Honeymoon Series #2: Le Pirate Restaurant, Labuan Bajo, Flores – Indonesia (Review)

Rooftop bar with a view

Feels like we were in Bali, that’s what I thought when we visited this restaurant. Located in the central part of Labuan Bajo, Le Pirate restaurant has four floors which the Ground Floor is the hotel reception, 1st floor is the main restaurant, 2nd floor is the Le Pirate hotel and the 3rd floor is the rooftop bar. I also wanted to book their hotel during our stay in Labuan Bajo, but last time it was full-booked on the dates we were there.

lepirate
Le Pirate Restaurant was taken after dinner
lepirate6
Le Pirate restaurant interior design

We went there to have our early-dinner time on our first day in Labuan Bajo. We ordered two pad thai, vegetable one for my husband and seafood one for me, Vietnam spring roll, and 2 lemon squash. It was around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon, so it was less people.

lepirate3
Food we ordered
lepirate4
Seafood pad Thai

For me, the price quite pricey both for food and drinks, almost similar price in Jakarta and Bali, to be honest. For the taste of the pad thai itself, was quite good. I could say 7.5 out of 10. The Vietnam rolls were so-so, 7 out of 10.

lepirate5
Vietnam Spring Rolls

We also went to the rooftop bar just to see the view of Labuan Bajo harbour from above. There were a small swimming pool and some places just to relax and lay down your body. You can also buy and enjoy cocktails drinks from the bar.

the-deck-rooftop-le-pirate
Source: Le Pirate website

I will recommend you to visit Le Pirate restaurant if you want to feel fine dining with a good view also with your loved ones or if you just want to have some good drinks with friends on their rooftop bar. The sunset view was magical!

Location: Jl. Soekarno Hatta, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554 

Opening Hours: 7.30 AM – 10.30 PM

Estimated price: 30.000 – 100.000 IDR

[Review] Freeman Beauty Overnight Mask

FREEMAN — pertama mendengar produk ini saya pikir ini produk skincare untuk kaum lelaki di luar sana. Gak tau cuma saya aja atau kalian juga ada yang berpikir kalau Freeman ini brand nya agak maskulin ya? Eh, tapi setelah membaca berbagai review di beauty blogger dan nontonin Youtube channel-nya beberapa beauty vlogger, ternyata eh ternyata produk ini tidak semaskulin namanya. 

Awalnya tahu brand produk ini pas liat beberapa video di Youtube dari mulai video Skincare 101-nya Affi Assegaf di FemaleDaily sampai review-nya Suhay Salim. Bisa dibilang saya juga nekat banget sih nyoba-nyoba skincare, karena dari awal believe it or not, saya itu gak pernah yang namanya pake produk-produk perawatan kulit, kecuali pembersih wajah dan masker. Itu pun juga maskernya masih yang bubuk dan… ah sudahlah, I know you gaes really want to mocking me “Jaduuuul parah”.

But yes, I was that jadul, gaes.

Nah, setelah begitu banyak resources dan kecanggihan informasi jaman now, mata hati dan mata batin saya akhirnya terbuka juga! Hal ini dibuktikan dengan kepedulian saya terhadap perawatan kulit, khususnya kulit wajah saya. Sebenarnya kulit wajah saya terbilang sehat, beberapa masalah penting (at least for me) paling karena T-zone saya yang berminyak dan jerawat seringkali munculnya selalu di bagian-bagian tersebut aja, terus di bagian pipi dalam somehow I’ve seen it has quite large pores, dan kantung mata yang menghitam which is always disturbing!

Oh, sorry the last thing… freckles!

Pas baca-baca, Googling, nontonin YouTube semalam suntuk, ternyata produk per-skincare-an lagi happening banget! Buanyaaaknya produk kecantikan dan perawatan kulit yang membuat perempuan-perempuan Indonesia menjadi semakin konsumtif, yang salah satunya adalah saya sendiri. Tapi konsumtif disini dalam arti yang positif ya, karena menurut saya kita ini sudah mulai pintar memilah-milah produk yang memang sesuai kebutuhan.

Nah, karena udah banyak banget ya yang review soal produk Freeman Charcoal Mud Mask yang katanya ajaib dan bagus banget itu, jadi kali ini saya mau coba review produk lain dan terbaru dari Freeman yaitu, Beauty Infusion Brightening Overnight Mask.

IMG_20180612_203307
Suka banget sih sama packaging dan warnanya

Anyway, this is my first time writing a beauty product review, so please don’t judge me peeps! Karena basically saya mau coba untuk sharing pengalaman saya pakai produk ini dan apa yang saya rasakan dari khasiatnya produk ini.

