Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Japan Travel Journal 03: Osaka


Setelah kemarin puas banget di Disneysea, hari ini kami mau berpetualang di kota lain. And as easy as you guys has guessed already, yes we're going to Osaka!   

Kami memutuskan untuk cukup satu hari aja di Osaka. Sayang banget yah cuman sehari di Osaka. Karena kami cuman punya waktu 9 hari di Jepang, dan kali ini ingin lebih lama di Tokyo. Kapan-kapan, kalau ada kesempatan lagi, mau direct flight Jakarta-Osaka. 

So here we're gonna take you with us to explore another beautiful place in Japan!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Japan Travel Journal 02: Tokyo Disneysea


Setelah sehari kemarin agak nggak bertenaga, hari ini siap tempur ke tempat paling bahagia di bumi (kok aneh ya kalau bahasa Indonesia hahaha). 

Salah satu kenyamanan pergi jalan-jalan sendiri bukan berarti molor sampai kebablasan ya. Waktunya jadi lebih santai dan fleksibel aja. Because today we're so much ready for Disney trip dan nggak mau kesiangan sampai di sana, kami bangun agak pagi, supaya bisa tiba di Disney resort sekitar pukul sepuluh.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Japan Travel Journal 01: Shibuya and Harajuku


I was planning to make this journal on the blog right before we arrived in Tokyo (yes, I was too excited!), simply because years later I can look back how we spent good times here in Japan. One of the greatest experiences in life! 

Karena judulnya travel journal, jadi kalian nggak akan menemukan yang namanya travel guide, travel tips (cara menyusun itinerary, cara apply visa) dan sebagainya. Sebelum berangkat ke Jepang, aku sendiri nemu banyak banget hasil googling pembahasan lengkap mengenai hal-hal itu. Dan memang jalan-jalan ke Jepang udah lumayan hits ya dari dua tahun yang lalu, apalagi sejak disahkannya free entrance visa dengan e-passport. Aku ini termasuk telat banget. Cuman telat nggak telat, yang penting super happy bisa main ke negara sakura ini. 

Langsung aja cus, kita bahas dari hari pertama kami sampai di Tokyo. Mundur dikit pas di hari keberangkatan aja deh.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

All About Our Wedding

Sebelum kelamaan dan basi, akhirnya di-post juga foto-foto wedding ini. Complete series-nya sih udah dikasih, cuman karena drive laptop ini nggak bisa lagi ngebaca dvd, jadi yang ada aja ya. Grab your coffee or tea, enjoy our wedding pictures and stories!

Warning: Pastikan koneksi dan kuota internet cukup untuk membuka postingan ini, ya!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

We Became Mr and Mrs Yu

Hello everyone! Sorry been away for too long, we just came back from a great-fairytale-unforgettable weeks!!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Eat in Bali: Seniman Coffee Studio and Naughty Nuri's

We went to Ubud again last week! Rencana ke Ubud kali ini cukup spontan. Sepulang dari Jakarta bareng papa dan Andreas (yeay!), mama tiba-tiba ngajakin ke Ubud untuk spa. Kayaknya kalau udah pernah ngerasain spa enak di Bali, pasti ketagihan untuk kedua kali, ini berlaku untuk my mama. Mama nemu satu tempat spa enak dan not pricey at all (katanya 2 jam dua ratusan ribu ajah) di Ubud, namanya Putri Bali. Lokasinya sederetan, bahkan sebelahan dengan Naughty Nuri's. Sesuai post title, bisa ditebak lah ya, post kali ini mau bahas apa? :D

Let's talk about another place before we had amazing pork ribs for late lunch that day. Abis drop papa dan mama tersayang for having their nice spa-time, me, Andreas and my little brother decided to go some place for coffee or snack, while we were waiting my parents. Sempet bingung banget mau ke mana, soalnya kita nggak begitu familiar dengan jalanan Ubud, walaupun udah beberapa kali ke sana. Udah gitu kita bawa mobil, jalan raya Ubud paling ribet buat parkir mobil. Hampir mau ke Anomali dan Starbucks, tapi kayaknya nggak banget deh, soalnya we can have that two coffee shops in town. Tetep mau cari yang cuman ada di Ubud. Karena no idea, Andreas nepiin mobil, dan kita berdua nyari rekomendasi tempat yang oke buat nongki. Andreas nyari di app andalannya, TripAdvisor, and me always go for Google. Tiba-tiba keinget kalau ada coffee shop hits di Ubud, Seniman Coffee Studio. Me always wanted to go there and this could be a right time to try. I told Andreas this is another place to have a great coffee, jadi doi langsung semangat untuk ke sana, padahal mukanya udah suntuk banget karena ngantuk, haha.  

