Anchor Cafe and Roastery

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What : Coffee shop, homemade instagramable food and place to chill. One of recommended places to visit in Batam.
Opening hours : Monday is closed. Open the rest o the days from 8am – 4pm.

Longer opening hours until 8pm on Fridays – Sundays.

How to go there : Drive to Dermaga Culinary Paradise, turn right and go straight. Till the end, at left corner is where the cafe located.
Location : Dermaga Culinary Paradise RF No. 11, Batam Kota, Kota Batam, Riau.
Review :
  • Delicious local Indonesian coffee, cozy cafe started up by Americans.
  • Good customer service.
  • Bit pricey for local standard, but worth the price.
  • Food is served in big portion, love it.
  • Mostly food and drinks are nice, some are just okay.
  • Hope this place grows bigger! would love to come here often 🙂

Photos taken by iPhone 5s:

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Love this menu, big boy breakfast? the cream.. yum.

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You need to share this delish french toast

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This omelette on the skillet. Nice!

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Best served in warm. Love waffles!

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Now the soup is nice but bit bland

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Bread is not warm 🙁 the chicken is bit chewy. This menu needs improvement maybe.

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cozy set up

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The first time hot chocolate, my last visit in October was so so so much better! Thanks.

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More information about them on facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/anchorcafeandroastery/

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Meriam Karbit

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What : Cannon made of wood. It is not a weapon, just a symbolic thing to remind us when the King (Sultan) had a war to repel evil (Kuntilanak). That is why the city is named after the evil, Pontianak. You can only play this cannon in Pontianak. Nowhere else in Indonesia.
Opening hours :  Around 7ish or 7:30 pm till done.
How to go there : There are available along the kapuas river near the bridge (Jembatan ke Seberang) in Pontianak. Just go to Jalan Tanjung Pura and go into one of the small alley which is heading to the river. The place where i went to is Jalan Tanjung Pura, Gang Landak.
Location : Along kapuas river at Jalan Tanjung pura or go to connecting bridge to “Seberang” and see the available cannons (meriam). Free to choose the place.
Admission fee : Its free. But better if we give some cash for their effort.

Photos taken by Android Phone:

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He tried the biggest one

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First time trying, my uncle also tried the biggest one

And this is me, trying the smallest cannon, with a scream. lol.

Meriam Karbit

Adalah : Meriam yang terbuat dari kayu. Meriam ini sekarang bukan digunakan sebagai senjata, namun sebagai simbol saat raja/sultan mengusir gangguan dari hantu kuntilanak. Di kabari kata kota Pontianak berasal dari kata Kuntilanak. Kamu hanya bisa menemukan meriam karbit seperti ini di Pontianak, tidak ditemukan di daerah lain di Indonesia.
Buka Jam : Sekitar jam 7 atauh 7:30 malam (setelah waktu sholat isha).
Cara pergi : Meriam karbit terletak di sepanjang sungai kapuas, kira kira lebih ke arah dekat jembatan ke Seberang. Kamu bisa pergi  ke Jalan Tanjung Pura dan masuk ke gang gang kecil yang menuju sungai. Tempat yang saya pergi terletak di lokasi meriam dari gang landak jalan tanjung pura.
Lokasi : Disepanjang sungai kapuas, di jalan Tanjung Pura, dekat ke arah jembatan menuju Seberang. Bebas memilih lokasi.
Harga masuk : Gratis. Ada baiknya kita memberi sedikit uang untuk usaha mereka.

 

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Taman Sari Water Castle

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What : Used to be the site for the royal king to rest, meditate, event, or hiding place.

Worth to visit only once, good to know the interesting story behind, though the place is not well maintained. Please hire local tour guide for the explanation. It will not cost more than $10. I gave $5 for the service (i spend no longer than 1 hour).

Existed Since : Mid 18th century
Opening hours : around 8am-2.30pm daily
How to go there : Call taxi Blue Bird Jogja  (0274) 6411234. But if you go from Keraton (Palace), just take trishaw, its the most convenient way to go around and cost as cheap as $USD2-5 only. Depending how far and how kind you want to give to them.
Location :  Jl. Taman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Admission fee : Local USD $3, Foreigner about USD $7

Photos taken by iPhone 5S:

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Getting ready to go wearing batik. To promote my country’s traditional dress hahah.

The pool side. This is where the king choose one of his concubines to spend the time with him that day/night.

Just posing under the staircase. This place is used as defence or king’s hiding place

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Some part has beautiful architecture. I like this place.

 

Taman Sari

Adalah : Tempat untuk Raja/Sultan beristirahat, acara, atau sebagai tempat persembunyian.