Kandungan (Ingredients)

Nah, pastinya ini hal terpenting yang pasti akan kita lihat dan baca saat ingin memilih suatu produk kecantikan, apa khasiatnya dan apa efek yang akan ditimbulkan nanti. Pada dasarnya, kandungan utama Freeman Overnight Mask ini adalah Vitamin C yang berasal dari kembang sepatu (hibiscus vitamin c) yang fungsi utamanya; meningkatkan luminositas, memperbaiki warna kulit yang tidak merata dan mencerahkan kulit wajah. Selain itu, ada kandungan lain seperti, air, glycerin (melindungi kulit dari sinar matahari secara langsung, membersihkan kotoran dan sel kulit mati, menghaluskan kulit wajah yang kasar), isopropyl palmitate, camellia sinensis leaf extract white tea, paeonia albiflora root extract peony dan masih banyak lainnya.

Aturan Pemakaian (To Use)

Jujur, ini sih bagian yang paling saya suka ya, produk ini easy to use buat orang yang pernah jadul dan paham betul keribetan penggunaan masker bubuk sejak dulu, overnight mask ini JUARA! Karena tinggal dioleskan sebelum tidur ke seluruh bagian wajah dan leher, terus tinggal dibawa tidur deh! Awalnya kuatir emang akan lengket, ngerembes ke sarung bantal, but na’ah it’s not gonna happen dude. Tapi saran saya sih, sebelum tidur tunggu sampai sebagian wajah agak kering dan lembab aja dulu. Besokan paginya percayalah, kamu akan memuji wajah mu sendiri karena sebegitu khasiatnya, wajah jadi cerah banget dan kenyal pastinya. Penggunaannya itu bisa 2x seminggu atau sesering yang kamu butuhkan, according to their ‘how to use’ rules. Biasanya saya pakai 4-5 hari dalam seminggu dan it was fine! Gak ada efek samping yang gimanaa banget sih.

IMG_20180612_203359
Handy banget untuk dibawa kemana-mana

Saya gak tau apakah produk ini akan cocok dipakai untuk semua jenis skin types atau engga, but for me who has combination skin types and texture, this product always working well with me. Paling penting sih, masker ini juga hydrating banget, bikin kulit wajah super kenyal. Pas awal banget pakai ini, semacam ada feel perih-perih sedikit gitu di beberapa bagian wajah, tapi setelah beberapa kali pemakaian sih udah oke ya.

Banyak yang bilang produk Laneige yang overnight mask is still the best of all! Saya sih belum pernah coba ya karena harganya juga lumayan pricey, beda sama produk Freeman ini yang masih affordable. Dengan ukuran jar yang menurut ku gak kecil dan gak gede banget ini, masih oke banget kok untuk dibawa kemana-mana.

***

Price: Rp 160.000,- | Size: 4 oz/114 mL | Bought in: BeautyHaul Indo

 

3rd Movie Reviews : This is all your fault, Kissing Booth!

Review Language: Indonesia and English

Genre: Teenage, Romance and Comedy

To be honest, I never like a teenager romance kind of movie, coz it always seems flat story and less conflict. Datar banget, belum lagi soal pemainnya yang biasanya masih kaku dan ngebosenin. Ceritanya pun seringkali hanya persoalan cinta dan kehidupan sehari-hari, which often makes me feel bored.

No challenge, I could say.

But when I first watched this movie last weekend, I really enjoy watching the movie. The story was very light yet cute and entertaining. Yang jelas sih, pertama kali lihat pemeran utama perempuannya, seems very familiar. Jadi, setelah Googling ketemu deh ternyata pemeran utama perempuannya bernama Joey King. Kalau ada yang sudah pernah nonton The Conjuring yang pertama, pasti inget dan tersadar “Oh… dia ternyata yang main.”

Gak sadar, ternyata Joey King ini udah remaja, terakhir nonton The Conjuring yang pertama itu, dia terlihat masih menginjak sekitar umur 10-12 tahun, maybe. And now, she is turning out to be a beautiful, cute and cheerful actress! 

Film ini sebenarnya pertama kali tayang di Netflix sekitar pertengahan bulan Mei 2018 lalu, but then karena Netflix di banned in Indonesia, so the only thing to do to watch Netflix movies is from other websites that have some of Netflix movies on it which I could easily access it.

Joey King, Joel Courtney, and Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth (2018)
Kissing Booth movie poster

Kalau menurut ku, posternya sih biasa aja, gak terlalu eye-catching dan agak cukup berbeda dengan judul filmnya. Tapi karena lagi butuh refresh diri dengan menonton film-film untuk mengisi liburan, so I guess I have to try to watch this.

