Exploring Gunung Kubing: Dippin at One of Indonesia’s Infinity Pool

How many of you have experienced swimming in Singapore’s most famous infinity pool, located at the Marina Bay Sands? Back in 2010, when it was first opened, every one I know was like racing to take a cool photo at the new symbol of luxury. I was one of them of course. Sadly, I haven’t started blogging at that time, and Instagram was not even existed yet so I couldn’t find the legit proof that I had been there in 2011.

Anyways, I’m here not to post about that, but about this super cool hidden infinity pool that I found in Belitung! So I had trip with SanaSiniYo to visit Belitung, and the guide asked me whether I had any particular spot that I wanted to visit. I googled some legit touristy recommendation and stumbled upon this waterfall at the bottom of Gunung Kubing that has a sort of pool with a great view of Belitung’s greenery. I told the guide it would be great if they could take me there, because there were not much people who know about it. Not even the guide himself who was a local guy. LOL.

The Perks of Being Twenty Bangka Belitung Gunung Kubing Island Life Traveling Lifestyle SanaSiniYo Henry Gerson Gerson Henry Kuliner Mountain Waterfall Indonesia 10

The Perks of Being Twenty Bangka Belitung Gunung Kubing Island Life Traveling Lifestyle SanaSiniYo Henry Gerson Gerson Henry Kuliner Mountain Waterfall Indonesia 12

The Perks of Being Twenty Bangka Belitung Gunung Kubing Island Life Traveling Lifestyle SanaSiniYo Henry Gerson Gerson Henry Kuliner Mountain Waterfall Indonesia 08

The Perks of Being Twenty Bangka Belitung Gunung Kubing Island Life Traveling Lifestyle SanaSiniYo Henry Gerson Gerson Henry Kuliner Mountain Waterfall Indonesia 09

Belitung was a beautiful island in the south area of Sumatra, surrounded by turquoise sea and plenty of other smaller islands (I’ll share to you my island-hopping experience in Belitung one day). We had to drive for like 2 hours from the city to Membalong Village, got lost once in a while due to bad GPS connection. Went through a very narrow path where it stopped at point because the car couldn’t continue on any further. So we had to walk, or hike to be exact, for like 300 m (probably about 10-15 minutes) to get at the top at the waterfall.

Once I got there, it was incredibly breath-taking and seriously mesmerising. It’s like I couldn’t believe my own eyes that Indonesia has such a hidden gem as beautiful as this place! It was all worth the trip. So as usual, I started to take photos, got shirtless and dipped into the clear water. I went beyond the border, which made out of rocks and enjoyed the view. I kid you not, it was one of the best traveling experience I had so far! Thank you SanaSiniYo (Timothy and Erick) for making this happen!

The Perks of Being Twenty Bangka Belitung Gunung Kubing Island Life Traveling Lifestyle SanaSiniYo Henry Gerson Gerson Henry Kuliner Mountain Waterfall Indonesia 13

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

ps. check out some delicious local cuisines that I fancy from Belitung.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Two Sinful Delights for the Tummy

A visit to Singapore for most Jakartans, especially for us twenty somethings has become something that is quite common nowadays. It seems like there’s nothing new and exciting to be encountered in that tiny dot on the world wide globe. Singapore has been considered as just another city that you could easily visit during a long weekend, when you have nowhere else to go. Sadly, it became a little bit like Bandung. You would¬†expectantly¬†bump into another Indonesian tourist during a holiday. It became just another option.

As I’ve mentioned in my last post about our Singapore trip in July, a trip to Singapore might be boring as I have tried almost everything¬†that the city could offer. Yet, at that moment, I really needed a getaway, and Singapore was the closest that I could afford.

Unwilling to make this trip a typical visit to Singapore with Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade on the list, I started to ask around in the hope of finding something new to explore in the Merlion city.

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 19

The first one that most of my friends instantaneously suggested was Awfully Chocolate. The store was not a new kid on the block. As a matter of fact, they opened their first store in 1998 and is now available in several cities in Asia. Surprisingly, they actually has a franchised store here in Jakarta, but several people claimed that the original one serves far better products.

