Christian & Cindy Wedding Party

It’s great to meet both old friends and colleagues in BER and HSBC HR when attending Christian and Cindy wedding party at Patra Jasa.

Congrats Christ & Cindy! Nice to see everybody ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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Back on Bike

Finally I bought a bike. This is part of my year 2017 resolution – which is to have regular sports activity. As running is not (yet) my thing, riding a bike is a more feasible option.

I used to have Dahon folding bike before. But I have not used it for long time, so when my maid asked for it, I had no hesitation to give it away. And I’ve been eyeing Brompton bike for about some time. Well it was love on first sight when I tried my friend’s Brompton bike during my stunt act as Jokowi couple of month ago. “I got to buy this bike”.

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‘I Love Monday!’ Music Concert

Sitting at the back of drum set is definitely more fun than sitting at the back of driving wheel in a bad traffic evening!

And that’s what basically what I did, jamming with these fun Music Club folks who share the same interests in playing music.

Billed as ‘I Love Monday!’ Music concert, the concert was quite successful, featuring some Directors and Head of Business as guest stars, including myself! Not bad for channeling those rock spirit inside me! Ha! ๐Ÿค˜

Here is a clip from our performance, singing “Kehidupan” from God Bless. Yeah!

Congrats Dhimas and Lambang!

My family and Mas Oyi with the happy couple and parents

We spent our Saturday Night crossing Jakarta border to Bekasi (๐Ÿ˜‰), attending wedding celebration of our cousin, Dhimas and Lambang. It’s great to meet Oom Nono and Tante Ambar (parents of the groom), and the other relatives from my late father, whom we haven’t met for quite sometime. Congrats Dhimas and Lambang!

Elok, me and Tante Pung, one of my aunty from my fatherโ€™s side
The happy wedding couple with Oom Nonoโ€™s family

Few Hours with Nintendo Switch: My First Impression

Got a hands-on experience with Nintendo Switch
My friend Iman is kind enough to lend me his Nintendow Switch today, so I can play around with it, and see if this breakthrough device would be on my wishlist. Here are my first impressions, after playing with it for few hours today: 

PRO:

  • The device is well built.  The Joycon (the controllers which can be detached from the main unit for two players game) are surprisingly playable. Tried to play FIFA 18 two player mode for few minutes. While we still need to learn how to pass and dribble the ball properly, but the great idea and concept is definitely can be executed. Would be a great buddy activity when you’re hanging out.
  • The screen is big and gorgeous. Colours look bright and pop. The resolution is sharp and it can rivals the at least Full HD graphic quality in console — at much smaller device of course.
  • The device does have strong processor. It can run games smoothly. ‘Zelda-Breath of the Wild’ looks absolutely amazing. FIFA 18 almost mimic its counterpart in PS4/XBOX, played really smooth and the control is responsive. Super Mario Kart and Odyssey render its colorful worlds and high paced actions flawlessly. Honestly, much better than I expected. 

CONS:

  • I tried to play during traffic, when commuting to home. Playing Mario Kart for less than 30 minutes, my hand was cramped. The device is much bigger than smartphone, and considering the intense style of play Mario Kart is, perhaps I exerted my fingers and thumbs a bit too much. As result, I stopped playing with cramp.
  • Oh my poor old eyes. I wore my glasses first time because of playing my Sony PSP back then day in day out. As result I got this cylindrical eyes. When I played FIFA 18 and Mario Kart, honestly I couldn’t stand to be intensenly looking at the screen. And playing in moving car didn’t help either. I felt like throwing up. Sigh.
  • The current game catalog honestly is not really my cup of tea. Yes, Super Mario Odyssey is a perfect 10/10 in many gaming sites. And Zelda in this platform garnered many compliments and surely would win many accolades, but both are not my kind of game, apparently. I’m more to sports, first person shooter, or drivng games fan. And Switch currently don’t have many of these titles. So, aside of FIFA 18 and Mario Karts, I’m not sure I would like to spend my precious free time playing those games.

So there you go, my first impression of this magnificent device.  Yeah, obviously I haven’t explored much of the device and its features and functionalities, but honestly, judging from my experience so far and above reasons, I don’t think Nintendo Switch is for me. The mobile-desktop combo is cool idea, and I think Nintendo nailed it with Switch. But for now,  I would rather to properly sit on my couch, hold comfy DualShock controller and gaze into my big 4K TV to play proper games. Yea, something like GT Sports or Uncharted 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

Or it’s probably because I’m too old already. 

As when I arrived at home and invited Rafif to try the Switch, he is really impressed with Switch and immediately roam the open world of Zelda.

Sigh. 10 years too late, you Switch!

Rafif is trying out Zelda

Museum Macan: A New Art Paradise in Jakarta

Art Turns, World Turns. Please welcome: Museum Macan

It started from Elok’s wish to spend our weekend out from the mall. She read about this newly opened museum on internet, and suggested us to have a look.  And apparently, we had a great time, especially the artist Rafif!

The museum is named “Museum Macan”, stands  from Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara. It is just opened for public yesterday, so perhaps not many people know about this place.
It is located at Menara AKR building, near Kebon Jeruk area, West Jakarta. When I heard the location,  I immediately knew who owns this museum. “This must belong to Pak Haryanto Adikoesoemo”

The entrance hall of Museum Macan

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Bakmi Ayam Alok

A bowl of delicious Bakmi Alok and sweetened ice tea. Nice brunch today.
Tempted by the look of this Mie Ayam over my friend’s Instagram, I googled this chicken noodle stall. Located near Grenvil, West Jakarta, I’m happy to find articles over internet which list this place as “one of the best ‘Halal’ chicken noodle in Jakarta”. Yeay! Off we go!

With help of Waze to find this place (I’m not familiar with West Jakarta region), we arrived around 10.30, and the place was packed. But we still managed to get seats. Probably it would be different case if we arrived a bit earlier, as many people chose to have their breakfast here. Continue reading