So this Netflix movie is based on Beth Reekle’s self-published coming-of-age novel that became an international sensation. Jadi, ini menceritakan kisah dua sahabat yang sudah bersahabatan sejak kecil antara Elle Evans (Joey King) dan Lee Flynn (Joel Courtney). Keduanya memiliki peraturan (rules) yang berisi mengenai batasan-batasan yang harus dilakukan dan dihindari keduanya, peraturan ini dibuat sejak mereka berusia 6 tahun. Salah satu rules yang selalu dirasa berat oleh Elle adalah rules number 9, dimana kedunya dilarang untuk jatuh cinta atau memiliki hubungan dengan saudara kandungnya.

Noah Flynn (Jacob Elordi) adalah kakak kandung Lee Flynn yang super cool, handsome and yet sexy. Noah selalu menjadi perhatian siswi-siswi di sekolahnya karena wajahnya yang ganteng, tubuhnya yang atletis dan juga tinggi badannya yang gagah dan menawan. Hal-hal tersebut yang selalu Elle suka dan membuatnya tertarik sekaligus penasaran dengan Noah.

Since the first time I watched it, I couldn’t stop laughing, crying and feeling again the emotion of being in love again. The connection between all of the actors here seems was very natural, it feels like they already know each other for a long time. 

Cukup terhibur banget sih pas nonton ini, beberapa scene emang dibumbui dengan sedikit humor yang bikin aku gak berhenti ketawa, selain tentu juga karena salah satu aktornya OMG-cute-banget! Siapa lagi kalau bukan Jacob Elordi pemeran Noah Flynn. Walaupun di beberapa scene mainnya kaku, tapi somehow karakter Noah cocok banget diperanin oleh Jacob Elordi.

The most favourite scene when Noah had a chance to kiss Elle in the Kissing Booth that Lee and Elle made for a charity in their school festival. Since they kissed each other, Elle’s feeling is even stronger for Noah, so do him. Then they decided to be in a relationship also with their own rules which, ‘nobody can know’.

Joey King and Jacob Elordi in The Kissing Booth (2018)
Kissing scene at the Kissing Booth

Sebenarnya hampir semua scenes yang ada Noah Flynn or Jacob Elordi are definitely my favourite! Doh. Tapi ya setelah beberapa kali menonton film ini, who agrees with me now that actually, Jacob Elordi is the future of Ashton Kutcher??? Both are really look alike.

Anyway, terus gimana kelanjutannya, sih????

Eitsss, pokoknya wajib untuk ditonton, hitung-hitung nambah movie-lists untuk ditonton saat liburan.

I would recommend you to watch this movie!

Dan baru tau juga, ternyata in their real-life Joey King and Jacob Elordi has dated since they met in that movie set even until now.

Oh, how cute they are!

Joey King e Jacob Elordi reencenaram a 7ª regra de A Barraca do Beijo

 

Pictures source from Pinterest.

 

 

 

WITT #25: No more using MAS!

I would like to share with you about my experience used Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight company. So this was not my first experience using this airline company, but sorry to say, I think it will be my last time using this airline. I have heard so many people complaining about this airline because of the airline quite famous for their delayed or cancelled schedule and also their delayed baggage ‘services’.

And it just happened to me yesterday! I did not found my suitcase once I landed in Jakarta from Manila. So this is what happened before…

Friday, 15 December 2017

– 10.30 am (Manila time): I arrived at Ninoy International Airport Terminal 1, where Malaysia Airlines located in. I have online checked-in through their website, so I thought I just need to print my ticket there because I don’t want to put any baggage. But then the staff said that I have to put my cabin suitcase in their baggage because the weight is up to 12 kilograms. But I said “I just need one hour transfer time in KL, can you make sure that the baggage will arrive in time in Jakarta?” and she replied, “No worries, Mam. We will prioritize your baggage with the tag.” then she showed us the tag ‘HOT TRANSFER’ with a pink colour. Then finally I have to let them put my cabin suitcase in the baggage.

– 13.14 (Manila time): Our flight MH807 starts to take-off!

– 17.15 (KL time): Landed in Kuala Lumpur. I had to run once I walked out from the airplane, because my transit time is only for an hour, and it already passed around 15 minutes or so because the flight a little bit delayed. Fortunately, from KL to Jakarta it’s located at the same terminal but different a few gate numbers.

I was in a rush because actually I only have time around 25-30 minutes to finally boarding to another plane. Once I found the Gate H2, I went to the toilet first before I enter the security check.

