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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Somewhere Else


For many of you that have been asking, I am still an unemployed graduate because I am still sorting out with all the nitty gritty before I can finally start with work. There are many things that needs to be in order before I can settle down. It has been a struggle to keep up with social media especially with the location that I am currently staying at in Jakarta. I am still figuring out ways where I can have access to internet easily so that I can at least stay intact with my personal space - that is this blog I am talking about. Before I can start settling out working issues, I have to focus on getting a good space for proper living conditions first. I believe it is imperative to work in a place that feels right. Fingers crossed that my life starts to get in order once I get a hold on things that I need gripped.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Publik Markette


Grand Indonesia is my local hang out place as I come here 3-4 times a week this recent month alone. Jan and I met up with a long term friend of mine for lunch at Publik Markette. The indoor outlet has a smoking and non smoking area, where the smoking corners are towards the window side of the wall (above). Publik Markette does not provide menu on the table. All you need to do is go up the counter and select the foods that you want, and all that you have ordered would be delivered to your table. It is quite a unique play on system and honestly you won't have any idea how much you are paying because prices are not listed where the foods are.


Yorkshire Pudding, 25 000RP

I ordered the Yorkshire Pudding to start, not for desserts. It was served with mushroom gravy, cheese and herbs. I love this traditional British staple where the English would usually have them for Sunday roasts.


Crushed Potatoes, 25 000RP

Potatoes with the same cheese and herbs used as the Yorkshire Pudding.


Mexican Seafood Rice, 60 000RP

The Mexican Seafood Rice, or Paella was what we would typically say, wasn't as watery as it should be. Calling it a bowl of fried rice would be more accurate.


Gril Jam Pork Belly, 150 000RP

The Pork Belly was more salted than expected and rice was a nice break off from all that overpowered saltish flavour. The pork belly had a nice texture from the way it was cooked with just enough black pepper gravy poured over for us. We picked a typical main and rice was the side dish that we chose.


Beef Meatballs, 135 000 RP

For the other main, the chef recommended Meatballs and we had to commend them because they tasted like the perfect Swedish meatballs.


Publik Markette offers a variety of food that changes from time to time. Can't be sure what you have to expect on certain days of the week. But generally, no matter what you order, there's a certain quality that holds by it, so you don't have to be afraid with the uncertainty of leaving disappointed.

Publik Markette
Grand Indonesia Mall, Lantai Ground, East Mall
Jl. MH Thamrin, Thamrin, Jakarta 10310

Tel: 021 2358 1281

Mon to Sun: 10am-10pm

Publik Markette Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, October 9, 2015

Market Lane Coffee


I actually forgot to do a blogpost on Market Lane Coffee and had started on posting on my Indonesian encounters hastily. On my final day in Melbourne just before leaving to the airport, I took a trip down to Market Lane Coffee with my girl Rachel. We walked down from her place to the store next to Queen Victoria Market. Market Lane Coffee sources and brew their own coffee. They only serve coffee from beans that are available from that particular season. The brand had only started in 2009 and it is now known to brew one of the best coffees in melbourne. Locals and visitors love the words said in this particular cup, and some said that you have not experienced Melbourne if you have not taken an Instagram shot of Market Lane's coffee cup and upload it on your feed.


Croissant + Flat White

No brunch menu needed. All they focused on are only to ensure that they deliver one and one thing only, coffees. The experience can of course be enhanced with just a good plain old croissant and a Danish pastry choices.


The store at the QVM outlet has only a few seats, where most customers have their cups to go. The layout of the store maintains that Melbourne hipster vibe and I have no doubt in my mind that it was a good parting place for me from Melbourne.


Melbourne will always have a place in my heart. The two years I have been here were absolutely the best time of my life. It feels like it won't be soon till I get to visit this wondrous city again, but when the time comes, I want to relive this moment again, just taking pleasure in my love affair with coffee, and this city.

Market Lane Coffee
109-111 Therry Street, CBD
Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Tel: +(61) 03 9804 7434

Mon to Thu: 7am-4pm
Sat: 7am-5pm
Sun: 8am-5pm

Market Lane Coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, October 7, 2015



You guys all know how much I miss Melbourne, and boy was I glad to find a piece of it in Seminyak. We were only at Seminyak for a day because we spent the rest of the days and nights closer to Nusa Dua and Uluwatu. Seminyak is the region where hipster cafes, famous restaurants, knick knack shops are located. We queued for a good 15 minutes before stepping in here.


The place is infested with mostly caucasians, and it was a reminiscent of Melbourne's brunch scene.


Flat White, 30 000RP + Pash Me Smoothie, 45 000RP + The Warrior, 45 000RP

We invited our driver for brunch because he had been so helpful and kind. I ordered a Flat White, and although I could taste the aromatic coffee within, the mug was rather huge, and it tasted more like a latte than a Flat White. On the other hand, the other two brunch companions opted for smoothies to beat the all year round summer vibe. The Pash Me consisted of passionfruit, berries, mango, coconut nectar and housemade nut milk. The Warrior was a mixture of banana, dates, soy milk, coconut nectar and peanut butter.


