LAST SATURDAY IN 2017: ONTHREE

Have you ever stopped doing something for only about a few weeks, but then when you wanted to start doing it again, it just felt like you’re starting from zero. That is me with this whole blogging thing.

The past three weeks had been one of the busiest days of my life, with my company having a merger, and I got my capacity stretched from every direction. And I was completely lost in the midst of it all. This blog was neglected. I even forgot when was the last time I visited my own blog. Not until today.

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Some of my favorite people: @saskiatingkir, @runmoreno, @jepherjepho, @didiantonius and @silvia_via

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We’ve been friends for more than 7 years, can you believe it?

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Is there anything in your life that has been shifting lately due to your changing season? What is it? And how do you deal with all the changes? Do you completely neglect some stuff? Or do you like try to balance it all, keeping the old stuff while making room for the new ones? Sorry for too much asking, I just couldn’t help the journalist side of me. Besides, I haven’t been writing for so long I literally couldn’t stop typing.

So welcome back to this blog. Hope you gained new wisdom, new lesson in living the twentysomething season. In the meantime, here are some photos of my last coffee time in 2017 at the newly opened coffee shop: ONTHREE (Senopati Suites, 3rd Floor).

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It’s a nice spacey place with big window pane, cozy sofas, and white-dominated interior, PLUS, it has quite a huge alfresco area with bean bags, and synthetic grass floors for smoking area. Somehow you would feel like you’re not in the midst of Jakarta’s high-polluted area. I forgot what I ordered, but it was tasted good. The coffee was nice, and they also have meals to fill up your hungry tummy. I would definitely come back to this place!

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Pajama Shirt by: Kloud Studio, Pants & White Tee: Topman

Write to you later,

 

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Bringing 90s Vibe To The Digital Era.

How was your New Year Eve celebration? Partying hard? Or, were you just like me, binge watching until I finally fell asleep. Whatever it is, just make sure that all the “New Year New Me” stuff is not just a one time euphoria. Make time to be grateful about everything (highs or lows) that God has allowed to happen to you in the past year, and write down every single thing that you want to see happen in the new year.

What’s more important is to actually keeping your hope alive, because you know sooner or later reality is gonna happen to you. Sometimes your plans will be delayed, postponed, or even canceled, but never stop believing that the journey of life is actually a constant road to better places.

Geesh what a long opening. I’m sorry. First post of 2018 will be about my current obsession over everything 90s. So I’m gonna compile some of my recent #OOTD photos and give you some useful tips plus what are the brands that I’ve been wearing (mostly locals). Gotta say thank you for my amazing photographers friends, Didi and Joel, who have been willing to help me in taking these ootd shots.

  1. Invest in accessory. By the way, prime colors is trending this year. Thus, the orange cap and yellow jacket.
  2. Oversized and tucked-in t-shirt is back. Balance your tee collection between the plain one and the printed one.
  3. Find something that can be your signature style. As for me, socks, apart from rounded-glasses, have been quite of my signature. I have plenty of them from any colors and patterns.
  4. Invest in basic outerwear like denim jacket and hooded pullover. Mine has a pair exaggerated sleeves that is really a head-turner. Oh, don’t forget to also invest in other basic stuff like a pair of black skinny jeans and white canvas shoes.
  5. Track pants are back. Enuff said.
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Cap: Locale, Oversized Black Tee: Anders, White Strut Bag: Suddenly Good Life, Jeans: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Glasses: Karamata, Glasses Strap: Wasteland, Jacket: Pull & Bear

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Printed Tee: The Goods Dept

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Track Pants: WellBorn, Shoes: Vans

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Denim Jacket: Pop Meets Pop, Striped Shirt: H&M, Skinny Jeans: H&M, Socks: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Hooded Pullover: Moral, Pants: H&M, Socks: Topman, Shoes: Converse

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Cap: Topman, Tee: Adidas, Shorts: H&M; Socks: Topman

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Tee: Broken Echo, Scarf: Topman

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Tanks: H&M, Bag: Erigo, Shorts: H&M, Glasses Strap: Wasteland, Socks: Topman

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Jacket: Erigo, Track Pants: H&M, Shoes: Converse

Check out some other photos in the slideshow below, happy shopping! LOL ūüėČ Don’t forget to my Instagram account (if you haven’t) to follow my current fashion purchase and ootd updates.

