18/07/2017

MY DAY WITH JANIS

Janis and I planned to go street food hunting way before our term break started. There are several places that I really want to visit in Jakarta like Soto Agus in Barito, Sate Ayam RSPP located next to the RSPP Hospital and some food stalls in Pasar Santa. It had been a while since the last time Janis and I had something that we call our 'life-therapy' (basically a day filled with exploration and picnics along with movie marathons) so it was about time we started exploring new places. 

We finally got to do it yesterday but it wasn't very 'street-food'. Unfortunately we didn't get to try Soto Agus and the satay sold near RSPP but we did pay Pasar Santa a visit along with a coffeeshop and a satay stall in the Senopati-SCBD area recommended by the search engine we all love, Google. God bless technology. 

NUMERO UNO: Caribou Coffee - Senopati 




First impression? Cozy place, loved the baristas. Although I do think that almost all baristas in this world are friendly, I do think that the baristas here were exceptionally friendly. Ever since college I've been drinking lots and coffee and to my surprise, been enjoying it with less sugar. I was a tea person before this for coffee was just too strong and I guess I preferred something sweet. I was (and still occasionally am) one of those people who would order a cup of Ice Blended Green Tea latte to coffeeshops and my brother, who have always preferred coffee over tea, would make fun of me then. But these days I can handle espressos, cortados, and of course lattes with less sugar just fine. I ordered a nice small-sized cup of Iced Latte and Janis had a cup of Hot Chai Tea.

Price? Just like any other cafes out there I guess. I could be wrong but if I remember correctly, the price range is from IDR 20.000-50.000. The latte I ordered was around IDR 30.000. 

Out of 10 I would give Caribou Coffee a rating of 8/10. I honestly loved, loved, loved the place. I found it to be quite pretty and cozy. Good decors, loved the potted plants and the cozy couches too. As mentioned before, the service was amazing and the latte was great. 

NUMERO DOS: Glasch Nitrogen Ice Cream - Pasar Santa

When we arrived at Pasar Santa we were hoping to try all sorts of things. We were hoping to try all the food from stalls we found interesting. HOWEVER, most of the stalls were closed. Lesson learned, we should've done our research before going somewhere. A similar thing happened to us when we were in Kuala Lumpur. Our agenda that day was to visit the places we listed down - The Central Market (Pasar Seni), Pavilion and a few Instagram-worthy places and breakfast at this restaurant called LOKL. After walking from our hotel first thing in the morning for half an hour or so (morning exercise much?) we arrived at LOKL to find out that the place would on be opened the next day.

Anyway, we were glad to find that not every stall in Pasar Santa at that time. After wandering about the place with only a limited options in our hands, an ice cream parlour caught our eye amid the dark. And so we sat at Glasch Nitrogen Ice Cream Parlour and ordered three scoops of ice cream for us to share.

First impression? I really thought that it was cute how the ice cream was named after astronomy-themed things. I've also been a fan of nitrogen ice cream parlours (Ron's Lab for example) mainly because of the nitrogenous experience so I was pretty excited to give this one a try.

Price? The small cup (1 scoop of ice cream only) costs IDR 35.000 while the regular cup, the one that we had, came with 3 scoops of ice cream and costs IDR 45.000. We had our ice cream with waffles and a few toppings.

We ordered the Nutella Banana scoop, the Caramel Salt scoop and the Cookies and Cream-esque scoop. My favorite was the caramel salt one. Honestly, Glasch's ice cream was neither the best nor the worst. So I would give it a rating of 4/10. The ice cream was creamy but not creamy enough to my liking and it was saddening how I didn't get to see liquid nitrogen evaporating from the ice cream which was something that I was personally looking forward to!

NUMERO TRES: Satay Club - Grand Lucky Superstore



Next, for our big lunch we headed to the Satay Club which is located in the Grand Lucky Superstore's food court. I was craving for satay and with a little help of Google Maps and Gojek, we found this place. But first, let us appreciate Janis' way of saving up! Bring a tumbler everywhere you go guys, not spending money on beverage is a good way of saving some moola.

Janis ordered a plate of Sate Padang while I ordered a plate of, as expected, Sate Taichan. Sate Taichan is this type of satay which have been recently hyped up that is served with lots of (presumably) MSG and hot sauce. Fun fact, back then the idea of Sate Taichan didn't really interest me. But of course, until the day my friend brought a take-away plate of Sate Taichan to campus and I had my first bite. Not gonna lie, it was heaven to me bruh. So I guess up till now I'm still on the search of finding a plate of Sate Taichan as delicious as the one I tasted.

I found one stall that sold an almost-there version of the one I had across my old apartment. Need to try the ones in Senayan one day.