I always have had the feeling that I really afraid my suitcase will do not have enough time to be moved to my other flight to Jakarta.

Then, yes, what I always thoughts is right.

What I always worried, it happened to me.

– 20.00 – 21.00 WIB (Jakarta time): I have safely landed at Soetta Airport, I walked a lil bit faster to go to the Autogate Immigration then to the baggage belt.  The first belt baggage came with a sign ‘Priority Baggage’, so I was thinking mine will be there. After waiting for 30 minutes, I couldn’t found my suitcase, then finally I realised that the sticker baggage already changed to AirAsia. Then I checked with the airport staff, and he said, the last baggage for Malaysia Airlines is already done 15 minutes ago! And I was like, WHAAAT… There are still around 10 people (more or less) who still waiting for the bag with me, stand nearby the gate even sat in the trolley. The staff escorted us to the ‘Lost and Found’ office, where a lot of people also had the same problem with me.

Their complaints were the same. This is strange because even the airport staff already gave our suitcases with ‘HOT TRANSFER’ and ‘PRIORITY’ tags, but it did not affect anything. Why they have still left our baggage in KL?

These are tags that they put it in my suitcase!

If the reason because of short transit that we had, they might have to change and improve their service to be faster or at least put more attention to detail. Don’t blame your passengers and says it’s our risk who booked flight tickets with a very short transfer, but with their tight schedule, they have to improve their service tho.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

– 12.00 pm: I called their office which located in the Soekarno Hatta International Airport Terminal 2 D, and she said, that my suitcase still did not find yet.

– 02.00 pm: They called me back and said that my suitcase has been found and they will send it directly to my home.

After waiting for almost 7 hours, I did not receive any call from them, so I thought to call their office again. They promised to call the agent and let me know when my suitcase will be delivered.

Even finally my suitcase was arrived, around 23.00 almost midnight, but I still feel confused why this kind of thing can happen (?)

I really hope MAS will improve their services because I heard about this not only a few times, but many times, even my boss and my colleague also experienced the same with me.

Is there anyone here who also experienced the same? Share your comment down below!

 

#9th Review: The Pod (Boutique Capsule Hostel), Singapore

It’s always nice to welcoming weekend after long busy work-days!

Who’s agree with me now?

Still, about Singapore, this weekend I am going to give you another reference about one of boutique capsule hostel in there. Singapore is very well known for its expensive prices for everything, including for a hotel. Therefore, they have initiated to make and build a lot of capsule hostel in town. Most of the times, tourists who visit Singapore only for short times for holiday, they usually prefer to book a B&B (or bed and breakfast with a bunk bed) hostel.

Image result for bunk bed hostel singapore
Bunk bed hostel in Singapore (Source by Pinterest)

That is why I am going to show you one of hostel recommendation that I ever stayed in Singapore for your holiday reference.

It’s The Pod, the boutique capsule hostel.

The location of this hostel is located in Beach Road area. It is the same area with one of the most well-known areas in Singapore, called Arab Village.

 

IMG_20171019_222237
The Entrance of The Pod Boutique Hostel
IMG_20171019_222933
Check-in Machine System

The entrance of the boutique hostel is just like any other hostels in Singapore, located in a small narrow building. The lobby of the hotel is located on the 3rd floor, where you can find the receptionist. That time, I arrived around 10pm, so I went to check-in directly with the receptionist, but the staff said that in here we can do self-check-in by utilized their machine system. We have to input our name, contact number, passport number, and even paid directly either by the card or cash. I paid by cash last time because I only stayed one night and it cost around SGD 91 or equal to IDR 900.000 or equal to EUR 56.

For Indonesian people, it still considers expensive. As I booked for the Deluxe Single Pod, but the price it’s already included a breakfast and tax.

Then after finished check-in, they prepared my room card also in the machine to activate it. After that, the staff was accompanied me to the room that I booked. It is the same floor as the lobby, and since they used half carpet and floor, so it’s an obligation for us to not using our shoes or sandals, and they even provide the locker to keep our shoes in the entrance.

Then I walked in the alley and my room is located in the same area with other Deluxe Single Pod areas. So this is how it looks…

 

So many doors in there and my room located in the right corner of the room. Don’t be surprised as you will see how small my room is in the next picture.

 

 

IMG_20171019_223155
The bunk bed

 

IMG_20171019_223204
They have a small cabinet under the bed and provide me with the towel and hanger

 

 

IMG_20171019_224044
This is how we access the bunk bed, by the stairs!

