Thursday, January 11, 2018

DEAR FRIEND

Dear (a particular) friend,

Hello, are you doing well?
I think you are. You are so contented, they said.
It's good, I am please that you are good.

Losing is part of our life. It's funny how our stories were quite similar back then.
I guess my story is not part of yours, no more. 
So let me write this one here, since you are not here to be shoulder to cry one.

Forfeiting this one hurts, a lot. It's worse than any heartbreak I know.
Those heartbreak, I could hold on. This one, I am not sure.
Insomnia greets me every other night, keep me awake even though I counted those sheeps.
I guess you sleep well, huh?

It's like losing the directions,
It.s like a caffeine withdrawal,
It's like a heartbreak in 2016,
but much worse.


What's worse than a friend deciding that the life is better without you?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FOOD IN JAPAN

After writing down my favorite ramen in Japan, I still have several recommendations I feel like I wanna share with you guys. Food in Japan is dominated with good ramens, skewers, teppanyaki, okonomiyaki, and obviously sushi. None of my pick of food in Japan is bad, but I do give some highlight about this thing I'm gonna write.


Okonomiyaki Mizuno


Located in the heart of Dotonburi Osaka, finding this okonomiyaki house was easy with the long queue. The staff was not really friendly, but still this one was worth the try. The staff was going to cook it on the table and honestly I liked it a lot. The sauce was very flavorful and rich and tasty. I also had yakisoba, with burnt taste on the noodle, in a good way. However, you had to order one thing for everyone which made it very fulfilling.


Gyukatsu Motomura


I had this twice on my 12 days trip. That explained a lot, right? Thick slices of beef, sizzled in the hotpan in front of you, accompanied with warm rice, was surely gyukatsu motomura at its best. If you're a meat eater, you really have to order double racks of this goodness. Just remember that you could face the crazy long queue, and I do recommend to come at 4 pm, the least popular visiting hour. You can find them in Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Harajuku area.


Takoyaki

Along the Dotonburi area, you,ll find so many Takoyaki stall. This one was one the best Takoyaki I'ever had. The dough was thin and melted right away in your mouth. It could be a perfect snack to accompany you to stroll around the busy road. 


Daiwa Sushi



At the inner part of Tsukiji Market, you'll find this hidden gem. You might be queueing for 1-2 hours, but their Omakase goodness (4000 yen) would make a festive in your palate. Their best cut would be sea urchin, melted and delicious at the same time. It could really be one thing that I won't forget.

Luke's Lobster
You could find them in Tokyo and Osaka, but the queue was attached to them wherever they are. One portion of this was not cheap, but the toasted fluffy bun and fresh lobster could really tell the quality of the dish. A must try whenever you're around.


Sushi no Musashi
The sushi was famous with its conveyor belt. The price was not expensive, and you could really take all the plates because all of them was looked so good. Just beware that the blue plates had wasabi on it, so when you're not fond of it, take another color of plate.


Coco Ichibanya Curry
You might be skeptical about this, but Coco Ichibanya is definitely one of the heartwarming dishes I have in Japan. Coco Ichibanya might be available in Indonesia, but I would say the original one in Japan is more delicious. The fact that I enjoyed it on winter made it even better. Go for the pork one, it's tasty!



Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji Market might be famous for their tuna auction that happens at 3 am, but having those seafood feast at the market was not a bad idea at all! In fact it was one of the best thing I had in Japan. Everything was so delicious, sweet tamago, scrumptious unagi, and tasty chirashi don. O I love it all!




Sukiya
One thing you have to have when you're at Sukiya: unagi don. With cheap price, you'll get the enjoyment of scooping a heartwarming ricebowl with glazing unagi on top. Such a good deal. 
Ps: Sukiya is open for 24h, it might be your choice to survive your midnight hunger!



Convenient Store

Yes, you read it right. Japan's convenient store is so good I have to include them on this post. The choices are wide, Watson, Family Mark, Seven Eleven etc. Every morning I would go for their onigiri and tamago sandwich. Yes, it was that good I could not even argue. For a sweet tooth, their milk tea also to die for!


Hope this post helps you to decide. You could also look for my instagram profile @jechristy and use #jechristyJAPAN to see posts in Japan. Happy holiday!

Inside My Thinking Brain

                                  
Define a thinker.
In my case, it’s one thing that describe me well. I am not really the one who could make decision in an instant. I see the problem in front of me, going back and forth through the choices, and still, cannot snap  the decision. Too many what-ifs run through my mind.


