Tuesday, October 17, 2017

REASONS TO BE A DOCTOR IN INDONESIA (OR NOT TO BE?)

So, here I am. A doctor. A qualified medical doctor. Standing on the edge of crossroads, wondering what to do next.

You might be wondering why should I experiencing this kind of confusion. As a legal medical doctor, I should be working at those good hospitals, right? Well, my friend, a journey of becoming a doctor is not that easy.

Let's go back to those years when I was sitting in my high school chair, wondering what should I take on college. Dentist was my first choice, but they said the working utensils for dentist was quite pricey and after doing some research, I was not into it. Well, my mom suggested to take a medical school and without thinking twice I took it. Good thing about it was I kinda aced it. I enjoyed it better when I entered my clerkship program (some of you know this as ko-as/co-assistant). I knew that I love being a doctor ever since. It's such a blessing that I enjoyed the learning process of being a doctor because some of them might be taking medical school just because they're coming from medical family. I do grateful that those days back then brought such a good memories and I could say my medical college did a great job by harvesting they way of thinking and processing to become a good doctor.

After those 6 years and took an Hippocratic Oath, the government required the fresh graduate doctor to take an internship program. It's a program that necessitate several doctors to stay and work in one city for a year. You might be working in Jakarta, part of East Java, Bali, or even one little island in Papua. Work as a doctor in emergency department, ward, and puskesmas were our jobs back then. It's a good phase where you could feel how the real world are, how to act like a professional one in the hospital. I do remember my first near-to-death-patient. I was the only doctor in the ward with several nurses and I had to make the call about what to do next, about when to start the CPR, about what medication to use. Oh such an adrenaline rush. In fact, I am loving every second of it. Every patient is a unique one and they really are good teachers to me. The moment they smiled to you, the moment they said their gratitude, was just amazing. Imagine one kid came to the Emergency Department, with inflammation of the brain membrane and after those two weeks of sleepless nights, he woke up, without any fever and cry, and his parents were saying "thank you" with teary eyes. Amazing.

So back here, I am confuse, because of the path I have to take. Being a specialist is my next goal and achieving this thing is far from easy. Picking the next place to work correlate with the next few years in my life. Should I take another year in secluded area in Indonesia (so that the government would give me a recommendation letter that I came from the secluded area)? Should I work in government hospital? Should I work in private hospital? Every step I choose can really bring me to different path.

The thing is, most general practitioner (GP) want to be a specialist, but not all succeed. Not because they are not smart enough, but the chances are not quite big. Moreover the one that come for doctors from private medical school. Chances are hard to get. Should  I say that races and religion take big part in the acceptance in specialist program? Well, I can't tell, but I am sure you know what I mean ;)

Shoud I take the specialist program in Indonesia? Yes, if I'm planning to work in Indonesia. I could really take the specialist program overseas, where multicultural are much appreciated, but unfortunately I have to take another 2 years for the degree equalization and surely it's not easy.

I am writing this not because I have a bitterness in my heart. I am writing this because deep down in my heart, I believe that Indonesia's system could be better than this. As much as I hate about how those racism affect me, I still love being a doctor. I never differ people by their label when I treat the patients, and I hope Indonesia do not differ me by label when I am chasing my dream.

A medical doctor,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Sunday, October 15, 2017

BROOD EN BOTTER KEMANG

Good architecture and comfortable space are those things that matter for me. Once I stalked Brood en Broter from their instagram, I know that this place is worth the visit. So I decided to spend my Sunday at Brood en Broter, Kemang.



Turns out that Brood en Broter is one restaurant with kid-friendly concept. Looks like they're quite well known with this concept, because most of their guests are those kind of new family with small kids. This place is quite spacious with pastel colors utensils and big bright window. The ambiance on weekend could be quite noisy because of the kids.


The food was quite dominated with fusion of Indonesian and a little touch of Dutch. I rarely found good cafe with Indonesian food so I could tell I was excited to try their menus (a big fan of Indonesian food here!). They also have breakfast menus which consisted of breads and eggs with quite an affordable price. The center room was filled with lotsa bread (roti jadul) with various fillings and donuts. Interesting!


A kid-friendly room with lots of toys. I bet those kids would be very happy to spend several hours here! The room is located right beside the dining area so most parents could still take care of their children.




For the food, I had  spaghetti ayam sambal matah (IDR 49k), nasi bakar (IDR 59k), and cumi terong balado (IDR 59K). The spaghetti was quite okay, but need a little fix here and there. I need to ask for salt and pepper to make it better. On several last bites of my plate, I did realize that the oil was way too overwhelming. I wish I could have a healthier version of this, please?