 

 

IMG_20171019_223150
The bed is in upper side and the small desk under 
IMG_20171019_224044
This is how we access the bunk bed, by the stairs!

 

Yes, this is how it looks for the Deluxe Single Pod in the boutique capsule hostel, The Pod. Actually, they have a very good and reliable service and very helpful staff!

Yes, it is very unique, right? Actually, I used to stay many times in the bunk bed or hostels like this during my stay in Singapore. Since it is a good option to avoid the expensive price and another way to mingle with another backpacker. I met by accident with tourists from around the world during my stay in the hostel or any bed and breakfast place. Only a few of them I still keep in touch until now.

It is one of good reason whether if you want to practice your language skills or just want to have so many friends during your travel.

This boutique capsule hostel is very good for people who just want to explore Singapore for very short times and wants to go for backpacker options.

Last time, I went to Singapore only for one-day business purposes, so I prefer to stay in the boutique hostel which located in the central area and of course close to the MRT green-line.

Beside very cute and small bedroom, their bathroom also very cute one! I really like the wall and its clean toilet and shower room.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In the Deluxe Pod, they provide 4 bathrooms for us, but still, we have to patiently wait for the queue in the morning as people will go outside and enjoy Singapore!

Their breakfast is so so for me, well it’s a standard breakfast if you stay at the capsule hostel. They provide bread, croissant, instant noodle, orange juice, sausage, cookies, cappuccino machine, cereals, and milk. I met with travelers which came from another country in the breakfast area.

 

They usually start the breakfast from 06.30 until 09.30 am

The location of this boutique capsule hostel is only 700 meters from the MRT Station Bugis area. Which closed to one of the most famous shopping places where you can visit all day until around 10 pm. You can find almost anything in this area, from clothing, resto, cafe, bar, supermarket, souvenir place, etc.

 

IMG_20171020_165957_HDR
Souvenir’s heaven place on Earth

 

 

IMG_20171020_170013_HDR
Bugis Food Street where you can find street food and fresh drink

 

I will recommend to my lovely blog readers to try to stay in The Pod Boutique Capsule Hostel both for holiday and business. I give a score 8.5 out of 10!

The Pod, Boutique Capsule Hostel

289 Beach Rd, Singapore 199552

*

 

Bonus features:

There are a little bit tips and trick an easier way and strategic place where you can stay in Singapore for those who want to enjoy the city to the fullest, but don’t want to take more time on the street to go and back to the airport! The best place to stay is close to the MRT green line because it goes the same line with the MRT to Changi Airport.

Basically, it’s very easy to understand the MRT line in Singapore and you can also easily move from another place to another, since its very small city/country.

But, it’s good if you try to find a place to stay which close to the famous landmark or at least, the shopping place. I’ve ever stayed in Little India, Chinatown, Arab village, and Lavender Street. Those are very close to the shopping places and very close to the MRT station.

Click ‘like’ if you enjoy my review and please write your comment down below if you want to know more about Singapore through my lens!

Best,

Astrid

 

 

 

#8th Review: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, Thailand

Yes, I know it’s been so long I did not make any review or recommendation. But no worries, I will give you my hotel review when I travelled to Bangkok, Thailand last week. It was quite short travel as I only stayed there to attend few days of the regional meeting related to my works. And the organizer gave us the twin shared room in Pullman Hotel G, which is located in one of a very good area in Bangkok, the area name is Silom road.

That was actually my second visit to Bangkok back in 2014, but I actually still very familiar with their road, the good places and restaurants. I could say, Bangkok is one of my favourite big city in the world!

And oh well, let me show you the hotel room look like…

view from the entrance

twin shared bed room overview

We’ve got a quite spacey hotel room for two. And I love their room because white everywhere. Make it looks like very big and clean. They also provide a mini refrigerator, spacious chest to restore your clothes, water heater, mini bar, the safety deposit box and the iron!

the most important, the iron!

Oh yes, as you can see below, they also have a big flat screen TV! But we never used it anyway, as the main channels were in Thai, also some Chinese, etc. Maybe because we were not really into the TV, and always worked hard every night after a whole day meeting.

Oh yes, the most favourite thing of my room was the bath and shower room! It is almost my dream bathroom, lol.

very nice bathtub

a spacious shower room with beautiful patterns ceramics

The breakfast was also very complete, of course, it’s a five stars hotel! They have Western, Chinese, and any Asian food to fulfil your indulgence and your happy tummy! But, unfortunately, their coffee taste bad for me. I much much prefer the coffee which they served for the coffee break during the meeting.