Anyway, I didn't have high expectations for this one because I've honestly come to terms with the fact that I should lower down my standards otherwise everything I try would taste bad if not okay to me. And well, as expected the Sate Taichan I had from the Satay Club was honestly meh. Entertaining though for someone who was craving for a plate of juicy, salty, spicy Sate Taichan but I still prefer the stall across my old apartment. My rating? 6/10.

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So let's conclude shall we? Out of the three places I visited my favorite was Caribou Coffee. Cozy place, good coffee, good playlist too. I had such a good time with Janis yesterday and I came home feeling full and sleepy.

x Saras

16/07/2017

STUCK IN THE PAST

I have been feeling very nostalgic. Ever since grandfather died a few days ago, a lot of old photos popped up, those with him and those without. It's amazing how we long for the past sometimes but probably never thought we would long for those moments at that time. It's like back then when grandpa (which I call Aki) was alive, I never thought visiting him would be something I long for now as it was a routine to visit my grandparents and converse with them over something completely normal like the weather, plants, a bit of a family gossip then of course I'd be on my phone most of the time (something that I honestly regret now). My grandpa would be sitting on his favorite chair, not saying much due to his alzheimer's which made him socially passive but even if he said something, it was always about something nice. If not, he'd be listening to a song called Sepanjang Jalan Kenangan on repeat while accompanying my uncles and dad smoke outside.

I guess that's what I really admire about him. His gift of giving, his gift of making others feel happy and special, even when his alzheimer's took a toll on him. He always had something good to say, something good to do. My relatives and I have been visiting my grandma lately to make sure she doesn't feel lonely and just to support her really. I guess we all know that there's no fun in losing someone we love - death, a break-up, a divorce, really the same thing. All of us talk about him a lot these days, especially everytime we're at her place. I guess we were all remembering him in order to cope with the grief. They were all good memories though, funny memories.

There was a time when my grandma and grandpa were quarrelling over grandpa's diet. Like most Indonesians he was a fan of jeroan and oily food. My grandma warned him to stop eating so much and the conversation went pretty much like this

Grandma: "Don't get too fat otherwise it'd be hard for people to lower you down in to your grave."
Grandpa: "Fine I'll save up then"
Grandma: "What for?"
Grandpa: "So that I can hire more people to lower me down to my own grave"
And then my grandpa continued eating his meal.

My aunt also told me that one of her memories of grandpa that she was most fond of was the time he gave a big amount of money to a gardener at her place. He told her that he knew and he might get the same amount of money tomorrow but the gardener might not know when he will get that same amount again.

My dad told me that my grandpa had a good way of raising his kids up. My grandpa's definition of success is when his kids end up being more successful than him. So what he did was lowering the bars by pretending he was not as good as his kids. My dad told me that grandpa was always, always proud of his kids and grandkids and were always happy showing them off. And it is that confidence that made them feel prepared to face the world.

My fondest memory of grandpa? The time he visited us to Johor Bahru. It was New Year's Eve and we were having dinner at this restaurant where each table came with this New Year Freebies Kit. He could tell that my brother and I were fond of that kit so he took four more kits from the next table just for us. I also remember the time he took me, my brother and my cousins to a forest in his car. He's always had a thing for plants, he was quite the handyman too.

Grandpa's death was a slap on my face, honestly.  It's made me realise that life is short and it's important to spend time with the people you love. It's made me realise that there is never harm in giving. It's made me realise that you only have one shot in life. This may sound grim but it's also made me think about death, about how we never know when, how and where are we going to die but what we know for sure is we'll all end up in a grave somewhere.

x Saras

Saras - Aki - Raras

09/07/2017

FAMILIAR FACES

God bless term breaks. I've been having my term break since May/June and decided not to travel anywhere far but instead catch up with a lot of high school friends. Truth to be told I've always thought that high school will pretty much end when we've graduated - as melancholic as this sounds I guess I've allowed myself into thinking that it is completely normal not to stay in touch because well, that's life. But so far it hasn't been like that for me and I'm glad. Although I don't see my high school friends as frequent as I did before, I'm just entirely grateful that I got to see them this term break over our must-have almost-a-ritual barbecue which we've done for, believe it or not, three good years!





God bless all the food we were having. We usually have steak and grilled sausages but this time we decided to change it up a bit to something fishy. Fish and chips made from scratch, with grilled chicken wings, sausages and our impromptu pan-fried tuna which by the way, turned out pretty good!


Oji had his birthday recently so we threw him a little birthday surprise with of course flour and eggs involved. And also party hats and a cake we bought from Tous Le Jours because well, we honestly aren't that mean. 



And of course, just because it's tradition, we ended the night with three horror films (actually two, with the other one more of a thriller). It was a pretty good night and it's always great to return home and catch up with the people who you are too familiar with, don't you think?

x Saras