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HG. (@gersonhenry)

While In New Zealand: A Visit To The Breathtaking Lake Tekapo

As I’m drafting this post, the stats have shown that the total readers of this blog, for 2017 only have reached more than 10,000 last November. Combined with last year stats, the number is now almost reaching 20,000. That’s quite a lot for a blog that exists for only two years now. Well, I’ve never really expected such appreciation, and it was never my goals to have lots of readers and visitors. I just really enjoy storytelling my experiences in the hope of giving inspiration to others 20something out there to do the same.

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Anyway, speaking of sharing experience, in this post I’ll share a brief story about my visitation to Lake Tekapo, located in the southern island of New Zealand. After days of road trip in New Zealand, my friends and I made it to visit this beautiful Lake Tekapo, which surrounded with rows of dramatic snowy mountains at the Southern Alps.

I remember hopping out of the car feeling hungry while at the same time feeling this uncontainable excitement. Since it was our first time in New Zealand, we relied so much on TripAdvisor and Zomato kinda apps. They recommended us to have a stonegrill luncheon at the Mackenzie Cafe Bar Grill. However, the moment I entered the restaurant and looked through their window glass, which separates the interior from the mesmerizing outdoor area that leads to a huge wide open grass fields and the enormous Tekapo.

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As soon as I finished telling the waitress what I wanted for lunch, I grabbed my camera and walked out through their backdoor. It was cold, but at the same time, it was warm enough for me to walk around comfortably without shivering. Photo opp was definitely next!

While plenty of other tourists were busy getting their perfect shot in front of the Church of The Good Shepherd, which was crowded at that time, I preferred to go and enjoyed the shimmery, sun-reflected lake. For a moment, I really wished that I had Hiro Nakamura’s superpower – the ability to stop time.

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Lake Tekapo, the second-largest lake (83 square kilometres) in the South Island of New Zealand is about three hours drive south-west of Christchurch in the Mackenzie Basin. The town faces north across the remarkable turquoise colored lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps.

If you are happen to be visiting New Zealand next year, this place is definitely a must visit!

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HG. (@gersonhenry)

Weekend Is Best For: Trying Out New Hang Out Places!

Well, the title is not entirely true, but it’s not entirely false either. I don’t know what about you, but for me weekend is always best for:

  1. Binge-watching while munching on my favorite snacks.
  2. Staying all day in my comfy room accompanied with books and a box of pizza.
  3. Hanging out with my favorite people while at the same time trying out new places.

I’m now a bit reluctant to go out on weekend, particularly on Saturday since the traffic is normally CRAZIER compared to weekdays. So, number 1 & 2 are definitely for Saturday, while number 3 is always a routine on Sunday. My friends and I (always)¬†started out with having zero clue about where we are going to hangout, and (always) ended up on a random newly-opened coffee shop or restaurant in Jakarta.

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This post will feature some of the new places that I got to try in the past month. I was originally planning to make a single post out of every coffee shop or restaurant that I visited, but on second thought I think it would be better to just compile them in one post.

Let’s start with the first one, which is my favorite Go-Food (food online delivery service in Jakarta) meals: HONU Poke & Matcha Bar. I know this is not new anymore, but I legit love this place and the menu! So here it is.

Located in Kemang, Honu serves a very yummy poke bowl consists of fresh and healthy ingredients like tuna, salmon, tofu, edamame, etc. I normally ordered the Super Bowl (Salmon, Avocado Crispy Kale, Edamame, Wakamame Carrots and Cucumber), or the Two & Two (Tuna, Salmon, Lettuce, Carrots, Tempura Crunch) with extra Salmon (yes, that’s how much I love salmon). Normally it would cost me about 75k – 100k per visit. The place is quite small, but still feel quite spacey and comfy with a smoking area on the back. I just really love the pastel colors they used as part of the interior with all those kinfolk-ish green plants.

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Look at that colors!

