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Candi Borobudur: a world heritage site

When you’ve been away from your home country for a long time, you have the luxury of discovering old treasures with new perspectives. I have visited Borobudur Temple many times before, well twice before, but this time around I took my time tracing back all the carvings. Felt a bit like Indiana Jones or Lara Croft minus the evil enemies, well minus the butt kicking action as well off course.

I made it all the way to the top, the climb was horrid but the view made it all worthwhile. Every detailed carvings on the stone walls are spectacular. I can’t even begin to comprehend the time and efforts poured into building this grand temple. UNESCO and Indonesian Government are trying to preserve this temple so it’ll stand for another thousands of years. It’s a thin line to keep the balance of tourism demands and preserving the history. Regardless, Candi Borobudur is a must-see.

-love K.

Food// Sweet Sweet Shirokuma

I take it that places like this exist mostly in Asian countries, but for the sake of being super kitsch and I love anything quite kitschy, I am happy to indulge my cousin’s wimps and visited this place, Shirokuma.

Pleasantly surprise with the delicious treats that they served. I am a big fan of green tea anything and everything, so Shirokuma is right up my alley. I ordered Green Tea Parfait, which are technically delicious layers of green tea jelly, Japanese Mochi Balls (sticky rice cake), red beans and topped with green tea ice cream. The surprise win for this dessert is the addition of corn flakes. Weird combo, I know, but surprisingly adds perfect crunchy textures to the ice cream.


For drinks, I ordered Green Tea Latte which was predictable, still good but yes, there’s not much you can do with green tea and milk combo. The bear saying hello on top is super kitschy and cute.

Ruko Crown Golf, Blok A No. 32,
Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta

-love K.

Food// Jakarta: My Taste of Home

This trip turns out to be a food fest, as I have anticipated off course. I have kind of a foodie hit list of restaurants and foods I have to have before I go back home to Melbourne. The list is pretty substantial which worries me, obviously I can only have so much. However, I’m determined!

On the somewhat top of my list is a small, unassuming restaurant in South of Jakarta, in a cluster of unassuming buildings called Grand Wijaya, which is located next to the better known local mall, Dharmawangsa Square. This, everyone is Kenanga restaurant…



And their specialties are…

Top-Bottom: Tofu Fishball Soup, Pork Satay, Noodle Soup with Beef Intestine
I’m there for the noodle soup, you can opt out the intestinal parts if you wish, and their pork satay which are to die for!

Top-Bottom: Nasi Campur, literally means mixed rice, Tofu Fishball Soup (again, more zoomed in this time)

Nasi Campur, mixed rice is basically jasmine rice with all kinds if meat cuts mixed and laid out on top of it. My dad’s personal favourite and it is indeed filling!
I grew up having these dishes for lunch or dinner or even breakfast, and it cost around $20 for the four of us.

So if you ever in Jakarta, from wherever you are, grab a taxi, Blue Bird or Silver Bird are the only ones I would personally use around town. And asked to be dropped at Kenanga Restaurant at Grand Wijaya, across from Dharmawangsa Square.

Any local places or foods you would like me to cover while I’m Indonesia? Or if you have any questions about what to do and where to go in Jakarta, leave a comment below…

-love K.

Day 1: Goodbye Melbourne, Hello Jakarta…

Saying goodbye to cold, cloudy Melbourne morning is so hard to do…

But this breakfast from Cafe Vue at the airport make the 6am start slightly better…

Once I’m at the gate, I can not contain my excitement about flying back to Jakarta. My birth place, the place where I live out the first 13 years of my life…

And I can’t think of a better welcome than my parents at the airport, with a box of sweet and savoury Indonesian snacks…

And you know your parents love you and know you so well when they take you to your favourite childhood noodle restaurant. The restaurant is called, Bakmi GM, Bakmi means noodles and GM stands for Gajah Mada, which is the area in Jakarta where they build their original restaurant.

IMG_1730 Bakmi Special GM, GM special noodle, traditional egg noodles with chicken and mushrooms

IMG_1731 Fried Wonton with sweet and sour sauce, I am so amaze how consistent this restaurant is with their flavours. These fried wontons might not look like much but the flavours are still as good as I remembered them to be.

I have to admit that my love for this restaurant probably base on the good memories I associated with it. But the noodles are still delicious.

Do you have any favourite childhood food or places to eat that you have not been to in a while?

-love K.