Ternyata nggak sulit menuju ke tempat ini, dan soal parkiran sebenarnya memang cocok untuk para pengendara motor. Karena kita bawa mobil, jadi harus parkir agak menjauh dari coffee shop

Karena tempat ini cukup hits, dan kebetulan hari itu hari Minggu, aku kira bakal full banget sama turis lokal. Eh setelah masuk, hampir 90% yang ada di Seniman ini turis asing, alias para bule. Entah turis atau bukan sih, soalnya setauku banyak bule juga yang stay dalam jangka waktu lama di Ubud. Mereka yang ke sini bukan cuman nikmatin kopi atau nongkrong santai, tapi ada yang bawa laptop sambil kerja or just having their me-time. So first impression masuk ke sini, nice banget! 

Ciri khas dari Seniman Coffee Studio adalah their famous kursi goyang! Akhirnya ngerasain duduk di kursi kece ini, beneran betah banget, nggak pengen bangun, haha.  

Seneng banget sama interior dan suasana di dalem coffee shop ini. Ramai, tapi nggak berisik, pokoknya nyaman banget. 

Setelah dapet tempat duduk oke, (dan pastinya yang ada colokan, because we run out of battery!), kita langsung disodorin menu sama waiter yang super ramah. Tadinya mikir nggak bakal sulit milih mau minum kopi apa, tapi ternyata mereka banyak pilihan coffee drinks, and the best thing is, they serve cold brew coffee, which is my current favorite coffee! Kalau agak bingung sama kopi apa yang mereka punya, waiter di sana dengan senang hati dan sabar menjelaskan menu kopi mereka. Oh ya, selain kopi, they also have healthy drinks like smoothie, non caffeine drinks, snacks and heavy meals. 

Since my little brother doesn't drink coffee, he went for iced chocolate. I'm absolutely love how they serve their drinks like this. They also serve you mineral water and snack for your drink companion. Oh ya, snack yang dibungkus di daun pisang itu adalah kue pisang tradisional!

 And this is my order, cold brew coffee with milk, brownie cakes which is very good (I ordered one more for my brother), and dried fruits for my coffee companion. Menurutku snack yang disajikan itu disesuain dengan minuman yang kita order. Dulu pas di Starbucks, kalau lagi coffee testing, kita diajarin snack apa yang cocok untuk jenis kopi yang berbeda-beda. Pilihan snack yang tepat, bakal kasih taste yang enak banget! 

Ada cerita lucu sebelum orderan ini datang. Pas lagi liat-liat coffee beans yang dijual, ada satu waiter nganterin menu ini ke meja lain. Langsung deh kasih tau Andreas kalau mereka ada sushi rolls. Tapi ternyata Andreas nggak minat, because he has ordered Gado Gado for his snack (yes, his snack!). Pas Gado Gado diantar, ternyata... eng ing eng... inilah penampakannya! Gado Gado nya disulap dengan penampilan persis sushi rolls, pake sumpit lagi. Isn't it a cool idea? :D 

 Meet my little brother, in case you never met him before. His name is Jevian (: 

And here us!

We spent for like two hours here and we didn't complain at all. Ya mau komplen gimana ya, ini adalah aktifitas menunggu paling asik :P After I got text message from my mom that they finished spa, we went straight to Naughty Nuri's

Setelah udah bolak-balik Bali entah keberapa kali, si Mr. Muscle a.k.a Andreas ini akhirnya nyobain the original pork ribs at Ubud! For us personally, pork ribs paling enak itu cuman di sini. Walaupun harganya udah naik jauhhh (dulu kan 89k ya kalo nggak salah, sekarang 120K atau 160K gitu), tapi kan nggak sering-sering ya, jadi of course, totally worth it! 

Siapa yang belum makan malam? *drooling*

Muka seger buger (dan wangi bunga) dari spa!