The rice menus was quite enjoyable. Nasi bakar had a really good flavor with chicken and mushroom inside, but I found it was too oily. It was accompanied with balado potato crisp and fried egglant. A heartwarming plate indeed. Nasi cumi terong balado was also nicely executed with tempe and tahu as side dishes.



Overall Brood en Boter was one comfy and kid-friendly restaurant in Kemang area. The food was tasty and the price was affordable, too. Mommies, surely you can enjoy this place with your beloved friends while bringing your loved ones with you. The only bad thing I could say was I found the food was too greasy. Surely we don't want to have any occlusion in our arteries right? ;)

BROOD EN BOTER
Jl. Bangka Raya No. 25, Kemang, Jakarta
021 2188961
Opening hours: 8am-10pm

Best Regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PARDON MY FRENCH

Brunch is one thing that always attract me. I have several favorite breakfast spots and spending the time there is becoming my weekly routine. Last week I saw a post from my blogger friend about this new cute finding in Menteng area, Pardon My French.

Pardon My French located in the busy street between Tanah Abang and Mentang which is perfect to attract the crowd. The parking space is also spacious (you know how those restaurants nowadays with tiny parking lot) and the service was very good. They help me park and refuse to get the parking tip for me.


A combination of classic blue, white, and gold dominate the room. It's a mixture of French-Japanese ambiance that I get here. Very comfortable. It's not a busy day for them when I came in, so happy to be the early bird to enjoy the atmosphere. 


So I ordered cappucino, iced tea, and es kopi susu my mother (I now that's the name!). Es kopi susu was way too sweet for me, felt like having a melted candy. The coffee was okay though. However, I really love the serving of their coffee. The pastel colors won my heart easily.



Chicken Pesto Sandwich was also an interesting dish to try. I'm quite a sandwich person so finding a decent sandwich is kinda hard nowadays. The baguette was crispy with good seasoning of pesto and chicken with some greens. I might under estimate this one at first, but turns out it's an enjoyable one!



Half Roasted Chicken was surely one comfort meal that never fail. The chicken was tender with good seasoning. The portion was quite big and could fit 2 people without any hesitation in portion. The mashed potato also had this interesting flavor which could elevate the dish itself. You nailed it!







Been having a thing with good croque madame and I was quite surprised that their croque madame was beyond my expectation. The bread was hard kind of bread, with delicious cheese everywhere, filled with meat inside. The highlight of the dish was surely the delicious and generous cheese which made me could not stop to dig in. The only thing was the bread was too hard for me (I am more like a fan of moist and thick bread), however it's only about personal preference.


Squid Ink Pasta, which came in black colors turned out to be very enjoyable. The pasta was al dente, seasoned well, with lots of anchovies on top. This might be too salty for some, but mix it well would solve the problem. One hearty dish for sure!





One does not eat well without dessert and I believe in that. Actually this one came from their brunch menu, not the dessert list, but still can do. Tempting presentation of French Toast with corn flake, but unfortunately I did not fall for this one. The bread was too hard and sweet for my liking. The chocolate and condensed milk was everywhere. A guilty feeling right after I tried it (sorry belly!)


Oh hey, Mr. Bear and I!

Overall Pardon My French is quite promising. The location is strategic with chill and comfort ambiance. The staff is quite helpful with good knowledge about the menu. The food is decent and generous, with some personal preference here and the, could be a better one. I did enjoy my time at Pardon My French.


PARDON MY FRENCH
Jl. Wahid Hasyim no 154-156, Jakarta Pusat
pmfjkt.com
@pardonmyfrench.jkt
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 8am-11pm/ Fri-Sun: 8am-1 am

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

AN ESCAPE TO PULO CINTA, GORONTALO

Hello people! It's October already and surely it's crazy how time flies! September has been a really great month for me and I'm gonna share with you guys the reason why.

So I just finished my internship program and am gonna be living in Jakarta several months from now. I do mention several months because for me it's still confusing to decide which city to work at, meanwhile my boyfriend is living hundreds kilometer for me. Anyway, I did visit him at Gorontalo at the end of September with my brother. It was such a good feeling to see him after a while. Good thing was, he planned a holiday trip for all of us to Pulo Cinta Eco Resort. (Check out my post on instagram too! @jechristy)

Picture courtesy of @pulocinta



Pulo Cinta Eco Resort is located in Gorontalo, 2-3 hours away from the center of the city. You can ask the Pulo Cinta team to pick you up (additional price if you only stay for one night, free for 2 nights stay) and after that, you will take the boat for 20-30 minutes to the beauty of Pulo Cinta.

