Category Archives: Indonesia

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)

Categories:

Japanese

Address:

Citiwalk Sudirman

Jl. KH Mas Mansyur No. 121

1st floor.  Unit 11

Jakarta

Telp: +62 21 2991 8916

Ambience:

Typical Japanese diner

Attire:

Semi formal, office attire

Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 21, 2014.  Lunch with Maga.

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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.

 

Categories:

Javanese, Traditional

Address:

Jl. Suryo No. 15

Kebayoran Baru

Jakarta Selatan

Telp: +62 739 5785

Ambience:

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Attire:

Casual

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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Kedai Pelangi: Offers Sop Konro and Buras

Kedai Pelangi

Kedai Pelangi, located on the congested street of Jalan Sabang, serves a variety of   traditional  foods of Makassar such as Coto Makassar and Sop Konro, the famous rib soup, complete with buras (rice cake similar to lontong or ketupat, the Javanese rice cakes).   Kedai Pelangi  also offers traditional desserts such as ‘palu butung’ and ‘es pisang ijo’.

If you are in Jakarta and  are longing for Makassar food, Kedai Pelangi is one of the few places you should visit.  A bit of advice. though, if you order Sop Konro remind the server to bring you a very hot soup .  Mine was not as hot as it was  supposed to be.  

Categories:

Makassar Dishes

Address:

Jl. H Agus Salim no 18 A

Jakarta Pusat

Telp: +62 21 315 1999

Ambience:

Kedai Pelangi 4

Attire:

Casual

Our Order and Price Range:

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Date of   Visit:

April 14, 2014.  Dinner with Maga and Andy Jamie

Barelang Bridge

Barelang Bridge

Barelang Bridge is one of the icons of Batam Island.  This bridge is a series of six bridges, connecting six islands, three of which became the name of this bridge: Batam, Rempang and Galang.

The scenery along the bridge is so amazing.  The calm seas, without waves,  surrounding many sparkling small  islands.

With a relatively quite traffic, you can stop on the bridge to take photos or enjoy the view, like what I and my friend Julie Suroso did.

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Mari Masak Kerak Telor

Malam ini tiba-tiba aku ingin sekali makan Kerak Telor.  Diantar Maga, kami mencoba peruntungan pergi ke kawasan Tugu Monas. Ternyata pada malam Minggu seperti malam ini,  banyak abang-abang yang menjajakan makanan khas Betawi ini

Kami berkesempatan untuk menyaksikan proses pembuatannya dengan seksama …, Sepertinya mudah untuk membuatnya sendiri.

Kerak 2

Bahan-bahan yang dibutuhkan.

    1. Ketan putih, rendam selama 2 hingga 3 jam
    2. Telor bebek
    3. Serundeng kelapa
    4. Bawang goreng
    5. Ebi bubuk
    6. Garam, lada bubuk, gula pasir, 
    7. Irisan cabai (bila diperlukan)

Cara Pembuatannya:

Panaskan wajan ukuran sedang di atas anglo dengan arang yang menyala panas.

Kerak 3

Masukkan satu sendok sop ketan yang sudah direndam beserta airnya.  Tutup dan biarkan selama 2 hingga 3 menit di atas anglo.

Kerak 4

Buka tutupnya dan masukkan satu butir telor bebek, satu sendok makan serundeng kelapa gurih, satu sendok teh serundeng kelapa manis,  satu sendok makan bawang goreng, satu sendok teh ebi bubuk, garam, gula dan merica secukupnya.

Kerak 5

Aduk dengan cepat dan merata.

Kerak 6

Bentuk menyerupai telor dadar dengan diameter 20 cm, tutup dan masak hingga harum.

Kerak 7

Buka tutupnya dan balik wajan di atas anglo, hingga lidah api menjilat kerak telor.

Kerak 9

Bolak-balik wajan, hingga kerak telor benar-benar matang dan harum baunya.

Kerak 10

Tambahkan serungdeng dan bawang goreng lagi dan sajikan

Kerak 1

Selamat mencoba dan menikmati.