Yang paling disuka dari Warung Naughty Nuri's di Ubud ini adalah, di mana mereka tetep mempertahankan interior "jadul" mereka yang bener-bener ala warung. Perabotnya ala rumahan gitu, piring dan sendok garpu untuk makannya pun juga sederhana banget. Terus yang paling disuka, walaupun pelayannya mbok-mbok, tapi mereka super ramaaaah. If I could say, jauh lebih ramah sama yang masih muda, yang ada di warung pork ribs satunya di Batu Belig, yang sekarang udah ganti nama. Sorry to say, cuman sempet punya pengalaman nggak enak di sana. Harusnya yang muda harus lebih ramah lagi yaaa. 

Buat yang penasaran kenapa kok sepi, soalnya kita ke sini pas bukan rush hour atau jam makan siang. Pas drop papa mama ke spa, di sini lagi super rame, sampai pada ngantri di depan. Jadi cukup beruntung bisa makan di sini dengan leluasa, tanpa "ditunggu" oleh next customer di depan meja, yang lebih terlihat seperti cepat mengusir LOL. 

Well, that's the end of our another Ubud trip. Ubud is a nice place, really. No wonder banyak turis betah banget di sini, sampai ada yang khusus "mengasingkan diri" selama beberapa waktu di daerah ini. Sebenarnya masih banyak yang bisa di-explore di Ubud, kayak Bukit Campuhan yang sekarang lagi hits banget jadi tempat sepedaan di tengah sawah hijau. Since we are all foodies, tentu yang dicari masih nggak jauh dari makanan, hehehe. 

I hope you guys enjoy today's post, and in case you want to visit the places that I shared here, I leave the address below on this post. Belakangan ini males banget nulis, bukan nulis kayak gini, tapi bener-bener nulis (nggak tau gimana jelasinnya, but I hope you got me). Jadi mudah-mudahan post berikutnya bisa lebih berbobot yaa, hahaha. I'll be back with another post that I really have to share here. Stay awesome everyone!

Seniman Coffee Studio
Jl. Sriwedari No. 5, Ubud, Gianyar
(click here for maps)
Call: (0361) 972085
Open Hours: Everyday 08:00 am - 10:00 pm


Warung Naughty Nuri's 
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Desa Kedewatan, Kecamatan Ubud, Gianyar
(click here for maps)
Call: (0361) 977547
Open Hours: Everyday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Monday, September 7, 2015

Beauty Love: Tips On Getting Ultimate Summer Glow

Summer is winding down, but I'm sure some of us are still looking forward for those days where we can spend time at the beach or just having a good time at outdoors. Today I would like to share my most easy and simple tips for getting a summer glow, and of course we stay on low budget. Here they are:

Super Foods

 Grapes 
If people have an apple for their on-the-go fruit, I have grapes. I don't really like the other berries like strawberry or blueberry, but I love grapes. If you want to eat it in different way, you can mix grapes with plain yogurt. The grapes give some flavors when you eat them together. It's my perfect healthy snacks, it's light, healthy, less calories, you have no worries!

Lemons
Who doesn't love lemons? It doesn't only give a crisp taste for some dishes (especially Chinese dishes, you know, sweet and sour lemon pork? *drooling*), lemons are rich source of vitamin C, which is in my case, my body needs more for it. Most of the time, I just cut it into slices and put them in a glass of cold water. Or in other days, I will make Alodita's magic honey-lemon shot. The recipe only needs one tablespoon of raw/natural honey and half squeeze of a lemon. This really works like magic and a fun way for detox your body. Plus, lemon helps your skin glow.

Eggs
Egg is my favorite! It's like you could make anything from an egg. I usually make egg dishes for my power breakfast, my favorite are scramble eggs and sunny side-up. Though egg contains lots of protein, but people on a low-cholesterol diet may need to reduce egg consumption, because more than half calories found in eggs come from the fat in the yolk (source: wikipedia.com). 