The hotel location was very good, very close to the sky train station, which called BTS. The closest BTS station name is Chong Nonsi. It is also very close to the Patpong Night Market, where you can go window shopping, as well as enjoy many cafes and bars in there. Well, you might find very “unique” bars in there (you know what I mean, for those who ever been there). Besides, there are many Seven Eleven mini shops, where you can get any kind of unique snacks which typically Thai or even Korean. I was so happy as I easily get Samyang Nuclear in there! Hahaha. Sorry, out of topic.

But overall, my stay was very good, except, during the check-in process they asked to give them 3,000 Baht which is equal to IDR 1.400.000 or at least EUR 100 for deposit, which was quite rare (and that was actually my first experience), as the hotel room has been paid and arranged by the organizer. But don’t worry, as they will give your money back, or if you use the credit card, they will cancel it after you check-out from the hotel.

Well anyway, never mind.

For me, the hotel is very good for the couple, holiday with a family, friendly environment, very good for people with disabilities, also business purposes. We had 3-days meetings in a very high point of the hotel which was on the 30th floor! We even can see the beautiful skyscrapers and high building surround.

Well, I won’t recommend this hotel for those who are a budget backpacker, as the price is quite pricey.

188 Si Lom, Bangrak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

Book Review #2 – When William Traynor left…

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Book Title: “After You”

Writer: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Romance Comedy

Year: 2016

Published by: Penguin Books

Pages: 407 pages

 

22 Favorite Quotes From Best Selling Books To Keep Your Heart Warm (Part II) | Loud Life
Picture from Pinterest.

 

I think some of you already watched the movie called “Me Before You” with the actors Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. For me, the movie was very touchy and has successfully made me cry every time I re-watched it or maybe because I am the one who is very whiny with romantic movies.

Well, I won’t talk about the first book and the movie, but I will talk about the second book which titled, “After You”. I bought this book when I had to wait for my next flight from Stockholm to Jakarta last May 2017 and just finished reading the book couple weeks ago. And it always makes me wanted to continue to read it till finished.

waiting for boarding in Arlanda Airport, Stockholm

Moving on and starting over something after broken hearted and deep-loss might be very difficult for some people like Louisa Clark did after William Traynor had passed away. It has been a hard time for Louisa to “just live well” after Will’s death and it showed Lou’s struggle with moving on. It showed how his death affected other characters and how people struggled to relate following such a tragedy. Louisa even has to join and attends Moving On support group, but it doesn’t make her feel much better and forget about Will so easily, moreover when she finally met with a-16-years old girl named, Lily.

Who is Lily? — is becoming an important part of this book. Since she came to Louisa’s life, it has brought a rollercoaster to Louisa’s life, just like Will Traynor did before. Also another and new important person to Louisa’s life, the Ambulance guy, “Sam” also brought new colour of her love life after Will’s death. He is a pretty much very lovely guy and has successfully brought happiness into Louisa’s life changing, and of course, to help her move on after Will’s death.

The family issue also happened in the second sequel to this book, both Lou’s family and Will’s family. After Will’s death, his parents decided to divorce and live their own life. What was happening to their family? You will also discover their story in this sequel!

All over, “After You” makes the whole story of Lou and Will little bit complicated at first, but finally I enjoyed to read this book and it still worth to read if you really curious about the whole love story of Louisa and Will Traynor.

Our 2nd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Le Consulat, Montmartre

I could say that I fell in love with the Montmartre area. For me, it’s very different with Parisienne neighbourhood as in general. The buildings in Montmartre was more original and some are old buildings which turned into cafe, souvenir shop, and restaurant. I just wondering it could be beautiful to live around there, but on the other hand, it could be also a disaster because there is always so many foreign tourists in the area.

If you ever watched movies like Amélie, Midnight in Paris, Paris, I love you and Moulin Rouge, those are a few movie titles which had the movie set in Montmartre.This area also very well-known of a famous basilica called, Sacré-Cœur, there is also Moulin Rouge and this cafe…

Le Consulat

It was our first day together in Paris and we looooved it!

After a long journey from our place which located in south part of Paris then took a Metro to go to Sacré-Cœur, finally, we decided to have lunch in this cafe! Yassss, so happy. It was always on my bucket lists every time I visit Paris. I knew this restaurant maybe since earlier in 2000s, from many pictures that I pinned on my Pinterest and Googled! Somehow I also see that this cafe is a romantic one compare to the others cafe surround.

And because, I loooove the red colour, of course!

We were lucky because it was a sunny and beautiful day when we were there, even we had a bit of rain, but after the sun was shining brightly in front of the cafe.