Out of curiosity, we paid a visit to its store at Holland Village, which is the newest outlet opened this year. And, it is also the first store that has a restaurant concept. As entrancing as it was, we didn’t try their menu and chose to go with their famous selection of sweet tooth galore! It was almost midnight,¬†and we felt slightly guilty for taking so much calorie intake. In¬†our defense, it was a holiday.

Our highlights were the¬†Hei Ice Cream, Iced Salted Caramel, Choco Mille Crepe and Hot Choco with Dark Choco Truffle. Did you see too many “chocos” in one sentence?

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 18

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 17

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 16

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 15

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 12

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 06

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Foodies - Cafe - Desserts - Singapore - Awfully Chocolate 01

As someone who is not a big fan of chocolate, I was honestly hooked on the first sight to this choco galore store.  I shall give it 9/10 for a glimpse of heaven that I tasted in every  single bite and sip of their products.

Enough with the chocolate. Let’s move to the “king of fruits”, durian. This particular fruit, although not originally from Singapore, has become quite the city’s signature. Esplanade is the architectural¬†proof. Oddly enough, this city is also famous for its durians stalls that you could easily find anywhere.

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Fashion - OOTD - Streetstyle - Hypebeast - Singapore - Dempsey - Holland Village 04

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Fashion - OOTD - Streetstyle - Hypebeast - Singapore - Dempsey - Holland Village 05

Eating durian was not on our itinerary, but lucky us, one of our friends decided to take us to Ah Di Durian at Dempsey. We got to try their most wanted item, the Mao Shan Wang, which tasted quite bittersweet. Just like Awfully Chocolate, it left me with a happy yet guilty feeling. The first bite triggered this selfish part of me that immediately want to finish the whole thing alone. Thank God for self-control, I managed to stop myself from doing such greedy action. Another 9/10 for Ah Di Durian!

After having our tummy indulged with such tasteful fruit, we decided to stroll around Dempsey area. The place was full with restaurants, concept stores and bars. Photo opp was a must, at least for me, who was in an #ootd-ready mode.

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Fashion - OOTD - Streetstyle - Hypebeast - Singapore - Dempsey - Holland Village 07

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Fashion - OOTD - Streetstyle - Hypebeast - Singapore - Dempsey - Holland Village 09

Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

Other than those two, we also had a few¬†tasty encounters that are worth-mentioning here: Scissors Cut Curry Rice¬†at Jl Besar (we dropped by twice for a lunch, and ordered 3 portions of rice to be shared); Salted Egg Dough Bomb at Brother Bird, Bali Lane; Operation Dagger at Ann Siang Hill (it’s a hidden bar at the basement of an empty store, the drinks were extraordinarily refreshing!).

Hmm.. writing all of these has sparked a sudden craving to eat something sweet. Any idea?

The Perks of Being 20 - Lifestyle - Travel - Fashion - OOTD - Streetstyle - Hypebeast - Singapore - Dempsey - Holland Village 01

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Singapore Day 3: Old Railway

Singapore is a very boring place to me. I mean it. I’ve been there quite a few times and I’ve never really had a blast.

Okay, the culinary experiences Singapore could offer are great, but there are not much other than that. On our 3rd day in Singapore, we ran out of places to visit other than restaurants or cafes. However, we were very keen to explore this old railway that is said to be one of the most “Instagrammable” spot in Singapore.

SONY DSC

They might not have the complete four seasons, or one of the 7 wonders of the world, but Singapore does have Instagram worthy spots to visit, such as 2 old railways near Rail Mall and King Albert Park. Both railways are reachable on foot after getting off from its nearest MRT station.

The rain poured so hard on that day. After getting off the MRT, HG and I took cover from the under a bridge nearby the railway. If you know me well, you would know how impatient I could be. After waiting for some time, I decided to explore the railway with an umbrella under the rain.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

After the rain had stopped, we took the chance to take more photos even though the skies were gloomy. The railways are rustic and old. It gave a totally different feel than Marina Bay. I guess everything modern had its roots in the past.