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Second one is DomaDona Coffee. I was there one Sunday to interview Greys Polii. The only reason we picked this place was because it was quite new, and we wanted to check out the hype. Surprisingly, unlike many other new coffee shops in town, which mostly are crowded in the first few weeks of their opening, DomaDona was a bit.. empty.

First thing that really turned me off was that they used a yellow-ish lamp instead of having big window panes for natural light to penetrate easily into their tiny space. It was a bit challenging to take photos with such lighting. Second of all, everything that we ordered taste rather plain. The highlight though, if you are looking for a nice place to sit and talk for hours, this is quite a good place.

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Third one is the new branch of 1/15 Coffee located in Menteng. Their first outlet in Gandaria was definitely a nice place for hanging out with your friends or having a meeting. However, I always felt like it’s a bit too far from where I live. Voila, they seemed to hear my wish. The Menteng outlet is definitely nearer for me! Unlike the Gandaria one which offers very spacey room with high ceilings, the Menteng one feels more packed. Located next to Kaum Jakarta, 1/15 Menteng still serve you with the best of their coffee game and also foods, although honestly the foods and desserts in Gandaria taste way better.

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Glasses: Karamata, Black Nehru Shirt: Zara, Tee: H&M; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Vans; Accessories: Tha Collection; Watch: Aark Collective

Last but not least is Paradigma Coffee. I think is the most worth-visiting new coffee shop in town, simply because it offers.. *drumroll* a wide outdoorsy area with bean bags and green grass (synthetic though). Other than the coffee shop, this whole location also offers a co-working space, public library, local artisans shop, and also bakery. So it’s like a one stop place for any urban people to have fun, whether with friends or family. Having an outdoor public room in this overpopulated city is indeed a luxury, so to have one coffee shop which offers you a comfy place to sit outside is really a blessing.

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Shades: Karamata, Patterned Shirt: The Collin Store, Jeans: Topman, Socks: Uniqlo, Shoes: Vans; Watch: Hypergrand

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Sunday Squad

Besides these fours, I have also stumbled upon the new Starbucks Reserve at Pakubuwono, Pizza Place at Como Park Kemang, and also Crumble Crew (you must try the Iscaketory!) at SCBD area. If you happen to have any new coffee shop, desserts place, or restaurants opening feel free to let me know so I can drop by and give it a try!

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HG. (@gersonhenry)

Hello Sunday, Til’ We Meet Again.

As someone who works 9-to-5 from Monday to Friday, letting go the warm embrace of Sunday and everything that it has to offer could be tough sometimes. But, I didn’t have much of an option, right? Unless I have this super power to freeze time or extend it just for a little bit longer, then leaving Sunday behind won’t be much of a problem.

That is why I always make sure I had the most recharging weekend, which is mostly spent either by sitting at a coffee shop and reading a book, or trying out new places while having tons of laughter, exchanging stories with my favorite bunch.

Just a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon this homey desserts place called Hello Sunday. Totally a love at first sight for me simply because it has alfresco area with white walls and big window panes! Every blogger would love this kind of place because it makes your “I gotta take photos for my blog post this week” MUCH easier.

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Located at Jalan Pangeran Diponegoro No. 21, Menteng, Center Jakarta, Hello Sunday is the place that makes you excited during the weekdays because you know Sunday is just around the corner! The name itself gives you this perspective that Sunday is no longer something that you waved goodbye, but something that you look forward to, like an old friend whom you can’t wait to see!

The beverages and appetizers taste surprisingly good. With plenty of new coffee shop, restaurant and desserts spots opening sporadically like every week, somehow not all new players could maintain the quality of their products. Sadly, most only offer comfy ambience with bad service and plain-tasted food and drinks.

What’s even more interesting about this place is that you can get local-flavored ice cream in cone or waffle with different toppings, and sauces with very cheap price, about IDR 30k. ¬†So I ordered Es Teler mixed with Gula Malaka flavors ice-cream, with original-flavored cone, and on top of it all, I picked pistachio crackers and almond-cashew crackers as my topping. Yums!

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Iced Black Coffee

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Gula Malaka ice cream served with choco chips waffle and choco sauce, topped with almond cashew crackers and coconut jellies

And of course, with that “oh-so-instagenic” surroundings you just have to get a nice OOTD photo for your Instagram. Amen?