Besides of these my favorite super foods, sometimes I also cook my own healthy meals. Speaking of cooking, have you checked ALOHA healthy recipes? Seriously, if you're a healthy junkie and love cooking, you gotta love their healthy recipes. They even have healthy dessert recipes too! One of my favorite recipes from their site is Baked Egg Avocado. Hey, it's eggs again! :P


Skin Care 
Moving on to skin care. Honestly, I'm not that typical girl who likes to spend time for taking care of her skin. Probably since I'm blessed enough not having a serious problem with my skin. The only thing I always do for my skin, is to moisturize, a lot. Since I have dry skin, my favorite moisturizer is from Vaseline. I use the one with pure oat extract, which keeps your skin amazing. And for those who live in tropical country like me, sun screen is a must when you go outside. Sunburn hurts, ouch.

So that's all of my favorite tips on getting ultimate summer glow. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I would like to read your favorite tips on summer too! If you don't mind, you can share with me in the comment box below. Have a great Monday. Stay awesome!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Do You Have Enough For Today?

 credit to A Place For Art

I love reading Bible. If I could say this, Bible could be my most favorite book in this world. I'm not kidding. Sometimes the words in it are confusing, but most of the time, the words make sense to me. 

For this whole month, I have been reading Proverbs again and finished it this morning. The author of Proverbs book should be given a Nobel for his powerful wisdoms. I found many times of life quotes on the internet, has taken from Proverbs book. It means, the words are applicable in our daily life. 

Here's one of my favorite verse from the book and has became my daily prayer in the morning. This verse below is in Easy-to-read version.

"Don't let me tell lies. And don't make me too rich or too poor- give me only enough food for each day.
If I have too much, I might deny I need You, Lord. But if I'm too poor, I might steal and bring shame to the name of my God." 
-Proverbs 30:8-9

If there's only one first problem in my life (I said if, because we all know there are too much problems in this life hehe), that would be things seem like never enough for me. 

Whether you're a Christian or not, I'm sure we all agree what the verse above said to us. Sometimes we might become greedy for everything we want in this life. We complain we don't have enough money for living or we don't have enough people to support us about things we do. But only God knows what would happen next, if we have too much of those things that we expected. You may skip this part, but if you read Bible, you can check the story when Israelites became wild and greedy, when God provided them with bunch of Manna to eat. God was so clear when He told the Israelites to have enough Manna for each day, because when things are too much for them, they would leave God alone. As same as when things are too little for them, they would leave God alone too and blame Him for everything. Does it sound familiar to us? When we have too much, we forgot where these all things came from, and when we have too little, we begin to blame The Man up there why He can't provide us more.

So let's think about this. Each day when we wake up in the morning, before we start to complain that we don't have clothes to wear, or we don't have things to eat for breakfast (though there's instant noodle in the cupboard and leftover coffee from last morning), or we don't have enough people to support us...

We always have enough clothes to wear today,
We always have enough coffee and bread for breakfast today, 
We always have enough people that surrounds us, to give us chance to learn and to grow. 
As long as we realise that those things really be "there" for us and be thankful about it. 

Do you have enough for today? (:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Brought Back From The Old Hometown

I was back to Jakarta weeks ago and I haven't shared any pictures from the town yet. Despite some wedding stuffs to deal with, I had so much great times with some dear friends too. I couldn't be more blessed knowing that God has sent these people for me.

I would like to snap more pictures for posting in this blog, but the other side, I didn't want to be overly busy taking pictures with camera, because I just wanted to enjoy every minutes and "be there". So, I just snapped everything quickly without any attemps to take better shoots.

I leave a description for each pictures below. Some faces who made appearance here, maybe they belong to some people that you guys already familiar with ((: 


