Sunday, December 2, 2018



Putting this here as an appreciation post because Kygo's new music 
video of Happy Now is breathtakingly beautiful. I cried in public watching this. 


What Kind of Waffle are You?

Banana Split Waffle
You are the adventurer. Like the toppings used in this particular dessert, you don't mind being different and stepping out of your comfort zone. You are not afraid to try something new because just going for the usual will just bore you anyway, right? This waffle is perfect for those of you who enjoy a burst of different flavor in one bite. The crispy and warm waffle are just to die for, especially combined with the cold and sweet Vanilla ice cream. Then again, who would have thought that chocolate sauce can go well with mixed-berries sauce if it weren't you?



Classic Maple Waffle
You are the happy go lucky. Ain't nobody can stop your from being the warm sun that beams out positive energy to those who are around you. Sweet surprises go along with your fun vibe, like the strawberry and the whipped cream to this waffle. Everyone likes you for who you are, but you have to know that there will always be that one person who doesn't like strawberry despite its' sweetness.



Salted Caramel Waffle 
You are the girl, or boy, next door. Everyone knows you for your simplicity and there's nothing wrong with being simple, and you know that. You are open for new and exciting things, just like the salted caramel sauce drizzled on this waffle, but sometimes it's nice to just keep everything subtle and drama-less. The waffle itself is great, let alone combined with a handful of almond chunks and the sweet and salty salted caramel sauce; just the perfect companion for your Sunday morning indulging on your newly bought novel of Dan Brown's Origin.



Brown Fox: Waffle & Coffee
Jalan Taman margasatwa No. 9C
Pasar Minggu, Jakarta Selatan

Opening Hours:
Monday - Sunday: 8AM - 10PM

Contact:
+62 819 9987 0041

Gangga Coffee, Ubud

It was a fine day in Pejeng. I woke up rather early that day despite last night's drinking session with Mom, Dad, and Sam. We had nothing planned for that day and Sam seemed a bit bummed up by the fact that he did nothing other than scrolling through his phone and playing with Lima. “Let’s head out to Ubud,” he asked, “we can use your Dad’s motorcycle”. I agreed immediately. The sun was not too intense and the weather was rather chilly, so it was very enjoyable for us to go downhill. 

Gangga Coffee is where we headed to hangout. The coffee place was recommended by a good friend of mine, Davie, when I asked him about good coffee shops that sell great manual brews. I promised him back then that I would be the first one, between the two of us, that would step into the coffee shop first. Then, there I was. 

Gangga Coffee is rather petite, yet beautiful in its’ own way and it has more than just a few photo spots for you Instagram people who are currently climbing the social ladder. I ordered me a V60, with beans which name escaped me, while Sam settled for an ice latte. I also got me something to munch on, which name also escaped me but it was the only waffle-based menu they have at the shop. It had a “Tropical Summer Waffle” ring in to it. 


The waffle had a beautiful and simple presentation, yet it looked a bit dead and dull as the garnish only stood out for each of themselves. Our drinks, on the one hand, was very simple.

My waffle sandwich had slices of banana, pineapple, and strawberry in between, along with a berry yogurt here and there. Again, same like the presentation of the garnishes, all of the element inside the dessert didn’t blend well. The waffle itself was plain and soggy, it didn’t even have the crispy edges like how I love my waffle to be. The fillings tasted like how fruits are supposed to taste like. “It’s not good, isn’t it,” asked Sam. I nodded in disappointment. 

On the contrary, the coffee was okay. I didn’t know how Sam’s was as I didn’t take any sip, but mine was light and very enjoyable. We ended up spending hours at Gangga Coffee chitchatting about work. 























Gangga Coffee
Jalan Raya Andong, No. 11
Ubud, Bali

Contact:
+62 361 908 2477

Opening Hours: 
MON - SUN: 8AM - 8PM 

Sego Sambal Mak Yeye

“Apa, sih, yang lo suka dari Mak Yeye,” tanya gue kepada Afif. “Ya, gue suka penyetannya, Kin,” jawabnya, “gue suka sambelnya, telornya, ikan peinya, tempenya. Ya, penyetannya!”. Jawabannya nggak ada yang masuk di nalar dan, buat gue, agak sedikit bias. “Sebenernya, yang bikin enak itu joroknya, Kin,” tambahnya lagi, “nggak tau, kan, lo di dalem sambelnya itu sebenernya ada iler Genderuwonya.”. Waduh. 

