There’s something more that I found on this morning’s bicycle ride, other than Rafif’s eagerness on cycling: a nice cafe in the corner of Kota Tua (Jakarta Old Town).
Aptly named as “Kopi Kota Tua”, the coffee place is located on the pedestrian alley leading to Kota Tua plaza. The store has two floors and is set up in old industrial look, with brick and wooden chairs.
Okay, for some of you, the veteran bike athletes, 40kms is nothing. But for us, the reluctant folding-bike cyclists, this was an epic ride!
Committed to use my Brompton more often, I asked Rafif to join me for Car Free Day (CFD) cycling session. Initially I planned for riding at elevated road of Antasari, but alas, the road was only opened for CFD last week, hence we had to detour.
Of course, the Sudirman-Thamrin is the most likely destination.
We have surprisingly quite nice brunch at Trotoar Cafe, Dharmawangsa Square. The view itself could be mistakenly taken inside one of the mall in Dubai. LOL.
Dressed in K-Pop outfits, the HR team attended RBWM Kick Off Meeting at Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta. It was fun night full with photo taking sessions. Up beat 2018!
“Band” photo at Hotel’s basement park
Aya is craving for some smoothies for breakfast. This place, Shelter, is actually a tropical-designed coffee place, but it has Nalu Bowls stall, serving nice and healthy smoothies. It seems to be a popular place for foreign tourists, as we could be the only Indonesians sitting there this morning 😄
I’m taking the kids walking along the Kuta alleys, showing them the life inside the busiest and most popular beach area in Bali. Aya and Rafif were quite surprised to see how ‘foreign’ Kuta night is, a scene more closer to western life that ours here in the east.
Thanks to our driver Dodik who showed us this free, not (yet) popular beach of Cemagi. As you’d normally found in Bali, it has Balinese temple (Pura) sitting on the tip of the beach.
The beach is still free for drone photography, unlike the other popular tourist spots, which charge you quite hefty fee. You would be required to pay IDR500k for flying your drone in Tanah Lot, for example (good thing, I did ask first!)
So while the weather and lighting were not so great this afternoon, at least I was able to capture some nice footage of the raging sea shore in Cemagi. While waiting for the video, here are some of the pictures taken from Pelican:
Our family on the beach rock:
How do you make your hang out place famous? In this social media era, the answer is to create nicely decorated place which offer unique spot for taking selfies!
And that seems to be the secret recipe of Kim Soo, a recently popular place for tourists around Seminyak. The place is actually decorated as store where they sell fashion and home accessories under Kim Soo brand name. But apparently it caught attention of Instagram celebrities in this country, who posted selfies after selfies, helped this place to get famous.
Well, okay we also contributed:
When we’re in Bali, we always try to go to Mak Beng, a popular and highly-rated traditional culinary near Sanur beach. One problem with that place is it’s becoming too popular, you need to queue for place to sit during weekend.
So when we heard from some friends that there’s alternative of Mak Beng, which offer the same great taste of fried fish and fish head soup but without the need to queue, we followed the tip and headed there this morning for breakfast.
Well, one thing is true: there’s no queue. Warung Be Sanur, which is located near Renon Denpasar, has quite big dining hall. It approximately has seating for 200 guests, compared to Mak Beng which can only accomodate for probably 30-40. You’ll have no problem for seating, even if you come in large groups.
But in term of dishes, my family agreed that “nothing beats the original”. On the first sip of my soup, I already know that this is not Mak Beng. It’s lacking the spice Mak Beng’s soup is known for. The fried fish is also not as crunchy as the Sanur’a original. The sambal/chili.. well you get my point.
Don’t get me wrong, as the dishes itself, it’s actually quite decent. It would be categorized as “enak“, if only we didn’t compare it with Mak Beng.
So, having satisfied out curiosity in searching for the alternative, in the end we conclude: we would stick with the original next time we go to Bali again 😉