(1) You probably know her already, yes... meet my childhood bestfriend, aka the future maid of honor, Kina! It was almost impossible to arrange our meet-up schedule, every time I was in town. This time, we finally got each other! We grabbed Japanese lunch together with Andreas, and after that we went for the bridesmaid-dress fitting. Such a lovely day! 
(2) Me and Andreas was having Korean BBQ for lunch on second day in Jakarta. It's located in Kelapa Gading, the place called Bornga. Nice, but too pricey.
(3) Meet my super adorable nephew, Daniel! Last time I visited him, he couldn't even walk by himself. Now he's one year old already, he grows up too fast! Anyway, he knows how to flip my camera into selfie mode, so this is the result. 
(4) Well spent afternoon at Ah Poong. I ate so much things there. From Nasi Gudeg Jogja to Pempek Palembang. And this Kopi Susu (coffee with milk) is quite nice too. 
(5) Bogor surprised me with lots of new coffeeshops and nice restaurants. This time Andreas took me to Monarchy. We were spending time here to work on some wedding stuffs (again).
(6) Dinner at Melrimba Garden, Puncak. Both of us forgot to bring a jacket, so as you can guess... we were freezing all night. But thank goodness for hot zuppa soup, sop buntut, teh tawar hangat
(7) Of course you know her, right? My twin-sister-from-different-mother slash my blogger fella slash my future bridesmaid, Sastika! I slept in her dorm (yes, dorm. Feels like college years already, eh? :P) for one night. And in case you're wondering, yes... she was wearing her bridesmaid dress. Pretty, is she? 
(8) The twins-angel and their bodyguard ((:
(9) Another quick meet-up with this lady. I just picked my pre-wedding albums up from bridal, and Jessica came to meet us before she heading back to church and I should catch my flight too that day. Too bad we didn't have much times to catch up. Soon ya!
(10) Before leaving to the airport, we decided to have Korean (again) for early dinner. Jessica told us about this restaurant and guess what, I LOVED IT! Everything we ordered are perfect. Plus, we can re-fill the side dishes without any charges! How cool is that! Free stuffs always make me happy ((: Oh anyway, the place called Mapogalmaegi, and it's located at Pantai Indah Kapuk.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Favorites #5

Blue-ish scene at Sanur I snapped when we missed our speedboat off to Nusa Penida last month *sobs*

Since last week, when my brother was off for a week from his duties at hospital, everytime he found out me drinking coffee while I was working, he started to give me speech about why-drinking-coffee-everyday-is-not-good-for-health. I give my defense from articles that I've read but I think it's useless since I was talking with a doctor-wannabe, right? But I guess he's right, and I hope this report by Leo from Zenhabits, helps me commit to stop drinking too much coffee. Start tomorrow. *glancing to my cup of coffee this morning*

While I should stop drinking coffee, I think this article is amazing. I always wonder how typical Americans have their coffee-break in a fancy coffee shop. I always think it must be cool. 

I will be moving soon and that will be my first moving experience by my own. I might not be a good designer, but me and Andreas have decided to decorate our own nest soon (we even want to paint walls by ourselves!). 

I think Marcella is genius for making this list *calling for every boys to read this*. Anyway, at first I thought I am type number six, but I think I am more the last type. What number are you, ladies?  




Wish everyone of you have a wonderful and blessed a week ahead! Stay awesome!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Think About This And That

A: "What are you planning today?" 
J: "Hmm nothing much. I want to blog, still looking for inspirations."
A: "What are you thinking lately?"
J: "A lot. Hahaha." 

So, here we go. I just make a list about things I'm thinking about lately. Please don't bother my thoughts.

1. Recently I met people who often ask me about what I do for living, and when they found out I don't do 9 to 5 job, they are quite surprised. It's not like a 'good surprise', I believe. I was more like 'jobless' for them just because then. I could read their mind, somehow. When they 'try' to make conversation to know more about what I really do and to convince me that I 'should' do other job for living, and what I'm doing right now is not enough, blah and blah, this question came up: what's wrong with things that I do?  

Sometimes I just think people care way too much about other people lives. They think they know the best, but truth is, the best one for someone isn't always the best one for other one. Those people think I will make more money if I do a "job" that they expected I would do or not just "helping" my family to run a business. A big company like Samsung was born in a family and this era, almost everyone owns at least one of Samsung gadgets, including myself. If it's not me to develope (yes, I use 'develope' word biar makin intens aja) my family business, then who else? For those people who had tried to give me some "advices", thank you. But I did choose my own path, so I just live my life (:

2. This month is closer to the end, means my wedding is only NINE WEEKS away. As scary as it may sound, guess what, I think I'm not that scared anymore. My last visit to Jakarta, we finished all of our wedding stuffs. We picked our rings already, our pre-wedding pictures are done (and they are so beautiful!), we're also done dealing with the souvenirs. I think now we both can relax to plan our honeymoon trip *FINALLY*.