Sego Sambel Mak Yeye adalah salah satu kuliner legendaris di Surabaya yang letaknya hanyalah di sebuah gang kecil di Jalan Jagir Wonokromo. Tempat makan ini memonopoli gang tersebut, di mana di kanan kiri gang tersedia meja dan kursi untuk tamu makan, tapi lokasi penjualannya hanya satu dan sangat-sangat kecil. Ibarat semut mengerubuti remah martabak yang tercecer di lantai, beginilah situasi saat kami beradu urutan dengan warga lokal untuk memesan beberapa porsi penyetan. Kami berempat, ada gue, Afif, Ega, dan Mas Koko. Sementara Afif dan Mas Koko sibuk mengantri, gue dan Ega menyibukkan diri dengan hp kami masing-masing. 


Kurang lebih setengah jam lamanya gue dan Ega menunggu di meja yang kami tempati, di salah satu bangunan yang dijadikan sebagai tempat makan, barulah Afif dan Mas Koko datang membawa dua pasang piring berisikan nasi dan lauk-pauk yang terlihat biasa saja dan nggak begitu menggugah selera. “Dua asin, dua manis, kan.” tanya Afif memastikan. Punya gue yang manis, entah apa yang membedakan dengan yang asin karena tampilannya nggak ada bedanya. “Kalo yang manis itu dikasih gula, Kin,” jelas Ega, “jadi di sambelnya itu ditaburin gula biar manis.”

Kan, biasanya, khasnya penyetan itu adalah lauk yang dilumati (biasanya dengan ulekan, atau beban hidup) yang kemudian dicampur dengan sambal dan baru disajikan di atas nasi. Nah, sebenarnya, kalau mau dibilang “penyetan”, nasi dan lauk Mak Yeye ini nggak bisa tergolong sebagai penyetan karena lauknya nggak dibenyek-benyekin; lauknya hanya diletakkan saja di pinggiran nasi dan sambalnya dituangkan di atasnya. Kalau gue pribadi lebih senang menggolongkan kuliner khas Surabaya ini dengan “sego lawuh”, atau nasi lauk kalau diartikan ke bahasa Indonesia. 

Nasi pulen yang menggunung ditimpa dengan dua potong tempe goreng, satu telur dadar, satu potong ikan pei, dan tumpahan sambal yang kelihatannya pedas banget. Ikan Pei itu ikan apa? Gue awalnya nggak tahu. Gue udah keburu melahap beberapa suwir saat Afif memberitahu gue bahwa itu adalah ikan Pari. Hancur hati gue saat gue tahu karena gue udah berniat untuk nggak memakan ikan Pari. “Lho, kenapa emangnya, Kin,” tanya Afif. Gue udah beberapa kali menyelam di laut dalam dan terkagum-kagum saat melihat sekawanan Ikan Pari berenang berkeliling gue, dan mereka sangat-sangat cantik dan gue udah terlanjur sayang dengan ikan tersebut. Gue nggak sampai hati untuk sengaja memakan mereka. “Ya, masa gue makan temen, Fif,” jawab gue. Yang bikin gue makin sedih adalah ternyata rasa daginnya enak. Dagingnya manis dan empuk, dan rasa gurihnya agak-agak mirip dengan rasa daging ikan Tuna. Dagingnya diasap dan rasa asapnya terasa di setiap gigitan. Sama sekali nggak amis. Kalau kalian penasaran rasa ikan Pari kayak gimana, nggak usah ditanggepin, ya, rasa penasarannya. Please. Mau nggak mau gue harus menghabiskan jatah ikan Pei yang ada di piring gue karena gue nggak mau ikan itu mati sia-sia. 


Harus gue akui, sambalnya memang nikmat banget. Rasanya gurih dan manis, asinnya pas, dan pedasnya luar biasa gue sampai kehabisan nafas dan berucucran keringat. Kombinasi lauk yang paling top, menurut gue, adalah nasi, telur dadar, dan sambal itu sendiri. Telur dadarnya sangat berminyak, tapi gurih dan asin. Teksturnya kering, agak lembut di bagian tengahnya, dan tipis banget. Udah pasti telur ini nggak bagus buat kesehatan, tapi kadang justru makanan yang nggak bagus buat kesehatan lah yang enaknya nendang. Tempenya nggak berkesan sama sekali karena rasanya yang tawar dan pemotongannya yang terlalu tebal sehingga nggak ada garing-garingnya sama sekali ketika digigit meskipun sudah digoreng. 