If you were wondering, the railways are totally safe for OOTD shots. It is no longer used and no harm could have ever happened.

SONY DSC

SONY DSC

This spot ended our photo exploration in Singapore. HG and I decided to spend the next few days chilling and working on a small cafe while meeting with some friends. However, we got more food stories coming up!

If you wish to know places to go for an unconventional Singapore trip, read a few other posts right here.

Keep exploring,

DR. (@demasryan)

Be Dora the Explorer!

There is so much to explore when you put in the effort.

Whoever said “traveling is easy” is wrong, IMHO. Traveling requires you to work to save money, arrange your itinerary, prepare your passport, etc. To me, one of the toughest parts in traveling is the exploration itself. I hate similarities. That is why I try my best to gain new experience in each of my journeys. Otherwise, I would definitely be bored and uninspired.

With that thinking in my head, HG and I set out to explore Singapore in ways we would never had done before. I‚Äôve been to Singapore a few times before and all I could remember was Merlion, Clark Quay, Sentosa Island and a few other touristy spots. As my love to photography and Instagram grew, HG and I decided to search for Singapore‚Äôs most “Instagram-able” spots.

Since everything is just a Google away, we quickly found our first exploration spot. Just a few hours after HG’s arrival in Singapore, we quickly checked in to our hostel, dropped our bags and headed to the Sports Hub.

IMG_0814.jpg

Once you put in the effort to explore, the next step is to open your eyes wide for things that are out of the ordinary. We found a lot of that nearby the Sports Hub area. Right at train station stop, we were already holding our cameras eager to explore the station.

It didn’t take long for us to finally reached Sports Hub and took more photos!

The Perks of Being 20 - Travel - Singapore - Sports Hub - Stadium - OOTD - Street Style - Hypebeast 12

The Perks of Being 20 - Travel - Singapore - Sports Hub - Stadium - OOTD - Street Style - Hypebeast 02

HG was wearing a denim shirt and socks from Topman, plain white tee (read: his signature style) and shorts from H&M, and white BNV sneakers.

On the other hand, I wasn’t really prepared for any OOTD shots. Since I just finished 2 weeks of being a nomad in Australia, I was only prepared with a few t-shirts and winter jackets. After the cold and windy days in Melbourne and Sydney, my body temperature couldn’t take the humidity in Singapore. That was why I ditched my outers and decided to travel comfortably wearing all black. You can never go wrong with black anyways.

The Perks of Being 20 - Travel - Singapore - Sports Hub - Stadium - OOTD - Street Style - Hypebeast 03

SONY DSC

I guess my point is, there is always something to explore even in the most touristy spots. Do your research. If you are a foodie, Google for something new. If you are a fashionista, explore new possibilities of shopping. Be “Dora the explorer” in whatever areas you‚Äôre interested in! Dora was never shy to ask questions over and over again, she never let swiper or crocodiles held her back. Let nothing holds you back from exploring.

SONY DSC

IMG_0836

There is so much more reward in exploring the unknown!

PS: When I was a kid, I might have watched Dora just a little too much.

Keep exploring!

DR. (@demasryan)

Singapore Day 2: Such Great Heights

Yeap, the title was inspired by the Postal Service song.

We’re back from holidays! As you are reading this post, which¬†I wrote in a small coffee shop in Singapore, DR & I are on our way flying back home to Jakarta. How was your holiday? Hopefully yours was as great as ours. Well, whatever your definition of great is.

If you asked me, this holiday has been pretty uncommon. I spent an entire week off from the Instagram world as I chose to have more quality time with my parents at home. That includes taking naps at my parents’ bed (yeap, I felt like a 7 year old boy all over again), laughing at Dad’s jokes and having my Mom taught me how to use a washing machine since we were maid-less. It was indeed a pretty simple holiday, yet definitely a heart-filling one. The perks of doing nothing and lazying around got me all refreshed and probably gained me some weights.

