samalona island

Most probably one of the most picturesque scene that I have encountered. Samalona is a small island near Makassar that have not yet exploited, thus the clear ocean and sand is indeed a feast to the eyes.

The island can be reached in about 40 mins boat ride from Makassar, went to this small port near Fort Rotterdam, and find the boat men. There were 10 of us and we were charged for IDR 400k round trip. The port itself can be reached via taxi. It is a truly recommended place for those who need relaxation and peace. If you have more time, i suggest you to go to another empty island nearby, Kodingareng Keke.

Look at this pristine turquoise water that looks like desktop wallpaper! the sand is so white and soft, which we are hardly find in Jakarta or Bali. It's a perfect place for a one day getaway i suppose. There  are no store that sell properly cooked food (only little daily need shops), so it's best to bring your own food. We packed ours from the "Rumah Makan Nyoto" for a simple traditional food lunch. We rented the rattan bench to put our stuffs there for IDR 50/bench. Since it was a company outing, we just played games and quiz with our Makassar store staffs.

forever 21 top. pull and bear ombre shorts. new look sandals. h&m sunnies

I picked simple outfit with summer feeling. I bought this ombre shorts a long time ago, but this is the first time it appears on the blog hahah but i like how it matched the ocean gradation. I am also a light packer, i only bring a rucksack for all my essentials.

We did snorkel around the island and I'm really impressed. You can rent the snorkel set for IDR 50. I really am thinking to have my own snorkelling gear for next trip hahah. And don't forget your underwater camera if you have one! It is too good to be missed! The fishes were quite a lot but not really grouping, be careful of the sea urchin though. 

There are also cottage lodgings (guest house) that you can rent per night facing the ocean front. Or you can choose to have a home stay in the local citizens' house. Remember that it is a traditional house with indonesian mat, no air con, or 5 star services. There's no connected electricity in the island, generator runs after dark. The pictures above is a the traditional stage house owned by the people staying at the back side of the island.

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mini makassar photo diary

It was my first trip to the Celebes, a really short trip but i did have fun! It was a company trip to visit our store in Makassar as well as an outing for our store staffs there.

Sultan Hasanudin airport. Nice building and clean inside i must say, the pillar reminds me of the Johor bus station though.

We stayed at Aston hotel (#10 Sultan Hasanudin Road) The room is nice, clean, has fast checkin, and the interior furniture is well maintained with sufficient working desk. It has marble finishing for floor and bathroom walls, the room is 3/4 carpeted . I like the indoor pool with city view, they have sauna as well. Too bad, their buffet breakfast is very decent, i expected Makassar local food but there was none.

Trans Studio mall and our store front.

Makassar or Sulawesi is a heaven for seafood! I ate seafood literary every day hahah. So here's some places to get nice seafood.
1.  Lae Lae Seafood (8 Datu Museng road +62 0411 334326) opens till late
2. Rumah makan Bahari (37 Yosef Latumahina road) has zircon inside, closes at 10pm.
3. Seafood Apong (95 Pangeran Diponegoro road)

I've been craving for this dessert and i would be so sad if i didn't had a chance to try "es pisang ijo" in its hometown. We headed to Rumah Makan Bravo (154 Andalas road) late at night to try the pisang ijo and "jalangkote" as we were too full from our seafood dinner. The place itself is a legendary place for traditional makassar food since 1986.

Other place i tried for lunch is Rumah Makan Nyoto (146 Somba Opu Road) for spicy balado, noodle, and rendang. If you're looking for Coto, my local friends recommended Coto nusantara (#35 Sam Ratulangi road) or Coto Ranggong (#13 Ranggong road)

Spend a day at Samalona Island. See my next post for details !

For souvenirs, we headed to Toko Souvenir Toraja at #1 WR Supratman. Bought the super nice Toraja Kalosi coffee, peanuts, some biscuits back home. Makassar is also famous for its minyak tawon (wasps oil) and minyak kayu putih (cajuputi oil)

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mama san restaurant bali

Simply good cuisine and great ambience, Mama San steals our heart with its delightful Asian selection and refreshing drinks on a hot monday. We were thinking of trying dishes to share and there we go, heading to Kerobokan, Kuta. None of us tried this restaurant before, but we were surprised of what Mama San serves.