This is the lovely guy who was helped me to fulfilled #OurParisBucketlists. Love you! XOXO

Well, in terms of the food in the menu, the price it’s quite pricey for some food. And oh, I really love the Omelette with fromage and champignon with the salad. Lovelovelove and so tasty!

Since we have common favourite food, like the mushroom, cheese, croissant, pain au chocolat, salad, nasi goreng and spices like garlic, onion, shallot and many more, so it was easy to pick the food for us.

Relaxed outside Le Consulat resto

We bought the Omelette with Fromage and Champignon and as a dessert we ordered Crêpes! The price for the omelette is around EUR 11, while Crêpes is EUR 7 (if I am not mistaken). They also have some other foods like some kind of salads, crêpes, pasta, seafood and any kind of drinks like wines, beers, cafe latte, cappuccino, and many more.

It was a sunny day in Montmartre
Look my happy face! I wore my new Parisienne red hat which I bought in souvenir shop around there!

So, don’t forget to stop by at this cafe once you will be in Montmartre!

**

Picture was taken by: Me and him

Address: 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France

#7th Review: Clarion Hotel, Stockholm – Sweden (Ringvägen)

I know I know, sorry for being so ignorant these days and not posting something on my blog lately. I travelled to Stockholm and Paris (again) for two weeks! I could say, I am a very very very lucky girl that I got chances to attend one of an international forum which has been held in Stockholm in the midst of May 2017. It was my second time went there, the first one back to October 2015, during an autumn season which was super cold (I mean, for a girl who lives in a tropical country) and now I got a chance to feel a spring season in Stockholm! Super-YAY!

Super-YAY!

Different with the last time, this year I’ve stayed in one of a four-stars hotel in Stockholm, namely the Clarion Hotel Stockholm! Don’t be wrong, as they also have another Clarion Hotel which located nearby the Arlanda Airport. But this one,  it is located in a very strategist location at the heart of Stockholm, in Södermalm area. And I will give my review of the hotel for your recommendations as below.

Hotel view from the outside

Yes as you can see, the picture above is the hotel which I took from the small street just behind the building. It’s face to the highway which connects to the city. I got a super comfortable and spacious bedroom only for myself! And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?

And I often wonder, why the four stars hotel in Stockholm very different with the one that we have in Jakarta, Indonesia?

Well, maybe it’s a perk living in developing country like in Indonesia, I think! 😉

view of my room from the entrance

So, yup, this is the entrance of my room. It’s a quite narrow aisle, where you can see the right of the entrance is the shower room (sorry, I forgot to did not take a picture of it, but it’s quite spacey) and the left is the big mirror (I really love it) and wardrobe, where I put my suitcase, shoes and stuff.

Let me rephrase it again, oh I love the big mirror in this room!

the super-warm bed!

And this is the super warm bed! It supposed to be used for 2 people, but they gave us each room for every participant, which was super nice. Even though the weather was cold for someone who used to live in tropical country, but this hotel room also provide an AC and a heater, for sure!

Well, every night, I always turned on my AC because I feel bit hot, don’t know why. I even was sweating a lot during the night under my blanket. Overall, it was super-nice stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm!

There was a TV and I was super happy because I was hoping that I may watch HBO or any movies in there but in fact, they only have Swedish channels and some Asian channel which only Thai and some Chinese channel, I guess. Since I don’t have movies also on my harddisk, so I just left the TV off all days during my stay in there, haha.

And plus, who need the TV, when we travel to another country? Wohoo!

Another thing I love about this hotel was… the BREAKFAST! They have many choices and various food. But my favourite was the scrambled eggs with creamy cheese, crepes with the chocolate cream, their fruits, also raspberries juice which was perfectly VERY FRESH! Besides they also have any kind of cereals, granola, croissant, any kind of salads, sausage, rice, omelette, and many more.

I was disappointed with their coffee, anyway. For me and some of my friends, the coffee taste was very bad. So I never took the coffee again after I tried during the first day I stayed there. But they have very spacious breakfast restaurant and I loved to sit nearby the window to see beautiful cherry blossom which left some after the spring effect.

About the service? I could give 8 out of 10. At the second day, I stayed there, I put the “Clean My Room” sign mark in front of my room and then I left it maybe for an hour to breakfast, then when I came back, surprisingly my room and bathroom was already clean and tidy! And they were super friendly and helpful because I gave my postcards that I wanted to send to my boyfriend and his Mom postcards but didn’t found any post box, then I just gave it to the receptionist and they will exactly help you! 😉

I love the area because, in the neighbourhood, we can easily found Subway Resto, 7/11, minimart, H&M, Telia counter (if you want to buy new sim card), and small shops surround.