Let’s see on the day when I am looking for a sweater for my winter holiday. I’d go to the most complete mall in the city, going into those interesting shops to look for what caught my eyes. When I saw one, I would hold it for a while in front of the big mirror, took a photo of it, spending some time at the fitting room and went out that store empty handed. Yes, I would not buy it until I checked out another store. At the end of the day if I did not find a better one than the previous thing I was interested in, I would buy that previous one! In attempt of finding the best thing, huh?


Theoretically, maybe it’s good. You have to be careful to take the decision in order to get the best result, right? Honestly, no. It’s killing me to find the best of those things with my own way. I envy those people who are spontaneous in things, without having any headache to decide what to do. If they like it, they buy it. Oh I wish I was them.


You might be thinking, it’s not difficult to change. Why don’t I being a spontaneous one and just pick all the things I want? It’s easy, right? Well, it’s easy if the decision is picking those clothes. The thing is, my thinker brain work worst when I have to decide something important. Like now, where do I go to work? My brain keep making all those possibilities and I end up going nowhere, except my brain. I remember the day when I decided to take medical school, or the day when I entered on of the best high school in my country and I did not even know back then. Best things happened when I did not plan any of it. As much as I want to have that superpower right now, I just can’t. This brain is just thinking too much, not working very well.



Yes, for those non-thinker brain out there, I want your super-power.

DODEE PAIDANG INDONESIA

Another newcomer in Jakarta food industry, and I got this recommendation from a friend who enjoyed in so much back in Sydney. Yes, this one is new branch of Dodee Paidang, a well known noodles in Sydney and Melbourne. This time, they chose Puri Indah Mall to be the spot, which pleased me because I lived in the neighborhood area.

So basically Dodee Paidang is one Thai street food and noodle bar, which famous with its kind of flat noodle. On their menu, you could also found rice with soup, rice with porks, and thai desserts. Those kind of heartwarming food, they have it all. Unfortunately, they had a very bad service.

So I tried their flat noodle with thai tomyum soup, with lotsa pork meat, meatballs, fishballs, and fried wonton skin. The soup was very fragrant, a good balance of all of those components, and it surely was a good choice to be enjoyed on a rainy night. The flat noodle itself really was a good complement for the bowl.

 The rice soup, we also found it interesting. The broth blends well will all the toppings. It might look like a soup for a sick person, but in fact it was tasty! I was quite surprised to find that this simple dish could really capture the tastebuds.


So we also tried a dish of rice with pork skin and their sweet sauce. The pork skin was very hard for me and it was not really enjoyable to chew that kind of pork. My brother actually kinda loved the sauce, but the consistency of the pork was such a turn off.


Dodee Paidang was actually quite a good thing to try, even though the service was really really bad and I had such a bad time at Christmas eve. So four of us dined at Dodee Paidang, and ordered for dishes. After convinced the server that we ordered 4 dishes, in 15 minutes only 3 dishes were coming. I asked why, and the server said I only ordered 3. So I ordered one additional menu and kept asking her 3 times, every 10 minutes, why my food was not here yet. After waiting for quite a long a time (my patient brother eventually did not want to wait anymore), I asked for the server again to make sure that the dishes was already ordered. Turned out, it had not. I was quite angry, and the server was gone without trying to talk to me, not even sorry. So well, I hoped you treated your customer better.



DODEE PAIDANG
Puri Indah Mal
021 5822359

Monday, December 25, 2017

MOTHER MONSTER

Mother Monster. A catchy name that caught me in the eye. It did not take long for me to give it a try. Located in the first floor of Plaza Indonesia, next to So Thai. It made me realize that I had quite some time since my last visit to this mall.

The pink and dark green ambiance are such a good companion to the good vibe. They are kind enough to let me have Christmas dinner with my girls at their long table (the best spot!). The place is very vibrant and alive. A good choice when you need to chill it a bit with your circle.

LIL TOTERS - IDR 65k

Tater tots with chili con carne, cheesy dip and sour cream, it surely is a delicate choice for me. The combination of it wall really highlight the plate. It does not hard to fall in love with this appetizer. I keep on munching this one!


DOUGH BE CHEESY - IDR 50k

Fancy a savory donut? You'll like this one! Crunchy dough stuffed with mozzarella and parmesan cheese could be interesting, but I only had this half of their portion because one whole donut was quite fulfilling for me. (I do not wanna miss another food to try!)

GONE WITH THE CARB - IDR 95k

Carbonara iss quite a safe option for me, but I am glad I choose this one to accompany me through the night. The sous vide egg is perfect, the creamy sauce is tasty, and the pork bacon is pleasing. Looks like a heartwarming dish!


48-HOUR RAGU -IDR 95k

The combination of sour tomato and sweet aftertaste are quite a kick. If you are a fan of tomato based pasta, then this pasta is the right one for you. The slow cook minced beef is delicious, goes well with the al dente pasta.