We stepped into Colonial Britain in Sanghai's 1920s with its marble top table and leather seat. Gaze up to Mama san in her glory, staring at the patrons while they enjoy the Asian cuisine.

From all the day we were in bali, we always had pork for lunch. Yes high on pork ribs, pork knuckle, and fat but we were having this yolo moment as we thought, it's holiday so just enjoy! Our pork knuckle came and we did not thought it was that good! at the moment i'm typing this, i'm still thinking of its juicy tender portion and crisp pork skin on the outer. 

 We had that accompanied by other Thai classics such as fishcake (above) Green curry and Tom Yam Gong (below). The tom yam was good, there is range of sour, sweet, and spiciness that is just perfect. I recommended Mama San's as it is very hard to find delectable Thai dishes in Bali. As for the Green curry, for restaurant in Indonesia it was ok but not enough spices to my opinion. Sorry, but no places beats the green curry behind a small restaurant behind my college in Singapore.

As for the drinks, we had no complaints of its refreshing glasses of juices, honey lime tea, cocktails, passion fruits drinks, etc. It was a surely sizzling day in Kuta, and we were glad that Mama San has two storeys fully air conditioned room.

Mama San
135 Kerobokan Raya, Kuta Bali
+62 361 730436

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El Kabron Restaurant & Cliff Club Bali

It was the time of the year again for some chill out and travelling out of the bustling city. This time, me and my college friends went to Bali again for one of our friend's wedding (i know, time flies, right?!) We had a chance to drove by Pecatu - Uluwatu to visit El Kabron Spanish Restaurant and Cliff Club. 

This place is one of a kind secluded cliff to watch sunset in Bali. To reserve the front sofa, you need to spend minimum IDR 300 000 per person. This restaurant by Chef Marc Torices specialized in Spanish style dishes and the venue is divided by two, the cliff front and the indoor restaurant.

We ordered several different tapas and cocktails which are all tastes good. We are satisfied with the service as our tapas comes quite fast. For tapas, we had mushroom fritters, potato with caviar, and other finger food. For cocktails we had lychee martini, cosmopolitan, and cocktails.

After enjoying the sunset while playing in their pool, we headed to the indoor restaurant for dinner. Their top dish is the paella, traditional spanish rice dish with saffron and chicken or seafood cooked in special pan. Their minimum order is two portion and it took half hour to make. We ordered Arroz al horne con cigalas y calamares. the texture is similar to the briyani (indian rice), but it is not that dry, the clams and squids are great too. We ended our dinner with a portion of Tiramisu from their dessert list.

Recommended for: sunset, cocktail, dinner
address: Pantai Cemongkak road, Pecatu Bali

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working hour

Sorry for the hiatus, life is been hectic, been settling things with the family and work consumes most of my time. Not only my full time but also I am developing a fashion line (so stay tuned). Once I thought I wouldn't blog in a long time as I don't feel like sharing and blogging has its own mood but i miss it too much. I shot this after my meeting with Google Asia team, oh and yes that blue is similar to their logo if you notice hahah. Life is been pretty much mobile lately so comfortable and proper ensemble is essential to me, as well as mini carry all to accommodate all meeting needs.

T by Alexander Wang muscle tee via Shopbop, H&M blazer, Marc by Marc Jacobs Ipad pouch via Shopbop, Zara shoes, unbranded skirt

For me black tee or tank top is always been a great staple, and this T by Alexander Wang number is no exception. I love its relaxed fit and cool materials, great to be worn in any occasion - even to be paired with my work blazer. See similar piece here, or here. or get the classic slub top if you prefer here.

Loving this Dreamy logo neoprene iPad pouch from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I'm a big fan of black and white and it also applies to my accessories. It fits my iPad, note, stationery, just perfectly I can carry it to most of my outside meeting. If you want a more colourful one, you can pick this one here. I also feel like getting one for my Mac as seen here or this one with handle.

And if you are in Indonesia and hesitating to shop online from overseas, fret not, Shopbop is having prepaid tax calculated during the checkout! So you will not be paying that extra tax upon goods arrival. Yes i had that hesitation moment too since i've been hearing paying loads of extra charge or goods taking forever to come, but with Shopbop, delivery is fast and easy with DHL. If you want to know more, you can ask me via twitter/mail ;)

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