Baik dikunjungi untuk mengenal secara lebih tentang peninggalan budaya kerajaan/kesultanan di Yogyakarta. Ada cerita menarik dibalik bangunan ini meskipun tempatnya sudah tua dan tidak terpelihara dengan baik. Sebaiknya jika mengunjungi tempat ini didampingi oleh tour guide yang ada disitu untuk cerita lebih jelasnya. Biaya tour guide tidak lebih dari 100 ribu rupiah. Mereka hanya minta seikhlasnya. Saya memberi kira kira 50 ribu, waktu kungjungan waktu itu tidak lebih dari 1 jam.

Dibangun sejak : Pertengahan abad ke 18
Buka Jam :  Sekitar jam 8 pagi – 2:30 sore
Cara pergi : Telepon taxi Blue Bird Jogja  (0274) 6411234. Jika kamu pergi ke Taman Sari dari keraton cukup naik becak saja. Sangat mudah kemana mana sambil menikmati suasana kota Yogyakarta. TIdak terlalu jauh jarak dari keraton ke taman sari, biaya sekitar 20ribu-50 ribu (tergantung jarak dan seikhlasnya kamu mau memberi).
Lokasi :  Jl. Taman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Harga masuk : Lokal Rp. 3000, Warga asing sekitar Rp. 7000

 

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Prambanan Temple

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What : Hindu Temple
Existed Since : Dated 9th -10th Century
Opening hours : 7:30 am – 5:30 pm everyday
How to go there : Call taxi Blue Bird Jogja  (0274) 6411234
Location : Jalan Jogja, Solo Km. 16. Prambanan temple, Sleman, Yogyakarta
Admission fee : Local USD $3, Foreigner about USD $20

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Candi Prambanan

Adalah : Candi umat Hindu
Dibangun sejak : Sudah dibangun sejak abad ke 9-10
Buka Jam : 7:30 pagi – 5:30 sore setiap hari
Cara pergi : Telepon taxi Blue Bird Jogja  (0274) 6411234
Lokasi : Jalan Jogja, Solo Km. 16. Prambanan temple, Sleman, Yogyakarta
Harga masuk : Lokal USD $3, Warga asing sekitar USD $20

 
More information about Prambanan temple: http://borobudurpark.com/the-prambanan-temple/

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House of Raminten

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What : Quirky Javanese decorated restaurant which served Traditional Indonesian dishes.
Opening hours : 24 hours (wow!)
How to go there :  The most convenient way to go around in Indonesia is by taxi.  Call Blue bird Jogja  at (0274) 6411234
Location : Jalan Faridan Muridan Noto No. 7, Gondo Kusuman, Kota Baru, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Review :
  • There is always hype, long queue, and that is the only reason my curiosity began.
  • Fun antique themed restaurant.
  • Price is very cheap, menu is interesting. Taste average to me.
  • The waiters are dressed up in fancy javanese costume
  • Worth going to see if you are international tourist
  • There is something dark, mystical feeling or just different ambience, at least for me, lol.  Being here once is enough. I would rather go somewhere else bright and easier located restaurant.
  • Good experience tho 🙂

Photos taken by iphone5S:

I was sitting outside, too crowded inside :(

I was sitting outside, too crowded inside 🙁

House of Raminten

Adalah : Restoran yang bertema Jawa namun eksenterik, seperti perpaduan antara tradisional dan modern di gabung menjadi satu.
Jam buka : 24 jam (wow!)
Cara pergi : Transportasi yang paling cepat dan gampang di Indonesia untuk saat ini adalah dengan menggunakan taksi. Tinggal telfon  Blue bird Jogja  di nomor (0274) 6411234
Lokasi : Jalan Faridan Muridan Noto No. 7, Gondo Kusuman, Kota Baru, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta
Pendapat saya :
  • Restoran ini selalu kelihatan ramai dengan pengunjung, selalu ada antrean, dan hal ini membuat saya jadi ingin mengunjunginya.
  • Dekorasi yang amat sangat unik.
  • Harga makanannya sangat murah meriah, menu tradisional Indonesia, namun buat saya rasanya biasa saja.
  • Pelayannya sebagian besar cowo cowo berpakaian unik jawa.
  • Sangat rekomended jika kamu mau membawa turis mancanegara.
  • Ada sesuatu yang gelap, mistik atau yang berbeda, mungkin saya terbawa suasana saja waktu itu haha. Pergi ketempat ini cukup sekali. Mungkin untuk saya lebih memilih tempat terang dan restoran yang mudah di akses.
  • Paling tidak, saya mendapat pengalaman berharga 🙂

More information about House of Raminten:

(I could not find the official webpage rather)

http://raminten.blogspot.co.id/

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Piccola Stella D’Almanna

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What : Italian Restaurant
Opening hours : 10 am – 11 pm
How to go there :

You can call Blue Bird taxi (phone no: 0778421234) or Silver Cab in Batam (phone no: 0778461000) to go to Dermaga Culinary Pardise, Batam.

