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Bandung : The Majesty Hotel, Teras Cihampelas, Warunk Upnormal, Ciwalk


21 March 2017. Dinda (a friend of mine in the office) and I went to Bandung, because we had to attend IIGW (International ITB Geothermal Conference) 2017 @ the campus of ITB on 22-24 March 2017. Je suis ravie, as it’s been a while since I last visited my campus in early 2014……

We rode Argo Parahyanagan Train which departed from Gambir Station at 8.45 am, and reached Bandung at 12 pm. In Bandung Station, I bought a box of Mayasari’s bolen pisang keju (cheese and banana wrapped in dough). Then, we went to Majesty Hotel (on Jl. Surya Sumantri No.91, Sukajadi, Bandung).

the hotel lobby

After check-in, Dinda and I headed to our room on the 12th floor. Our room is a 3-bedrooms-and-2-bathrooms-apartment of (around) 100 square meters. After we had took a rest for a while, we decided to go to the hotel restaurant (next to hotel lobby) and have the welcome drink.

the apartment

my bedroom

my welcome drink

Next, we intended to have lunch @ Roti Gempol Jl. Surya Sumantri, buuuut when we got the place, it evidently has already permanently closed now ūüė¶ so that, we changed our destination to Cihampelas Walk (Ciwalk) and Teras Cihampelas / Cihampelas Skywalk not longer after.

Cihampelas Street currently resembles a tunnel, since a bridge (called Teras Cihampelas) of length 500 m was built above it. There are 3 staircases and 1 lift which is available for you to climb the bridge.

@ Teras Cihampelas / Cihampelas Skywalk

Then, we had early dinner @ Warunk Upnormal (padahal di Jakarta juga ada yaaa hehe), before we got into the cinema to watch Beauty and the Beast ūüėÄ

Warunk Upnormal’s most famous item is their selection of creative indomie dishes. Such restaurant consist of 2 stories (non smoking on the 1st floor and smoking area on 2nd floor). Their wifi is good enough, while the interior inside is cozy and instagram-able.

my nasi kulit sambel konslet (rice, chicken skin, hot sambal) and lychee juice

At the time, I picked lychee juice and nasi kulit sambel konslet (rice, chicken skin, hot sambal) with addition of sliced smoked beef. Both the dish and the beverage tasted good ūüėÄ the waitress said that sambel konslet is a very hot sambal, buuut I think it’s not really hot hmmmm~ However, it is delicious, I like it!


PS : all photos in this post courtesy of Dinda, because a couple of days after I returned to Jakarta, I lost all photos in my phone’s Camera album hiks…… Bon, see you tomorrow.


Garut : Cibatu Station, FaveHotel Cimanuk, Alun-Alun, Cita Rasa Souvenir Shop, Batik Tulen


12 December 2016. It was a national holiday in my country (Maulid Nabi), at the same time I should go to Garut, since I had to attend a workshop on 13-15 December in Kamojang РWest Java (around an hour drive from Garut). I rode Serayu Pagi Train from Senen Station (Jakarta) to Cibatu Station (Garut). It took me around 4 Р5 hours to get there.

Had arrived at Cibatu Station, a taxi (without taximeter) picked me up from¬†the station to the FaveHotel Cimanuk¬†(Garut). It took me another an hour. If you want to ride such taxi, you must order first. You can contact me via email, if you need their contact phone number ūüôā

I got the information about the taxi service from FaveHotel. Because unfortunately the hotel only has an operational vehicle, so that they cannot fulfill my request when I asked them to pick me up from the station. Additionally, you are also be able to order the taxi if you want to stroll around the city.

view from my train window

I arrived to the hotel at around 4 pm. I was so starving, because I hadn’t had lunch yet, thus I ordered seafood pan-fried kway teow (ricecake strips) from the hotel restaurant.

my room on 3rd floor

My seafood pan-fried kway teow (ricecake strips). It was so damn delicious, although it’s not spicy enough for me :9

my room | view from my room window. At the time, I was the only person who utilized the pool, since it was so cold there brrrr~


it¬†is not so big swimming pool, but it was more than enough because I enjoyed it on my own ūüėÄ |¬†view from my room window ‚̧