I thought that was the best part of my holiday, but then I realized that something better was actually waiting for me around the corner. As the holiday was ending for most people in Jakarta and some of my friends were flying back to Indonesia, I, on the contrary, had the privilege to fly to Singapore for another week of holiday.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 01

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 04

Honestly, I was a bit clueless on what to do within this 5 days trip. I mean, shopping used to be one of the top things that I look forward to do whenever I visited ¬†Singapore. But, that is before¬†Ikea, H&M, Uniqlo and some other brands¬†can be found in Jakarta. Cafe-hopping or “hipsterish-kinda-place-hopping” was also scratched off of my list as I had tried almost every “happening” place that Google could recommend to you. From Pasarbella to Maxwell Food Center, from Wheels Yard to Plain Vanilla Bakery, from Books Actually to Littered with Books. Trust me, this is not a humble brag.

Gratefully, a friend of mine, a young rising architect in Jakarta, told me to go on an architectural trip in Singapore. He gave me a complete list (I can share it with you if you just leave your e-mail address at the comment box below) to all the architectural gems in Singapore. Once I checked out the itinerary and Googled the images, I was wow-ed. It never occurred to me that Singapore would be filled with some of the best buildings in the world. I always thought that their buildings are just nondescript and unassuming.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 02

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 03

DR & I didn’t get to visit all the buildings, but we managed to visit at least one of the best. It was The Pinnacle flats, which turned out to be the best flats in the world. If you’ve been reading our posts, you would know how much we love climbing to high places just to take good photos. The Pinnacle offered us just exactly what we love. By paying 5 SGD, we got to climb to the Sky Bridge, located at the 50th floor. I personally think that it is such a brilliant move by the building management to open the Sky Bridge as a touristy spot.

The best part of being up there, besides the fact that we¬†got to see an uncommon view of Singapore, was that we had the whole wooden-decked sky bridge just for us. I cruised from one spot to another using my penny board. If you have limited budget to stay at the Marina Bay Sands and swim at the Infinity Pool, this one would be perfect for you. I have experienced both, and I personally think each place has its own perks, but if you’re looking for something that is more “wallet-friendly” then The Pinnacle it is.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 13

Once we were done with The Pinnacle, I was so hungry I decided to walk blithely to Maxwell Food Center and have the famous Gordon Ramsey-Approved, Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Sadly, it was closed when we got there. On our way to find the next good meal to satisfy our craving, we stumbled upon this one alley around the area that was just too good for a photo opp. Our backpacks were immediately put down on the pavement as we rushed to take some photos.

Well, don’t worry about finding this particular alley, because you could find PLENTY of them in Singapore. Go explore around Tiong Bahru and Ann Siang Hill on foot, and you’ll find some Instagram-worth ootd spots.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 05

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 06

Chinatown was the closest place that we could find to have a nice lunch.¬†After a plate of chicken and pork rice, we continued our exploration by strolling around until we find ourselves at the People’s Park Complex. It was a complex of flats and market with interesting color that pops out¬†a culturally-rich yet conservative vibe. The kind of vibe that you would normally spot on Hypebeast’s feed. No kidding.

There was a car-park building just behind the People’s Park Complex, and of course, our instinct automatically took us to the highest level. We were not sure whether we can go to its rooftop or not, but voila the¬†door to the rooftop wasn’t locked. Luck was definitely on our side.

So there we were, having another empty and open wide rooftop just for us.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 07

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 08

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 09

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 10

A little traveling tips from me: pick your travel buddy wisely. I prefer to travel solo than to travel with the wrong companion. Gratefully, DR is not in the later category. We had some of the best talk about life, dreams and purpose out of this trip. Some of them involved a long conversation until 4 am in the morning.

More stories from this trip are still queuing on the line in our drafts, which we will share to you in the upcoming weeks. But in the meantime, as our holiday has officially ended, wish us luck so that we could come back stronger and sharper to deal with the reality that could sometimes be quite a punch in the face.