Location : Blok. RK 1 No. 09 Ruko Dermaga, Sukajadi, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau
Review :
  • The highlight of this restaurant is they used organic ingredients which are good for your health. More information about their very own organic plantation can be seen here: http://www.almannaorganics.co.id/
  • Best, most delicious and surprisingly affordable pizza i have ever had in Batam
  • Restaurant ambience is good for family gathering
  • The staff are attentive
  • I came here at least once a week.
  • Recommended menu in this restaurant is Pizza Diavola and Prawn Mango Salad

Photos taken by iphone5S:

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The restaurant

Lol, loyal customer to get free pizza

Piccola Stella D’Almanna

Adalah : Restoran Italia
Jam buka : 10 pagi – 11 malam
Cara pergi :

Kamu bisa pergi dengan taksi Blue Bird (telp no: 0778421234) atau Silver Cab di Batam (no telp: 0778461000) untuk pergi ke Dermaga Sukajadi Batam.

Lokasi : Blok. RK 1 No. 09 Ruko Dermaga, Sukajadi, Kota Batam, Kepulauan Riau
Review :
  • Yang paling penting di restoran ini adalah bahan bahan yang digunakan berasal dari bahan organik yang pastinya baik untuk kesehatan anda. http://www.almannaorganics.co.id/
  • Pizza terbaik dan murah yang pernah saya makan di pulau Batam.
  • Suasana restoran cocok untuk kumpul keluarga
  • Staffnya merespon dalam waktu singkat.
  • Harganya lumayan murah untuk pizza yang enak.
  • Minimal satu minggu sekali saya mampir kesini.
  • Menu recommended adalah Pizza Diavola, dan Prawn Mango Salad.

More information about Piccola Stella D’Almanna:

http://piccolastelladalmanna.co.id/

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Kebun Begonia (Begonia garden)

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What : Collection of garden flower located in Lembang area, Bandung
Opening hours : There is not much information about opening hours and i did not see it when i visited the garden. Just go during the daytime, it should be open.
How to go there : If you are going to Lembang area, it is best to rent a car.
Location :

Jl. Maribaya No. 120A, Jawa Barat

Admission fee : Rp.10,000 (about $1), but if you are going to use  dslr camera in the garden you have to pay another Rp.50,000 ($5). To me this is not nice. There is not much to shoot but ripping people off. Not worth it at all.

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The main flower in the garden, Balinea

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Pretty much all the view

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Another view from the back side of the garden

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“Healthy Vegetable Experiment” according to the signage

Kebun Begonia

Adalah : Koleksi berbagai macam bunga-bunga taman di Lembang, Bandung
Buka Jam : Tidak ada informasi yang jelas di websitenya, waktu saya kesana saya lupa melihat jam buka. Yang jelas datang dipagi, siang atau sore hari saja pasti masih buka.
Cara pergi : Jika kamu berpergian ke daerah lembang lebih baik menyewa mobil atau menggunakan mobil probadi
Lokasi : Jl. Maribaya No. 120A, Jawa Barat
Harga masuk : Rp. 10,000. Tapi jika kamu membawa kamera DSLR atau sejenisnya, kamu harus membayar extra Rp.50,000. Menurut saya taman dengan harga segini hanya karna menggunakan kamera DSLR atau digital lainnya tidak sepadan.

 
More information about Kebun Begonia: http://www.kebunbegonia.com/about.html

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Younique Lip Stain: Stiff Upper Lip Stain

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What : Long lasting liquid lipstain
Products : Stiff Upper Lip Stain by Younique
Review :
  • So far, this is the best for me, compared to previous experiences. I have tried lip stain product from Benefit, Etude, Peripera, Vincent Longo, Revlon, Smashbox, etc. Because it is non-drying eventhough you do not apply balm and just feel good on your lips, plus no funny smells. Honestly it does not last for a day (never believe the commercial marketing advertisement) , it will fade a little after eating and drinking but what i am trying to say is it fades nicely, unlike the others. You will need to re-apply again when it fades aways.
  • Will i repurchase this product? yes!
  • Since it is the best that i have purchased, i have nothing much to say. It is not too expensive, not too cheap too. But better save your money from buying low quality cosmetics, there is no point.