13 Р15 December 2016. I attended a 3-days-workshop in Kamojang. Every morning, a bus picked us up at around 7 am in hotel lobby, then the bus brought us back from Kamojang to the hotel at around 3.30 pm. When I arrived at the room, I went to the swimming pool slightly afterwards, and I returned to my room, took a bath, watched tv, slept *what a bore hehe*

what I had for my breakfast

I had sop buntut (oxtail soup) for my dinner :9 I always ordered my dinner from hotel restaurant


16 December 2016 was my last day in Garut, hence I strolled around the city. My first destination was Alun-Alun, where there is happening photo spot :

‘GARUT’ sign

Next, I headed to Cita Rasa Souvenir Shop on Rancaekek Street, which was recommended by a friend of mine, who come from Garut. You can find : dodol (sticky, thick, sweet confection), Chocodot (chocolate with dodol fillings), instant nasi liwet (rice dish cooked in coconut milk), etc. Fyi, some of them can be found in Jakarta though.

Cita Rasa Souvenir Shop on Rancaekek Street

a variant of Chocodot

Then, I visited Batik Tulen (a batik home industry on Ciledug Street), which was recommended by a friend of mine also. Some of their products :


they are¬†beautiful, aren’t they?


Je ne peux pas attendre le prochain voyage………. ‚̧

Bandung : Eta’s Wedding, Bakso Soun Lodaya, LOL, Alun-Alun Bandung


17 October 2016 is Eta’s wedding day!!!!

I woke up early, then I salat subh, took a shower, wore my soft contact lenses, put on the make up, and dressed. After the six of us (the other participants of this trip: Mba Hana, Ndai, Manda, Dea, Rani; and I) got ready, we waited for Fika to pick us up from the hotel to the wedding venue in Graha Mangunggal Tridaya Cakti, which is also situated on Gatot Subroto Street, Bandung (similar to our hotel, Chara Hotel).


back row L-R : Dea, Manda, Rani, Ndai; front row L-R : Sabi, Mba Hana


pardon my selfie ūüėÄ

Then, the seven of us (plus Fika currently) arrived a little too late on the venue, but Alhamdulillah we still had chance to see Eta‚Äôs solemnization kyaaaa! They had Javanese tradiotional ceremony for their wedding……. Not longer after that, the solemnization was finished.


Ndai, Mba Hana, Manda, Legi (the groom), Eta (the bride), Sabi, Fika, Rani, Dea


what bridesmaids did when they were waiting for the groom and the bride to come to the wedding reception


for Eta & Legi, from us


Rizka, Syifa, Mba Hana, Shelly, Sabi


all the bridesmaids with the groom and the bride ‚̧

After the wedding reception had finished, we returned to hotel, wore our casual clothes, salat zuhr & asr, then strolled around the city yay! Oyaa, since Fika came a bit late in the morning, she didn’t join the morning photo session, thus we held afternoon photo session hehe. But unfortunately without Ndai, because she’s already gone outside with some of her college friends.

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yhaaa begitulah~

Our first destination was Bakso Soun & Mie Ayam Lodaya (beef ball, rice vermicelli, and chicken & mushroom noodles) on Veteran Street. I love beef ball so much, and their beef ball and rice vermicelli tasted delicious! ‚̧


pretended to be happy when in fact we were soooo hungry~


nomnom :9

Next destination was LOL (Lick Over Lips) on Emong Street (near to Batagor Abuy). We had delicious ice cream there, and they allow the customers to add topping by themselves hihi. I chose bubble gum, yakult, and cheese cake flavor with astor, pocky, and marshmallow topping.


bubble gum, yakult, and cheese cake ice cream with astor, pocky, and marshmallow on top, for sharing with Fika


front row L-R : Mba Hana, Dea, Rani; back row L-R : Manda, Sabi, Fika

Fika went home thereafter, whilst Dea returned to Jakarta, because she had another agenda on Sunday morning. Currently, there was only the 4 of us (Mba Hana, Rani, Manda, and I). So that, we decided to go to alun-alun (square). Alun-alun Bandung on Saturday night was extremely crowded (kalau mau sepi jam 2 pagi aja yesssh ke sininya hihi).

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The absolute most mainstream photo location in Bandung : Masjid Raya Bandung (the Grand Mosque) | Pidi Baiq Quotes


Alun-Alun Bandung!


Sabi and Mba Hana @ alun-alun

We headed back to hotel on 8 pm, because we were a bit sleepy at the moment. I took some photos of interesting hotel-corridor, before I took a shower, salat maghrib & isha, and slept.

I hate to say these, but I have to ūüė¶ Unfortunately, I had 2 bad experiences with Chara Hotel : 1) AC for my room didn’t work well, it was so hot and inconvenient!; 2) I found a cockroach in my room ūüė¶ I hope Chara Hotel can make some improvement for such problem immediately.


the corridor :3

√† bient√īt!


Bandung : Gambir Station, Bandung Station, Chara Hotel


16 October 2016. Since 17 October would be the wedding of Eta, Princess Jombs gang went to Bandung yippieeee, we made our weekend getaway at the same time ūüėÄ I was the first person who departed from Gambir Station (Jakarta) at 12:45pm to Hall Station (Bandung), I rode Argo Parahyangan train. Next, Dea departed from Jakarta at 6pm by DayTrans shuttle. And the last, Ndai, Mba Hana, Rani, and Manda who departed from Gambir Station at 8pm.

I reached Bandung at 4pm and requested for an Uber ride directly afterwards. But in fact, there was a massive traffic jam in front of the station, my Uber arrived 30 minutes later…… Then, we headed to the place we stayed, Chara Hotel on Gatot Subroto Street (near Simpang Lima). I thought the hotel only around 3 km away from station, but I spent almost 1.5 hours to reach it heftz.

Such hotel is situated near Trans Studio Mall, as well as alun-alun, where you can find mainstream places to take an instagram-able picture hihi. Chara Hotel is in the same building as Amaia Spa. This building has an eye catching exterior. Unfortunately, the parking lot is small, and their tiny lobby is laid in the back corner, behind the parking space.

I got the hotel, and checked-in in a rush, because it was already 5:30pm, but I hadn’t salat asr hiks. My superior deluxe room is on 5th floor, very close to the colorful hotel restaurant. This room is (around) 30 sqm large room, which features 2 double beds, cable TV, and a bit slow wifi connection.

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my room @ Chara Hotel, Bandung | the hotel restaurant

After I had prayed, I organized my belongings, prepared all the things to attend the wedding, then I felt hungry……… But it was raining outside huhu, I couldn’t go to Bakso Enggal / Batagor Burangrang / Martabak San Fransisco (jadi laper hehe), even thought it’s just around a 15 minutes walk from the hotel, it’s a pity for me! Therefore, I ordered crisp salt and chili tofu (tahu goreng cabe garam) from hotel restaurant, and it tasted delicious ‚̧


a half size portion of my crisp salt and chili tofu (tahu goreng cabe garam). I thought that I was so starving, so that I forgot to take photos before ate them just right after the waitress delivered the dish to my room hihi

Alhamdulillah I felt delightfully full afterwards. Then, I took a bath, salat, watched tv, and slept. Around 10pm, Dea arrived at the hotel, I woke up and had a nice chit-chat with her until the last group got the hotel at around 12am. Bon, let’s go to sleep everybody, bonne nuit!


Bandung : RM Ciganea, Four Points Hotel, One Eighty, Prima Rasa, Zenbu, Xtrans


24 August 2016. Chevy, Dewa, Mas Hanif, and I¬†went¬†to Bandung by Mas Han’s car. We travelled between Jakarta¬†and Bandung¬†in 4 hours,¬†parce qu’il y a des embouteillages partout. Also, we¬†stopped by at RM Ciganea (Rest Area KM 73), for their yummy fried chicken and super delicious sambal :9 Eventually, we arrived to the Four Points Hotel – Dago¬†at almost 4pm.

Four Points Hotel is absolutely a new modern hotel in great location in downtown Bandung, Jalan Ir Juanda no 46 to be exact. If you are from Pasteur, you just have to pass through the Pasopati Bridge, take the exit for Dago, and turn right at the second intersection to Jalan Ir Juanda (Jalan Dago), it will be on the left side of the road (between Pizza Hut and Superindo). The hotel area is a long and relatively thin lot, it has narrow multi-level basements and classy interior layout for the lobby. After we had met the representative of the EO at the lobby, we checked-in at reception desk, and headed to our own room.

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my room

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the bathroom

My room was situated at the 8th floor, such modern European style room is (around) 30 sqm large room, which features twin comfort bed for high-quality sleep. It’s bathroom is quite spacious, without tub.¬†The advantage¬†of staying in this hotel is you can find fast wifi connection in the entire building, as well as you can reach¬†Pizza Hut, KFC, the Kiosk, Chatime, ACE, and Superindo in 5 minutes walk;¬†but unfortunately, the hotel only has 2 tiny elevators and traffic jams outside the hotel is rather terrible.

I headed to swimming pool not longer after I arrived yippieeee~ I swam for an hour. The pool is not really big but there¬†are only small number of¬†people there Alhamdulillah ūüėÄ


the swimming pool

After I had taken a shower, I prepared a few more things for tomorrow workshop, along with¬†Chevy, Dewa, and Mas Hanif. Then,¬†when we were getting things done, I headed to¬†One Eighty –¬†Jalan Ganeca¬†(in front of Warung Pasta),¬†to meet¬†Seba and Hengki. OMG, it’s been a long time………….


Sabi, Hengki, Seba.¬†A¬†couple days later, Hengki¬†flew to¬†London to pursue his master’s degree at Imperial College. Bye Hengkiiiii~

The grand opening of such cafe is in July 2016. It has an outdoor shallow pool (around 30-40¬†cm depth), and you can find some tables and chairs in the pool ‚̧ thus,¬†you are be able to¬†get your feet wet whilst having your dish.


the menu and my iced chocolate


my spaghetti aglio e olio


25 August 2016 (1st day workshop). We started the day by having breakfast together in hotel restaurant. Then, we headed to M-floor. The workshop held at 8am-4pm, there will be one hour lunch break at 12pm and twice-a-day coffee break at 10am and 2.30pm.


the hotel restaurant

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the workshop


the participants in the same polo shirt

After workshop, I went to Prima Rasa – Jalan Kemuning, I bought some boxes of their delicious brownies nyaaam~ At night, we had dinner together at¬†Zenbu – PVJ. When did the last time I go to PVJ? Hmmmm 3 years ago perhaps………

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dinner @ Zenbu – PVJ


my appetizing salmon cream sauce pasta :9


26 August 2016¬†(last¬†day of the workshop). Workshop was terminated before Jumu’ah prayer. After the prayer had finished, we had lunch together at hotel restaurant, to close the event. Not longer afterwards, I headed to¬†Xtrans – Green Batara Hotel (Cihampelas) to ride the shuttle to Tangerang.


closing the workshop~


√Ä bient√īt!

Food Tour / Wisata Kuliner : Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK)


10 April¬†2016. My friends in my office (Shelly and Winda) and I went for a food tour in Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK). We met at the Monas bus stop around 10 pm, then we took busway from Monas to Pantai Indah Kapuk, and disembarked at the Mangrove PIK bus stop. It took just over an hour, withour traffic jam Alhamdulillah ūüėČ

Cake A Boo (Ruko Garden House Blok B No. 22, Pantai Indah Kapuk)

Our first destination was Cake A Boo. What are we going to eat there? A cake, obviously! We arrived at Cake A Boo around 11 pm.