MONSTER DOUBLE DECKER - IDR 135k


Not a fan of meat, but my friend do say it's a enjoyable burger. The meat is quite juicy and the bun is soft. However the hand cut fries is such a winner for me. Delicious, perfect seasoning, good companion with the burger.


MATCHA MADE IN HEAVEN - IDR 115k

The title itself put so much pressure on it, and yet I really find it heavenly good! Matcha and white chocolate cake with a surprise of bomb inside are quite a match. The crumble and the ice cream make it even better. Sweet ending to the night!



Mother Monster is the one when you want to spend you after-work-hang-out, or chilling at your Saturday night. The food is quite good and enjoyable, goes well with their selections of drinks and their good vibe. The staffs is quite attentive and understand the menus well. The pink and green ambiance could be one iconic spot in town!


MOTHER MONSTER
Plaza Indonesia, 1F, next to So Thai and Coffee Bean
Jl, MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta.
@listentoyourmonster

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya


Saturday, December 16, 2017

KOIN WORKS

Di usiaku yang menginjak 25 tahun ini, aku sudah memiliki pekerjaan tetap sebagai dokter dan pekerjaan sampingan sebagai blogger/content creator. Gaji yang saya dapatkan terbilang cukup aman dan dapat memenuhi kebutuhan primer, sekunder, sampai tersier saya. Namun, pekerjaan yang saya lakukan adalah jenis pekerjaan yang harus saya kerjakan sendiri, dan memang saya bisa mengatur jadwal libur yang cukup fleksibel untuk saya sendiri, namun jika saya berhenti mengerjakannya tentunya saya tidak akan mendapatkan uang tersebut. Kita harus bisa membuat uang yang bekerja untuk kita. Itulah mengapa kita perlu belajar mengenai investasi.

Investasi terdengar sangat mahal, betul? Investasi identik dengan kuantitas uang yang tidak kecil dan melibatkan berbagai perusahan besar dengan jam terbang yang sudah tidak asing lagi. Tapi ternyata, ada wadah investasi yang cocok lho untuk kita!


Memperkenalkan KoinWorks, sebuah pionir FinTech lending dengan sistem P2P yang tentunya terdaftar dan diawasi Otoritas Jasa Keuangan. So, tentunya aman! Konsep P2P ini sama dengan marketplace  untuk mempertemukan peminjam dan pemberi pinjaman secara online. Investasi di KoinWorks dimulai di angka IDR 100.000, jadi daripada menghabiskan uangmu untuk belanja dan makan di luar, kamu bisa menyisihkan angka tersebut untuk investasi. Sebuah angka yang terjangkau bukan?

Sampai saat ini, KoinWorks memiliki lebih dari 30000 investor yang terdaftar. Bagaimana sih caranya menjadi investor? Kamu harus berusia minimal 21 tahun, memiliki SIM/KTP, dan tentunya akun bank. Investor bisa mendapatkan rate efektif yang dimulai dari 18% per tahun. Menarik engga sih?


Saat kamu menjadi investor, kamu dapat menjadi sumber modal untuk teman-teman yang membutuhkan modal usaha, pendidikan, kesehatan dan sebagainya. Senang kan bisa membantu dan juga mendapatkan untung? Dalam KoinWorks, saat kamu berinvestasi di dalamnya, kamu bisa memilih kepada siapa kamu ingin meminjamkan uang tersebut, dengan risiko dan keuntungan yang kamu telaah sendiri. Segala proses ini tentunya akan melewati eveluasi dengan algoritma analisis finansial dan pinjaman diproteksi oleh Allianz dan para investor dilindungi dengan dana proteksi yang berfungsi untuk meminimalisir kerugian para investor jika terjadi gagal bayar.

Selain itu, jika kamu ada di sisi yang ingin melakukan pinjaman modal usaha, kamu juga bisa mengandalkan KoinWorks! Pinjaman yang bisa kamu dapatkan sampai dengan IDR 500 juta, dan tentunya dengan bunga rendah dari 0.75% hingga 1.67%. Flat, per bulan. Tanpa ribet dan proses yang cenderung cepat, kamu bisa mendapatkan pinjaman yang kamu butuhkan.


Saya engga akan mengetik panjang lebar, karena cerita singkat di atas udah mencerminkan isi dari KoinWorks itu sendiri. Untuk kamu yang ingin tahu lebih lanjut, kamu bisa buka di KoinWorks. Ayo mulai berinvestasi untuk masa depan yang lebih baik!
Ps: baca juga tips mengenai finansial dan bisnis lainnya di KoinWorks!


Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya


Sunday, December 3, 2017

5 RAMEN TO VISIT IN JAPAN

Am I hearing the cheers of those ramen lovers? Yes, I think I am. Now you're gonna read my experience with those ramen shops in Japan, which was quite an extraordinary for me. Why is that? Because ramen actually is not something that I do crave for. I like how it taste, the richness of the soup, but I just don't like the after eating effect of this tasty bowl (sorry, ramen-addict out there!). But well, I was having a 12-day-trip in Japan and ramen is one of Japan's specialties,so having ramen is a must! Surprisingly I did try 7 ramens and enjoyed those moments. Without any further babbling, let's dig in the best 5 broth!

1. Ichiran Ramen

Might be too mainstream, but I think having Ichiran delivered a whole new experience for me. A vending machine ramen to order, a private experience with you ramen (even the instruction said you have to enjoy every slurp of it!), and the probability that you might ask for another additional noodle inside. The broth was quite tasty, the meat was thin and juicy, while the noodle is soft. It was not the best I ever had, but Ichiran is quite a signature dish of Japan to try!
Ps: they have lotsa branches, but still have some queue in front of it. 
Find them here: 
Harajuku: Japan, 〒150-0001 東京都渋谷区Jingūmae, 6 Chome−5, 神宮前6丁目5−6, サンポウ綜合ビル2F
Opening hours: 10am-10.45pm

Shinjuku: ピースビル, 3 Chome-34-11 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0022, Japan
Open 24 hours

Shibuya: 1 Chome-22-7 Jinnan, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0041, Japan
Open 24 hours


2. Mutekiya Ramen




Best ramen in my life, I would dare to say that. The noodle was chewy, a thing that could make you keep eating. The broth was quite thick ( I asked for the lighter version with collagen, and it was great!) and the pork meat was very thick. The bowl was very enjoyable, and they have spicy version for their ramen. The only setback was the meat that was too thick for me, but my company loves them. Make sure you have the gyoza, it's so juicy inside! Be ready for a long queue, because apparently 9-11 pm is their peak hour. Remember that they have no branches anywhere, so make sure you have the original one at Ikebukuro. The fact that the staff is very friendly, make me love Mutekiya even more!
Find them here: 1 Chome-17-1 Minamiikebukuro, 豊島区 Toshima-ku, Tōkyō-to 171-0022, Japan
Opening hours: 10.30 am-4am


3. Fuunji Ramen




Why Fuunji? Because it's my first tsukemen experience, and I think I did it right. Fu-unji is located in Shinjuku, and it's not hard to find them with the long queue. You might be happy when you reach the vending machine, but apparently you still have to queue some more. I ordered tsukemen style of ramen (when you have to dip it to separated soup), and did not regret it at all! The chewy ramen dipped in a very flavorful broth was memorable to my palate. They do have 2 sizes, comes in medium or large. Hint for you, medium was perfectly fine for me. If you're not into tsukemen, they have the soupy kind of ramen too!
Find them here: 北斗第一ビル, 2 Chome-14-3 Yoyogi, 渋谷区 Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0053, Japan
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, closed on Sunday. 


4. Zundoya Ramen



A cold night in Osaka was calling for a warm bowl of ramen and we did a good choice. Located in the heart of Shinsaibashi, Zundoya has something scrumptious to offer. The noodle was thin and soft, with thick heavy broth, although that might too heavy for me. The pork was fine, and they do have additional beansprout to add on. Zundoya could be your choice when you're in Shinsaibashi area.
Find them here: セーナビル, 1 Chome-5-7 Shinsaibashisuji, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 542-0085, Japan
Open 24 hours. 


5. Gogyo Ramen




This might not fit with everyone's palate, but burnt ramen really brought a whole new experience for me. The burnt taste made it more flavorful, and the broth was just fine. They are quite popular with the long queue, but I found the staff was not maximizing the whole place effectively ( I found 2 empty seats while so many people were queueing outside, freezing in Kyoto weather!). However I did not like the way they charged their appetizer, 400 yen for a small bowl of tofu, each person. I could say I was surprise when the bill came, 7000 yen for 4 people was quite a money. 
Find them here: Japan, 〒604-0000 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Jūmonjichō, 柳馬場通蛸薬師下る十文字町452番地
Opening hours: 11.30am-4pm, 5pm-11pm



I know it was not many, but all of it was my best 5 during my last trip to Japan. Many of you also recommend Afuri ramen, but we did not make it. Apparently 11 days was not enough to try those delicous meals. For more information about food and travel in Japan, you could look for #jechristyJAPAN on instagram.
You're welcome ;)

Best regards,

Jessica Christy Limanjaya