Polenta Fries, 50 000RP

 Enjoy this warm and you won't regret how sinful it is. The warm polenta chips were drizzled in parmesan and it created a webby texture as it melts on the body. I reckon that the cheese would taste better if it were still cold and fresh, but the melted outcome was still as good. We dipped every single one of them in the truffle aioli, and I can only tell you that every mouthful was heavenly experience.


Sisterfields Dirty Burger, 90 000RP

We always say that the dirtier the burger, the tastier it would be. The beef patty was weighed at 160 grams, served with smoked cheddar, onion rings, a little bit of mustard and aioli. To be honest it felt like an expensive take on a Burger King set meal. It tasted good, but I just can't forgo the thought that it shares identical qualities with Burger King or Hungry Jacks on my mind.


Pan Fried Salt And Pepper Squid, 70 000RP

The squid tasted lovely and it could very well taste as good if it were to be deep fried. The squid and salad as a whole were light, fresh and bursting with Vietnamese flavours with every spoonfuls.


Eggs Benedict + Smoked Salmon, 90 000RP

My sister went for the classic Eggs Benedict on toast. Aside of the usual hollandaise, red pepper pesto was poured over for an extra oomph. You could either opt for salmon or bacon to go with. We were just a little disgruntled when the salmon came out cooked as we prefered it raw. A good raw smoked salmon would have made it a much better dish as a whole.

Sisterfields reminds me of Melbourne in so many ways. Just a little tweaks here and there would have made it perfect. Its still far from par of the quality standards with Melbourne brunch places, but they are almost there. Keep it up.

Jl. Kayu Cendana
Seminyak, Kuta, Bali
Indonesia 80361

Tel: +(62) 21 3619 0505 07

Mon to Sun: 10am-5pm

Sisterfields Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 5, 2015

Within My Dreams


Increase our faith so we may see
What you're doing in our lives
And all that we'll accomplish in you
So our faith begins to rise

We need to be reminded, Lord,
Of the small mustard seed
And how the same amount of faith
Moves Mountains if we believe

As we walk in pure obedience
With confidence in you,
Our faith begins to grow and flourish,
Bearing more abundant fruit

We must go beyond the limits
Of our comfort zones,
Our faith is activated at those times
When we walk into the unknown

For it's when the safety net is gone,
We realise we need our Lord,
When there's nothing left to fall back on,
We must lean on God much more

And faith is released in our hearts
As we bend our knee to pray;
We shall be strengthened as we walk
And commit to Him each day.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Saturday, October 3, 2015



Double Scoop (Snickers + Matcha)

Gusto was said to be one of Bali's best with ratings that don't lie. We treated ourselves to a gelato date, because what more shall we do under the blazing sun? In the daytime, visiting cafes and gelato places seemed to be the most ideal solution. I ordered the Snickers & Matcha after sampling out several. There are various sweet and sorbet options and the choices are many. The Snickers are one of their signatures and it is to die for. Definitely almost up on par to gelatos produced in sunny side Melbourne.


You are required to pay on the counter first before proceeding to select which gelato you want, and that reason being is pretty self explanatory.


The cafe's interior is rather basic with orange and grey to fill up the spaces. There is also an outdoor garden with seats available where some people rather have the cool gelato at, than having it indoors. The outside is also spacious and I find many light a cigarette while enjoying their cone or cuppa.

Jl. Mertanadi No.46, Kerobokan
Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361

Tel: +(62) 21 0361 5522 190

Mon to Sat: 10am-10pm
Sun: Closed

Gusto Gelato & Caffe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rock Bar


Rock Bar is one of Bali's pride when it comes to experiencing sunset to the vibrant nightlife. The bar is located at one of Bali's finest, Ayana Resort, and it faces the west. We were able to watch the sunset and grasp that salty breeze that lingers in our hair. The bar stands along the surfacing the edges of the cliffs. We loved the DJ of the night and experienced magnificent views and vibe over a glass of drink and tapas to share.


We arrived at Ayana Resort and waited in line for the lift that takes only several people from to the top down to the bar. The lift is like a slow mini train ride that gradually glides down a track so you get views of the bar from high and low angles.


I must say that the moss masking over the rocks created a sense of earthiness that actually beautifies the setting even more.


Traveling companion, just her and I in Bali.


Dim Sim Platter + Beef Chorizo Corn Dogs

For the array of tapas, the dim sim comes in a bamboo steam case and non spicy chili stone bowl in the middle. The irony was that none are steamed, but all are fried. We also had the mouthwatering corn dogs paired with a bowl of cheese sauce, and cheese sauce never goes wrong.


Salmon Avocado Roll

I am intrigued with sushi served on a rugged hot stone, and that alone made the dish special.


We had these food right after the sun sets, as we were pretty much caught up with taking pictures and appreciating the moment when the sunset happens.


I have not been to many bars, but I can assure you that Rock Bar is one of Bali's best as told by many friends and suggested reviews online. You cannot miss it if you are ever in Bali.


I say.. magnifique.

Rock Bar
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Ayana Resort and Spa
Jimbaran, Bali

Tel: +(62) 21 361 702 222

Mon to Thu: 4pm-1am
Fri to Sat: 4pm-2am
Sun: 4pm-1am

Rock Bar Bali - Ayana Resort and Spa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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