Jujur, gue menikmati banget sambal yang disajikan di Sego Sambal Mak Yeye. Meskipun nggak ada faktor “wow” yang bisa dibanggakan, tapi gue tetap merekomendasikan sajian kuliner khas Surabaya ini bagi kalian yang belum pernah mencicipi. Tapi, boleh nggak gue minta satu hal? Kalau kalian mau makan di sini, nggak usah pakai ikan parinya, ya? Nggak tega. 


Sego Sambal Mak Yeye
Jalan Jagir Wonokromo Wetan, No. 10
RT005 RW006 Jagir
Wonokromo, Kota Surabaya 
Jawa Timur 60244

Contact: 
+62 821 4065 2797

Opening Hour:
MON - SUN: 9PM - 4AM

Available on Go-Food 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Pandora Experience

A couple of days ago, my cousins and I went to Kelapa Gading to play at this famous escape house in Jakarta named Pandora Experience. You see, we were basically escape-house virgins, so we were not familiar with how this game goes, let alone how it works. I booked a slot over a phone call for the Forest of the Dead, which is the theme of the game. There are numerous theme for one place and, turned out, I happen to chose the most extreme one of all the themes available. “The difficulty is five out of five, the fear factor is five out of five as well, while the physical activity is four out of five,” said Nuning, a cousin of mine, reading the information written on the official website about the theme we were about to undergo as we were driving to Mall Kelapa Gading. Shit, I thought to myself, I’d probably shit my pants playing this escape game. 

Left to right: Gavin, Nadja, me, Nuning, and Adji

Imagine going to a cinema to watch a movie, but instead of doing so, you are going to a dark building with splashing color of black and red and being put inside a chamber for two hours to find your way out by finding clues and solving riddles; that’s how the escape game works. Within each theme, the duration of the game differs, as well as the amount of players needed to play the game. Mine needed, at least, four persons to play, and it can be up to ten persons. 

Out game started at 8:30PM. We arrived a bit early, got briefed by the game master about the dos and don’ts, stored our belongings inside a locker provided by Pandora Experience, and went to the third floor to our game chamber. We were given a walkie talkie. That’s it. No flash lights, no candles, nothing to light up the expected dark and eerie chamber. The walkie talkie is used to communicate with the game master in case we stumbled upon a dead end and needed a help from the game master himself to solve the mystery. Very handy and useful, and we used the particular equipment a lot during our entire two and a half hours roaming around the maze.

What we experienced inside the maze-like chamber was none like we have ever came accross with before. We had to crawl, we had to climb, we were trapped in a very small room with minimum lighting, we were surrounded by speakers that blare creepy sounds and music, and we also were separated halfway through the game not because we were lost, but because the story line required us to. “Only one can go inside the maze and it has to be a.. woman,” said the game master through the walkie talkie. Nadja was terrified, as well as Nuning. I was as well, but I had to be the one who do this task otherwise we won’t finish the game and we might get kicked out for not being able to finish it under the specified time period. So I did. It was the most terrifying moment in my life as I had to crawl my way into a narrow and dark passage, clogging my ears with my fingers so that I won’t be hearing much of the very very loud sinister background music that was booming from the speaker. I had my walkie talkie with me and kudos to the game master for being very patient with all of my distress calls. “I can’t do this,” I said, trembling, “I’m too scared.” which was then replied with a soothing, “Just calm yourself. Everything will be okay.”. 

The storyline was great. We got to know the background story of the theme we chose as we travel from chamber to chamber, maze to maze, discovering the secrets that lies within the Aokigahara forest while we struggle to find our exit. 

The physical activity was amazing, although very much exhausting. It wouldn’t be a problem for those who work out regularly. Unfortunately, the five of us never touched a barbel, or run a mile, within the month. We ended up running out of breaths at some points. 


Last but not least is the fear factor, which exceeded expectation as the five of us were very very terrorized even by the background music itself, let alone the jump scares. The props used were twisted and fucked up, that's for sure. 

Seriously, Pandora Experience is not like any other haunted house you’ve ever encountered before. It frustrates you in a good way and it scars you for life. Surprisingly, despite all the terrors, it gives you this addiction that makes you want to play again, but with a different theme. It definitely satisfies your rush for adrenalin and lust for a good horror. Not recommended for the faint-hearted and those who are claustrophobic and scotophobic. 


Pandora Experience
Jalan Boulevard Bar. Raya, No. 46
RT002 RW009
Kelapa Gading, jakarta Utara 14240

To book your game, you can go visit Pandora Experience's official website here