It was 12 pm when we're arrived at Pulo Cinta. Unfortunately the weather was kinda gloomy and the sun was so shy to appear. The cloud was quite overwhelming and I was really hoping that the sun would shine because the weather matters to give a beautiful reflection to the sea. It was drizzling for a while so we spend the day at the beautiful room. Chilling and playing board games (we brought monopoly, I do suggest to bring your own board game because they do not have any). I went to snorkel at 3 pm while the drizzle stops. They have the snorkeling goods so we don't have to bring our own. Their lifeguard also have to come with us so that it will be safer for us, they also know where's the good spot to dive in!


The room rate is vary between weekdays and weekends. The room is made for 2 pax (additional 1 pax is allowed, with paying IDR 750k, but you won't get any extra bed), 4 pax, and 6 pax. The price is fixed because they also serve the food for us. If you're staying for 1 night, you will get 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner. Worry not, if you're starving after those snorkeling activity, you will always pick up the phone to ask for instant noodle, bread, coffee, and tea, for free! The food itself was not bad, but it was not that special too. However, I found the service was very good.

They use solar system for their main energy, so hair drying is forbidden at night. They bring the fresh water from the land, so when the weather was bad, the boat with fresh water won't be able to sail. So it's better to use the water wisely! They have a big bucket in every bathroom, so we can have a spare. The wifi speed is okay, but due to bad weather, I could not rely on it.


So they have island hopping activity to offer. We did not take it because we only have one day. Island hopping with additional of 800k/pax including 3 islands with guard. 

Living in Pulo Cinta was such a new experience for me. Everything was so blue and calming. An island life, with all the services. The place itself did not have any air con, but the weather was quite windy yet you won't need any air con. I even need a jacket to keep me warm at night!


Having a good time indeed.


A view from my room, facing a wide blue sea. You see the water is crystal clear with those coral reefs under the sea. You might take photos of it, but you are not allowed to step on it. Coral reefs are protected and those who damage them will be fined. Be kind to earth, will you? ;)



A good place to chill. Sandy feet, salty air, could not be better!



The good thing was we had this clear blue sky on the next day. I went for another snorkeling activity and it was so so good! It was quite different than the one I had the previous day. The happy sun made much differences! The sea was very clear and lotsa fish inside. I was such a happy kid!


Overall, Pulo Cinta could be an escape from the city hustle. The trip was quite a long one to reach here, but everything was worth the wait, especially when the weather is good. The place itself is really suitable for honeymoon couple. One day was enough for me, because actually they do not offer much activities around. I do suggest not to go there at the end of the year because the weather can be so gloomy. If you are able to go on weekdays, it would be nice too, because the rate was cheaper than weekends.


1 Bedroom Villa
Tersedia : (10 unit)
Area Villa    : 92 meter persegi
Harga Villa :
Rp 3,500,000.-/malam/villa (Hari Biasa)
Rp 4,500,000.-/malam/villa (Sabtu & Minggu)
Rp 5,000,000.-/malam/villa (Hari libur)
Harga untuk 2 orang

2 Bedroom Villa
Tersedia : (1 unit)
Area Villa     : 152 meter persegi
Harga Villa :
Rp 7,000,000.-/malam/villa (Hari Biasa)
Rp 9,000,000.-/malam/villa (Sabtu & Minggu)
Rp 10,000,000.-/malam/villa (Hari Libur)
Harga untuk 4 orang

3 Bedroom Villa
Tersedia : (1 unit)
Area Villa    : 212 meter persegi
Harga Villa :
Rp 10,500,000.-/malam/villa (Hari Biasa)
Rp 13,500,000.-/malam/villa (Sabtu & Minggu)
Rp 15,000,000.-/malam/villa (Hari Libur)
Harga untuk 6 orang

PULO CINTA ECO RESORT
www.pulocinta.com

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Thursday, September 21, 2017

TELER BOWL AT BERRYWELL JAKARTA

Indonesian dessert has always hold a favorite place in my heart. Any Indonesian desserts are special because they have their own story from area in Indonesia. My dad is also a big fan of it so he will always order it for dessert on our dinner time. One of his favorite is Es teler, which is consist of Avocado, coconut meat, cincaujackfruit that are served with coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk. See how many calories in one bowl? Yes, too many calories.

Good thing is, Berrywell is so thoughtful to remake it in a healthier way. This seasonal menu is also to celebrate independence day of Indonesia, so they create something that close to Indonesian people, something that close to our heart. Yes, it's our favorite es teler, with the magic of Berrywell, turn into Teler Bowl. The same goodness, the same heartwarming, yet in healthier way.



Smoothie bowl feast at Berrywell. Each only contains around 120-321 cals per bowl.


How to turn our favorite es teler into healthy Teler Bowl? My favorite smoothie bowl place is such a genius. They turn avocado, honeydew, and banana into smoothie base that bring the same tastiness with its traditional kind of teler bowl. The base of the smoothie is kinda heavier than their usual product, but it's very enjoyable and give you a longer time to be active until your next meal. The sweetness also comes from the coconut sugar infused with coconut milk. A fragrant bowl indeed.