 

View in front of the entrance of the hotel

 

If you want to go to the central, it is easier to take the train or subway just in front of the hotel. The name of the subway station is Skanstull. They have a single trip, a week trip and a month trip if I am not mistaken, but since I have stayed only for 3N4D (and most of the times I only stayed at the conference), so I bought the single trip, which only valid for an hour (as written on the ticket). The cost for the single trip was Kr. 43 which is equal to EUR 4,5.

Yes, it is VERY expensive.

It’s very different with the one that I bought in any other European countries, like for example in Paris. For single trip during an hour, the price around EUR 1,85 where it is included RER (central), bus and metro. And what I know from a friend who live in Stockholm, the transportation in Sweden it’s very expensive compared to other European countries, even Geneva, Switzerland.

So the mechanism by using this single trip ticket is we have to show the ticket to someone who stays at the ticket counter, then they will open the gate, from inside the counter, for us to go in. And we don’t have to tap or insert the ticket if we want to go out from the station. Because the door will be automatically open.

But I will tell you a little bit secret, so the first time I bought the single trip, I used it for more than  4-5 hours! You must be wondering, how come I did that? Because most of them who standby at the ticket counter, they don’t really check for the duration which written on your ticket and they just open the door for you.

And yes… I was lucky because of that. I just showed to them my ticket and pretend that I was in hurry, then they will just open the door for you 😉 Hahaha, I know it was very bad and I may get a fine if they knew I was cheated. I AM SOOOO SORRY SIRS/MADAMES. It’s just because your subway ticket was crazy expensive for (cheap) Asian people like me, hahaha.

Anyway, sorry if it’s out of context from the hotel review, I just want to share my experience with you haha.

Ok, so for me, it was very easy to go to the city or old town from the hotel. If you want to take the subway, it will only take like 5 minutes and if you want to go there by walking its around 30-45 minutes.

Some cherry blossom left, after spring effect
view from the other side of the hotel entrance

How about the hotel price? Well, I didn’t know how does it cost for the hotel room which the organiser paid for me to stay 4D3N in there?! But I’d checked the price in Booking.com, the price is around IDR 2.160.000 or equal to EUR 145 as per night, which if I rent a hotel room with that price in Indonesia, I could get a room in 5-stars hotel, for sure!

So, I could say, I was very lucky (again) for many times in my life! And I had a pleasant stay in Clarion Hotel Stockholm 🙂

xoxo

 

 

#6th Review: Morrissey Hotel, Jakarta

Hello, my lovelies readers! It’s been a long time since I wrote my last hotel review.

Today I am gonna write my review during my stay in Morrissey Hotel, Jakarta! For Jakartans people, maybe already know about Morrissey Hotel.

I have stayed in there for few times before, and I found its really great place to stay either with your partner, family, friends, as well as for working purpose. Why? Because the room that they have is very cozy, super clean room, nice service and located in a strategic place in the heart of Jakarta.

Spacious Twin Room @ Morrissey Hotel

This is how the twins room look alike, basically, the decoration is the same with the deluxe room. They have studio apartment room type. The price is not really expensive for a night, usually, it ranges around Rp 1.000.000 – Rp 1.250.000 ($75-94), it will depend on when you’ll book the room.

Yes! You definitely can cook in this apartment room type! ❤

Once you enter the room, on the left side, you will see there is a mini kitchen, complete with a sink, stove, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, and all of the kitchenware (even complete with the cutlery).

From entrance side
Kind of ‘living room’
Makeup and working space
Entertainment space (TV cable, DVD player, iPod dock)
Twin Bed
I love their brick wall ❤
Complete with 2 bottles of mineral water, tea, coffee, and creamer

They also provide an iron, hairdryer, safety deposit box, bathrobe, cute and free toiletries, slippers and plus they also have a double sofa for you to enjoy with your partners during your stay in there.

Besides, they also have swimming pool and gym where you can relax and enjoy sunset/sunrise from the upper floor! It’s very close to National Monument, 2 famous culinary areas: Sabang and Jaksa, also 5 minutes walk to Sarinah and 5 minutes drive to Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. You can easily travel or hang out around there by using Bajaj or Ojek. 

The price above is included with breakfast for 2 person(s) with different and variety kind of food, from Western to Eastern and not to forget, Indonesian specialities!

I wish you will have a pleasant stay in Morrissey as I always did…

Morrissey Hotel Residences

Jl. Wahid Hasyim No.70, Menteng, 10340 Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia