Author Archives: Laily Lanisy

Kain Sabu: Woven textile from Savu Island

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Lara Djonggrang: Dining in a Private Museum

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The main attraction of Lara Djonggrang is the decor, both exterior and interior.  Starting from the large banyan tree in the front yard up to the inside of the home which was converted into a restaurant that is unique and a bit mystical.   The rooms, the tables, the benches, the chairs, the lighting, the floor are all beautiful.  Not to mention innumerable collections of antiques.  The statue of Lara Djonggrang, a visualization of the mythical Javanese girl on her way to heavens is one of the Masterpieces in this Restaurant

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This restaurant offers traditional food from all over Indonesia.  All the food that we ordered were delicious.  


Indonesia, Traditional


Jl. Teuku Cik Di Tiro 4


Jakarta – 10350

Telp: +62 21 315 3252



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Semi formal

Our Order and Price Range:


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Date of   Visit:

August 17, 2014.   Dinner with Maga and Junior

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Lontong Mie

Lontong Mie


This rice cake noodle soup is one of the many traditional dishes of East Java.  I had lontong mie last week in Melati Cafe, Tugu Hotel Malang.

You will need:

250 gr egg noodle, cook and drain
250 gr sprouts, soak in hot water and drain
250 gr shrimps.  Separate the head and the body
1 stalk celery, slice
1 stalk chives, slice
5 cloves of garlic, slice
4 cloves of  shallot, slice
1 table spoon of dried shrimps
1/2  tea spoon of pepper
2 tea spoon of salt
2 table spoon of sweet soy sauce
6 glasses of water
2 table spoon of cooking oil

You will also need:

Shrimp paste (petis udang)
Rice Cake
Fried Tofu
Fried Shallot
Emping or shrimp crackers

How to Cook:

Boil the water.  Put the shrimp heads in.  Keep on the heat until  the shrimps heads floating.  Strain the shrimp broth.

Saute the garlic,  shallot and dried shrimps.  Put it  in the shrimp broth

Cook the shrimp broth, add pepper, salt, After it boils, put in shrimp, celery, chives and soy sauce until the shrimps are cooked.

How to Serve:

Slice rice cake and fried tofu.  Put it in a bowl.  Add egg noodle, sprout and shrimp.  Pour the soup.  Sprinkle with fried shallot.  Serve the shrimp paste and shrimp crackers on separate plate.

Temple of Heaven and Forbidden City

Travel Notes:  Beijing

(Day 2, 3  Juni 2014)

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Today, I planned to visit the Temple of  Heaven and the Forbidden City, which both have enormous area.  I  had to hit the road early to be able to cover both places.

My first destination was the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), in the southeastern part of Beijing.  Because it is quite far from my hotel, I asked the  bellboy to find me a taxi with a driver who understood a little English.

His answered was: ‘Méiyǒu..’ (there isn’t any) .  So I had to ride in regular taxi and luckily, I arrived at the temple safely.

The admission to the Temple of  Heaven which was built in 1420 during the rule of  Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty was 15 Yuan.  The rental price of electronic guides was  40 yuan (plus a deposit of 100 yuan).  Armed with  the electronic guide, I started to leisurely stroll through  the courtyard of the temple.   The sky was clear with a blazing sun.  Fortunately, most of the area shaded by rows of  beautiful cypress trees

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I lingered  in this beautiful place for more than five hours until it was time for me to go to the Forbidden City (Gugong or Zǐjinchéng).  And problems began to spring up … There was  no taxi outside…! I walked around to find taxi stands, could not find one.   I tried to asked people, but no one could understand my question. The information personnel just pointed out his finger toward the street, with no explanation. On the fast lanes there were many passing by taxis, but there was a road barrier between the fast lanes and the slow lanes.  How was I supposed to hail them?

Finally a help came in the form of a parking attendant .. He told me to follow him, jumped over the road block, passed the bus line and stood waiting for the taxi in the middle of the road.  In the middle of a busy road!! …When a vacant  taxi came by, he whistled loudly and  told me to jump into the  taxi.  Once I was inside the taxi, the driver took off, before I had time to say my thank to the parking attendant.

I told the driver that I wanted to go to Forbidden City.  He nodded knowingly without saying anything.  He drove in silence.  About 30 minutes later, after we passed Tianenmen Square, he asked me something in Mandarin..

‘Wǒ bù zhīdào (I don’t understand you)’, I answered him.   He nodded.  Not long after that,  he stopped and he pointed across the street.  I saw there was a museum and a big crowd in front of it.  Definitely my destination, I thought as I got out of the cab.

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It was correct,  the complex in front of me was the Forbidden City.  But it was not the entrance, it was the exit.  The entrance was on the opposite direction.  If I wanted to enter the Forbidden City I have to circle that place. I didn’t think I have the strength to do that.  I decided to go back to the hotel and visit the Forbidden City the day after.

To find another taxi was extremely difficult.  A Few taxi that I stopped, for some reason refused to take me to the hotel.   Suddenly there is an elderly Chinese woman in her 70s asked me where I wanted to go (She spoke in Mandarin, possibly that was the meaning).  I replied that I needed a cab to take me to my hotel, and showed her Shangri-la business card.   She said she would  call a cab and told me to wait. I didn’t know how I could understand what she was talking about, but I obeyed.  The woman  called someone. Three minutes later appeared in front of us a vehicle  resembled a Bajaj (see the picture below), the rider was much older than the woman.

‘This is the taxi,’ she informed me.

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“‘What???!!!  This is not a taxi!!  This is Bajaj,’ I told them laughing.   The woman and the old man giggled.  It was so funny.  We did not understand what was said to each other, yet we could  laugh together.  I still would not ride his vehicle  to get to the hotel. Instead, I asked the old man to take me to the entrance of  the Forbidden City.  I was sure I would find a taxi there to take me back to the hotel.

‘Sānshí..” said the old man. OK, tiga thirty yuan.

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Seattle Crab Pot

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Your trip to Seattle is not complete without visiting The Crab Pot.  


Seafood Restaurant


1301 Alaskan Way

Seattle, WA 98101

Telp: +01 (206) 624-1890

Operating Hours:

11:00 AM – 09:00 PM


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Our Order and Price Range:

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We ordered 5 Alaskan Packages consisted of: King Crab, Dungenese Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp in the Shell, Steamed Clams, Pacific Mussels, Corn on the Cob and Red Potatoes.

It is a bit pricey, but then it is located in the middle of  tourist attraction.

Date of   Visit:

May 25, 2014.  Lunch with Maga, Junior and the Soehedies

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Downtown Beijing

Travel Notes:  Beijing

(Day 1, 2 Juni 2014)

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It had been more than 10 years since my last visit to Beijing.  So when Alfred, my husband,  was planning to go on business trip to Beijing, I decided to come along.  Although I knew that I would be on my own, since his schedule was very tight

During the entire stay in Beijing, Alfred was really busy.  I only met him during  breakfast and when he and his business partners invited me to join them for dinner.  After dinner, they usually continued their meeting until the early hours.

Armed with a Beijing map, limited knowledge of  Mandarin mainly of numbers, hǎo (hello)  and  duōshǎo (how much), and google translate in my cellphone, I bravely roamed downtown Beijing that had been rapidly growing over the last 10 years. The first day went on smoothly.  I didn’t encounter any problems whatsoever.   Partly because I walked the whole day and I did not interact with many people.  Since our hotel, the Shangri-La, was within the  China World Trade Center, once outside the  hotel, we would be at the main road of  Jianguomenwai Avenue. If we keep on walking on this road we will be at ke Tiananmen Square.

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Beijing was a pedestrians friendly city.   Its sidewalks were clean, wide open with shade trees and gardens.  There were many underground passages, making it very easy to move from one sidewalk to the other.  But be extra careful when crossing the street, though.   Motorists in China didn’t respect pedestrians.  Although the walk sign had already turned green, they were still speeding up and honking loudly.

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I ended my first day of sightseeing in Beijing by visiting Silk Street, a souvenir market similar to ITC Mangga Dua,  Jakarta.  Most of the cloths and artworks sold there were silk.  Blouses, tablecloths, tissue holders, bed runners etc.  Finally, I had opportunity to test my bargaining skill.

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Jalan Sudirman, Jakarta

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Every day, over the years, I passed this Jakarta main street, Jalan Sudirman, to get to my office.  I knew by heart the conditions of this street: the buildings on both sides of the street, every entry and exit point from fast lane to slow lane and vice versa and places where traffic jams occurred frequently.  However, I rarely took time to admire how beautiful Jalan Sudirman was.  This afternoon I had the opportunity to take some photos of Jalan Sudirman on my way back to the office after lunch.

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Kaihomaru: Crispy Baby Shrimps for Lunch

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The ground floor and the first floor of our office building – Citiloft/Citiwalk Sudirman – are dedicated for cafes and restaurants.  More than  twenty eating places serving lunch everyday.  But every day we are still struggling in deciding which restaurant to eat.

Kaihomaru, a Japanese Restaurant, on the 1st floor is the solution that we always take, when we don’t know which one to go.  The dishes are light, yet satisfying.    My favorites are shibaebi karaage (crispy baby shrimps) and sake onigiri (salmon rice ball)




Citiwalk Sudirman

Jl. KH Mas Mansyur No. 121

1st floor.  Unit 11


Telp: +62 21 2991 8916


Typical Japanese diner


Semi formal, office attire

Our Order and Price Range:

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Kaihomaru 4

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Date of   Visit:

April 21, 2014.  Lunch with Maga.

Bale Raos: Royal Cuisine ala Kraton Yogyakarta

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A few times I had dinner with my family in Bale Raos Yogyakarta, which was located inside the Kraton (Palace).  I really loved the ambiance of the restaurant. Very Javanese and very royal.  As for the dishes, not so much that I could remember.

Bale Raos had opened its branch in Jakarta in Kebayoran Baru area.  The atmosphere was different than that in Yogya. Very ordinary.  And still, there was nothing special about the main dishes, although it was written in the menu, that this dish was the favorite of this Sultan and that dish was the favorite of other Sultan.   However,  the traditional desserts were very very very good.  Will be back for the desserts.



Javanese, Traditional


Jl. Suryo No. 15

Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta Selatan

Telp: +62 739 5785


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Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 19, 2014.  Dinner with Maga and Andy Jamie

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Doors and Alleys in Charlotte Amalie

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In addition to its beautiful turquoise beaches, we can enjoy the uniqueness of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands by wandering around its Capital City, Charlotte Amalie.  The followings are photos of doors and alleys that I took during my visit on last January 2014


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