3. One of my mom's best friends was back from UK and since she has a family in Bali, she came for visiting us too. She is a very lovely and most humble person that I knew. She used to stay with us for couple weeks when I was a kid, so I'm easily treats her like my own mother. The first day me and my mom went out with her, we had a lovely lunch day. We also had a nice conversations, despite our nice meals too. She ordered almost everything and told me in that heavy asian-british accent, "We eat fish and chips and scone and potatoes, almost every day. I want to eat everything here!". I spent that afternoon with long chits-chats with her. I admire about everything she has done in life. If there's any chances for bringing her to meet you guys, I would, someday.

Anyway, she also gave me a pre-wedding gifts. Yayy, my first wedding gift! When she handed me a shopping bag that smells really good from inside, I was so surprised. It was a L'occitane products! Never once in my life I purchased L'occitane because the prices I can't afford, hahaha. It's really beautiful! I used the shower oil this morning and I smell good (please, don't sniff me :P). I plan to use the other products next month for better results till my wedding day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Music Love: PARTY - Girls' Generation (SNSD)


Totally my favorite summer (holiday) jam for whole month! The song lyrics describes perfectly how we feel (and crave some more!) about summer break, right? Let me know if you love this song as I do. Cheers! 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Eat in Bali: Home Mate

We just finished our workout and decided to have some nice breakfast that day. Live in Bali for almost two years, I rarely visit some places that people has mentioned alot on Instagram, such as little cute cafes or restaurants. I live not so far from Seminyak area--where popular cafes or restaurants located and most people talk about it, so we decided to make a visit there. Thanks to my random-search on Instagram, I found this cute place called HOME MATE from fellow blogger, Rosalinda Tjioe.

It just a little tiny cafe as I expected. When you enter the place, it feels like you're entering someone's kitchen at home. I suddenly smell fresh fluffy baked pancakes and strong brewed coffee like what my dad always does every morning, homey. 



We ordered "breakfast for two" menu that they offer (Rp150,000, ex tax), it's pretty affordable since it just two of us. "Breakfast for two" serves three kinds of meals (toast, eggs, pancakes) and beverages (coffee/tea). Took us not much time to decide what meals we wanted. We both love eggs and toast, fluffy pancakes for sweet touch, and of course coffee for our energy drink. Speaking of coffee, their coffee is awesome! They use local beans and sell them too in package if you want to brew at home. Cool!


Just right beside the cafe, there's a kind studio or probably a store called Home Mate Store, where they sell most of handmade products, such as: beauty oil, lip balm, natural soap, cute leather pouch, etc. After finished your meal, you may take a look to their store, it must be nice to take some goodies home. Anyway, so sorry I didn't have chance to take some pictures in the store. Too busy with our breakfast.


Personal opinion, Home Mate is a best place for those who want to spend intimate times with beloved ones. Definitely a must visit if you have a chance. 

HOME MATE 
Jl. Petitenget No. 1A, Seminyak (not far from Livingstone Bakery & Cafe)
(click here for maps) 
Call: (0361) 4731615
Open hours: 7:30 am-10:30 pm 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu

Nggak tau kenapa, holiday season tahun ini seru banget! Liat feed Instagram dan Path para teman juga seruuu. Rame-rame nge-post #summerholiday, #familytrip #beachtime, pokoknya everything about summer holiday. Walaupun aku nggak bener-bener liburan (soalnya tinggal di Bali tuh every day is holidayyyy *truestory*), tapi aku tetap kosongin satu-dua hari untuk full day jalan-jalan ke tempat yang belum aku pernah kunjungi.

Kali ini, aku dan Andreas pengen coba explore ke daerah Canggu. All I know about Canggu itu suasanannya tenang, adem, banyak kafe kecil yang lucu, dan hidden beach. Kami nggak sempat explore sampai gimana banget sih, soalnya waktu itu bawa mobil, jadi agak ribet kalau mau parkir, apalagi jalanan di Canggu lumayan kecil, kebanyakan jalan tembus lewat gang kecil.

After we had our nice breakfast at Home Mate, kami langsung capcus ke destinasi yang udah di-search Andreas yaitu, Pantai Batu Bolong. Liat gambar di Google, pantai ini cantikkk banget! Di tengah pantainya, ada karang bolong yang bikin view pantai ini jadi fantastik. Cari lokasi di Google Maps, berangkat! 