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HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Sumibi Restaurant: A Delightful Japanese Luncheon Experience.

Have I told you that 2017 has been one of the best year so far simply because it has plenty of public holidays? Yeap. After exploring Dieng and Belitung during the last two public holidays in April and May, I decided to spend this one (in June) to have a quality time with my two best friends.

Now, to complete this particular day off, my friends and I decided to have our all-time comfort foods (read: sushi and other Japanese cuisines) for lunch. Normally, Sushi Tei or Genki Sushi would be enough for us. But, since it was a holiday, we decided to try something new. And so we picked Sumibi Restaurant!

Located at the Ground Floor of One Park Residence, Gandaria, this Japanese restaurant offers wide range of authentic Japanese foods and other fusion dishes as well. Many people who have visited Sumibi testified that they always visit this restaurant when they miss visiting Japan. The foods taste pretty similar to the ones you can find in Japan, probably because the owner and executive chef (Yusuke Tsuchiya) is a Japanese.

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I had a hard time deciding what to order. Every single page of the menu looks so seducing. After flipping the menu pages back and forth we ordered Yaki Tomorokoshi Ama Sho-Yu Parmezan Cheese (grilled sweet corn, soy sauce, parmezan cheese) and Takoyaki Croquette for appetizer. While for the main course we ordered Crispy Salmon Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, California Roll and Chicken Nanban. Out of those, the highlight was the grilled sweet corn, takoyaki, and crispy salmon roll, and chicken nanban!

Honestly, we would order and try more food. But, since there were only the three of us, it would not be wise to order more foods as it would be wasted. Once we finished them all, we even had no more room for desserts. Sigh. I would definitely come back to try the other dishes.

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Isn’t this little guy adorable?

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I didn’t get to roam around the restaurant to capture its ambience, mostly because I was so bloated to move. Besides, I prefer to play with one of my favorite nephews, Joel and took some good photos with him. If you’re a real Japanese foods aficionado, this weekend you must put Sumibi in your go-to list! Who knows we might bump into each other, right?

Write to you later!

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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Glasses: Karamata.ID; Striped Shirt & Shorts: H&M; Tee: Uniqlo; Shoes: BNV; Watch: Hypergrand

A Lunch Date at Da Maria

Okay, it wasn’t really a date.

It was more of a late lunch catch up. She’s a long time high school buddy who has been too busy to meet me. Such an attitude, right?¬†She probably thinks she’s better than me. Meh.

But I got to give her some credits for picking the place. I’ve never heard of Da Maria until she told me about it. It turns out to be one of the most picturesque restaurants in Bali! I can simply summarise it ¬†as the¬†bougie version of Motel Mexicola. No kidding.

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Interior.

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Exterior.

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Lunch date.

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Still taking photos alone.

Take a visit to Petitenget and you will find hundreds of cafes and restaurants along the street. But trust me, you will find nothing like Da Maria. After roaming around the restaurant for more photo opp, I found that Da Maria has a taste of its own. What I liked most about the place was its interior and exterior designs. From the chairs to the walls, everything was consistently coloured in blue, white or yellow. I realized that interior design should be quite a big thing in Bali.

I spent a lot of time roaming around the restaurant, especially its outdoor area. With the sun setting, we quickly took as much photos as we can in Da Maria.

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Needless to say, that this restaurant should be a perfect place for a fine dining experience. At night, the colours turn melodramatic and the lights are dimmed to create such a romantic ambiance. During the daylight, the place is somehow more playful for friends and family.

Once the sun sets, my friend and I noticed a couple of lovers walking in the restaurant. We thought that it was the right time to go. So after a glass of iced coffee and orange juice, we left Da Maria for the lovers.

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Da Maria opens everyday from 12.00 to 02.00 in the morning.¬†For a photo opp, come early. For a romantic date night, come late. Whatever you prefer, prepare Rp 200k for a dining experience for each person since the coffee itself was more expensive than Starbucks.¬†However, one day, I will definitely comeback¬†with someone special for a romantic dinner. I guess it’s safe to say that it will be quite an experience!

Keep exploring.

DR. (@demasryan)