Monday, July 31, 2017


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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Kira-Kira Ginza

Japanese food is identical with its authenticity. Many of us who live in Jakarta know that Blok M is kinda well known as the nest of authentic Japanese food. Even they have the annual Japanese festival in the neighborhood.
Anyway, I've tried some of Japanese restaurants in Blok M area. So far, none of them was disappointing. This time I've tried one Japanese restaurant called Kira-Kira Ginza. The name itself sounds promising to me. Excited to give it a try! 

A little brief about Kira-Kira Ginza. Kira-Kira Ginza has opened since 1985. This authentic Japanese restaurant is still on strong contender among Japanese food scene in Jakarta. After all this time, Kira-Kira Ginza maintains their good quality with their affordable price. Turns out they are in the same group with Daitokyo Sakaba and Sanpachi ramen. 

Stepped inside the restaurant, we were welcomed by the usual Japanese greeting. The warmth of Japanese ambiance was bold. The sound of laughter and small talks filled the room, some of them were locals, some of them were those expats who missed a piece of Japan. I was seated in the room with floor seating. For the atmosphere, I could say I loved it! The scene was perfect for those people who need stress reliever after their long day, accompanied with good food here. The dim light was kinda relaxing, not to mention the comfortable feeling they offer. Felt like home.


We are greeted by this unique appetizer. As a first time, this kind of greeting might surprising. Hiyashi Tomato was actually cuts of cold tomato served with salt and Japanese mayonnaise. The tomato was so fresh, and the hint of salt was kinda waking you up! What a succulent and healthy appetizer! I do recommend you to give it a try!


My favorite thing to eat whenever I visit Japanese restaurants is their sashimi! These assorted sashimi, came in large portion, was a very satisfying one. Those thick cuts of high quality and fresh sushi were so fresh. My favorite of all those sashimi are salmon, tuna, and mackerel! They did not have any smell at all, such a very enjoyable one!

Look at that goodness!


Negitoro maki was actually chopped belly tuna with leek. They were beautifully handmade and the flavor was good as well. The freshness of tuna was just on point, covered with Japanese rice and seaweed. This one might looked simple, but as they said, Japanese food maintains the simplicity in their plate, and surprisingly, the simplicity is one thing that make it great!

(boiled hourensou for IDR 22k, sweet sesame hourensou for IDR 28k, hourensou butter for IDR 42k)

It's a good thing to have veggies in your meal, and yes I love this hourensou of theirs! Hourensou was actually their kind of spinach, having its sweet, crunchy, and fresh flavor in every bite. I personally love how this dishes bridges the freshness I had before this one and the main course after.


Kushiyaki means Japanese skewer, and this time I tried Momo, which means chicken thighs. Major love for their Momo! One of the tastiest yet juiciest I've ever had. These pieces were well seasoned, delivering a very pleasing bite of their tender chicken!


This one was another unique thing I tried at Kira-Kira ginza! One portion of fried chikuwa, covered in seaweed, served with salt. You need to give it a pinch of salt before taking a bite. It was a very tasty experience when the pinch of salt gave a kick of unusual flavor (but in a good way)! I could have it all for myself!

GYOUZA (chicken or pork)-IDR 58k

I could say that this one was one of the juiciest gyozas I've ever had! The skin was not too thick and the filling was delicious and generous! One portion of gyoza was consisted of many, but trust me you will mind to share it!
ps: Do not forget to dip it in the sauce, you can make the sauce by mixing vinegar and soy sauce!


Yes, I am a big fan of curry rice because having curry rice reminds me of my childhood. The curry was very fragrant, delivering a true homemade dish. The texture was just right, not too heavy but quite thick, served with potato, carrot, and beef. The rice itself was also the highlight because their Japanese rice was very fragrant and kinda sticky. Love it!

Overall, Kira-Kira Ginza is one promising Japanese restaurant, proved by their quality since 1985. I personally love their homey ambiance, accompanied with good food, not to mention about their affordable price. Now I have Kira-Kira Ginza as one of my favorite list!

Jl. Melawai 8 no.9
South Jakarta
Opening hours : 11.30am-2.30 pm and 6-11.30pm

Best regards,
Jessica Christy Limanjaya