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Red color in ‘Saucy’

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Bright Pink color in ‘Skittish’

Younique Lip Stain: Stiff Upper Lip Stain

Adalah : Produk kosmetik untuk pemerah bibir
Produk : Stiff Upper Lip Stain by Younique
Pendapat :
  • Selama ini, lipstain dari kosmetik Younique adalah yang terbaik berdasarkan pengalaman sebelumnya. Saya pernah mencoba produk lipstain yang lain dari Benefit, Etude, Peripera, Vincent Longo, Revlon, Smashbox, dan yang lainnya. Karena lipstain ini amat sangat nyaman di bibir dan tidak akan menyebabkan rasa bibir kering sama sekali, meskipun kamu tidak memakai lipbalm sebelum itu, dan tidak berbau yang aneh aneh.
  • Jujur saja, tidak seperti di iklan-iklan lipstain yang tahan sampe berjam-jam bahkan seharian itu tidak mungkin. Kecuali kamu bobok pakai lipstainnya. hahaha. Yeah habis makan atau minum pasti akan memudar sedikit demi sedikit. Tapi lipstain ini tidak langsung hilang seperti lipstain lipstain biasanya. Dibanding dengan yang lain jelas ini lebih tahan lama.
  • Karena saya merasa ini lipstain yang terbaik yang pernah saya punya, jadi tidak banyak yang harus ulas dari segi kualitas. Berdasarkan harga, kalau di bandingkan dengan yang lain tidak terlalu mahal, namun tidak terlalu murah juga. Yang jelas lebih baik kamu jangan membeli make up dengan kualitas yang tidak ok.

More information about Younique Cosmetics: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/products

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Younique Mascara: Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

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What : Mascara that has two applicators (transplanting gel and lash fibers) which results in lengthening your original lashes more than usual mascara instantly.
Products : Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique
Review :
  • Does this product work and make your lashes longer up to 400%? Yes it does. Surprised!
  • Is it easy to use? Yes, not too bad actually. Firstly you need to apply the gel, secondly the fiber. However it takes longer time to use than normal mascara.
  • It is easy to remove.
  • Would i re-purchase again? No, i actually like this product. But if i need to spend longer time for my lash every morning i prefer putting on fake lashes instead. For daily use, a quick normal mascara is fine for me.

Photos taken by iphone5:

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This is the old packaging. The new one seems better. Go check their website at Younique Cosmetics

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First photo for my normal mascara, second below is using 3D Fiber Lash mascara. It built up longer as you apply as many times as you want, depending on your preference.

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This is after about 3 times applying the fiber. I dont want it to get too long like spiders, but just visible enough is fine for me 🙂

Younique Mascara: Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

Adalah : Maskara dengan 2 aplikator (transplanting gel dan lash fibers) yang hasilnya bisa membuat bulu mata kamu lebih panjang dari pemakaian maskara biasa.
Produk : Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes dari Younique
Pendapat :
  • Apakah produk ini benar bisa membuat bulu mata kamu lebih panjang kata mereka hingga 400%? Ternyata benar!
  • Apakah maskara ini gampang digunakan? Menurut saya sih mudah, pertama kamu harus memakai transplanting gel-nya, setelah itu bubuhi serbuk 3D Fiber Lash nya. Itu saja. Namun kalau digunakan tiap hari untuk saya agak memakan waktu lebih dari maskara biasanya.
  • Mudah di hapus dengan air hangat.
  • Apakah saya akan membeli lagi? Tidak. Sebenarnya saya suka dengan produk ini, hanya saja untuk pemakaian tiap hari akan memakan waktu lama. Menurut saya kalau waktu yang lama lebih baik menggunakan bulu mata palsu sekalian dari pada menghabiskan waktu untuk pemakaian maskara.

More information about Younique Cosmetics: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/products

 

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2016

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Year 2015 was another ups and downs like how the life normally is. At first i really uncomfortable with new place where i live now. I have no friends at all here, dirty surroundings and all that mess. It does take so much courage to feel okay. Then the situation became much better when you have a loving partner who support you no matter what. And he brought back a stray cat which make my life brighter. In the struggles, there are unforgettable memories of achievements:

The good news to remember in 2015 :
  • I officially completed Zumba instructor beginner and be a ZIN member.
  • Successfully held my wedding reception at Singapore, organized it from zero.
  • Completed summer course Japanese language in a month.
  • Made new good friends while i stayed in Japan.
  • Had my Cat neutered and he is healthier. (Instagram : @tygabalm)
  • New Year celebration with my sister and husband, we had a good time 🙂
  • Tho, my business sales is still low it keeps me positive mind everyday.

So, Happy New Year 2016! I just wish a good health for my little family, a productive year, and please aways pray and believe we are gonna make it, believe in God’s plan. Always.

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