Perjalanan dari Petitenget ke daerah Canggu nggak jauh, 30 menit udah sampai di lokasi pantai. Begitu liat laut, aku langsung semangat mau foto si karang bolong itu, tapi saudara-saudara.... karang bolongnya nggak ada! Beneran nggak ada. Karena kebetulan kami berdua agak sipit, matahari juga agak terik, jadi kami coba membuka mata lebar-lebar. Well, karang bolong itu tetap nggak keliatan. Aku sampai nanya berkali-kali ke Andreas, "Mana bolongnya sih?", dia sendiri pun bingung, hahaha. 

Setelah ngecek di Tripadvisor sebelum nulis blog post ini, aku baru found out kalau "karang bolong" itu namanya Pura Batu Bolong, dan lokasinya ada di Lombok! Pantes aja ya, dicari-cari nggak ada tuh yang bolong di pantainya. Sampai nanya bli-bli SPBU pas perjalanan pulang keberadaan si "karang bolong" itu, he mentioned other beach's name, yang pada akhirnya kami berasumsi dia juga kurang tau, hahaha. Oya, "karang bolong" itu bukan karang, tapi pura yang berada di tengah pantai. Hampir sama kayak Tanah Lot, cuman ada bolongnya di bawah. Yang kami kunjungi di Canggu itu, namanya memang Pantai Batu Bolong.

Pantau Batu Bolong ini adalah salah satu spot terbaik buat para surfers, karena memang ombaknya guede banget. Pantes aja, pas perjalanan menuju ke pantai ini, banyak bule yang naik motor bawa papan surfing. Sepertinya akses untuk ke Pantai Batu Bolong ini nggak cuman satu. Soalnya akses yang dikasih tau Google Maps ini, menibakan kami di lokasi yang sama sekali nggak ada kendaraan parkir dan pengunjung. Kalau mau ke lokasi yang lebih ramai, kita bisa jalan kaki menelusuri pantai. Kita pun nggak bayar tiket masuk wilayah pantai, seperti tempat wisata umumnya. Karena ya mungkin itu tadi, akses jalan yang dikasih tau Om Gugel ini bukan akses umum. 


Moral of the story: kalau mau visit pantai yang ada di Bali, lebih baik cari informasinya sedetil mungkin. Soalnya yang aku tau, beberapa pantai di Bali, punya panggilan nama yang berbeda. Misalnya, Pantai Suluban lebih dikenal turis sebagai Blue Point. Awalnya aku pikir pantai itu harus diakses melalui hotel Blue Point, eh ternyata nggak. Pantai Suluban itu memang nama di kalangan penduduk lokal. Sama deh kejadiannya kayak si Pura Batu Bolong yang di Lombok itu, disangka sama dengan Pantai Batu Bolong yang ada di Canggu, hahaha. #lessonlearned

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bali Pulina Agro Tourism

Just arrived from our excited holiday plan and decided to post this as soon as possible! This morning we headed to Ubud, for visiting Luwak coffee plantation. Pertama kali tau tempat ini dari postingan blog-nya Sonia Eryka, she mentioned a place that we can see plantation of Luwak coffee and tasting different flavors of coffee, that sounds nice already! So here we go for our first experience in Bali Pulina Agro Tourism!

Jujur banget nih, salah satu alasan aku ke Pulina, is because this place is kinda popular on Instagram. Aku coba search pake hashtags #balipulina, #balipulinaagrowisata, dan hasilnya banyak banget foto kece di tkp tersebut! Aku pernah baca di majalah Cleo, mereka melakukan survei terhadap 100 responden wanita soal update liburan di medsos, ada 57% responden ingin mengunjungi tempat liburan yang sedang populer di media sosial. So, aku fixed korban medsos banget yaaa, hahaha.

Tadinya aku kira Pulina ini semacam agro wisata pada umumnya, masuk nggak bayar dan bisa coba langsung kopinya. Soalnya dulu pernah iseng masuk ke agro wisata luwak di daerah Bangli, ternyata luwaknya cuman seekor, dan nggak ada penjelasan apapun mengenai penanaman dan proses tentang biji kopi luwak ini. Pas sampai di Pulina, aku yakin banget ini pilihan agro wisata terbaik!

