. I didn’t catch her up, because Jogja was utterly hot at the time, so that I decided to move directly to the hotel.

our room

colorful bedroom :3

In jogjakarta, congestion is everywhere, almost similar to Jakarta, I think…. Kiki spent a lot of time to get to the hotel, therefore I decided to go to Bakpia Kurniasari (on Jalan Glagahsari No.91C, Warungboto, Umbulharjo, Jogjakarta) while waited for Kiki to arrive. I also intended to buy Wahyu Austin’s cheese roll, but 3 boxes of Bakpia Kurniasari were heavy enough for me to carry 😦

Finally, Kiki got to the hotel yay! After we had cleaned ourselves up, taken a rest for a while, and prayed, we headed to Lippo Plaza (on Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No. 32-34, Demangan, Gondokusuman, Jogjakarta), because Kiki had to buy some things that she realized she forgot to bring hehe.

Next, we went to Waroeng SS (on Jl Veteran No 122, Umbulharjo, Jogjakarta) for dinner. I intended to have Sate Klathak Pak Bari afterwards, but unfortunately Kiki don’t eat goat meat aaaa :”””’) thus, I canceled such plan…….

Waroeng SS

they costed us < IDR100K :9

We were delightfully full afterwards Alhamdulillah, hence we returned to the hotel, took a shower, prayed, watched tv, and had chit-chat, before we slept~

 

9 July 2017. We slept again after prayed Subuh, and eventually woke up at around 8 am. Then, we continued the chit-chat and watched tv until around 9.30. After we had taken a bath, we put makeup on, got dressed, packed our belongings, and check out. But, we still left the luggage at the reception desk.

Next, we headed to Jl. Siliran Lor, Panembahan, Kraton, Yogyakarta, to attend Krisna’s wedding. When we reached the venue, Krisna and his wife were doing sungkeman (an emotional moment where the bride and the groom ask blessing by kneel down in front of their parents).

sungkeman

No longer after, the reception was commenced, we queued to give handshake to Krisna and his wife, had lunch, took some photos, then we returned to the hotel to remove the makeup and change into casual look, because we will heading to Jakarta afterwards.

FITB 09 at Krisna’s wedding

my partner on the trip : Rizqi Valentra, a.k.a Kiki ❤

 

à bientôt!

The Residence OnFive by Grand Hyatt Jakarta

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5 June 2017. Upstream Directorate – Pertamina hosted a Ramadan event : iftar with the orphans @ The Residence OnFive by Grand Hyatt Jakarta (on Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30 Jakarta Pusat). During the holy month of Ramadan, we finished the workday(s) early, therefore I, Shelly, Dinda, Mba Hana, Mba Indah, and Pita could leave the office at around 3 pm, and headed to the hotel @ Bundaran HI.

Alhamdulillah il n’y a pas d’embouteillages! So that, not long afterward, we could reach the place safe and sound. The opening act of the event is a capella group SNADA, next we listened to the preaching delivered by the Ustadz until beduk (a signal to begin the iftar), and the last but not the least we had takjil, prayed Maghrib, and had dinner.

The Residence OnFive is a private space and service which you can rent for your private event(s). Such venue which has ‘residence’ concept is located on the 5th floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta. You will pass by the swimming pool on your way to the building. The Residence OnFive has a homey, stylish, lavish, and minimalist roomy indoor space, also there is a super spacious green terrace outside.

I really enjoy my dish(es) on the day, along with my lovely friends ❤ I love their sirloin so much~ Besides, their tom yum seafood and empal gentong (curry-like beef soup originated from Cirebon, West Java) also tasted good, I like it! I was delightfully full afterwards, Alhamdulillah. Next, we took photos on the photo booth, prayed Isha, and returned home at around 8.30 pm.

until next year~

xoxo

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 😀

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

it’s prettier at night, isn’t it?

 

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!