Mengintip Kiprah Jokowi – Ahok di Waduk Pluit

Waduk Pluit 1

Bertahun-tahun kawasan di sekitar waduk Pluit di Jakarta Utara ini merupakan kawasan yang kumuh dan beraroma tidak sedap.  Beberapa gubernur DKI Jaya datang dan pergi, tapi kawasan ini tetap tidak berubah.  Bahkan area kumuhnya semakin luas sehingga menimbulkan kemacetan parah.  Untung muncul pasangan gubernur dan wakilnya, Joko Widodo dan Basuki Purnama yang lebih dikenal dengan sebutan Jokowi-Ahok yang tanpa gentar melakukan relokasi penduduk liar, memfungsikan kembali waduk dan menata area di sekitar waduk Pluit.

Tanggal 28 Agustus 2013 lalu, saya berkesempatan untuk mengintip perkembangan proyek ini.  Aroma tidak sedap masih tercium tajam, tapi kawasannya mulai menunjukkan tanda-tanda bakal menjadi daerah yang cantik.

Waduk Pluit 2

Konstruksi dengan menggunakan alat-alat berat masih berlangsung.

 

Waduk Pluit 4

Di sisi yang lain dari Waduk, masih terlihat pemukiman liar nan kumuh yang belum direlokasi.  Melihat pemukiman tersebut tidak sulit untuk membayangkan bagaimana keadaan sebelum mulai dilakukan pemindahan warga.  Sebelum pohon-pohon eceng gondok dibersihkan dan dipindahkan ketepian

Waduk Pluit 3

Taman yang dibangun di sekeliling waduk menjanjikan suatu keasrian.  Pohon-pohon pulai (Astonia Scholaris) yang kegunaannya hampir menyerupai pohon kina berjajar dengan rapi.  Begitu pula pohon trembesi (samanea saman) yang baru saja ditanam

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Waduk Pluit 9

Masyarakat sekitarpun mulai memanfaatkan taman yang belum jadi ini untuk membawa anak-anak mereka jalan-jalan.  

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Saya bangga bisa mengintip Kiprah Jokowi – Ahok ini.  Mudah-mudahan pak Jokowi tidak tergoda untuk mencalonkan diri jadi Presiden tahun depan.  Jakarta masih sangat membutuhkannya.  

 

Amankila: a Secluded Nest in Karangasem

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 I should have put this post in the Hotel category, but since I did not stay here, so I did not have the opportunity to view the suites’ accomodations.

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My husband and I stopped by Amankila to enjoy lunch at the coffee shop, overlooking the Lombok Strait.  Great views and outstanding food.

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With the  rates vary from US$ 1,000 to US$ 3,500 per night, this hotel is obviously reserved for those with money.   Hope someday I can stay – or someone will invite me to stay –  here and recount my experience to you all.

 
Amankila
Manggis, Bali
Indonesiatel    (62) 363 41333
fax    (62) 363 41555
email amankila@amanresorts.com
 
mailing address 
PO Box 33, Manggis 80871
Karangesam, Bali, Indonesia

Borobudur

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Borobudur is the largest Mahayana Buddhist temple in the world, built in the 9th century during the reign of  Sailendra Dinasty.  Located in Central Java, Indonesia, about an hour drive from Yogyakarta.  

Borobudur is listed as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More than two thousand reliefs like these can be found on the walls of the temple.

Borobudur Reliefs

 

To find out the meaning behind these reliefs, you should take advantage of  the tour guides provided by the Borobudur Management for a small fee. 

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Borobudur 7

 

 

Meina’s Birthday, Bandung

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Tirtagangga Hot Springs Resort Hotel

Tirtagangga

Of the many hotels and lodgings in Cipanas, Garut, Tirtagangga Hot Springs Resort Hotel is our favorite.  The Hotel is situated closest to the source of thermal water, so the natural water flowing to the hotel’s pool and baths is much cleaner and warmer.

Its rooms are spacious, clean, simple but tastefully furnished.

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Some of the  rooms are even equipped with private natural hot tubs.

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The hot pools and hot fountain in the courtyard is quite open but still respect privacy.

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Room 101 was the room that we always stayed  when we were there.

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Tirtagangga Hot Springs Resort Hotel
Jl. Raya Cipanas No 130
Garut – 14451
West Java
Telp:    +62 262 232549