The toppings, also come in healthier choice. The cincau is homemade, made from coconut water and activated charcoal. Sounds healthy, right? The bowl also covered with cold pressed beet chia jelly, which has the similar taste with the usual selasih we find in es teler. As you know that chia jelly has so many benefits and can make you feel full longer.


To add the colors: jackfruits, strawberries, and coconut on top. The colors are tempting, make me drool when I am typing it right now!






Overall Teler Bowl is one seasonal creation of Berrywell that you should try. Berrywell is being very innovative by creating seasonal product every several months. This teler bowl could be your choice of breakfast meal, or those days when you did not really into lunch and need something fresh! Moreover, avocado lover must have loved it! Guilt-free treat indeed.
I did recommend their product before this one some time ago and some of you still missed it. So make sure you try this Teler Bowl!





Berrywell
Shophaus Menteng
Fairgrounds SCBD
Plaza Senayan (Co Lab space)
@berrywelljkt

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BAKE A BOO

As some of my closest people know that I am a big fan of bread. I know I know what you're thinking about. It's not healthy, it's full of butter and flour and sugar, it's the type of carbohydrate you might wanna avoid. But hey, I love it! I can stand having bread for my meal all day long. I remember once that I had a very heavy packed schedule on the hospital and all I got was this 4 slices of plain bread. I had it one for breakfast, one for lunch, and two for dinner. But yeah, I love breads that much!


So when this friend of mine offered me to try their homemade bakery, I am more than happy. Turns out the bakery is Bake a Boo. A well known bakery since long ago, and to be honest, I've ever stalked their creation back then in facebook or BBM era! Yes it's a good sign that they're one consistent good bakery!



Okay let's dig in the main story here. I am surprised by their generosity to send me this much, but overall I've gave them a try. They send me 'donat jadul' and some of their breads with chicken meat filling and choco cheese. First of all, I love love love the softness of the bread. I am the type of person who love soft bread, better than hard kind of bread. The texture is soft and buttery, without giving any overwhelming flavor. I also love the minute I open the box and my kitchen is spontaneusly filled with wonderful aroma! The donut itself is my another favorite thing, such a reminder to my childhood kind of donut. My favorite one? Surely the nougat topping on top!


They also have this selections of es kopi to accompany those delicious breads. Es kopi, es cokelat, and es matcha, are freshly made and yummy as well. I personally like the texture of their es kopi, smooth, and in good amounth of sweetness. 

Overall Bake a Boo is one promising and trusted bakery. I really enjoyed every bite of their product and do recommend you guys to give it a try! 



Bake a Boo
WA: 081932426451
Available on GoFood
Muara Karang
Opening Hours: 7.30 am-6.30 pm

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya

Monday, July 31, 2017

YOUR LIFE IS MORE THAN THOSE NUMBERS

Nowadays, it's so easy to see and judge people's life. You open this one apps, type their name, and boom, the page shows how they picture their life. The picture shows what a beautiful life they have. More over, the numbers on the social media says it all. Pretty pictures and those effort behind it tell the story no more. The story of that people's life, once again, dominated by its numbers. Numbers of followers, numbers of likes, numbers of engagement.

In fact, your life is more than that.

I am a part time food blogger, been playing in this industry for about 3 to 4 years. I am blessed and thankful that my writings been being blessings so I keep got invited until now, even though I could not attend more than half of those events. Once I was told that some people in food industry have a superficial sight about whom to get contacted by its followers. Oh wow. Not a shocking news, huh?
I do understand with this concept though. More followers means more people to see what they post, most people to be influenced with. Yes my dear, you can have that kind of thought when Instagram was such a hit 2 years ago. When followers are not fake and everything is not getting paid. Some say that there are few people who buy those numbers, well, who am I to judge, it's one of their effort right?

But please, appreciate people more than its numbers.
Once I got mocked by this company because I have some 'requirement' after they asked for my terms and conditions. They mentioned my amount of followers and compared with some of my friends'. Dude, why did you contact me and asked for the terms in the first place? I am more than happy to help you to post without getting any payment to help local brands, but please, do not compare my account. You do not know the story behind my page. You do not know my effort to spare some times to take those photos among my working shifts.You do not know the story of my life. So please, appreciate people, more than their numbers.

I really appreciate my fellow bloggers, media, and public relation who keep supporting me after all this time. I really cherish those people who understand that in those time when I could not help them to promote, I also have another thing to do: I save lives.


Numbers are good. It's a good thing to celebrate when you achieve those amount of numbers. But please, stop using the number to value yourself. Your life is more than those numbers. :)

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya
@jechristy