Cake A Boo building be like

It¬†has a super¬†cute interior, it’s utterly adorable. I felt like I was in candyland hehe. Cakes and beverage we ordered tasted delicious, also.



the interior :3

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Shelly, Sabi, Winda

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what we ordered : I forgot the name of such beverage (it is a kind of green tea milkshake with cotton candy on top), cake a bomb, cheese trap

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I do love cotton candy ‚̧

Kamakura (Ruko Garden House, Blok A No. 10, Pantai Indah Kapuk)

Our second destination was Kamakura. It is located in the same retail complex just as Cake a Boo, only 5 minutes walk perhaps.


Kamakura building be like

The owner of Kamakura is a Japanese *jadi pengen praktekin yang diajarin di kelas bahasa Jepang hehe, tapi kalo dijawab sama doi, langsung melipir aja kayanya*. Kamakura has simple yet lovely interior, me like it! And their food tasted incredibly delicious yuuuumm~

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the interior


Shelly, Sabi, Winda


our table

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we ordered snow milk kakigori and white mushroom omu rice to share, because we felt almost full, despite the fact that it is just our second place haha



Having finished at Kamakura, we walked to the next destination: North Pole Cafe. It is situated quite far from Kamakura, but we still can reach it on¬†foot and of course, we took so many photos when we were on our way ūüėÄ


Winda, Sabi, Shelly

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Shelly, Winda, Sabi

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Winda, Shelly, Sabi

North Pole Cafe (Ruko Crown Golf, Blok A No. 57, Pantai Indah Kapuk)

Well, this is our third destination. It is pretty renowned nowadays, isn’t it? Such cafe can be reached within 15 minutes walk from Kamakura.


North Pole Cafe building be like

The interior of the restaurant is dominated by blue, my favorite color


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it is dominated by blue ‚̧


our pan of happiness: lemon, forest berry, thai tea, mint chocolate chip, oreo, and salted caramel ice cream at a time :9

Itadakimas (Ruko Elang Laut, Blok D No. 57, Pantai Indah Kapuk)

And here it is, our last destination for our first food tour. Itadakimas is situated pretty far from the other restaurants, so that we rode Uber.

It has teddy bear theme for¬†the interior, and panda theme for plating, Shelly’s favorite definitely. Shelly said “belum lengkap kalau belum makan nasi” –> typical Indonesian ūüėÄ on the other hand, I am not a rice person, and will be very happy¬†not having it in my dish.


Winda, Sabi, Shelly, and teddy bear on the wall

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Sabi, Shelly, Winda, and teddy bear on the wall (I think Winda covered the teddy haha)




what we ordered¬†: sleeping panda, cheese mentai maki, nah I forgot the name of the new dish which has¬†2 panda rice balls on top. All of them tasted good ‚̧

To sum up, all of the restaurants we visited have an appealing interior, totally instagram-able. Also, their dishes. Their plating is obviously instagram-able and for me, all of them successfully increased my appetite.

But, the most important thing of a dish is the taste, just like all the judges of masterchef said ūüėÄ and all of the restaurants fulfill this requirement, in my opinion. If you wonder which one is the best? I would probably say it is Kamakura, their dishes are really really delicious, you must try ūüôā


Bandung : Roti Gempol, Malah Dicubo, Three Bears Cafe, the Kartipah Hotel


2 April 2016. I left my room¬†to the travel pool at 6:30 am, it took me about¬†30 minutes by Uber, because I¬†would be¬†off to Bandung at 7:30 yeaaay~¬†It’s been almost 1.5¬†years since my last visit ūüė¶

I reached Bandung at 10:30,¬†il y a des embouteillages partout heftz. Then, I left the travel pool to the place where I would spend the night (The Kartipah Hotel @ Dago) by Uber. As I didn’t want to bring my luggage while I strolled around Bandung, therefore I put it in hotel reception desk. In addition to that, I cannot check-in to my room because it was 11 in the morning, whereas¬†check-in time is 2 pm.