Pertama kita akan ditanya dulu sama petugas di sana, apakah kita mau langsung coffee tasting atau mau liat luwaknya dulu. Karena luwak si pemeran utama, of course we want to check them first

Si luwak ini ternyata sejenis sama musang, luwak itu nama lokalnya aja. Walaupun mereka ini terlihat sangat lucu dan gemesin, ternyata mereka galak. Luwak jantan dan luwak betina sengaja dipisah, karena luwak jantan bisa makan baby-nya sendiri ): jadi si ibu luwak dijadiin satu sama anak-anaknya, si papa dipisain di kandang yang lain.

Biji kopi yang dimakan luwak itu ternyata nggak bisa dicerna di perut mereka. Kotoran biji kopi yang dikeluarkan mereka pun, bentuknya masih kayak biji. Kata bli-nya, paling susah saat memisahkan kotoran biji kopi dengan... ehem, maaf lho buat yang lagi sambil makan... 'kotoran' luwaknya yang lain. Ya iya susah ya bli, agak geli gimanaaa gitu. Jadi inget adegan terakhir antara Carter dan Edward di film The Bucket List, pas Carter ngasih tau Edward, asal muasal kopi luwak kesukaannya itu. Now you know why Luwak coffee is so expensive, hahahaha.
 
 
Habis liat para luwak, kita dikasih liat biji kopi luwak (yes, 'kotoran'-nya itu) yang udah dibersihin dan lagi dijemur. Biji kopi luwak ini lumayan unik, kayak batu kerikil gitu, bijinya juga berlapis, jadi harus dikupas dulu kulit luarnya.

Biji kopi yang ini siap disangrai!

And now it's about time, my favorite part of this tour, coffee tasting! Di sini kita bakal dapetin satu set kopi dan teh (ada 8 macam) untuk dicoba berikut kudapannya. Setelah tasting, kita bisa order single cup dari jenis kopi atau teh yang udah dicoba tadi. Jumlah single cup yang bisa dipesan, sesuai dengan jumlah tiket yang sudah dibeli. Oh ya, sebelum masuk ke dalam wilayah agro wisata ini, kita diwajibkan untuk beli tiket. Harga tiket 100k/orang, udah termasuk satu set coffee tasting plus snacks. Ini sih harga lokal ya, soalnya pas mau masuk, ditanya sama petugasnya, mana supirnya, ada guide atau nggak. Karena aku emang penduduk lokal, dikasihnya harga segitu. Kurang paham kalau fee untuk turis ((:

From right-left: Pure Bali Coffee, Vanilla Coffee, Pure Cocoa, Chocolate Coffee, Ginseng Coffee, Ginger Coffee, Ginger Tea, Lemon Tea

Kopi Luwak emang nggak termasuk dalam set yang dikasih, tapi bisa kok order single cup-nya. Harus coba! Dibanding kopi macam single origin kayak Sidikalang (my dad's favorite), kopi Luwak ternyata nggak begitu strong. It tastes nice, by the way. Aku sendiri order chocolate coffee, rasanya enakkkk banget! Yang suka kopi moka, musti coba!

Bali Pulina nggak cuman kopi luwaknya aja yang menarik, tapi sensasi minum kopi dengan breathtaking view-nya ini, bikin harga tiketnya nggak jadi mahal-mahal amat, hahaha. Worth it!


Di bagian belakang tempat kita menikmati kopi, ada satu wilayah khusus buat foto-foto. Bener-bener keren banget deh. Fun fact-nya, aku tadinya nggak sadar lokasi foto-foto ini ada bentuknya. Ternyata stage ini bentuknya kayak biji kopi!

 
Rasanya puasss banget setelah ke sini, karena aku udah nunggu lama untuk bisa visit tempat ini, tapi belum ada waktu yang tepat. Pas hari ini liburan, satu keluarga santai (minus sang adik yang harus jaga di rumah sakit) and Andreas is coming here, so why not, right? 

Mudah-mudahan selama Andreas di sini, aku bisa ngunjungin some places yang belum pernah aku kunjungi di Bali. Maklum, cuman bisa jalan-jalan kalau ada doi, hahaha.  

Anyway, selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri buat teman-teman yang merayakan ya! Wish you all have a prosperous eid. Stay awesome!
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