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 11

The Perks of Being Twenty - Singapore - OOTD - Lifestyle - Travel - The Pinnacle - People's Park 14

So when weakness turns my ego up
I know you’ll count on the me from yesterday
If I turn into another
Dig me up from under what is covering
The better part of me (Incubus – Dig)

Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

Gallery

Shades and Shorts (Kinda Day) in Singapore.

So I had a very short trip (3 days) to Singapore for work. Well, it might not look like a work trip if you see the photos, but trust me it was for work.

It’s been almost three years since the last time I visited Singapore, well four if you count a four hours transit in Changi haha. Anyway, this trip was exciting for me, not only that I got to do what I love (traveling, taking good photos) and got paid for it, I also got plenty of things to post on my Snapchat and Instagram. Yes, happiness is that simple (or shall I say, shallow?) sometimes.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Changi

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

People in Airport

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

MRT

The first stop was PasarBella, a huge food court that sells global cuisines and Singapore’s freshest produce, wines, craft beers, and groceries. I decided to taste their famous crackling pork (this one is a MUST) and paella fried rice.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

PasarBella. Address: 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994. Phone:+65 6887 0077. Hours: 10AM Р10PM.

 

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

One out of Oh-So-Many-Tempting Food Display

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Paella Fried Rice

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Crackling Pork

Tiong Bahru was next. It has plenty of clean white, unique architectural homes and it’s full with artsy concept stores, restaurants and coffee shops. I actually really enjoyed strolling around in this area, despite of its very sunny and dry weather. Shorts, tee, shades, and a pair of comfy sneakers were the perfect essentials.

IMG_7635

Tiong Bahru

IMG_7638

In Front of Plain Vanilla Bakery

I dropped by Plain Vanilla Bakery and was immediately hooked with their cupcakes, especially the salted caramel one.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Plain Vanilla Bakery. Address: 1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641. Phone:+65 8363 7614. Hours: 8AM -7PM

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Not far from it, stood a place I could called home. Books Actually. A book store that sells like numerous titles of books and magazines and old stuffs from around the world. This place could really make me poor.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Books Actually. Address: 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645. Phone:+65 6222 9195. Hours: 11AM Р9PM

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

HOME

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

PEZ

After Tiong Bahru, Marina Bay Sands was next. Decided to spend the golden hour on MBS deck and just simply waited for the sun to set behind the city’s towers. Not your usual sunset, but it was still beautiful. Sadly, I didn’t get to capture it. But at least, I had my OOTD photo taken.

IMG_7641

As I said earlier, Shades, Shorts, Tee and a pair of comfy Kicks are best for sunny and dry weather. Shades & Tee: H&M; Shorts: Pasar Baru; Kicks: Nike Airmax.

The day after, first up was brunch at Boufe. But the place was closed. So, Wild Honey at Mandarin Gallery came up as a plan B turned plan A. It’s a very nice place to have breakfast or brunch, since it’s indeed their specialty. They turned various¬†breakfast dishes from around the world into a more appealing and elegant look.

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Spanish Hash. Wild Honey.  Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897. Phone:+65 6235 3900. Hours: 9AM Р9.30PM

Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

European breakfast. This is one of their signature dish.

The big brunch got me bloated. Suddenly all the walking felt challenging. Me and my friends decided to hop on a bus and went to our next hotel, Lloyd’s Inn. It’s a very very very simple, minimalistic and Instagrammable hotel. The interior was all white and clean.

IMG_7640

Bus Ride

IMG_7636

Chillin at Lloyd’s. There’s actually a mini garden at the back of my room and it has this enormous comfy sofa. Outfit details: Shades & Shorts: H&M; Tee: Uniqlo.

IMG_7642

Changing my sneakers to a comfy pair of Teva.

Last stop in Singapore was the Siloso Beach. I was hoping there would be sunset to watch, but voila, it was all gloomy so yeah. Boo…

IMG_7639

Gloomy Siloso

Well, to sum it up, 3 days in Singapore was still undeniably fun. I’d definitely always wanna come back and just explore this city a little bit more.

HG. (@gersonhenry)

IMG_7637

See you later, Merlion City.