Hmmm did I tell you the reason of my current visit? It is because I would attend my high school friend’s wedding, who also lived in the same boarding house with me, on our college time in Bandung. Her name is Faradiani, I called her: Cece. Also, I loved to have such short term vacation in Bandung hehe. Cece would have her wedding @¬†The Kartipah Hotel, so that I would spend the night there, biar ga repot ūüėČ

My first destination was Roti Gempol (behind Midori Japanese Restaurant). Believe it or not, this is my very first visit there haha *kemana aja Sab selama 4 tahun kemarin kuliah di Bandung*. I ordered roti bakar gandum komplit (toasted wheat bread, with cheese, omelette, and smoked beef filling yuuummm!) and addictea (thai tea flavored). I met my friends (who kuliah di fakultas yang sama tapi beda jurusan) there, they are Isnan, Pece, and Ade.


toasted wheat bread (with cheese, omelette, and smoked beef filling) and addictea (thai tea flavored) :9

My second destination was Amanda Brownies @ Dago. I bought several boxes of steamed brownies there. Next, I returned to the hotel for check-in. Buuuut, I arrived at the hotel at 1:30 pm (30 minutes before check-in time) huhu. Thankfully, mas resepsionis was utterly kind, he allowed me to check-in when I got there, Alhamdulillah~


the corridor towards my room

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my room ‚̧

After finished take some photos, pray, etc, I got ready for the next destination woohooo~ I would meet Fika¬†(she used to work at Pertamina UTC, just like I do currently. But, Fika’s already resigned, and now she takes¬†master program @ ITB)¬†, and our destination was RM Malah Dicubo @ Stasiun Bandung. I really really miss this place sooooo much ūüė¶ I miss their cabe ijo, dendeng, ikan bilih, etc, my favorite dishes when I was younger haha. I could go there 3-4 times a week, meanwhile it’s location is pretty far from my boarding house @ Dago Asri…………….


dendeng ijo (dendeng nya saya nambah, padahal nasinya cuma 1, emang gabisa cuma makan 1x kalo kesini…..)

After that, we headed to Three Beras Cafe @ Paskal Hyper Square. This cafe is a new cafe in Bandung, I mean ehmm¬†jaman saya masih jadi mahasiswa belum ada hehe. It has simple yet lovely interior, me like it! We just ordered dessert there, because we were already full, but we wanted to have a cozy place for¬†chit chat ‚̧


my rose lychee pannacotta (yumm!) & english breakfast tea @ Three Bears Cafe

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mignon :3


Sabi et Fika

I returned to the hotel afterwards, I prayed, took a bath, prepared all the things for attending Cece’s wedding tomorrow, watched tv, had a nice chit-chat with Naes (my roommate for this trip). Naes was one of my ex-roommate (when we were in 3rd grade) in my boarding school life. Then, we went to bed at around 11 pm………..

3¬†April 2016.¬†We woke up at around 5 am to pray subuh, then we slept again shortly after that ūüėÄ Eventually, we got up at 8¬†(I love weekend so much). We took a bath, had breakfast, got dressed, applied make up, and finally we were ready kyaaa~ Before we headed to the venue of wedding reception, which is located just 1 minutes walking from our room, we checked-out at reception desk first.


my breakfast


I had breakfast in a semi-outdoor hall, which is situated adjacent to¬†the fish pond and the joglo ‚̧


my make-up and my dress hehe


@ photo booth: Sabi, Naes, Andaru (the occupants of room 103, H Building, Insan Cendekia Serpong in 2008-2009 ūüôā Recently, Naes work in Bank Mandiri, while Andaru just arrived in Indonesia a couple of months after finishing her master program @ Southampton, UK.



Naes, Cita, Messya, Sabi, Oli, Yara, Andaru, Bibil, Riken, Ira, Fikung, Nuri, Akhdan, Danny @ Cece’s wedding reception

The reception was ended at 2 pm. I headed to travel pool not longer after that,¬†because I¬†would be¬†off to Jakarta at 3:30 (it is weekend and I’m in Bandung, hence there is¬†heavy traffic jam everywhere hehe).

√Ä bient√īt, Bandung…..